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Botswana to adopt Canadian model of sustainability

26th May 2017 A Canadian model aimed at improving the sustainability of mining through environmental and community outreach practices is being introduced in Botswana, says mining networking platform African Mining Network (AMN) chairperson Yolanda Torrisi. 

Access to First Majestic’s La Encantada mine blocked by rogue protestors

By: Henry Lazenby     24th May 2017 A group of rogue unionised employees at First Majestic Silver’s La Encantada mine, in Mexico, has formed an illegal blockade, blocking access to the mine and forcing operations to a halt, the company reported Wednesday. These rogue workers cited disagreement with the most recent bonus pay-out,... 

Vedanta hits production high spot at Black Mountain

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2017 Diversified mining company Vedanta has achieved its highest quarterly production in four years at Black Mountain in South Africa, where the Gamsberg zinc project is on track to begin production towards the middle of next year. In addition, mobilisation on the Skorpion pit layback, in neighbouring... 

Vedanta hits production high spot at Black Mountain
Photo by Bloomberg
Vedanta chairperson Anil Agarwal

AuRico Gold, First Nations ink impact benefit accord

By: Henry Lazenby     19th May 2017 TSX-listed AuRico Metals and First Nations surrounding the Kemess underground project have signed an impact benefits agreement (IBA) for the Kemess underground project, in British Columbia, solidifying local relationships and ensuring the project provides economic opportunities and benefits to... 

Implats trial of safety packed drill rig imminent 

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2017 The Safe Quality Stoping (SQS) face advance drill rig from Brits-based mining machinery manufacturer GST Drilling will be trialled at platinum miner Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) E&F operation, in Rustenburg, South Africa, in the next few weeks. “This trial represents the modernisation of mining... 

Implats trial of safety  packed drill rig imminent
Safe Quality Stoping (SQS) face advance drill rig from Brits-based mining machinery manufacturer GST Drilling and original-equipment developer Scamont Engineering is being demonstrated. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

KZN coal mine supplying communities’ water needs and more, mulls output expansion 

By: Ilan Solomons     19th May 2017 The Zululand region of KwaZulu-Natal was afflicted by what the Department of Water and Sanitation described as the “worst drought in a century” in 2016 and is still a water scarce area of the country. Helping neighbouring communities survive this disaster, investment company Menar Holding’s... 

KZN coal mine supplying communities’ water needs and more, mulls output expansion
Zululand anthracite colliery discusses the importance it places on providing potable water for the local communities, as well as provides a mining operational update. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Darlene Creamer.

New cost-slashing platinum technology gaining impressive momentum

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2017 The new cost-slashing, time-saving, capital-unlocking, mine-broadening and cobalt-saving platinum technology, driven by diversified mining company Pallinghurst and South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), is gaining impressive international momentum as an initiative... 

New cost-slashing platinum technology gaining impressive momentum
Photo by Duane Daws
Pallinghurst chairperson Brian Gilbertson (centre), Pallinghurst CEO Arne Frandsen (right) in an earlier discussion with Martin Creamer on the new platinum technology.

Shadow Minerals Minister warns of ‘disastrous’ mining outlook 

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2017 Shadow Mineral Resources Minister James Lorimer forecasts that South Africa’s new minerals legislation and new charter will be “disastrous” for an industry already crippled by hugely diminished capital injection and massive year-on-year job loss. The Opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) MP, who... 

Shadow Minerals Minister warns of ‘disastrous’ mining outlook
Shadow Mineral Resources Minister James Lorimer

Improved outcomes at member quarries

12th May 2017 Voluntary producers association Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) notes a significant improvement in the environmental stewardship of its member quarries across South Africa since the inception of its About Face programme. Launched in 1994, the programme has... 

Improved outcomes at member quarries
NICO PIENAAR The About Face programme is a valuable tool for meaningful self-governance

Gathering info to better training

12th May 2017 Industry body Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) is farming information from within the industry that will enable it to develop custom training courses to meet the industry’s current and future needs.  

Gathering info to better training
Photo by Bloomberg
SELF-RELIANT Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa does not rely on training institutions to provide general training, but develops training materials itself

Violent protestors demand 1 500 new jobs from struggling Lonmin 

By: Martin Creamer     11th May 2017 Platinum company Lonmin on Thursday expressed deep concern about ongoing violence, damage to property and intimidation of employees by the near-mine Bapo Ba Mogale community, which is demanding 1 000 jobs for its members and 500 cadet positions for its unemployed youth.   The London- and... 

Violent protestors demand 1 500 new jobs from struggling Lonmin
Lonmin CEO Ben Magara, who is also acting COO. Personally, he has not taken a pay increase since taking over the reins of the company in 2013

NUM marks 22 years since Vaal Reefs disaster

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th May 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday remembered the 104 mineworkers that were killed in an accident at AngloGold’s Vaal Reefs mine in 1995. On May 10 that year, a locomotive broke through safety barriers and fell into a lift shaft, landing on a cage transporting people to the... 

Canadian mining and metals sector faces a looming digital disconnect

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th May 2017 A new report by professional services firm EY has identified an encroaching digital disconnect between the productivity potential from digital transformation and the poor track record of implementation in the mining sector. In its report entitled ‘The digital disconnect: problem or pathway’, of... 

Northern Dynasty, EPA identify likely framework to settle long-standing dispute next week

By: Henry Lazenby     6th May 2017 A subsidiary of Northern Dynasty Minerals, the proponent of one of the largest undeveloped copper/gold deposits in the world today, and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have filed a joint motion in federal court to extend a stay of proceedings in the parties' long-standing legal... 

Miner ensuring skills base development on platinum belt

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th May 2017 With the workforce on South Africa’s platinum belt ageing and the attraction of high-calibre candidates for employment being a challenge, platinum miner Wesizwe Platinum plans to boost its training initiatives and start construction of an accredited training facility by the end of the year.  

Miner ensuring skills base development on platinum belt
SUSTAINABLE SKILLS Wesizwe training programmes are focused on making people employable in the mining industry as well as for life after mining has ended

Mozambique authorities act to protect mining tax base from illegal activities

By: Keith Campbell     5th May 2017 The Cabo Delgado Provincial Command of the Mozambique Republic Police announced late last month that it had expelled more than 4 000 illegal miners form the Namanhumbir area since February. Fifty of the illegal miners, composed of both Mozambicans and foreigners, had been arrested. The foreigners... 

Drilling specialist to receive training accreditation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th May 2017 Mining industry drilling services provider Rosond is in the process of becoming an accredited Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta) training provider.  

Drilling specialist to receive training accreditation
UPSKILLING YEARLY Rosond enables ten interns yearly to gain practical experience

Settlement likely by year-end as parties in silicosis case pursue out-of-court option

By: Jade Davenport     5th May 2017 Mining companies facing a class action suit from mineworkers who developed silicosis on South Africa's gold mines, are anticipated to reach an out of court settlement before the close of the year. The class action, which was lodged in May 2016, comprises, according to attorney Richard Spoor, an... 

Settlement likely by year-end as parties in silicosis case  pursue out-of-court option

Greater emphasis on ensuring sustainability

By: Nadine James     28th April 2017 Engineering expertise can be used to generate socioeconomic gains for mining companies, particularly in jurisdictions that are dependent on the finite business of mineral extraction, states global engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Aurecon, an adviser to the African mining sector.... 

Greater emphasis on  ensuring sustainability
ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION Engineering innovation could transform mining assets into new business opportunities

Firm develops compensation framework for KZN mining-affected community

By: David Oliveira     28th April 2017 A complicated dispute over compensation for land damages has led to the development of a compensation framework aimed at strengthening trust between a mining company and the affected community at a mining operation in KwaZulu-Natal. While the framework was developed to address this specific... 

Black Mountain Mining establishes Esop 

26th April 2017 While mining companies Kumba and Exxaro have boasted successful employee share ownership plans over the last few years, Vedanta’s Black Mountain Mining has established a 7-year plan for its employees. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer speaks to Creamer Media's Sashnee Moodley about the payouts. 

Black Mountain Mining establishes Esop
Black Mountain Mining establishes Esop

KWG, Marten Falls First Nation to establish equal partnership to kick-start RoF development

By: Henry Lazenby     26th April 2017 Junior project developer KWG Resources has undertaken to strike an equal partnership with the Marten Falls First Nation to kick-start infrastructure development in the remote emerging mining district known as the Ring of Fire, in Northern Ontario. The parties envision the establishment of... 

Randgold replaces 2016 Loulo-Gounkoto complex gold output, updates Morila reclamation plan

By: Henry Lazenby     26th April 2017 Africa-focused gold producer Randgold Resources said Tuesday it had replaced 100% of the 707 116 oz gold it produced in 2016 at the Mali-based Loulo-Gounkoto complex through ongoing exploration, placing the operation on track to meet 2017 production guidance of 690 000 oz gold, despite some... 

Randgold replaces 2016 Loulo-Gounkoto complex gold output, updates Morila reclamation plan
Randgold CEO Mark Bristow

FCX stock rises on interim Indonesia export deal despite earnings miss

By: Henry Lazenby     26th April 2017 The NYSE-listed stock of US-based diversified miner Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) on Tuesday closed 7.11% higher despite the miner reporting earnings below analyst forecasts, as investors were pleased with the company reporting resumed copper concentrate exports from Indonesia following a three-month... 

FCX stock rises on interim Indonesia export deal despite earnings miss
Photo by Reuters
Freeport has taken actions to adjust its cost structure, reduce its workforce and slow significant investments in its underground development projects and new smelter at Grasberg, Indonesia

Anglo commits to innovative mining that’ll keep people out of harm’s way

By: Martin Creamer     25th April 2017 Keeping people out of harm’s way, extracting more precious ore and less waste rock, recycling all the required water and producing only dry tailings are among the innovative steps diversified mining company Anglo American is firmly committed to taking.  “The real future of mining lies in turning... 

Anglo commits to innovative mining that’ll keep people out of harm’s way
Anglo American Chairperson Sir John Parker

Conflict-free cobalt to remain industry question, opportunity as DRC dominates supply

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd April 2017 Sourcing conflict-free cobalt for application in new technologies, such as lithium-ion batteries, will remain both a concern and an opportunity for manufacturers for years to come, as production is dominated by the politically unstable Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Central African... 

Strengthening fundamentals continue to bolster ‘new age’ metals outlook

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd April 2017 ‘Big money’ investors are increasingly looking to invest in the relatively small ‘new-age metals’ space, comprising metals such as lithium, graphite and cobalt, as strengthening fundamentals for these minerals and an unprecedented high-impact investment opportunity draw the potential for bonanza... 

Strengthening fundamentals continue to bolster ‘new age’ metals outlook

Strongbow’s South Crofty to revive age-old tin mining tradition in Cornwall 

By: Henry Lazenby     21st April 2017 Bolstered by strengthening tin prices and improving fundamental support in the long term, Canadian mineral exploration firm Strongbow Exploration is set to revive a mining tradition in England’s county of Cornwall, that reaches back thousands of years to the early Bronze Age. The company’s... 

Strongbow’s South Crofty to revive age-old tin mining tradition in Cornwall
Strongbow president and CEO Richard Williams discusses the prospect of reviving a Bronze Age mining tradition in Cornwall. Video: Henry Lazenby; Editing: Lionel da Silva.

De Beers receives conservation award

By: David Oliveira     21st April 2017 Diamond mining company De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) received the biodiversity and social responsibility award last month for its approach to ecological management at the Wildlife Ranching South Africa awards, which took place at The Ranch in Polokwane, Limpopo. The company received the... 

Focus on construction at Bisie conflict-free tin project

21st April 2017 Tin exploration and development company Alphamin Resources’ current focus is on preparing its 80.75%-owned Bisie tin project, in North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), for construction. According to a presentation by Alphamin CEO Boris Kamstra at the 2017 Investing in African... 

Focus on construction at Bisie conflict-free tin project
Photo by Bloomberg
TIN DEVELOPMENT Alphamin recently completed the front-end engineering design and control budget estimate for its 80.75%-owned Bisie tin project in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Report highlights jobs and revenue impact of automation in mining

By: Ilan Solomons     21st April 2017 Local communities and governments will lose jobs and tax revenues as mines become increasingly automated through the adoption of emerging technologies, such as self-driving trucks. This is according to the recently released ‘Mining a Mirage?: Reassessing the shared-value paradigm in light of the... 

Report highlights jobs and revenue impact of automation in mining
AUTOMATION PITFALLS The automation of mines will result in less local employment and personal income tax revenue for States and the reduction in employment-related local procurement

Noront, Marten Falls First Nation ink exploration and project advancement agreement

By: Henry Lazenby     14th April 2017 The largest landholder in the so-called Ring of Fire, an emerging base and precious metals mining camp in Northern Ontario, has signed an exploration and project advancement agreement with the Marten Falls First Nation (MFFN). The accord stipulates compensation for work already completed on... 

Early milestone reached at Guinean bauxite project

14th April 2017 Aluminium producer Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has achieved an early milestone in the development of its bauxite mining and export project in Guinea, following the completion of land-raising work in Kamsar. The work is the first contract to be completed on its $1-billion investment in a mine,... 

Early milestone reached at Guinean bauxite project
YOUSUF BASTAKI This early milestone shows good progress in the project, which will boost Guinea’s economy

Belo Sun stock sinks on another Brazilian interim suspension order

By: Henry Lazenby     12th April 2017 The TSX-listed stock of Brazil-focused project developer Belo Sun Mining lost more than 18% on Wednesday morning, following an announcement that the Brazilian Federal Regional Court has issued an interim suspension order halting construction of the flagship Volta Grande project pending completion... 

Belo Sun stock sinks on another Brazilian interim suspension order
Photo by Belo Sun Mining
Exploration at the Volta Grande project, in Brazil, has lifted resources above five-million ounces of gold

Preparing to keep top producer spot in S Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     7th April 2017 Gold producer AngloGold Ashanti has recommissioned a section of its Mine Waste Solutions operation, located in Stilfontein, in the North West, in order to maintain its current uranium production levels in anticipation of potential future upturns in the international market. 

Preparing to keep top producer spot in S Africa
MANAGING OPERATIONS The Great Noligwa mine was added to the Moab Khotsong operation in 2014, where uranium is produced as a by-product of gold production

Cautious optimism prevails in mining as prices rise, shallow growth returns

By: Ilan Solomons     7th April 2017 For the first time in a number of years, there is a mood of cautious optimism in the mining industry, with commodity prices on the rise, shallow growth returning to different end markets and most mining companies in better cost positions than in the recent past, says advisory firm Deloitte.... 

Cautious optimism prevails in mining as prices rise,  shallow growth returns
TOUGH DECISIONS Mining companies face key choices about where to invest and how to position themselves in the coming years

Gold-focused Pan African sells coal interests

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2017 Midtier gold mining company Pan African Resources has sold its coal interests to Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) for a combination of cash and shares. Pan African will dispose of all its shares and loan accounts in its wholly-owned subsidiary, Pan African Resources Coal Holdings Proprietary, the... 

Gold-focused Pan African sells coal interests
Photo by Duane Daws
Pan African Resources CEO Cobus Loots

Housing strategy bears fruit

31st March 2017 Platinum group metals producer Northam Platinum has completed its hostel conversion programme, announcing the achievement in its 2017 half-year results, which were released last month. Northam CE Paul Dunne said the company’s reinvigorated housing strategy is delivering pleasing results. “The... 

Housing strategy  bears fruit
HOUSING BOOM The expected increase in workers at Booysendal mine necessitates new Northam housing schemes

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