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Arianne Phosphate gets favourable public hearing opinion in Quebec

By: Henry Lazenby     27th October 2015 Project developer Arianne Phosphate has received a favourable outcome from public hearings conducted by Quebec’s Office of Public Hearings on the Environment (BAPE) for its Lac à Paul project, in Quebec's Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, signalling that the provincial government would issue its... 

TomaGold consolidates position around Monster Lake, halts Arizona plans

By: Henry Lazenby     26th October 2015 Project developer TomaGold has signed two agreements allowing it to consolidate its position around the Monster Lake property, 44 km southwest of the town of Chibougamau, in north-western Quebec, where it could earn a 50% interest from Iamgold. The TSX-V-listed explorer on Monday announced that... 

Mining companies urged to steer clear of ‘investment landmines’

By: Simon Rees     26th October 2015 Mining companies operating in higher-risk jurisdictions need to remain wary of potential “investment landmines” beyond corruption concerns. That included local employment issues, monitoring political power structures and engaging stakeholders, Veracity CEO Steven Fox told an audience at a recent... 

Mining solutions provider promotes fog cannon

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2015 Environmental mining solutions provider FlowCentric Mining Technologies’ Rhino Evaporator dual-purpose fog cannon can suppress dust and also enhances the natural evaporation process by fracturing water into smaller size droplets. Owing to the high concentrations of dissolved heavy metals and... 

Mining solutions provider promotes fog cannon
RHINO EVAPORATOR. The dual purpose fog cannon is more cost effective than water treatment and works faster than evaporation ponds.

CCS can decrease CTL CO2 emissions

By: Bruce Montiea     23rd October 2015 The 30-million tons a year of concentrated carbon dioxide (CO2) released by the South African synthetic fuel industry can effectively be reduced through the carbon capture and storage (CCS) process, says South African National Energy Development Institute cleaner fossil fuel use senior manager... 

CCS can decrease CTL CO2 emissions
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LIMITING DAMAGE The carbon capture and storage process helps with decreasing the amount of carbon dioxide released through the coal-to-liquids process

Company promotes cost-effective in-pit crushing solution

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2015 Plant engineering company ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa (TKIS SA) says its in-pit semimobile crushing system (SMCS) can lead to significantly reduced capital and operating expenditure (capex and opex), as well as carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. According to TKIS SA’s minerals... 

Company promotes cost-effective in-pit crushing solution
SEMIMOBILE CRUSHING SYSTEM ThyssenKrupp's In-Pit crushing solutions can be implemented for most in-pit mineral mining

Dismissed Delta CEO reinstated following arbitration

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd October 2015 The board of directors of junior coal exploration and mining company Delta Mining Consolidated (DMC) in August reappointed Heine van Niekerk as company CEO following a ruling by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to overturn his dismissal for alleged intellectual... 

Dismissed Delta CEO reinstated following arbitration
RIETKUIL EXPLORATORY WORK The project has a coal resource of about 200-million tons of which Delta Mining Consolidated aims to mine 2.5-million tons to 3-million tons of run-of-mine coal a year

Mining contractor refocuses on after sales service offering

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2015 Environmental opencast mining contractor DynaD has renewed its focus on its after-sales services, partly owing to slow growth and development in a lacklustre coal sector, says DynaD drill and blasting director Chris Bester. “Nothing much happened in the coal industry in the past year,” he says,... 

Mining contractor refocuses on after sales service offering
DK DRILL RIG DynaD service offering includes refurbishing the DK drill rig range

Call to action for review of crippling Davis tax proposals 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd October 2015 The South African mining industry has until October 31 to comment on the first round of recommendations of the Davis Committee on Tax, several of which are seen as having the potential to fundamentally change South Africa’s mining landscape for the worse. Many commentators are suggesting the... 

Call to action for review of crippling Davis tax proposals
Photo by Duane Daws
Muhammad Saloojee

Monax takes another 12 leases in NT

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st October 2015 ASX-listed explorer Monax Mining would acquire an additional 12 mining leases in the Mt Ringwood area, in the Northern Territory, from Newmarket Gold NT Holdings. Under the terms of the agreement, Monax would buy the mining leases for an up-front cash consideration of A$25 000, as well as a A$100... 

Resource lobby groups look forward to collaborative policy development with Prime Minister-designate 

By: Henry Lazenby     20th October 2015 Canada’s resource lobby groups have welcomed Canada’s new Prime Minister-elect Justin Trudeau, saying they are optimistic about collaborating with the new Liberal government to further advance resource policy reforms to the benefit of the Canadian economy. The Liberal leader on Tuesday afternoon... 

Resource lobby groups look forward to collaborative policy development with Prime Minister-designate
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Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister-elect and leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Eastmain embraces transition phase as it gears up for Eau Claire development

By: Henry Lazenby     20th October 2015 Award-winning exploration company Eastmain Resources is preparing for a strategic step-change as it gears up to start development at its flagship Eau Claire gold deposit, part of the Clearwater project, in the James Bay region of Quebec. To kick-start the transition process, TSX-listed Eastmain... 

Oz Minerals, Minotaur firm up Mt Wood exploration venture

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th October 2015 Copper miner Oz Minerals has inked a heads of agreement with fellow-listed Minotaur Exploration to make good on its promise to accelerate the search for brownfield copper resources in South Australia. The arrangement would allow Minotaur unfettered access to the Oz Minerals’ database over the... 

Heron updates Woodlawn tailings resource

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th October 2015 Minerals developer Heron Resources has updated the resource estimate at its Woodlawn tailings retreatment project, in New South Wales, to incorporate additional drilling done between 2008 and 2011. A mineral resource of 9.83-million tonnes, grading 2.25% zinc, 0.51% copper, 1.33% lead, 0.31 g/t... 

S2 Resources debuts on ASX

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th October 2015 The recently demerged S2 Resources on Monday made its debut on the ASX, with shares opening at 22c each. The company was established following the September merger of diversified miner Independence Group and Sirius Resources, which also saw Sirius shareholders approve the demerger of the Polar... 

Company launches ERP system for explorers 

By: Bruce Montiea     16th October 2015 Business improvement and technology company Barnstone will, at the end of this month, release its Barnstone Exploration Solution enterprise resource planning (ERP) system aimed at enabling exploration companies to run their operations effectively and efficiently, exploration and mining... 

Company launches ERP system for explorers
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RECOGNISED EFFICIENCY The Barnstone Exploration Solution is a full-blown SAP system for junior and midtier exploration companies

Company updates exploration technology

By: Bruce Montiea     16th October 2015 Mining software, hardware and services provider Maptek updated its I-Site 8200 three-dimensional laser scanning technology in August. The technology allows for fast and accurate data capturing and analysis in exploration projects, says Maptek I-Site Africa regional manager Elton du Plessis. Since... 

Company updates  exploration technology
MINERAL EXPLORATION The I-Site 8200 technology enables fast and accurate data capturing and analysis in exploration projects

Exploration companies in Africa should use information to enhance projects

     16th October 2015 Undertaking exploration projects is increasingly becoming a challenge owing to a lack of available equity, says Australia-based consulting company Optiro director Mark Warren, noting that this makes it difficult for explorers to add value to their companies. However, he says there is available... 

Exploration company expands projects

By: Bruce Montiea     16th October 2015 The Benin government’s award of exploration rights to mineralised tantalum and gem bearing pegmatites to multi-commodity mining and natural resource company Premier African Minerals, in April, supports the company’s strategy of expanding its exploration projects, Premier says. “The mining... 

Exploration company expands projects
FIELDWORK A first code compliant resource estimate for eluvial columbo-tantalite showings at the Toumi artisanal mining site is planned for spring next year

Exploration industry remains challenging

     16th October 2015 The exploration and mining industry remains challenging for investors and mining consultancies, with a decline in market activity, says mining consultancy The MSA Group geology operations manager Michael Cronwright. Cronwright says since the peak in exploration budgets in 2012, at about... 

Exploration industry remains challenging
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UNATTRACTIVE PRICE Low commodity prices is among the factors that contribute to a lack of investor appetite

Mine orders two additional chillers as it reaches 1 700 m depth

By: Dylan Slater     16th October 2015 Limpopo-based copper miner Palabora Mining Company (PMC) acquired two additional 3 500 kW York CYK compound centrifugal chillers in December 2014 from diversified technology company Johnson Controls Building Efficiency.  

Mine orders two  additional chillers as it reaches 1 700 m depth
CHILLER COMMISSIONING TEAM The team responsible for commissioning of the chillers

New system aids exploration reporting

     16th October 2015 Geological consulting and exploration management company RSC Global has developed a new system for managing the quality of public reporting on exploration projects, which is making inroads into the South African and Canadian reporting jurisdictions. The RSC Mineral Intelligence (RSC-MI) system... 

New system aids  exploration reporting
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EXPLORATION REPORTING The RSC Mineral Intelligence reporting system is for activities such as target acquisition, market research and resource comparison

Obtaining approvals a challenge for mine development

By: Bruce Montiea     16th October 2015 Obtaining the necessary statutory permitting approvals and licences to operate in a timely and cost-effective manner is a major challenge to mine development in South Africa, says multicommodity exploration company White Rivers Exploration (WRE) executive director Refilwe Monageng. He says the... 

Obtaining approvals a challenge for mine development
PROSPECTING White Rivers Exploration is in a joint venture with Harmony Gold to explore and develop the Beisa prospect

Phosphate project to get under way  

By: Bruce Montiea     16th October 2015 The prefeasibility study at mineral exploration and development company Montero Mining and Exploration’s phosphate project, in Saldanha Bay, Western Cape, is expected to start soon, with the goal of completion in 2016, after which, if positive, the project will go into a bankable feasibility... 

Formal resource assessment commissioned for Red Moon's Newfoundland project

By: Henry Lazenby     14th October 2015 Eastern Canada-focused explorer Red Moon Potash has tasked consulting engineering firm Apex Geoscience of Edmonton, Alberta, to undertake a formal resource assessment of its Captain Cook halite (rock salt) deposit, in western Newfoundland. The report would seek to establish a maiden resource... 

Private UAE firm partners with First Mexican Gold to explore Guadalupe project

By: Henry Lazenby     14th October 2015 TSX-V-listed explorer First Mexican Gold has inked a definitive accord with private United Arab Emirates firm Link Natural Resources (LNR) to form a 50/50 joint-venture (JV) that would advance the Guadalupe precious metals project, with First Mexican designated as the operator. LNR would acquire... 

Alara raises funds for Oman projects

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th October 2015 Junior explorer Alara Resources will undertake a renounceable rights issue to raise up to A$2.48-million to extend the Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant resource at its Washihi/Daris projects, in Oman. Under the rights issue, shareholders would be able to subscribe for one new fully paid... 

Shareholders shoot down Denison, Fission merger

By: Henry Lazenby     13th October 2015 Canadian explorer Fission Uranium shareholders have opposed a proposed takeover bid by uranium exploration and development company Denison Mines, terminating the deal.  At the deadline for submission of proxies on October 9, Denison's shareholders strongly supported the arrangement, but Fission... 

Shareholders shoot down Denison, Fission merger
Photo by Fission Uranium
Drilling on Fission Uranium's Patterson Lake South project, Saskatchewan.

IMX upgrades Shimba resource

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th October 2015 Recent drilling has converted nearly 62% of the high-grade Shimba mineral resource, at the Chilalo graphite project, in Tanzania, into the indicated category. Owner IMX Resources reported on Tuesday that the Shimba deposit was now estimated to host a high-grade resource of some 9.2-million... 

Hot Chili's shares rise on target discovery

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th October 2015 The ASX share price of junior Hot Chili Resources rose by 20% on Monday, after the company revealed four additional large copper porphyry targets at its flagship Productora project, in Chile. The results from a geophysical survey indicated that the targets were likely the source of a 6.5-km-long... 

Company increases investment in niobium project

     9th October 2015 ASX-listed company Cradle Resources indicated in July that Africa-focussed mining platform Tremont Investments increased its shareholding in the Panda Hill niobium project, in Tanzania, to 37.5%. Tremont invested $5-million to acquire a further 12.5% stake in the project, bringing its investment... 

Company increases  investment in  niobium project
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ADDITIONAL INVESTMENT Tremont Investments increased its investment in the Panda Hill niobium project, in Tanzania, to to derisk the project

ADR plant boosts gold and silver recovery at Tanzania mine

     9th October 2015 An absorption, desorption and refining (ADR) plant supplied by global engineering company FLSmidth has allowed Tanzanian gold miner Shanta Mining Company Limited (SMCL) to boost its gold and silver recovery at the New Luika gold mine, in south-west Tanzania. FLSmidth business development manager... 

ADR plant boosts gold and silver  recovery at Tanzania mine
GOLD RECOVERY BOOSTED FLSmidth has allowed Tanzanian gold miner Shanta Mining Company Limited to boost its gold and silver recovery at the New Luika gold mine, in south-west Tanzania

Coal-to-power DFS to be completed by year-end

By: Kimberley Smuts     9th October 2015 Tanzania-based minerals exploration and development company Kibo Mining will complete the integrated mining and power definitive feasibility study (DFS) for its Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP) by the end of the year, provided there are no unexpected delays, the company says. Kibo completed the... 

Coal-to-power DFS to be completed by year-end
DFS UNDERWAY Kibo Mining will complete the integrated mining and power definitive feasibility study DFS for its Mbeya coal-to-power project by the end of the year

Gold project mineral resource updated

     9th October 2015 Canada-based junior exploration company Helio Resource Corp in March reported that it had received an updated National Instrument 43-101-compliant mineral resource estimate for its SMP gold project in Tanzania, from industry consultants Snowden Mining. The purpose of the mineral resource estimate... 

JV formed to progress Nyanzaga project

     9th October 2015 Tanzanian gold miner Acacia Mining in September announced the formation of an earn-in joint venture (JV) with precious and base metals explorer OreCorp to progress the Nyanzaga project, in Tanzania. OreCorp will act as manager of the project and will be able to earn up to a 25% ownership in... 

JV formed to progress Nyanzaga project
Photo by Duane Daws
DRILLING Acacia's step-out infill drilling programme at Nyanzaga has extended the project's known gold mineralisation

Mineral exploration company to start drilling campaign

By: Kimberley Smuts     9th October 2015 ASX-listed mineral exploration and development company Strandline Resources will start a major drilling campaign in Tanzania once its acquisition of public Australian exploration company Jacana Minerals Tanzania has been completed, Strandline Resources tells Mining Weekly. The acquisition is... 

Mineral exploration company to start drilling campaign
DRILLING CAMPAIGN TO BEGIN Strandline Resources will start a major drilling campaign in Tanzania once its acquisition of public Australian exploration company Jacana Minerals Tanzania has been completed

Production targets of graphite project increased

     9th October 2015 Perth-based graphite developer, Kibaran Resources’ updated production growth strategy has confirmed that the company’s Epanko and Merelani-Arusha graphite projects, in Tanzania, have the potential to produce a combined 150 000 t/y of concentrate by the sixth year of mining and processing. These... 

Production  targets of graphite project increased
INCREASED PRODUCTION TARGETS Kibaran Resources’ updated production growth strategy has confirmed that the company’s graphite projects, in Tanzania, have the potential to produce a combined 150 000 t/y of concentrate by the sixth year of mining and processing

Rare earths BFS to be completed in 2016

By: Kimberley Smuts     9th October 2015 ASX-listed exploration company Peak Resources aims to complete the bankable feasibility study (BFS) for its Ngualla project, in Tanzania, by the end of 2016 to allow for a final development decision to be made in 2017. The Ngualla project hosts one of the world’s highest-grade undeveloped... 

Rare earths BFS to be completed in 2016
NGUALLA HILL Peak Resources aims to complete the bankable feasibility study for its Ngualla project, in Tanzania, by the end of 2016

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