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Barrick Gold to suspend Lumwana copper ops after Zambia passes new royalty law

By: Henry Lazenby     Updated 7 hours ago Canada’s Barrick Gold Corp will suspend operations at its Lumwana copper mine, in Zambia’s Northwestern province, after the country enacted legislation that raised the royalty rate on openpit mining operations from 6% to 20%. TSX- and NYSE-listed Barrick, the world’s largest gold producer, said... 

Barrick Gold to suspend Lumwana copper ops after Zambia passes new royalty law
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Lumwana, Zambia

Cashless home loans for migrant mineworkers on way – Teba

By: Martin Creamer A system of providing incremental cashless home loans to migrant mineworkers living in distant areas is being implemented. Teba CEO Dr Graham Herbert, who spoke to Mining Weekly Online in the attached video interview on potential improvements to the much-criticised migrant labour system, says... 

Cashless home loans for migrant mineworkers on way – Teba
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Graham Herbert

Sword of Damocles hangs over Mintails

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The share price of South Africa-focused gold miner Mintails dropped by nearly 22% on Thursday on news that the company was failing to make its production targets. Mintails told shareholders on Thursday that the company’s openpit operational performance had been impacted by the failure of the... 

Piran produces first tin in Rwanda

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Unlisted Piran Resources has produced its first tin concentrate from the Musha and Ntunga mines, in Rwanda. This initial production was sourced from reprocessing of tailings dumps from previous mining operations. 

Central Rand Gold raising $1.85m to boost surface mining

By: Martin Creamer London- and Johannesburg-listed gold-mining company Central Rand Gold, which is currently being courted by three Chinese suitors, is taking steps to raise $1.85-million in equity capital to boost surface mining production, bring idled underground equipment to surface and reduce staff. The focus... 

Central Rand Gold raising $1.85m to boost surface mining
Photo by Duane Daws
Johan du Toit

CoAL extends mine sale deadline, capital-raise timeframe

By: Martin Creamer The deadline for the disposal of the Mooiplaats colliery by the triple-listed Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) as well its capital-raising timeframe have been extended out. Johannesburg, London and Sydney-listed CoAL said on Wednesday that it had agreed to give suitor Blackspear Capital more time to... 

CoAL extends mine sale deadline, capital-raise timeframe
Photo by Duane Daws
David Brown

Despite gold hedge book contracting in Q3, full-year growth expected

By: Henry Lazenby A new report released on Tuesday by Societe Generale and Thompson Reuters GFMS had found that net gold hedging had declined by a net 200 000 oz in the third quarter. This was the result of a slowdown in the volume of hedging, which meant that the delivery into and the maturity of pre-existing... 

Despite gold hedge book contracting in Q3, full-year growth expected

Judge refuses Vale request to dismiss Rio Tinto lawsuit in US

By: Reuters A US federal judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss mining giant Rio Tinto's lawsuit against rival Vale, alleging it conspired with Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz and BSG Resources to steal the company's valuable mining rights in Guinea. US District Judge Richard Berman of Manhattan rejected... 

Discovery set to shut Boseto mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Copper miner Discovery Metals on Wednesday announced that it would mothball its Boseto openpit operation, in Botswana, within the next six months. The miner told shareholders that a review of the openpit operation had been launched earlier this year to determine the effect of the current and... 

Magnis signs offtake deal over Tanzanian graphite

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Junior graphite developer Magnis Resources has inked an offtake agreement with China National Materials Industry Import and Export Corporation (SINOMA) from the Nachu project, in Tanzinia. Under the terms of the offtake agreement, SINOMA would purchase some 80 000 t/y of graphite, across all... 

Universal on track for Roodekop delivery

By: Esmarie Swanepoel South Africa-focused coal miner Universal Coal said on Wednesday that it was on track to deliver the Roodekop mine and the New Clydesdale colliery, by 2015. The combined operations would have an installed capacity of more than 6.25-million tonne a year, and an expected run-of-mine production of... 

Harmony Gold, Newcrest to spend $2.3bn on Golpu feasibility

By: Martin Creamer Gold mining companies Harmony Gold of South Africa and Newcrest Mining of Australia plan to spend $2.3-billion on developing their Golpu deposit in Papua New Guinea. Harmony and Newcrest, which each own 50% of the Golpu project through the Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture, on Monday gave a firm thumbs up... 

Harmony Gold, Newcrest to spend $2.3bn on Golpu feasibility
Photo by Duane Daws
Graham Briggs

IMX signs new JV deal over Ntaka Hill

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Junior explorer IMX Resources has agreed to a joint venture (JV) with Mauritius-based Fig Tree Resources Fund II, to divest of more than 70% of its Ntaka Hill nickel project, in Tanzania, in a deal valued at $5.88-million. IMX has been on the hunt for an investor into the Ntaka Hill project... 

Sundance strips down on costs and board members

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Iron-ore developer Sundance Resources on Tuesday announced a number of cost cuts as part of a cash management strategy while the company moved ahead with the development of its Mbalam-Nabeba iron-ore project, on the border between Cameroon and the Republic of Congo. The company told shareholders... 

'Phenomenal' rise in India's gold imports a concern - trade secy

By: Reuters A "phenomenal" rise in India's gold imports is a concern and the government will watch the impact from a recent easing in gold import rules, Trade Secretary Rajeev Kher said on Tuesday. Gold imports jumped 34% in November to $5.61-billion, sending India's trade deficit to a 18 month high, data... 

Broke Cons Murch antimony mine begins business rescue proceedings

By: Martin Creamer The troubled antimony and gold operation Cons Murch, which is in financial distress, has begun voluntary business rescue proceedings in consultation with the Department of Mineral Resources, JSE-listed Village Main Reef said on Monday. Its decision follows the inability of unlisted Australian... 

Broke Cons Murch antimony mine begins business rescue proceedings
Photo by Duane Daws
Ferdi Dippenaar

Creamer Media publishes Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector research report

Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the logistics of transporting liquid fuels... 

Creamer Media publishes Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector research report

First Quantum says Zambia royalties could discourage investment

By: Reuters     Updated 1 hour 3 minutes ago Zambia's new mining royalty rate could be a "massive disincentive" for future investment if it does not come with some form of capital relief, First Quantum Minerals's president told Reuters on Thursday. President Clive Newall said the miner does not yet know the specifics of the scheme to raise... 

Falling coal prices affects Qld budget

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Falling commodity prices have forced the Queensland government to slash nearly a A$1-billion from forecast state revenues for 2014/15. Treasurer Tim Nicholls on Thursday revised the full year revenue from t he previous A$50.1-billion to A$49.1-billion, to reflect the weaker outlook for coal... 

Falling coal prices affects Qld budget

Poseidon advances Black Swan buy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Nickel miner Poseidon Nickel on Thursday extended the expected completion date of the Black Swan operation, from the end of this calendar year until March next year. However, MD and CEO David Singleton said that the extension to the completion deadline would not change Poseidon’s overall... 

KBL turns to Supreme Court in Kidman battle

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The gloves have come off in the battle between ASX-listed KBL Mining and its creditor Kidman Resources, with KBL on Thursday launching legal proceedings against Kidman in the New South Wales Supreme Court. Earlier this month, Kidman issued an event of default on a A$12.6-million debt, which was... 

Crater starts mining at its PNG mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Junior miner Crater Gold Mining has started mining at its High Grade Zone (HGZ) project, at the Crater Mountain mine, in Papua New Guinea. The start of mining at Crater Mountain comes in the wake of Crater securing a mining lease, and successfully concluding a compensation agreement with the... 

Woodside and BP agree to explore Canadian waters

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Oil and gas producer Woodside has finalised an agreement with major BP over a farm-in offshore the Scotian basin, in Canada. Woodside on Thursday told shareholders that it would acquire a 20% participating interest in four exploration licenses in the Scotian basin, while BP would remain operator... 

Radar cancels rights issue, hopes to amend purchase terms

By: Esmarie Swanepoel ASX-listed junior Radar Iron was looking to amend the sales agreement of its Yerecoin project buy, after the company was forced to abandon a A$4.6-million rights issue. In September this year, Radar announced its plans to raise A$5.5-million through a rights issue and share placement. Some... 

Cockatoo Island set for new mine plan - Pluton

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The receivers and managers of iron-ore junior Pluton Resources were in the process of formulating a long-term mining and operations plan for the Cockatoo Island project, the company said this week. In November this year, project house Watpac was ordered to undertake a limited scope of mining... 

Doray expects more from Andy Well in 2015

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Gold miner Doray Minerals on Thursday increased its 2015 production expectations for the Andy Well operation, in Western Australia, o the back of a 67% increase in the openpit mining inventory at the Wilber Stage 2 openpit operation. The mine was now expected to produce between 85 000 oz and 90... 

Venezuela restarts nickel output at asset taken over from Anglo

By: Reuters Venezuela has restarted production from the Loma de Niquel ferronickel asset it took from mining giant Anglo American in 2012 after cancelling its licences, data from an industry body showed this week. Information on Venezuela is patchy but the International Nickel Study Group (INSG) numbers... 

US District Court dismisses class action against Turquoise Hill Resources

By: Henry Lazenby A US District Court judge had on Tuesday dismissed a consolidated putative securities class action lawsuit that had been filed in the Southern District of New York against Rio Tinto subsidiary Turquoise Hill Resources and certain of its officers and directors, in December last year. Turquoise... 

Kinross completes Aurelian Resources and Fruta del Norte divestment

By: Henry Lazenby TSX- and NYSE-listed Kinross Gold on Wednesday said it had completed the divestment of all of its interest in Aurelian Resources and the Fruta del Norte project, in Ecuador, to Fortress Minerals, a member of the Lundin Group of Companies, for $240-million. Payment consisted of $150-million in... 

Teck Resources makes first shipment from restarted Pend Oreille ops

By: Henry Lazenby Diversified Canadian miner Teck Resources on Wednesday reported that it had made the first shipment of zinc and lead ore in concentrate from its restarted Pend Oreille operations, in north-eastern Washington State, across the border to its nearby Trail operations, in British Columbia, for... 

US gold output sags as low grades at Barrick, Midas mine sale weigh

By: Henry Lazenby US gold mine output during the first nine months had slid 7% year-over-year, hurt in part by lower production from the world’s two largest gold miners by output, Toronto-based Barrick Gold and Denver-headquartered Newmont Mining. In its latest ‘Mineral Industry Surveys’ report, the US Geological... 

Coeur Mining solidifies Palmajero future with Paramount Gold and Silver acquisition

By: Henry Lazenby The US’s largest primary silver producer Coeur Mining on Wednesday announced that it had agreed to buy Paramount Gold and Silver for $146-million in scrip, giving Coeur control over Paramount’s San Miguel project that covers about 121 000 ha surrounding Coeur’s Palmarejo mine, in Chihuahua,... 

Coeur Mining solidifies Palmajero future with Paramount Gold and Silver acquisition

Lower oil prices could cost Canada dearly

By: Henry Lazenby An unprecedented 40% dive in crude oil prices in the last four months would impact the Canadian economy much more severely than previously thought, a recent study by analysts at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) had found. In their report ‘No barrel of fun: What weaker crude means for... 

Lower oil prices could cost Canada dearly

Sirius secures cash to fund Nova development

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Nickel developer Sirius Resources has secured a syndicated facility agreement worth A$440-million to fund the development of its Nova nickel project, in Western Australia. Sirius told shareholders that it had agreed to the facility, with Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, BNP Paribas, The... 

India's Tata Steel restarts key iron mines amid shortage

By: Reuters India's Tata Steel Ltd resumed production from two of its four iron ore mines on Tuesday, a company source and a government official said, cutting a shortage that had forced the company to import the raw material for the first time. Court restrictions over the past three years to curb illegal... 

Anglo focuses on safety at Grasstree

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Mining major Anglo American said this week that the company would only look to re-open the Grasstree coal mine, in Queensland, once the safety of personnel could be assured. Operations at the mine were suspended last week after a contractor was killed on site. 

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