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St Augustine certain Philippine mineral sharing accord will withstand legal scrutiny

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd February 2017 TSX-listed St Augustine Gold and Copper (SAGC) this week said its mineral production sharing agreement (MPSA), which covers the King-king copper/gold project in Mindanao, Philippines, will withstand legal scrutiny after authorities earmarked the permit for cancellation. The Philippine Department... 

Minergy to list coal project in Botswana, also eyeing JSE

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2017 Coal and energy company Minergy said on Monday that it will list on the Botswana Stock Exchange in the first half of this year and is also planning a Johannesburg Stock Exchange listing in 2017’s latter half. In the initial capital raising ahead of the listing of its Masama coal project, Minergy,... 

Minergy to list coal project in Botswana, also eyeing JSE
Minergy CEO Andre Boje

Mokonyane gives thumbs-up as Eastern Basin plant treats 94 Mℓ/d of AMD 

By: Ilan Solomons     17th February 2017 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has lauded the successes achieved at the Eastern Basin acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment plant, in Springs, in Gauteng. The R1-billion plant, which started operations in June 2016, was completed under the instruction of State-owned water management... 

Mokonyane gives thumbs-up as Eastern Basin plant treats 94 Mℓ/d of AMD
Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane discusses the importance of the Eastern Basin acid mine drainage treatment plant. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Convention aims to bridge communication gap

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2017 As a continually evolving industry that operates globally, sometimes the biggest difficulty for the mining industry is getting the right people together in one place to discuss their challenges and find ways to address and, ultimately, overcome them, says Prospectors and Developers Association of... 

Convention aims to bridge communication gap
EIGHTY-FIFTH CONVENTION Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's 2017 convention will feature more than 400 exhibitors at the investors exchange and 500 at the trade show

New US President may benefit the resources sector

By: Henry Lazenby     17th February 2017 While US President Donald Trump is likely to lower US corporate taxes, bringing US dollars back into the country and rebuilding American infrastructure through a massive $1-trillion spending programme, Trump is coming in at the “US midnight” Euro Pacific Capital analyst Peter Schiff says. Markets... 

New US President may benefit the resources sector

Rehabilitation plan important for proper project management

By: Victor Moolman     17th February 2017 Rehabilitation should be included and budgeted for in a project’s initial mine plan to ensure proper project management over the entire mine life cycle, says nonprofit organisation Land Rehabilitation Society of South Africa (LaRSSA) president Raina Hattingh. 

Rehabilitation plan important for proper project management
Photo by Victor Moolman
OFTEN NEGLEGTED Unfortunately, the need for including rehabilitation components early on in mine plans is often neglected in South Africa

Scientists ‘discover’ ancient continental crust beneath Mauritius

By: Dylan Slater     17th February 2017 The tropical volcanic island of Mauritius has been found to be hiding fragments of an ancient continent and the secrets of how the earth was formed about 200-million years ago when the the supercontinent – Gondwana – broke up, according to University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) geologist... 

DRDGold spends R26m in six months on environmental restoration  

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2017 Johannesburg is probably one of the world’s best examples of unintended sustainable development, where almost accidentally the mining economy has been fully replaced by another larger economy. This is because mining took place for long enough to allow for the emergence of services industries such... 

DRDGold spends R26m in six months on environmental restoration
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer talks to DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius on the company’s R26-million expenditure on environmental restoration. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

DRDGold ups operating profit on lower output as enviro cleanup weighs

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2017 Gold-from-dumps producer DRDGold on Wednesday announced a 4% increase in operating profit to R172.6-million on 7% lower gold output for the six months to December 31. A rise in the rand gold price helped to offset the impact of lower production in the period, when the company focused on cleaning... 

DRDGold ups operating profit on lower output as enviro cleanup weighs
Photo by Duane Daws
DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius

Canadian Zinc, NTPC to evaluate LNG power generation for Prairie Creek

By: Henry Lazenby     14th February 2017 Junior project developer Canadian Zinc has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC) to assess electricity supply options for the Prairie Creek zinc/lead/silver mine. Under the terms of the MoU, NTPC has agreed to work with Canadian Zinc to... 

Botswana chamber adopts Canada’s sustainable mining programme

By: Henry Lazenby     14th February 2017 The Botswana Chamber of Mines (BCM) has announced that it will adopt the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative, a corporate social responsibility programme developed by the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) to improve environmental and social practices in the mining industry. This is first... 

Botswana chamber adopts Canada’s sustainable mining programme

Road to Las Bambas copper mine clear after Peru protest ends

By: Reuters     13th February 2017 MMG has been transporting copper concentrates from its Las Bambas mine, in Peru, since late on Friday, when residents of a nearby town called off protests that had blocked the road used by the company, a representative of the ombudsman's office said. The five-day protest in Challhuahuacho ended... 

US Army Corps of Engineers notifies Congress it will allow DAPL easement

By: Henry Lazenby     8th February 2017 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has notified Congress that it will allow the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to move forward. The Justice Department filed court documents stating that the USACE will allow the pipeline to go under Lake Oahe, in North Dakota. The crossing is needed to complete... 

Water scarcity tops list of world miners' worries

By: Reuters     8th February 2017 The world's top mining companies warned on Tuesday that assets will be stranded and investors will walk away unless they deal with water scarcity in key mining regions such as Africa, Australia and Latin America. After the hottest global year on record in 2016, water has shot up the agenda at... 

WWF-SA concerned about proposed coal mine development in protected area

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th February 2017 Conservation organisation World Wide Fund for Nature-South Africa (WWF-SA) on Tuesday expressed concern about a letter sent by Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa to Indian company Atha-Africa Ventures, approving the development of an underground coal mine, in the Mabola Protected... 

Ivanhoe cleared to relocate informal graves near Platreef project

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd February 2017 Africa-focused project developer Ivanhoe Mines' Ivanplats subsidiary has been cleared by a South African court to continue with the relocation of informal graves located in the vicinity of its $1.2-billion Platreef mine development project, in Limpopo province. Justice John Murphy set aside the... 

AMVI cleared to continue Philippine ops

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd February 2017 A joint venture between TSX-V-listed companies TVI Pacific and Mindoro Resources, Agata Mining Ventures Incorporated (AMVI), is among 12 mining companies that have passed an audit by the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and will be allowed to continue operating.... 

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’... 

Survey reveals improved reporting by  mining companies
Jacques Erasmus discusses the company’s 2016 Mining Reporting Survey and his prediction for the global mining industry in 2017

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

Newmont named mining sector’s top sustainability performer

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st January 2017 US gold major Newmont Mining has been singled out for leading sustainability performance and as the most improved company in the mining sector in the 2017 Sustainability Yearbook, which is published by sustainability-focused investment firm RobecoSAM. RobecoSAM manages one of the most... 

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

Rain in Peru may affect copper output at Cerro Verde – Freeport

By: Reuters     30th January 2017 Copper output at Freeport-McMoRan's Cerro Verde mine, in southern Peru, might be temporarily affected by heavy rains that have blocked roads in the region, the company's local unit said on Monday. However, the rains in the region of Arequipa, which have triggered floods and landslides, would not... 

TransCanada reapplies for Keystone XL pipeline

By: Henry Lazenby     28th January 2017 A day after US President Donald Trump signed executive actions clearing the way for contentious oil pipelines to be built in the US, TransCanada on Thursday resubmitted its Presidential Permit application to the US Department of State for approval of the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline. This is the... 

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... 

Carbon tax would have costly implications for mines – Accenture

By: Ilan Solomons     27th January 2017 In South Africa, policymakers and businesses have discussed a carbon tax for several years, starting with the country’s signing of the Copenhagen Agreement in 2009. However, progress has been slow with the first draft of a carbon tax policy – which aims to reduce emissions through a fixed price... 

Carbon tax would have costly implications for mines – Accenture
TAXING ISSUE A carbon tax would have significant ramifications for the mining industry, as well as the electricity and manufacturing sectors in South Africa

Engineering company commended for AMD treatment plant design

     27th January 2017 Engineering consultant Aecom received a ‘Highly Commended’ citation at Construction World’s 2016 Best Projects Awards for its work on the Eastern basin acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment plant commissioned by State-owned water infrastructure developer Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA). The... 

Engineering company commended for AMD treatment plant design
EASTERN BASIN PLANT Construction on the plant began in June 2014 and was completed in August, costing just under R1-billion

Gubhani Exploration

     27th January 2017 Black female-owned, cutting-edge surface exploration drilling company Gubhani Exploration was established in 2008. With projects led by a geologist with 13 years of experience in working with drilling contractors and mining companies, Gubhani is a well-rounded service provider that understands... 

Gubhani Exploration

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

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

Raubex

     27th January 2017 With more than four decades of experience in the Southern African construction and mining industry, infrastructure development and materials handling specialist Raubex Group is a leading player on the sub-continent. Listed on the JSE since 2007, Bloemfontein-headquartered Raubex specialises in... 

Freeport-McMoRan paid Congo's Gecamines $33m to settle Tenke dispute

By: Reuters     26th January 2017 Freeport-McMoRan paid $33-million to resolve claims brought against it by Congo state miner Gecamines over the sale of its majority stake in the Tenke copper mine to China Molybdenum (CMOC), it said in a statement. The settlement, revealed in the company's fourth quarter 2016 earnings statement,... 

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

Origin denies claims of compliance cover-up

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     25th January 2017 Energy major Origin Energy has denied allegations of covering up regulatory breaches and has said it will “vigorously” defend the court claims made by a former employee. Former Origin compliance manager Sally McDow has filed legal action in the Federal Court claiming that Origin’s former CEO,... 

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

‘Volatility is the new normal’ – Teck CEO's plan to create certainty

By: Henry Lazenby     24th January 2017 Commodity price volatility is the new normal as the mining industry is cautiously optimistic of the start of a new progressive price cycle. “The fact that volatility is the new normal is unfortunate, but real, and we have to deal with that to create certainty. We are seeing higher highs and lower... 

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
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