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DRC review finds KMT breached terms of Kolwezi tender

By: Liezel Hill     20th February 2008 Vancouver-based First Quantum Minerals will seek a meeting with the Democratic Republic of Congo's Minister of Mines, after receiving a letter informing it that Kingamyambo Musonoi Tailings (KMT), which was awarded mining rights to the Kolwezi copper/cobalt tailings project in the country,... 

New-order rights for all Anglo American mines, DME announces

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2008 New order mining rights had been granted to all Anglo American mining operations, South Africa's Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) said on Wednesday. The new rights had been granted for all platinum, coal, iron-ore and base metals mines, subject to completing the final documentation,... 

Moto DRC contract secure, but lease costs to rise

By: Liezel Hill     19th February 2008 TSX-listed Moto Goldmines' shares jumped as much as 27% on Tuesday, after the company said that the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) would not cancel the mining contract for its Moto gold project in the country, although it proposed to change some terms in the agreement. The government... 

HudBay expects more zinc, less copper output this year

By: Liezel Hill     15th February 2008 Canada-based Hudbay Minerals expects zinc output to rise and gold and silver production to remain flat in 2008, but will process less copper concentrate in order to comply with Canadian air-quality targets, the company said on Friday. 

Cameco, Centerra agree to extend deadline for Kumtor pact

By: Liezel Hill     15th February 2008 TSX-listed Centerra Gold and its largest shareholder, uranium giant Cameco, have agreed to a request from the government of Kyrgyzstan to extend the term of agreements entered into by the three parties last year, until April 30. Under the original terms, the agreements were to have been approved... 

Kyrgyz govt wants more time to mull Centerra pact

By: Liezel Hill     13th February 2008 TSX-listed Centerra Gold has received a letter from the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, requesting an extension of a deadline to ratify a preliminary investment agreement drawn up with the company. The government has asked that the deadline be extended from February 15 to April 30 this year.... 

Judgement in landmark occupational health case expected within a month

By: Christy van der Merwe     12th February 2008 The second day of the High Court hearing, which could open the floodgates to claims from mine workers to sue their employers, came to an end on Tuesday afternoon. Judge Meyer Joffe reserved judgement in the case between an ex-mineworker who contracted silicosis after 16 year of working in... 

Eldorado could reopen Turkish mine after court decision

By: Liezel Hill     12th February 2008 Vancouver-based Eldorado Gold will consult Turkey's Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MEF) on reopening its Kisladag gold mine in the country, after a Turkish high court ruled that it had insufficient information to make a decision on the merits of a case brought against the mine's... 

Precedent-setting silicosis case under way in Johannesburg

By: Christy van der Merwe     11th February 2008 A High Court hearing to determine whether or not former mineworker Thembekile Mankayi, who was discharged after contracting silicosis, will be entitled to sue gold major AngloGold Ashanti for damages, will enter its second day on Tuesday. Much of Monday's proceedings centred around the... 

Don't take foreign investors for granted, Africa cautioned

By: Matthew Hill     7th February 2008 The Mining Indaba conference in Cape Town came to a close on Thursday with a stern warning to African countries to be wary of shutting out western investors in favour of China, and introducing laws that would deter investors. 

Zimbabwe mining 'not as bad as it looks'

By: Matthew Hill     7th February 2008 The actual risk in the Zimbabwean mining industry was not nearly as bad as perceived, a junior operating in the country said on Wednesday, likening its situation to being "alone in Alladin's cave".  

Metorex confident DRC concessions 'in good standing'

By: Matthew Hill     6th February 2008 Diversified miner Metorex CEO Charles Needham said on Wednesday that the company’s mining concessions in the Democratic of Congo (DRC) were “in good standing”, after a government official said that “not a single contract was properly constituted” in the State’s... 

We've struck oil, Uganda Minerals Minister announces

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2008 Central African state Uganda had struck oil and production would begin in June, Ugandan Mineral Development Minister Dr Cos Kamanda Bataringaya told the Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Tuesday.  

Minister Sonjica heaps Indaba praise on Anglo's Cynthia Carroll

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2008 Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica on Tuesday heaped praise on Anglo American CEO Cynthia Carroll in an opening address to 3 500 of the world's leading mining investors globally.  

Can South Africa stop mine deaths?

By: Dennis Ndaba     1st February 2008 South African mine deaths increased for the first time in six years last year, bucking a promising downward trend that began in the mid-1990s. That increase clashed head-on with new resolve both within the mining industry and within government to stamp out mine deaths at all costs, including... 

Court orders mines to double continuous workers’ holiday pay

By: Guy Copans     1st February 2008 Mining companies running continuous operations will have to pay employees who ordinarily work on Sundays at least double their wage on both the Sunday and the Monday, as both days are now to be treated as public holidays, says Bowman Gilfillan associate Eva Mudely. This follows a Labour Appeal... 

Safety improvements require collaborative approach, Mine Health and Safety Council insists

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     1st February 2008 A collaborative approach is required from South Africa’s mining industry, government and other relevant stakeholders in compiling and moving forward with research programmes into health and safety. 

Silicosis still major threat to the mining industry, says health council

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     1st February 2008 While R20-million has been spent over the past three years on researching silicosis, an incurable occupational lung disease caused by the inhalation of crystalline silica dust, this disease continues to be a major health challenge for South Africa’s mining industry.  

Northam to pay less for more of Booysendal after mineral resources revised downwards

By: Liezel Hill     31st January 2008 The much-lauded transaction between Anglo Platinum, Mvelaphanda Resources and Northam Platinum, made public in September last year, will be delayed a little longer, after an independent study on the Booysendal property cut the project's resource estimate by about 18-million ounces of... 

Govt won't issue permit for French Guiana project - Iamgold

By: Liezel Hill     31st January 2008 The French government has told gold-miner Iamgold that it won't approve the permits needed to start construction at its Camp Caiman project, in French Guiana.  

New Gold appoints president and CEO

By: Liezel Hill     30th January 2008 TSX- and AMEX-listed Canadian junior New Gold has appointed chairperson Clifford Davis as president and CEO, the firm said on Wednesday. 

Vale gets first green light to bid for Xstrata

By: Keith Campbell     30th January 2008 Brazilian banking group Bradesco has given approval for mining, logistics and energy group Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (Vale) to make a bid for Anglo-Swiss diversified mining group Xstrata. 

Mine safety audits progressing - DME

By: Christy van der Merwe     30th January 2008 Over 50 mines have already been inspected under the legal component of the national safety audits, which began in December and were expected to take about five months to complete, Department of Minerals and Energy's (DME's) chief inspectorate of mines, Thabo Gazi told Mining Weekly... 

Reports that Ecuador plans to revoke concessions 'astounding' – Ascendant

By: Liezel Hill     26th January 2008 Statements supposedly made by an Ecuadorian government official, that concessions held by TSX-listed Ascendant Copper would be revoked, were “astounding”, spokesperson John Haigh said on Friday. 

Gold-miner Crystallex, awaiting Venezeula permit, sells shares

By: Liezel Hill     25th January 2008 Canadian gold-miner Crystallex International, which plans to develop one of South America's biggest gold deposits, will raise C$60,06-million in a share sale, the firm said on Friday. 

South African mining set to grow in 2008, says Chamber’s Baxter

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     25th January 2008 The mining industry, the Chamber of Mines (COM), and the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) are optimistic that mining investment and production will increase in 2008, COM chief economist Roger Baxter tells Mining Weekly in an exclusive interview, against the expectation of a slight decline... 

Gabriel expects first hearing next month in Romania govt lawsuit

By: Liezel Hill     24th January 2008 Toronto-based Gabriel Resources expects the first hearing in a lawsuit brought by the company against Romania's Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development to be held in February, investor relations director Kathy Sipos said on Thursday.  

Feasibility study by midyear on big Peru copper prospect

By: Liezel Hill     18th January 2008 Toronto-based exploration and development company Chariot Resources expects to complete a definitive feasibility study (DFS) on its Mina Justa project, in Peru, during the second quarter of this year.  

Norway funds programme to prevent Africa's resources from being a curse

By: Leandi Kolver     18th January 2008 Improved governance is crucial for the better management of natural resources. This means checks and balances, anticorruption programmes, and proper legislation, as well as external financial support and sustained political will by host governments. 

Legal hurdles cleared, NovaGold heads for first production

By: Liezel Hill     14th January 2008 Canadian exploration and development company NovaGold will presumably be entering the new year with a sigh of relief, having recently resolved an ownership dispute with gold behemoth Barrick Gold and successfully fended off a legal challenge to permits at a near-production project. 

US coal mine to reopen after roof collapse

By: Liezel Hill     11th January 2008 US coal-miner Consol Energy has been given permission to remove temporary seals and restart ventilation fans at its Buchanan mine, in Virginia, on January 20. 

AngloGold Ashanti may consider legal challenge to Argentina export taxes

By: Liezel Hill     11th January 2008 Gold major AngloGold Ashanti would consider following other mining companies with operations in Argentina in a court challenge to new export taxes, if discussions with the country's government proved unsuccessful, spokesperson Alan Fine said on Friday. 

Canadian Trade Minister seeks answers on Mongolia copper project

By: Liezel Hill     9th January 2008 Canada's Minister of International Trade, David Emerson, was expected to raise the Oyu Tolgoi copper/gold project in discussions this week with Mongolia's government, amid reports that the country's new Prime Minister, Sanjaa Bayar, wanted his cabinet to re-examine a draft... 

Eritrea issues mining permit for Bisha project

By: Liezel Hill     8th January 2008 The government of Eritrea has awarded a mining licence for the Bisha gold and base metals project, Vancouver-based Nevsun Resources said on Tuesday. 

US court affirms NovaGold permit for Rock Creek mine

By: Liezel Hill     4th January 2008 A US appeals court ruled in favour of Vancouver-based NovaGold this week, affirming the legitimacy of permits for its Rock Creek mine, near Nome, in Alaska. 

Anglo Platinum’s Unki project on target to meet deadlines

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th December 2007 The world’s biggest platinum-miner, Anglo Platinum, says that the company will abide by the laws of the country in which it operates. 

Corrupt Africa failing to benefit from resources boom, says Peter Leon

By: Leandi Kolver     14th December 2007 African countries have had a history of poor governance and human rights environments. A lack of political contestation has led to a lack of political accountability. Secrecy in contracts with investors, opaque revenue payments and government spending have also been a major influence. 

Final draft royalty Bill revises tax rates, cuts royalties

By: Mariaan Webb     14th December 2007 South Africa's Treasury, which released the third draft of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Royalty Bill for public comment on Thursday, has revised the tax base and slashed royalties on most minerals. 

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