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Ramaphosa moves to revitalise mining, create certainty

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2018 It is imperative that South Africa restores investment and exploration levels in the mining sector as mining and mineral beneficiation activities have significant potential to drive long term growth, exports and job growth, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his economic stimulus and recovery plan... 

Struggling Aldridge agrees to be bought by Virtus Mining

By: Mariaan Webb     19th September 2018 Troubled Turkey-focused junior Aldridge Minerals has agreed to be bought by Virtus Mining – a development-stage mining company in which Aldridge director Ahmet Taçyildiz will indirectly hold 70%. Virtus will acquire all the issued and outstanding common shares of Aldridge for C$0.10 in cash,... 

Galileo to acquire Kabwe residual rights, 95% stake in Star zinc project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th September 2018 Aim-listed Galileo Resources has executed a heads of agreement to acquire the Kabwe residual rights, in Zambia, from BMR Group. The acquisition excludes BMR’s small-scale licence which is used as a zinc/lead/vanadium tailings recovery project, situated within the Kabwe mining licence.  

Europa initiate land use process for Spain mine development

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th September 2018 Triple-listed Europa Metals has initiated a change of land use process to facilitate the potential future development of its Toral lead/zinc/silver project, in northern Spain. The company has engaged consultancy MAGMA Soluciones Ambientales to progress the requisite land use applications across... 

Coeur declares commercial production at BC silver/zinc mine

By: Mariaan Webb     5th September 2018 The Silvertip silver/zinc/lead project that Coeur Mining bought less than a year ago, has entered commercial production on September 1, prompting the NYSE-listed company to revise its full-year guidance. Coeur bought the mine, located in northern British Columbia, in October 2017 and started... 

Grupo Mexico could reopen San Martin mine after 11 years

By: Reuters     3rd September 2018 Miner Grupo Mexico could reopen the country's largest underground mine in the first quarter of 2019, after it closed more than a decade ago due to a workers strike, a senior government official said in an interview. The company began to refurbish the San Martin mine, which has copper, silver,... 

Grupo Mexico could reopen San Martin mine after 11 years

Lead and zinc in supply deficit

By: Nadine James     31st August 2018 The International Lead and Zinc Study Group (ILZSG) released preliminary data for world lead and zinc supply and demand for the first half of 2018, last week, noting that refined lead demand exceeded available supply, and that there was a deficit in refined zinc supply of about 17 000 t. The... 

Lead and zinc in supply deficit
SUPPLY DWINDLES the global market for refined zinc metal in deficit by 17 000 t in the first six months of 2018 despite total reported inventories increasing by 77 000 t over the same period

Teck resumes lead smelting at British Columbia facility

By: Reuters     29th August 2018 Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources said on Tuesday that lead smelting had resumed at its Trail, British Columbia, facility after a seven-day suspension because of wildfires in the province. Teck shut down lead smelting on August 19 because the flash smelting technology requires... 

Teck idles lead smelting due to BC wildfires

By: Reuters     24th August 2018 Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources said on Thursday that lead smelting at its Trail, British Columbia facility was suspended for a fourth day due to wildfires in the province. Teck temporarily shut down lead smelting on Sunday because the flash smelting technology requires high-purity... 

Tethyan completes drilling at recently acquired Serbia

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2018 Gold and base metals explorer Tethyan Resources has completed its first drill programme at the recently acquired Kizevak zinc/lead/silver project, in Serbia. The Kizevak project is situated on an exploration licence held by Tethyan’s Serbian subsidiary Taor and is located 1 km south-east along... 

Oposura scoping study nears completion

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th August 2018 ASX-listed Azure Minerals is nearing completion of a scoping study for its Oposura zinc/lead/silver project, in Mexico. The study remains on schedule for completion in the third quarter of this year. 

New-gen scanning technology released, interest from SA companies

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     17th August 2018 Global corporate engineering and consulting group DMT has released the new-generation Slim Borehole Scanner (SBS) technology for imaging extra-slim drill holes with a diameter of 23 mm, with keen interest from local mining companies, says DMT director Sodhie Naicker. One of the SBS’s primary... 

New-gen scanning  technology released,  interest from SA companies
SLIM BOREHOLE SCANNER The self-sufficient wireless tool is lightweight and easy to mobilise and use

Laboratory to expand services, product range

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     17th August 2018 Sandton-based chemical reagents supplier and distributor, Axis House, plans to considerably expand its metallurgical laboratory in the Western Cape, as well as its laboratory services and product range, as it believes that using specifically developed chemical reagents in the base metals... 

Laboratory to expand services, product range
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FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE Axis House develops specifically designed chemical reagents

Zinc developer secures offtake, funding for Nigeria project

17th August 2018 Australian zinc-focused mineral exploration company Symbol Mining has executed an offtake and marketing agreement for its shipping and sales programme for the Macy zinc project in Nigeria, with international commodities group Noble Resources International. The shipping and sales programme is... 

Zinc developer secures offtake, funding for Nigeria project
ON TARGET The first shipment of zinc and lead is expected from the Macy project in the third quarter

Lead shortages, seasonally strong demand suggest possible price revival

By: Reuters     14th August 2018 Global trade disputes and political tensions have sent prices of battery metal lead to 14-month lows but tight supplies, shortages and seasonally strong demand for the coming northern winter suggest a possible change of tack. The possibility of protracted trade tensions between the United States... 

Trevali lifts Q2 zinc output

By: Simone Liedtke     10th August 2018 TSX-listed Trevali Mining saw achieved higher zinc production in the second quarter, ended June 30, and remains on track to achieve its full-year production and cost guidance, president and CEO Dr Mark Cruise said on Friday. Production guidance for the year remains unchanged at 400-million to... 

Strong sales growth lifts Silvercorp earnings

By: Nadine James     10th August 2018 In its financial and operating results for the first quarter ended June 30, Canada-based, China-focused Silvercorp Metals on Thursday reported a net income of $10.9-million and a 25% increase in cash flow on the back of a 14% increase in sales. The company achieved sales of $45.1-million, up... 

Jubilee gains full control of the Kabwe project

By: Simone Liedtke     6th August 2018 Jubilee Metals has gained full control of the Kabwe project, in Zambia, by increasing its interest in the project to 87.5%. While Jubilee has the option to acquire 100% of the Kabwe project, Aim-listed BMR retains a maximum of 12.5% of the generated earnings. 

Vast expects subsidiary to be granted Baita Plai association licence soon

By: Simone Liedtke     6th August 2018 Aim-listed mining company Vast Resources, its 80%-subsidiary African Consolidated Resources (AFCR) and Romanian State-owned Baita, the holder of the Baita Plai licence, have submitted a joint formal application to Romania’s National Agency for Mineral Resources (ANRM) for the grant to AFCR of an... 

EPA backs plans to revive Paroo Station lead mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st August 2018 The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has backed plans to restart operations at the Paroo Station lead mine, near Wiluna. EPA chairperson Tom Hatton said the proposal from Rosslyn Hill Mining to expand the current mining operation by 400 ha and introduce new lead... 

First tin concentrate to market in Q4 – AfriTin 

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2018 Emerging tin mining company AfriTin is on track to place its first tin concentrate into the market in the fourth quarter of this year. The Aim-listed company is going all out to put Africa, once the fourth-biggest exporter of tin but now without an industrial-scale mine, back on the global tin... 

First tin concentrate to market in Q4 – AfriTin
AfriTin CE Anthony Viljoen and nonexecutive director Terence Goodlace speak to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater.

LME to launch monthly 'implied pricing' to attract funds

By: Reuters     17th July 2018 The London Metal Exchange (LME) will launch a new set of synthetic monthly prices to make it easier for investors and funds to invest in base metals as the LME battles competition from other exchanges such as those operated by CME Group Inc.. The world's oldest and largest market for industrial... 

New mining fund raising R750m to co-finance ancillary mine projects 

By: Martin Creamer     16th July 2018 In an economic environment of tight capital allocation and bank pull back from mining finance, the new tax-incentivised CCP 12J Mining Fund is going all out to raise R750-million for co-investment in ancillary project opportunities on existing mine sites. On the list of targeted project... 

New mining fund raising R750m to co-finance ancillary mine projects
CCP 12J MD Paul Miller talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on new tax incentives to boost mining investment. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater.

Hecla mines outperform; Klondex deal to close this month

By: Mariaan Webb     13th July 2018 US-based precious metals miner Hecla has reported a 7% decrease in second-quarter silver production, but it still managed to exceed production expectations, boosting the company’s cash position to its second-highest in six years. Silver production decreased from 2.81-million ounces in the June... 

Hecla mines outperform; Klondex deal to close this month

Copper slides to 1-year low, zinc sinks in broad selloff

By: Reuters     11th July 2018 Copper prices slumped to their weakest level in a year and zinc fell to 13-month lows amid a broad selloff on Wednesday after the Trump administration said it would slap 10 percent tariffs on an extra $200-billion worth of Chinese imports. US President Donald Trump’s latest tariff threat... 

Analysts spring to Glencore’s defence as miner restores confidence with buyback scheme

By: Martin Creamer     5th July 2018 Research analysts have sprung to the defence of Glencore, which has rapidly restored confidence by announcing an immediate share buyback programme that communicates the formidable faith of management in the London- and Johannesburg-listed diversified mining and marketing company. In a note... 

Analysts spring to Glencore’s defence as miner restores confidence with buyback scheme
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Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Construction of Jubilee’s Kabwe zinc recovery circuit under way

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd July 2018 Johannesburg- and London-listed Jubilee Metals said on Monday that construction of the zinc recovery circuit at its Kabwe project, in Zambia, was under way, while development work around testing of the lead and vanadium circuit design parameters continued. “Our process development teams have... 

Sierra Metals plans 66% production expansion at Peru mine

By: Mariaan Webb     29th June 2018 Toronto-based Sierra Metals has delivered a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for a 66% production expansion at its Yauricocha base and precious metals mine, in Peru. The production expansion will expand the Yauricocha mine through stages from its current 3 000 t/d to 3 600 t/d in the first... 

Bunker Hill initiates technical report; plans TSX listing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st June 2018 Bunker Hill Mining Corporation, which is gearing up to reopen the historic Bunker Hill mine in Idaho’s Coeur D'Alene zinc, lead and silver mining district, has started work on a technical report, which it will use to apply for a listing on the TSX. The NI 43-101 technical report on the Bunker... 

Europa Metals starts Toral scoping study

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th June 2018 Explorer Europa Metals has appointed UK-based Addison Mining Services to conduct an initial scoping study on the Toral lead, zinc and silver project, in Leon, Spain. Addison previously compiled the Toral project's mineral resource estimate, which states that the project has a metal content of... 

Weatherly increases Carn ownership to 90%

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th June 2018 Aim-listed copper miner Weatherly International has received regulatory approval from the Namibian Competition Commission for its acquisition of a further 65% interest in China Africa Resources Namibia (Carn) from Hong Kong East China Non-Ferrous Mineral Resources.  

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
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Samcodes standards committee chairperson Matt Mullins (left) and Mining Weekly Online's Martin Creamer

BMR sells Jubilee shares to repay creditor

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th June 2018 Aim- and JSE-listed Jubilee Metals has completed a placing of existing shares held by Aim-listed lead and zinc mine developer BMR Group to institutional shareholders.  

Hannan Metals to raise C$1m for Irish project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th June 2018 TSX-listed base metals miner Hannan Metals will raise about C$1-million through a nonbrokered private placement of up to 6.7-million units of the company at a price of C$0.15 apiece.  

Callinex files technical report for updated resource estimate at the Nash Creek project

By: Anine Kilian     8th June 2018 Canadian zinc miner Callinex has filed an updated technical report for its 100% owned Nash Creek project, in New Brunswick, outlining a major increase in contained zinc, lead and silver mineralisation within indicated and inferred categories. A 2018 maiden preliminary economic assessment (PEA) on... 

BlueBird to acquire Oberon Gold to expand Australia portfolio

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th June 2018 TSX-listed BlueBird Battery Metals has entered into a binding letter of intent to acquire 100% of Australian exploration company Oberon Gold from Providence Gold and Minerals.  

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
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JSE business development manager Patrycja Kula-Verster

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
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