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‘Industrial manslaughter’ won’t improve safety compliance – QRC

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th October 2017 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has raised concerns about the Queensland government’s proposed changes to workplace health and safety legislation, saying on Wednesday that it would have the perverse outcome of reducing safety. The state government earlier introduced legislative changes to... 

Exxaro sells Tronox shares for R6.5bn

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2017 Diversified mining company Exxaro Resources has completed the sale of a portion of its shareholding in American mineral sands company Tronox for R6.5-billion. Exxaro, headed by CEO Mxolisi Mgojo, said on Wednesday that it had raised $474-million from the sale of 22 425 000 class A ordinary shares... 

Exxaro sells Tronox shares for R6.5bn
Photo by Duane Daws
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo

South African mining rights application process open to corruption – Corruption Watch  

By: Anine Kilian     10th October 2017 Nonprofit organisation Corruption Watch says it has identified vulnerabilities in the mining rights application process that gives rise to corruption between mining companies, government authorities and community leaders. A new report ‘Mining for Sustainable Development’, which was released in... 

South African mining rights application process open to corruption – Corruption Watch
Corruption Watch researcher Amanda Shivamba discusses the vulnerabilities in South Africa's mining rights application process that may contribute to corruption. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Gamsberg zinc prestrip close to halfway mark – Vedanta

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2017 The prestripping of waste rock at the Gamsberg zinc mine project in the Northern Cape is close to the halfway mark, Vedanta Resources reported on Tuesday, when its interim CEO Kuldip Kaura described as “strong” the quarterly production performances of the London-listed, India-rooted mining... 

Gamsberg zinc prestrip close to halfway mark – Vedanta
Photo by Duane Daws
Activity at the Gamsberg zinc mine project.

Hopes for Liberia’s first diamond mine rise on general election 

By: Martin Creamer     9th October 2017 This year's discovery of two new additional diamond-bearing pipes that are satellites to an earlier-discovered main diamond-bearing kimberlite pipe have boosted hopes for the establishment of the first diamond mine in Liberia, where artisanal activity has been the mainstay of diamond recovery in... 

Hopes for Liberia’s first diamond mine rise on general election
Florida International University distinguished research professor Stephen E Haggerty outlines Liberia’s diamond prospects to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Lionel de Silva

Bass bets Greek elections called within year, spurring rally 

By: Bloomberg     9th October 2017 Hedge fund manager Kyle Bass is betting that Greece will experience a dramatic political turnaround, with elections called within a year, that will spur a rally across the nation’s assets. Bass, founder of Dallas-based Hayman Capital Management, owns Greek bank stocks, which he said are trading... 

Resolving GST distribution could have saved WA from royalty hike

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th October 2017 The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (Amec) on Monday claimed that resolving Australia’s goods and services tax (GST) dilemma could have saved Western Australia from a hike in the gold royalty. The Productivity Commission (PC) has released a draft report on horizontal fiscal... 

Strong sentiments from 2017 Joburg Indaba  

     6th October 2017 This year’s Joburg Indaba kicked off with strong sentiments from government and industry players. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer attended speaks to Creamer Media's Sashnee Moodley about the highlights. 

Strong sentiments from 2017 Joburg Indaba
Strong sentiments from 2017 Joburg Indaba

Local mineral processing mired in upkeep, development languishing

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th October 2017 While South Africa’s crushing, milling and screening sector is in maintenance and operation mode, projects in countries such as Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Madagascar and Mozambique are experiencing capital growth, owing to greenfield developments which are contributing directly to the gross... 

Local mineral processing mired in upkeep, development languishing
SANTOSH GUNPATH The mining sector cannot function without the essential part of the process flow sheet – crushers, screens and mills

Civil society bodies resisting plan for a coal mine in Mpumalanga

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th October 2017 A coalition of eight civil society and community organisations, represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), which is resisting a proposed coal mine inside a declared protected environment and strategic water source area in Mpumalanga, has stepped up its resistance with further legal... 

Civil society bodies resisting plan for a coal mine in Mpumalanga
Photo by Victor Moolman
CONTESTED COMMODITY Various legal proceedings are under way to oppose the proposed 15-year Yzermyn underground coal mine

CoM committed to finding workable solutions that are in the national interest

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th October 2017 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) has drawn a firm line in the sand regarding its opposition to unethical leadership, bad governance and State capture,” CoM president Mxolisi Mgojo asserted on Thursday. “We are doing what is necessary to ensure better outcomes for our sector and our country. The chamber... 

De Beers’ diamond exploration grinding to halt on government issues 

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2017 The exploration programme of De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) is grinding to a halt owing to the ongoing issues the iconic diamond mining company is experiencing with South Africa’s Department of Minerals Resources (DMR). With the hold-up of as many as 54 prospecting licence applications for as... 

De Beers’ diamond exploration grinding to halt on government issues
De Beers Consolidated Mines CEO Phillip Barton talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Industry to focus on back-to-basics for new Mining Charter – Herbert Smith Freehills

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th October 2017 The South African mining industry has to focus on going back to basics and on why the Mining Charter was created when considering Mining Charter Three, Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa cochairperson Peter Leon said on Thursday. Speaking during a panel discussion that highlighted ways... 

Industry to focus on back-to-basics for new Mining Charter – Herbert Smith Freehills
Photo by Duane Daws
Herbert Smith Freehills partner Peter Leon

CoM stands by its decision to boycott gala dinner 

By: Anine Kilian     4th October 2017 Chamber of Mines (CoM) CEO Roger Baxter has confirmed that CoM executives and office bearers purposefully decided not to attend Tuesday evening’s Joburg Indaba banquet, where Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane was the guest speaker. “It was not an impetuous decision. It was not a decision... 

CoM stands by its decision to boycott gala dinner
Chamber of Mines CEO Roger Baxter discusses why the chamber's executives and office bearers decided not to attend Tuesday evening's Joburg Indaba gala dinner. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

CoM should stay away from ‘crook’ Zwane – Pityana 

By: Anine Kilian     4th October 2017 AngloGold Ashanti chairperson Sipho Pityana has urged South Africa’s mining lobby, the Chamber of Mines, to stay away from Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, whom he accused of not being committed to South Africa’s mining industry. “I fully endorse that the Chamber of Mines stays away... 

CoM should stay away from ‘crook’ Zwane – Pityana
AngloGold Ashanti chairperson Sipho Pityana discusses the need for labour and mining companies to have a bilateral conversation about the future of the mining industry. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Rip up charter, provide tax incentives, back junior miners – Maimane 

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2017 Mining Charter Three should be ripped up, proper tax incentives introduced and junior mining enterprises supported to restore investment in the mining industry, which is a stimulator of the South African economy as a whole, Opposition Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said on Wednesday.... 

Rip up charter, provide tax incentives, back junior miners – Maimane
Opposition Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane, addressing delegates at the Joburg Indaba conference. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

ANC will heed Joburg Indaba call for removal of Minerals Minister – Mkhize 

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2017 The majority call by the Joburg Indaba for the government to replace Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane with a new Minister would be communicated to the African National Congress (ANC), which was committed to facilitating an enabling environment for the South African mining industry, ANC... 

ANC will heed Joburg Indaba call for removal of Minerals Minister – Mkhize
ANC treasurer general Dr Zweli Mkhize addresses delegates at the Joburg Indaba about Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Exploration spend will be WA royalty hike’s first casualty

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th October 2017 Western Australian gold miners have warned the state government that an increase in gold royalties would not only result in massive job losses across the state, but could also jeopardise the future of the sector as less money will be put towards exploration. Speaking at a round-table in Perth on... 

Exploration spend will be WA royalty hike’s first casualty
Photo by Duane Daws
Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland

Chamber criticised for no-show at Joburg Indaba gala dinner

By: Martin Creamer     3rd October 2017 Officials of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa were criticised for opting to not attend Tuesday night’s Joburg Indaba’s gala dinner, which was addressed by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, who stated that he would not discuss the controversial but agreement-fettered Mining Charter... 

Chamber criticised for no-show at Joburg Indaba gala dinner
Photo by Duane Daws
Bernard Swanepoel

Chamber of Mines wage offer favourable – Solidarity

By: Martin Creamer     3rd October 2017 Trade union Solidarity said on Tuesday that it had received a favourable wage offer from the Chamber of Mines, following extensive coal industry pay bargaining.   Mining Weekly Online can report that the wage offer ranges from 5.5% to 7.5% and involves a 7.5% wage increase at the Anglo Coal,... 

Exxaro begins Tronox sell-off

By: Martin Creamer     3rd October 2017 Diversified mining company Exxaro Resources on Tuesday commenced the sell-off of a portion of the shares it holds in US mineral sands mining company Tronox. The JSE-listed Exxaro, headed by CEO Mxolisi Mgojo, is monetising its Tronox stake to focus on its core activities as well as provide... 

Exxaro begins Tronox sell-off
Photo by Duane Daws
Exxaro Resources CEO Mxolisi Mgojo

Coal of Africa sells Mooiplaats

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2017 The sale of the Mooiplaats Colliery is the final step in Coal of Africa’s balance sheet restructuring strategy, setting the course for the company to become a self-sufficient mid-tier coal mining company, CEO David Brown said on Monday. Mooiplaats, which has been on care and maintenance since... 

Coal of Africa sells Mooiplaats
Photo by Duane Daws
Coal of Africa CEO David Brown

Up, up, up. . . Soaring expectations for gas; BC energy ministry mum on oil, coal potential

By: Henry Lazenby     30th September 2017 The British Columbia government on Wednesday shared optimistic prospects for its energy sector, outlining lofty expectations for natural gas exports and the growing renewable energy sector. “The emerging renewable sector is addressing climate action and LNG has the ability to reduce dependency... 

Up, up, up. . . Soaring expectations for gas; BC energy ministry mum on oil, coal potential

Interest building in attractive tax incentive for mine owners

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2017 Interest is building in the Section 12J of the Income Tax Act incentive structure introduced by Treasury to promote venture capital investments and stimulate growth and job creation in the South African economy, Mining Weekly Online can report. The aim of Section 12J is to encourage investment... 

Interest building in attractive tax incentive for mine owners
Photo by Jaltech
Possible structure for Section 12J tax incentive

America’s ‘most storied mine’ under new management as Bunker Hill aims at restart

By: Henry Lazenby     29th September 2017 One of America’s most famous mines is set to restart operations, after a team of mine developers that have done it before in Idaho’s Silver Valley, recently obtained a lease and option to buy the historic brownfields project. Using a Canadian shell company to advance the acquisition of the... 

America’s ‘most storied mine’ under new management as Bunker Hill aims at restart
Photo by US EPA
The Bunker Hill smelter operating in winter snow in the 1970s

Event a platform for ‘blunt debate’

By: Robyn Wilkinson     29th September 2017 Mining stakeholders from various sectors – including leaders from society, government, industry and labour – will engage in “blunt debate” about the many challenges currently facing the sector when they congregate at The Joburg Indaba 2017, says event organiser Resources4Africa CEO Paula Munsie. 

Event a platform for ‘blunt debate’
VALUABLE DEBATE With a maximum of 500 delegates, The Joburg Indaba will provide an intimate networking environment where stakeholders can openly air their views and give constructive inputs

Trust and confidence key to advancing S African mining

By: Robyn Wilkinson     29th September 2017 With uncertainty reigning in the South African mining landscape, it is imperative that the private sector maintain a positive approach to transformation, says consulting engineering and scientist firm SRK Consulting partner and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl. 

Trust and confidence key to advancing  S African mining
ANDREW VAN ZYL The mining industry needs to prioritise the rebuilding of reserves, the stimulation of new exploration and the process of consolidation

Stakeholder cohesion crucial to change trajectory of South African mining

By: Robyn Wilkinson     29th September 2017 Chamber of Mines of South Africa (CoM) CEO Roger Baxter will consider the role that the CoM and mining companies can play in increasing investment in South Africa’s mining sector, despite current challenges, by creating an enabling business environment through the building of trust between mining... 

Stakeholder cohesion crucial to change trajectory of South African mining
ROGER BAXTER Key to encouraging cohesion between mining stakeholders is a continued commitment to driving transformation in the industry at all levels

Event catalyst for critical engagement

By: Robyn Wilkinson     29th September 2017 Government, labour and business need to restore mutual trust through transparent and honest engagement, with The Joburg Indaba providing an ideal platform through which to forge a way forward in this endeavour, says mining and industrial services provider Fraser Alexander business development... 

Event catalyst for critical engagement
TAILINGS AT THE FORE The adoption of international best practice guidelines is influencing the design, operation, closure and rehabilitation of mining waste disposal sites in the Southern African Development Community

Time for mining industry to take action

     29th September 2017 In the wake of commodity prices beginning to show signs of recovery in 2016, mining companies globally have taken steps to strengthen their balance sheets, building a platform from which to take decisive action about the future, says multinational professional services provider PwC Africa energy,... 

Time for mining industry to take action
MICHAL KOTZE The mining industry has moved out of danger and some mining companies see the conditions as ripe for value accretive moves, with market differentiation their immediate goal

Mining-focused drone data service company gets Ghana licence

By: Dylan Slater     29th September 2017 Drone data service provider Rocketmine has received the first commercial remotely piloted aircraft system operating certificate (ROC) in Ghana.  

Exxaro, Solidarity sign three-year agreement

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2017 Mining company Exxaro and trade union Solidarity have signed a three-year collective agreement on wages and other conditions of service, Mining Weekly Online can report.  The union said on Thursday that the first year’s pay increases of 7.5% to 10% would be back dated to July 1. 

Exxaro, Solidarity sign three-year agreement
Photo by Duane Daws
Exxaro is headed by CEO Mxolisi Mgojo,

BMI names Europe’s mining ‘outperformers’ and ‘laggards’

By: Mariaan Webb     28th September 2017 A favourable regulatory environment has placed Kazakhstan, Poland and Sweden at the top of the mining risk/reward index (RRI) of BMI Research, while a lack of dynamism has left Romania and Bulgaria at the bottom. In a research note highlighting the risks and rewards of the region, the Fitch... 

BMI names Europe’s mining ‘outperformers’ and ‘laggards’

Guatemala court clarifies consultation area, denies action on export permit

By: Henry Lazenby     27th September 2017 The TSX-listed stock of beleaguered miner Tahoe Resources fell as much as 13.5% on Wednesday, after the Guatemalan Supreme Court issued a ruling clarifying the specific geographical areas that needs to be included in a fresh round of indigenous consultations; the court also denied action to force... 

No clarity on funding drawdown for mine rehab – Joburg Indaba

By: Martin Creamer     27th September 2017 There is no clarity on the way that mining companies can draw down from their financial provision vehicles to undertake mine rehabilitation, the Joburg Indaba Breakfast heard on Wednesday during a discussion on the implications of the new National Environmental Management Act (Nema). Chaired by... 

No clarity on funding drawdown for mine rehab – Joburg Indaba
Photo by Joburg Indaba
Panellists from left to right are Pan African CEO Cobus Loots, MSA MD Ben Burnand, PwC's Dr Ferdi Linde, ENSafrica's Andries Myburgh, DMR's director of mine closure Reuben Masenya and Cenviro Solutions MD Leentie Smit

CoM supports trade union’s nationwide march against corruption

By: African News Agency      27th September 2017 The Chamber of Mines of South Africa (CoM) said on Wednesday that it would join Business Unity South Africa and Business Leadership South Africa in support of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) stance against State capture and corruption. Thousands of workers and civil society... 

CoM supports trade union’s nationwide march against corruption

BC’s NDP-led govt talks up exploration, mining as basis for building burgeoning communities

By: Henry Lazenby     26th September 2017 British Columbia is ‘ground zero’ for mining in Canada, as technological advances require an ever-increasing volume of metals to satisfy improving standards of living and environment-friendly technologies. This was the key message to attendees at the fourth yearly Resource Breakfast Series held... 

BC’s NDP-led govt talks up exploration, mining as basis for building burgeoning communities
Photo by British Columbia Government
BC Minister for Energy, Mines and Petroleum Michelle Mungall was formally sworn in by Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon

NUM, Solidarity sign three-year wage agreement with Assmang

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th September 2017 Trade unions the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Solidarity have secured a three-year wage agreement with iron-ore and manganese miner Assmang at its operations in the Northern Cape. Assmang, a joint venture between Assore and African Rainbow Minerals, operates the Khumani iron-ore mine,... 

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