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Kinross reels as two more Africa nations seek mining payoffs

By: Bloomberg     10th May 2018 Kinross Gold is the latest miner to be hit by changing policies in Africa as governments seem increasingly willing to upend historic deals with foreign companies in their quest for more mining revenue. Mauritania’s rejection of a key permit to expand a Kinross project, and a proposed mining code... 

Agarwal encouraging Anglo to accentuate South Africa link

By: Martin Creamer     9th May 2018 Indian mining billionaire Anil Agarwal is encouraging Anglo American – in which he now holds more than 21% – to accentuate its link with South Africa, where the Vedanta Resources company he founded and chairs is successfully turning to highly positive account the zinc assets that Anglo walked... 

Agarwal encouraging Anglo to accentuate South Africa link
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Anil Agarwal (right) and Martin Creamer

Vedanta's KCM disputes $18m Zambia tax bill – industry source

By: Reuters     9th May 2018 Vedanta Resources' Zambia unit, Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), is disputing a bill of almost $18-million slapped on it by tax authorities after an audit, an industry source familiar with the matter, told Reuters on Wednesday. Zambia's revenue authority concluded audits of mining companies that... 

Congo finalising mining rules after company concerns ignored

By: Bloomberg     9th May 2018 The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Mines Ministry said it’s completing work on new regulations, as a draft document showed the government has so far ignored companies’ key concerns about the reforms. Miners including Glencore and Randgold Resources have demanded the government dial back aspects... 

AfriForum’s prosecution unit considers possible legal action against Ivanplats

By: Simone Liedtke     8th May 2018 Civil rights organisation AfriForum’s Anti-Corruption Unit, as well as its Private Prosecution Unit, headed by advocate Gerrie Nel, will be taking on the case of the Ndebele Vaaltyn Tribe, who brought criminal charges against Canadian mining company Ivanplats Mines in 2014. The tribe alleges that... 

AfriForum’s prosecution unit considers possible legal action against Ivanplats
Advocate Gerrie Nel speaking to attendees and the community on Tuesday

South African output rises as AngloGold delivers at lower cost

By: Martin Creamer     8th May 2018 The smaller South African footprint of gold-mining company AngloGold Ashanti, consisting of one underground mine and one tailings treatment operation on surface, delivered impressive first-quarter results with rising production and reduced rand-denominated costs. Production rocketed 29% at... 

South African output rises as AngloGold delivers at lower cost
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AngloGold Ashanti CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan (Venkat)

Zimbabwe trying to win back investors’ trust

By: Anine Kilian     7th May 2018 Zimbabwe is committed to introducing mining policy certainty to win back investment and revive the industry following the swearing in of President Emmerson Mnangagwa late last year. Mnangagwa is seeking to revive the economy and attract mining investment and has pledged investor-friendly policy... 

Sustainable solutions possible for AMD treatment

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     4th May 2018 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa states that while acid mine drainage (AMD) decant in the Witwatersrand gold fields and surrounds should be dealt with urgently, there is no company large enough to start a large-scale water rehabilitation programme. “The Witwatersrand gold... 

Sustainable solutions  possible for AMD treatment
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TACKLING ACID MINE DRAINAGE Acid mine drainage is one of the single most significant threats to South Africa’s environment and needs to be urgently addressed

Expansion at Zim’s Blanket gold mine to increase production by 45% to 80 000 oz/y in next three years

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th May 2018 Mining, exploration and development company Caledonia Mining believes that its Blanket gold mine in Zimbabwe will achieve continued record production in future, owing to the company’s drive for expansion, says Caledonia Mining corporate development and investor relations VP Maurice Mason. The... 

Expansion at Zim’s Blanket gold mine to increase production  by 45% to 80 000 oz/y in next three years
WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY Caledonia Mining’s plan to extend the depth of the Central shaft by 250 m to 1 330 m will create an additional two levels, which will increase mining flexibility

DMR official dismayed that ‘a soldier is much safer than a South African coal miner’

By: Nadine James     4th May 2018 Department of Mineral Resources statistics demonstrate that, in terms of fatalities, the coal sector was the only sector that regressed in 2017, acting deputy chief inspector of mines Thabo Ngwenya told delegates at the Coalsafe 2018 conference in Secunda, last month. Ngwenya noted that, “in... 

Anglo Coal boss urges industry to ensure mining-affected communities ‘feel they are better off’

By: Nadine James     4th May 2018 Anglo American Thermal Coal South Africa CEO July Ndlovu warned delegates at the 2018 Coalsafe conference that the industry had to deal with community uprisings, or “risk facing another Marikana”. During his keynote address at the April 19 event, Ndlovu noted that in the three months preceeding... 

Aussie mines cashing in as Chinese enviro crackdown shifts demand to high-grade iron-ore

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th May 2018 A renewed focus on environmental reforms and the accelerated restructure of its steel industry has resulted in a shift change in China’s iron-ore demand, with high-grade ores being given preferential treatment over their low-grade counterparts. The Australian Department of Industry, Innovation... 

Aussie mines cashing in as Chinese enviro crackdown shifts demand to high-grade iron-ore

Mantashe to continue with community consultation in Northern Cape

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd May 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe will on Friday lead officials from the Department of Mineral Resources in consultations with Northern Cape mining communities.  

Mantashe to continue with community consultation in Northern Cape
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Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Feasibility into zinc smelting, refining in Northern Cape

By: Martin Creamer     2nd May 2018 A feasibility study into the development and construction of a zinc smelter-refinery complex in the Northern Cape is under way, London-listed India-based Vedanta subsidiary Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) said on Wednesday. This is the latest step in the unfolding of what is envisaged as a major... 

Feasibility into zinc smelting, refining in Northern Cape
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Zinc project at Gamsberg, Northern Cape.

Ramaphosa calls for equal pay for men and women #MayDay

By: African News Agency      1st May 2018 African National Congress President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday called for equal pay for men and women in South Africa. Ramaphosa was speaking at a Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) May Day Rally held at a packed Isaac Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth where he was warmly received... 

Ramaphosa calls for equal pay for men and women #MayDay

Northwest Territories gets shortest end of straw as mining boosts Nunavut, Yukon economies

By: Henry Lazenby     1st May 2018 A lack of new mining projects in the development pipeline of Canada’s Northwest Territories (NT) is threatening to derail the region’s economic growth outlook, the latest ‘Territorial Outlook’ by The Conference Board of Canada (CBoC) has found. The independent Ottawa-headquartered think tank... 

Captive Canadian miners decry minister’s move on Bill C-49

By: Henry Lazenby     30th April 2018 Canadian miners are voicing frustration and concern over the federal government’s removal of a Senate amendment relating to final offer arbitration (FOA), and with its modification of an amendment giving the Canada Transportation Agency own-motion power, in Bill C-49 – legislation that amends the... 

BC govt court case another ‘stall tactic’ to block Trans Mountain expansion – CAPP

By: Henry Lazenby     27th April 2018 A reference court case brought by the environment-focused minority provincial government of British Columbia that seeks a confirmation of the province's constitutional rights to defend against the risks of a bitumen spill has been criticised by Canada’s petroleum producers as “just another stall... 

BC govt court case another ‘stall tactic’ to block Trans Mountain expansion – CAPP

India’s Mines Ministry enables auction of mine before expiry of lease

By: Ajoy K Das     27th April 2018 The Indian government has amended mining concession and development rules to enable it to start auctioning a mining lease (ML) before the current one expires. Official notifications of the amendments have been issued and, under the Mineral Concession and Development Rules 2018, stipulate that... 

Stagnant mining industry detrimental to consulting engineers

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     27th April 2018 The local mining industry is “almost dormant” and it is having a knock-on effect on consulting engineers, leaving them with little in the way of projects, says industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell. Many consulting engineers servicing the mining industry are... 

Stagnant mining  industry detrimental  to consulting engineers
CHRIS CAMPBELL The current state of the industry has mostly been brought on by the debacle surrounding the Mining Charter

Sub-Saharan Africa GDP uptick predicted on stable oil and metal prices

By: Nadine James     27th April 2018 Sub-Saharan Africa’s growth is projected to reach 3.1% in 2018, and to average 3.6% in 2019/20, reports a biannual analysis of African economies conducted by the World Bank, Africa’s Pulse, which was released by the international finance organisation last week. The growth forecasts are premised... 

Sub-Saharan Africa GDP uptick predicted on stable  oil and metal prices
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SILVER LINING Economic activity will pick up in metals exporting countries, as mining production and investment rise

Mandela Mining Precinct to produce next gen mining equipment

By: Nadine James     27th April 2018 The Mandela Mining Precinct’s primary objective is to drive research, development and innovation and the investment therein, and it is extremely important, in terms of the local industry’s sustainability, that the next generation of mining equipment is developed by indigenous South African... 

Mandela Mining Precinct to produce next gen mining equipment
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BRAINSTORMING The Mandela Mining Precinct’s research and development workstreams are tackling challenges pertaining to dilution, narrow seams, and hard rock mining

2015 Mining Phakisa birthed Mandela Mining Precinct

By: Nadine James     27th April 2018 The Mandela Mining Precinct, as one of the key initiatives that resulted from the 2015 Mining Phakisa, is important in terms of developing new mining technologies that support the sustainability, efficiency, and longevity of the South African mining industry while simultaneously catalysing... 

2015 Mining Phakisa birthed Mandela  Mining Precinct
JEFF RADEBE AND RUDI DICKS The Mining Phakisa was a government initiative led by the Presidency aimed at developing a shared vision and growth strategy for the long-term development and transformation of the mining sector

Fuel cell frenzy as cars, plants deploy platinum to protect environment

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2018 Hyundai has just launched its new Nexo fuel cell car in South Korea, pre-orders for which exceeded expectations, Honda last month launched the new 2018 Clarity fuel cell car, Doosan Fuel Cell America has cut the ribbon on three 460 kW fuel cells at the Waterbury Pollution Control Authority in... 

Fuel cell frenzy as cars, plants deploy platinum to protect environment
The NEXO, Hyundai's latest fuel cell vehicle

Online submission streamlines application procedure for water licences

By: Nadine James     26th April 2018 The process for water use licence applications (WULAs) is improving as a result of an online system being put in place by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), according to SRK Consulting principal environmental scientist Jacky Burke. Burke, the leader of SRK’s WULA Group, hosted a... 

N American oil & gas, mining sectors released a third of total 2013 pollution – report

By: Henry Lazenby     25th April 2018 A new report that fine-combed the national pollutant release and transfer registers (PRTRs) of Canada, the US and Mexico to explore pollutant data reported by industrial facilities, has pointed to the critical need to standardise the way information is collected across the three jurisdictions,... 

N American oil & gas, mining sectors released a third of total 2013 pollution – report

Unpacking this week's headlines 

25th April 2018 South Africa needs research to improve its mining competitiveness, the industry needs to recover faster and investigations needed in Modikwa bus killings. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks the headlines.   

Unpacking this week's headlines
Unpacking this week's headlines

Namibia may scrap black ownership requirements for mining companies – minister

By: Reuters     25th April 2018 Diamond and uranium producer Namibia may scrap requirements for black ownership in the mining sector as it seeks to woo investors to an industry that is rebounding with the commodities cycle, its new mines minister said on Tuesday. Regional peers such as Angola and Zimbabwe are also trying to... 

DMR’s appeal of High Court ruling to further delay Mining Charter 3 

By: Anine Kilian     24th April 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe’s application for leave to appeal the Pretoria High Court’s decision on the ‘once empowered, always empowered’ principle under the Mining Charter is regrettable, says Herbert Smith Freehills co-chairperson and partner Peter Leon. He added that the... 

Zimbabwe to drop local listing requirement from mining bill – foreign minister

By: Reuters     24th April 2018 Zimbabwe will drop a requirement that mining companies must list on the local stock exchange from a new mining act, foreign minister Sibusiso Moyo said on Monday. Industry lobby group, the Chamber of Mines, had expressed concerns about the proposal for mining firms to list locally, warning that... 

Ivanhoe reaches Platreef Shaft 1 milestone 750 m below surface

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd April 2018 Blockbuster mine developer Ivanhoe Mines has reached a significant development milestone at its Platreef platinum/palladium/ gold/nickel/copper discovery on the northern limb of South Africa’s Bushveld Complex, after Shaft 1 has reached a depth of 750 m. Lateral development will take place from... 

Ivanhoe reaches Platreef Shaft 1 milestone 750 m below surface

South Africa to appeal court ruling on black ownership of mines 

By: Bloomberg     23rd April 2018 South Africa has sought leave to appeal a court judgment earlier this month over a crucial black-ownership principle in the country’s Mining Charter, the nation’s mining lobby said. The Chamber of Mines has been notified that Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe and the Department of Mineral... 

South Africa to appeal court ruling on black ownership of mines
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Industry hopeful that DRC mining code issues can be resolved

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd April 2018 Mining companies operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are hopeful that their current engagement with civil society and other key interest groups will contribute to a better understanding of certain issues that need to be dealt with before the country’s new mining code is... 

Industry hopeful that DRC mining code issues can be resolved

Mining firms from China to Canada watch as Greenland holds election

By: Reuters     21st April 2018 With melting ice expanding access to the Arctic, investors from China to Canada are watching Greenland's election next week for signs of the political will to get a flagging mining programme on the island back on track. Greenland is hoping rising commodity prices can help attract foreign... 

Mining firms from China to Canada watch as Greenland holds election

Molewa gazettes financial provisioning regulation amendments

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th April 2018 Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa on Friday gazetted, for implementation, an amendment to the Financial Provisioning Regulations (FPR) for prospecting, exploration, mining or production operations.  

Molewa gazettes financial provisioning regulation amendments
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Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa

Miners warn new NT royalty proposal to hurt investment

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th April 2018 The resources sector has warned the Northern Territory government that adjustments to its royalty system could hamper investment in the region. Northern Territory Treasurer Nicole Manison on Friday announced the introduction of a hybrid royalty scheme as part of the territory government’s plans... 

Miners warn new NT royalty proposal to hurt investment

Tanzania names chairperson for new mining commission

By: Reuters     19th April 2018 Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Wednesday appointed a chairperson and commissioners for the country's new mining commission, paving the way for the issuance of new mining licences. Africa's fourth-largest gold producer is seeking a bigger slice of the pie from its vast mineral resources by... 

Peru will not 'impose' mining projects on communities – prime minister

By: Reuters     19th April 2018 The government of new Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra said on Wednesday it would not "impose" mining projects on nearby communities that object to them, but would seek to promote mining investments to take advantage of improved mineral prices. In the past decade, Southern Copper and Newmont... 

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