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Clear policy guidelines will eliminate confusion between artisanal and illegal mining

By: Zandile Mavuso While the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) states that artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) plays a fundamental role in the South African economy, as it addresses poverty and creates jobs for rural communities, in most cases, the artisanal mining aspect of ASM has been labelled as illegal. 

Phakisa mining lab gets Cabinet nod

By: Natasha Odendaal Plans to set up the first four-week Operation Phakisa ‘mining laboratory’ to identify and resolve the challenges plaguing South Africa’s mining sector have been given the Cabinet go-ahead. The Operation Phakisa mining lab, which would get under way in October, would identify a “set of concrete... 

Phakisa mining lab gets Cabinet nod

Guidelines needed to eliminate confusion between artisanal, illegal mining

By: Creamer Media Reporter Creamer Media's Leandi Kolver speaks to senior staff writer Zandile Mavuso about the clear policy guidelines that are needed to eliminate the confusion between artisanal and illegal mining. 

Guidelines needed to eliminate confusion between artisanal, illegal mining

Centerra Gold makes progress in diversifying asset base, reports strong Q2 performance

By: Henry Lazenby Canadian miner Centerra Gold has completed a positive feasibility study on its fully owned Öksüt project, in south-central Turkey, with first gold production slated for early in the second quarter of 2017. The feasibility study's base-case scenario estimated that the project would have an... 

DA calls on government to promote certainty for distressed mining industry 

By: Natasha Odendaal As sectors of South Africa’s mining industry “circle the drain”, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on government to take certain actions to resolve issues weighing on mining in South Africa and save the industry. DA Mineral Resources Shadow Minister James Lorimer on Monday said that, amid... 

DA calls on government to promote certainty for distressed mining industry

Kenya to develop mining-sector masterplan in bid to restore investor confidence

By: John Muchira The government of Kenya is hoping to win back the confidence of foreign investors in the mining sector after contracting an independent consultant to develop a comprehensive masterplan. It has tasked global consultancy firm McKinsey & Co with designing a 20-year plan that will guide the... 

NGO raises concerns about child labour in Ghana’s gold sector

By: Ilan Solomons International gold refiners who use gold from Ghana may be benefiting from hazardous child labour in unlicensed mines, warns independent human rights organisation Human Rights Watch (HRW). HRW further stresses that the refiners should take “immediate steps” to eliminate child labour in their... 

NGO raises concerns about child labour in Ghana’s gold sector
Photo by Human Rights Watch
GHANA CHILD LABOUR CHALLENGE Children pull gold ore out of shafts, carry and crush loads of ore and process it with toxic mercury

Routine testing will deter drug use and improve safety, productivity

By: Schalk Burger Routine drug testing on mining sites is an effective deterrent to habitual and casual drug use, which improves the safety of workers and their productivity, says drug-testing company ALCO-Safe director Rhys Evans. A simple six-drug screening panel tests for the common illicit drugs of... 

Routine testing will  deter drug use and  improve safety, productivity
RHYS EVANS Routine drug screening tests enable a database of results to be developed to determine the effectiveness of drug-combating initiatives or education programmes

Stringent controls urged as explosives theft poses danger to society

By: Zandile Mavuso The theft of explosives by illegal miners presents great danger to society and steps need to be taken to ensure the prevention of such products falling into the wrong hands, says explosives manufacturer AEL Mining Services global mining optimisation manager Simon Tose. 

Platinum bridal jewellery demand up in China, fuel cells powering blocks of flats

By: Martin Creamer Platinum marketing money previously devoted largely to discounts and commissions is now being used to boost platinum jewellery, investment and fuel cell promotion, says Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) CEO Chris Griffith. Bridal platinum jewellery demand is growing in China, platinum demand... 

Platinum bridal jewellery demand up in China, fuel cells powering blocks of flats
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Platinum investment bars

South Africa’s new JSE-backed oil, gas code globally aligned

By: Martin Creamer The recently published South African Code for the Reporting of Oil and Gas (Samog) is fully aligned to the oil and gas reporting standards used globally. South African Oil and Gas Committee chairperson Andy Clay and Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) GM corporate finance Annalie de Bruyn, who... 

South Africa’s new JSE-backed oil, gas code globally aligned
Photo by Creamer Media
Andy Clay, Annalie de Bruyn and Martin Creamer

Canada’s Gabriel Resources files international arbitration suit against Romania

By: Henry Lazenby Canadian gold project developer Gabriel Resources has filed a request for arbitration before the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) against Romania. The TSX-listed company had been embroiled in a longstanding dispute with Romania over the development... 

Canada’s Gabriel Resources files international arbitration suit against Romania

Women targeted for retrenchment at Optimum a baseless claim – Glencore

By: Martin Creamer Allegations that female employees were being targeted for retrenchment at Optimum colliery were baseless, Glencore said on Wednesday. Female employees make up 15% of the total affected employees. 

At US Capitol, Arizona Apaches protest planned copper mine

By: Reuters Scores of Native American demonstrators protested at the US Capitol on Tuesday against a proposed $6-billion copper mine in Arizona at a site that members of the Apache tribe say is sacred. Members of the San Carlos Apache tribe began a cross-country caravan to Washington this month to persuade... 

Low iron-ore price killing jobs at Kumba

By: Martin Creamer South African iron-ore major Kumba Iron Ore has taken the knife to 1 772 jobs as low iron-ore prices cut a swathe through the industry. Out of a previous complement of 572, only 221 permanent and fixed-term employees remained at head office, with the 351 head office jobs cut by the Anglo American... 

Low iron-ore price killing jobs at Kumba
Photo by Duane Daws
Norman Mbazima

LME reaches settlement on US aluminium class-action cases

By: Reuters Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing (HKEx) has settled two class-action lawsuits against itself and the London Metal Exchange (LME) over allegations of anti-competitive and monopolistic behaviour. No money was paid by either side in arriving at the settlement, the HKEx-owned LME said in a statement. 

Canada’s exploration, mining industries call for government collaboration on policy priorities

By: Henry Lazenby At the seventy-second yearly conference of Canada’s Energy and Mines Ministers, the country’s exploration and mining industries on Monday lobbied for increased government attention in several challenging sector areas during the current period of economic downturn and uncertainty. The Canadian... 

Quebec uranium mining not realistic for several years – BAPE 

By: Henry Lazenby Uranium mining in Quebec is not feasible for several years still, owing to the exceedingly negative perception mining of the radio active element has among the province’s inhabitants, as a result of “numerous unanswered” questions regarding human health and ecosystem integrity, a committee tasked... 

Quebec uranium mining not realistic for several years – BAPE

Argentinian elections heat up as resource sectors offer country platform for recovery

By: Simon Rees It is likely that the new administration of Argentina, which heads to the polls later this year, will be more business friendly and market orientated, with mining and other natural resource sectors playing an increasingly significant role. “The money will start to flow in again once Argentina... 

Argentinian elections heat up as resource sectors offer country platform for recovery

Legislative complexities make it difficult to distinguish illegal from artisanal miners

By: Zandile Mavuso The legislative complexities that exist within the South African mining sector have made it difficult for industry to clearly distinguish which miners can be declared illegal miners and which artisanal and small-scale miners (ASMs), says Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa... 

Mining Charter alignment to cement impact of new BBBEE codes

By: Leandi Kolver While the mining industry, which is regulated by the Department of Mineral Resources, has, to date, been relatively shielded from the impact of the amended Broad-based Black Economic-Empowerment (BBBEE) Codes of Good Practice published and regulated by the Department of Trade and Industry, the... 

Mining Charter alignment to cement impact of new BBBEE codes
Photo by Bloomberg
STRICTER REGULATION Suppliers in the mining industry would in future, most likely have to comply with all the elements of the revised BBBEE codes to retain a competitive recognition level

Harmony expects higher gold output, job saving at profitable Doornkop

By: Martin Creamer Gold mining company Harmony Gold on Wednesday guided job saving, higher production and a return to profitability at the lossmaking Doornkop gold mine on the West Rand. The company said in a quarterly and year-end guidance update that the jobs of 3 100 employees and contractors were likely to be... 

Harmony expects higher gold output, job saving at profitable Doornkop
Doornkop underground gold mine

Rickford highlights fed commitment to supporting the mining sector

By: Henry Lazenby The Canadian government's enhanced support for the mining industry through its Economic Action Plan will help ensure a thriving, dynamic mining sector that will provide jobs and growth for Canadians, Natural Resources Minister and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for... 

Mexican export permit bungle could hurt Primero’s 2015 silver sales

By: Henry Lazenby The import and export licences of a Mexican subsidiary of precious metals producer Primero Mining were suspended in May by the Mexican customs authorities, resulting in about 880 000 oz of silver not being sold in the three months ended June. Customs authorities had suspended the licences owing... 

Mexican export permit bungle could hurt Primero’s 2015 silver sales

Nevada Copper moving ahead with fine-tuning Pumpkin Hollow permits

By: Simon Rees Nevada Copper is considering modifications of its current state permits for its Pumpkin Hollow project to allow for an operation as envisaged in its recently released integrated feasibility study (IFS) and estimates that this fine-tuning will be completed during the current quarter. Nevada’s... 

Quebec First Nation warns private firms to consult before starting project development

By: Henry Lazenby The future of the multipurpose port in Sept-Iles, Quebec, and the land in Pointe-Noire, Sept-Iles, depended on an agreement with the Innu Takuaikan Uashat mak Mani-utenam (ITUM), which must give free, prior and informed consent for any development project on their lands, the First Nation warned... 

BC OKs restricted restart of Mt Polley mine amid environmental protests

By: Henry Lazenby The British Columbia provincial government has given base metals miner Imperial Metals the green light to restart partial operations at the ill-fated Mount Polley mine, after a breach of the tailings dam in August last year caused environmental havoc and a province-wide regulatory safety review.... 

RBPlat reaches R110m tax settlement with Sars

By: Natasha Odendaal JSE-listed Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) on Friday said it had reached a settlement agreement with the South African Revenue Services (Sars) over a R437.5-million revised tax assessment. Following a dispute with Sars over the 2008, 2009 and 2010 tax assessments for wholly-owned subsidiary... 

African countries becoming more investor friendly

By: Dylan Stewart Senior lawyers from Zimbabwe and Uganda are confident that African countries, including Uganda and Zimbabwe, are becoming more investor friendly through the implementation of more liberal economic policies, says law firm Norton Rose Fulbright.  

Mines’ legal, social obligations to come under the spotlight at August conference

By: Ilan Solomons Black-owned training and conferencing company Intelligence Transfer Centre’s (ITC’s) Mineral Resources Compliance and Reporting conference will provide a platform for industry stakeholders to constructively engage with the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), says ITC conference director Ankia... 

Mines’ legal, social obligations to come under the spotlight  at August conference
PRESSING ISSUES Mining companies’ compliance with the Mining Charter will take centre stage at the conference

MPRDA needs to make room for juniors, says law firm

By: David D‘ Oliveira The Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) needed to differentiate between mining majors and emerging juniors, in recognition of junior miners’ inability to meet certain MPRDA requirements, said South African law firm ENSafrica director Otsile Matlou while addressing delegates at... 

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