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Tech company exhibits for fifteenth year at Indaba

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     25th January 2019 Spectrometer and analyser supplier Spectrometer Technologies will for the fifteenth consecutive year exhibit at the Investing in African Mining Indaba held at the International Cape Town Convention Centre from February 4 to 7. The company supplies products such as those of biotechnology product... 

Bisie tin project on track for commissioning in H2

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     25th January 2019 Construction on tin exploration and mining company Alphamin Resources’ Bisie tin project, in North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is about 90% complete and is on track for commissioning and first production in the second half of this year, says Alphamin Resources CEO Boris... 

Bisie tin project  on track for commissioning in H2
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BORIS KAMSTRA After commissioning, Alphamin Resources aims to reach nameplate capacity and maintain it for six months

Battery metals a key opportunity for Africa

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 A number of exploration projects are moving closer to production, following a period of significant explorative work financed by investors in the African battery metals space, says minerals exploration and evaluation consultancy firm The MSA Group principal consultant for critical metals Michael... 

Battery metals a key  opportunity for Africa
OPTIMISING POTENTIAL To attract further investment into the wealth of battery metals available in Africa, countries will need to mitigate investor risk

Vibrating-equipment manufacturer to expand internationally

By: Martin Creamer     25th January 2019 As part of a new strategic growth thrust spearheaded by highly experienced mining luminary John Wallington, accomplished South African manufacturer of high-quality customised vibrating equipment – Kwatani – is looking to expand significantly further into Africa and internationally, increase its... 

Mining Charter boosts junior mining

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 After 20 years of poor policy and oppressive regulations having all but irradiated South Africa’s junior mining sector, the local junior mining industry is beginning to turn around as a result of the Mining Charter, says minerals explorer Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart. Serving as Junior Miner... 

Mining Charter  boosts junior mining
SCOPING STUDY COMPLETED Orion Minerals released a scoping study on its Prieska Zinc/Copper project that established a robust first phase of production with solid cash flow potential and a payback of three years from initial production

Consultancy plans to expand mining capability

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     25th January 2019 Multidisciplinary engineering and environmental consultancy Knight Piésold aims to expand its mining capability and market share, especially in tailings, as well as assist mines in developing renewable-energy projects in remote areas where grid power is unavailable or unreliable, says Knight... 

Consultancy plans to expand mining capability
AWARD WINNING Knight Piésold won a South African Institution of Civil Engineering award for the design of the tailings storage facility of diversified miner Vedanta’s four-million-tonne-a-year Gamsberg zinc project

Further work at BK16 deposit ‘justified’ – consultant

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd January 2019 TSX-V-listed Tsodilo Resources on Wednesday announced the completion of a second independent size frequency distribution (SFD) modelled grade and diamond value for the 77.94 ct parcel of 502 commercial size diamonds recovered during BK16’s large diameter drilling (LDD) programme. In December, it... 

Kropz anticipates first phosphate ore from long-awaited Elandsfontein by year-end   

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd January 2019 Aim-listed emerging phosphate producer Kropz is finalising the design of processing plant upgrades at its 74%-owned Elandsfontein project, in South Africa, with first ore to be produced by the end of the year. The mine will ramp up to steady-state production of one-million tonnes a year during... 

Kropz anticipates first phosphate ore from long-awaited Elandsfontein by year-end
Kropz CEO Ian Harebottle discuss their phosphate mining and exploration projects. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer

Gold, copper prices to rebound in 2019 – Fitch Solutions

By: Nadine James     23rd January 2019 Increased economic uncertainty and declining metal stocks are expected to drive gold and copper prices this year, Fitch Solutions commodities analyst Sabrin Chowdhury stated during a webcast on Wednesday. She noted that the expected rebound in gold was “already playing out” and that the price... 

Crusader needs more funds before month-end

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd January 2019 Minerals exploration and development company Crusader Resources said on Wednesday that it needed to raise more funds before the end of January to continue as a going concern and that the board was in advanced discussions to resolve the funding shortfall. The company, which on December 24 secured... 

Botswana Diamonds to raise £370 000 for exploration activities

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd January 2019 Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds has undertaken a share placing with existing and new investors to raise £370 000 through the issue of just over 67.2-million new ordinary shares at a placing price of 0.55p a placing share. The proceeds will be used to fund exploration activities during the current... 

RNC hits 7 621 g/t gold at Australia’s Beta Hunt

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd January 2019 The Beta Hunt mine in Australia is continuing to yield extraordinary gold exploration results, with Canada-based RNC announcing on Tuesday that it had intersected 7 621 g/t of coarse gold. The high-grade discovery was in one of the first sets of holes that the company drilled at the Western... 

Orinoco/AngloGold Ashanti JV kicks off

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd January 2019 ASX-listed Orinoco Gold and fellow-listed AngloGold Ashanti have kicked off an exploration joint venture (JV) in Brazil. The JV was signed in early 2017 to establish a regional exploration JV over Orocobre’s Fiana goldfields project, which encompasses the tenements around the company’s Cascavel... 

Drills turning at Yorbeau/Iamgold project

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd January 2019 Diamond drilling has started at the Rouyn property, which mid-tier miner Iamgold is funding through an option agreement with explorer Yorbeau Resources. The companies in December signed a definitive agreement, whereby Iamgold has the option to acquire a 100% interest in Yorbeau's Rouyn property... 

Teck ups stake in explorer Fireweed

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st January 2019 Canada’s largest diversified mining company, Teck Resources, has increased its stake in Vancouver-based explorer Fireweed Zinc to just shy of 10%, which the junior company sees as a vote of confidence in its Macmillan Pass project, in the Yukon Territory. Teck’s participation in Fireweed Zinc’s... 

Amarc seeks new partners as Hudbay pulls out of BC projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st January 2019 Explorer Amarc Resources has opened the door for a new partnership on two British Columbia copper projects, after diversified miner Hudbay Minerals relinquished its options to earn an interest in the IKE porphyry copper/molybdenum project, near Gold Bridge, and the JOY gold/copper project in the... 

Wear plate tests show positive results

By: Thabi Madiba     18th January 2019 Testwork on South Africa-based high-performance polymer producer Vesconite’s polymer sliding wear plates has shown promising results on a crawler drill that is employed at Vedanta zinc project, in Gamsberg, in the Northern Cape, South Africa. The wear plates were installed on the rotary head... 

Wear plate tests show positive results
PHILLIP DE VILLIERS Technical representative examines one of the stock wear plates inside the Johannesburg warehouse

Phase 2 drilling delivers promising results at Tando’s vanadium project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th January 2019 ASX-listed Tando Resources on Wednesday announced encouraging first assay results from its Phase 2 drill programme at the SPD vanadium project, in the Bushveld Complex of South Africa. The results included 14 m at 0.98% vanadium oxide from surface, 11 m at 0.99% vanadium oxide from 17 m and 10... 

Russia's Alrosa returns to diamond exploration in Zimbabwe

By: Reuters     14th January 2019 Russian diamond giant Alrosa has set up a subsidiary in Zimbabwe to begin mining operations there, it said on Monday, more than two years after it shelved plans to expand into the southern African country. Alrosa, the world's largest diamond producer by output, started conducting geological... 

Pure Nickel appoints new CEO and president

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th January 2019 Pure Nickel has appointed R David Russell CEO and president, the company announced on Friday. He has been a director of Pure Nickel for over 12 years. 

Brunswick sells Irene Lake property to TomaGold

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th January 2019 Brunswick on Friday announced the sale of the Irene Lake property, in Quebec, to TomaGold. The property is about 45 km southwest of the Chibougamau mining camp and is contiguous and to the west of TomaGold and Iamgold’s Monster Lake project. 

Spearmint increases footprint in Canadian vanadium district

By: Simone Liedtke     8th January 2019 Canadian junior resource exploration company Spearmint Resources has increased its acreage in the Chibougamau vanadium district, in Canada, to 13 985 contiguous acres upon receiving preliminary airborne data. The company is encouraged by the preliminary data from the airborne surveys and is... 

Dampier Gold adds exploration acreage in WA

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th January 2019 Junior Dampier Gold has acquired an 80% interest in two exploration licences in the Kalgoorlie gold mining district. The company on Monday told shareholders that the acquisition comprised the Menzies exploration licence, which is adjacent to the company’s own Menzies gold camp, and the Goongarrie... 

Prieska project edging closer to construction

By: Nadine James     14th December 2018 Dual-listed base metals miner Orion Minerals will release an updated Joint Ore Reserves Committee- (Jorc-) compliant resource statement for its Prieska zinc/copper project later this month. The Northern Cape project has a Jorc-defined maiden resource of 1.1-million tonnes of contained zinc... 

Prieska project edging closer to construction
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BUILDING ON FORMER GLORY Prieska produced 47-million tonnes of sulphide over 20 years and Orion can use the same processes as Prieska, but optimised through modern equipment and newer methodologies achieve greater heights

Colliery opened in Gauteng

14th December 2018 Last month, coal exploration and mining company Canyon Coal successfully opened its openpit Khanye Colliery with a blast following a detonation procedure led by Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe in Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng. As part of the ceremony, Mantashe, Canyon MD Vuslat Bayoglu, and... 

Colliery opened  in Gauteng
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NEW ARRIVAL The openpit Khanye Colliery in Bronkhorstspruit is expected to produce coal for about 15 years

First coal production due in 2020

By: Thabi Madiba     14th December 2018 Coal mining and exploration group of companies Canyon Coal is expecting first coal production at its Springfield coal project in the second quarter of 2020, with a targeted production rate of 600 000 t of run-of-mine coal a month. The project, comprising a coal deposit of 307.86-million tons, is... 

First coal production  due in 2020
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BULKY An estimated 600 000 t of coal production a month is expected

Orion Minerals to restart Prieska production in 2021 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th December 2018 Polymetallic minerals exploration and development company Orion Minerals’ flagship Prieska zinc/copper mine, in the Northern Cape, is expected to start production by 2021. This is notwithstanding any potential challenges and delays, Orion COO Walter Shamu said during a media briefing on Thursday. 

Orion Minerals to restart Prieska production in 2021
Orion Minerals COO Walter Shamu speaks to Mining Weekly Online about the miner's flagship Prieska project, located in the Northern Cape. Video & Editing: Nicolas Boyd

Thor adds to Pilot Mountain mineral resources

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th December 2018 ASX- and Aim-listed Thor Mining’s Desert Scheelite deposit at Pilot Mountain, in Nevada, has a mineral resource estimate of 10.7-million tonnes at 0.26% tungsten trioxide, 19.38 g/t silver, 0.15% copper and 0.38% zinc. The updated mineral resource estimate represents a 6.5% increase in the... 

ATAC shares fall as Barrick terminates Yukon earn-in

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th December 2018 Nearly two years since Barrick Gold partnered with junior ATAC Resources to advance the part of the Racklan gold property in the Yukon Territory of north-west Canada, the gold major has terminated its option to acquire an interest in the Orion project. ATAC president and CEO Graham Downs thanked... 

Musgrave raises cash for Cue exploration

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th December 2018 ASX-listed Musgrave Minerals will raise A$5.5-million through a share placement to institutional, professional and sophisticated investors to advance drilling at its Lake Austin project, as well as other targets at the Cue project, in Western Australia. Some 59.78-million shares will be placed,... 

Ariana to start drilling Kizilcukur

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th December 2018 Turkey-focused Ariana Resources will start a 1 000 m diamond drilling programme at its Kizilcukur gold project, which is being developed with a view to truck and process its ore at the nearby Kiziltepe mine. The objective of the diamond drilling is to define a high-grade zone amenable to openpit... 

Enable meaningful participation, pleads Women in Mining chair  

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2018 The Mining Charter has significant room for improvement to enable meaningful participation of women in mining, says Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA) chairperson Lindiwe Nakedi. Soweto-born Nakedi, who owns Gubhani Exploration – a surface exploration drilling company that is currently the only... 

Enable meaningful participation, pleads Women in Mining chair
Women in Mining chairperson and Gubhani Exploration MD Lindiwe Nakedi talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater.

CanAlaska and Cameco team up on West McArthur uranium project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th December 2018 Vancouver-based junior CanAlaska and uranium major Cameco have formed a joint venture (JV) on the West McArthur project, 6 km north-west of the McArthur River uranium mine. CanAlaska is the operator and 70% owner of the West McArthur JV, which is located in the Athabasca basin region, dubbed the... 

Sun Metals to raise C$5.16m for Stardust project

10th December 2018 TSX-V-listed Sun Metals has entered into an agreement with PearTree Securities to raise up to C$5.16-million to fund exploration at its Stardust project, in British Columbia. PearTree, as agent for purchasers, has agreed to subscribe for up to 12.5-million flow-through common shares in Sun Metal... 

South32 inks US copper alliance with EMX

By: Mariaan Webb     10th December 2018 Diversified miner South32 has entered into regional strategic alliance agreement with a subsidiary of EMX Royalty, focusing on finding copper and other base metals projects in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. The agreement provides funding for generative work and acquisitions over a two-year... 

Core raises funds for Finniss push

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th December 2018 PERTH (miningweekly.com) – ASX-listed junior Core Lithium will raise A$3-million through a share placement to accelerate resource expansion and an expanded definitive feasibility study (DFS) at its Finniss lithium project, in the Northern Territory. The company on Monday said that it has received... 

Vimy approves more drilling at Angularli

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th December 2018 Uranium developer Vimy Resources will undertake further drilling work at its Angularli uranium deposit, in the Northern Territory, after a scoping study proved positive. The project has an inferred mineral resource of 0.91-million tonnes, at 1.3% uranium oxide for 26-million pounds of uranium. 

Condor Gold share price jumps on concession

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th December 2018 Nicaragua’s Ministry of Energy and Mines has granted the explorer and developer Condor Gold the Las Cruces concession, expanding the La India project package by 45% to 455.6 km2. The La India project now comprises 11 adjacent and contiguous exploration and exploitation concessions, which Aim-... 

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