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Paradigm shift required to position mining industry for long-term success

By: Henry Lazenby     15th March 2018 The long-term mindset of the mining industry will have to change to position itself for long-term success, set against an ever-changing landscape, says BHP Billiton's head for Minerals America, Daniel Malchuck. He told an audience during the keynote session of the recent Prospectors and... 

Anglo commits to ambitious sustainability strategy

By: Martin Creamer     14th March 2018 Diversified mining company Anglo American has outlined an innovative approach to three major areas of sustainability - the environment, community development, and driving greater trust and transparency across the mining industry. 

Anglo commits to ambitious sustainability strategy
Photo by Creamer Media
Mark Cutifani

Anglo says cleaning up mining will earn it billions in profit

By: Bloomberg     14th March 2018 Mining is a dirty business, but Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani says it doesn’t have to be. The miner of everything from copper to diamonds to iron ore is overhauling its sustainability targets, and predicts it can earn an extra $9-billion through 2030 by improving the way it mines and boosting... 

Anglo says cleaning up mining will earn it billions in profit
Photo by Creamer Media
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Mongolia anti-corruption agency targets Rio Tinto unit over Oyu Tolgoi

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th March 2018 Diversified major Rio Tinto is facing more scrutiny into its business dealings, this time from the Mongolian Anti-Corruption Authority (ACA), which has requested financial information from Rio subsidiary Turquoise Hill Resource regarding the Oyu Tolgoi project. Turquoise Hill told shareholders... 

Rio Tinto teams up with junior in Serbia exploration venture

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th March 2018 Mining major Rio Tinto’s exploration arm has reached a $31.5-million earn-in and joint venture (JV) agreement with ASX-listed junior Raiden Resources, over its project holding in Serbia. The earn-in and JV agreement covers Raiden’s Zapadni Majdanpek, Majdanpek Pojas and Donje Nevlje exploration... 

Vedanta dividend payout hits record

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th March 2018 LSE-listed Vedanta Resources’ subsidiary Vedanta Limited on Tuesday declared a record interim equity dividend of $1.2-billion. Vedanta Resources would receive $600-million of this dividend, the company said, sending its shares in London up 2.6% to £7.82 a share. 

Anglo Asian set to start $6m, three-year exploration programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th March 2018 Aim-listed gold, copper and silver producer Anglo Asian Mining on Tuesday said that it would shortly embark on a $6-million three-year rolling exploration programme of near mine, brownfield and greenfield areas at its operations in Azerbaijan, to replace mined ounces. The miner noted that it... 

New Congolese mining code rattling mining companies

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th March 2018 Beyond raising costs for domestic miners, a new mining code signed into law by Congolese President Joseph Kabila last week, poses downside risks to the investment outlook of the country’s mining industry over the coming years, as a result of heightened government intervention and regulatory... 

Coal, rapid loadout projects under construction - Exxaro 

By: Martin Creamer     13th March 2018 Diversified mining company Exxaro Resources, which began a R13-billion coal expansion programme in the second half of last year, has three coal projects and a rapid loadout station under construction, and is at the ready to develop another two coal projects, pending Department of Energy and Eskom... 

Coal, rapid loadout projects under construction - Exxaro
Exxaro Resources executive head of coal operations Nombasa Tsengwa speaks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer, Photographs: Dylan Slater. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer

Investors hunting cobalt deals approached Sherritt, CEO says

By: Bloomberg     13th March 2018 Sherritt International has been approached by investors seeking to buy a share of its cobalt production as a way of gaining exposure to the red-hot battery metal, the Canadian miner’s CEO said. Cobalt is rapidly becoming an investor darling as expectations of a shortage driven by the growth of... 

Coal miner Exxaro declares innovation an imperative 

By: Martin Creamer     12th March 2018 Coal mining company Exxaro Resources, which sees modernisation and innovation as imperatives, will this year announce new partnerships to ensure that it remains sustainably competitive going into the future. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed black-led company, which has already met... 

Coal miner Exxaro declares innovation an imperative
Exxaro Resources CEO Mxolisi Mgojo talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Dylan Slater. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Shell, Blackstone eye $10bn bid for BHP US shale assets – Sky News

By: Reuters     9th March 2018 Royal Dutch Shell and US private equity firm Blackstone Group are working on a joint $10-billion bid for BHP Billiton's US shale assets, Sky News said on Thursday. Shell and Blackstone's offer will only be one of several credible proposals that BHP will receive for its US shale operations, Sky... 

Shell, Blackstone eye $10bn bid for BHP US shale assets – Sky News

Roads agency intensifies mining-sector engagement

By: Nadine James     9th March 2018 Following its successful participation at the 2018 Investing in African Mining Indaba, the Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) hosted a stakeholder engagement and fundraising session with the mining industry in the Sekhukhune district municipality last month at Lapeng Guest Lodge in Burgersfort, Limpopo.... 

Zone valves provide effective fire protection, reduce system cost

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2018 Fire-protection equipment supplier Fire & Security Techniques (FST) has introduced its Fire-Eater ZSV-25 local zone valve (ZSV-25) to the local market for use in systems where multiple zones in mines are protected by one fire-extinguishing cylinder bank.  

Zone valves provide effective fire protection, reduce system cost
FREE-FLOWING The ZSV-25 valve acts as a selector valve, directing the flow of Inergen fire-extinguishing agent to the correct zones, should a fire break out

Transnet rejects claim of no significant mining-linked rail and port investment in 15 years

9th March 2018 Anglo American South Africa deputy chairperson Norman Mbazima argues that a revitalisation of South Africa’s rail and port networks will be key to ensuring a recovery in mining investment. Speaking at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, he lamented that he had not seen any significant rail... 

Transnet rejects claim of no significant mining-linked rail and port investment in 15 years

BASF opens new lab in Joburg

By: Nadine James     9th March 2018 Specialised chemicals company BASF Mining Solutions South Africa, last month opened its new agglomeration laboratory, based at research organization Mintek’s premises, co-located with BASF Mining Solutions’ existing sample preparation and solid-liquid separation laboratory. Following the... 

BASF opens new lab  in Joburg
NATURAL PROGRESSION The agglomeration lab was a natural progression for the company, which has been exploring means of enhancing recoveries for the last five years

Study elevates importance of Orion’s Jacomynspan deposit

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th March 2018 A geological reevaluation of the ultramafic intrusive hosted Jacomynspan nickel/copper/cobalt deposit, undertaken on behalf of dual-listed Orion Minerals, has highlighted important findings that elevate the importance of this district as a compelling target for exploration. Orion MD and CEO Errol... 

Exxaro negotiating new business opportunities beyond mining 

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2018 While retaining coal as its bedrock, Exxaro Resources has begun taking steps that will take the company beyond coal and even beyond mining, Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo said on Thursday. But this is all taking place while Exxaro continues to invest heavily in its long-term coal-mining business, which... 

Exxaro negotiating new business opportunities beyond mining
Exxaro Resources CEO Mxolisi Mgojo’s presentation of 2017 results covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Dylan Slater. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer

Exxaro operations generate 23% more cash, one fatality

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2018 Cash of R6.8-billion generated by the operations of Exxaro Resources was 23% higher in the 12 months to December 31, when net operating profit increased by 17% to R6.1-billion. Revenue rose 9% to R22.8-billion buoyed by the coal business, which benefitted from higher selling prices and volumes. 

Exxaro operations generate 23% more cash, one fatality
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Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2018 The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada's (PDAC's) 2018 convention, in Toronto, drew an international crowd of 25 606 people, in what is widely considered as a clear sign that optimism is returning to the mineral exploration and mining industry following several years of turmoil.... 

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

Pending toll milling, Bunker Hill ready to roll in as little as 60 days

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2018 The 'crown jewel' of the Coeur D'Alene zinc, lead and silver mining district, in northern Idaho, could be in initial production in as little as 60 days pending finalisation of a toll milling agreement, after the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed an agreement releasing owner Bunker... 

Pending toll milling, Bunker Hill ready to roll in as little as 60 days
Photo by US Environmental Protection Agency
A file photo of the Bunker Hill smelter operating in winter snow during the 1970s.

Nexa a pioneer of the new future of mining – Tito Martins

By: Henry Lazenby     6th March 2018 Recently rebranded Brazilian miner Nexa Resources is at the forefront of innovating in the mining industry with progressive policies and innovative technologies, an audience attending the keynote session during the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's 2018 convention has heard.... 

Nexa a pioneer of the new future of mining – Tito Martins
Photo by Henry Lazenby
Nexa Resources president and CEO Tito Martins addresses the audience during the PDAC 2018 keynote session, in Toronto

Glencore's talks to sell cobalt to Chinese firm falter on price

By: Reuters     6th March 2018 Glencore is in talks to sell around a quarter of its cobalt output in a one-year deal to Chinese firm GEM, but price is a sticking point as Glencore and other major producers are now able to exert more influence in negotiations, sources said. Cobalt has increasingly come under the spotlight over... 

Mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed 

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th March 2018 To refine and improve the execution of recruitment within the mining industry, mining and engineering professionals recruiter TrueVine Consulting has developed a new, innovative online recruitment platform, called Digger. “Digger is a digital recruitment, talent management and staff retention... 

Mining-specific staff recruitment,  management app developed
Innovative mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed. Editing: Darlene Creamer and Christo Greyling.

TNG in talks for Mt Peake finance, offtakes

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th March 2018 Australian strategic metals developer TNG on Tuesday said it has had preliminary meetings with Germany's KfW IPEX-Bank and received a positive hearing with an expression of interest to conduct further due diligence ahead of possible mandating for finance for the development of its flagship Mount... 

Building trust between miners, host governments a prerequisite to foster economic prosperity

By: Henry Lazenby     6th March 2018 Endemic mistrust between private sector miners and African jurisdictions belies the spirit and objectives set out in the African Union's African Mining Vision, an audience attending the eighth MineAfrica panel discussion at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada conference heard on... 

Building trust between miners, host governments a prerequisite to foster economic prosperity
Photo by Henry Lazenby
MineAfrica 8th Panel Discussion on African Mining in 2018-Politics, Policies and Opportunities

Partying with purpose: world's miners drink and deal after dry years

By: Reuters     5th March 2018 While not the premium liquor and prime rib parties of old, miners are laying on the cocktails again after several lean years, booking hotel lounges and nightclubs to twin drinks with deal making. An upbeat tone at the world's biggest mining conference comes as global exploration spending snaps a... 

Africa attracts 14% of world's 2017 exploration budget - S&P's

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th March 2018 Africa attracted 14% of the $8.4-billion budgeted for exploration for nonferrous metals globally in 2017, Standard & Poor's (S&P's) 'Global World Exploration Trends' report highlights. Exploration in Africa was focused mainly on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burkina Faso, Tanzania and... 

Nautilus secures further bridge funding

By: Henry Lazenby     5th March 2018 TSX-listed marine mining project developer Nautilus Mining has secured a further bridge loan of up to $34-illion from Deep Sea Mining Finance, which is intended to tide the company over until it is able to start undersea mining at its flagship Solwara 1 project, offshore Papua New Guinea (PNG).... 

Congo's Kabila to meet companies over mining code revision

By: Reuters     5th March 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila will meet mining company representatives on Tuesday to discuss a mining code revision awaiting his signature that would raise taxes and royalties, the mines minister said. The bill was adopted by parliament late in January but the industry has... 

ASIC takes legal action against former Rio Tinto CEO, CFO

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd March 2018 The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) on Friday launched legal proceedings in the Federal Court in Sydney against Rio Tinto, its former CEO Tom Albanese and its former CFO Guy Elliott. The proceedings relate to statements, which ASIC alleges were misleading or deceptive,... 

ASIC takes legal action against former Rio Tinto CEO, CFO
Photo by Duane Daws
Former Rio Tinto CEO Tom Albanese

Exxaro expects 30% to 40% increase in FY17 core HEPS

By: Nadine James     2nd March 2018 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources expects to report a 30% to 40% increase in core headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the year ended December 31. The core HEPS excludes one-off Items, including costs relating to the implementation of its replacement black economic empowerment transaction, as... 

A proposal to the President – A six-point plan

2nd March 2018 South Africa’s minerals and mining industry faces severe headwinds. The Republic of South Africa hosts a treasure trove of geology and minerals, valued at about $2.5-trillion. Without modern exploration, prospecting and new local and foreign investment, these resources will not be developed for... 

A proposal to the President – A six-point plan

Trump says US to impose steep tariffs on steel, aluminium imports

By: Reuters     2nd March 2018 US President Donald Trump announced on Thursday he would impose hefty tariffs on imported steel and aluminium to protect US producers, risking retaliation from major trade partners like China, Europe and neighbouring Canada as well as helping to trigger a large selloff on Wall Street. Trump said... 

Trump says US to impose steep tariffs on steel, aluminium imports

Sustainability raising the bar in mining industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd March 2018 Mining companies are taking an increasingly leading role in improving sustainability across the industry, and a proactive approach towards ensuring long-term sustainability, says engineering, procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch chief technical officer Dennis Gibson.... 

Sustainability  raising the bar in mining industry
Photo by Duane Daws
REDUCED CARBON FOOTPRINT Technologies, such as solar photovoltaic, hydro and wind can deliver clean energy and aid sustainability

Mining Indaba achieves ‘support’ goal, sees increase in investor interest

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd March 2018 The goal of the 2018 Investing in African Mining Indaba – to support junior, midtier and major miners through investment and finance while enhancing the platform to include more discussion on sustainability – has been met, says event organiser Mining Indaba director of content Harry Chapman. He... 

Mining Indaba achieves ‘support’ goal, sees increase in investor interest
INVESTOR CONFIDENCE There was a 23% increase in international investor attendance at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba

Disruptive MTB solution to provide for continuous operations

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd March 2018 JSE-listed raise boring and drilling services provider Master Drilling launched its new mobile tunnel boring (MTB) system at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, which was held from February 5 to 8, in Cape Town. The system, specifically designed for the mining sector, is suited to the... 

Disruptive MTB solution to provide  for continuous operations
Photo by Duane Daws
DANIE PRETORIUS Master Drilling’s mobile tunnel boring system is due to arrive in South Africa in the last quarter of 2018 and it will be used at a local mine

SA mining outlook improves, regulatory changes still required

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd March 2018 The current outlook for the mining industry is better than it is has been for some time, says law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr mining head Allan Reid. Reid, who attended the 2018 Investing in African Mining Indaba, held in Cape Town last month, comments that the general mood at the event was... 

SA mining outlook improves, regulatory changes still required
ALLAN REID Mining Charter III and the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act Bill need to be amended

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