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South Africa falls to small percentage of AngloGold output 

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 1 hour 2 minutes ago South African gold mines now represent around 13% of the AngloGold Ashanti portfolio, AngloGold Ashanti CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan (Venkat) said on Tuesday. Stronger year-on-year operating performance from the international operations helped to more than offset a lower output from South Africa. 

Kabila yet to sign new mining code as deadline nears

By: Reuters     Updated 1 hour 12 minutes ago Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila has not yet signed into law a new mining code, a senior aide said on Tuesday, as international mining companies wage a last-ditch lobbying effort against the measure. The comments by Jean-Pierre Kambila, Kabila's deputy chief of staff, come... 

Australian minerals sector calls for workplace relations, education reform to build future workforce

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 5 hours ago Australia’s higher education system should be reformed and outdated workplace relations laws that discourage investment and stifle innovation and efficiency should be fixed to build the future Australian minerals workforce, said Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) interim executive director David... 

Mogalakwena gushes cash as Amplats modernises, studies growth, advances fuel cell 

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2018 The Mogalakwena platinum mine lived up to its reputation of being the most profitable platinum group metals (PGM) mine on the planet when it gushed cash and elevated a modernising, community supporting, environment protecting, growth studying and fuel-cell marketing Anglo American Platinum... 

Mogalakwena gushes cash as Amplats modernises, studies growth, advances fuel cell
Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith delivers 2017 results covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Mining communities celebrate as High Court orders their involvement

By: African News Agency      19th February 2018 There were celebrations at the High Court in Pretoria on Monday after a ruling compelled the South African government and the Chamber of Mines -- which represents producers in the mining sector -- to involve communities living in mining areas, in the ongoing discussions over the controversial... 

 Mining communities celebrate as High Court orders their involvement

Court postponement signals ‘welcome change’ in govt, industry relations – Leon

By: Dylan Slater     19th February 2018 Law firm Herbert Smith Freehills Africa practice cochairperson and partner Peter Leon says the postponement of Monday’s scheduled High Court case over the hotly contested Mining Charter 3, signals a welcome change in relations between government and the South African mining industry.  

Glencore, Randgold form group to challenge Congo law changes

By: Bloomberg     19th February 2018 Glencore and Randgold Resources are among major mining companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo clubbing together in a bid to stop sweeping legal reforms, claiming their interests were poorly served by the existing industry body. In a letter sent to Congolese President Joseph Kabila on... 

Mining sector unloved as investors find it hard to trust

By: Reuters     17th February 2018 Investors are shunning the mining sector, data from Thomson Reuters shows, as they struggle to forget the string of multi-billion dollar takeovers and expensive development projects that left them empty handed. A decade-long commodity boom coincided with years of economic growth when China took... 

Jobs summit announced as Ramaphosa delivers message of ‘hope and renewal’

By: Terence Creamer     16th February 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa, who sought to align his nascent presidency as closely as possible with that of President Nelson Mandela in his inaugural State of the Nation (SoNa) address on Friday night, announced that a jobs summit would be convened in the coming months to allow social partners to... 

Jobs summit announced as Ramaphosa delivers message of ‘hope and renewal’
President Cyril Ramaphosa

High Court to hear communities' arguments against Mining Charter on Monday

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 Mining community networks, which will represent over 150 activists and community-based organisations, will be in the Pretoria High Court from Monday next week to challenge the Mining Charter published by the Department of Mineral Resources in June last year. Mining Affected Communities United in... 

Mining mechanisation could create ‘massive’ employment challenges – Harwood

By: Nadine James     16th February 2018 Despite positive sentiment and improving commodity prices, the African mining industry continues to face immense challenges, says Montero Mining and Exploration CEO Dr Antony Harwood. Addressing the African Mining Network’s (AMN’s) thirty-ninth networking dinner, on Thursday evening, he touched... 

Mining mechanisation could create ‘massive’ employment challenges – Harwood
Photo by Duane Daws
ANTONY HARWOOD Fear of the other could become fear of the robot

Leon expects mining industry to have a future under Ramaphosa’s Presidency

By: Nadine James     16th February 2018 Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon is cautiously optimistic that the changes signalled by newly elected President Cyril Ramaphosa will benefit South Africa’s economic recovery. In a speech to the British Chamber of Business in South Africa on Thursday evening, he... 

Leon expects mining industry to have a future under Ramaphosa’s Presidency
Photo by Duane Daws
Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon

Call to entice investment in Canada’s exploration, mining

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 Although there was a prolonged downturn from 2012 to 2016 in the global mineral industry, the outlook for exploration financing and expenditures continues to improve. However, while there was a significant recovery globally in 2017, the recovery was only modest in Canada, says industry... 

Call to entice investment in Canada’s exploration, mining
EXPLORATION EDGE The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada wants a conducive environment to improve Canada's mineral exploration and mining competitiveness

Attendees set to return to PDAC 2018 Convention

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 More than 24 000 attendees, including investors and exhibitors from 130 countries, are expected at industry organisation the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's (PDAC's) annual PDAC International Convention, Trade Show and Investors Exchange, in Toronto, Canada, from March 4 to 7.... 

Attendees set to return to  PDAC 2018 Convention
CURRENT TRENDS Thousands of delegates, including exhibitors and investors, are expected at this year's Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada convention

Lengthy permitting process affecting investment in US mining

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 The lengthy, outdated and burdensome permitting process involving federal, state and local authorities is currently the biggest barrier to new mining investment in the US, says mining-focused US trade organisation the National Mining Association (NMA). Despite having abundant mineral resources,... 

Lengthy permitting  process affecting  investment in US mining
SAFETY IS CORE The National Mining Association's mining safety initiative, Core Safety, registered zero fatalities for its 29 participating companies last year

Nico project potentially to start early next year

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 The two-year construction of the Nico cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper project, in Canada’s Northwest Territories, could start in early 2019 on receipt of the project financing and remaining regulatory approvals, which are expected later this year. “The environmental-impact assessment (EIA) approvals... 

Nico project potentially to start early next year
ROBIN GOAD Canadian mining and exploration companies operate in a globally competitive market and are price takers

North America’s mining industry eyeing growth

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 The North American mining sector is earmarked for growth this year, owing to rising commodity prices, despite challenges, which include rising environmental concerns over water use and water source contamination through mining operations, says advisory firm Deloitte Canada Americas mining leader... 

North America’s mining industry  eyeing growth
Photo by Bloomberg
PRICE HIKE BENEFITS Mining in North America is expected to grow because of an increase in the prices of commodities such as gold

There is new energy to ease mining industry conflict – Scholes

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th February 2018 There appears to be new political resolve to mend the relationship between the mining industry and the Department of Mineral Resources, says specialised law firm Malan Scholes director Hulme Scholes. Speaking at the IHS Markit South African Coal Export Conference, in Cape Town, on Thursday, the... 

There is new energy to ease mining industry conflict – Scholes
Photo by Duane Daws
HULME SCHOLES For the first time . . . we will see the trust deficit between the mining industry and department close

S African foundry aims to expand footprint in North America 

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 The capacity of some aspects of the smelting industry in North America, such as the steel sector, has significantly deteriorated in the past 25 years, as a result of Chinese companies dominating the market and supplying cheaper products, says South Africa-based foundry and engineering company... 

S African foundry aims to expand footprint in North America
Thos Begbie CEO Edwin Dreyer discusses the North America smelting market. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd.

Sound policy, low risk key to attracting mining investment

By: Henry Lazenby     16th February 2018 The global equity markets have been extremely volatile in recent weeks, extending a frantic selloff in US stocks that culminated in the steepest plunge for the Dow Jones Industrial Average in six-and-a-half years. While commodities were not spared from the rout, American multinational investment... 

Sound policy, low risk key to attracting mining investment

Indian mineral royalty rate revision on the cards

By: Ajoy K Das     15th February 2018 Signaling an imminent revision in royalties payable, barring coal, lignite and sand, the Indian government has constituted a study group to review existing rates, recommend any revision and suggest policy changes in administration of the royalty regime. According to a government order, the... 

Solidarity calls for Mining Charter to be set aside

By: Anine Kilian     14th February 2018 Trade Union Solidarity on Wednesday disclosed the contents of documents it has submitted as part of a court case to have the third iteration of the Mining Charter set aside. Speaking at a media briefing, in Pretoria, Solidarity research industry head Connie Mulder said the trade union would act... 

Gold Fields going all out to put South Deep gold mine into black 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2018 Gold Fields is going all out to push Gauteng's uniquely mechanised deep-level South Deep gold mine into the black once and for all. The company is ploughing R200-million a year into training, which it believes will set South Africa on an exciting new successful course in the pioneering fields of... 

Gold Fields going all out to put South Deep gold mine into black
Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on plans for South Deep. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Tahoe burnishes CSR profile in undertaking to develop indigenous peoples policy

By: Henry Lazenby     14th February 2018 Embattled Canadian miner Tahoe Resources has given itself until the end of the year to formalise a comprehensive new indigenous peoples policy as it deals with community protests in Guatemala, that has shuttered operations at its flagship Escobal silver mine for months. The policy is aimed at... 

Harmony's headline earnings soar, eight die, Moab transferred

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2018 Harmony Gold on Tuesday reported improved earnings, production, grade and costs in the six months to December 31, but regrettably also eight fatalities. While Mining Weekly Online was engaged in the media conference, the transfer of ownership of Moab Khotsong assets to Harmony became official,... 

Harmony's headline earnings soar, eight die, Moab transferred
Photo by Duane Daws
Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp

Australia Parliament debates junior exploration tax incentive

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th February 2018 The legislative debate in the federal Parliament to implement the Junior Minerals Exploration Tax Incentive (JMEI) is to resume on Tuesday evening, potentially bringing the incentive one step closer to implementation. Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) CEO Warren Pearce said... 

Industry, environment lobby cautiously optimistic as Canada tables new enviro review rules

By: Henry Lazenby     9th February 2018 Ottawa on Thursday tabled new legislation to improve the federal environmental assessment process for mining projects. The legislation is aimed at strengthening and restoring the credibility of Canada's environmental laws. 

Industry, environment lobby cautiously optimistic as Canada tables new enviro review rules

Proposed DRC tax could boost Swedish cobalt project

     9th February 2018 If the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) applies its plan to more than double tax on two-thirds of the global cobalt supply, high-grade energy metal deposits explorer and developer Sienna Resources says this could potentially increase the cost of the critical battery metal just as the world... 

Proposed DRC tax could boost Swedish cobalt project
Photo by Bloomberg
SUPPLY AND DEMAND If the Democratic Republic of Congo applies its plan to more than double a tax on cobalt supply, it could create an even larger demand for non-DRC sourced cobalt

Mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th February 2018 To refine and improve the execution of recruitment within the mining industry, mining and engineering professionals recruiter TrueVine Consulting has developed a new, innovative online recruitment platform, called Digger. “Digger is a digital recruitment, talent management and staff retention... 

Mining-specific staff recruitment,  management app developed
DIGGING IT Through the Digger app mining professionals are informed of available positions globally, directly on their mobile devices

Mining code reform feasible, encouraged

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th February 2018 It is possible, and even necessary, for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to pursue a reform of its 2002 mining code tax regime and find a compromise acceptable to all parties, according to findings of international nonprofit policy and research institute the National Resource Governance... 

Mining code reform feasible,  encouraged
MINING REFORM The Democratic Republic of Congo’s revised mining code will aim to address gaps in transparency and community development

South African government to gradually legalise illegal mining – Oliphant

By: African News Agency      8th February 2018 Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant said on Thursday the South African government had taken a decision to gradually regularise the activities of illegal miners on a merit basis. Illegal mining is prevalent in South Africa, and forms part of an underground economy, with spates of... 

Jubilee’s Zambia JV hit with mining right termination notice

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2018 Dual-listed Jubilee Metals Group remains supportive of its joint venture (JV) partner BMR Group after a surprise mining right termination notice was issued for the Kabwe lead/zinc/vanadium project, in Zambia, from the Mining Cadastre Department of Zambia. BMR Group plans to appeal the notice,... 

Resources Watch  

     8th February 2018 Wind of change sees DMR grant prospecting licences to De Beers And, AMSA weighs asset disposals as losses mount, debt rises and rand strengthens 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Tanzania lays down the law on local participation in mining sector

By: Anine Kilian     7th February 2018 The mining industry in Tanzania is adopting a wait-and-see approach following the government’s sweeping changes to mining regulations, aimed, in part, at ensuring sovereign ownership of the country’s natural resources. Over the past 12 to 18 months – and as recently as last month – there has been... 

Mining Charter should be withdrawn – Frans Baleni

By: Martin Creamer     7th February 2018 In the spirit of meaningful dialogue, the Mining Charter should be withdrawn and all key stakeholders must have a serious dialogue about the future of a sustainable mining industry in South Africa, Mining Indaba advisory board member and former leading mining trade unionist Frans Baleni said on... 

Mining Charter should be withdrawn – Frans Baleni
Photo by Duane Daws
Frans Baleni

US Army Corps of Engineers selects third-party contractor to complete Pebble EIA

By: Henry Lazenby     6th February 2018 The TSX-listed equity of copper/gold project proponent Northern Dynasty Minerals gained about 11% on Tuesday, after the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced that it had appointed a third-party contractor to undertake an environmental-impact assessment for the controversial Pebble project,... 

US Army Corps of Engineers selects third-party contractor to complete Pebble EIA
Photo by Northern Dynasty Minerals
An environmental assessment is underway on Northern Dynsaty Minerals' Pebble low-grade copper/gold project, in South-West Alaska

Investment poised to increase in Chile – central bank survey

By: Reuters     6th February 2018 Chile's economy is poised to improve by mid-year as rebounding copper prices and President-elect Sebastian Pinera's promise of business-friendly policies increase optimism among investors, according to a central bank survey released on Tuesday. The study, which surveyed the perceptions of more... 

'Quarteritis’ damaging gold mining – Bristow

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2018 ‘Quarteritis’ – short-term thinking in a long-term business – is terribly damaging, Randgold Resources CEO Dr Mark Bristow said on Tuesday. Speaking on day-two of the Mining Indaba, Bristow advocated an holistic approach to the mining of gold orebodies and bringing to an end the practice of high... 

'Quarteritis’ damaging gold mining – Bristow
Photo by Martin Creamer
Randgold Resources CEO Dr Mark Bristow
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