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Ferrexpo expects up to 10Mt/y of idled pellet supply to enter market

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd August 2017 Swiss-headquartered Ferrexpo expects demand for high-quality iron-ore, especially pellets, to remain strong in the second half of 2017, underpinned by an improvement in the global economy, as well as drive by steel mills to reduce their emissions and improve the quality of their final product.... 

Crusader finds buyer for Posse mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     2nd August 2017 ASX-listed Crusader Resources has entered into a conditional sales agreement to divest of its Posse iron-ore mine, in Minas Gerais. Crusader on Wednesday told shareholders that Inter Invest would pay some A$3.2-million for the asset over a 17-month period, with the sale conditional on Crusader... 

NUM, ANC ‘very encouraging’ – Royal Bafokeng Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     1st August 2017 Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri said on Tuesday that he was “very encouraged” by the stance taken the day before by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the ruling African National Congress (ANC). “We can only improve the situation if we work together and not against each other,”... 

NUM, ANC ‘very encouraging’ – Royal Bafokeng Platinum
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri is interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on the tough current passage of the struggling platinum industry. Video and Video editing: Darlene Creamer 1.8.2017

Tramecon

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st August 2017 Turnkey laboratory solutions provider Tramecon services mining projects worldwide from its wholly owned Randburg facility, comprising two mini factories covering 400 m2. The company further supplies South Africa-based product logistics monitoring for a Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) client... 

Tramecon

Fortescue brings power in-house

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st August 2017 Iron-ore miner Fortescue Metals has moved to repurchase the Solomon power station from TSX-listed TransAlta Corporation. The company in 2012 sold the Solomon power station to TransAlta and entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the power station’s entire capacity, which is providing... 

Hawsons PFS delivers for Carpentaria

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th July 2017 ASX-listed Carpentaria Exploration has delivered an attractive development case of its Hawsons iron-ore project, in New South Wales, with the release of the results of a prefeasibility study, MD Quentin Hill said on Friday. The PFS estimated that the 10-million-tonne-a-year operation would have... 

Sub-Saharan Africa’s iron-ore sector to benefit from Chinese investment

     28th July 2017 Sub-Saharan African iron-ore production is expected to continue to edge up from 93-million tons in 2017 to 103-million tons in 2021, as continued Chinese investment in the region offsets the effects of lower global prices, says research firm BMI, which also, however, warns of the risk the... 

Modest growth predicted in key iron-ore producing countries

     28th July 2017 Global iron-ore production will grow modestly, predicts research firm BMI, which breaks this growth in output down further, to mine restarts and expansions in Brazil and India. The company’s analysis posits that global iron-ore production will grow modestly from 3.091-billion tons in 2017 to... 

More cost cutting as local steel demand still dim

     28th July 2017 To mitigate some of the negative impact of a worse-than-expected performance in the first quarter of the year, South Africa’s largest steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) is implementing further cost cutting and efficiency measures. This will also include a review of the long steel... 

Mines continue to drive sustainable value creation

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 The African mining industry is increasingly focusing on generating as much value as possible from mining projects to benefit all mining stakeholders and strengthen its position as a sustainable contributor to the continent’s economies, says consulting engineer Aurecon resources client director... 

Mines continue  to drive sustainable value creation
ASSMANG KHUMANI Community-benefiting projects are associated with mining company Assmang’s Khumani iron-ore mine, located in the Northern Cape, South Africa

ANC’s Mining Charter response ‘very constructive’ – Anglo

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2017 The response of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) party at its recent policy conference, that further discussion is required on the controversial Mining Charter Three, to ensure that investment and employment levels are not negatively affected, has been described as “very... 

ANC’s Mining Charter response ‘very constructive’ – Anglo
Mark Cutifani

Eskom tariffs in AMSA’s action plan crosshairs as losses spike  

By: Terence Creamer     27th July 2017 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) will approach the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) directly with a request for discounted electricity tariffs as part of a multi-pronged business sustainability action plan unveiled after the JSE-listed group slumped to a... 

Eskom tariffs in AMSA’s action plan crosshairs as losses spike
AMSA CEO Wim de Klerk on seeking a new electricity tariff deal from Eskom and Nersa. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 27.7.2017

Glencore’s half-year showing prompts analyst gusto

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2017 Thursday’s half-year production report from diversified mining and marketing company Glencore, which is seen as offering particular leverage to copper and zinc’s currently attractive fundamentals, elicited favourable analyst comment. “Glencore remains our sector top pick,” Barclays Equity... 

Glencore’s half-year showing prompts analyst gusto
Photo by Bloomberg
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Fortescue lifts Q4 output by 20%

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th July 2017 Iron-ore miner Fortescue Metals reported a 20% quarter-on-quarter increase in ore mined during the three months to June 30, with C1 costs down 7% over the same period. Fortescue on Thursday reported that the miner produced 53.6-million tonnes in the fourth quarter, shipping some 44.7-million... 

Cash-gushing Anglo restarts dividend as earnings double

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2017 The underlying earnings of diversified mining company Anglo American have more than doubled in the six months to June 30, when the generation of cash in the half year was more than all of 2016. Earnings hit the $1.5-billion mark and cash flow soared to $2.7-billion. 

Cash-gushing Anglo restarts dividend as earnings double
Photo by Duane Daws
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Goldman's now bullish on iron-ore this year but warns on 2018

By: Bloomberg     27th July 2017 Goldman Sachs Group boosted its iron-ore forecasts after better-than-expected demand in China raised prices, but combined the revised outlook with a warning that it remains bearish on next year on prospects for plentiful mine supplies and a worldwide glut. The three-month forecast was raised to... 

Deputy Minister ‘uncomfortable’ at not being consulted

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2017 Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant told Radio 702 morning anchor Xolani Gwala on Wednesday that he was “uncomfortable” at having to read about the proposed mineral rights moratorium in the newspapers. Oliphant, who has served as the deputy to three Mineral Resources Ministers,... 

Deputy Minister ‘uncomfortable’ at not being consulted
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Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant

Stop moratorium now, NUM instructs DMR 

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Wednesday that it is deeply concerned by the current consideration by the Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane to put in place a mineral rights moratorium until the finalisation of the Mining Charter Three court challenge by the Chamber of... 

Sishen productivity leaps by spectacular 57% – Kumba 

By: Martin Creamer     25th July 2017 With 30% fewer trucks, the fleet productivity at the Sishen iron-ore mine in the Northern Cape has leapt by an extraordinary 57%, Kumba Iron Ore CEO Themba Mkhwanazi said on Tuesday, when the company reported a 23% increase in production in the six months to June 30. The contribution of... 

Sishen productivity leaps by spectacular 57% – Kumba
Kumba Iron Ore CEO Themba Mkhwanazi was applauded for Sishen’s productivity leap at the presentation of half-year results covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Kumba CEO Mkhwanazi concerned by Minister’s reneging  

By: Martin Creamer     25th July 2017 Kumba Iron Ore CEO Themba Mkhwanazi on Tuesday expressed concern about the mineral rights and mining transaction moratorium that has been gazetted by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, especially because it followed his agreement to suspend the implementation of Mining Charter Three... 

Kumba CEO Mkhwanazi concerned by Minister’s reneging
Kumba Iron Ore CEO Themba Mkhwanazi reported a reinstatement of the dividend at the presentation of half-year results covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Darlene Creamer. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva

Mandla Gantsho to replace Fani Titi as Kumba chair

By: Martin Creamer     25th July 2017 Kumba Iron Ore chairperson Fani Titi is to step down from the board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed mining company from September 30 and will be replaced by Dr Mandla Gantsho, who has been appointed as chairperson designate. Gantsho will join the board on August 1 and will succeed Titi... 

Mandla Gantsho to replace Fani Titi as Kumba chair
Outgoing Kumba Iron Ore chairperson Fani Titi

Kumba lifts iron-ore output 23%, reinstates dividend, shares rise

By: Martin Creamer     25th July 2017 Iron-ore mining company Kumba Iron Ore on Tuesday reported a 23% increase in production in the six months to June 30 on the back of a productivity step change linked to the revised Sishen mine plan. The Anglo American subsidiary achieved a fatality-free half year and reduced lost-time injuries in... 

Kumba lifts iron-ore output 23%, reinstates dividend, shares rise
Photo by Duane Daws
Kumba Iron Ore CEO Themba Mkhwanazi

Fuel cell vehicle sales boosting platinum demand outlook   

By: Martin Creamer     24th July 2017 Growth potential for platinum is emerging in the rapid build-up off a low base of fuel cell electric vehicle sales. Fuel cell vehicle sales are expected to grow by more than 200% this year, with Japan targeting 200 000 fuel cell electric vehicles on its roads in 2025 and 800 000 in 2030. 

Fuel cell vehicle sales boosting platinum demand outlook
Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith outlines platinum’s electric vehicle demand potential to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Amplats strengthens balance sheet, continues to manage for low prices

By: Martin Creamer     24th July 2017 Platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) reported on Monday that it has been able to further strengthen its balance sheet in the six months to June 30, despite the weaker rand basket prices in the period. In generating R4.3-billion in underlying operating cash flow, Amplats was... 

Amplats strengthens balance sheet, continues to manage for low prices
Photo by Duane Daws
Amplats CEO Chris Griffith

Copenhagen Economics to study benefits of Kallak mining operation

By: Mariaan Webb     21st July 2017 London-listed Beowulf Mining has appointed Copenhagen Economics to commission an economic study of the benefits of a mining operation at Kallak, in Sweden. The study would seek to articulate the economic benefits to Jokkmokk and Norrbotten and provide a “big picture” of how a mining operation at... 

Moratorium infers intention to circumvent agreement – Leon 

By: Martin Creamer     21st July 2017 The mineral rights moratorium gazette notice of Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane infers an intention to circumvent the underlying purpose of the agreement reached with the Chamber of Mines, Herbert Smith Freehills’ Africa partner and co-chair, Peter Leon, said on Friday. In particular,... 

Moratorium infers intention to circumvent agreement – Leon
Photo by Duane Daws
Herbert Smith Freehills’ Africa practice partner and co-chair Peter Leon

Iron’s surge to $70 draws out sceptics as prices reverse

By: Bloomberg     21st July 2017 Iron-ore’s strong start to the second half and surge above $70 a metric ton will probably fade through the year-end as demand from top buyer China slows and global mine supplies remain robust, according to Sucden Financial and Bank Julius Baer & Co. “Any significant uptick in seaborne cargoes... 

Gulf to ship smelters from South Africa to Indonesia in Q4

By: Mariaan Webb     21st July 2017 The refurbishment of the first two smelters that Australian company Gulf Manganese plans to use at its manganese alloys hub in Kupong, West Timor, is well under way, with shipment from South Africa to Indonesia expected to occur before the end of this year. Gulf reported on Friday that it had... 

Atlas meets production and cost guidance, generates A$100m in cash

By: Mariaan Webb     21st July 2017 Australian iron-ore junior Atlas Iron has managed to generate A$100-million in net cash from its operations in the 2017 financial year, while reducing its debt by $79-million to A$103-million, MD Cliff Lawrenson reported on Friday. The company delivered on its 2017 production and cash cost... 

Lack of confidence in black businesses cripples development

By: Nadine James     21st July 2017 Materials handling and alternative mining solutions expert Ncamiso Mining is expanding its presence in Welkom, where it sees strong potential to grow and support local black-owned and black economic-empowerment (BEE) entities across the various needs of their operations in the area. However,... 

Lack of confidence in black businesses cripples development
SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP The sharing of knowledge and experience would prove invaluable to black-owned companies and, ultimately, benefit all the businesses in the mining sector

Charter’s BEE ‘top-up’ provision may be unconstitutional

     21st July 2017 The new “top-up” provision in the latest Mining Charter gazetted on June 15, may prove to be unconstitutional and may lead to further expensive legal action by the mining industry, states Fasken Martineau partner and global mining group member Nicola Jackson. In a statement published on June 15,... 

Charter’s BEE  ‘top-up’ provision may be unconstitutional
GOVERNMENT PAYING LIP SERVICE? The controversial Mining Charter’s new procurement targets stipulate that 80% of services be performed by black economic-empowerment entities

Kumba raises Sishen FY production guidance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th July 2017 Kumba Iron Ore has raised the full-year production guidance for its Sishen mine, in the Northern Cape, to 28-million to 29-million tonnes, owing to the solid and consistent performance and ongoing improvements at the mine. The mine produced 7.9-million tonnes of iron-ore in the second quarter of... 

Black Iron reinvigorates Ukraine iron-ore project on favourable exchange rate

By: Mariaan Webb     20th July 2017 Canadian explorer and developer Black Iron will develop a new preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for its Shymanivske iron-ore project, in Ukraine, to take into account the favourable exchange rate and a phased development plan. Instead of a 9.9-million-ton-a-year operation, as considered in... 

Black Iron reinvigorates Ukraine iron-ore project on favourable exchange rate

Diamond output leap helps Anglo

By: Martin Creamer     20th July 2017 A sharp rise in rough diamond production at a time of stable diamond trading conditions has boosted diversified mining company Anglo American in the three months to June 30, when overall production was 8% up on a copper-equivalent basis. Rough diamond production increased by 36% to 8.7 million... 

Diamond output leap helps Anglo
Photo by Duane Daws
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Amplats own-mine output up, sales down in two-fatality quarter

By: Martin Creamer     20th July 2017 Performance from its own mine operations helped platinum production from Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) to increase in the three months to June 30, but sales volumes fell sharply on technical problems and two mineworkers succumbed to fatal injuries. Full-year production guidance remains... 

Brazilian judge suspends Samarco dam disaster civil claim indefinitely

By: Henry Lazenby     19th July 2017 A Brazilian federal judge of the Federal Court of Minas Gerais has, for an indefinite time, suspended a public civil lawsuit against Samarco Mineração over the miner’s tailings dam collapse in November 2015, the company said on Tuesday. Vale, the world’s largest iron-ore producer, said in a press... 

Champion stock gains on resolving longstanding Sept-Îles Port dispute

By: Henry Lazenby     18th July 2017 The TSX-listed stock of project redeveloper Champion Iron on Tuesday gained more than 4% after the company announced that it has settled a dispute with the Sept-Îles Port Authority, from where iron-ore product from the Bloom Lake mine, in Quebec, will be shipped to market. The Montreal-based... 

Champion stock gains on resolving longstanding Sept-Îles Port dispute
Photo by Henry Lazenby
Haul truck equipment await their next turn of duty at the mothballed Bloom Lake iron mine, Quebec

Demand growth for some metals may exceed 1 000% – World Bank

By: Martin Creamer     18th July 2017 A new World Bank report highlights the potential impacts that the expected continuing boom in low-carbon energy technologies will have on demand for many minerals and metals, including Southern Africa's platinum, manganese and chrome. Using wind and solar energy, and energy storage batteries, as... 

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