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Brazil iron-ore tragedy brings home reality of mining risk – Kumba  

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2019 Following 58 mineworkers suffering fatal occupational accidents in South Africa in 2018, Kumba Iron Ore CE Themba Mkhwanazi on Tuesday drew attention to 2019 beginning globally with the tragic loss of life at Brumadinho, in Brazil, as a result of an iron-ore tailings dam collapse that killed 170... 

Price premiums boosting quality-focused Kumba Iron Ore  

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2019 South Africa’s Kumba Iron Ore, which stands head and shoulders above its peers when it comes to iron-ore quality, is achieving major price premiums well above historical heights. Structural change and strong growth in particularly the China steel market has placed the Anglo American group company... 

Price premiums boosting quality-focused Kumba Iron Ore
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer reports on Kumba Iron Ore. Video: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd.

Improved margins drive growth in AngloGold's free cash flow generation 

By: Simone Liedtke     19th February 2019 Gold miner AngloGold Ashanti achieved its guidance for the sixth consecutive year, with improved margins driving significant growth in free cash flow generation, the company announced on Tuesday morning.   The gold miner further declared a dividend of 95c a share, equal to about $0.07.   During... 

Improved margins drive growth in AngloGold's free cash flow generation
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AngloGold CEO Kelvin Dushnisky

High-flying Amplats sets ‘next wave of strategy’ in motion 

By: Martin Creamer     18th February 2019 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), which shot the lights out with a set of stupendous cash-splurging, debt-negating, high-dividend-yielding 2018 results, on Monday set its “next new wave of strategy” in motion, which involves extracting the full potential from its operations through people and... 

High-flying Amplats sets ‘next wave of strategy’ in motion
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater
Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith

Petra appoints new CEO, narrows H1 net loss 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th February 2019 LSE-listed Petra Diamonds, which on Monday announced the appointment of Richard Duffy as CEO, narrowed its adjusted net loss after tax to $4.5-million for the six months ended December 31, 2018, from the net loss of $7.2-million recorded for the six months to December 31, 2017. Nevertheless,... 

Petra appoints new CEO, narrows H1 net loss
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Richard Duffy

Universal still waiting for takeover offer  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th February 2019 The board of ASX-listed Universal Coal has urged shareholders to sit tight as the company awaits a possible takeover offer from a consortium of investors, headed by South Africa’s Ata Resources. Universal in December last year struck a non-solicitation agreement with the special purpose bidding... 

Lower South Deep output dents Gold Fields’ FY18 profit 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th February 2019 Dual-listed Gold Fields achieved normalised profit from continuing operations of $27-million for the year ended December 31, 2018, compared with the $154-million posted for 2017.   The company’s profit was dented by a decline in output, led by its South Deep mine in South Africa. 

Lower South Deep output dents Gold Fields’ FY18 profit
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Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland

Nevada like Witwatersrand of 1970s – Bristow 

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2019 Nevada is like the Witwatersrand of the 1970s, says new Barrick Gold president and CEO Dr Mark Bristow, whose Randgold Resources is now merged into Barrick to form the world’s biggest gold mining company, which is also an extractor of copper, a metal that Bristow sees as “another gold”. The brand... 

Nevada like Witwatersrand of 1970s – Bristow
Barrick Gold CEO Dr Mark Bristow

Mantashe calls for more security at mines following Gloria coal mine incident 

By: Simone Liedtke     15th February 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Friday said the priority remains to restore ventilation at the Gloria mine, in Mpumalanga, and to reduce flammable gases underground so that the search and recovery process can continue with the necessary speed. He also called for security at mines to... 

South32 finalising preferred list of coal mine bidders 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2019 The complete preferred list of bidders for South32’s energy coal interests is still being finalised, South32 CEO Graham Kerr told Mining Weekly Online on Thursday, when he also provided three reasons why the company’s Australian manganese operations are doing better than its South African... 

South32 finalising preferred list of coal mine bidders
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South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Sibanye considers restructuring gold operations; says FY loss to narrow to R1bn  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2019 JSE- and NYSE-listed Sibanye-Stillwater will consult with stakeholders about the possible restructuring of its gold operations and associated services, as a result of ongoing financial losses. In a trading statement released on Thursday, the miner said it expects to report an attributable loss... 

Sibanye considers restructuring gold operations; says FY loss to narrow to R1bn
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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Barrick advancing autonomous gold production – Bristow 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2019 Autonomous production systems and projects are being advanced across Barrick Gold as the group focuses on boosting mining efficiency, new Barrick president and CEO Dr Mark Bristow tells Mining Weekly Online. This is part of an all-out drive by Bristow to ensure that Barrick, into which Randgold... 

Barrick advancing autonomous gold production – Bristow
Barrick Gold CEO Dr Mark Bristow

Lower grades, higher costs contribute to lower FY18 adjusted earnings for Barrick 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th February 2019 Since merging with Randgold Resources six weeks ago, Barrick Gold Corporation on Wednesday said it has made progress in achieving its short-term priority goals and its full-year objectives. Barrick expects to produce between 5.1-million and 5.6-million ounces of gold and between 375-million and... 

Lower grades, higher costs contribute to lower FY18 adjusted earnings for Barrick

Bristow snaps into fast action wearing Barrick crown 

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2019 Dr Mark Bristow has snapped into fast action wearing the Barrick crown. His Randgold Resources, which now falls under the Barrick Gold umbrella, on Wednesday bowed out with panache when it declared a 35% dividend increase to $2.69 a share, buoyed by record production of 807 000 oz of gold at the... 

Bristow snaps into fast action wearing Barrick crown
Barrick CEO Mark Bristow in the field.

Eskom grid upkeep increasingly problematic – DRDGold  

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2019 The quality of maintenance of the Eskom distribution infrastructure is becoming increasingly problematic, DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius said on Wednesday. At the company's presentation of power-hit interim results for the six months to December 31, Pretorius said that although DRDGold's own power... 

Eskom grid upkeep increasingly problematic – DRDGold
DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius discusses poor electricity infrastructure risk with Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and video editing: Creamer Media’s Darlene Creamer.

Harmony cuts energy consumption, ushering in solar, mulling biofuels  

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2019 Gold mining and exploration company Harmony Gold is intensifying its efforts to cut electricity consumption to a minimum while also looking at introducing solar power and biofuel energy. CEO Peter Steenkamp said on Tuesday when the company issued its half-year results that Eskom’s problems could... 

Harmony cuts energy consumption, ushering in solar, mulling biofuels
Harmony Gold executives talk to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Creamer Media’s Darlene Creamer

Harmony’s Steenkamp rising to President Ramaphosa’s ten-point challenge  

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2019 Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp is rising to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ten point mining challenge by striving to pay meaningful social dividends across a broad front and answering the call to beneficiate, which is no mean feat when it comes to gold. The executive head of the million-ounce-plus... 

Harmony’s Steenkamp rising to President Ramaphosa’s ten-point challenge
Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Creamer Media’s Darlene Creamer

Sibanye considers closing unprofitable shafts at gold mines 

By: Bloomberg     12th February 2019 Sibanye Gold is considering shutting unprofitable shafts and cutting jobs at its South African gold mines amid a three-month-old wage strike that’s curbing output. The nation’s largest gold producer has talked with some labor unions about a potential restructuring, which could lead to job cuts,... 

Sibanye considers closing unprofitable shafts at gold mines

Xolobeni judgment continues to confound 

By: Martin Creamer     11th February 2019 Mining must take place with a strong focus on the interests of those who live in mining areas, says Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, a standpoint that supports the notion that a mining right and a land right can co-exist, without pleasing one party at the expense of the other.  But the... 

Xolobeni judgment continues to confound
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Obuasi development on track for end-2019 gold pour  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th February 2019 AngloGold Ashanti’s Obuasi redevelopment project has completed its first week of underground development blasting, as the work to pour first gold by the end of the year gathers momentum. The first blast, on February 1, advanced development by around 4.2 m on the 2 700-level, which is accessed... 

Obuasi development on track for end-2019 gold pour
Obuasi, Ghana

Acacia maintains strong cost discipline in FY18  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th February 2019 Gold miner Acacia Mining maintained strong cost discipline in the financial year ended December 31, achieving an all-in sustaining cost (AISC) of $905/oz, well below the guidance range of $935/oz to $985/oz, interim CEO Peter Geleta said in a statement on Monday. He added that the company had... 

Acacia maintains strong cost discipline in FY18

Lonmin’s Q1 results show improved liquidity despite relatively poor performance  

By: Nadine James     8th February 2019 Platinum miner Lonmin on Friday released its unaudited first-quarter production results for the three months ended December 31, 2018, stating that its relatively poor operational performance had been partially redeemed by its improved liquidity. The company noted that the first quarter is... 

Lonmin’s Q1 results show improved liquidity despite relatively poor performance
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Ben Magara

Glencore's Zambian unit suspends operations after three workers die in fire 

By: Reuters     8th February 2019 Glencore's Zambian unit Mopani Copper Mines said on Friday it had suspended operations at its Mindola north shaft after three workers were killed in a fire accident. Mopani is one the biggest mining companies in Zambia – Africa's No. 2 producer of the metal – with an output of around 100 000 t/y.... 

South32 taps new chairperson  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th February 2019 Diversified miner South32 has announced the election of Karen Wood as chair elect, to succeed David Crawford, effective from April 12. Crawford is expected to retire as chairperson and non-executive director of South32. 

South32 taps new chairperson
South32 chair elect Karen Wood

Letšeng delivered record number of large diamonds for Gem in 2018 

By: Nadine James     7th February 2019 Relatively stable carat recovery and sales contributed to a strong performance for LSE-listed Gem Diamonds in the fourth quarter ended December 31. Gem on Thursday reported that it had recovered three diamonds larger than 100 ct at its Letšeng mine, in Lesotho, during the quarter, taking the... 

Zimbabwe lithium project wins the Mining Indaba’s Investment Battlefield competition 

By: Kim Cloete     7th February 2019 Junior mining company, Prospect Resources, has won the 2019 Mining Indaba Investment Battlefield for its lithium project located in Zimbabwe. Prospect Resources executive director Harry Greaves scooped the first prize at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, in Cape Town, after pitching the... 

Precious metal refiners face new LBMA environmental standard  

By: Martin Creamer     7th February 2019 The London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) has launched a new standard that addresses environmental as well as sustainability issues in gold and silver markets. To do that in a credible way, LBMA has been actively engaging with mining companies and producer nations. 

Precious metal refiners face new LBMA environmental standard
LBMA CE Ruth Crowell tells Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer about the association's efforts to improve environmental and sustainability within the gold and silver mining and refining sectors. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Junior mining fund under discussion – Minerals Council 

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2019 A government-initiated fund for prospectors and developers is under discussion with the Public Investment Corporation and the Industrial Development Corporation, Minerals Council South Africa emerging mining head Grant Mitchell said on Wednesday. Speaking at a media conference at the Investment... 

Junior mining fund under discussion – Minerals Council
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Minerals Council executive Tebello Chabana

Minerals Council’s national platinum strategy targets real potential 

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2019 Minerals Council South Africa on Wednesday launched a national platinum strategy, which aims at sustaining a million jobs and contributing R8.2-trillion to South Africa’s economy by 2050. Speaking at a media conference at Investing in African Mining Indaba on Wednesday, Minerals Council CEO Roger... 

Minerals Council’s national platinum strategy targets real potential
Photo by Dylan Slater
Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

De Beers to spend R30m on diamond exploration this year  

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2019 De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) will spend R30-million on greenfield diamond exploration in South Africa this year, DBCM MD Phillip Barton told Mining Weekly Online on the sidelines of the Investing in African Mining Indaba. This follows DBCM being granted 32 exploration licences across a... 

De Beers to spend R30m on diamond exploration this year
DBCM MD Phillip Barton speaks to Martin Creamer about the company's exploration programme in South Africa, as well as the company's plans for its Venetia mine. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Ramaphosa challenges mining to take ten value-adding steps   

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday challenged the mining industry to take ten value-adding steps to hoist the industry into a potent new orbit across the entire continent. Addressing the Investing in African Mining Indaba, the president said he wished to issue a challenge against the background... 

Ramaphosa challenges mining to take ten value-adding steps
President Cyril Ramaphosa outlines ten value-adding steps for the mining industry at the 2019 edition of the African Mining Indaba in Cape Town. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 5.2.2019.

Barrick’s Bristow calls for a mindset change in the gold industry  

By: Kim Cloete     5th February 2019 Mark Bristow, the president and CEO of gold producer Barrick Gold has accused mining companies, investors and host countries of succumbing to the desire of instant gratification and for not investing deeply in the industry. He called for a mindset change in an industry that has been plagued with... 

Barrick’s Bristow calls for a mindset change in the gold industry
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Barrick Gold president and CEO Mark Bristow

Time to make Africa prosperous – Ghana President   

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2019 It is time for Africa to make itself and its people prosperous by making use of mineral resources and modern technology to create a new world shorn of greed and cupidity, Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo said on Tuesday. In an opening address on the second day of the Investing in African Mining... 

Time to make Africa prosperous – Ghana President
Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo tells mining companies what they can expect when investing in Ghana. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Mining green shoots sprouting – Minerals Council 

By: Martin Creamer     4th February 2019 Green shoots are sprouting in South Africa’s mining sector, which is readying for new take off, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter said on Monday. In a briefing on the State of the Mining Nation on the sidelines of the opening day of the Investing in African Mining Indaba, Baxter told... 

Mining green shoots sprouting – Minerals Council
Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

Mining 'walking into a brighter future' – Makwana  

By: Martin Creamer     4th February 2019 Mining was walking into a brighter future and the appetite for mining investment was strengthening, attendees of the Investing in African Mining Indaba heard on Monday. Opening the 25th consecutive Investing in African Mining Indaba Cape Town, attention was drawn to stepped up investment in... 

Mining 'walking into a brighter future' – Makwana
Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose and Mining Indaba advisory board chairperson Mpho Makwana discuss trends in the mining industry and what is to be expected from this year's Mining Indaba. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Katanga advances cobalt debottlenecking project  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st February 2019 Katanga Mining, which is a subsidiary of diversified major Glencore, says its cobalt debottlenecking project is progressing on schedule. In an update to shareholders published on Friday, the Democratic Republic of Congo-based company said three new filter presses, a magnesium oxide reagent plant... 

Glencore’s FY18 copper, cobalt output up on restart of Katanga processing operations 

1st February 2019 Diversified miner Glencore on Friday reported an 11% year-on-year increase in its copper production and a 54% year-on-year increase in its cobalt output, mainly as a result of the restart of Democratic Republic of Congo- (DRC-) based subsidiary Katanga Mining’s processing operations in late 2017.... 

Glencore’s FY18 copper, cobalt output up on restart of Katanga processing operations

Exxaro upbeat about its coal operations 

By: Kim Cloete     1st February 2019 Empowered coal mining giant Exxaro Resources is confident about its prospects in the coal sector, despite tough conditions and rising cost pressures in South Africa. Exxaro executive head of coal Nombasa Tsengwa on Thursday said the company produced 47-million tons of coal and was geared to grow... 

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