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Thor takes option on Pilbara conglomerate gold project

By: Mariaan Webb     8th December 2017 Aim- and ASX-listed Thor Mining has entered into an option agreement to acquire an interest in a tenement known as the Western Shaw project, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The Western Shaw project, which is subject to a licence application, is considered to have potential for... 

Western Australian gold explorer lists on the ASX

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th December 2017 Western Australia-focused gold explorer Nelson Resources, led by Peter Cook, has made its debut on the ASX on Friday through a A$5-million initial public offering. Nelson owns five exploration projects – the Socrates, Wilga, Yarrie, Happie Jack and Woolshed projects – which are all located in... 

Minera Alamos uncovers new gold system at La Fortuna

By: Henry Lazenby     8th December 2017 A compilation of historic information for the extended Minera Alamos project area has found evidence for significant near surface disseminated gold/silver mineralization with “heap leach style” intervals of up to 50 m in width, TSX-V-listed Minera Alamos reported on Thursday. 

Environmental permit bodes well for project financing

     8th December 2017 Iron-ore explorer and developer Zanaga Iron Ore Company (ZIOC) expects the environmental permit for its iron-ore project from the Republic of Congo’s ministry of environment to help attract finance to enable the valuable resource to be brought into production. A joint venture with natural... 

Helping mines find the real source of nitrates in water

By: Nadine James     8th December 2017 The issue of water quality has become topical in the aftermath of the contamination in the Olifants River catchment in Mpumalanga, as well the surfacing of acid mine drainage around Gauteng and other provinces.   Mining consultancy SRK Consulting’s principal hydrogeologist Sarah Skinner... 

Ireland-based Connemara Mining to advance exploration on key gold, zinc prospects

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th December 2017 Irish gold and zinc explorer Connemara Mining aims to further advance exploration activities on key gold and zinc prospects, following the successful execution of several drilling programmes at these projects, Connemara Mining CEO Patrick Cullen tells Mining Weekly. Connemara currently holds... 

Ireland-based Connemara Mining to advance exploration  on key gold, zinc prospects
EXPLORATION DRIVE Active exploration programmes on Connemara Mining’s gold projects at Inishowen, in Donegal, are under way, while drilling on the Wicklow/Wexford project has started

Exploration for, and production of, valuable minerals in Mozambique continue to advance

By: Keith Campbell     8th December 2017 There have been a number of recent developments involving smaller mining companies, both local and foreign, in Mozambique recently. These involve both exploration and production activities.  

South Africa urged to go back to basics to avoid mining’s demise

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th December 2017 For South Africa's mining industry to return to more successful times, the country will need to go back to basics, says Wits Mining Institute director Professor Fred Cawood, who also suggests that these basics could aid in sidestepping the demise of the mining industry in South Africa. These... 

South Africa urged to go back to basics to avoid mining’s demise
PROFESSOR FRED CAWOOD South Africa should embrace mining

New polishing facility a boost to Dubai’s status as a diamond trading centre

By: Dylan Slater     8th December 2017 The global diamond industry is either growing in affluent regions or remaining steady in less affluent regions, thereby showing a degree of positivity with signs of growth. This also points to a degree of untapped potential that is ready to be unlocked through increased investment upstream and... 

New polishing facility a boost to Dubai’s status as a diamond trading centre

Mining will only ‘move forward’ if there is a change of guard at Mineral Resources – lawyer

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th December 2017 The mining industry cannot move forward until new leadership is established within the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), says law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH) mining head Allan Reid, who suggests that such a change could re-establish “some degree of optimism and trust in the mining... 

Mining will only ‘move forward’ if there is a change of guard  at Mineral Resources – lawyer
NEW HORIZONS South African mining companies are exploring other African jurisdictions for mining investment

Ariana makes further gold discovery in Turkey

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th December 2017 UK gold explorer Ariana Resources announced on Thursday that it had made a new discovery at its Salinbas gold project, which already has a one-million-ounce resource. The company said it had discovered a significant 550 m by 150 m zone of precious and base-metal anomalism at Salibas North. 

Mike Brown steps in as Gem Diamonds nonexecutive director

By: Dylan Slater     7th December 2017 Diamond producer Gem Diamonds is set to receive fresh blood as decade-sitting Gavin Beevers will not stand for re-election in 2018 as a nonexecutive director 

Mike Brown steps in as Gem Diamonds nonexecutive director
Photo by Duane Daws
Incoming Gem Diamonds nonexecutive director Mike Brown

Stratex invests more in Thani Stratex

By: Mariaan Webb     6th December 2017 London-listed Stratex International on Wednesday announced that it would invest another $200 000 in Thani Stratex Resources (TSR), which is exploring for gold in Africa and the Middle East. The investment will increase Stratex’s holding in TSR from 29.8% to 30.1% and forms part of TSR’s share... 

Atrum incorporates Elan project directly into portfolio, reverses decision to list

By: Dylan Slater     6th December 2017 ASX-listed coal miner Atrum Coal has reversed a decision to list its Canada-based Elan Coal properties on a stock exchange and, instead, will integrate the mining project directly into its portfolio 

Newmont to earn up to 70% stake in Esperance gold discovery in French Guiana

By: Henry Lazenby     6th December 2017 US gold producer Newmont Mining has entered an agreement with French miner Compagnie Miniere Esperance (CME) to earn up to a 70% interest in the Esperance gold discovery, in French Guiana. Newmont will make multi-year investments in the property, which it believes has multi-million ounce potential. 

Kibaran to build battery-grade graphite producing pilot plant

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th December 2017 Following the successful completion of a feasibility study on downstream processing of graphite from its Epanko graphite project in Tanzania, ASX-listed Kibaran Resources will establish a pilot plant in Germany that will be expanded to commercial scale for the supply of  premium battery graphite... 

Allegiance takes full ownership of Canada’s Telkwa coal project

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th December 2017 ASX-listed Allegiance Coal has entered into an unconditional agreement with TSX-listed Altius Minerals to take full ownership of the Telkwa metallurgical coal project, in Canada, while the diversified royalty company will become a more significant shareholder in the miner. The company can now... 

Tanga to acquire Namibia zinc project, raises A$1.16m in placement

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th December 2017 ASX-listed Tanga Resources announced on Tuesday that it would acquire the high-grade Joumbira zinc project in Namibia and that it would raise A$1.16-million to fund the transaction and to start planned work programmes. The company entered into a binding option agreement to acquire 100% of the... 

44 projects selected in latest round of WA’s exploration programme

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th December 2017 Western Australian Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston on Tuesday announced the 44 successful projects that would benefit from the state government's Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS) cofounded drilling programme. The successful Round 16 applicants include lithium, gold, copper, base... 

Santander keeps on giving as Trevali traces mineralisation at depth

By: Henry Lazenby     5th December 2017 Zinc miner Trevali Mining has published encouraging results from its 2017 exploration programme, where directional diamond drilling continues to intersect multiple zones of high-grade zinc mineralisation within and below the Santander Pipe target, at its Santander zinc mine, in Peru. Highlights... 

Nevsun expands strongly mineralised trend at Timok

By: Henry Lazenby     5th December 2017 Ongoing exploration drilling on the Lower Zone at Canadian base metals miner Nevsun Resources’ Timok copper/gold project, in Serbia, has expanded the footprint by about 350 m by 750 m and continues to confirm the high grade, continuity and thickness of the mineralisation, the company announced on... 

Red Metals, MMG Exploration ink joint venture agreement

By: Samantha Herbst     4th December 2017 ASX-listed minerals exploration company Red Metal has signed an option and joint venture (JV) agreement with MMG Exploration – a subsidiary of midtier global resources company MMG Limited – to advance the prospective Mallapunyah zinc project in the McArthur basin, in Australia’s Northern... 

Galileo starts 1 750 m drilling programme at Zambia zinc project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th December 2017 As part of plans to fast-track exploration at its 51%-owned Star Zinc project, in Zambia, Aim-listed Galileo Resources will this week embark on a 1 750 m drilling programme. The programme is aimed at both resource confirmation and resource expansion. 

GBM scoping study shows economic viability of Mt Coolon project

By: Dylan Slater     4th December 2017 A recent scoping study conducted by junior GBM Resources for its Mt Coolon gold project has indicated that it may be economically viable to redevelop the project, which shows the potential to generate strong positive cash flow 

Greenfield exploration on the rise in Australia

By: Mariaan Webb     4th December 2017 The search for new mineral deposits in Australia is starting to recover, with greenfield exploration expenditure increasing by 16.9% and exploration drilling by 23.3% in the September quarter. In original terms, total mineral exploration expenditure rose 6.8% to A$475.2-million, the Australian... 

McEwen secures $10m in Timmins exploration funding

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2017 Gold producer McEwen Mining has secured a $10-million financing to support a 2018 exploration programme on its newly acquired Black Fox mine and associated assets in Ontario’s Abitibi Gold Belt. The financing comprises a $10-million bought deal of four-million flow-through common shares priced at... 

Vale confirms Moatize production target, while govt seeks artisanal mining cooperatives

By: Keith Campbell     1st December 2017 A senior executive of Vale Moçambique, the Mozambican subsidiary of Brazilian major mining group Vale, has told local journalists that the company’s production target for its Moatize coal operation this year is 13-million tons of both metallurgical and thermal coal. This will be a 120% increase... 

Battery Minerals prepares for Montepuez development

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st December 2017 ASX-listed Battery Minerals is gearing up to start the development of its Montepuez graphite project, in Mozambique, following its $20-million over-subscribed capital raising, the appointment of the lead design engineer and ordering of the primary crusher. Battery Minerals is progressing its... 

Cobalt’s dramatic demand bump gives rise to novel investment vehicle

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2017 Cobalt supply constraints, coupled with a never-before-seen boom in the adoption rate of electric vehicles (EV) across the globe, have conspired to create an ideal market in which a pure-play cobalt investment and participation vehicle's profits can outpace its peers. Cobalt, a critical ‘energy... 

Cobalt’s dramatic demand bump gives rise to novel investment vehicle

Orefinders consolidates prospective Shining Tree district, in Ontario’s famed Abitibi

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2017 TSX-V-listed Orefinders Resources has entered into agreements for a series of three acquisitions of adjoining properties from two individual landholders and from private company Premet. Orefinders said in a press release on Thursday that it views the Shining Tree District as a significantly... 

Policy certainty needed to drive oil and gas in South Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     1st December 2017 The large-scale production of oil and gas has the potential to stabilise South Africa’s economy, relieving unemployment and poverty challenges while driving growth across industries, but government must provide policy certainty and an assertion of future contract stability, says South African Oil... 

Policy certainty needed to drive oil and gas in South Africa
Photo by Bloomberg
IMPORT NEED South Africa must prioritise the import of liquefied natural gas to establish a gas market while indigenous reserves are explored onshore and offshore

South Africa must prepare for oil and gas supply gap

By: Robyn Wilkinson     1st December 2017 South Africa needs to bridge the growing supply and demand gap in its oil and gas sector, says global research and consultancy group Wood Mackenzie research associate Jon Lawrence. 

South Africa must prepare for oil and  gas supply gap
Photo by Bloomberg
WAYS AND MEANS South Africa could channel additional gas imports from Mozambique either through a pipeline or by shipping liquefied natural gas down the coast

South32 upbeat on aluminium, manganese and energy coal prospects

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st December 2017 With the price of various commodities having improved during the 2017 financial year, diversified miner South32 remains optimistic about the aluminium, manganese and energy coal sectors for the year ahead. “Manganese led the way [in terms of price increases], and metallurgical coal, energy coal,... 

South32 upbeat on aluminium, manganese and energy coal prospects
Photo by Bloomberg
GRAHAM KERR The financial results for the 2017 financial year, with the strides we’ve made towards our sustainability, diversity and safety targets, give me confidence for the year ahead

Electric vehicle revolution a rare investment opportunity as metals demand spikes

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2017 The rate at which global auto markets are adopting electrically powered vehicles (EVs) is accelerating at a much faster pace than even some of the keenest market observers have estimated at the start of 2017, and is opening up once-in-a-lifetime investment opportunities among the four key ‘energy... 

Electric vehicle revolution a rare investment opportunity as metals demand spikes

Orford to capitalise on ‘district-scale’ Qiqavik gold discovery, near-term catalysts in Carolina

By: Henry Lazenby     30th November 2017 Planning is under way for another summer drill campaign at recently-gone-public explorer Orford Mining’s Qiqavik project, in the remote emerging gold belt of Cape Smith, in Northern Quebec. “We’ve discovered a new gold district in Canada. This is like walking into the Timmins Belt for the first... 

Orford to capitalise on ‘district-scale’ Qiqavik gold discovery, near-term catalysts in Carolina
Photo by Orford Mining
Qiqavik prospecting, Northern Quebec

Osisko agrees to extend Falco loan; in talks to pick up Horne 5 stream

By: Henry Lazenby     30th November 2017 Royalties and streaming firm Osisko Gold Royalties has entered negotiations with Abitibi-focused explorer Falco Resources on a precious metal streaming agreement for its Horne 5 project, following Osisko agreeing to extend a loan. TSX-V-listed Falco reported that Osisko has agreed to extend a... 

Sheffield spinoff Carawine raises A$7m in IPO

By: Mariaan Webb     30th November 2017 The new exploration company housing Sheffield Resources gold and base metals assets in Victoria and Western Australia, Carawine Resources, has raised A$7-million in an oversubscribed initial public offering (IPO). Sheffield, which is focusing on the Thunderbird mineral sands project in Western... 

Centaurus intersects cobalt at Brazil's Serendipidade prospect

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th November 2017 ASX-listed exploration company Centaurus Metals has discovered copper and cobalt mineralisation at the Serendipidade prospect of the Salobo West copper/gold project, in Brazil. Announcing the new exploration opportunity on Wednesday, Centaurus said that near-surface drill intersections had... 

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