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Kimberley’s diamond endowment given new sparkle 

By: Martin Creamer     8th January 2018 Generations of diamond processing experience, interwoven with modern know-how, is extending the diamond endowment of the city of Kimberley. Kimberley Ekapa Mining Joint Venture (KEM-JV) has come up with a viable business model that returns a diamond sparkle to the city renowned for its... 

Northern Territory EPA recommends rare earths project for approval

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th January 2018 ASX-listed Arafura Resources has announced that its Nolans neodymium-praseodymium project has been recommended to the Northern Territory government for environmental approval, subject to operational control conditions. This followed the completion of an environmental impact assessment (EIA) by... 

Mining resurgence propel CC$5.1bn Canadian IPO market

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th January 2018 The 2017 market for initial public offerings (IPOs) in Canada raced across the finish line to post a CC$5.1-billion five-year record for total proceeds raised from new equity issues, the annual PwC survey has revealed. Driven by heavy activity in the mining sector, a strong final quarter of 2017... 

IEB achieves 98.76% matric pass rate

By: African News Agency      3rd January 2018 The Independent Examination Board (IEB) has announced an increase in the pass rate in last year’s National Senior Certificate (NSC) matric examinations to 98.76%, from 98.67% in 2016. There were 11 464 full-time and 666 part-time candidates across South Africa. This is also an increase from 2016... 

IEB achieves 98.76% matric pass rate

Northern Dynasty ready to file application for Pebble’s US CWA 404 permit

By: Henry Lazenby     21st December 2017 Canadian project promoter Northern Dynasty Minerals announced on Thursday that its US-based subsidiary Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) is ready to file an application for a US Clean Water Act (CWA) 404 permit with the US Army Corps of Engineers on Friday. “At the outset of 2017, we established... 

Northern Dynasty ready to file application for Pebble’s US CWA 404 permit

Philippines miners adopt Canadian mining sustainability principles

By: Henry Lazenby     20th December 2017 The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) has announced that it will adopt a mining sustainability standard developed by the Mining Association of Canada, called the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative. The announcement made the Philippines the first Southeast Asian nation to adopt... 

Eldorado agrees to extend Greek arbitration period

By: Henry Lazenby     20th December 2017 Canadian miner Eldorado Gold has agreed to extend the 90-day arbitration period by 60 days to April 6, 2018. The Greek arbitration panel hearing a complaint by the country’s Finance, and Environment and Energy Ministries against the company's subsidiary Hellas Gold requested the extension. 

First Quantum breathes new life into Northern Dynasty’s Pebble project

By: Henry Lazenby     18th December 2017 Base metals miner First Quantum Minerals has signed a framework agreement with Northern Dynasty Minerals to work on formalising an option on the controversial Pebble copper/gold project, in south-east Alaska. The announcement on Monday breathes new life into the project billed as the largest... 

First Quantum breathes new life into Northern Dynasty’s Pebble project

BC govt refuses KGHM’s Ajax environmental permit

By: Henry Lazenby     15th December 2017 The British Columbia provincial government on Thursday refused to issue Polish base metals miner KGHM Polska Miedź’s Ajax copper/gold mine a provincial environmental certificate, saying the adverse effects of the project outweigh the potential benefits. The news is a blow to the nearby City of... 

BC govt refuses KGHM’s Ajax environmental permit

Company fills gap in market

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th December 2017 Platinum group metal (PGM) tailings reprocessing company Tailing Technology (Tailtech) is investigating the potential development of a tailings plant to add value to an existing operation owned by platinum miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats).  

Company fills gap in market
SEIZING OPPORTUNITY Tailing Technology saw a gap in the market for the installation of a plant at the back-end of an existing mine to retreat tailings material

Company moves forward with tailings retreatment project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th December 2017 Aim-listed Goldplat PLC’s recovery operation in South Africa, Goldplat Recovery, will be investing in a tailings retreatment project during 2018, as its growth over the past decade has resulted in the operation accumulating a large tailings stock dam.  

Company moves  forward with tailings retreatment project
SOPHISTICATED CIRCUIT Goldplat Recovery’s extraction processes and multiple process lines enable it to keep materials separate, which provides a high degree of flexibility when proposing a solution for a particular type of material

Small- and medium-scale operations punted as ‘the future’ of mining

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th December 2017 With industrial mining on the decline, smaller- to medium-scale mining operations are the future, according to Bench Marks Foundation South Africa lead researcher David van Wyk. Addressing delegates at the Science Business Society Dialogue Conference on Linking Science, Society, Business and... 

Small- and medium-scale operations punted as  ‘the future’ of mining
CLUSTERED AND FORMALISED Small operations could be clustered together geographically and assigned an engineer, a geologist and a health and safety officer to ensure safe operations

Mines urged to leverage technology to supercharge human capital development

By: Nadine James     15th December 2017 Mining companies should leverage technology to spur employee development, aiding in the upskilling of staff while enhancing employee and resource management, says information technology services company Wipro Southern Africa. While mines have incrementally implemented technology into their... 

Polymetal, Alrosa receive top honours in Russian environmental report

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th December 2017 LSE-listed Polymetal International was awarded the top rating in environmental responsibility among Russian metals and mining companies by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The WWF, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme, Global Environmental Facility, and the Russian... 

Brazil's Samarco wins waste permits in small step toward resuming operations

By: Reuters     12th December 2017 Samarco Mineração, a joint venture between Brazilian miner Vale and Anglo-Australian BHP Billiton, on Monday received two waste system permits in a small step toward resuming operations halted after a November 2015 tailings mine dam collapsed, killing 19 people. The permits issued by Minas Gerais... 

Environmental permit bodes well for project financing

8th December 2017 Iron-ore explorer and developer Zanaga Iron Ore Company (ZIOC) expects the environmental permit for its iron-ore project from the Republic of Congo’s ministry of environment to help attract finance to enable the valuable resource to be brought into production. A joint venture with natural... 

India seeks globally accepted regulations, tax

By: Ajoy K Das     8th December 2017 India’s Steel Ministry is seeking to align the domestic iron-ore mining industry with globally accepted regulations and practices as the country aims to be a 300-million-ton-a-year globally competitive steel producer by 2030. In the course of inter-Ministerial consultations about a new National... 

India seeks globally accepted regulations, tax
Photo by Bloomberg
SUPPLY LINKAGES India’s Steel Ministry has backed the adoption of long-term supply linkages between mines and steel producers

Helping mines find the real source of nitrates in water

By: Nadine James     8th December 2017 The issue of water quality has become topical in the aftermath of the contamination in the Olifants River catchment in Mpumalanga, as well the surfacing of acid mine drainage around Gauteng and other provinces.   Mining consultancy SRK Consulting’s principal hydrogeologist Sarah Skinner... 

South Africa urged to go back to basics to avoid mining’s demise

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th December 2017 For South Africa's mining industry to return to more successful times, the country will need to go back to basics, says Wits Mining Institute director Professor Fred Cawood, who also suggests that these basics could aid in sidestepping the demise of the mining industry in South Africa. These... 

South Africa urged to go back to basics to avoid mining’s demise
PROFESSOR FRED CAWOOD South Africa should embrace mining

World's No 1 miner sees bigger role for carbon-capture systems

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2017 BHP Billiton, the world’s biggest mining company, said wider use of systems that trap carbon emissions will be needed to meet international climate goals, even as investments in the technology stall. “We have knowledge of geology, markets and economics, so there’s probably something we can bring... 

World's No 1 miner sees bigger role for carbon-capture systems

Trump to shrink Utah monuments holding artifacts, minerals

By: Bloomberg     5th December 2017 President Donald Trump said Monday that he’ll shrink two national monuments in Utah that contain stunning red-sandstone vistas, historic relics and energy resources, arguing his predecessor overstepped in protecting the land. Trump travelled to Salt Lake City for the announcement, and also met... 

Cobalt’s dramatic demand bump gives rise to novel investment vehicle

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2017 Cobalt supply constraints, coupled with a never-before-seen boom in the adoption rate of electric vehicles (EV) across the globe, have conspired to create an ideal market in which a pure-play cobalt investment and participation vehicle's profits can outpace its peers. Cobalt, a critical ‘energy... 

Cobalt’s dramatic demand bump gives rise to novel investment vehicle

Policy certainty needed to drive oil and gas in South Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     1st December 2017 The large-scale production of oil and gas has the potential to stabilise South Africa’s economy, relieving unemployment and poverty challenges while driving growth across industries, but government must provide policy certainty and an assertion of future contract stability, says South African Oil... 

Policy certainty needed to drive oil and gas in South Africa
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IMPORT NEED South Africa must prioritise the import of liquefied natural gas to establish a gas market while indigenous reserves are explored onshore and offshore

Electric vehicle revolution a rare investment opportunity as metals demand spikes

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2017 The rate at which global auto markets are adopting electrically powered vehicles (EVs) is accelerating at a much faster pace than even some of the keenest market observers have estimated at the start of 2017, and is opening up once-in-a-lifetime investment opportunities among the four key ‘energy... 

Electric vehicle revolution a rare investment opportunity as metals demand spikes

Dassault Systèmes heralding in new autonomous mining era  

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2017 The 'mine of tomorrow' is expected to be a factory-like entity equipped with a multiplicity of autonomous devices, which are controlled by technology savvy personnel working from remote centres, attendees of the natural resources forum heard in Sandton on Thursday. The ‘mine of tomorrow’ would... 

Dassault Systèmes heralding in new autonomous mining era
Dassault Systèmes Geovia CEO Raoul Jacquand interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on mine modernisation. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Prairie submits Esia for Poland-based Jan Karski mine

By: Samantha Herbst     30th November 2017 Coal developer Prairie Mining has submitted the environmental and social impact assessment (Esia) for its Poland-based Jan Karski mine to the Lublin Regional Environment Directorate for environmental consent, making way for the public consultation process and environmental permitting process to... 

Bitcoin haters don't get its gold-like qualities – Goldman Sachs

By: Bloomberg     30th November 2017 Bitcoin is a commodity with many similarities to gold, and the volatility that has sparked investor concern stems mainly from its lack of liquidity, said Jeff Currie, global head of commodities research for Goldman Sachs Group. “I don’t see why there is all this hostility to it,” Currie said in... 

Bitcoin haters don't get its gold-like qualities – Goldman Sachs

Integrated, regional approach needed for mine water treatment – DWS

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th November 2017 Government and regulators should promote a regional integrated approach to mine water treatment, says Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) Mine Water/Water Quality Management chief director Marius Keet. Speaking at the Science Business Society Dialogue Conference on Linking Science, Society,... 

Omnia delivers double-digit H1 growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th November 2017 JSE-listed Omnia on Tuesday posted double-digit growth in earnings for the first half of the 2018 financial year as the agriculture segment normalised after harsh drought conditions ended and the mining segment started to show signs of improvement. Profit after tax increased by 27% to... 

Four NGOs file federal suit to overturn Hudbay’s Rosemont Forest Service RoD

By: Henry Lazenby     28th November 2017 Four nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) have filed a federal lawsuit in the US District Court seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against the US Forest Service for issuing Canadian miner Hudbay Minerals’ Rosemont copper project, in Arizona, a positive ‘record of decision’ (RoD) in June.... 

Four NGOs file federal suit to overturn Hudbay’s Rosemont Forest Service RoD

Ventilation and cooling in mines often work against nature

By: Simone Liedtke     24th November 2017 Mining requires a robust constitution as mines often work against nature, descending deep underground, where temperatures can rise to between 60º and 70º at the rock face, explains heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) company Johnson Controls GM Neil Cameron. 

Ventilation and cooling in mines often work against nature
YD CENTRIFUGAL CHILLER The chiller ranges in capacity from 5 300 kW to 21 100 kW

Consulting industry evolves despite current challenges

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th November 2017 As mines have reduced their in-house technical capacity to deal with cost constraints in the economic downturn, the role of consulting engineers in the mining industry has evolved in the past decade, with their specialist skills being applied more broadly, says firm of consulting engineers and... 

Consulting industry evolves despite current challenges
VIS REDDY The involvement of consultants in operational work on mines tends to detract from the more specialised focus that consultants should have

Agromining may provide new opportunities to extract remaining value from mined land

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 With a significant portion of the large mineral deposits having been discovered worldwide, and in many cases reaching the end of viable economic recovery, phytomining is one option that could be chosen to extract the remaining value from this mined ground, Florida International University... 

Agromining may provide new opportunities to extract remaining value from mined land

Sibanye share price rises on gold tailings deal with DRDGold

By: Martin Creamer     22nd November 2017 The share price of Sibanye-Stillwater rose quickly and sharply on Wednesday on the news that the precious metals company had moved to create an industry-leading surface mining partnership with gold tailings retreatment company DRDGold. The proposed transaction, which saw the share price of... 

Sibanye share price rises on gold tailings deal with DRDGold
Photo by Duane Daws
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman (left) and DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius.

Funding made available to advance Burkina Faso solar project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd November 2017 The Banque Internationale pour le Commerce, l’Industrie et l’Artisanat du Burkina (BICIAB), a BNP Paribas Group subsidiary, will provide $16.5-million in financing to Eren Renewable Energy for a 15 MW solar power plant that is under construction in Burkina Faso. The funding was granted to... 

Canadian federal agency rejects NGO complaint regarding KSM project permitting process

By: Henry Lazenby     21st November 2017 A Canadian federal agency has rejected a request for review (RfR) by nongovernmental organisation (NGO) the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC) of the permitting process regarding Seabridge Gold’s Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell (KSM) project, in British Columbia. The Canadian National Contact... 

Regulatory uncertainty results in inability to comply

By: Nadine James     17th November 2017 Given the uncertainty surrounding the interpretation of the National Environmental Management Act’s (Nema’s) Financial Provision Regulations, most mining companies have decided to wait until the regulations have been finalised before allocating resources to become compliant, says underwriting... 

Regulatory uncertainty results in inability  to comply
LEENTIE SMIT Financial guarantee solutions allow mining clients to fund the mining rehabilitation liability over a period that takes into consideration life-of-mine

Consultancy looks to reduce cost of complying with new regulations

By: Nadine James     17th November 2017 Mining consultancy The MSA Group is liaising with various industry players including mining companies, insurers, law and auditing firms to establish a consistent approach to assessing and reviewing mine closure liability. They believe that this collaboration will result in greater understanding... 

Consultancy looks to reduce cost of complying with new regulations
RECLAIMED BY NATURE The new, stricter regulations are likely owing to the Department of Mineral Resources being responsible for the rehabilitation close to 6 000 abandoned mines

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