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     15th March 2018 This week: Exxaro negotiating new business opportunities beyond mining German ruling likely blessing in disguise for platinum And, Implats harvests loss shafts, mulls more investment in profitable shafts 

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

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

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

German ruling likely blessing in disguise for platinum - RBPlat 

By: Martin Creamer     6th March 2018 The German Federal Court ruling on diesel car emissions, which could cost transgressors eight-billion euros in fines a year, is seen as a likely blessing in disguise for platinum, Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) CEO Steve Phiri said on Tuesday. The global backlash against diesel-engine cars,... 

German ruling likely blessing in disguise for platinum - RBPlat
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri’s presentation of results is covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photograph, Video & Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded 6.03.2018

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

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).... 

Barrick's Porgera JV suffers PNG earthquake setback; Moody's boosts ratings

By: Henry Lazenby     4th March 2018 Canadian miner Barrick Gold has reported significant damage to the power plant that supplies electricity to the Porgera joint venture, following a 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck Papua New Guinea (PNG) on February 26. However, the NYSE- and TSX-listed miner said it does not expect the... 

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

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

Stability, sustainability needed for mining growth

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd March 2018 South Africa needs stability, continuity and fairness in the mining industry, says engineering consultant WSP Africa transport and infrastructure division MD Dr Terence Milne, who tells Mining Weekly that presenters at the Investing in African Mining Indaba highlighted “political stability, fair... 

Stability, sustainability needed for mining growth
Photo by Bloomberg
CLEAN ENERGY WSP aims to explore green energy for miners in the year ahead

Miners broadly welcome federal Budget 2018 bar some caveats

By: Henry Lazenby     1st March 2018 The Canadian mining industry has welcomed the federal 2018 budget that was announced this week, highlighting particular support for the extension of the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit and several additional funds made available for critical skills training. Canada's Budget 2018, tabled by... 

Miners broadly welcome federal Budget 2018 bar some caveats
Photo by Reuters
Canada's Finance Minister Bill Morneau delivers the budget in Ottawa

Seabridge goes the extra enviro mile with Johnny Mountain, Bronson mine clean-ups

By: Henry Lazenby     28th February 2018 Precious metals-focused project developer Seabridge Gold has undertaken significant effort to remediate the historic mining activities at the Johnny Mountain and Bronson mines, in north-western British Columbia, spending about C$6-million to date to ensure that the Iskut project is in compliance... 

Seabridge goes the extra enviro mile with Johnny Mountain, Bronson mine clean-ups
Photo by Seabridge Gold
The Johnny Mountain area around old mill building after Seabridge Gold's remediation efforts

Gold, copper decline as Powell's remarks on rates boost dollar

By: Bloomberg     27th February 2018 Gold and copper futures fell as the dollar was buoyed by a statement from Federal Reserve chairperson Jerome Powell that signalled US policy makers will keep on gradually raising interest rates, undeterred by recent market fluctuations. “Despite the recent volatility, financial conditions remain... 

Resounding welcome for Gwede, who declines opportunity to comment

By: Martin Creamer     27th February 2018 New South African Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has received a resounding welcome from the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) and mining luminaries. The Chamber of Mines of South Africa has welcomed the appointment of Mantashe, 62, describing him... 

Resounding welcome for Gwede, who declines opportunity to comment
Photo by Duane Daws
Incoming Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

BC establishes mining task force to grow jobs

By: Henry Lazenby     27th February 2018 The British Columbia government has established the long-awaited Mining Jobs Task Force on Monday. The task force has its roots in the 2014 Mount Polley mine tailings pond failure in the Cariboo region of the province, and is established amid intensifying disputes with Alaska over downstream... 

BC establishes mining task force to grow jobs
Photo by British Columbia Government
BC Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Michelle Mungall announces the provincial Mining Jobs Task Force

Finland takes top spot for mining-friendly investment 

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd February 2018 Finland has ousted Saskatchewan as the top international jurisdiction for mining investment, Canada's Fraser Institute announced on Thursday. Canada's leading independent think-tank, the Fraser Institute, administers its Annual Survey of Mining Companies and ranks jurisdictions around the world... 

Finland takes top spot for mining-friendly investment

Biodiesel not an affordable solution for SA mines

By: Paige Müller     23rd February 2018 Biodiesel currently does not present as a more affordable energy alternative for the local mining industry, says Sandton-based energy product supplier InnoFES MD Alexander Grobler. He says that, while many renewable-energy product producers and suppliers boast of the benefits of biodiesel... 

Biodiesel not an affordable  solution for SA mines
BIODIESEL IN MINING The main ingredient for the production of biodiesel in South Africa is used cooking oil, and once processed the oil has the ability to power TLB’s for the mining industry

Energy efficiency can be profit centre for mining

By: Paige Müller     23rd February 2018 South African mining companies must embrace modern energy-saving technologies and new thinking on reducing carbon emissions if they hope to remain competitive in the global commodities market, warns international energy and carbon emissions solutions specialist Ensight Energy Solutions. “Business... 

Energy efficiency can be  profit centre for mining
Energy Saving Ideas Competition Ensight Energy Solutions believes a profitable energy future for the mining industry is possible through a combination of advanced energy management and renewable energy

Green bonds appealing funding opportunity for mines

By: Paige Müller     23rd February 2018 The adoption of increasingly stringent renewable-energy and climate change targets globally will dramatically boost the issuance of green bonds, forecasts Fitch Group-affiliated BMI Research power and renewables head Georgina Hayden. In the wake of the landmark United Nations 2015 Paris Agreement... 

Green bonds  appealing funding  opportunity for mines
GEORGINA HAYDEN The issuance of green bonds will increase proportionately with the ongoing galvanisation of global sentiment towards achieving stringent renewable-energy and climate change targets

Hybrid solutions to power Africa’s mining future

By: Paige Müller     23rd February 2018 African mining companies and investors have expressed increasing interest in hybrid energy solutions that show the potential to address off-peak demand challenges, says engineering consultant WSP Africa power director Dinesh Buldoo, who expects this trend to continue. “We have seen several hybrid... 

Hybrid solutions to power Africa’s mining future
DINESH BULDOO There is significant investor and developer interest in renewable-energy projects

Flare-gas-harnessing solution to be on show at Infacon XV

By: Nadine James     23rd February 2018 Swedish clean technology company Ripasso Energy will be presenting its PWR BLOK 400-F solution to the international ferroalloys industry at the fifteenth International Ferro-Alloys Congress (Infacon XV), which is taking place at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town, from February 25 to... 

Himoinsa solutions provide light, power to Southern African mines

     23rd February 2018 Designer and manufacturer of diesel and gas generator sets, hybrid generators, lighting towers and control panels Himoinsa Southern Africa is delivering solutions to power mines across Southern Africa, emphasising that its generators and lighting towers are robust and durable enough to provide... 

Himoinsa solutions provide light, power to Southern African mines
HIMOINSA APOLO START 4006 Five Himoinsa Apolo Start 4006 lighting towers and a T5 HFW250 soundproof generator set are in operation in the Tavan Tolgoi coal mine

BC extends provincial flow-through tax credit for a year; resumes fight against Canadian oil

By: Henry Lazenby     21st February 2018 The British Columbia provincial government has released its Budget 2018 plan, confirming that the provincial flow-through exploration tax incentive will be extended for another year until the end of this year. The mining flow-through share programme is seen as critical to reinforcing the... 

BC extends provincial flow-through tax credit for a year; resumes fight against Canadian oil

Court postponement signals ‘welcome change’ in govt, industry relations – Leon

By: Dylan Slater     19th February 2018 Law firm Herbert Smith Freehills Africa practice cochairperson and partner Peter Leon says the postponement of Monday’s scheduled High Court case over the hotly contested Mining Charter 3, signals a welcome change in relations between government and the South African mining industry.  

Mining mechanisation could create ‘massive’ employment challenges – Harwood 

By: Nadine James     16th February 2018 Despite positive sentiment and improving commodity prices, the African mining industry continues to face immense challenges, says Montero Mining and Exploration CEO Dr Antony Harwood. Addressing the African Mining Network’s (AMN’s) thirty-ninth networking dinner, on Thursday evening, he touched... 

Mining mechanisation could create ‘massive’ employment challenges – Harwood
Photo by Duane Daws
ANTONY HARWOOD Fear of the other could become fear of the robot

Attendees set to return to PDAC 2018 Convention

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 More than 24 000 attendees, including investors and exhibitors from 130 countries, are expected at industry organisation the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's (PDAC's) annual PDAC International Convention, Trade Show and Investors Exchange, in Toronto, Canada, from March 4 to 7.... 

Attendees set to return to  PDAC 2018 Convention
CURRENT TRENDS Thousands of delegates, including exhibitors and investors, are expected at this year's Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada convention

North America’s mining industry eyeing growth

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 The North American mining sector is earmarked for growth this year, owing to rising commodity prices, despite challenges, which include rising environmental concerns over water use and water source contamination through mining operations, says advisory firm Deloitte Canada Americas mining leader... 

North America’s mining industry  eyeing growth
Photo by Bloomberg
PRICE HIKE BENEFITS Mining in North America is expected to grow because of an increase in the prices of commodities such as gold

Sound policy, low risk key to attracting mining investment

By: Henry Lazenby     16th February 2018 The global equity markets have been extremely volatile in recent weeks, extending a frantic selloff in US stocks that culminated in the steepest plunge for the Dow Jones Industrial Average in six-and-a-half years. While commodities were not spared from the rout, American multinational investment... 

Sound policy, low risk key to attracting mining investment

Industry, environment lobby cautiously optimistic as Canada tables new enviro review rules

By: Henry Lazenby     9th February 2018 Ottawa on Thursday tabled new legislation to improve the federal environmental assessment process for mining projects. The legislation is aimed at strengthening and restoring the credibility of Canada's environmental laws. 

Industry, environment lobby cautiously optimistic as Canada tables new enviro review rules

Work persists on S African platinum coin despite initial resistance

By: Simone Liedtke     9th February 2018 This year is shaping up to be another strong year for London-based World Platinum Investment Council’s (WPIC’s) market development efforts, with several new partnerships agreed to and existing agreements flourishing, says WPIC research director Trevor Raymond.  

Work persists on S African platinum coin despite initial resistance
DRIVING FORCE There is increased public and investor awareness of how well-suited fuel cell electric vehicles, such as the comercially available Toyota Mirai, are to support efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions

Abandoned mines punted as potential pumped-storage scheme sites

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th February 2018 Several abandoned mine sites in South Africa and Australia could be sustainably used, particularly in terms of serving as pumped hydro-energy storage sites, says renewable-energy generation and storage provider Genex Power executive director Simon Kidston. Although underground and opencast mine... 

Abandoned mines punted as potential pumped-storage scheme sites
Photo by Genex Power
ENERGY HUB Genex Power is implementing a solar farm and pumped hydro energy storage scheme at the defunct Kidston gold mine in Queensland, Australia

Bushveld to focus on growth at vanadium, coal assets this year 

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th February 2018 Following the achievement of significant development milestones during 2017, integrated vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals will focus on enhancing growth at its vanadium and coal assets this year. “There is a unique window of opportunity for the company to position itself as a large, vertically... 

Bushveld to focus on growth at vanadium, coal assets this year
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo discusses the strides made in the company’s portfolio in 2017 and outlines the company’s future growth plans. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd.

US Army Corps of Engineers selects third-party contractor to complete Pebble EIA 

By: Henry Lazenby     6th February 2018 The TSX-listed equity of copper/gold project proponent Northern Dynasty Minerals gained about 11% on Tuesday, after the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced that it had appointed a third-party contractor to undertake an environmental-impact assessment for the controversial Pebble project,... 

US Army Corps of Engineers selects third-party contractor to complete Pebble EIA
Photo by Northern Dynasty Minerals
An environmental assessment is underway on Northern Dynsaty Minerals' Pebble low-grade copper/gold project, in South-West Alaska

Australian minerals sector contests 'water trigger'

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th February 2018 Australian mining's water use, as a share of national consumption, has fallen from 3.9% to 3.7% between 2014/15 and 2015/16, a submission to the Senate Inquiry into water use by the extractives industry has shown. The submission, lodged by the Minerals Council of Australia, New South Wales... 

Australian minerals sector contests 'water trigger'

US stocks sink most since 2011 as rout deepens: markets wrap

By: Bloomberg     6th February 2018 US stocks plunged the most in 6 1/2 years, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average sinking more than 1 100 points, as the equity selloff reached a fever pitch amid rising concern that inflation will force interest rates higher. Treasuries rallied and gold rose on haven demand. Volatility roared... 

US stocks sink most since 2011 as rout deepens: markets wrap

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