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Mantashe stresses importance of partnerships for mining sustainability

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Wednesday stressed the importance of partnerships between mining companies and labour, as well as with communities, for mining to be sustainable. Speaking at the inaugural KwaZulu-Natal Mining Indaba, in Newcastle, he noted that such partnership would... 

AfriForum, TKAG welcome Shell’s indication to withdraw from shale gas exploration

By: Anine Kilian     16th April 2018 AfriForum and the Treasure THE Karoo Action Group (TKAG) view Shell South Africa’s indication of its intention to withdraw from shale gas exploration in the Karoo as a major victory for those who care about the environment, TKAG said in a statement on Monday. The Herald last week reported that... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 The Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018) is scheduled to make its debut on the Canadian resource conference circuit between June 16 and 21, in Vancouver, and is shaping up to be an event unlike the myriad of competing forums held in Canada throughout the year. RFG2018 chairperson... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver
Photo by Resources for Future Generations Conference
RFG2018 chairperson John Thompson

DMR welcomes mineral production increase

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) on Friday welcomed the year-on-year increase in mineral production in February, on the back of higher commodity prices.  Data released by Statistics South Africa on Thursday shows that mineral production increased by 3.1% year-on-year, with diamonds,... 

West and Central African Mining Summit to tackle vital issues

13th April 2018 The upcoming tenth West and Central African (WaCA) Mining Summit and Expo will showcase the dynamism and resilience of the mining industry in these regions, as well as explore the challenges facing mining in the region, with speakers that will cover various topics that have significant impact on... 

West and Central African Mining Summit to tackle  vital issues
PRESSING MATTERS The West and Central African Mining Summit and Expo will discuss the most pressing issues facing mining in the region

Nigeria to offer funding to artisanal, small-scale miners

13th April 2018 The Nigerian Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development and the Bank of Industry (BOI) have opened applications to the funding scheme for Nigerian artisanal and small-scale miners (ASM) in February. In August 2017, the two entities signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the... 

Nigeria to offer funding to artisanal, small-scale miners
CASH INJECTION Artisanal and small-scale miners will be able to apply for funding from the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steels Development and the Bank of Industry in Nigeria

New boards to grow Nigerian mining, focus on economic growth

13th April 2018 Four agencies and parastatals under the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (NFMMSD) had their boards reconstituted with specific mandates to assist in the growth of the mining sector in Nigeria, in March. The four entities are the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA),... 

New boards to grow Nigerian mining, focus on economic growth
NEW BOARDS New boards have been appointed to four agencies and parastatals under the Nigerian Mines and Steel Development Ministry in an effort to grow the mining sector

West African mining industry rising despite challenges

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th April 2018 West Africa has the potential to attract greater investment and further develop its fledgling mining industry, says Centurion Law group CEO NJ Ayuk. “Almost every country in the region has mineral reserves that have barely been touched, in contrast with Southern Africa, where mining is a mature... 

West African mining industry  rising despite challenges
WEST AFRICA RISING West Africa’s diverse mineral resources, increasing political stability and relatively low entry costs are ideal conditions for mining investment

Remote sensing increasingly being used in mining to monitor water

By: Nadine James     13th April 2018 It is becoming increasingly important for mines to stay up-to-date with the latest monitoring technology to ensure water resources are efficiently monitored on site, both from a water management point of view and from a compliance and legislative point of view, says SRK principal hydrologist... 

Diamond producers conference calls for collaboration, cooperation between stakeholders

By: Nadine James     13th April 2018 Mining industry body South African Diamond Producers Organisation (Sadpo) hosted its second yearly Digger’s Conference at the All Seasons Resort in Christiana, in North West province, last month. The organisation chose Christiana because it is centrally located between the two provinces where the... 

EY launches new team in Natural Resources segment

By: Nadine James     13th April 2018 Assurance and advisory firm EY in Africa, has incorporated a new Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) technical team into its Natural Resources segment. The team includes a century’s worth of combined mining and oil and gas expertise and combines “deep sector expertise and economic competence” to... 

Fuel cell dozer expected to make game-changing 2019 debut

By: Martin Creamer     12th April 2018 A fuel cell dozer that runs on hydrogen carried in liquid is expected to make a game-changing debut underground next year, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) CEO Chris Griffith said last night. Speaking at the fortieth African Mining Network dinner, Griffith said third generation development had... 

Fuel cell dozer expected to make game-changing 2019 debut
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Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith

Namibia scraps plan to force white-owned businesses to sell 25% stake to blacks

By: Reuters     12th April 2018 Namibia has scrapped a clause in its economic empowerment framework that would have forced white businesses to sell a 25% stake to previously disadvantaged blacks, President Hage Geingob said on Wednesday. Making the announcement during his state of the nation address, Geingob said a revised... 

Macua, Wamua reject DMR’s ‘sham’ community consultation process

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th April 2018 Community organisation Mining Affected Communities United in Action (Macua) on Wednesday said it rejected Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe’s “sham” community consultation process.  

S African foundry aims to expand footprint in North America 

By: Donald Makhafola     11th April 2018 The capacity of some aspects of the smelting industry in North America, such as the steel sector, has significantly deteriorated in the past 25 years, as a result of Chinese companies dominating the market and supplying cheaper products, says South Africa-based foundry and engineering company... 

S African foundry aims to expand footprint in North America
Thos Begbie CEO Edwin Dreyer discusses the North America smelting market. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd.

Mining in sub-Saharan Africa region to remain riskiest globally – BMI

By: Simone Liedtke     11th April 2018 Sub-Saharan Africa’s mining sector will remain the riskiest in the world over the coming quarters as regulatory uncertainty rises in various markets across the region, says BMI Research. In addition to increasing regulatory uncertainty, the region will also witness challenges stemming from... 

Mugabe to be summoned over diamond mining probe

By: African News Agency      11th April 2018 Former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is to be summoned by a committee of lawmakers in Zimbabwe to testify at a parliament probe into lost revenue from diamond mining. The lawmakers plan to question Mugabe over his 2016 claim that the country had lost $15-billion (12.13-billion euros) in income... 

Mugabe to be summoned over diamond mining probe
Photo by Reuters
Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe

Canada's Saskatchewan sees smaller fiscal deficit as spending kept tight

By: Reuters     11th April 2018 The Canadian province of Saskatchewan, home to major potash and uranium reserves, said on Tuesday it would run a smaller deficit in the current fiscal year and balance its books in 2019/20 as it keeps a tight lid on spending despite projected higher commodity prices. Saskatchewan, which has... 

Vision 2030 mining growth strategy under development ­– ­DMR

By: Martin Creamer     10th April 2018 A Vision 2030 for the mining industry, and a strategy for growth and competitiveness of the sector, are topics under development, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) said on Tuesday, when efforts to finalise and gazette the Mining Charter also intensified. In announcing that Mineral... 

Mantashe to engage further on 'once empowered, always empowered' ruling

By: African News Agency      10th April 2018 South African Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Tuesday said that his department would be engaging further with the mining industry about the contested "once empowered, always empowered" ruling. Last week, the North Gauteng High Court granted a declaratory order on the "once empowered... 

Mantashe to engage further on 'once empowered, always empowered' ruling
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

US to lead global crude production as soon as 2023 – IEA

By: Henry Lazenby     10th April 2018 US shale production growth is expected to lift the jurisdiction to being the top oil producer globally by 2023, a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) has shown. According to the IEA, US output will expand by 3.7-million barrels a day, more than half of the world’s expected... 

Kinross says it remains unaffected by US sanctions on Russia

By: Henry Lazenby     10th April 2018 Canadian miner Kinross Gold said on Monday that a fresh round of US sanctions targeting Russian State officials or connected businesses that were announced on Friday does not affect its Russian operations. The US announced on Friday new sanctions against Russian oligarchs with ties to President... 

Kinder Morgan suspends Trans Mountain Expansion project as political firestorm heats up

By: Henry Lazenby     9th April 2018 Pipeline operator Kinder Morgan Canada (KMC) has placed non-essential activities and related spending to twin an existing crude oil pipeline between Alberta and British Columbia on ice, as opposition to the project in British Columbia intensifies. The C$7.4-billion project, which was previously... 

Kinder Morgan suspends Trans Mountain Expansion project as political firestorm heats up

Embattled EPA chief's calendar shows industry had his ear

By: Reuters     9th April 2018 US Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt held 25-times more meetings with industry representatives than environmental advocates during his first seven months in office, according to a Reuters analysis of his schedule, reflecting the agency's pro-business approach under his... 

Court ruling on ‘once empowered, always empowered’ principle brings certainty to the mining industry

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2018 The High Court’s judgment earlier this week in support of the ‘once empowered, always empowered’ principle will provide clarity for the mining industry, which will contribute to greater investor confidence, says law firm Webber Wentzel. The High Court on Wednesday ruled that mining right holders... 

US uranium mining industry seeks court review to overturn mining ban

6th April 2018 US mining industry trade groups have asked the US Supreme Court to review the executive department of the Interior Department’s 20-year ban on new uranium mining claims on one million acres of public land adjacent to the Grand Canyon. The Interior Department is responsible for the management and... 

US uranium mining industry seeks court review to overturn mining ban
Photo by Bloomberg
GRAND CANYON CLAIMS Mining industry trade groups want a ban on new uranium mining claims on land adjacent to the Grand Canyon, reviewed

Angola seeks to further expand its diamond sector against a backdrop of rising output

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th April 2018 Angola’s diamond exports in January brought in the second highest price per carat ($136.24) for monthly sales since October 2016, the Portuguese news agency Lusa has reported. The highest price per carat ($138.60) for monthly sales in this period was achieved in November last year.  

Solidarity welcomes High Court’s ruling on ‘once empowered, always empowered’ principle

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2018 Trade union Solidarity has welcomed the Johannesburg High Court’s ruling on the “once empowered, always empowered” principle in mining, ensuring that black economic empowerment (BEE) statuses remain unchanged even if black owners sell their shares, and historical empowerment transactions will... 

South African court backs 'once empowered, always empowered' principle

By: Reuters     4th April 2018 The South African High Court ruled in favour of the 'once empowered, always empowered' principle on Wednesday which entitles a company to keep its black empowerment status even if a black partner exits its stake in the mining firm. Uncertainty around the Mining Charter and ownership levels have... 

South African court backs 'once empowered, always empowered' principle

Eldorado rises as Greek arbitration panel rejects State's claims

By: Henry Lazenby     4th April 2018 The TSX-listed equity of Canadian gold and base metals producer Eldorado Gold lifted off recent 52-week lows on Wednesday, after the company announced a favourable ruling by an arbitration panel in its dispute with the Greek government over its Madem Lakkos metallurgical plant. Vancouver-based... 

Eldorado rises as Greek arbitration panel rejects State's claims
Photo by Eldorado Gold
Visible mineralisation at Eldorado Gold's Skouries project, in Northern Greece

China slams US trade action, to retaliate on same scale, strength

By: Reuters     4th April 2018 China on Tuesday condemned the US announcement of tariffs on $50-billion worth of Chinese imports and said it would "take corresponding measures of equal scale and strength against US products." "The Chinese side strongly condemns and firmly opposes the unfounded Section 301 investigation and... 

US factory activity slows; construction spending up slightly

By: Reuters     2nd April 2018 US factory activity slowed in March amid a decline in new orders, but growth in the manufacturing sector remains underpinned by strong domestic and global economies. Other data on Monday showed a marginal increase in construction spending in February. The reports support economists' view that... 

Legislative amendments call for suitable PDS solutions

By: Paige Müller     30th March 2018 Educating the local mining industry on the correct application of and legislative requirements regarding pedestrian detection system (PDS) solutions is a priority, given the pending implementation of stricter safety regulations, says mine safety equipment supplier Booyco Electronics. Chapter 8 of... 

Legislative amendments call for suitable  PDS solutions
PROXIMITY DETECTION Moving machinery incidents were the cause of 12 deaths in 2017 and to date three this year

Transport system ready for implementation in new investment cycle

By: Paige Müller     30th March 2018 Negative investor sentiment in the mining sector over the past four years has slowed the local mining industry’s adoption of a new suspended underground mining transportation system, designed by South African transportation system solutions provider Futran Holdings. Futran Holdings, the developer... 

Transport system ready for implementation in new investment cycle
SUSPENDED TRANSPORTATION Futran Holdings has developed the Futran OreVeyor suspended underground mining transportation system

Petrol autocatalysts, fuel cells seen driving automotive platinum demand in future

By: Nadine James     30th March 2018 Multidisciplinary research team Afriforesight expects that future platinum demand will rely heavily on the successful uptake of fuel cells as well as petrol autocatalyst manufacturers switching from palladium-based to platinum-based coatings. Afriforesight chief chrome and platinum group metals... 

Massive housing project being developed on historical mining area near Joburg CBD

By: Dylan Slater     30th March 2018 An historical mining area, now known as Fleurhof, on the northern edge of the Witwatersrand basin in the central Rand Goldfield, immediately south-west of the City of Johannesburg (CoJ), is being transformed into a vast new housing development with the help of alternative mining solutions and... 

Massive housing project being developed on historical mining area near Joburg CBD

Underground rail transport at local mines not being prioritised  

By: Paige Müller     30th March 2018 Underground rail infrastructure at South African mines is not operating at its full potential, predominantly owing to poor track-system choices and a lack of critical maintenance, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy firm WSP Africa technical director of rail transport and... 

Underground rail transport at local mines not being prioritised
Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy firm WSP Africa discusses the state of underground rail transportation in South Africa’s mines. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Mining industry submits mining code proposal to DRC govt

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th March 2018 Mining industry representatives on Thursday submitted a formal proposal to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Ministry of Mines, aimed at addressing concerns about the country’s recently revised mining code and government’s revenue needs.  

Mining industry submits mining code proposal to DRC govt

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