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South Africa to cut 'Gupta Clause' in Mining Charter, Minister says

By: Bloomberg     23rd May 2018 South Africa will remove a clause from its Mining Charter that includes naturalized citizens in the group of people who should benefit from attempts to more evenly redistribute the country’s mineral wealth. Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe is in talks with companies, unions and mining... 

Harmony poised to hit 1.5m oz target – CEO 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd May 2018 Gold mining company Harmony Gold is well on track to hit its target of 1.5-million ounces of gold a year. The two big steps needed to ensure this – the acquisition and recapitalisation of the Hidden Valley gold mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and the acquisition of the Moab Khotsong in South... 

Harmony poised to hit 1.5m oz target – CEO
Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video & Photographs: Dylan Slater. Video editing: Nicholas Boyd.

This week's headlines unpacked 

18th May 2018 This week, short spell of mining hope dashed, consolidation is needed to save jobs and South African mining must negotiate the many turning points and deciding moments confronting it. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks the headlines this week.   

This week's headlines unpacked
This week's headlines unpacked

Communities oppose West Wits gold project

By: Nadine James     18th May 2018 ASX-listed exploration and development company West Wits Mining’s South African subsidiary West Wits Mining MLI (West Wits MLI) is facing resistance from some of the affected communities surrounding the West Wits Mining Project (WWMP), located west of the Johannesburg Central Business District... 

Rising resource nationalism seen as 'fire burning' for miners

By: Bloomberg     17th May 2018 A rising tide of resource nationalism is causing miners to rethink where they invest and creating volatility for a sector already buffeted by brewing trade wars. “A significant industry issue is resource nationalism,” Rio Tinto Group CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques told investors at a conference in... 

Rising resource nationalism seen as 'fire burning' for miners
Rio Tinto CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques

Short spell of mining hope dashed – Lorimer

By: Martin Creamer     16th May 2018 The short spell of hope for South Africa’s beleaguered mining sector, which burst forth with the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as President, has been dashed, Shadow Mineral Resources Minister James Lorimer said during the mineral resources budget debate. Applying the ‘learning nothing and... 

Short spell of mining hope dashed – Lorimer
Shadow Mineral Resources Minister James Lorimer

Private firm takes on Codelco for control of Chile lithium deposit

By: Reuters     15th May 2018 A foreign-backed miner has sued Chile to block state-run Codelco from exploiting a lithium deposit where both have claims, according to a lawsuit filed in March that will be carefully watched by potential investors being courted by the country's new government. The little-known and remote... 

Katanga ramps up DRC copper, cobalt production as legal woes mount

By: Henry Lazenby     15th May 2018 Commodity giant Glencore’s majority owned and publicly traded Democratic Republic of Congo- (DRC-) focused copper/cobalt unit Katanga Mining is ramping up output after resuming production from the Phase 1 whole ore leaching project on December 11, the company reported on Tuesday. Katanga will... 

Mantashe prioritises policy, laments ‘inadequate’ budget allocation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th May 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) will make policy and legislation one of its key priorities this year and has committed to finalising the Mining Charter in June, Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday. Mantashe, who tabled the DMR’s Budget Vote in Parliament, listed the department’s... 

Mantashe prioritises policy, laments ‘inadequate’ budget allocation
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Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

DRC Mining Code draft regulations complete, but industry still hopes for changes

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th May 2018 Major mining companies operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) remain hopeful that meaningful changes can still be made to the 2018 Mining Code.  

Barrick, Glencore expect to get licence for Tanzanian project

By: Bloomberg     14th May 2018 Executives at Barrick Gold and Glencore expect to receive a new license for their joint venture Kabanga nickel project in Tanzania, having held “productive” talks with the government during the past several months, Barrick said Sunday. Under changes to Tanzania’s mining license structure put into... 

Ramaphosa’s ‘New Deal’ could revive investor confidence, restore fiscal discipline – Goldman Sachs

By: Anine Kilian     11th May 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa’s economic policy platform – otherwise known as the ‘New Deal’ for South Africa – does not represent a significant philosophical departure from stated objectives in the existing National Development Plan (NDP), but Ramaphosa’s focus on economic stewardship and reform... 

Ramaphosa’s ‘New Deal’ could revive investor confidence, restore fiscal discipline – Goldman Sachs
President Cyril Ramaphosa

To succeed as a ‘sunrise industry’, SA mining must widen ownership, meet other challenges

11th May 2018 The following has been adapted from a chapter Towards Mining Vision 2030, by Joel Netshitenzhe, ANC NEC member and executive director of the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (Mistra) in a book on The Political Economy of Mining in South Africa, to be published in 2018 by Mistra. 

To succeed as a ‘sunrise industry’, SA mining must widen ownership, meet other challenges

Higher metals prices prop up BC mining industry in 2017 – PwC

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th May 2018 British Columbia's mining industry remained upbeat in 2017, as prices for most metals and minerals produced in the province continued to steadily recover from multiyear lows. Although most commodity prices remain below the record highs seen in 2011, the recent increases are part of an upward... 

Positive sentiment remains, despite 8.4% y/y fall in March mining production

By: Simone Liedtke     10th May 2018 The 8.4% year-on-year decrease in South Africa’s mining production in March is not necessarily an accurate reflection of the state of the mining industry, says international law firm Hogan Lovells mining head Warren Beech. He hopes that figures will have “smoothed out by June or July”, as at... 

Positive sentiment remains, despite 8.4% y/y fall in March mining production
Hogan Lovells mining head Warren Beech

Resources Watch   

10th May 2018 Reclaiming competitiveness through R&D-led mining modernisation Manufacturing capability to underpin SA’s reindustrialisation And, exciting new mining research thrust 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

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... 

Kinross reels as two more Africa nations seek mining payoffs

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 Iannucci     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
Photo by Dylan Slater
BRAINSTORMING The Mandela Mining Precinct’s research and development workstreams are tackling challenges pertaining to dilution, narrow seams, and hard rock mining

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