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Nigeria seeks to boost mining reserves to lure investors

By: Bloomberg     20th October 2017 Nigeria plans to spend 15-billion naira ($42-million) over the next year to explore for minerals and attract investors into mining and reduce its dependence on oil, Solid Minerals Development Minister Kayode Fayemi said. “Because we are starting from a low base, we want to have a portfolio of... 

Atlas Iron turns cash positive as turnaround bears fruit

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th October 2017 Iron-ore miner Atlas Iron on Friday announced that it had become net cash positive following the end of the September quarter with some A$93-million cash on hand and a further A$21-million in its reserve account. MD Cliff Lawrenson told shareholders that the transition to a net cash status... 

Atlas Iron turns cash positive as turnaround bears fruit

Company explores tailings project, defines overall resource

By: Nadine James     20th October 2017 Rustenburg-based miner LANXESS Chrome Mining – owned by German speciality chemicals company LANXESS – is investigating the viability of a tailings retreatment project, in addition to defining the resource of its existing opencast licence and that of its recently acquired land, thereafter... 

South Africa spending less than its peers on mining research and development

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 While South Africa had increased its investment in mining research and development (R&D) since 2014, the country’s investment was still below that of its peers, delegates heard during a panel discussion on ‘Technological Innovation and Advancements in the Mining Industry’ at the Joburg Indaba... 

LANXESS

     20th October 2017 Despite South Africa being the largest contributor to the ferrochrome industry, the sector remains under immense pressure. Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is the only company in South Africa that handles the entire chemical chrome value chain, from the mining of the raw material, chrome ore,... 

LANXESS

General uptick in West Africa mining as commodity prices improve

By: Ilan Solomons     20th October 2017 There have been a number of recent positive developments in West Africa’s mining industry, such as in Mali, where two new mines are scheduled to be commissioned by the end of this year. This is according to engineering and scientific consultancy SRK Consulting Ghana country manager John Kwofie,... 

General uptick in West Africa mining as commodity prices improve
Photo by SRK Consulting
JOHN KWOFIE SRK has been engaged in aspects of iron-ore projects in Cameroon, bauxite in Guinea and diamonds in Sierra Leone and Guinea in recent years

Brazil's Vale reports record iron-ore output in Q3

By: Reuters     19th October 2017 Brazil's Vale SA, the world's largest iron ore producer, said on Thursday its production in the third quarter hit a fresh quarterly record, boosted by a ramp-up at its S11D mine. Iron ore output rose 3.3 percent compared with the same period last year to 95.1 million tonnes, the company said,... 

Brazil's Vale reports record iron-ore output in Q3
Vale's SLLD operation, Brazil

Remove exploration red tape or mining will die, geologist warns 

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2017 The excessive red tape around minerals exploration must be removed to prevent the demise of South Africa’s vital mining industry, consulting exploration geologist Allan Saad said on Thursday. Saad, who spent 18 years in geological roles with mining major Rio Tinto and who formerly represented the... 

Remove exploration red tape or mining will die, geologist warns
Consulting exploration geologist Allan Saad outlines current exploration constraints to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Christo Greyling. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

BHP's chairperson holds first annual meeting, plans to review board

By: Bloomberg     19th October 2017 In  Ken MacKenzie’s first annual shareholder meeting at BHP Billiton, he emphasised that while the company will listen to investors, it is the board that makes decisions. For most companies, that’s a pretty unremarkable statement, but it carries extra weight at BHP, which is under pressure by... 

BHP's chairperson holds first annual meeting, plans to review board
BHP chairperson Ken Mackenzie

Insimbi’s H1 earnings rise

By: Anine Kilian     19th October 2017 JSE-listed Insimbi Refractory and Alloys’ earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation increased by 273% year-on-year to R179.8-million for the six months ended August 31. Earnings a share were up by 142% year-on-year to 11.97c and headline earnings a share increased by 150%... 

Brazil miner Vale seals share conversion, elects new board members

By: Reuters     19th October 2017 The remaining preferred shareholders of Brazil's Vale SA on Wednesday voted to accept a plan obliging them to convert their shares into a single stock class, finalizing a process that is part of the miner's bid to improve corporate governance. The move was approved by the remaining preferential... 

South32 bolsters net cash to $1.7bn, reports solid Q1 results

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th October 2017 Diversified miner South32 on Thursday reported its financial and operational results for the first quarter of the 2018 financial year, telling shareholders that stronger commodity markets had delivered a $33-million increase in its net cash position. “Our key commodity markets continue to... 

South32 bolsters net cash to $1.7bn, reports solid Q1 results
Photo by Bloomberg
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Cu-River unveils A$800m Cairn Hill magnetite expansion

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th October 2017 Privately held Cu-River Mining Australia has announced an A$800-million expansion of the Cairn Hill magnetite mine, in South Australia. The investment would triple current magnetite production initially to three-million tonnes a year, and then up to 15-million tonnes a year by 2021, creating up... 

Cu-River unveils A$800m Cairn Hill magnetite expansion

Iron-ore, coking coal skid again in China as demand concerns emerge

By: Reuters     19th October 2017 Prices of steelmaking commodities iron ore and coking coal fell sharply on Thursday, pressured by worries over slower demand as Chinese mills curb output in line with Beijing's campaign to fight smog. Iron ore futures slid more than 4% and coking coal dropped more than 5%. Rebar steel futures... 

BHP told bending to activists poses risks for debt investors

By: Bloomberg     19th October 2017 BHP Billiton’s new chairman Ken MacKenzie is grappling with a simmering campaign by activist shareholders -- moving too far to appease them could risk unsettling debt investors who own the world’s biggest miner’s $24-billion of bonds. The campaign by funds including billionaire Paul Singer’s... 

BHP told bending to activists poses risks for debt investors
BHP new chairperson Ken Mackenzie

Samarco extends temporary suspension of 800 employees for 5 months

By: Reuters     19th October 2017 Miner Samarco, a joint venture between Vale SA and BHP Billiton, said on Wednesday it has decided along with unions to extend the temporary suspension of 800 employees for five months to March 31, 2018. The layoff period began on June 1 and was to end on November 1. 

Chamber files for review of 'disastrous' Mining Charter

By: News24Wire      18th October 2017 The Chamber of Mines filed an application in the North Gauteng High court on Tuesday to have a judicial review and setting aside of the Mining Charter. According to the founding affidavit, the Charter released by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on June 15 had, and continues to have, a... 

Chamber files for review of 'disastrous' Mining Charter
Photo by Duane Daws
Chamber of Mines CEO Roger Baxter

South African mining industry must modernise – Chamber of Mines

By: Dylan Slater     18th October 2017 The South African mining industry has to modernise as a matter of urgency in order to halt job cuts in the industry, as well as to create more jobs, says Chamber of Mines modernisation and safety head Sietse van der Woude. Delivering a keynote address at diversified engineering solutions company... 

BHP on track for 7% volume growth in FY18; guidance intact

By: Henry Lazenby     18th October 2017 The world’s largest mining house BHP Billiton said on Wednesday it remained on track for a 7% volume growth in the 2018 financial year, leaving its full-year 2018 guidance unaltered. The Melbourne, Australia-based miner reported its operating results for the three months ended September 30,... 

BHP on track for 7% volume growth in FY18; guidance intact

Rio Tinto produces more iron-ore and coal, but cuts copper guidance

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th October 2017 Diversified major Rio Tinto has reported increased production across its iron-ore and coal assets, but has adjusted its copper output expectations for the full year on the back of delays at the Escondida operation. “The business performed very well in the September quarter, with a strong... 

Rio Tinto produces more iron-ore and coal, but cuts copper guidance
Photo by Bloomberg
Rio Tinto CEO Jean-Sebastian Jacques

Shanghai rebar extends rally to one-month high, lifts iron-ore

By: Reuters     16th October 2017 Chinese rebar steel futures advanced for a third straight day to hit a one-month peak on Monday, supported by output cuts in the world's top producer as part of the government's battle against smog. The gains in steel prices lifted iron-ore, although traders were not convinced the increase in... 

Exploration, junior culture needed to save mining – Bristow 

By: Martin Creamer     16th October 2017 Unless South Africa starts exploring again and finds new ore deposits, the country will continue to turn out the lights of the mining sector. With poor policy added, disinvestment and lack of interest will ultimately stop South Africa’s mining industry in its tracks, which will deal a colossal... 

Exploration, junior culture needed to save mining – Bristow
Top resources consultant Dr John Bristow outlines the urgent need for exploration to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Iron-ore rallies as China imports bust 100Mt level

By: Bloomberg     13th October 2017 Iron-ore imports by China surged above 100-million metric tons to a record, smashing the previous high set in 2015, as the country’s concerted push to clean up the environment stoked demand for higher-grade material from overseas while hurting local mine supply. Prices rallied. 

Merafe’s year-to-date attributable volumes from Glencore-Merafe Chrome Venture stable

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th October 2017 JSE-listed Merafe Resources on Friday reported a marginal increase in its attributable ferrochrome production from the Glencore-Merafe Chrome Venture for the nine months to September 30. Attributable production increased to 286 000 t in the period under review, from 285 000 t in the comparable... 

Energy efficient motors used for Mpumalanga chrome conveyor system

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 Automation manufacturer SEW Eurodrive South Africa (SEW SA) supplied multiple units of its DRN motors to an Mpumalanga chrome producer in August. The energy efficient motors form part of a trial project for a materials handling solution, says SEW SA Mbombela branch manager Jonathan Mckey. He... 

Energy efficient motors used for Mpumalanga chrome conveyor system
CONVEYING CHROME The IE3-compliant DRN electric motors will propel a chrome producer's main incline conveyors, which carry mined ore to the surface for handling and stockpiling

Product tackles inclement conditions, improves productivity

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 One of the biggest challenges facing the mining industry with regard to its motors, gear drives and belt drives is protection from adverse weather conditions and the resulting ingress of dust and moisture, says pumps manufacturer Australian Pumps, commonly known as Aussie Pumps. “In the Pilbara,... 

Product tackles inclement conditions, improves productivity
COMPREHENSIVE PROTECTION Envelop covers protect key assets from dust, corrosion, heat and ultraviolet light, reducing the cost of maintenance

Self-starters share secrets to success in the South African mining sector

By: Ilan Solomons     13th October 2017 There are many ways for entrepreneurs to enter the mining industry, including as project developers, service providers and product suppliers – all of which hold great opportunities and challenges, states mining investment advisory company MX Mining Capital Advisors director Dr Mike Seeger. The... 

Self-starters share secrets to success  in the South African mining sector

South African mining production surges 6.9% in August, exceeds expectations

By: African News Agency      12th October 2017 Mining production in South Africa increased by 6.9% year-on-year in August whilst seasonally adjusted mining production increased by 5.3% in the same month compared with July, Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) said on Thursday. StatsSA said the biggest contributors to the jump in production were... 

China gobbles Amazon rainforest ore to clean polluted skies

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2017 A bid by China to clean up pollution in its biggest cities and industrial towns is fueling a push to mine resource riches on the other side of the globe in the Amazon rainforest -- one of the most environmentally sensitive areas on Earth. Smog-laden skies across the world’s most-populated country... 

South Africa should consider agromining – US professor 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2017 South Africans, who have been mining for metals for more than a century, were this week urged to farm for metals. South African-born Stephen Haggerty, a distinguished research professor of Florida International University in the US who spoke to Mining Weekly Online while in Johannesburg, outlined... 

South Africa should consider agromining – US professor
Florida International University distinguished research professor Stephen E Haggerty talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on the potential to farm for metals. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Lionel de Silva.

ARM appoints two nonexecutive directors

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2017 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) on Wednesday announced the appointment of two new nonexecutive directors. They are David Noko, who has been appointed as an independent nonexecutive director, and Jan Steenkamp, who has been appointed as a nonexecutive director. 

ARM appoints two nonexecutive directors
David Noko

Exxaro sells Tronox shares for R6.5bn

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2017 Diversified mining company Exxaro Resources has completed the sale of a portion of its shareholding in American mineral sands company Tronox for R6.5-billion. Exxaro, headed by CEO Mxolisi Mgojo, said on Wednesday that it had raised $474-million from the sale of 22 425 000 class A ordinary shares... 

Exxaro sells Tronox shares for R6.5bn
Photo by Duane Daws
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo

Meridian reports record Q3 output, sales; new offtake accord

By: Henry Lazenby     11th October 2017 Manganese miner Meridian Mining has reported new record production and sales at its flagship Espigão project, in Rondônia, Brazil. London, UK-based Meridian achieved production of 18 488 t in the third quarter ended September 30, compared with 13 445 t in the comparable period a year earlier – a... 

Gamsberg zinc prestrip close to halfway mark – Vedanta

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2017 The prestripping of waste rock at the Gamsberg zinc mine project in the Northern Cape is close to the halfway mark, Vedanta Resources reported on Tuesday, when its interim CEO Kuldip Kaura described as “strong” the quarterly production performances of the London-listed, India-rooted mining... 

Gamsberg zinc prestrip close to halfway mark – Vedanta
Photo by Duane Daws
Activity at the Gamsberg zinc mine project.

Tharisa reports best production year

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2017 Platinum group metals (PGM) and chrome co-producer Tharisa on Tuesday reported a record fourth quarter, which nudged the company to its best yearly production performance to date in the 12 months to September 30. The JSE-listed company, headed by CEO Phoevos Pouroulis, said in a release to... 

Tharisa reports best production year
Tharisa CEO Phoevos Pouroulis

Swedish govt goes back to Norbotten CAB over Kallak project

By: Mariaan Webb     10th October 2017 Explorer and developer Beowulf Mining should have more clarity about Kallak North exploitation concession application in the next few months. The company, which is listed on the Aim, reported on Tuesday that the Swedish government had gone back to the County Administrative Board (CAB) for... 

Dismal outlook casts pall over new iron-ore mining season in Goa 

By: Ajoy K Das     10th October 2017 A slump in international prices, an absence of buyers and high carryover stocks have cast a pall of gloom over the new mining season in western Indian province of Goa. So much so, that no miner in Goa have resumed operations even though a new mining season officially started on October 1 – the of... 

China steel rises as market eyes winter cuts; iron-ore, coal slide

By: Reuters     9th October 2017 Shanghai steel rebar futures jumped nearly 3% on Monday as Chinese markets reopened after a week-long holiday, with investors anticipating production cuts in the world’s top steel producer as the country fights smog. Prices of steelmaking raw materials iron-ore and coking coal fell, reflecting... 

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