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Data-management systems supplied to Tanzania gold mines

By: Mia Breytenbach Despite a current lull in mining and exploration projects in Tanzania, Australia-based mining software solutions and services provider Micromine has this year supplied two of its mining data-management solutions to the gold mining industry in Tanzania and aims to increase its software supply to... 

Drilling programme scheduled for November completion

Following the successful completion of $4-million financing in July, exploration company Helio Resources has approved a $1.5-million diamond-drilling programme for its SMP gold project, in south-west Tanzania. The SMP gold project covers a 238 km2 area in the Lupa goldfield, while gold... 

Drilling programme scheduled for November completion
NEW RESOURCE At a 1 g/t cutoff, the resource reported 9.44-million tonnes grading 2.1 g/t gold in the indicated category

Junior explorer aims for first graphite production in 2016

By: Mia Breytenbach ASX-listed junior explorer Kibaran Resources expects to complete the feasibility and project evaluation study of its Epanko graphite deposit, part of the Mahenge graphite project, in south-east Tanzania, by mid-2015, says Kibaran Resources executive director Andrew Spinks, adding that, upon... 

Junior explorer aims for first graphite  production in 2016
Photo by Bloomberg
GRAPHITE PROSPECT Kibaran aims to reach first production at its Epanko graphite project, in Tanzania, in 2016

Mining lab extends services to Tanzania

By: Mia Breytenbach Mining laboratory quality-control services provider Qotho Laboratory Services will conduct an audit for accreditation purposes for a commercial gold-testing laboratory in the Mwanza region of Tanzania, says technical director Nhlanhla Mamba. He tells Mining Weekly that Qotho will start the... 

Mining lab extends services to Tanzania
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TESTING SCHEME PARTICIPANT Tanzania is one of the 15 participants in both the gold and the iron-ore proficiency testing schemes

Outlook for Tanzania mining industry still positive – Ministry

By: Mia Breytenbach Despite a recognised slowdown in exploration spending owing to credit challenges, Tanzania’s Ministry of Energy and Minerals believes the country’s mining industry remains vibrant as it diversifies its commodity base from gold to base metals, including iron, copper and nickel, and to energy... 

Outlook for Tanzania mining industry still positive – Ministry
NEW PROSPECTS There is potential for new medium midtier and large-scale mines on the horizon for Tanzania, despite current market conditions

Tanzania mining needs regulatory certainty, transparency – law firm

By: Mia Breytenbach Tanzania’s mining industry is currently facing several key challenges, including the need to attract investment for exploration in a difficult financial climate, compounded by regulatory uncertainty discouraging additional investment, states law firm Norton Rose Fulbright Tanzania director Adam... 

Tanzania mining needs regulatory certainty, transparency – law firm
MINING PROSPECTS To unlock mining potential in Tanzania, more investment in infrastructure and power is required

Tanzania mining sees uptake in reinvestment

By: Mia Breytenbach Tanzania’s mining sector has suffered in recent years, owing to “an unpleasant cocktail” of escalating production costs, a subdued gold price, fiscal and regulatory uncertainty, and power shortages in the country’s north-west, says strategy and communications consultancy africapractice Tanzania... 

Tanzania mining sees uptake in reinvestment
Photo by Matt Mawson
RENEWED INTEREST Mining companies have worked hard to lower their all-in production costs, while companies appear willing to reinvest in exploration and development in Tanzania

Romarco receives S Carolina water permit, shakes hands with enviro groups

By: Henry Lazenby TSX-listed Romarco Minerals this week made strides towards completing project permitting for its flagship Haile gold project, in South Carolina, after receiving its water quality certification from the state of South Carolina and clinching agreements with several environmentalist groups not to... 

Romarco receives S Carolina water permit, shakes hands with enviro groups

Canada Carbon sets ‘gold standard’ for graphite purity in pilot flotation tests 

By: Henry Lazenby The preliminary results from pilot-scale flotation processing of ore from Quebec-focused project developer Canada Carbon’s Miller property has set a new ‘gold standard’ in graphite purity obtained from simple flotation processing. The TSX-V-listed company last week reported that testing by... 

Canada Carbon sets ‘gold standard’ for graphite purity in pilot flotation tests

Western Areas partners with Gunson, Monax on exploration

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Nickel miner Western Areas is advancing its exploration drive by signing a farm-in and joint venture (JV) agreements with fellow-listed Gunson Resources and Monax Mining. Western Areas told shareholders on Thursday that the agreements provided the company with a staged programme to acquire up to... 

Western Areas partners with Gunson, Monax on exploration

Vittangi delivers positive results for Talga

By: Esmarie Swanepoel A scoping study into ASX-listed Talga Resources’ Vittangi graphite project, in Sweden, has indicated that the project could deliver about 46 000 t/y of graphite and 1 000 t/y of graphene over a 20-year mine life. The project would mine at a rate of about 250 000 t/y. 

Vittangi delivers positive results for Talga

Ivanhoe blasts media report alleging South African transgressions

By: Henry Lazenby Ivanhoe Mines on Wednesday hit back at a media report by Bloomberg that, among other accusations, alleged the company had rigged representative elections to a community trust that was set up as part of a broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) deal that gave 20 local communities a 26%... 

Ivanhoe blasts media report alleging South African transgressions

Laramide resources consolidates interest in Australian uranium project

By: Henry Lazenby TSX- and ASX-listed Laramide Resources on Wednesday reported that it had entered into a ‘sale purchase agreement’ (SPA) to buy out partner Gulf Copper’s full interest in the Gulf JV tenement EL 29898 in Australia’s Northern Territory, thereby further consolidating interest in its flagship asset.... 

Laramide resources consolidates interest in Australian uranium project

Dart Mining urges ‘no action’ on takeover offer

Melbourne-based exploration and development company Dart Mining said on Monday that it had received a takeover offer from an undisclosed bidder, but recommended shareholders take no action. Dart Mining, which is focused on the Unicorn molybdenum/copper/silver project in Victoria, said the bidder... 

Fission Uranium to graduate to TSX main board

By: Henry Lazenby Athabasca Basin explorer Fission Uranium on Friday announced that the TSX had given it conditional approval to move its common stock listing from the TSX-V Exchange to the main board. The company explained that it expected its TSX-listed common shares to start trading when the morning bell rang... 

Fission Uranium to graduate to TSX main board

Alecto appoints new executive chairperson

By: Leandi Kolver Aim-listed West and East Africa-focused mineral exploration company Alecto Minerals on Friday announced the appointment of Mark Wellesley-Wood as nonexecutive chairperson with immediate effect. Wellesley-Wood, who was until recently a director within the corporate finance division of Investec... 

Alecto appoints new executive chairperson

Commander options majority stake in South Voisey’s Bay nickel project to Fjordland

By: Henry Lazenby TSX-V-listed Fjordland Exploration on Thursday reported that private firm Commander Resources had given it the option to acquire up to 70% of the South Voisey's Bay nickel/cobalt project, in central Labrador. The two explorers had executed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), under which... 

Commander options majority stake in South Voisey’s Bay nickel project to Fjordland

Cassini gears up for PFS work at West Musgrave

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Junior explorer Cassini Resources was hoping to start prefeasibility level studies at its West Musgrave nickel project, in Western Australia, by early next year. Cassini MD Richard Bevan told delegates at the Paydirt Nickel conference that the company was currently undertaking a 25 000 m infill... 

White Cliffs raises cash for exploration

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Junior nickel and gold explorer White Cliff Minerals has secured a $4-million funding agreement with New York-based investment firm Magna Equities. Under the convertible note facility, White Cliff would receive $500 000 within the five business days of closing, with an additional $500 000... 

PEA gives Namibia Rare Earths investors a sense of things to come

By: Henry Lazenby A preliminary economic assessment (PEA) of the Lofdal rare earths project, in Namibia, had given investors in project promoter Namibia Rare Earths their first positive indications of the economic potential of the project. The TSX-listed project developer on Wednesday reported the positive... 

PEA gives Namibia Rare Earths investors a sense of things to come

Richmont Mines to rush ramp progress at Island Gold mine, Ontario

By: Henry Lazenby Canadian junior gold producer Richmont Mines on Tuesday announced that it would accelerate ramp construction to the 1.1-million-ounce inferred resource extension below the corporation's cornerstone Island Gold mine, in Ontario. The TSX- and NYSE MKT-listed miner explained that it intended to ink... 

Richmont Mines to rush ramp progress at Island Gold mine, Ontario

Seabridge Gold’s KSM project gets early-stage construction permits

By: Henry Lazenby British Columbia-focused project developer Seabridge Gold on Monday announced that it had received early-stage construction permits for its KSM project from the provincial government. The TSX-listed company reported that it had been granted the authority to construct and use roadways along the... 

Ivanhoe Mines reports positive bench-scale testwork on Kamoa, DRC

By: Henry Lazenby Africa-concerned project developer Ivanhoe Mines on Monday reported the positive initial results of bench-scale metallurgical flotation testwork at the company's Kamoa copper project, near the mining centre of Kolwezi, in the Democratic Republic of Congo's southern province of Katanga. XPS... 

Ivanhoe Mines reports positive bench-scale testwork on Kamoa, DRC

Quebec and Labrador First Nations draw the line against uranium

By: Henry Lazenby At a workshop on uranium development hosted by the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) on Friday, First Nations from across the region reaffirmed their opposition to uranium development on their territories and throughout Quebec. In March 2013, the AFNQL passed a resolution inviting... 

Quebec and Labrador First Nations draw the line against uranium

Minotaur launches SPP

By: Esmarie Swanepoel ASX-listed explorer Minotaur on Friday launched a share purchase plan (SPP) in the hopes of raising some A$5-million to fund its copper/gold exploration work in Queensland, and its nickel/gold exploration in Western Australia. Shares under the SPP would be priced at 12.5% discount to the... 

Gold Road raises A$23.2m for exploration

By: Esmarie Swanepoel ASX-listed Gold Road Resources on Friday announced that it would raise about A$23.2-million through a share placement to institutional and sophisticated investors. The miner would place some 77.3-million shares, at a price of 30c each, to raise the capital. 

Gold Road raises A$23.2m for exploration

Company provides on-site mine shelters

By: Bruce Montiea Specialised multidisciplinary engineering, lifting and materials handling company Akhanani Electromechanical Engineering this year launched a portable workshop structure – the Dome Shelter – providing South African mining companies with a flexible and user-friendly way of constructing on-site... 

Company provides  on-site mine shelters
UNDER SHELTER The Dome Shelters work as shelter and protection for plant and equipment

Earthmoving company reaches milestone with new scraper

Earthmoving machinery and construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar’s Decatur, Illinois facility, in the US, last month launched the facility’s latest wheel tractor-scraper, reaching a milestone total of 75 000 wheel tractor-scrapers that the facility has produced over the years. The... 

Earthmoving company reaches milestone with new scraper
HEAVYWEIGHT Wheel tractor-scrapers have been updated over the years to meet the changing requirements of earthmoving projects

More bulk for mines using new conveyor

Mines can save time and money by moving larger volumes of their mined materials using the Helix 800 – the new flexible screw conveyor by global bulk materials handling equipment manufacturer Hapman, says product manager Mike Zeluff. “Launched in July, the Helix 800 is one of the largest flexible... 

More bulk for mines using new conveyor
MOVING BULK The Helix 800 enables mines to move large volumes of mined materials

It’s hit-and-miss for Pangolin Diamonds at Magi, Botswana

By: Henry Lazenby Toronto-based explorer Pangolin Diamonds on Thursday revealed that it had recovered four more diamonds from the Magi kimberlitic sandy tuff at its Tsabong North project, in south-west Botswana. The TSX-V-listed company, which was currently exploring for diamonds on four licences in Botswana,... 

It’s hit-and-miss for Pangolin Diamonds at Magi, Botswana

Northern Star calls for govt action on exploration

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Gold miner Northern Star Resources has called on the Western Australian government to invest more on exploration incentives, rather than lobbying an additional tax on the gold industry. Speaking at a Western Australia Mining Club event, in Perth, Northern Star MD Bill Beament said the state... 

Northern Star calls for govt action on exploration

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