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De Beers unit’s density measurement system now commercially available

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd February 2018 De Beers Group of Companies’ innovation division De Beers Technologies South Africa (DebTech SA) has developed a novel density measurement system that can provide process plants with fast and accurate data on material density profiles of particle samples. The availability of this data, in turn,... 

Flare-gas-harnessing solution to be on show at Infacon XV

By: Nadine James     23rd February 2018 Swedish clean technology company Ripasso Energy will be presenting its PWR BLOK 400-F solution to the international ferroalloys industry at the fifteenth International Ferro-Alloys Congress (Infacon XV), which is taking place at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town, from February 25 to... 

Finnish authority obliges Koncar to launch takeover bid for Afarak

By: Anine Kilian     22nd February 2018 The Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority (FIN-FSA) has obliged Afarak CEO Danko Koncar to launch a takeover bid for Afarak Group shares, and imposed a running conditional fine to enforce the obligation.   LSE- and Nasdaq-listed Afarak on Thursday published a statement issued by the FIN-FSA,... 

Restructured Anglo American reaps benefits, posts solid FY17 results

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd February 2018 After an extensive restructuring, diversified miner Anglo American raised its dividend for the 2017 financial year to $1.02 a share - its highest dividend in nearly a decade. The "fundamentally different business" nearly halved its debt to $4.5-billion and doubled its free cash flow by 93% to... 

Restructured Anglo American reaps benefits, posts solid FY17 results
Diversified miner Anglo American

Burkina Faso seeks new partner for $1bn manganese project

By: Bloomberg     22nd February 2018 Burkina Faso is looking for a new partner to mine the world’s largest manganese deposit after rights disputes thwarted two earlier attempts to develop the $1-billion project. Pan African Minerals, a unit of Timis Mining, was told to stop production at the Tambao mine in 2015 following a change in... 

What happens when China's steel curbs end? Here's BHP's take

By: Bloomberg     22nd February 2018 Steelmakers in China are about to get back to business full-time. When unprecedented winter supply curbs lapse in the coming weeks, BHP Billiton forecasts mills in the top producer will step up output, boosting run rates through the second quarter to make up for curtailments. The resumption will... 

What happens when China's steel curbs end? Here's BHP's take

Volumes, dollar prices keep rand at bay for divi-hoisting Assore

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2018 Improved volumes and better dollar prices proved sufficient for mining holding company Assore to keep rand strength at bay in posting strong headline earnings growth and a sharp interim dividend increase. The company's half-year results were highlighted by a 12% rise in headline earnings, a... 

Volumes, dollar prices keep rand at bay for divi-hoisting Assore
Photo by Duane Daws
Assore CEO Charles Walters

China’s iron-ore discounts hit Fortescue revenue, profit falls sharply

By: Mariaan Webb     21st February 2018 Chinese steelmakers’ demand for better-quality ore has had a significant impact on Australian miner Fortescue Metals’ half-year financial performance, with revenue contracting by 18% and net profit falling sharply, sending shares down about 4% on Wednesday. Australia’s third major iron-ore... 

China’s iron-ore discounts hit Fortescue revenue, profit falls sharply
The ore processing facility at Solomon.

BHP rewards shareholders, profit jumps 25% on commodity prices

By: Mariaan Webb     20th February 2018 Higher commodity prices have helped the world’s largest diversified mining group to report a 25% increase in its underlying attributable profit and to reward shareholders with higher interim dividends. Melbourne-headquartered BHP grew its underlying attributable profit from $3.24-billion in the... 

BHP rewards shareholders, profit jumps 25% on commodity prices
BHP CEO Andrew Mackenzie

Bauba launches Moeijelijk underground chrome development

By: Anine Kilian     19th February 2018 JSE-listed Bauba Platinum officially launched the underground development phase of its Moeijelijk chrome mine, in Limpopo, on Friday. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online, CEO Nick van der Hoven said the mine, which is set to create about 400 direct and indirect jobs by December, has already started... 

Bauba launches Moeijelijk underground chrome development
Photo by Duane Daws
Bauba CEO Nick van der Hoven

Cyclone Kelvin lashes West Australia, no damage reported to mines, gas projects

By: Reuters     19th February 2018 Tropical Cyclone Kelvin hit the resource-rich north coast of Western Australia on Sunday, lashing it with strong winds and causing floods that could cut the main highway for up to two weeks. The storm crossed the coast 165 km south-southwest of Broome early on Sunday morning with destructive... 

Vale notches record iron-ore output in 2017, sales slip

By: Reuters     16th February 2018 Brazilian miner Vale said on Friday that total iron-ore output reached a record of 366.5-million tonnes last year, boosted by record high production from its so-called northern system, even as iron ore sales slipped slightly from 2016. The northern system, composed of its Carajás, Serra Leste... 

Mining mechanisation could create ‘massive’ employment challenges – Harwood 

By: Nadine James     16th February 2018 Despite positive sentiment and improving commodity prices, the African mining industry continues to face immense challenges, says Montero Mining and Exploration CEO Dr Antony Harwood. Addressing the African Mining Network’s (AMN’s) thirty-ninth networking dinner, on Thursday evening, he touched... 

Mining mechanisation could create ‘massive’ employment challenges – Harwood
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ANTONY HARWOOD Fear of the other could become fear of the robot

Leon expects mining industry to have a future under Ramaphosa’s Presidency

By: Nadine James     16th February 2018 Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon is cautiously optimistic that the changes signalled by newly elected President Cyril Ramaphosa will benefit South Africa’s economic recovery. In a speech to the British Chamber of Business in South Africa on Thursday evening, he... 

Leon expects mining industry to have a future under Ramaphosa’s Presidency
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Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon

Fortescue's Aboriginal programme hits A$2bn mark

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 Iron-ore major Fortescue Minerals' 'billion opportunities programme' has reached the A$2-billion-mark, with 250 contracts and sub-contracts having been awarded to 110 Aboriginal businesses and joint ventures in the seven years since its inception. CEO Nev Power said on Friday that the programme... 

Satellite solutions provider targets African mining industry

By: Nadine James     16th February 2018 Over the last 18 months, communications service provider SES Networks has noticed significant demand for connectivity from mining and oil and gas operations, and as a result has tried to grow its foothold within these markets. SES Networks Africa Sales VP Carole Kamaitha explains that the demand... 

There is new energy to ease mining industry conflict – Scholes

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th February 2018 There appears to be new political resolve to mend the relationship between the mining industry and the Department of Mineral Resources, says specialised law firm Malan Scholes director Hulme Scholes. Speaking at the IHS Markit South African Coal Export Conference, in Cape Town, on Thursday, the... 

There is new energy to ease mining industry conflict – Scholes
Photo by Duane Daws
HULME SCHOLES For the first time . . . we will see the trust deficit between the mining industry and department close

Pipe for tailings system supplied on schedule 

By: Victor Moolman     16th February 2018 An 840-m-long, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipeline was installed in October last year to transport corrosive tailings to a tailings dam at the ore beneficiation plant located close to the underground Morula chrome mine – owned by ferrochrome company Hernic – in Brits, in the North West. 

Pipe for tailings system supplied on schedule
Plasti-Tech managing member Brad Chamont explains the pipe specs and where they have been installed. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Christo Greyling.

Sound policy, low risk key to attracting mining investment

By: Henry Lazenby     16th February 2018 The global equity markets have been extremely volatile in recent weeks, extending a frantic selloff in US stocks that culminated in the steepest plunge for the Dow Jones Industrial Average in six-and-a-half years. While commodities were not spared from the rout, American multinational investment... 

Sound policy, low risk key to attracting mining investment

South32 announces special dividend after stronger-than-expected H1

By: Simone Liedtke     15th February 2018 Diversified miner South32 will return more money to shareholders, after reporting a stronger-than-expected $543-million underlying profit for the first half of the 2018 financial year. This meant that dividends to shareholders would be doubled. 

South32 announces special dividend after stronger-than-expected H1
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South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Indian mineral royalty rate revision on the cards

By: Ajoy K Das     15th February 2018 Signaling an imminent revision in royalties payable, barring coal, lignite and sand, the Indian government has constituted a study group to review existing rates, recommend any revision and suggest policy changes in administration of the royalty regime. According to a government order, the... 

TFR transports record chrome volumes from mines to ports

By: Schalk Burger     14th February 2018 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has transported a record 5.77-million tons of chrome by rail from mines to the ports in the first 47 weeks of the current financial year. This exceeds the 5.75-million tons of chrome transported by rail in the prior financial year. 

Kumba profit up 12% in 'royal flush' year – CEO

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th February 2018 In a year that CEO Themba Mkhwanazi describes as a "royal flush", Kumba Iron Ore posted a 12% increase in headline earnings to R9.7-billion. Headline earnings reached R30.47 a share, while earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation increased by 6% year-on-year to R19.6-billion... 

Mugabe's fall has veteran miners jockeying for Zimbabwe comeback

By: Bloomberg     13th February 2018 Robert Mugabe’s fall as Zimbabwe president is setting the scene for the return of a London mining listing for Andrew Groves and his long-term business partner – and former England cricketer – Phil Edmonds. Groves is preparing to relist the pair’s Zimbabwe coal, chrome and gold assets in London... 

Kumba FY17 profit rises 12%

By: Reuters     13th February 2018 South Africa's Kumba Iron Ore reported a 12% rise in annual profit on Tuesday, underpinned by higher costs for the steel-making ingredient. The company, a unit of Anglo American, said headline earnings came in at R9.7-billion ($813.36-million), or R30.47 a share, in the year ended December 2017,... 

Samsung SDI turns to used phones for cobalt as prices surge

By: Bloomberg     12th February 2018 Samsung SDI, a battery supplier to carmakers including BMW, plans to recycle cobalt from used mobile phones as companies around the world scramble to secure supplies of the metal amid surging prices. The plan fuels a trend among battery makers to reduce dependence on the Democratic Republic of... 

Kumba expects FY17 earnings to soar as production improves

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th February 2018 Kumba Iron Ore's headline earnings for the year ended December 31 are likely to increase by 7% to 15% year-on-year to between R9.3-billion and R9.98-billion and its headline earnings per share (HEPS) to between R29.13 and R31.27. "The increase in headline earnings is largely attributable to... 

Industry, environment lobby cautiously optimistic as Canada tables new enviro review rules

By: Henry Lazenby     9th February 2018 Ottawa on Thursday tabled new legislation to improve the federal environmental assessment process for mining projects. The legislation is aimed at strengthening and restoring the credibility of Canada's environmental laws. 

Industry, environment lobby cautiously optimistic as Canada tables new enviro review rules

Bushveld to focus on growth at vanadium, coal assets this year 

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th February 2018 Following the achievement of significant development milestones during 2017, integrated vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals will focus on enhancing growth at its vanadium and coal assets this year. “There is a unique window of opportunity for the company to position itself as a large, vertically... 

Bushveld to focus on growth at vanadium, coal assets this year
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo discusses the strides made in the company’s portfolio in 2017 and outlines the company’s future growth plans. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd.

Vedanta assessing impact of Goa suspension

By: Mariaan Webb     8th February 2018 Diversified mining company Vedanta Resources confirmed on Thursday that its mines would be affected by the Indian Supreme Court ruling that cancelled 88 mining leases in the iron-ore producing province of Goa. Mining operations would stop on March 16, Vedanta said, adding that operations would... 

Zimbabwe to consider waivers on platinum, diamonds ownership law

By: Bloomberg     8th February 2018 Zimbabwe will consider applications from companies mining platinum or diamonds to be exempted from a requirement that they be at least 51% owned by black citizens of the country. The government wants companies to show they have a plan to achieve compliance before it will consider granting... 

Big Mining Indaba thinking for 2019’s quarter-century milestone

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2018 This year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba has just ended here and the organisers are already putting their thinking caps on to make next year’s twenty-fifth anniversary of the event a grand affair. The names Cyril Ramaphosa, Elon Musk and the top who’s who of global and African mining are... 

Big Mining Indaba thinking for 2019’s quarter-century milestone
Photo by Duane Daws
Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose

China iron-ore imports hit 2nd-highest on record on restocking

By: Reuters     8th February 2018 China's iron-ore imports jumped to the second highest level on record in January as the world's top buyer built stockpiles ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday and the lifting of steel production curbs next month. Shipments of the steelmaking raw material in January climbed 19% from December to... 

Strike says planned Peru railway will link its 20Mt/y project to port

By: Mariaan Webb     8th February 2018 Plans for a 570-km multiuser railway from the inland city of Andahuaylas in southern Peru to the mineral export Port of San Juan de Marcona on the west coast of Peru will significantly improve development prospects for Australia-listed junior Strike Resources’ 20-million-tonnes-a-year iron-ore... 

India's top court cancels iron-ore mining permits in Goa – petitioners

By: Reuters     7th February 2018 India's Supreme Court has quashed all iron ore mining permits in Goa, one of the country's top producing states for the steel making raw material, an environmental group that petitioned the government to halt the mining said on Wednesday. Mining in the southwestern state of Goa, which produces... 

Rio Tinto returns $9.7bn to shareholders in 2017

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th February 2018 Mining major Rio Tinto has delivered record full-year ordinary dividends of $5.2-billion, equating to 290c a share, and bringing total cash returns to shareholders for the year ended December 31, 2017, to $9.7-billion. The company posted an operating cash flow of $13.9-billion, underlying... 

Rio Tinto returns $9.7bn to shareholders in 2017
Rio Tinto CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques

Iron-ore exports to China from Australia's Port Hedland fall to six-month low

By: Reuters     6th February 2018 Iron-ore shipments to China in January from Australia's Port Hedland terminal fell 11.3% from a month ago to 34.7-million tonnes, their lowest since July, port data released on Tuesday showed. That compares with 39.1-million tonnes in December. January imports were 0.6% higher than a year ago,... 

Mbazima urges immediate dialogue on rail, port expansion

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2018 South Africa’s ability to revitalise crucial infrastructure, especially rail and port networks, is among the key actions needed to bring investment back into the South African mining industry, Anglo American South Africa deputy chairperson Norman Mbazima said on Monday. Speaking on first day of... 

Mbazima urges immediate dialogue on rail, port expansion
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Anglo American South Africa deputy chairperson Norman Mbazima

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