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Teck abandons Marindi JV

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     30th April 2018 ASX-listed junior Marindi Metals has regained full ownership of the Yalco exploration project, in the Northern Territory, after Teck Australia withdrew from the joint venture (JV). Teck, which was earning a 70% interest in the project area, has spent over A$3-million on the project since the JV... 

MGX looking forward to booking first revenue by Oct as commercial petrolithium plants deploy

By: Henry Lazenby     28th April 2018 Budding energy metals producer MGX Minerals is looking forward to generating its first revenues later this year as the first commercial petrolithium extraction systems deploy to sites in Utah and Alberta. “It’s a liability until it becomes an asset,” president and CEO Jared Lazerson says of the... 

MGX looking forward to booking first revenue by Oct as commercial petrolithium plants deploy
Photo by MGX Minerals
Lithium carbonate produced from oilfield brine using MGX's rapid recovery process

Archer weighs options for non-graphite projects

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th April 2018 ASX-listed junior Archer Exploration has announced a strategic review of its non-graphite assets to consider long-term shareholder value. The company said on Friday that the review would include the investigation of a separately listed company holding the non-graphite project, which might be... 

Uncertainty remains in mining industry, technology transformation arising

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     27th April 2018 Recent changes in political leadership suggest that the South African mining industry may be moving towards a clearer operating framework but much uncertainty remains, says consulting engineering and science company SRK Consulting partner and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl. “This uncertainty... 

Uncertainty remains in mining industry, technology transformation arising
INNOVATION IMPERATIVE Innovative thinking must be embedded into all specialist disciplines of consulting engineering so that the full benefit of modern invention can be applied

Mandela Mining Precinct to produce next gen mining equipment

By: Nadine James     27th April 2018 The Mandela Mining Precinct’s primary objective is to drive research, development and innovation and the investment therein, and it is extremely important, in terms of the local industry’s sustainability, that the next generation of mining equipment is developed by indigenous South African... 

Mandela Mining Precinct to produce next gen mining equipment
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BRAINSTORMING The Mandela Mining Precinct’s research and development workstreams are tackling challenges pertaining to dilution, narrow seams, and hard rock mining

Mandela Mining Precinct seeks to safeguard jobs, says Chamber of Mines

By: Nadine James     27th April 2018 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) is excited about the launch of the Mandela Mining Precinct, which seeks to preserve jobs while creating new skilled positions through its support, research, industrial and sustainable development initiatives for the local mining sector, says CoM senior executive:... 

Mandela Mining Precinct seeks to safeguard jobs, says Chamber of Mines
SIETSE VAN DER WOUDE Industry has to address needs pertaining to the skills, health, safety and personal fulfilment of workers, while ensuring that mining operations become more efficient, and profitable

2015 Mining Phakisa birthed Mandela Mining Precinct

By: Nadine James     27th April 2018 The Mandela Mining Precinct, as one of the key initiatives that resulted from the 2015 Mining Phakisa, is important in terms of developing new mining technologies that support the sustainability, efficiency, and longevity of the South African mining industry while simultaneously catalysing... 

2015 Mining Phakisa birthed Mandela  Mining Precinct
JEFF RADEBE AND RUDI DICKS The Mining Phakisa was a government initiative led by the Presidency aimed at developing a shared vision and growth strategy for the long-term development and transformation of the mining sector

W completes drilling campaign at Tarouca tungsten project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2018 Aim-listed W Resources has completed a reverse circulation (RC) drilling campaign at its Tarouca tungsten and tin exploration licence in Portugal.  

N American oil & gas, mining sectors released a third of total 2013 pollution – report

By: Henry Lazenby     25th April 2018 A new report that fine-combed the national pollutant release and transfer registers (PRTRs) of Canada, the US and Mexico to explore pollutant data reported by industrial facilities, has pointed to the critical need to standardise the way information is collected across the three jurisdictions,... 

N American oil & gas, mining sectors released a third of total 2013 pollution – report

Ivanhoe reaches Platreef Shaft 1 milestone 750 m below surface

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd April 2018 Blockbuster mine developer Ivanhoe Mines has reached a significant development milestone at its Platreef platinum/palladium/ gold/nickel/copper discovery on the northern limb of South Africa’s Bushveld Complex, after Shaft 1 has reached a depth of 750 m. Lateral development will take place from... 

Ivanhoe reaches Platreef Shaft 1 milestone 750 m below surface

First Centenera drill hole hits strong Cu/Au mineralisation at Esperanza

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd April 2018 The maiden drill hole at junior explorer Centenera Mining's Esperanza project, in Argentina, has hit strong copper and gold mineralisation from surface to about 166 m. The Vancouver-based company reported the results of the first 166 m of the 387-m-deep drill hole 18-ESP-025, returning 166 m... 

Ferrum Crescent appoints Spanish consultancy at Toral

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd April 2018 European explorer Ferrum Crescent has engaged the services of Spanish consultancy Mining Sense to complement the existing operational team at the Toral lead/zinc/silver project. Led by Mining Sense technical director Jesús Montero, the consultancy team will assist with the preperation of... 

Apollo plans IPO for Constellation subsidiary

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd April 2018 ASX-listed junior Apollo Minerals announced plans to list its Fraser Range nickel/copper and gold assets on the Australian bourse through an initial public offering (IPO). The separate listing of Apollo’s subsidiary Constellation Resources, would allow the company to focus its efforts on its... 

Toro launches Yandal gold project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd April 2018 Uranium developer Toro Energy has initiated the Yandal gold project, which would see the company undertake gold exploration at its Lake Maitland uranium project, in Western Australia. The company at the end of last week flagged the possibility of hunting for other minerals within its Wiluna... 

Mining firms from China to Canada watch as Greenland holds election

By: Reuters     21st April 2018 With melting ice expanding access to the Arctic, investors from China to Canada are watching Greenland's election next week for signs of the political will to get a flagging mining programme on the island back on track. Greenland is hoping rising commodity prices can help attract foreign... 

Mining firms from China to Canada watch as Greenland holds election

IronRidge secures additional exploration rights

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th April 2018 Aim-listed IronRidge Resources’ joint venture (JV) with Joy Transporters over the Saltpond and Cape Coast projects, in Ghana, has been finalised.  

Toro hunting for gold at Wiluna

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th April 2018 Uranium developer Toro Energy has told shareholders that it was evaluating other avenues to extract value from its Wiluna project, in Western Australia, given the current suppressed uranium price. The ASX-listed company said on Friday that it was assessing Wiluna’s prospectivity to host other... 

SA to remain among top nickel producers

By: Victor Moolman     20th April 2018 Market research company BMI Research forecasts that South Africa will remain among the top ten nickel producers in the world, with an estimated 49 500 t expected to be produced this year. South Africa has several nickel-producing mines, with one of the largest being the Nkomati mine, in... 

SA to remain among  top nickel producers
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SOUTH AFRICAN GROWTH New nickel mining projects that are under way will boost South Africa’s nickel production

Positive growth for African copper industry expected

By: Victor Moolman     20th April 2018 Market research firm BMI Research (BMI), a member of the Fitch Group, predicts positive production growth for the copper mining industry and in copper mine project development across Africa in its copper market research report ‘Global Industry Overview’, released last month. BMI commodities... 

Positive growth for African copper industry expected
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COPPER POTENTIAL The Prieska zinc-copper project in South Africa shows continued growth

First phase of Lesotho diamond mine project poised for commercial production in second half of 2018

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th April 2018 Angola- and Lesotho-focused diamond miner Lucapa Diamond Company believes that once the Mothae diamond mine, in Lesotho, enters into full production, the operation, paired with the company’s Lulo alluvial diamond mine, in Angola, will position it as one of few worldwide to have two mines... 

First phase of Lesotho diamond mine project poised for  commercial production in second half of 2018
MINING POTENTIAL Lucapa made its first diamond recoveries from Mothae last month, with the largest of the about two dozen diamonds recovered in the first test run being 6.6 ct

Latin America the leading region in new global wave of exploration

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th April 2018 Worldwide, the mining industry has been recovering from the slump that started in 2012. “After a challenging 2013/14 when the prices of commodities plummeted across the board, 2016 and 2017 have seen resurging prices of aluminium, copper, zinc, nickel, lead, palladium, and more modestly in gold,”... 

Latin America the leading region in new global wave of exploration

Denison outlines more high-grade mineralisation at Gryphon

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2018 Uranium explorer and development company Denison Mines has discovered more high-grade uranium ore 600 m and 1 km to the northeast of the Gryphon uranium deposit, on the company’s 63.3%-owned Wheeler River project, in northern Saskatchewan, the company reported on Wednesday. With the 21 153 m... 

Phoenix Global PEA lifts Idaho-based Empire mine output 16%

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2018 A preliminary economic assessment (PE) of LSE-quoted project developer Phoenix Global Mining’s historic Empire mine, in Idaho, has outlined a 16% improved production scenario over previous estimates, taking only the openpit copper oxide resource into consideration. The PEA shows an average copper... 

Northcliff hopeful of ‘timely conclusion’ of Sisson permitting

By: Henry Lazenby     18th April 2018 Project developer Northcliff Resources is hopeful for a timely conclusion of the amendment process of the applicable metal mining effluent regulations, in consultation with all stakeholders and led by Environment Canada and Climate Change, for its Sisson tungsten/molybdenum mine, in New... 

Callinex lifts Nash Creek resources in New Brunswick’s Bathurst Camp

By: Henry Lazenby     17th April 2018 Base metals-focused Callinex Mines has reported a substantial resource increase at the near-surface Nash Creek deposit, in New Brunswick’s Bathurst Mining Camp. The Canadian National Instrument 43-101-compliant indicated resource rose 74% over prior estimates to 963-million pounds of zinc... 

Maiden resource announced at Connemara’s Stonepark JV

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th April 2018 Irish gold and zinc explorer Connemara Mining has announced a maiden inferred resource estimate at its Stonepark zinc project, in Limerick. The joint venture (JV) project between Group Eleven (76.56%) and Connemara (23.44%) has a mineral resource estimate of 5.3-million tonnes, grading 11.15%... 

Beowulf inks graphite collaboration deal with Finnish university

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th April 2018 Aim-listed Beowulf has signed a graphite collaboration agreement with Åbo Akademi University, formalising an agreement that the company has forged with the university, in Turku, Finland, over several years. The agreement is focused on knowledge sharing, the identification of graphite prospects,... 

Nemaska secures $150m streaming deal with private lender Orion

By: Henry Lazenby     16th April 2018 Quebec-based lithium producer Nemaska Lithium has secured a $150-million streaming financing deal with private lender Orion Mine Finance Group. Under terms of the streaming deal, Orion will take 14.5% of the lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate produced at Shawinigan and that are sold to third... 

AfriForum, TKAG welcome Shell’s indication to withdraw from shale gas exploration

By: Anine Kilian     16th April 2018 AfriForum and the Treasure THE Karoo Action Group (TKAG) view Shell South Africa’s indication of its intention to withdraw from shale gas exploration in the Karoo as a major victory for those who care about the environment, TKAG said in a statement on Monday. The Herald last week reported that... 

Minotaur signs up for NT exploration

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th April 2018 ASX-listed explorer Minotaur Exploration has entered into a joint venture (JV) agreement with fellow-listed Andromeda Metals in the Northern Territory. Under the terms of the agreement, Minotaur would sole fund up to A$5-million through a staged earn-in over a maximum six-year period, to earn a... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 The Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018) is scheduled to make its debut on the Canadian resource conference circuit between June 16 and 21, in Vancouver, and is shaping up to be an event unlike the myriad of competing forums held in Canada throughout the year. RFG2018 chairperson... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver
Photo by Resources for Future Generations Conference
RFG2018 chairperson John Thompson

Genesis raises A$5m for exploration

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th April 2018 Junior Genesis Minerals will raise A$5-million through the placement of some 156.2-million shares, at an issue price of 3.2c each. The placement will be made to institutional and sophisticated investors, and will be undertaken under Genesis’ existing placement capacity. The new shares will rank... 

Shareholders give thumbs up for Leagold/Brio merger

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 The shareholders of both Leagold Mining and Brio Gold have voted in favour of a friendly $264-million all-scrip offer by Leagold to acquire Brio. Brio now intends to seek a final order approving the transaction from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice by next Tuesday. Assuming all other... 

West and Central African Mining Summit to tackle vital issues

13th April 2018 The upcoming tenth West and Central African (WaCA) Mining Summit and Expo will showcase the dynamism and resilience of the mining industry in these regions, as well as explore the challenges facing mining in the region, with speakers that will cover various topics that have significant impact on... 

West and Central African Mining Summit to tackle  vital issues
PRESSING MATTERS The West and Central African Mining Summit and Expo will discuss the most pressing issues facing mining in the region

Nigeria to offer funding to artisanal, small-scale miners

13th April 2018 The Nigerian Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development and the Bank of Industry (BOI) have opened applications to the funding scheme for Nigerian artisanal and small-scale miners (ASM) in February. In August 2017, the two entities signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the... 

Nigeria to offer funding to artisanal, small-scale miners
CASH INJECTION Artisanal and small-scale miners will be able to apply for funding from the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steels Development and the Bank of Industry in Nigeria

Golden Star to explore potential new gold sites in Ghana

13th April 2018 Canadian gold miner Golden Star Resources, as part of its exploration strategy for 2018 will focus on understanding the deposits at the Wassa Underground gold mine, continue mineral resource expansion drilling at Prestea Underground gold mine and investigate five new underground targets, all in... 

Golden Star to explore potential new gold  sites in Ghana
EIGHT IN 2018 Golden Star Resources will explore eight potential gold sites and assess the viability of mining the sites

Juniors chalk up new gold discoveries in West Africa

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th April 2018 Canadian gold miner Ashanti Gold, Australian miner Tietto Minerals and Canadian miner Nexus Gold have made seven new gold discoveries between them in Mali, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso. Ashanti Gold has identified three zones with gold deposits at the Anumso gold project in Ghana.... 

Juniors chalk up new gold discoveries in West Africa
Photo by Reuters
NEW DISCOVERIES Three mines have made seven new gold discoveries in West Africa

Newmont looks to the future in Ghana

13th April 2018 US gold major Newmont Mining, one of the top global gold producers, expects to put up a new growth project – Ahafo North – for funding approval in 2019, according to Newmont regional senior VP for Africa Alwyn Pretorius. Ahafo North, located 50 km north of the existing Ahafo gold operations, is a... 

Newmont looks to the future in Ghana
Photo by Reuters
NEWMONT’S FUTURE Newmont Mining views Ghana as a stable operating jurisdiction

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