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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

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

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... 

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

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... 

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. 

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

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.

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... 

Steelmaking commodities, thermal coal prices to buoy Australian export earnings

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th October 2017 The Australian government is forecasting record resources and energy exports in 2017/18, but says exports will decline in 2018/19. The Industry, Innovation and Science department forecasts resources and energy exports of A$211-billion in the current financial year and exports of A$201-billion... 

Steelmaking commodities, thermal coal prices to buoy Australian export earnings

Capital-saving solutions for crushing and screening

     6th October 2017 Rising commodity prices reinvigorate the potential of new mining projects, but raising enough finance still remains a challenge; however, crushing and screening plants specialist B&E International has a toll model that reduces capital demands on mining entrepreneurs. “This concept appeals to the... 

Port Hedland China iron-ore exports up 2.8% in Sept

By: Reuters     5th October 2017 Iron-ore shipments to China from Australia's Port Hedland terminal rose 2.8% to 36.7-million tonnes in September from 35.7-million tonnes in August, port data released on Thursday showed. Overall, September iron ore shipments from the world's biggest export terminal for the steelmaking raw... 

Ferrexpo pellet production down owing to maintenance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th October 2017 Baar, Switzerland-headquartered Ferrexpo produced 2.49-million tonnes of iron-ore pellets in third quarter, down 1.7% on the 2.54-million tonnes in the second quarter, in line with ongoing pellet line maintenance. Production for the first nine months of the year was 7.65-million tonnes, compared... 

BofAML updates mined commodity price forecasts as Chinese policies prop up prices

By: Henry Lazenby     4th October 2017 The Global Research team at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) has updated its price forecasts for mined commodities, saying on Wednesday that its prior price outlook had been too bearish for cyclical raw materials, while the near-term outlook for gold and silver looks less bullish than... 

Rip up charter, provide tax incentives, back junior miners – Maimane 

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2017 Mining Charter Three should be ripped up, proper tax incentives introduced and junior mining enterprises supported to restore investment in the mining industry, which is a stimulator of the South African economy as a whole, Opposition Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said on Wednesday.... 

Rip up charter, provide tax incentives, back junior miners – Maimane
Opposition Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane, addressing delegates at the Joburg Indaba conference. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

ANC will heed Joburg Indaba call for removal of Minerals Minister – Mkhize 

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2017 The majority call by the Joburg Indaba for the government to replace Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane with a new Minister would be communicated to the African National Congress (ANC), which was committed to facilitating an enabling environment for the South African mining industry, ANC... 

ANC will heed Joburg Indaba call for removal of Minerals Minister – Mkhize
ANC treasurer general Dr Zweli Mkhize addresses delegates at the Joburg Indaba about Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Chamber criticised for no-show at Joburg Indaba gala dinner

By: Martin Creamer     3rd October 2017 Officials of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa were criticised for opting to not attend Tuesday night’s Joburg Indaba’s gala dinner, which was addressed by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, who stated that he would not discuss the controversial but agreement-fettered Mining Charter... 

Chamber criticised for no-show at Joburg Indaba gala dinner
Photo by Duane Daws
Bernard Swanepoel
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