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Support to ensure optimal performance

22nd June 2018 With mining operations remaining under pressure to optimise plants, original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers must be more dynamic and focused in terms of their overall market offering, says minerals beneficiation technology supplier MBE Minerals SA MD Johannes Kottmann. He says that... 

$14m Sprott loan to reboot Alderon’s Kami project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st June 2018 TSX-listed Alderon Iron Ore has entered into an agreement with Sprott Resource Lending for a $14-million loan facility, which will provide the junior with sufficient funds to repay a loan due to Liberty Metals and Mining and provide additional runway to reboot the Rose deposit of the... 

$14m Sprott loan to reboot Alderon’s Kami project
The Kami project in western Labrador.

Atlas directors back Hancock offer

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st June 2018 Takeover target Atlas Iron has backed a takeover offer from Hancock Prospecting, after suitor Mineral Resources (MinRes) pulled out of the race by failing to match the offer. MinRes earlier this week said that it would not make a counter offer for Atlas, after Hancock Prospecting launched a... 

Atlas directors back Hancock offer

MinRes declines to up Atlas offer

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th June 2018 ASX-listed Mineral Resources (MinRes) on Wednesday announced that it will not make a counter offer for iron-ore miner Atlas Iron. MinRes had been given three business days to come up with a new offer for Atlas after Hancock Prospecting launched a 4.2c a share cash offer for Atlas, in which it... 

Selloff in iron-ore to rubber in China as US trade war widens

By: Reuters     19th June 2018 Prices of commodities from iron ore to rubber tumbled in China on Tuesday, with investor sentiment shaken by an intensifying trade war between Beijing and Washington that could hurt the world's No. 2 economy. The selloff also hit steel, copper, cotton and palm oil, as Chinese investors returned... 

MinRes given tight deadline to improve Atlas bid

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th June 2018 Iron-ore miner Atlas Iron has given suitor Mineral Resources (MinRes) three business days to match the takeover offer Hancock Prospecting put on the table earlier this week. Hancock on Monday revealed a 4.2c a share cash offer for Atlas, in which it already holds a 19.96% interest. 

Rio spending $2.2bn on iron-ore supply

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th June 2018 Diversified miner Rio Tinto on Monday revealed that it will be spending some $2.2-billion over the next three years on replacement mines for its iron-ore operations in the Pilbara, including initial spending on the proposed Koodaideri, West Angelas and Robe Valley developments. Rio’s iron-ore... 

Rinehart’s Hancock bids $390m for Atlas, trumps MinRes offer

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th June 2018 Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting has solidified its intentions for ASX-listed Atlas Iron, revealing a 4.2c a share takeover offer, or A390-million, for the Pilbara iron-ore miner. Atlas told shareholders on Monday that the Hancock offer, which would open in about two weeks’ time, would be... 

Samarco is said to be nearing settlement with Brazil prosecutors

By: Bloomberg     15th June 2018 After a year of back and forth, the owners of the idle Samarco iron-ore mine are close to signing a definitive settlement with Brazilian prosecutors that will clear the way for restart preparations and debt talks to begin, according to people briefed on the matter. Joint venture partners Vale... 

Minerals Council, water dept collaborate on water conservation, demand management project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th June 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and the Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA) have reached a significant milestone in a collaborative exercise on water conservation and water demand management aimed at driving water savings and usage improvements in the mining industry. The... 

Minerals Council, water dept collaborate on water conservation, demand management project

BHP awards contract at newly approved South Flank

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th June 2018 Mining major BHP has awarded a A$260-million mining infrastructure works contract to ASX-listed Cimic, at the newly approved South Flank project, in Western Australia. BHP overnight approved the $3.4-billion South Flank project, which will replace production from the 80-million tonne a year... 

BHP approves $2.9bn capital expenditure for South Flank iron project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2018 BHP has approved capital expenditure of $2.9-billion for the South Flank iron-ore project, in the central Pilbara, Western Australia. The project, in which BHP holds an 85% interest, will cost $3.4-billion to develop and will fully replace production from the 80-million-tonne a year Yandi mine,... 

BHP approves $2.9bn capital expenditure for South Flank iron project

South Africa's mining production down 4.3% y/y in April

By: African News Agency      14th June 2018 South Africa' mining output fell by decreased by 4.3% in April compared with the same month last year, the national statistics agency said on Thursday. Statistics South Africa said the largest negative contributors to the decline were platinum group metals (PGMs), which slid 6.5%, deducting 1.5... 

South Africa's mining production down 4.3% y/y in April

Atlas does not have priority rights to new Hedland berths

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th June 2018 The share price of iron-ore miner Atlas Iron dropped by nearly 16% on Thursday after the Western Australian government informed the company that it did not have “priority right” to develop new export berths. Atlas told shareholders that the North West Infrastructure (NWI), of which the company... 

Atlas does not have priority rights to new Hedland berths

Hancock Prospecting discloses nearly 20% stake in Atlas Iron

By: Reuters     13th June 2018 Australian billionaire Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting group of companies disclosed on Wednesday a 19.96% stake in Atlas Iron, heating up the race for the small iron-ore miner. Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd holds a 14.97% stake in Atlas, while Hancock's unit Redstone Corporation will have a... 

Brazil pension fund Funcef still considering sale of Vale stake

By: Reuters     12th June 2018 Brazilian pension fund Funcef is still considering whether to sell its stake in mining company Vale SA but sees no immediate urgency to do so, its director Paulo Werneck said on Tuesday, as funds try to avoid putting pressure on Vale shares. Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of a... 

Cleveland-Cliffs exits Australian iron-ore

By: Mariaan Webb     12th June 2018 Iron-ore pellet producer Cleveland-Cliffs has reached the final step in the implementation of its US iron-ore-centric strategy with the announcement on Tuesday that it would sell its Australian iron-ore business. The Cleveland, Ohio-based firm has reached an agreement with Australian mining... 

Cleveland-Cliffs exits Australian iron-ore

South Africa’s ‘Samcodes way’ a world-beater – Mullins

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2018 South Africa has succeeded in creating a meticulous set of mineral reporting codes that continue to gain international recognition. The South African Mineral Reporting Codes (Samcodes), which protect investors, are currently so highly regarded that in October South Africa will host a large... 

South Africa’s ‘Samcodes way’ a world-beater – Mullins
Photo by Dylan Slater
Samcodes standards committee chairperson Matt Mullins (left) and Mining Weekly Online's Martin Creamer

Bellzone starts exploratory discussions to maximise Guinea assets’ value

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th June 2018 Aim-listed Bellzone Mining has started discussions with a number of parties to explore options to potentially maximise the net present value (NPV) of its major assets, including the Konta port, its ferronickel project and the Kalia iron-ore project, all in Guinea.  

Farellon copper/gold mine on track to meet 5 000 t/m in June

By: Nadine James     8th June 2018 TSX-listed mineral exploration company Altiplano Metals has improved capacity at its Farellon copper/gold mine, in Chile, which was now on track to meet its targeted extraction rate of 5 000 t/ m later this month.   "Through professional management of extraction methods and operations, our team... 

MinRes amendments to Atlas offer opens door for ‘discussions’ with other parties

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th June 2018 Takeover target Atlas Iron on Friday confirmed that suitor Mineral Resources (MinRes) had amended certain clauses in the takeover offer, dropping the no-shop, no-talk and no due diligence clauses. Atlas told shareholders that the amendments to the offer allowed the company to explore... 

MinRes infrastructure project progresses

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th June 2018 ASX-listed Mineral Resources (MinRes) was expecting a State Agreement for its planned Pilbara infrastructure project before the end of the year. The company on Friday said that it was currently in negotiations with the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation on the terms of the State... 

No let up on calls for flow-through model to boost exploration

By: Martin Creamer     7th June 2018 The failure to raise risk capital for greenfields exploration in South Africa was highlighted at this week’s Junior Indaba, where there was no let up on calls for the adoption of a proven Canada-type flow-through share scheme, and ongoing criticism of the unintended consequences of South Africa’s... 

No let up on calls for flow-through model to boost exploration
Photo by Wynand van der Merwe
JSE business development manager Patrycja Kula-Verster

Fortescue gains 19.9% stake in Atlas Iron

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th June 2018 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals has taken a 19.9% shareholding in fellow-listed Atlas Iron, and has revealed that it would not support a proposed takeover of Atlas by Mineral Resources (MinRes). Fortescue on Thursday revealed that it had acquired a 15% shareholding in Atlas, at a price of 4c a... 

Plan for mining community development levy scrapped

By: Bloomberg     6th June 2018 South Africa’s government has scrapped plans to compel mining companies to contribute 1% of their annual turnover to a new community development agency because it feared the funds could be abused, the nation’s mining minister said. The levy was proposed in a draft of the nation’s new Mining... 

Current mining ‘boom’ very different to last one – CRU

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2018 A return of capital expenditure (capex) and inorganic sources of growth are seen as a key corporate priority for 2018 and beyond, CRU Group senior consultant Aleksander Popovic said on Wednesday. The provider of marketing intelligence to mining told the Junior Indaba that the company’s... 

Current mining ‘boom’ very different to last one – CRU
Photo by Dylan Slater
CRU Group senior consultant Aleksander Popovic

Frydenberg approves Tasmania iron-ore mine’s development

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th June 2018 Federal Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has approved the Rogetta iron-ore mine, in Tasmania, for development. The project, which is being developed by unlisted Forward Mining, will comprise an opencut operation producing at a rate of one-million tonnes a year over a proposed... 

Frydenberg approves Tasmania iron-ore mine’s development

Govt creating junior miners’ fund, boosting geoscience, legitimising zama-zamas 

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2018 The government is partnering the State-owed Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to establish a junior miners’ fund that will provide exploration investment capital to black-owned emerging miners; it is also investing R20-billion in the Council for Geoscience to boost exploration as well as... 

Govt creating junior miners’ fund, boosting geoscience, legitimising zama-zamas
Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant announces junior funding at Junior Indaba, covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

South Africa’s commodity sector continues to suffer, despite favourable market conditions

By: Simone Liedtke     5th June 2018 While favourable market conditions, higher commodity prices and strong internal discipline will produce increased liquidity and balance sheet strength for miners this year, advisory firm PwC Africa energy, utilities and resources leader Michal Kotzé believes South Africa’s commodity sector will... 

Altus Strategies lists on TSX-V, retains Aim-listing

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2018 Exploration project generator Altus Strategies is now dually listed on the London Stock Exchange’s Aim and the TSX-Venture Exchange, with ordinary shares expected to start trading on TSX-V on June 6. As at the listing date, the company had just over 176-million shares in issue and had granted... 

Oil & gas, mining industries anxious about top brass succession planning

By: Henry Lazenby     31st May 2018 There is real anxiety in the oil and gas and mining industries regarding the lack of aptitude to replace an ageing top-level management talent pool, Stephen Diotte, partner and head of leadership services for Odgers Berndtson tells Mining Weekly Online. He recently joined the executive search... 

Oil & gas, mining industries anxious about top brass succession planning

Brazil truckers strike having limited impact on Vale operations – CEO

By: Reuters     30th May 2018 A strike by Brazilian truckers to protest a hike in diesel prices has had a limited impact on operations at Vale, the world's top iron-ore producer, but could worsen if the strike continues, CEO Fabio Schvartsman said on Tuesday. Speaking at an event in Sao Paulo, Schvartsman also said he saw a... 

Beowulf CEO to meet Swedish politicians in Almedalen

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th May 2018 UK-headquartered Beowulf Mining CEO Kurt Budge will return to Almedalen this year to continue dialogue with politicians over the Kallak magnetite iron-ore project, in northern Sweden. Budge, who also attended the 2017 gathering, said will be attending the Almedalen Week in early July. 

AMSA moves to sell stake in Macsteel International for R2.8bn

By: Terence Creamer     28th May 2018 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) announced on Monday that it intended to sell its 50% indirect interest in steel trading and shipping business Macsteel International (MIHBV) to a subsidiary of Macsteel Holdings (MacHold) for $220-million, or around R2.8-billion. The proposed... 

AMSA moves to sell stake in Macsteel International for R2.8bn
Photo by Creamer Media
AMSA CEO Kobus Verster

Guinea retains mining minister in Cabinet reshuffle

By: Bloomberg     28th May 2018 Guinea’s President Alpha Conde appointed a new 33-member Cabinet in which Abdoulaye Magassouba was retained as mines and geology minister, according to a decree read on the West African country’s state-owned broadcaster on Saturday. Mamady Camara, who was Guinea’s ambassador to South Africa, was... 

Fortescue to develop $1.27bn Eliwana project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th May 2018 The board of iron-ore major Fortescue Metals has approved the $1.27-billion Eliwana mine and rail project, in the Pilbara. The project will entail a new 30-million-tonne-a-year dry ore processing facility and infrastructure, as well as a 143 km rail line. 

Fortescue to develop $1.27bn Eliwana project

Fortescue repays more debt

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     25th May 2018 Iron-ore miner Fortescue Metals has issued a voluntary redemption notice of $160-million for the remaining balance of the 9.75% senior secured notes due in 2022. CFO Ian Wells said on Friday that the repayment of the high cost notes left all of Fortescue’s remaining debt structured on investment... 

Vale sees key mine topping iron-ore output forecasts in 2018 – source

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 Brazilian miner Vale expects iron-ore output at its premier S11D mine to reach 58-million tonnes this year, above an official forecast of 50-million to 55-million tonnes, a person familiar with the matter said. The expected increase is due mainly to selling more "canga," or iron-ore with a... 

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