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South Africa’s ‘Samcodes way’ a world-beater – Mullins

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2018 South Africa has succeeded in creating a meticulous set of mineral reporting codes that continue to gain international recognition. The South African Mineral Reporting Codes (Samcodes), which protect investors, are currently so highly regarded that in October South Africa will host a large... 

Beneficiation opportunities in zinc, fuel cells – Oliphant

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2018 Deputy Minerals Minister Godfrey Oliphant is engaging with companies on local value-addition opportunities in zinc and platinum-catalysed fuel cells, and would like mining companies to make these and other locally mined commodities available at developmental prices to facilitate... 

Beneficiation opportunities in zinc, fuel cells – Oliphant
Photo by Wynand van der Merwe
Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant (right) with Mining Weekly Online's Martin Creamer

QRC calls for royalty stability ahead of State Budget

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th June 2018 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has urged the state government not to rock the royalty boat, ahead of the state Budget on Tuesday. QRC CEO Ian Macfarlane said on Monday that the government’s previous commitment to royalty stability was welcome, with the government’s pre-Christmas... 

QRC calls for royalty stability ahead of State Budget

Congo mining code regulations signed into law – aides

By: Reuters     11th June 2018 Regulations to implement Congo's new mining code have been signed into law with no changes, advisers to the prime minister told Reuters on Saturday, despite objections from mining firms that have been threatening legal action. Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala signed the regulations into law... 

Congo mining code regulations signed into law – aides
The KCD openpit gold mine, operated by Randgold, at the Kibali mining site in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Unpacking the Junior Indaba 

8th June 2018 The Junior Indaba kicked off in Johannesburg this week. Mining weekly Editor Martin Creamer attended and unpacks the event’s headlines. 

Unpacking the Junior Indaba
Unpacking the Junior Indaba

MMEC conference outlook indicative of state of mining industry

By: Melissa Zisengwe     8th June 2018 The increase in international participation at the sixth edition of the Mozambique Mining, Energy and Natural Gas Conference (MMEC) reflected the state of the Mozambique mining industry, which is an emerging market, says event organiser AME Trade. The conference was held in Maputo on April 25 and... 

MMEC conference  outlook indicative of  state of mining industry
SIXTH EDITION The Mozambique Mining, Energy and Natural Gas Conference was held in Maputo on April 25 and 26

Beneficiation industry declines amid restrictive legislative environment, training dearth

By: Paige Müller     8th June 2018 The South African diamond beneficiation market is no longer globally competitive, says rough and polished diamonds and precious stones trading association World Federation of Diamond Bourses president Ernest Blom. He tells Mining Weekly that the local diamond beneficiation industry has “shrunk... 

Beneficiation industry  declines amid restrictive legislative environment, training dearth
COSTLY CARATS South African diamond polishers process diamonds at a cost per carat rate that is four times more expensive than that of global competitors

Greater government intervention in mining research, development needed – Netshitenzhe 

By: Nadine James     8th June 2018 In his working paper, Towards Mining Vision 2030 African National Congress National Executive Committee member and Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (Mistra) director Joel Netshitenzhe suggests that more needs to be done in terms of government support and collaboration in the field of... 

Anglo-Chilean miner reports tax and fees payments

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th June 2018 UK-domiciled, London Stock Exchange- (LSE-) listed mining group Antofagasta plc last year paid $316 833 000.00 to Chilean, and $206 000.00 to US, Government authorities in taxes and fees. The company released this information at the start of this month in its “2017 Report on Payments to... 

Diamond industry longevity on the line

By: Paige Müller     8th June 2018 The implementation of enabling mining policies by government is key in safeguarding the South African diamond industry from further decline and a worrying contraction, says Global Diamond Network consultant and industry heavyweight Dr John Bristow. Bristow states that the local diamond mining... 

Diamond industry longevity on the line
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH High quality rough gemstone diamonds mined from an alluvial diamond deposit in Northern Cape province

SA has eight year backlog in issuing of mining rights – Mantashe

By: African News Agency      7th June 2018 Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday that the country has a backlog of about eight years in issuing of mining rights as proper processing of applications for mining licences has stalled over the years.  "A preliminary internal investigation shows that the backlog on new... 

SA has eight year backlog in issuing of mining rights – Mantashe
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Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Artisanal mining should be legalised – analyst  

By: Anine Kilian     7th June 2018 As industrial mining for gold declines, artisanal mining for gold in abandoned, ownerless and derelict mines will increase, making way for artisanal miners to mine abandoned shafts, says mining analyst David van Wyk. Addressing delegates during a mining seminar at Sustainability Week 2018, in... 

Brazil presidential decree next week to overhaul mining rules – sources

By: Reuters     7th June 2018 Brazil's President Michel Temer plans to issue a decree next week to overhaul the rules for mining permits, bypassing Congress after it failed to approve similar changes last year, two people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The sources, who asked not to be named because the... 

Brazil presidential decree next week to overhaul mining rules – sources
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Brazil President Michel Temer

Plan for mining community development levy scrapped

By: Bloomberg     6th June 2018 South Africa’s government has scrapped plans to compel mining companies to contribute 1% of their annual turnover to a new community development agency because it feared the funds could be abused, the nation’s mining minister said. The levy was proposed in a draft of the nation’s new Mining... 

MCA urges reforms to encourage investment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th June 2018 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has warned that future investments and jobs in the Australian resources could be put at risk as reforms to streamline project approvals and modernizing workplace relations stalled. In its submission to the Parliament’s inquiry into impediments to business... 

Giant waste-spewing mine turns to battleground in Indonesia

By: Bloomberg     5th June 2018 Every year, Freeport-McMoRan dumps tens of-millions of tons of mining waste into the Ajkwa River system in Indonesia. The company has been doing it for decades, and is demanding the right to keep at it for decades to come. The discharge of what are called tailings, the leftovers of mineral... 

Zimbabwe removes requirement for foreign mines to list locally

By: Reuters     1st June 2018 Zimbabwe's Parliament has passed amendments to the mining bill after removing clauses that required foreign mining companies to list locally, according to an official record of Parliament's debates seen on Friday. Mines Minister Winston Chitando had last month promised to remove the requirements,... 

Mantashe sees 'solid' mining charter after consultations

By: African News Agency      1st June 2018 South Africa's mines minister is confident of delivering a "solid" new charter for the industry after holding the last community consultation in KwaZulu-Natal province, his department said late on Thursday. Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has been holding meetings around the country... 

Antofagasta reports its tax and fees payments to Chile and the US

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st June 2018 UK-domiciled, London Stock Exchange- (LSE-) listed mining group Antofagasta plc last year paid $316 833 000.00 to Chilean, and $206 000.00 to US, Government authorities in taxes and fees. The company released this information on Friday in its “2017 Report on Payments to Governments”. The release... 

‘Law does not adequately protect pregnant women working in risk environments’

By: Nadine James     1st June 2018 The legislature should amend the Unemployment Insurance Act (UIA) to protect pregnant employees working in risk environments, says Cliffe Dekker Hofmyer employment practice director Fiona Leppan. She says South African legislation does not provide adequate protection for pregnant women working in... 

‘Law does not adequately protect pregnant women  working in risk environments’
FIONA LEPPAN If the Unemployment Insurance Act were to be amended, it should address situations where pregnant women would be prejudiced because of the work environment – not because they are pregnant

Brazilian miner’s purchases in Mozambique approaching $1-billion

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st June 2018 Brazilian mining group Vale has created a significant local supply chain in Mozambique to support its Moatize coal operation in the African country’s Tete province. This was highlighted recently by the President of Mozambique’s Confederation of Economic Associations (Confederação das Associações... 

Sentiment dampens as Charter, MPRDA deadline commitments are postponed

By: Nadine James     1st June 2018 The positive sentiment stemming from the appointment of President Cyril Ramaphosa, and the subsequent appointment of Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has dampened recently as Mantashe pushed out the finalisation of the Mining Charter and lodged an application for leave to appeal against... 

Sentiment dampens as Charter, MPRDA deadline  commitments are postponed
WARREN BEECH Hogan Lovells’ Mining head believes Minerals Resources Minster Mantashe’s credibility has been adversely impacted by some of his recent comments

Canada’s Nautilus aiming to start marine mining in 2019 despite enviro concerns

By: Dylan Slater     1st June 2018 Deep-sea mining is yet to become a major mining activity, and not much is known about undersea deposits of minerals. However, some role-players in the mining industry are claiming that the deep-sea floor could be host to an abundant and untapped resource of highly sought-after commodities, which... 

Canada’s Nautilus aiming to start marine mining in 2019 despite enviro concerns

Canada to impose tariffs on US, challenge at WTO

By: Reuters     31st May 2018 Canada will impose retaliatory tariffs on C$16.6-billion worth of US exports and challenge US steel and aluminum tariffs under the North American Free Trade Agreement and the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Thursday. The Canadian tariffs are... 

Sibanye-Stillwater shares rise on deleveraging plan

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2018 The share price of Sibanye-Stillwater rose on Thursday on the news of a deleveraging plan that explicitly excludes debt and equity raising. Prospective deleveraging options include a streaming arrangement to raise $500-million and a process inventory financial arrangement to raise a further... 

Sibanye-Stillwater shares rise on deleveraging plan
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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Gupta-owned Shiva Uranium's business rescue practitioners throw in towel

By: News24Wire      31st May 2018 The business rescue practitioners (BRPs) appointed to save Gupta-owned company Shiva Uranium have resigned with immediate effect after their relationship with the state-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) - the company's largest creditor – turned sour. Louis Klopper and Robert Knoop... 

 Gupta-owned Shiva Uranium's business rescue practitioners throw in towel
Atul Gupta

Coal industry should ensure that it does not lower air quality to avoid silicosis repeat

By: Martin Creamer     30th May 2018 South Africa’s coal industry should ensure that it does not lower air quality to avoid ending up in the same litigious space as the gold mining sector with silicosis. Earlier this month, a class action settlement was reached with thousands of mineworkers suffering from silicosis and/or... 

Coal industry should ensure that it does not lower air quality to avoid silicosis repeat
Photo by Dylan Slater
Matleng chairperson Nelisiwe Magubane

Mantashe to conclude Mining Charter community consultation tour

By: Anine Kilian     30th May 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe will conclude the nationwide community consultations on the Mining Charter in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, on Thursday. He has had ten consultations across the country to gather input from stakeholders on the charter before it is finalised in June. 

Miners warn Congo it faces $3bn revenue loss over law

By: Bloomberg     30th May 2018 Mining companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo told the government it will lose more than $3-billion over a decade and face legal action if plans to implement a new industry code proceed. Miners including Glencore and Randgold Resources are demanding the government abandon aspects of the... 

Ontario Chamber of Commerce roundtable calls for provincial resources strategy

By: Henry Lazenby     28th May 2018 A roundtable comprising representatives from diverse sectors of society has resolved to call for clearer legislative direction regarding Ontario’s wealth of resources, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce announced on Monday. Held in Timmins, Ontario, the roundtable heard from representatives... 

End of small-scale mining ban in Ghana to hamper efforts to combat illegal mining

By: Simone Liedtke     28th May 2018 The upcoming end of a ban on small-scale mining in Ghana will increase the difficulties in countering illegal mining in the country, with the practice likely to remain widespread, says research firm BMI. In turn, this will create potential risks to cocoa production and threaten social stability... 

Centerra agrees to extend first Kyrgyz agreement longstop date by a month

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 TSX-listed gold producer Centerra Gold has agreed to a month’s extension of the first longstop date of a strategic accord it signed with the Kyrgyz government on September 11, 2017. The Toronto-based miner said the first longstop date is the date by which all conditions precedent to the... 

Centerra agrees to extend first Kyrgyz agreement longstop date by a month
Centerra Gold's Kumtor mine, in Kyrgyzstan

Sierra Leone president to push review of mining law, contracts 

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 Sierra Leone's new president will follow through with campaign promises to review mining contracts and consider changes to the law that would ensure the West African nation benefits from its natural resources, his spokesperson told Reuters. Sierra Leone, which is recovering from a devastating... 

Sierra Leone president to push review of mining law, contracts
Photo by Reuters
Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio

Junior miners set to capitalise on ‘new dawn’

By: Donald Makhafola     25th May 2018 There is a mood of optimism sweeping across the country following the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as the President of South Africa and the appointment of Gwede Mantashe as the Minister of Mineral Resources, with the junior mining sector hoping to capitalise on this through proactive initiatives... 

Junior miners set to capitalise  on ‘new dawn’
Photo by African Sun Mining
NEW DAWN Junior miners in South Africa are hoping to get sufficient government support and attract investment, following the election of President Cyril Ramaphosa

Mantashe vows to finalise mining charter in June

By: African News Agency      24th May 2018 South African minister of mineral resources Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday his department plans to finalise the revamped mining charter, the government's regulation tool for transformation, by the end of next month. "We aim to finalise and gazette the mining charter in June, having taken onboard... 

Mantashe vows to finalise mining charter in June
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Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Mantashe considers invoking ‘use it or lose it’ principle for mines under care and maintenance

By: Nadine James     23rd May 2018 Speaking at the official unveiling of the rebranded Minerals Council South Africa (previously the Chamber of Mines), on Wednesday, Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe noted that he and the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) were unenthusiastic, but willing to make use of the 'use it or... 

Mantashe considers invoking ‘use it or lose it’ principle for mines under care and maintenance
Photo by Dylan Slater
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Chamber of Mines hopes to embark on new era rebranding as Minerals Council South Africa

By: Nadine James     23rd May 2018 The Chamber of Mines has rebranded and is now the Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA) in line with its quest to reposition the sector as South Africa’s  preeminent industrial sector, while building a new legacy and creating a “future that all South African can be proud of,” MCSA president... 

Chamber of Mines hopes to embark on new era rebranding as Minerals Council South Africa
Photo by Dylan Slater
MCSA president Mxolisi Mgojo and Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Gamsberg producing by mid-year – Vedanta

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2018 The Gamsberg zinc project in South Africa’s Northern Cape is on track with production expected by the middle of this year, the London-listed, India-rooted Vedanta Resources said on Wednesday, when it reported higher revenue and profits and lifted its dividend yield for the year to 6%. Current... 

Gamsberg producing by mid-year – Vedanta
Photo by Dylan Slater
Vedanta chairperson Anil Agarwal

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