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Gold miner reflects on Ghana achievements

13th July 2018 Gold producer Gold Fields West Africa, a subsidiary of South Africa-based gold major Gold Fields, has invested significantly into the Ghana mining industry over the past 25 years, with shareholders, government and local communities that have and still are benefitting from the gold miner’s... 

Phase 2 drilling campaign to start at Burundi rare earths project

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     13th July 2018 Rare-earth elements (REE) mining company Rainbow Rare Earths will start its Phase 2 drilling campaign at its Gakara project, in Burundi, this month, which will consist of about 750 m of further core drilling at the Kiyenzi prospect, says Rainbow CEO Martin Eales. Gakara is one of the... 

Phase 2 drilling campaign to start at Burundi rare earths project
PROMISING RESULTS Laboratory test results have confirmed the initial field analysis of the presence of multiple intersections of high-grade rare-earth elements at Kiyenzi

West African mining industry shows strong growth potential

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th July 2018 The crowning of two West African mining projects as the winner and the runner-up of Investment Battlefield at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, held in February this year, indicates strong growth potential for mining and investment attraction in West Africa, says Canadian mineral... 

West African mining  industry shows strong growth potential
INVESTMENT POTENTIAL West Africa holds potential for further investment, as indicated by the results of the Investment Battlefield at the Investing in African Mining Indaba

UP to host diamond exploration course in October

By: Nadine James     13th July 2018 The University of Pretoria (UP) will be hosting a short course on ‘Diamond Exploration and their Primary and Secondary Sources’ from October 23 to 26. The internationally recognized short course will be led by Tsodilo Resources nonexecutive director and geologist Dr Mike de Wit and resource... 

Joburg to host ‘safe drilling’ event this month

By: Nadine James     13th July 2018 The DrillSafe initiative will host its inaugural Drill Safe Drill Rig & Safety Innovation Forum at the Glen Hove Conference Centre, in Johannesburg, on July 20.  The forum will explore innovations in to drilling equipment and the exploration work environment, explains DrillSafe founder and Colin... 

Joburg to host ‘safe drilling’ event this month
Photo by Creamer Media
SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT Colin Rice notes that almost every accident in an exploration drilling environment is related to human error

Angolan companies looking to find and exploit local gold and diamond reserves

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th July 2018 The Angolan Government has granted four new prospecting concessions for gold, the Macauhub news agency has reported. All four concessions have gone to partnerships formed by the State-owned Empresa Nacional de Ferro de Angola (Ferrangol – the National Iron Company of Angola) with various private... 

Bluejay's Dundas may be attractive to Rio Tinto – analysts

By: Mariaan Webb     12th July 2018 The closure of Rio Tinto's South African subsidiary Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) as a result of violent protests this week, may play into the hand of London- and Frankfurt-listed Bluejay Mining, which is developing the Dundas ilmenite project, in Greenland. The project is said to be the... 

Bluejay's Dundas may be attractive to Rio Tinto – analysts
Bluejay Mining is developing the high-grade Dundas ilmenite project, in Greenland.

Exploration at Botswana Diamonds JV project delivers encouraging results

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2018 The first exploration programme undertaken by Botswana Diamonds’ geologists at the Sunland Minerals joint venture (JV), in Botswana, has revealed “encouraging quantities” of kimberlitic indicator minerals (KIMs) identified at all eight anomalies sampled. A total of 267 KIMs were discovered,... 

Canadian firm joins Impact on Broken Hill hunt

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th July 2018 ASX-listed junior Impact Minerals has signed a letter of intent with TSX-V Listed BlueBird Battery Metals Incorporated over its Broken Hill silver/lead/zinc project, in New South Wales. Under the terms of the farm-in, BlueBird could earn a 75% interest in the five exploration licenses that... 

Orosur to issue shares for advancement of Anzá project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th July 2018 TSX- and Aim-listed gold producer Orosur Mining continues to advance discussions to finance the next stage of exploration at the Anzá project, in Colombia.  

Kalahari Metals, Metal Tiger start exploration programme in Botswana

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th July 2018 Aim-listed resources investor Metal Tiger announced on Tuesday an exploration programme at Kalahari Metals’ (KML’s) projects in the Kalahari copperbelt, in Botswana, has started and is aimed at identifying copper/gold mineralisation.  

Medusa takes inroads into Australia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th July 2018 Philippines-focused gold miner Medusa Mining has inked an earn-in agreement over two exploration projects in Queensland. Medusa could earn a 90% interest in either or both projects from owner Ellenkay Gold by managing and funding work programmes through to the completion of a prefeasibility study. 

Gimlet exploration doubles

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th July 2018 ASX-listed junior First Au has tripled the size of its maiden drilling programme at the Gimlet gold project, in Western Australia, to 10 000 m. The explorer on Friday said that it will now drill more than 160 aircore holes at Gimlet, starting late this month, in addition to the diamond drill... 

Company further explores, develops Marudi gold project

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     6th July 2018 Gold exploration and development company Guyana Goldstrike is implementing its Phase 1 exploration programme with trenching, mapping and sampling at the west extension of the Marudi North zone on its Marudi gold project, located in the Marudi Mountain property, in the Republic of Guyana, South... 

Company further explores, develops Marudi gold project
MOUNTAINOUS MINING Guyana issued a mining licence for the Marudi gold project in 2009 and Guyana Goldstrike has been working with the community to establish a mining operation

Junior miners against Mining Charter III, claim they haven’t benefited from previous iterations

By: Nadine James     6th July 2018 SRK Consulting principal geologist and partner Mark Wanless has suggested that despite government’s stated intention of nurturing a junior mining sector, feedback from last month’s Junior Mining Indaba demonstrated that this commitment has yet to be met.  “There is a strong sentiment among junior... 

Junior miners against Mining Charter III, claim  they haven’t benefited from previous iterations
MARK WANLESS There is a strong sentiment among junior mining companies that they are marginalised and excluded from the action,

Mintek, Difeme partner to beneficiate quartz mined in the Northern Cape

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th July 2018 Minerals beneficiator Mintek has partnered with Difeme Holdings Group on the development of appropriate process technologies to beneficiate quartz. Mintek will provide technical services to Difeme – a black-owned mining start-up company with a focus on the mining and beneficiation of quartz to a... 

Alba to start exploration, mapping at projects in Greenland this month

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th July 2018 Aim-listed Alba Minerals says exploration activities at its Thule Black Sands and Inglefield Land projects in north-west Greenland are scheduled to start this month.  

Mining upswing piques renewed exploration interest among Canadian miners

By: Mariaan Webb     5th July 2018 Renewed enthusiasm, thanks to the upswing in the mining cycle, has boosted exploration spending by Canadian miners by 31%, a rate that is more than double the average increase reported by the world’s 40 largest mining companies. According to advisory group PWC, Canada-based mining companies have... 

Mining upswing piques renewed exploration interest among Canadian miners
Agnico Eagle's Meliadine site in Nunavut Territory.

Nigeria to offer 12.7bn naira mining contract to eight firms

By: Reuters     5th July 2018 Nigeria will offer a 12.7-billion naira ($41.6-million) mining contract to eight companies in exploration and consultancy, its junior mining minister said on Wednesday, adding both foreign and local firms were encouraged to participate. Nigeria's economy, one of Africa's largest, has been built... 

Drilling resumes at Oldcastle zinc project in Ireland

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th July 2018 A new drill programme at the Oldcastle zinc project, in Cavan and Meath, Ireland, has been launched, with about 1 800 m of drilling planned, gold and zinc explorer Connemara reported on Wednesday. The Oldcastle project is a joint venture between Connemara and Teck Resources subsidiary Teck... 

Newcrest strikes earn-in deal with Prodigy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th July 2018 Gold miner Newcrest Mining has signed a farm-in agreement with ASX-listed junior Prodigy Gold over its Euro project, in the Northern Territory. Under the terms of the agreement, Newcrest could earn an initial 51% interest in the project by spending A$6-million on exploration over a period of... 

Technology Metals adds to Gabanintha portfolio

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th July 2018 Vanadium developer Technology Metals Australia has acquired a strategic tenement adjacent to its proposed Gabanintha project, in Western Australia. The acquired tenement, which is adjacent to the Northern Block tenements of the Gabanintha project, covers some 109.2 ha and is to the west of the... 

Cradle Arc disposes of Burkina Faso subsidiary owing to deteriorating security

By: Simone Liedtke     4th July 2018 Africa-focused base and precious metals exploration and production company Cradle Arc has disposed of its operating subsidiary Société Miniére de Kerboulé (SMK), in Burkina Faso, which holds the wholly-owned exploration licences of Arae and Gassel-Manere, together comprising the Kerboulé gold... 

Galileo starts Norseman drilling four weeks after listing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd July 2018 Newly listed Galileo Mining on Tuesday reported that drilling was under way at the Norseman cobalt project, in Australia, with two rigs currently on site.  

Hummingbird starts exploration drilling campaign at Yanfolila

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd July 2018 Aim-listed Hummingbird Resources has begun an exploration drilling campaign on its mining permit for its Yanfolila gold mine, in Mali, while simultaneously starting mining at Komana West. The campaign is targeting the conversion of resources to reserves, while extending the mine life of Yanfolila... 

Archer divests of world's largest cryptocrystalline magnesite deposit

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd July 2018 Junior explorer Archer Exploration has struck a A$2-million share sale agreement with an unlisted company to divest of its Leigh Creek magnesia project, in South Australia. The Leigh Creek project hosts 48% of the world’s cryptocrystallin magnesite resources and consists of two granted... 

Vital takes the plunge at Bouli

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd July 2018 ASX-listed Vital Metals on Monday announced that it will proceed with the earn-in agreement over the Bouli gold project, in the Niger. The company has already spent $1-million on exploration, completing aeromagnetic surveys and drilling as part of the exploration agreement with project owner SUMMA. 

Piedmont widens hunt in the US

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd July 2018 Junior Piedmont Lithium has started a by-product study at its Piedmont lithium project, in the US, to evaluate potential quartz, feldspar and mica concentrate by-products. The ASX-listed company said on Monday that it would include revenue potential from by-products in an update of the scoping... 

Coal to reclaim its place as Australia’s top export earner in 2018/19

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd July 2018 Australia’s resource and energy export earnings are estimated to have reached a record A$226-billion in 2017/18, driven by rising liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science said in its latest Resources and Energy Quarterly. LNG export volumes... 

Coal to reclaim its place as Australia’s top export earner in 2018/19

Sibanye enters into strategic exploration partnership to unlock value in Argentina

By: Nadine James     29th June 2018 Precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater has entered into an agreement with TSX-listed Regulus Resources, and its newly formed subsidiary Aldebaran Resources, to create a strategic partnership to unlock value at the Altar copper/gold project, in San Juan province, Argentina. Under the terms of... 

Sibanye enters into strategic exploration partnership to unlock value in Argentina
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Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman

Slim's Minera Frisco, Goldcorp agree tie-up in Mexico

By: Reuters     29th June 2018 Minera Frisco, a mining company controlled by Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim, said on Thursday it had struck an exploration agreement in Mexico with a local unit of Canada's Goldcorp in which the two would be equal partners. The agreement was to explore for, and if possible, exploit minerals in... 

Stonewall Resources to start mining in Mpumalanga in 2019

By: Donald Makhafola     29th June 2018 Australian gold producer Stonewall Resources plans to restart gold production in the fourth quarter of 2019 at the Theta Hill and Vaalhoek mines, near the towns of Pilgrims Rest and Sabie respectively, in Mpumalanga. The mines form part of Stonewall’s fully permitted Transvaal Gold Mining Estate... 

Stonewall Resources to start mining in Mpumalanga in 2019
GEORGE JENKINS Stonewall Resources expects its mineral resource to continue increasing through further reviews of other local mines in the company's portfolio

Feasibility study on Western Cape rare earths mine to be completed in 6 to 12 months

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2018 The Steenkampskraal rare earths mine, owned by developer Steenkampskraal Holdings, in the Western Cape, is aiming to be a building block in a global rare earths supply chain independent of China. Manufacturers globally are expressing concern over China’s dominance of these strategic elements,... 

Feasibility study on Western Cape rare earths mine to be completed in 6 to 12 months

Unpacking the latest headlines in mining  

28th June 2018 Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks Orion Minerals recently raising A$11-million, fuel cell development and Glencore's South African expansion. 

Unpacking the latest headlines in mining
Unpacking the latest headlines in mining

BCI gets maiden resource at Kumina

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th June 2018 Junior BCI Minerals has reported a maiden Joint Ore Reserves Committee compliant resource for its Kumina iron-ore project, in Western Australia. The project is estimated to host an inferred mineral resource of 78.3-million tonnes at 59.1% iron and a cut-off of 57% iron, or 115.2-million tonnes... 

Victoria aims to kick-start mining boom with A$15m exploration grant

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th June 2018 The Victorian government has freed up a further A$5.5-million under its A$15-million TARGET Mineral Exploration Initiative, to encourage investment in the region. Resources Minister Tim Pallas said on Wednesday that the co-funded grants would be available to 11 exploration licence holders. 

Nevsun announces inferred resource for Timok Lower Zone

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th June 2018 The Timok (Cukaru Peki) Lower Zone deposit contains 31.5-billion pounds of copper and 9.6-million ounces of gold, TSX-listed Nevsun Resources said on Tuesday, announcing an initial resource estimate for the project in Serbia. The Timok Lower Zone – a joint venture with Freeport-McMoRan – has a... 

‘Oversubscribed’ exploration incentive shows upswing in confidence – Minister

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th June 2018 The second round of the Junior Minerals Exploration Incentive (JMEI) has been oversubscribed, with 46 companies successfully applying for the available credits for the 2018/19 income year. Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan said more than A$31-million has been allocated in the second round,... 

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