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Tahoe suffers $18m Q4 loss as Escobal shutdown saga drags on 

By: Henry Lazenby     24th February 2018 Precious metals producer Tahoe Resources has recorded an $18-million loss for the fourth quarter ended December 31, as its flagship Escobal silver mine, in Guatemala, lingers on care and maintenance. The TSX- and NYSE-listed miner reported an adjusted comparative loss of $17.7-million, or $0.06 a... 

Industry blames red tape, 'policy surprises' for Australia's fall in mining survey

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd February 2018 Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland, the Northern Territory and Victoria fell in mineral investment attractiveness, according to the Fraser Institute’s ‘Annual Survey of Mining Companies for 2017’. Western Australia fell for the third year dropping from first in 2015 to third in 2016... 

Industry blames red tape, 'policy surprises' for Australia's fall in mining survey

Richards Bay Coal Terminal, port win top global excellence awards 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd February 2018 South Africa's Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) and Richards Bay Port won global recognition at the Global Ports Forum awards ceremony in Dubai on Thursday. The winners of these prestigious international awards by the ten-year-old Singapore-launched Global Ports Forum are finalised by a judging... 

Richards Bay Coal Terminal, port win top global excellence awards
RBCT GM Operations Jabu Mdaki, extreme left, and RBCT CEO Alan Waller, extreme right, in Dubai award ceremony.

Finland takes top spot for mining-friendly investment 

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd February 2018 Finland has ousted Saskatchewan as the top international jurisdiction for mining investment, Canada's Fraser Institute announced on Thursday. Canada's leading independent think-tank, the Fraser Institute, administers its Annual Survey of Mining Companies and ranks jurisdictions around the world... 

Finland takes top spot for mining-friendly investment

Namibia mining sector is investor friendly

By: Victor Moolman     23rd February 2018 The Namibian mining sector has become more investor friendly than South Africa, as the country has clear policies that have been consistently applied, explains Sandton-based law firm Webber Wentzel partner Jonathan Veeran. Namibia has four policies governing mining and mineral prospecting: the... 

Namibia mining sector  is investor friendly
Photo by Duane Daws
NEW IN NAMIBIA Namibia has attracted investment in new mining ventures, including new uranium mines

Energy efficiency can be profit centre for mining

By: Paige Müller     23rd February 2018 South African mining companies must embrace modern energy-saving technologies and new thinking on reducing carbon emissions if they hope to remain competitive in the global commodities market, warns international energy and carbon emissions solutions specialist Ensight Energy Solutions. “Business... 

Energy efficiency can be  profit centre for mining
Energy Saving Ideas Competition Ensight Energy Solutions believes a profitable energy future for the mining industry is possible through a combination of advanced energy management and renewable energy

Green bonds appealing funding opportunity for mines

By: Paige Müller     23rd February 2018 The adoption of increasingly stringent renewable-energy and climate change targets globally will dramatically boost the issuance of green bonds, forecasts Fitch Group-affiliated BMI Research power and renewables head Georgina Hayden. In the wake of the landmark United Nations 2015 Paris Agreement... 

Green bonds  appealing funding  opportunity for mines
GEORGINA HAYDEN The issuance of green bonds will increase proportionately with the ongoing galvanisation of global sentiment towards achieving stringent renewable-energy and climate change targets

Hybrid solutions to power Africa’s mining future

By: Paige Müller     23rd February 2018 African mining companies and investors have expressed increasing interest in hybrid energy solutions that show the potential to address off-peak demand challenges, says engineering consultant WSP Africa power director Dinesh Buldoo, who expects this trend to continue. “We have seen several hybrid... 

Hybrid solutions to power Africa’s mining future
DINESH BULDOO There is significant investor and developer interest in renewable-energy projects

Nigerian mining’s GDP contribution seen increasing sixfold to 3%, cautious optimism takes hold in SA

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd February 2018 With investors continuously scouring worldwide for new opportunities and countries scrutinised for their investment attractiveness and monitored in terms of economic growth, currently, new light has been cast on the re-emerging and growing Nigerian mining sector, while South Africa’s mining... 

Nigerian mining’s GDP contribution seen increasing  sixfold to 3%, cautious optimism takes hold in SA

Himoinsa solutions provide light, power to Southern African mines

23rd February 2018 Designer and manufacturer of diesel and gas generator sets, hybrid generators, lighting towers and control panels Himoinsa Southern Africa is delivering solutions to power mines across Southern Africa, emphasising that its generators and lighting towers are robust and durable enough to provide... 

Himoinsa solutions provide light, power to Southern African mines
HIMOINSA APOLO START 4006 Five Himoinsa Apolo Start 4006 lighting towers and a T5 HFW250 soundproof generator set are in operation in the Tavan Tolgoi coal mine

Families of slain Marikana miners call on Ramaphosa to turn his promises into action 

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2018 Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s promise of atonement for the Marikana massacre, 36 families of the striking miners who were killed have said that reparations should include a formal apology from the police minister and criminal charges against the police officers involved. During... 

Families of slain Marikana miners call on Ramaphosa to turn his promises into action
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Froneman calls for collective action towards zero harm in fatality-plagued mining business 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd February 2018 A strong call to action was made by Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman on Thursday for a common purpose towards zero harm in South Africa's mining industry, where rising fatality numbers are causing great concern. Froneman said a point had been reached where management on its own could not make... 

Froneman calls for collective action towards zero harm in fatality-plagued mining business
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman presenting half-year results covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Mining Weekly Online. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded 22.2.2018

Striking Gupta mineworkers demand answers about their future 

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2018 Striking mineworkers at Gupta-owned Optimum Coal Mine have demanded to know the "truth of the sale" of the mine. Workers downed tools on Wednesday morning, saying there was uncertainty over their jobs and the future of the mine. 

Striking Gupta mineworkers demand answers about their future
Ajay Gupta

Glencore shoots lights out, mulls divi top-up, reaffirms South Africa

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2018 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore shot the lights out with a superlative set of 2017 results that coincided with a leap in its share price in Johannesburg, the reaffirmation of South Africa as an even more positive investment destination, and the mulling of a dividend "top up"... 

Glencore shoots lights out, mulls divi top-up, reaffirms South Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
Flashback to Ivan Glasenberg opening Glencore-funded school in South Africa's coalfields.

Govt to fast-track finalisation of outstanding mining policy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st February 2018 To take advantage of the cyclical upturn in the mining sector and improved investor sentiment to boost economic growth, government needs to finalise outstanding policy and administrative reforms. The proposed implementation of the revised Mining Charter, contested by industry and the Chamber of... 

Govt to fast-track finalisation of outstanding mining policy
Photo by Bloomberg
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

Parliament to launch inquiry into Zwane

By: Reuters     21st February 2018 Parliament will launch an investigation into allegations of influence-peddling against Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, its oversight committee on mineral resources department said on Wednesday. The committee did not give specific reasons on why it wanted to open an investigation into... 

Parliament to launch inquiry into Zwane
Photo by Duane Daws
Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane

Tanzania's new mining rules impose restrictions on foreign banks, insurers

By: Reuters     21st February 2018 Foreign-owned banks, insurance companies and law firms could be locked out of Tanzania's mining sector as part of tough new regulations that aim to limit foreign ownership of mining-related activity. Africa's fourth-largest gold producer is seeking to take more of the profits from its vast... 

Canada province considers law to retaliate against 'Buy American'

By: Reuters     21st February 2018 Ontario's Liberals, the ruling party in Canada's most populous province, introduced legislation on Tuesday that would give officials authority to retaliate against US states that institute "Buy American" procurement policies. The Fairness in Procurement Act would give Ontario's government... 

BC extends provincial flow-through tax credit for a year; resumes fight against Canadian oil

By: Henry Lazenby     21st February 2018 The British Columbia provincial government has released its Budget 2018 plan, confirming that the provincial flow-through exploration tax incentive will be extended for another year until the end of this year. The mining flow-through share programme is seen as critical to reinforcing the... 

BC extends provincial flow-through tax credit for a year; resumes fight against Canadian oil

South Africa falls to small percentage of AngloGold output 

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2018 South African gold mines now represent around 13% of the AngloGold Ashanti portfolio, AngloGold Ashanti CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan (Venkat) said on Tuesday. The fall in the contribution from AngloGold's South Africa region mines follows the sale of Moab and Kopanang and the closure of the Tau... 

South Africa falls to small percentage of AngloGold output
AngloGold Ashanti 2017 results presentation covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Darlene Creamer. Video Editing: Christo Greyling.

Kabila yet to sign new mining code as deadline nears

By: Reuters     20th February 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila has not yet signed into law a new mining code, a senior aide said on Tuesday, as international mining companies wage a last-ditch lobbying effort against the measure. The comments by Jean-Pierre Kambila, Kabila's deputy chief of staff, come... 

Australian minerals sector calls for workplace relations, education reform to build future workforce

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th February 2018 Australia’s higher education system should be reformed and outdated workplace relations laws that discourage investment and stifle innovation and efficiency should be fixed to build the future Australian minerals workforce, said Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) interim executive director David... 

Mogalakwena gushes cash as Amplats modernises, studies growth, advances fuel cell 

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2018 The Mogalakwena platinum mine lived up to its reputation of being the most profitable platinum group metals (PGM) mine on the planet when it gushed cash and elevated a modernising, community supporting, environment protecting, growth studying and fuel-cell marketing Anglo American Platinum... 

Mogalakwena gushes cash as Amplats modernises, studies growth, advances fuel cell
Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith delivers 2017 results covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Mining communities celebrate as High Court orders their involvement

By: African News Agency      19th February 2018 There were celebrations at the High Court in Pretoria on Monday after a ruling compelled the South African government and the Chamber of Mines -- which represents producers in the mining sector -- to involve communities living in mining areas, in the ongoing discussions over the controversial... 

 Mining communities celebrate as High Court orders their involvement

Court postponement signals ‘welcome change’ in govt, industry relations – Leon

By: Dylan Slater     19th February 2018 Law firm Herbert Smith Freehills Africa practice cochairperson and partner Peter Leon says the postponement of Monday’s scheduled High Court case over the hotly contested Mining Charter 3, signals a welcome change in relations between government and the South African mining industry.  

Glencore, Randgold form group to challenge Congo law changes

By: Bloomberg     19th February 2018 Glencore and Randgold Resources are among major mining companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo clubbing together in a bid to stop sweeping legal reforms, claiming their interests were poorly served by the existing industry body. In a letter sent to Congolese President Joseph Kabila on... 

Mining sector unloved as investors find it hard to trust

By: Reuters     17th February 2018 Investors are shunning the mining sector, data from Thomson Reuters shows, as they struggle to forget the string of multi-billion dollar takeovers and expensive development projects that left them empty handed. A decade-long commodity boom coincided with years of economic growth when China took... 

Jobs summit announced as Ramaphosa delivers message of ‘hope and renewal’

By: Terence Creamer     16th February 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa, who sought to align his nascent presidency as closely as possible with that of President Nelson Mandela in his inaugural State of the Nation (SoNa) address on Friday night, announced that a jobs summit would be convened in the coming months to allow social partners to... 

Jobs summit announced as Ramaphosa delivers message of ‘hope and renewal’
President Cyril Ramaphosa

High Court to hear communities' arguments against Mining Charter on Monday

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 Mining community networks, which will represent over 150 activists and community-based organisations, will be in the Pretoria High Court from Monday next week to challenge the Mining Charter published by the Department of Mineral Resources in June last year. Mining Affected Communities United in... 

Mining mechanisation could create ‘massive’ employment challenges – Harwood 

By: Nadine James     16th February 2018 Despite positive sentiment and improving commodity prices, the African mining industry continues to face immense challenges, says Montero Mining and Exploration CEO Dr Antony Harwood. Addressing the African Mining Network’s (AMN’s) thirty-ninth networking dinner, on Thursday evening, he touched... 

Mining mechanisation could create ‘massive’ employment challenges – Harwood
Photo by Duane Daws
ANTONY HARWOOD Fear of the other could become fear of the robot

Leon expects mining industry to have a future under Ramaphosa’s Presidency

By: Nadine James     16th February 2018 Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon is cautiously optimistic that the changes signalled by newly elected President Cyril Ramaphosa will benefit South Africa’s economic recovery. In a speech to the British Chamber of Business in South Africa on Thursday evening, he... 

Leon expects mining industry to have a future under Ramaphosa’s Presidency
Photo by Duane Daws
Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon

Call to entice investment in Canada’s exploration, mining

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 Although there was a prolonged downturn from 2012 to 2016 in the global mineral industry, the outlook for exploration financing and expenditures continues to improve. However, while there was a significant recovery globally in 2017, the recovery was only modest in Canada, says industry... 

Call to entice investment in Canada’s exploration, mining
EXPLORATION EDGE The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada wants a conducive environment to improve Canada's mineral exploration and mining competitiveness

Attendees set to return to PDAC 2018 Convention

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 More than 24 000 attendees, including investors and exhibitors from 130 countries, are expected at industry organisation the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's (PDAC's) annual PDAC International Convention, Trade Show and Investors Exchange, in Toronto, Canada, from March 4 to 7.... 

Attendees set to return to  PDAC 2018 Convention
CURRENT TRENDS Thousands of delegates, including exhibitors and investors, are expected at this year's Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada convention

Lengthy permitting process affecting investment in US mining

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 The lengthy, outdated and burdensome permitting process involving federal, state and local authorities is currently the biggest barrier to new mining investment in the US, says mining-focused US trade organisation the National Mining Association (NMA). Despite having abundant mineral resources,... 

Lengthy permitting  process affecting  investment in US mining
SAFETY IS CORE The National Mining Association's mining safety initiative, Core Safety, registered zero fatalities for its 29 participating companies last year

Nico project potentially to start early next year

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 The two-year construction of the Nico cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper project, in Canada’s Northwest Territories, could start in early 2019 on receipt of the project financing and remaining regulatory approvals, which are expected later this year. “The environmental-impact assessment (EIA) approvals... 

Nico project potentially to start early next year
ROBIN GOAD Canadian mining and exploration companies operate in a globally competitive market and are price takers

North America’s mining industry eyeing growth

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 The North American mining sector is earmarked for growth this year, owing to rising commodity prices, despite challenges, which include rising environmental concerns over water use and water source contamination through mining operations, says advisory firm Deloitte Canada Americas mining leader... 

North America’s mining industry  eyeing growth
Photo by Bloomberg
PRICE HIKE BENEFITS Mining in North America is expected to grow because of an increase in the prices of commodities such as gold

There is new energy to ease mining industry conflict – Scholes

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th February 2018 There appears to be new political resolve to mend the relationship between the mining industry and the Department of Mineral Resources, says specialised law firm Malan Scholes director Hulme Scholes. Speaking at the IHS Markit South African Coal Export Conference, in Cape Town, on Thursday, the... 

There is new energy to ease mining industry conflict – Scholes
Photo by Duane Daws
HULME SCHOLES For the first time . . . we will see the trust deficit between the mining industry and department close

Sound policy, low risk key to attracting mining investment

By: Henry Lazenby     16th February 2018 The global equity markets have been extremely volatile in recent weeks, extending a frantic selloff in US stocks that culminated in the steepest plunge for the Dow Jones Industrial Average in six-and-a-half years. While commodities were not spared from the rout, American multinational investment... 

Sound policy, low risk key to attracting mining investment

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