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Group aims to increase brand awareness at Mining Indaba

By: Nadine James     26th January 2018 South African industrial group Torre Industries is exhibiting at the 2018 Investing In African Mining Indaba with the aim of increasing the group’s brand awareness among local and international mining industry players. The JSE-listed group has nine business units across three segments: parts and... 

Legal expertise advances local gas investment

By: Robyn Wilkinson     26th January 2018 Law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has helped Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil navigate South Africa’s myriad legislative requirements to acquire a participating interest in two gas exploration blocks offshore of South Africa’s east coast.  

Legal expertise advances local  gas investment
LIZEL OBERHOLZER Although an abundance of gas has been discovered in Mozambique and Tanzania, Africa has generally been slow to make the most of the potential of the trend towards gas

Acacia’s gold production slumps on Tanzania export ban, downscaling

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th January 2018 While gold miner Acacia Mining’s gold production for the fourth quarter in 2017 was slightly ahead of expectations at 148 477 oz, it was 30% lower quarter-on-quarter as a result of its flagship Bulyanhulu gold mine in Tanzania having downscaled operations. The miner’s decision to reduce... 

Mining Indaba to provide ‘first-hand experience’ of return of investor appetite

By: Nadine James     26th January 2018 With commodity prices improving and the mining industry moving towards positive growth, indications are that participants at the Investing in African Mining Indaba 2018 will experience the “return of investor appetite” first hand, says Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose.  This renewed investor interest... 

Mining Indaba to provide ‘first-hand experience’ of return of investor appetite

State capture commission must investigate all State corruption, focus on Guptas

By: News24Wire      25th January 2018 President Jacob Zuma wants the State capture commission of inquiry to investigate all forms of government corruption, including allegations against him, his Cabinet ministers, the Gupta family and State-owned entities. In the terms of reference seen by News24, Zuma says the commission must... 

State capture commission must investigate all State corruption, focus on Guptas
Photo by Duane Daws
President Jacob Zuma

Congo mining code passes Senate without opposition

By: Reuters     25th January 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo's new proposed mining code, which the industry has warned will stifle investment in the copper and cobalt-rich nation, sailed through the Senate without opposition late on Wednesday. A version passed by the National Assembly - Congo's lower house of parliament - last... 

Chilean president-elect names Larrain as finance minister again

By: Reuters     23rd January 2018 Chile's conservative President-elect Sebastian Pinera on Tuesday named a former finance minister in the top copper exporter, Felipe Larrain, to fill the same spot again in his new cabinet. Pinera, a billionaire businessman who won the presidency last month, governed the country from 2010 to 2014,... 

Artisanal, small-scale mining explodes amid rising prices

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd January 2018 A new report has revealed explosive growth in the number of artisanal and small-scale miners worldwide over the past two decades amid rising mineral prices and a general struggle in earning a living from agriculture. The Intergovernmental Forum (IGF) on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable... 

Resilient Lonmin delivers sturdy output, extracts cash from tailings

By: Martin Creamer     22nd January 2018 Embattled but resilient platinum company Lonmin, which is enthusiastically embracing the Sibanye-Stillwater’s offer made to it, did all its stakeholders proud in the fatality-free first quarter of its new financial year by putting in a sturdy operational performance that saw sales rise 9%,... 

Resilient Lonmin delivers sturdy output, extracts cash from tailings
Lonmin CEO Ben Magara

Policy advocacy, tech innovation and fact-based talks key 2018 AME BC objectives

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd January 2018 Government policy advocacy and fostering genuine fact-based conversations among all stakeholders in the minerals exploration and mining industries are main priorities for the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC) this year. "Government is increasingly getting more... 

Policy advocacy, tech innovation and fact-based talks key 2018 AME BC objectives
Photo by AME BC
AME BC President & CEO Edie Thome

Environment watchdog orders Barrick to close Chilean side of giant Pascua-Lama project

By: Henry Lazenby     19th January 2018 Chile's superintendent of the environment has ordered mining major Barrick Gold to close the Chilean side of the massive, but stalled Pascua-Lama gold/silver project straddling the border between Argentina and Chile. The Superintendencia del Medio Ambiente (SMA) announced a revised sanction on... 

Environment watchdog orders Barrick to close Chilean side of giant Pascua-Lama project

S Africa may lose out to other African gas sectors

By: Victor Moolman     19th January 2018 Several major international independent power producers and power generation developers are interested in South Africa’s gas-to-power programme (GPP), for which direction in the form of request for quotations and request for proposals from the Department of Energy (DoE) is keenly awaited.... 

S Africa may lose out to other African gas sectors
Photo by Reuters
OILY CHALLENGES Owing to external issues, such as global market decline, some African oil-producing countries are facing increased challenges

Envoy urges SA, Brazil to share ideas on improving mining

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th January 2018 With the mining sector having played a significant role in the history and development of South Africa and Brazil, it is “natural and appropriate” that the two countries come together to discuss and exchange ideas about how to improve the mining sector in both countries, says Ambassador of Brazil... 

Envoy urges SA, Brazil to share ideas on improving mining
Photo by Bloomberg
CONTRIBUTION OF NOTE The Brazilian mining industry contributes about 4% to the national gross domestic product with the value of mineral production amounting to about $24-billion

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over SA amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th January 2018 The South African mining industry has had a tumultuous time because of the controversial Reviewed Draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, also known as Mining Charter III, which, amid lingering political uncertainty, led to low... 

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over SA amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

Ethical leadership, good governance and favourable policies will see mining investors flocking to SA – chamber

By: Dylan Slater     19th January 2018 The findings of a December-2017 released survey conducted by the Chamber of Mines (CoM) indicate that if South Africa’s mining industry shifts its focus to create an attractive policy, regulatory and governance environment – through ethical leadership, good governance and the adoption of... 

Up to ten midtier mineral deposits can still be discovered in South Africa – resources consultant

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th January 2018 There is no reason why South Africa cannot build an exploration and junior mining sector, says resources consultant Dr John Bristow, who notes that while the country has vestiges of this sector, it is hampered by regulatory policy, and a preoccupation with a “Sunset” mining industry. Speaking at... 

Up to ten midtier mineral deposits can still be discovered  in South Africa – resources consultant
Photo by Duane Daws
DR JOHN BRISTOW South Africa’s geological and minerals jewel box remains underexplored

Canadian miners welcome new federal business ethics ombudsman

By: Henry Lazenby     18th January 2018 Canada’s Liberal government has introduced a new federally mandated Ombudsman for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) to investigate human rights complaints about the overseas operations of Canadian companies. The watchdog will investigate complaints and, if warranted, will make recommendations to... 

Canadian miners welcome new federal business ethics ombudsman

DRA expands Asia-Pacific footprint

By: Martin Creamer     17th January 2018 Global engineering, project delivery, contract operations specialist and asset management group DRA’s acquisition of Perth-based Minnovo expands its Australian footprint and adds depth to its metallurgical, engineering, procurement, project management, construction and commissioning capabilities... 

DRA expands Asia-Pacific footprint
Photo by Duane Daws
DRA CEO Wray Carvelas

Marathon mineral rights tangle goes to Constitutional Court

By: Martin Creamer     17th January 2018 The Constitutional Court of South Africa is being asked to pronounce on a marathon mineral rights entanglement that lower courts have failed to resolve. What the High Court proclaimed, the Supreme Court of Appeal overturned, and now Chinese subsidiary company Aquila Steel has applied to the... 

Marathon mineral rights tangle goes to Constitutional Court
Mineral rights case before Constitutional Court

World Gold Council spots trends that'll be gold’s 2018 friends

By: Martin Creamer     16th January 2018 Synchronised global economic growth, shrinking central bank balance sheets, rising interest rates, insubstantial asset prices and market transparency are the trends that will be gold’s best friends in 2018, the World Gold Council said on Tuesday. These trends, the council said in delivering its... 

World Gold Council spots trends that'll be gold’s 2018 friends
Photo by Duane Daws
Gold bars produced at Rand Refinery, Germiston.

Tahoe fires 25% of Escobal workforce as Guatemala court process dawdles

By: Henry Lazenby     15th January 2018 TSX- and NYSE-listed Tahoe Resources, whose flagship Escobal mine, in Guatemala, continues to languish in care and maintenance following a court-ordered suspension of its mining permit in July 2017, has moved to reduce the mine’s workforce by 25%, the miner announced on Monday. The... 

Glencore reserves should be valued higher – analysts

By: Martin Creamer     15th January 2018 Investors should be prepared to value the reserves of metal that Glencore owns more highly to reward the proactive approach that the London- and Johannesburg-listed diversified mining company has towards managing its assets. Reflecting on the decision of Glencore to pull metal from the market... 

Glencore reserves should be valued higher – analysts
Photo by Bloomberg
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Smarter mining, manufacture, agriculture needed, says IDC’s Maia 

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2018 South Africa needs to aim towards smarter mining, smarter agriculture and smarter manufacturing. “It’s about taking all the major sectors of the economy forward, with each feeding on the other,” says Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) research and information head Jorge Maia of the roles... 

Smarter mining, manufacture, agriculture needed, says IDC’s Maia
Industrial Development Corporation research and information head Jorge Maia and Unctad economic affairs officer Stefan Csordas respond to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Rio Tinto receives offer for aluminium smelter

By: Martin Creamer     10th January 2018 Diversified mining company Rio Tinto has received a binding offer from Liberty House to acquire Rio Tinto’s Aluminium Dunkerque smelter in northern France for $500-million. In accordance with French law, the London-listed company will launch a consultation process with employees, relevant... 

Rio Tinto receives offer for aluminium smelter
Rio Tinto Aluminium CE Alf Barrios

Kimberley’s diamond endowment given new sparkle 

By: Martin Creamer     8th January 2018 Generations of diamond processing experience, interwoven with modern know-how, is extending the diamond endowment of the city of Kimberley. Kimberley Ekapa Mining Joint Venture (KEM-JV) has come up with a viable business model that returns a diamond sparkle to the city renowned for its... 

Kimberley’s diamond endowment given new sparkle
KEM-JV CEO Jahn Hohne

Improving quality of life remains key priority, says Zuma

By: African News Agency      2nd January 2018 Improving the quality of life of the South African people, especially the poor and the working class, remains a key priority of government, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday. “Significant strides” were made in 2017 in fighting poverty, inequality, and unemployment, he said in his new year’s... 

Improving quality of life remains key priority, says Zuma

Retrenched Gupta mine employees fail to receive pay

By: Martin Creamer     22nd December 2017 Forty-four people retrenched from the Shiva Uranium Mine in North West belonging to the Gupta company Oakbay have failed to receive expected December pay that formed part of an agreed retrenchment package, Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor Maritha Coetzee told Mining Weekly Online on Friday.... 

Retrenched Gupta mine employees fail to receive pay

Northern Dynasty ready to file application for Pebble’s US CWA 404 permit

By: Henry Lazenby     21st December 2017 Canadian project promoter Northern Dynasty Minerals announced on Thursday that its US-based subsidiary Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) is ready to file an application for a US Clean Water Act (CWA) 404 permit with the US Army Corps of Engineers on Friday. “At the outset of 2017, we established... 

Northern Dynasty ready to file application for Pebble’s US CWA 404 permit

Trump signs order to boost US production of critical minerals

By: Bloomberg     21st December 2017 President Donald Trump signed an executive order to reduce dependency of critical minerals used in everything from batteries to phones. “The comprehensive order aims to identify new sources of critical minerals, ensure miners and producers have access to the best data, and streamline the leasing... 

Philippines miners adopt Canadian mining sustainability principles

By: Henry Lazenby     20th December 2017 The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) has announced that it will adopt a mining sustainability standard developed by the Mining Association of Canada, called the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative. The announcement made the Philippines the first Southeast Asian nation to adopt... 

Eldorado agrees to extend Greek arbitration period

By: Henry Lazenby     20th December 2017 Canadian miner Eldorado Gold has agreed to extend the 90-day arbitration period by 60 days to April 6, 2018. The Greek arbitration panel hearing a complaint by the country’s Finance, and Environment and Energy Ministries against the company's subsidiary Hellas Gold requested the extension. 

Rio recalibrating understanding of Africa, working on Africa strategy 

By: Martin Creamer     19th December 2017 Diversified mining company Rio Tinto is recalibrating its understanding of Africa and working on an Africa strategy that is scheduled to be presented to the company’s executive committee next year. The company, which has the Rössing Uranium Mine in Namibia, Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) in South... 

Rio recalibrating understanding of Africa, working on Africa strategy
Rio Tinto VP Corporate Relations Africa Lawrence Dechambenoit talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on Rio Tinto’s activities in South Africa and Africa. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel de Silva

Ramaphosa defeats Dlamini-Zuma for ANC presidency

By: African News Agency      18th December 2017 Cyril Ramaphosa defeated Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to be elected president of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) at the party’s elective conference in Johannesburg on Monday. Ramaphosa, the ANC deputy president, received 2 440 votes against Dlamini-Zuma’s 2 261. 

Ramaphosa defeats Dlamini-Zuma for ANC presidency
Photo by Duane Daws
Newly elected African National Congress President Cyril Ramaphosa

First Quantum breathes new life into Northern Dynasty’s Pebble project

By: Henry Lazenby     18th December 2017 Base metals miner First Quantum Minerals has signed a framework agreement with Northern Dynasty Minerals to work on formalising an option on the controversial Pebble copper/gold project, in south-east Alaska. The announcement on Monday breathes new life into the project billed as the largest... 

First Quantum breathes new life into Northern Dynasty’s Pebble project

Odisha rules out extension of deadline for payment of illegal mining penalty

By: Ajoy K Das     15th December 2017 With the Supreme Court set deadline of December 31, to recover dues and penalties for illegal mining in eastern province of Odisha fast approaching, the government has ruled out any extension of the deadline or recalculation of the penalties recoverable from liable miners. Officials in Odisha... 

Initial mining programme expected to start next year

     15th December 2017 Marine and land-based mining company Diamond Fields International has reaffirmed its commitment to its Namibian operations, announcing at the start of November an initial mining programme for its ML111 licence in offshore Namibia in 2018.  The initial mining programme for the licence area will... 

Initial mining programme expected to start next year
YO TOIVO The vessel is designed to provide efficient and effective mining of diamonds on the seafloor

Diamonds body calls for ‘productive dialogue’ on Kimberley Process reform

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th December 2017 The World Diamond Council (WDC) has called for an open discussion about the Kimberley Process (KP) reform, highlighting three key areas in need of reform to ensure its continued success. These include broadening the scope of the KP as the debate on the expansion of the definition of conflict... 

Diamonds body calls for ‘productive dialogue’  on Kimberley Process reform
Photo by Bloomberg
EVOLUTION NEED Much remains to be done to evolve the efficiency of decision-making within the Kimberley Process

Small- and medium-scale operations punted as ‘the future’ of mining

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th December 2017 With industrial mining on the decline, smaller- to medium-scale mining operations are the future, according to Bench Marks Foundation South Africa lead researcher David van Wyk. Addressing delegates at the Science Business Society Dialogue Conference on Linking Science, Society, Business and... 

Small- and medium-scale operations punted as  ‘the future’ of mining
CLUSTERED AND FORMALISED Small operations could be clustered together geographically and assigned an engineer, a geologist and a health and safety officer to ensure safe operations

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