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Legislative Environment News

Canadian federal agency rejects NGO complaint regarding KSM project permitting process

By: Henry Lazenby     21st November 2017 A Canadian federal agency has rejected a request for review (RfR) by nongovernmental organisation (NGO) the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC) of the permitting process regarding Seabridge Gold’s Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell (KSM) project, in British Columbia. The Canadian National Contact... 

Glencore CFO to assist Katanga in strengthening its corporate governance

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th November 2017 JSE- and LSE-listed Glencore has nominated three directors, including its CFO Steve Kalmin, to serve on the board of subsidiary company, TSX-listed Katanga Mining. The three directors will work with Katanga’s independent directors to implement the required remediation measures to strengthen... 

Glencore CFO to assist Katanga in strengthening its corporate governance
Glencore CFO Steve Kalmin

Eskom tariff hike a threat to mining jobs – CoM

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th November 2017 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) on Friday opposed State-owned power utility Eskom’s proposed 19.9% tariff increase application, stating that the increase would send South Africa into a vicious downward spiral of higher electricity prices, lower growth and lower electricity consumption. Presenting at... 

Regulatory uncertainty results in inability to comply

By: Nadine James     17th November 2017 Given the uncertainty surrounding the interpretation of the National Environmental Management Act’s (Nema’s) Financial Provision Regulations, most mining companies have decided to wait until the regulations have been finalised before allocating resources to become compliant, says underwriting... 

Regulatory uncertainty results in inability  to comply
LEENTIE SMIT Financial guarantee solutions allow mining clients to fund the mining rehabilitation liability over a period that takes into consideration life-of-mine

Consultancy looks to reduce cost of complying with new regulations

By: Nadine James     17th November 2017 Mining consultancy The MSA Group is liaising with various industry players including mining companies, insurers, law and auditing firms to establish a consistent approach to assessing and reviewing mine closure liability. They believe that this collaboration will result in greater understanding... 

Consultancy looks to reduce cost of complying with new regulations
RECLAIMED BY NATURE The new, stricter regulations are likely owing to the Department of Mineral Resources being responsible for the rehabilitation close to 6 000 abandoned mines

Financial provisioning regulations a game changer – law firm

By: Nadine James     17th November 2017 The National Environmental Management Act’s (Nema’s) Financial Provisioning Regulations are a game changer because of the level of detail they require from mining companies, as well as the increased levels of liability they have established, says mining law firm Webber Wentzel. Webber Wentzel... 

Financial provisioning regulations a game changer – law firm
GARYN RAPSON The new laws have changed the rules surrounding mine closure in fundamental ways

Moz Minerals and Energy Minister targets corruption in her department

By: Keith Campbell     17th November 2017 Mozambique’s Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Letícia Klemens, is considering revising the country’s minerals licencing process, in order to minimise, or even prevent, possible corrupt practices, local media has reported. This was one of the major outcomes of the III Coordinating Council of... 

Need for collaboration in CSR initiatives emphasised

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th November 2017 With the mining industry now recovering from the downturn in commodity prices, and a new balance emerging in the global demand and supply of minerals, now is the time to reflect, innovate and plan for a more resilient industry in the future, says Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey... 

'A good number of investors' considering countries offering better return-on-investment prospects than SA

By: Dylan Slater     17th November 2017 Mining policies imposed by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) on local industry are creating increased uncertainty for investors, a growing number of whom are considering investing in mining projects and exploration in other countries, with a greater chance of a healthier return on... 

'A good number of investors' considering countries offering better return-on-investment prospects than SA
Photo by Duane Daws
PAUL MILLER A significant volume of additional capital needs to be earmarked for every new mining project to account for risk associated with policy uncertainty

Orion initiates hitech regional exploration in Northern Cape

By: Martin Creamer     16th November 2017 Sydney- and Johannesburg-listed company Orion Minerals will from November 26 initiate an airborne survey across a large area of South Africa’s Northern Cape as part of a regional exploration programme that will make use of the latest available technology in an area last explored in the 1980s.... 

Orion initiates hitech regional exploration in Northern Cape
A SkyTEM survey operation.

Better regulations needed to prevent tailings dam failures – UNEP

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th November 2017 In the last decade, there have been over 40 mining waste failures, killing some 341 people and damaging hundreds of kilometers of waterways, affecting drinking water sources and the livelihood of communities, a new report entitled ‘Mine Tailings Storage: Safety Is No Accident’, reveals. The... 

Better regulations needed to prevent tailings dam failures – UNEP

Court allows parties to join CoM’s application for Mining Charter review

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th November 2017 The High Court has granted a request by the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) and Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), which represent certain mining community organisations, to join the Chamber of Mines’ (CoM’s) application for a review of the third iteration of the Mining Charter. The CoM had... 

Mining Charter could hinder South Africa’s economic growth – Solidarity

By: Anine Kilian     14th November 2017 Trade union Solidarity says that 25 177 jobs have been affected by retrenchments in the mining industry in 2017 and points to the much-talked-about contentious Mining Charter Three as a major contributing factor. “The Mining Charter puts a damper on the industry and is conducive to mining... 

Atlatsa incurs $292m loss

By: Martin Creamer     14th November 2017 Toronto- and Johannesburg-listed platinum-mining company Atlatsa, which has platinum assets on the northern and eastern limbs of the Bushveld Complex, incurred a net loss of $292.6-million in the nine months to September 30, when its liabilities exceeded its assets by $142.5-million. The main... 

Atlatsa incurs $292m loss
Photo by Duane Daws
Atlatsa chief commercial officer Joel Kesler

Sibanye declares US resource under Proudly South African code

By: Martin Creamer     14th November 2017 Precious-metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater has completed a Competent Person’s Report on its platinum group metals (PGM) mineral assets, in Montana, in the United States. The report has been compiled under the South African Code for the Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources... 

Sibanye declares US resource under Proudly South African code
Photo by Duane Daws
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Camborne School of Mines pioneers ‘Fairtrade’ model for ethically, sustainably resourced raw materials

By: Henry Lazenby     10th November 2017 A team of researchers at the University of Exeter’s Camborne School of Mines, based in Cornwall, the UK, are pioneering the development of a ‘Fairtrade’ model for ethically and sustainably resourcing raw materials that are crucial in the manufacturing of next-generation technologies. The research... 

Camborne School of Mines pioneers ‘Fairtrade’ model for ethically, sustainably resourced raw materials

Judgment reserved in CoM’s application for declaratory order regarding continuing consequences of ownership

By: Anine Kilian     10th November 2017 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) on Friday advised that its application for a declaratory order on the principles applicable to the assessment of the ownership element of the Mining Charter, particularly in respect of the continuing consequences of previous black economic empowerment (BEE) deals, was... 

South Africa crucial to global chrome supply, Chromium 2017 hears 

By: Martin Creamer     10th November 2017 South Africa is an irreplaceable supplier of chrome ore and ferrochrome, which is, in turn, an irreplaceable component of China-dominated stainless steel production, global delegates to last week’s well-attended Chromium 2017 conference heard. South Africa, as the dominant global chrome producer,... 

South Africa crucial to global chrome supply, Chromium 2017 hears
Tharisa Minerals COO Michelle Taylor at Chromium Conference covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Eldorado suspends Skouries development as Greek row intensifies

By: Henry Lazenby     10th November 2017 Canadian miner Eldorado Gold has moved to suspend development of its Skouries project, in Northern Greece, and has launched legal action against the Greek government for not issuing the required permits. The Vancouver-headquartered company said in a statement Thursday that, despite dialogue... 

Eldorado suspends Skouries development as Greek row intensifies
The Skouries mine project development in Greece.

Opportunities persist in sub-Saharan Africa, despite unfavourable mining sector

     10th November 2017 Opportunities remain in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), despite a spate of regulatory changes and policy uncertainty across major mining countries in the region eroding investor sentiment, highlighting the region’s mining sector as the riskiest in the world, according to Fitch-affiliated BMI. The... 

Opportunities persist in sub-Saharan Africa, despite unfavourable mining sector
Photo by Bloomberg
CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENT Sub-Saharan Africa remains challenged by underdeveloped infrastructure and small mining sectors

Political tension slows mining activity in Tanzania

By: Victor Moolman     10th November 2017 Despite the fact that political tension in Tanzania has impacted the mining industry, with several operations subsequently closing, SEW-EURODRIVE continues to have a strong presence in the country, with Tanzania as its main hub for East Africa. SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa national sales manager... 

Political tension  slows mining activity in Tanzania
NORMAN MALEKA There will be demand for after-sales support in Tanzania, owing to new industries established in the country

Room to improve stakeholder collaboration in African mining

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 African mineral resources Ministers speaking at this year’s Africa Down Under Conference reiterated the importance of creating meaningful stakeholder collaboration, achievable only through continued efforts to open dialogue between government, the private sector and civil society, stresses law... 

Room to improve stakeholder  collaboration in African mining
Photo by Bloomberg
MORE THAN MINING Mining companies must take the time to interact with the people affected by their operations

Govt, NGOs and industry joining forces to fend off acid mine water threat

By: Ilan Solomons     10th November 2017 Acid mine drainage (AMD) is regarded as one of the greatest environmental challenges ever faced by South Africa, says Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) mine water management chief director Marius Keet. During a recent seminar on the need to rehabilitate mine contaminated ecosystems, he... 

Govt, NGOs and industry joining forces to fend off acid mine water threat

Call for better understanding of trackless mobile mining equipment regulations

By: Ilan Solomons     10th November 2017 Mechanisation of the South African mining sector is a major priority for all stakeholders. However, with the introduction of mechanised mining technologies come several new challenges, one of which relates to the brakes and in-service brake testing of trackless mobile mining (TMM) equipment, says... 

Call for better understanding of trackless mobile mining equipment regulations
Photo by Creamer Media image
DANIE BURGER There are currently a number of problems relating to the standards for the testing of brakes and in-service brake testing of trackless mobile mining equipment

Favourable policies key to attracting mining investment

By: Dylan Slater     10th November 2017 Sentiment from the Hogan Lovells Africa Forum, held in September, in Sandton, in Johannesburg, culminated in a call for mining policy change, and especially policy that affects the South African mining industry. The event was hosted by law firm Hogan Lovells.  

Zimbabwe invites investment in underground chrome mining 

By: Martin Creamer     8th November 2017 Zimbabwe on Wednesday invited investors to focus on underground chromium operations rather than cheaper strip mining operations, from which most of the country’s chromium ore is currently extracted. In a keynote opening address to the 33rd Chromium Conference, which is being held in South Africa,... 

Zimbabwe invites investment in underground chrome mining
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer reports on the Chromium Conference taking place in Johannesburg. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel de Silva.

Mining industry should review business models, CSR collaboration – DMR

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th November 2017 With the mining industry now recovering from the downturn in commodity prices, and a new balance emerging in the global demand and supply of minerals, now is the time to reflect, innovate and plan for a more resilient industry in the future, says Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey... 

Bristow, Friedland may go head-to-head in on-stage copper-gold debate

By: Martin Creamer     7th November 2017 Dr Mark Bristow of Randgold Resources and Robert Friedland of Ivanhoe Mines may go head-to-head in a live on-stage gold-versus-copper debate at the Investing in African Mining Indaba event at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8, Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose disclosed... 

Bristow, Friedland may go head-to-head in on-stage copper-gold debate
Photo by Creamer Media
Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose (right) and Martin Creamer

Harmony ups output, cuts costs, improves margins

By: Martin Creamer     7th November 2017 Gold-mining company Harmony produced 14% more gold in the three months to September 30, when it cut unit costs by 8% and improved the margins of profit at its South African operations. Excellent operational performance was responsible for the margin improvement and last month’s acquisition of the... 

Harmony ups output, cuts costs, improves margins
Photo by Duane Daws
Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp

Chamber condemns mines’ deteriorating safety performance

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th November 2017 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) on Monday expressed concern over the rising number of fatalities in South Africa’s mines after recent accidents brought the number of fatalities to date this year to 76, overtaking the 73 deaths reported for the same period in 2016. Over the last few weeks, several... 

DRC’s State mining company hiding revenues – Carter Center

By: Martin Creamer     6th November 2017 Certain revenues of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) State mining company Gécamines are not directed to the public treasury and are largely beyond the realm of public oversight, resulting in the DRC and its people being deprived of many of the benefits of its rich minerals endowment, the Carter... 

DRC’s State mining company hiding revenues – Carter Center
Former US President Jimmy Carter

Advisory body seeks ‘ideal tax’ in proposed India minerals policy

By: Ajoy K Das     6th November 2017 The Indian government’s apex policy advisory body has advocated that the new National Mineral Policy (NMP) “define an ideal taxation system” for the mining sector and explore the possibility of merging current multiple levies into a globally competitive tax regime. The National Institute for... 

Technology to shift project relations from adversarial to cooperative 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 Fluctuating global commodity demand and prices, as well as escalating geopolitical risks are causing concern among asset owners and investors, and is resulting in capital projects either being postponed or cancelled in the South African mining industry, states specialist business and project... 

Technology to shift  project relations from  adversarial to cooperative
Specialist business and project management consultancy SSG Consulting strategy and business development GM Jacques Marais discusses the company’s KEY360 mobile application. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Continued unrest at Elikhulu threatens to ‘adversely impact’ on project, warns Pan African

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd November 2017 South African precious metals miner Pan African Resources has strongly condemned the protest action by some community members at the company’s Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant project, within the Evander gold mine complex, in Mpumalanga, warning that the unrest threatens to disrupt... 

Continued unrest at Elikhulu threatens to  ‘adversely impact’ on project, warns Pan African
Photo by Pan African Resources
ELIKHULU TAILINGS RETREATMENT PROJECT To date, the project has created business opportunities for about 40 local and community businesses, with this number set to rise in the near future

Scarce funding necessitates effective project management

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 The South African mining industry is not a sunset industry, but will continue its decline until there is a significant change in the relationship between industry stakeholders, such as government, labour and mining companies, states Paradigm Project Management (PPM) director Jeremy Clarke. 

Scarce funding necessitates  effective project management
Photo by Duane Daws
JEREMY CLARKE A common belief is that money should not be spent on project management

Elandsfontein mine to assist in alleviating West Coast water challenges

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd November 2017 Emerging miner Kropz’s Elandsfontein phosphate mine, near Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape plans to supply the drought stricken West Coast region with additional clean water, while offsetting its own water-use over the course of the next three years. The project is located on land adjacent to... 

Elandsfontein mine to assist in alleviating  West Coast water challenges
Photo by Creamer Media image
SEEKING TO BE MISERLY Kropz has revised down its water-use requirements to 1.6 megalitres a day and it is the company’s intention to further revise this down to 1 meglitres a day

Moody's lowers Eldorado's rating outlook to 'negative'

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd November 2017 Moody's Investors Service has revised the rating outlook for Vancouver-based gold producer and project developer Eldorado Gold to negative from stable. The international advisory service has also affirmed Eldorado's B1 Corporate Family Rating, B1-PD Probability of Default Rating, and B1 senior... 

Moody's lowers Eldorado's rating outlook to 'negative'
Photo by Eldorado Gold
Eldorado's flagship Kisladag mine, Turkey

IHS Markit materials price index up 0.5% as technology leads

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd November 2017 The materials price index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit gained 0.5% over the past week, building on a 1.6% gain the previous week. The main drivers last week were technology, with IHS's computer chip-based DRAM sub-index climbing a significant 5.2%, while oil and lumber were up 1.3% and... 

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