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Mining companies to engage with DRC on new mining code

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th March 2018 A legal and technical team representing the major mining companies operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) arrived in Kinshasa on Thursday for 30 days of engagement with the government on its new mining code.  

Oliphant talks up Mantashe's mining pedigree in Toronto

By: Henry Lazenby     15th March 2018 South Africa's Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant talked up the mining pedigree of newly installed Minister Gwede Mantashe during the recent Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's annual convention, held in Toronto. "His previous mining experience is an advantage for... 

Oliphant talks up Mantashe's mining pedigree in Toronto
Photo by Henry Lazenby
SA Deputy Mining Minister Godfrey Oliphant holds a gold casting of former President Nelson Mandela's hand during the 2018 PDAC convention, in Toronto

Paradigm shift required to position mining industry for long-term success

By: Henry Lazenby     15th March 2018 The long-term mindset of the mining industry will have to change to position itself for long-term success, set against an ever-changing landscape, says BHP Billiton's head for Minerals America, Daniel Malchuck. He told an audience during the keynote session of the recent Prospectors and... 

Paradigm shift required to position mining industry for long-term success
Photo by BHP Billiton
Escondida, Chile

NUM welcomes delay in signing of agreements with IPPs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th March 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday welcomed government’s decision, on Tuesday, to hold off on the signing of power purchase agreements with 27 independent power producers (IPPs).  

NUM welcomes delay in signing of agreements with IPPs

Former mines minister a no show at Parliament

By: African News Agency      14th March 2018 Former mineral resource minister Mosebenzi Zwane on Wednesday failed to appear before Parliament’s portfolio committee on mineral resources where he had been expected to answer questions on allegations of State capture. According to committee chairperson Sahlulele Luzipo, the former minister... 

 Former mines minister a no show at Parliament
Photo by Duane Daws
Former Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane

Anglo commits to ambitious sustainability strategy

By: Martin Creamer     14th March 2018 Diversified mining company Anglo American has outlined an innovative approach to three major areas of sustainability - the environment, community development, and driving greater trust and transparency across the mining industry. 

Anglo commits to ambitious sustainability strategy
Photo by Creamer Media
Mark Cutifani

Chile attempts to block China from prize lithium asset

By: Reuters     14th March 2018 Chile's government has asked antitrust regulators to block the sale of a 32% stake in Chilean lithium company SQM to a Chinese firm on the grounds it would give it an unfair advantage in the global race to secure resources to develop electric vehicles. Chile development agency Corfo, which... 

Hydrogen transport proposed for opencast mines

By: Martin Creamer     13th March 2018 Hydrogen transportation technology would be useful in large opencast mines, where a number of haul trucks operate in a limited radius, says RTS Africa Engineering MD Ian Fraser. Such an application could serve as a stepping stone to the realisation of the value of hydrogen technology in... 

Hydrogen transport proposed for opencast mines
Ian Fraser

New Congolese mining code rattling mining companies

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th March 2018 Beyond raising costs for domestic miners, a new mining code signed into law by Congolese President Joseph Kabila last week, poses downside risks to the investment outlook of the country’s mining industry over the coming years, as a result of heightened government intervention and regulatory... 

Coal, rapid loadout projects under construction - Exxaro 

By: Martin Creamer     13th March 2018 Diversified mining company Exxaro Resources, which began a R13-billion coal expansion programme in the second half of last year, has three coal projects and a rapid loadout station under construction, and is at the ready to develop another two coal projects, pending Department of Energy and Eskom... 

Coal, rapid loadout projects under construction - Exxaro
Exxaro Resources executive head of coal operations Nombasa Tsengwa speaks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer, Photographs: Dylan Slater. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer

Canada's Trudeau tells metal workers: 'We have your backs'

By: Reuters     13th March 2018 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised aluminium and steelworkers on Monday he would defend them against possible US tariffs and called US President Donald Trump to stress that "mutually beneficial" cross-border supply chains should be preserved. Trump said last week he would impose... 

Canada's Trudeau tells metal workers: 'We have your backs'

Coal miner Exxaro declares innovation an imperative 

By: Martin Creamer     12th March 2018 Coal mining company Exxaro Resources, which sees modernisation and innovation as imperatives, will this year announce new partnerships to ensure that it remains sustainably competitive going into the future. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed black-led company, which has already met... 

Coal miner Exxaro declares innovation an imperative
Exxaro Resources CEO Mxolisi Mgojo talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Dylan Slater. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Congo's Kabila signs into law new mining code

By: Reuters     12th March 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila signed into law on Friday a new mining code that raises royalties and taxes on operators, the presidency said in a statement. International mining companies that operate in Congo, Africa's top copper producer, have vigorously opposed the new... 

Guatemala court requests more information before making Escobal ruling

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2018 Mining company Tahoe Resources has been informed that the Constitutional Court of Guatemala has requested additional information in the legal case against the company’s Escobal mining licence for its silver mine located east of San Rafael Las Flores, in the south of Guatemala.  

Guatemala court requests more information before making Escobal ruling
Tahoe Resources' Escobal mine

Native title laws cause uncertainty in mining circles – MCA

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th March 2018 Australian minerals companies have called for urgent amendments to native title laws to remove uncertainty created by court decisions which cast doubt over the status of mining leases and tenements, the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) said on Friday. The MCA’s submission to the... 

Ivanhoe welcomes ‘positive’ discussions with Kabila on DRC mining code

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2018 Diversified miner Ivanhoe Mines has welcomed the commitment made on Wednesday by mining industry representatives and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Joseph Kabila to continue productive and mutually advantageous discussions to resolve industry concerns arising from the DRC’s 2018... 

Ivanhoe welcomes ‘positive’ discussions with Kabila on DRC mining code
Randgold Resources' Kibali gold mine in the DRC

State revenues from extractive industries increasing in Mozambique

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th March 2018 The extractive industry – oil, gas and mining – now provides the Mozambican State with 4.1% of its revenues from taxation. This figure was released by the country’s Director General of Tax, Augusto Tacarindua, at a recent seminar in Maputo on taxing extractive industries. In the past, the sector... 

Exxaro negotiating new business opportunities beyond mining 

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2018 While retaining coal as its bedrock, Exxaro Resources has begun taking steps that will take the company beyond coal and even beyond mining, Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo said on Thursday. But this is all taking place while Exxaro continues to invest heavily in its long-term coal-mining business, which... 

Exxaro negotiating new business opportunities beyond mining
Exxaro Resources CEO Mxolisi Mgojo’s presentation of 2017 results covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Dylan Slater. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer

Congo's Kabila to sign new mining code soon after meeting with miners

By: Reuters     8th March 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila will soon sign into law a new mining code, the government and the country's mining companies said on Wednesday. The code has been vigorously opposed by the miners. The announcement followed a nearly six-hour meeting between Kabila and mining... 

Congo's Kabila to sign new mining code soon after meeting with miners
Photo by Reuters
DRC President Joseph Kabila

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2018 The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada's (PDAC's) 2018 convention, in Toronto, drew an international crowd of 25 606 people, in what is widely considered as a clear sign that optimism is returning to the mineral exploration and mining industry following several years of turmoil.... 

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

Pending toll milling, Bunker Hill ready to roll in as little as 60 days

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2018 The 'crown jewel' of the Coeur D'Alene zinc, lead and silver mining district, in northern Idaho, could be in initial production in as little as 60 days pending finalisation of a toll milling agreement, after the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed an agreement releasing owner Bunker... 

Pending toll milling, Bunker Hill ready to roll in as little as 60 days
Photo by US Environmental Protection Agency
A file photo of the Bunker Hill smelter operating in winter snow during the 1970s.

Pushback on Trump tariffs gathers steam, Mexico rejects bid to split NAFTA

By: Reuters     6th March 2018 Republican lawmakers stepped up calls for President Donald Trump to pull back from proposed tariffs on steel and aluminium imports as key trading partner Mexico rejected a bid by Washington to drive a wedge between it and Canada in talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.... 

Nexa a pioneer of the new future of mining – Tito Martins

By: Henry Lazenby     6th March 2018 Recently rebranded Brazilian miner Nexa Resources is at the forefront of innovating in the mining industry with progressive policies and innovative technologies, an audience attending the keynote session during the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's 2018 convention has heard.... 

Nexa a pioneer of the new future of mining – Tito Martins
Photo by Henry Lazenby
Nexa Resources president and CEO Tito Martins addresses the audience during the PDAC 2018 keynote session, in Toronto

German ruling likely blessing in disguise for platinum - RBPlat 

By: Martin Creamer     6th March 2018 The German Federal Court ruling on diesel car emissions, which could cost transgressors eight-billion euros in fines a year, is seen as a likely blessing in disguise for platinum, Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) CEO Steve Phiri said on Tuesday. The global backlash against diesel-engine cars,... 

German ruling likely blessing in disguise for platinum - RBPlat
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri’s presentation of results is covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photograph, Video & Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded 6.03.2018

Mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed 

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th March 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
Innovative mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed. Editing: Darlene Creamer and Christo Greyling.

Outlook good for cash-flush Merafe

By: Martin Creamer     6th March 2018 Chrome and ferrochrome company Merafe, which has zero debt and R600-million cash on hand, sees ferrochrome prices being supported by the cost of production in China, solid projected stainless steel production growth and the absence of any major additional ferrochrome supply capacity coming on... 

Outlook good for cash-flush Merafe
Merafe CEO Zanele Matlala

Building trust between miners, host governments a prerequisite to foster economic prosperity

By: Henry Lazenby     6th March 2018 Endemic mistrust between private sector miners and African jurisdictions belies the spirit and objectives set out in the African Union's African Mining Vision, an audience attending the eighth MineAfrica panel discussion at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada conference heard on... 

Building trust between miners, host governments a prerequisite to foster economic prosperity
Photo by Henry Lazenby
MineAfrica 8th Panel Discussion on African Mining in 2018-Politics, Policies and Opportunities

Trump ratchets up pressure on Canada, Mexico over trade

By: Reuters     5th March 2018 US President Donald Trump increased pressure on Canada and Mexico over trade on Monday, saying the two could avoid being caught in his planned hefty tariffs on steel and aluminium imports if they ceded ground to Washington in talks on a new NAFTA trade deal. Trump also said, after a weekend of... 

Congo's Kabila to meet companies over mining code revision

By: Reuters     5th March 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila will meet mining company representatives on Tuesday to discuss a mining code revision awaiting his signature that would raise taxes and royalties, the mines minister said. The bill was adopted by parliament late in January but the industry has... 

Soaring Merafe goes into cashflow orbit, lifts dividend 151%

By: Martin Creamer     5th March 2018 Chrome and ferrochrome company Merafe delivered exceptional results for 2017, setting new production, revenue, earnings before interest tax depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) and dividend records. Cashflow from operating activities rocketed 179% to R1 400-million, compared with R502-million... 

Soaring Merafe goes into cashflow orbit, lifts dividend 151%
Photo by Creamer Media
Merafe CEO Zanele Matlala

'Don't react': trade experts look past Trump noise at NAFTA talks

By: Reuters     4th March 2018 Donald Trump may be president of the US but his words do not necessarily carry the weight of the US government at the biggest trade shake-up he is pushing. Sometimes, it is better to block them out and carry on, participants say. Negotiations between the US, Canada and Mexico to redraw the North... 

'Don't react': trade experts look past Trump noise at NAFTA talks

Savannah’s copper project permitting in Oman advances

By: Nadine James     2nd March 2018 All of the required government permitting approvals for the mining licence application for Aim-listed Savannah Resources’ Maqail South copper project, in Oman, have now been received. Additionally, seven approvals for the Mahab 4 mining licence application have been received, with the Omani... 

Khusela Diko is Ramaphosa’s new spokesperson

By: Sane Dhlamini     2nd March 2018 The Presidency on Friday announced that Khusela Diko would become spokesperson to President Cyril Ramaphosa from March 12. In a statement from the Presidency, Diko is described as a seasoned communicator and marketing professional who was, until recently, the African National Congress’s (ANC’s)... 

Khusela Diko is Ramaphosa’s new spokesperson
President's spokesperson Khusela Diko

A proposal to the President – A six-point plan

     2nd March 2018 South Africa’s minerals and mining industry faces severe headwinds. The Republic of South Africa hosts a treasure trove of geology and minerals, valued at about $2.5-trillion. Without modern exploration, prospecting and new local and foreign investment, these resources will not be developed for... 

A proposal to the President – A six-point plan

Trump says US to impose steep tariffs on steel, aluminium imports

By: Reuters     2nd March 2018 US President Donald Trump announced on Thursday he would impose hefty tariffs on imported steel and aluminium to protect US producers, risking retaliation from major trade partners like China, Europe and neighbouring Canada as well as helping to trigger a large selloff on Wall Street. Trump said... 

Trump says US to impose steep tariffs on steel, aluminium imports

SA mining outlook improves, regulatory changes still required

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd March 2018 The current outlook for the mining industry is better than it is has been for some time, says law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr mining head Allan Reid. Reid, who attended the 2018 Investing in African Mining Indaba, held in Cape Town last month, comments that the general mood at the event was... 

SA mining outlook improves, regulatory changes still required
ALLAN REID Mining Charter III and the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act Bill need to be amended

Stability, sustainability needed for mining growth

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd March 2018 South Africa needs stability, continuity and fairness in the mining industry, says engineering consultant WSP Africa transport and infrastructure division MD Dr Terence Milne, who tells Mining Weekly that presenters at the Investing in African Mining Indaba highlighted “political stability, fair... 

Stability, sustainability needed for mining growth
Photo by Bloomberg
CLEAN ENERGY WSP aims to explore green energy for miners in the year ahead

Mines urged to develop a roadmap to mitigate cybersecurity

By: Schalk Burger     2nd March 2018 A risk-based approach to mitigating cyberthreats is the best practice for mining companies seeking to prevent and address vulnerabilities, and can fit seamlessly with routine operating and maintenance processes of mines. It does, however, require the right skills and the support of mine leaders,... 

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