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Mantashe considers invoking ‘use it or lose it’ principle for mines under care and maintenance

By: Nadine James     23rd May 2018 Speaking at the official unveiling of the rebranded Minerals Council South Africa (previously the Chamber of Mines), on Wednesday, Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe noted that he and the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) were unenthusiastic, but willing to make use of the 'use it or... 

Chamber of Mines hopes to embark on new era rebranding as Minerals Council South Africa

By: Nadine James     23rd May 2018 The Chamber of Mines has rebranded and is now the Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA) in line with its quest to reposition the sector as South Africa’s  preeminent industrial sector, while building a new legacy and creating a “future that all South African can be proud of,” MCSA president... 

Chamber of Mines hopes to embark on new era rebranding as Minerals Council South Africa
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MCSA president Mxolisi Mgojo and Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Gamsberg producing by mid-year – Vedanta

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2018 The Gamsberg zinc project in South Africa’s Northern Cape is on track with production expected by the middle of this year, the London-listed, India-rooted Vedanta Resources said on Wednesday, when it reported higher revenue and profits and lifted its dividend yield for the year to 6%. Current... 

Gamsberg producing by mid-year – Vedanta
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Vedanta chairperson Anil Agarwal

Kumba banks on technology investment, exploration to secure its future growth

By: Nadine James     23rd May 2018 Kumba Iron ore is seeking to strengthen its position by integrating and investing in new technologies to optimise performance and recovery, while pursuing value-accretive opportunities, through exploration and diversification, CEO Themba Mkhwanazi told media during a site visit to the Sishen... 

Kumba banks on technology investment, exploration to secure its future growth
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Kumba Iron Ore has integrated and further invested in new technologies for advanced process control, among others.

Vale boss prefers giving away windfall to avoid sins of the past

By: Bloomberg     21st May 2018 Vale, once the most generous dividend payer among major mining companies, may be poised to regain that status with its chief executive officer nearing debt targets and unwilling to hoard cash or rush into deals. Like others in the industry, the biggest producer of iron ore and nickel cut... 

Company believes commodities will regain positive momentum

18th May 2018 The commodities markets have been taken aback by rising uncertainties, including an early February equity market sell-off and the trade conflict between the US and China. As the second quarter unfolds, some of these uncertainties should be easier to interpret, however, price volatility and... 

Company believes  commodities will regain positive momentum
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GROWTH POSSIBILITY Despite some market uncertainty, the global economy is expected to grow at its fastest pace since 2011

Congo billionaire seeks French loan to develop iron-ore railway

By: Bloomberg     17th May 2018 Paul Obambi, a billionaire investor in the Congo Republic, is in talks with French lenders to fund a railway he’s building to export iron-ore. Obambi’s company Sapro SA is negotiating with “a consortium of banks” to finance the 450-km track that will link the southwestern town of Mayoko to a... 

Atlas flags up to A$100m impairment on lower grades, higher costs

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th May 2018 Iron-ore miner Atlas Iron has warned of a A$75-million to A$100-million noncash impairment charge for 2018, as iron-ore grades declined and costs increased. Atlas on Thursday told shareholders that it remained on track to ship between nine-million and ten-million tonnes of iron-ore during the... 

Tharisa on track to achieve Vision 2020 strategy; acquires Zim chrome asset

By: Simone Liedtke     16th May 2018 Integrated resource group Tharisa CFO Michael Jones says the company’s Vision 2020 strategy, which is aimed at increasing production to 200 000 oz of platinum-group metals (PGMs) and two-million tonnes of chrome concentrates by year-end 2020, is well on track. Tharisa, which on Wednesday... 

Tharisa on track to achieve Vision 2020 strategy; acquires Zim chrome asset
Tharisa CFO Michael Jones

Short spell of mining hope dashed – Lorimer

By: Martin Creamer     16th May 2018 The short spell of hope for South Africa’s beleaguered mining sector, which burst forth with the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as President, has been dashed, Shadow Mineral Resources Minister James Lorimer said during the mineral resources budget debate. Applying the ‘learning nothing and... 

Short spell of mining hope dashed – Lorimer
Shadow Mineral Resources Minister James Lorimer

Beowulf raises £1.5m for graphite and magnetite projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th May 2018 Exploration company Beowulf Mining has raised £1.5-million for general working capital purposes and to support its graphite and magnetite activities. The proceeds were raised at 5p a share, said Beowulf, which owns the Kallak magnetite iron-ore project and the Åtvidaberg polymetallic exploration... 

Fortescue seeks to replicate Pilbara success in South America

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th May 2018 Iron-ore miner Fortescue Metals is reportedly looking to replicate its iron-ore success from the Pilbara, in Argentina. Celebrating ten years of iron-ore exports from the Pilbara, Fortescue founder and chairperson Andrew Forrest said on Tuesday that the company was looking at early stage... 

Mantashe prioritises policy, laments ‘inadequate’ budget allocation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th May 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) will make policy and legislation one of its key priorities this year and has committed to finalising the Mining Charter in June, Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday. Mantashe, who tabled the DMR’s Budget Vote in Parliament, listed the department’s... 

Mantashe prioritises policy, laments ‘inadequate’ budget allocation
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Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Sanctions to have limited impact on Iran’s mining industry – BMI

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th May 2018 The re-imposition of US sanctions on Iran will have only a limited impact on the country’s mining and metals industry in the short term and is expected to do “little additional damage to an industry already crippled by a myriad of domestic operational challenges”. This is according to BMI... 

Sinosteel to invest $1bn in Zimbabwe, lift ferrochrome output

By: Reuters     15th May 2018 China's Sinosteel Corporation has agreed to invest $1-billion in Zimbabwe to build a power plant and increase ferrochrome output, the Southern African country's President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Monday. Sinosteel president Andong Liu said the Chinese firm planned to build three additional... 

Government releases its tenth Industrial Policy Action Plan 

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 The government has released its Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap) 2018, with a sharp focus on deepening industrial development, speeding up radical economic transformation and increasing the ability to produce higher value-added products. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said it was... 

Government releases its tenth Industrial Policy Action Plan
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Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

NSL raises A$10m for expansion

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th May 2018 India-focused NSL Consolidated will raise A$10-million to expand production at its Kurnool wet beneficiation plant. The company on Monday announced that more than 714.2-million shares will be issued at 1.4c each. More than 650.6-million of these shares would be placed under existing capacity,... 

Thor Explorations aims to lead Nigeria's new mining pack

By: Reuters     14th May 2018 Canada-listed junior miner Thor Explorations aims to bring Nigeria's first large-scale gold mine online in early 2020, its CEO said, as the West African country seeks to diversify its economy away from oil and gas. Following the commodity price crash of 2015/16, the World Bank in April 2017 said... 

Transnet, Tshipi é Ntle sign long-term manganese contract

By: Simone Liedtke     11th May 2018 State-owned Transnet has signed the second long-term agreement under its Manganese Export Capacity Allocation (Meca) programme, which seeks to integrate a number of export manganese contracts. The seven-and-a-half-year contract with manganese miner Tshipi é Ntle will result in 2.1-million tonnes... 

Allen Morgan steps down from Kumba board

By: Nadine James     11th May 2018 Allen Morgan on Friday stepped down as lead independent nonexecutive director of Kumba Iron Ore. During Kumba’s annual general meeting (AGM), on Friday, chairperson Dr Mandla Gantsho thanked Morgan for his “immense contribution and dedication to the board and the company. 

ArcelorMittal studies lower grade iron-ore project in Liberia

By: Mariaan Webb     11th May 2018 With mining having started at the new Gangra direct shipping ore (DSO) deposit in Liberia, global steel and mining major ArcelorMittal is taking another look at the lower grade resources at its Tokadeh mine. The company has started a feasibility study to assess the optimal concentration solution... 

Local market welcomes launch of SRK Exploration Services

By: Nadine James     11th May 2018 The local and sub-Saharan African market has responded “very positively” to the establishment of SRK Exploration Services, a discipline-led division of SRK Global, says SRK Exploration Services Southern African exploration manager Oliver Bayley. He explains that the Cardiff-based division... 

Local market welcomes launch  of SRK Exploration Services
HENNIE THEART AND OLIVER BAYLEY The growing ranks of midtier and junior mining companies who lack in-house technical ability has created an untapped market for SRK

To succeed as a ‘sunrise industry’, SA mining must widen ownership, meet other challenges

11th May 2018 The following has been adapted from a chapter Towards Mining Vision 2030, by Joel Netshitenzhe, ANC NEC member and executive director of the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (Mistra) in a book on The Political Economy of Mining in South Africa, to be published in 2018 by Mistra. 

To succeed as a ‘sunrise industry’, SA mining must widen ownership, meet other challenges

Positive sentiment remains, despite 8.4% y/y fall in March mining production

By: Simone Liedtke     10th May 2018 The 8.4% year-on-year decrease in South Africa’s mining production in March is not necessarily an accurate reflection of the state of the mining industry, says international law firm Hogan Lovells mining head Warren Beech. He hopes that figures will have “smoothed out by June or July”, as at... 

Positive sentiment remains, despite 8.4% y/y fall in March mining production
Hogan Lovells mining head Warren Beech

Butcherbird proves up for Montezuma

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th May 2018 A scoping study into the Butcherbird manganese project, in Western Australia, has indicated an economically and technically viable project, owner Montezuma Mining said. The company told shareholders that the scoping study supported Montezuma’s aim to complete feasibility study work at the... 

Agarwal encouraging Anglo to accentuate South Africa link

By: Martin Creamer     9th May 2018 Indian mining billionaire Anil Agarwal is encouraging Anglo American – in which he now holds more than 21% – to accentuate its link with South Africa, where the Vedanta Resources company he founded and chairs is successfully turning to highly positive account the zinc assets that Anglo walked... 

Agarwal encouraging Anglo to accentuate South Africa link
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Anil Agarwal (right) and Martin Creamer

Gilbertson takes over CEO role at Jupiter

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th May 2018 ASX-listed Jupiter Mines has appointed chairperson Brian Gilbertson as acting CEO, after Priyank Thapliyal was hospitalized for an unforeseen medical condition relating to gallstone induced acute pancreatitis. Jupiter told shareholders that while Thapliyal was expected to make a full recovery,... 

Gilbertson takes over CEO role at Jupiter
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Brian Gilbertston

Indian iron-ore production at 7-year high, but unsold low-grade stocks pile up

By: Ajoy K Das     8th May 2018 Indian iron-ore production has touched a seven-year high of 210-million tons during 2017/18, but industry is facing a piquant situation of a mounting stockpile of unsold carryover low grade iron-ore lumps and fines. Official state-wide production figures are yet to be compiled for last financial... 

Gulf signs power deal for Kupang

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th May 2018 ASX-listed Gulf Manganese has signed a five-year power purchase agreement with national power provider PT PLN Wilayah for the supply of 20 MVA power to the Kupang smelting hub facility, in Indonesia. Gulf told shareholders on Monday that as a premium customer, the company was guaranteed power... 

Biggest miner says China's shift to quality iron-ore will hold

By: Bloomberg     7th May 2018 BHP Billiton, the world’s biggest miner, forecasts reforms in China’s steel sector will continue to hand an advantage to suppliers of higher-quality iron-ore and coking coal as consumption of the alloy keeps growing well into the next decade. Steel mills are likely to retain about two-thirds of... 

Vanadium market expected to achieve 3.2% CAGR to 2027

By: Nadine James     4th May 2018 Diversified miner Bushveld Minerals expects the vanadium market to expand by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.2% between 2017 and 2027, on the back of strong steel demand and a growing energy storage market, Bushveld Minerals CEO and cofounder Fortune Mojapelo said in a webcast on... 

Vanadium market expected to achieve 3.2% CAGR to 2027

Glencore first foreign firm to trade iron-ore futures after China opens market

By: Reuters     4th May 2018 Global trader Glencore carried out the first trade by a foreign firm for Chinese iron-ore futures on Friday, the first day that the Dalian Commodity Exchange opened the contract to overseas investors, the exchange said. Iron-ore is the second commodity China has opened to outside investors... 

3M showcases products that can be used in the fight against TB

By: Nadine James     4th May 2018 Mining solutions manufacturer 3M’s Live Life Breathe campaign intensified last month, when the company presented its message of tuberculosis (TB) eradication to the Women in Mining South Africa (WIMSA) organisation –  an organisation which 3M believes represents “South Africa’s industrial heart.”... 

Mineral-rich developing countries urged to have ‘more beneficial engagements’ with China

By: Nadine James     4th May 2018 South Africa and other mineral-rich developing countries with close economic links to China must reassess their trade policies to provide a buffer against fluctuating commodity demand, according to Witwatersrand University School of Mining Engineering postgraduate student Peaceful Mathebula and... 

Aussie mines cashing in as Chinese enviro crackdown shifts demand to high-grade iron-ore

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th May 2018 A renewed focus on environmental reforms and the accelerated restructure of its steel industry has resulted in a shift change in China’s iron-ore demand, with high-grade ores being given preferential treatment over their low-grade counterparts. The Australian Department of Industry, Innovation... 

Aussie mines cashing in as Chinese enviro crackdown shifts demand to high-grade iron-ore

Feasibility into zinc smelting, refining in Northern Cape

By: Martin Creamer     2nd May 2018 A feasibility study into the development and construction of a zinc smelter-refinery complex in the Northern Cape is under way, London-listed India-based Vedanta subsidiary Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) said on Wednesday. This is the latest step in the unfolding of what is envisaged as a major... 

Feasibility into zinc smelting, refining in Northern Cape
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Zinc project at Gamsberg, Northern Cape.

Vital sells Watershed for A$15m to Tungsten Mining

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     2nd May 2018 ASX-listed Vital Metals has struck a deal with fellow-listed Tungsten Mining to divest of its Watershed tungsten project, in Queensland, for A$15-million in cash. Vital told shareholders on Wednesday that the proceeds of the sale would enable the company to maintain its aggressive exploration... 

Sub-Saharan Africa GDP uptick predicted on stable oil and metal prices

By: Nadine James     27th April 2018 Sub-Saharan Africa’s growth is projected to reach 3.1% in 2018, and to average 3.6% in 2019/20, reports a biannual analysis of African economies conducted by the World Bank, Africa’s Pulse, which was released by the international finance organisation last week. The growth forecasts are premised... 

Sub-Saharan Africa GDP uptick predicted on stable  oil and metal prices
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SILVER LINING Economic activity will pick up in metals exporting countries, as mining production and investment rise

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