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Survey reveals improved reporting by mining companies 

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd February 2017 The mining industry has continued to face significant uncertainty, volatility and pressure to contain costs over the past three years. This unpredictable business environment has given rise to a number of reporting trends geared towards providing stakeholders and users of mining companies’... 

Mining remains core to defining South Africa’s economy – Manuel 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2017 For the last 150 years, mining has been the driving force of South African industry and economic development. Even though dislike of mining is expressed in various ways, that does not take away from the manner in which mining has shaped South Africa and influenced the interactions of its people. 

Mining remains core to defining South Africa’s economy – Manuel
Photo by Duane Daws
Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel

Canada, Mexico strengthen mining ties

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd February 2017 Canada’s Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr on Wednesday inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mexico's Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal to solidify the countries’ close bilateral relationship. The MoU for the mining sector will cover geoscience, clean innovation and... 

Industry at inflection point as mining tide rises – Deloitte

By: Henry Lazenby     1st February 2017 Companies that are willing to engage in substantive change by rethinking strategy, embracing technological disruption and adopting a long-term view, will be best positioned to succeed and propel the mining industry forward, a new report by professional services firm Deloitte has found. According... 

US Army Corps ordered to expedite work on Dakota Access Pipeline easement

By: Henry Lazenby     1st February 2017 Acting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer has ordered the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to proceed with the easement needed to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline. “This will enable [Dakota Access] to complete the project, which can and will be built with the necessary safety features to... 

US Army Corps ordered to expedite work on Dakota Access Pipeline easement

Community co-owns new Amplats chrome recovery joint venture

By: Martin Creamer     1st February 2017 The Baphalane Ba Mantserre community of Limpopo province are the co-owners and co-operators of a new chrome recovery plant that Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) launched at its Amandelbult complex on Wednesday.   The R474-million plant, which produces commercial grade chromite concentrate, was... 

Community co-owns new Amplats chrome recovery joint venture
Photo by Duane Daws
Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith

New Gold stock tumbles on Rainy River project delay, further capex overrun

By: Henry Lazenby     30th January 2017 The TSX-listed stock of intermediate gold producer New Gold tumbled nearly 26% on Monday after the company announced a three-month start-up delay at its billion-dollar-plus Rainy River project, in Ontario, and a $195-million cost increase. Analysts noted that the Rainy River update increased... 

New Gold stock tumbles on Rainy River project delay, further capex overrun

AME BC reports progress made on key policy issues amid rising commodity tide

By: Henry Lazenby     28th January 2017 Optimism has returned to the junior exploration industry, based on changed market fundamentals and more buoyant commodity prices, the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC) president and CEO Gavin Dirom tells Mining Weekly Online in an interview. “It’s amazing what... 

AME BC reports progress made on key policy issues amid rising commodity tide
Photo by Henry Lazenby
AME BC chairperson and CEO Gavin Dirom

Court OKs Guatemala civil suit against Tahoe in BC court system

By: Henry Lazenby     27th January 2017 The Court of Appeal for British Columbia on Thursday issued a ruling that civil legal action filed by claimants from Guatemala against dual-listed Tahoe Resources can be heard in the British Columbia court system. Tahoe said it was reviewing the ruling, after which it would decide on whether to... 

Mining Indaba platform for driving best practice, positive change

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th January 2017 The Investing in African Mining Indaba is a valuable platform for driving best practice and positive change in the mining industry, providing a forum where governments, companies, investors and civil society can meet and exchange views, says mining organisation International Council on Mining and... 

Mining Indaba platform for driving best practice, positive change
TOM BUTLER Water sustainability will be a key topic of discussion at the 2017 Mining Indaba as access to the resource in some mining areas is becoming increasingly scarce and competitive

Youth programme looks to attract, equip mining graduates

     27th January 2017 Having recognised that the required skills and experiences of graduates entering the sector are changing, event organiser Mining Indaba, working in partnership with advisory firm Brunswick and other companies, has ensured that the 2017 Investing in African Mining Indaba will host its second Young... 

Youth programme  looks to attract, equip mining graduates
SABATINI MOTLOUNG The youth development practitioner attended last year's Young Leaders Career Development Programme

Sustainability to be highlighted by EPC services provider

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th January 2017 Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services provider Black & Veatch will meet with new and existing clients at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba to explore the ways in which its sustainability-focused solutions can benefit their operations. 

Sustainability to be highlighted by EPC services provider
INTEGRATED ENERGY SOLUTIONS Mines in countries such as Australia, Canada and Chile are incorporating renewable-energy power sources into their electricity supply

Mines need to work ‘smarter to survive’

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th January 2017 Achieving low-cost operation of a mining project starts with identifying as early as possible a strategy that optimises all the modifying factors that stand between converting a project’s in-the-ground mineral resource into an economically mineable mineral reserve, says consulting engineers and... 

Mines need to work ‘smarter to survive’
ANDREW VAN ZYL Mine development strategies require a shift towards partnerships so that all stakeholders can share the responsibility of the direction of the development

Geoscience BC gets C$10m boost, publishes its largest geophysical survey

By: Henry Lazenby     26th January 2017 The British Columbia government has made C$10-million in funding available over two years to further support its work encouraging mineral, coal, and oil and gas exploration investment in the province, Premier Christy Clark announced this week at the Association for Mineral Exploration’s Roundup... 

Geoscience BC gets C$10m boost, publishes its largest geophysical survey
Photo by Geoscience BC
British Columbia Premier Christy Clark _ Geoscience BC

Trump clears way for Dakota Access, Keystone XL pipelines

By: Henry Lazenby     25th January 2017 Recently installed US President Donald Trump has cleared the way for the contentious Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and TransCanada’s Keystone XL oil pipeline to be built in the US, after signing off on executive orders on Tuesday that overturned the Obama administration’s efforts to block these... 

Trump clears way for Dakota Access, Keystone XL pipelines

Exploration by proxy to feed Goldcorp’s project pipeline

By: Henry Lazenby     24th January 2017 The reserves of the world’s top-producing gold miners have decreased by about one-third over the last five years, a situation that has to be reversed if the industry is to maintain its attractiveness to investors, Goldcorp president and CEO David Garofalo said Monday. Delivering a keynote address... 

Exploration by proxy to feed Goldcorp’s project pipeline
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Goldcorp president and CEO David Garofalo

Teck seeking infrastructure synergies with Anglo American in Chile

By: Henry Lazenby     24th January 2017 Canada’s largest diversified miner Teck Resources has entered into negotiations with fellow diversified miner Anglo American about the potential of building a shared port, in Chile, where both miners are considering expansions at neighbouring copper mines. Teck is currently mulling an expansion... 

Teck seeking infrastructure synergies with Anglo American in Chile
Photo by Reuters
Teck Resources CEO Don Lindsay

Randgold’s Kibali ends challenging year with strong finish

By: Henry Lazenby     24th January 2017 Despite dealing with certain critical issues in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), gold producer Randgold Resources has kept capital projects at its 45%-owned Kibali mine on track, the company announced Monday. The mine dealt with a tough first half of 2016 with the Kibali plant’s transition... 

Randgold’s Kibali ends challenging year with strong finish
Photo by Duane Daws
Randgold Resources CEO Mark Bristow

Platinum price upturn needed to sustain industry – Lonmin  

By: Martin Creamer     20th January 2017 An upturn in the platinum price is needed for the sustainability of the platinum industry as a whole, Lonmin CEO Ben Magara said on Friday. The head of the large London- and Johannesburg-listed platinum mining company said that although there had been a slight price recovery since November and... 

Platinum price upturn needed to sustain industry – Lonmin
Lonmin CEO Ben Magara points out the unsustainability of the current low platinum price at a media conference covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Fortune appoints PwC to help secure Nico construction funding

By: Henry Lazenby     19th January 2017 TSX-listed multi-element project developer Fortune Minerals has appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance (PwCCF) to help secure the C$589-million-plus working capital required to build its flagship Nico cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper project, in Canada’s Northwest Territories. “As a new... 

Despite expecting further delay to RoF development, Noront exploration guns for gold

By: Henry Lazenby     18th January 2017 Despite reporting progress with discussions between stakeholders, the largest landholder in the emerging Ring of Fire (RoF) mining camp of Northern Ontario, Noront Resources, said Tuesday that it expected further delays to the development of its cornerstone Eagle’s Nest mine. The precious and... 

MAC’s TSM initiative emerges as proven mining sustainability standard

By: Henry Lazenby     17th January 2017 The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has released its twelfth yearly ‘Towards Sustainable Mining’ (TSM) progress report, highlighting the significant impact the initiative has had over the years to foster sustainability practices among its members. According to the MAC, Vancouver-based... 

Harmony’s Kusasalethu workers stage underground sit-in, no demands made

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th January 2017 Around 1 700 workers at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, in Carletonville, have staged an illegal sit-in underground, with no demands or grievances yet forthcoming. Harmony Gold on Thursday said the employees had refused to return to surface on Wednesday after the end of the morning shift, with... 

Harmony’s Kusasalethu workers stage underground sit-in, no demands made

Tahltech Drilling sets up one-stop exploration shop for northwest BC’s ‘Golden Triangle’

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd December 2016 Escalating resource exploration activity in north-west British Columbia’s rich ‘Golden Triangle’ has prompted the Tahltan Nation Development Corporation (TNDC) and Geotech Drilling Services to form a new partnership to enhance drilling services. The partnership comes at a time of unfolding... 

Tahltech Drilling sets up one-stop exploration shop for northwest BC’s ‘Golden Triangle’

Latin American miners expected to persist with cost-cutting and disinvestment strategies

By: Henry Lazenby     16th December 2016 The end of the commodities super cycle continues to have a dampening effect on several South American economies, especially those that previously relied on high hydrocarbons prices to achieve high rates of growth. As well as hitting government earnings and rates of economic expansion, the... 

Latin American miners expected to persist with cost-cutting and disinvestment strategies

Sibanye Gold’s tailings project launch likely 'in next six months'  

By: Martin Creamer     14th December 2016 Sibanye Gold will probably launch its West Rand Tailings Retreatment Project (WRTRP) in the next six months. The WRTRP, which aims to recover 11-million ounces of gold, 170-million pounds of uranium, as well as sulphuric acid from 1.3-billion tonnes of tailings, offers 35 years of mine life, 5... 

Sibanye Gold’s tailings project launch likely 'in next six months'
WRTRP team at Sibanye Gold.

Government ready to compensate Marikana victims – Zuma

By: News24Wire      12th December 2016 The Presidency announced on Sunday that government is ready to compensate families of the Marikana victims. "The SAPS has instructed its attorneys to make offers of payments in full settlement of claims for the claims where quantification were complete and are not under criminal investigation,"... 

Government ready to compensate Marikana victims – Zuma

Platinum miner advancing safety initiatives

     9th December 2016 Safety is a priority at all Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) operations, emphasises the South African platinum miner, which will roll out front-drive technology and proximity detection on track-bound equipment in 2017 as part of its safety strategy. The company describes the initiative as a “major... 

Platinum miner advancing safety initiatives
SAFE AS HOUSES Impala Platinum’s safety strategy entrenches the belief that mining can be conducted without causing injury and harm

Mozambique projects in sights of tax and regulatory authorities at home and abroad

By: Keith Campbell     9th December 2016 Mozambique’s Tax Authority is monitoring the natural resources sector to ensure it collects the capital gains taxes due to it. This was affirmed by Tax Authority President Amélia Nakhare late last month. She was addressing a promotion ceremony for tax officials, at Boane in Maputo province.  

Teck, Fort Chipewyan Métis ink participation agreement for Frontier oil sands project

By: Henry Lazenby     8th December 2016 Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources has signed a formal participation agreement with the Fort Chipewyan Métis Local 125, identifying several economic benefits while creating opportunities for meaningful engagement and communication with the indigenous group, as the proposed Frontier oil... 

Zambian town must diversify to survive eventual mine closure

     2nd December 2016 Diversified miner China Non-Ferrous Metals Mining Company’s (CMNC’s) 2009 acquisition of the Luanshya copper mine and the mine’s subsequent success reinvigorated the mining town’s economy, says local small and medium-sized business association Luanshya District Business Association (LDBA).... 

Zambian town must diversify to survive eventual mine closure
DOWN BUT NOT OUT Although Baluba's underground operation has been put on care and maintenance, the openpit mine is doing very well

Crude pipeline approvals attract reaction straddling both sides of argument

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2016 Tuesday's approval by the federal Liberal government of Kinder Morgan’s C$6.8-billion Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) project and Enbridge’s C$7.5-billion Line 3 Replacement project has drawn equally strong praise and criticism from Canadian business and civic organisations. Gathering almost... 

Crude pipeline approvals attract reaction straddling both sides of argument
Photo by Reuters
Protesters walk down Robson Street in opposition to Canada's decision to approve Kinder Morgan's pipeline from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific coast, in Vancouver

PTM’s Maseve ramp-up dogged by DMR safety blitzes

By: Henry Lazenby     30th November 2016 The ramp up of South Africa-focused miner Platinum Group Metals’ (PTM’s)  cornerstone Maseve mine has been hampered in recent weeks by safety blitzes in the North West province by the inspectorate branch of South Africa's Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). The company noted on Tuesday that... 

Trudeau govt approves Trans Mountain, Line 3 pipelines, rejects Northern Gateway

By: Henry Lazenby     30th November 2016 Canada’s Liberal federal government under leadership of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has approved two out of three contentious crude oil pipelines in the country, critical infrastructure needed to get Canada’s vast oil reserves to new markets. In a landmark decision, the Trudeau government has... 

Trudeau govt approves Trans Mountain, Line 3 pipelines, rejects Northern Gateway

Discredited DMR making ill-considered demands on struggling industry

By: Martin Creamer     25th November 2016 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) is making ill-considered demands that have little hope of being met. Instead of following the continent’s African Mining Vision and Zambezi Protocol, the DMR is going out on a dictatorial limb. 

Discredited DMR making ill-considered demands on struggling industry
Photo by Duane Daws
Chamber of Mines CEO Roger Baxter and Chamber of Mines Senior Executive Public Affairs and Transformation Tebello Chabana

Côte d’Ivoire to benefit from joint Randgold, Newcrest exploration

By: Martin Creamer     18th November 2016 Côte d’Ivoire, which is fast becoming the darling of mining investors, will soon be on the beneficial receiving end of a joint Randgold Resources and Newcrest exploration thrust in the south-east of the West African country. London-listed gold discoverer and developer Randgold announced on Friday... 

Côte d’Ivoire to benefit from joint Randgold, Newcrest exploration
Photo by Duane Daws
Randgold CEO Mark Bristow

Mining promoted before protection of communities

By: Nadine James     18th November 2016 Many of the deficits pertaining to the implementation of social and labour plans (SLPs) reflect a legal regime established by the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) that, despite defined transformative objectives, primarily targets the promotion of mining activity rather than... 

Mining promoted before protection of communities
Photo by Reuters
LIVING IN MINING"S SHADOW Despite attempts to ensure that communities benefit from mining activity, the legislation surrounding social and labpur plans is flawed and skewed in the mining company's favor

Mining major committed to SLP adherence

     18th November 2016 In the face of global and domestic economic challenges, the need for mining major Anglo American to make a positive, sustainable contribution to society is perhaps greater than ever, says Anglo American South Africa executive head Andile Sangqu. “We have not compromised in our efforts towards... 

Mining major committed to SLP adherence
UNION MINE Anglo American Platinum handed over 19 social and labour plan projects to the Rustenburg community

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