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Legislative Environment News

Obuasi clear of illegal miners, Sadiola hinges on talks – AngloGold 

By: Martin Creamer     24th August 2017 The Obuasi site remains clear of illegal miners and care-and-maintenance activities are ongoing at the Ghana operation, AngloGold Ashanti group planning executive Graham Ehm has assured. “Ghana has definitely done a 180-degree turnaround,” he told investors, analysts and journalists at this... 

Ontario sets timeframe for road construction into Ring of Fire mining camp

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd August 2017 Following years of complex negotiations and several delays, the Ontario provincial government on Monday made the historic announcement that it would support and fund road proposals that will connect Northern Ontario’s far-flung First Nation communities and provide industrial road access to the... 

Ontario sets timeframe for road construction into Ring of Fire mining camp
The Ring of Fire’s rich ores are estimated to hold some C$60-billion worth of nickel/copper/platinum group metals mineral wealth

CoM rubbishes Unctad commodity trade misinvoicing report

By: Schalk Burger     22nd August 2017 Commissioned research by advisory firm Eunomix Research has led the South African Chamber of Mines (CoM) to reject the third iteration of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) report on trade misinvoicing, which it dismisses as poor analysis based on incorrect analytical... 

CoM rubbishes Unctad commodity trade misinvoicing report
Chamber of Mines chief economist Henk Langenhoven

Beech advises mining firms to prepare for implementation of Mining Charter 3

By: Dylan Slater     22nd August 2017 The implementation of the third iteration of the Mining Charter, or Mining Charter 3, in some form or another, is inevitable and mining companies should start the process of bringing their operations in line with the regulations set out in the charter, law firm Hogan Lovells mining head and... 

Beech advises mining firms to prepare for implementation of Mining Charter 3
Hogan Lovells mining head and partner Warren Beech

Vibrant future planned for remaining South African mines – AngloGold 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd August 2017 The removal of loss-making ounces from old mines will result in a vibrant and sustaining future for the remaining long-life operations in AngloGold Ashanti's South African region, which is at the receiving end of $200-million worth of capital expenditure (capex). In outlining this to Creamer... 

Vibrant future planned for remaining South African mines – AngloGold
AngloGold Ashanti COO Chris Sheppard provides operational update to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva

New Indian mineral policy to sharpen focus on transparency, sustainability

By: Ajoy K Das     22nd August 2017 The Indian government’s review of National Mineral Policy (NMP) 2008 and drafting of a new version aims to make “transparency, sustainability and conservation” the cornerstone of governance of the mining sector. The trigger for the deeper inculcation of these elements into mining sector... 

Rising prices signal end of ‘hand-to-mouth’ CREE market 

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd August 2017 Higher prices for critical rare earth elements (CREE) are marking a return of confidence to the industry and the end of the so-called “hand-to-mouth” market as users increasingly turn to contracting to secure long-term security of supply. “For several years users were unsure about the market... 

Rising prices signal end of ‘hand-to-mouth’ CREE market

Tanzania’s 55% share of mine revenue ‘pretty generous’ – AngloGold  

By: Martin Creamer     21st August 2017 The share of revenues that the government of Tanzania has received from the Geita gold mine is “pretty generous” when compared with what shareholders have received, AngloGold Ashanti CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan said on Monday when the company reported an adjusted headline loss of $93-million,... 

Tanzania’s 55% share of mine revenue ‘pretty generous’ – AngloGold
AngloGold Ashanti CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan outlines to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer the new Tanzanian legal challenges. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer 21.8.2017

CoM files replying affidavit in Mining Charter interdict application  

By: Anine Kilian     21st August 2017 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) has submitted a replying affidavit in the High Court, in Pretoria, in response to Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane’s August 7 affidavit, in an interdict application against the implementation of the Reviewed Mining Charter. Zwane in June introduced the... 

Australia warns multinationals over tax as Chevron drops appeal

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st August 2017 US oil and gas major Chevron has withdrawn its High Court appeal over a A$340-million bill from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). The withdrawal means that the Full Federal Court decision of April is now final. 

Australia warns multinationals over tax as Chevron drops appeal

Strong operating recovery as AngloGold sets new safety record

By: Martin Creamer     21st August 2017 Production of 1.748-million ounces after strong second-quarter recovery has put AngloGold Ashanti virtually at the halfway mark to meet full year guidance, CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan said on Monday in presenting the company’s half-year results that also saw full-year cost guidance remain... 

Strong operating recovery as AngloGold sets new safety record
Photo by Duane Daws
AngloGold Ashanti CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan

Zwane again firm on Charter targets as consistent with radical economic transformation

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th August 2017 As government’s plans for radical economic transformation unfold, the mining sector has become the centre of that swirling debate in light of the newly gazetted reviewed and updated Mining Charter. South Africa has been pursuing radical economic transformation as the path towards coveted... 

Zwane again firm on Charter targets as consistent with radical economic transformation
Photo by Duane Daws
Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane

IHS materials index posts sixth gain in seven weeks

By: Henry Lazenby     18th August 2017 The materials price index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit has recovered about half the losses it suffered between February and June. The latest reading of the MPI, an index measuring the weighted average of weekly spot prices for a basket of globally traded manufacturing inputs comprising... 

Global tin outlook to impact on South African imports

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th August 2017 Global tin production will decrease in the coming years, subsequently increasing tin prices, which will have an adverse effect on South Africa, suggests research firm BMI Research mining analyst Diego Oliva-Velez. This global outlook for tin from 2017 to 2021 is detailed in BMI’s ‘Tin Report’,... 

Global tin outlook to impact on South African imports
Photo by Bloomberg
OUTLOOK Global tin production, excluding that from China, is expected to stagnate or drop from 2017 to 2021

South African zinc industry buoyed by ongoing developments

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th August 2017 The South African zinc industry may be under pressure, but there are numerous developments under way that are strengthening the sector, suggests International Zinc Association of South Africa (Izasa) regional director Rob White. He says the depressed state of the local zinc market is a result of... 

South African zinc  industry buoyed by  ongoing developments
ROB WHITE It will be interesting to see if eventually zinc metal is produced again in South Africa as the Gamsberg development matures

DRC mining code’s shortcomings limiting sector’s contribution to fiscus – senator

By: Ilan Solomons     18th August 2017 The mining industry and the production of copper and cobalt in particular is of vital importance to the economy of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). However, political, social and legislative stability is critical to ensuring the growth and sustainability of the sector, says DRC Senator... 

DRC mining code’s shortcomings  limiting sector’s contribution to fiscus – senator
Photo by Council on Foreign Relations
WORRYING TIMES Substantial challenges exist for companies that want to do business in the DRC owing to security concerns and general concerns regarding corruption

Simplicity is key when applying for water licences – engineer

By: Dylan Slater     18th August 2017 For water use licences (WULs) to be successfully granted, the application process needs to be made simple and easy to understand by representatives from the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), according to Sibanye Gold water engineer Lauren Dell.  

Women still not participating ‘extensively’ in mining sector – IFC

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th August 2017 Although mining companies are moving in the right direction with regard to women’s participation, women are still not participating extensively, meaning that effectively 50% of the population remains excluded, says International Finance Corporation (IFC) mining principal investment officer Robin... 

Women still not participating ‘extensively’ in mining sector – IFC
DIVERSIFICATION GOALS Goal establishment in terms of gender diversification is key, with systems that should be in place to ensure goals are met

Proximity detection system installation in final stages

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Although proximity detection systems (PDS) are not a new concept, their roll-out in the South African mining industry is on the increase, with uptake escalating in light of legislation introduced by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) under the Mine Health and Safety Act (MHSA). A clause in... 

Proximity detection system installation in final stages
Photo by Monitech
INTELLIZONE PDS After a successful trial in 2015, the proxmity detection system was launched in South Africa in April last year

Harmony ups South African capex, pays 70% higher dividend 

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2017 Gold mining company Harmony Gold, which spent R2.3-billion capital expenditure (capex) on its South African operations in the 12 months to June 30, will be increasing its capex to R2.7-billion for mainly the ongoing development of the Phakisa and Tshepong gold mines in the Free State. The... 

Harmony ups South African capex, pays 70% higher dividend
Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp delivering results at presentation covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Technology set to unleash mining innovation – Anglo’s O’Neill

By: Martin Creamer     16th August 2017 In the next ten years, technology is set to unleash a wave of mining innovation, with the sweet spot centred on changing the thinking around orebodies and processing plants rather than much-spoken-about automation. “Our focus has changed from hunting technologies to hunting value,” Anglo American... 

Technology set to unleash mining innovation – Anglo’s O’Neill
Anglo American technical director Tony O’Neill

Industry outlines major policy issues as Canada’s minerals ministers meet

By: Henry Lazenby     15th August 2017 The Canadian mineral and mining industry on Monday outlined six important policy areas it would like to see addressed during the seventy-fourth annual conference of federal and provincial ministers of energy and mining in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick, this week. A national coalition of mining... 

Industry outlines major policy issues as Canada’s minerals ministers meet

Community organisation to march to DMR’s offices

By: Anine Kilian     14th August 2017 Civil society organisation, the Mining Affected Communities United in Action (Macua), will march to the offices of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) on Tuesday to hand over a memorandum of demands, including that the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) be scrapped. It... 

Increased mining royalties, new mining agency a boost to Brazil’s long-term outlook 

By: Henry Lazenby     11th August 2017 Increased mining royalties and a new mining agency, coupled with generally clearer and more consistent regulations, are expected to provide an overall boost to the long-term outlook of Brazil’s resources industry, according to a recent report by Fitch Group-affiliated market analyst BMI Research.... 

Increased mining royalties, new mining agency a boost to Brazil’s long-term outlook
Photo by Reuters
Devastation left in the wake of a tailings-dam burst owned by Vale and BHP Billiton in Mariana, Brazil

Resource exports boost mining equipment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th August 2017 The mining industry is Australia’s prime driver of export growth, says pumps and pressure cleaners manufacturer Australian Pump Industries, commonly known as Aussie Pumps.  

Resource exports boost mining equipment
FOCUSED SOLUTIONS Aussie Pumps caters to Australia’s tough occupational health and safety rules, and site culture that is aimed at preventing injury to mineworkers

Union concerned about planned job cuts, wants Zwane sacked 

By: Ilan Solomons     11th August 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Monday called for the resignation of Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, citing a complete breakdown in relations. Speaking at a press briefing to discuss recent announcements by AngloGold Ashanti and Bokoni Platinum Mine that they will be... 

Union concerned about planned job cuts, wants Zwane sacked
National Union of Mineworkers calls for Minister Mosebenzi Zwane to resign and raises concern over impending large scale retrenchments in the sector. Video and Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Continued reciprocal trade between S Africa, Australia predicted

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th August 2017 Despite the current economic climate in South Africa and the global downturn in mining owing to low commodity prices, South Africa and Australia will continue to build their reciprocal trade relationship, says law firm ENSafrica.  

Continued reciprocal trade between S Africa, Australia predicted
LLOYD CHRISTIE There has been a 10% yearly average increase in trade between South Africa and Australia in the past five years

Tech trade between Australia, S Africa can be mutually beneficial

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th August 2017 Owing to the global mining downturn, lower commodity prices are forcing manufacturers and suppliers to expand into international markets to take advantage of more supply opportunities, a wider demand base and favourable exchange rates. 

Tech trade between Australia,  S Africa can be mutually beneficial
INTERNATIONAL PROSPECTS SSG Consulting says South African mining goods and services suppliers need to enter new markets through distribution deals or establishing international offices to remain competitive

Canada to host tantalum, niobium symposium in October

By: Ilan Solomons     11th August 2017 The Tantalum-Niobium International Study Centre (T.I.C.) will host its fifty-eighth general assembly and seventh technical symposium from October, 15 to 18 in Vancouver, Canada. The special early bird booking rate for members and applicants closes on August 18 with the final booking deadline... 

Canada to host  tantalum, niobium  symposium in October
Photo by Tantalum-Niobium International Study Centre
SECTORAL INSIGHTS The conference will be of interest to industry stakeholders who are involved or interested in the global tantalum and/or niobium markets

Interest returning to Africa in response to commodities resurgence

     11th August 2017 Interest in Africa’s mineral potential is returning and there is a growing confidence in the future of the resources sector in Africa and in Africa–Australia relations, says organiser of the Africa Down Under (ADU) conference, Australian magazine publisher, Paydirt Media.  

Interest returning to Africa in response to commodities resurgence
INTEGRAL EVENT The importance of Africa Down Under continues to be reflected in the number of high-profile attendees it welcomes to Australia’s mining capital each year

Review trade agreements to put South Africa first, Mathunjwa suggests 

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th August 2017 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) wants to have South Africa’s “unfavourable” trade agreements reviewed and potentially amended as the country struggles to industrialise and beneficiate, exacerbating the current jobs “bloodbath” in the mining sector. Speaking at a media... 

Resources Watch  

     10th August 2017 Mentors ease entry; Women representation increases from ‘extreme minority’ to 13%-plus of SA’s mining workforce; and NUM and ANC ‘very encouraging’ says Royal Bafokeng 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Zuma is said to consider dropping Minister Zwane if he wins vote

By: Bloomberg     8th August 2017 South African President Jacob Zuma is considering making changes to his Cabinet if he survives a motion of no confidence in Parliament, according to two officials of the ruling African National Congress who have knowledge of the matter. Minerals Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, Energy Minister... 

Zwane, CoM’s dispute over Mining Charter 3 heats up

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th August 2017 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has hit back at the Chamber of Mines (CoM) in a dispute over the Mining Charter Three, accusing the chamber of blocking transformation efforts in the mining industry. Filing his answering affidavit in the High Court of South Africa on Monday, Zwane said... 

Zwane, CoM’s dispute over Mining Charter 3 heats up
Photo by Duane Daws
Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane

Vale targeted in $4.8-million Brazil extortion attempt

By: Bloomberg     8th August 2017 While cyberattack extortion is in vogue the world over, in Brazil’s Amazon region old-school shakedowns are no thing of the past. A couple was arrested after allegedly unscrewing the bases of energy towers belonging to Vale SA near the city of Parauapebas and demanding as much as 15 million reais... 

India to give captive mining definition more flexibility

By: Ajoy K Das     7th August 2017 India’s Mines Ministry will put out draft amendments to the Mineral Auction Rules 2015, which will make it easier for bidders to participate in mineral block auctions and will also tweak the definition of captive mining. According to a Ministry official, the draft amendments will be published... 

Zwane expresses concern over proposed mining retrenchments

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th August 2017 The South African government is concerned about the various retrenchment announcements issued by mining companies in recent weeks, says Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane. “We continue to urge all stakeholders to be more responsible in how these planned retrenchments are announced, as... 

Zwane expresses concern over proposed mining retrenchments
Photo by Duane Daws
Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane

DMR, CoM’s agreement over moratorium made an order of the court

By: Anine Kilian     4th August 2017 The High Court of Gauteng, in Pretoria, on Friday made an agreement reached between the Chamber of Mines (CoM) and the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) that Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane would withdraw his proposed moratorium on the processing of new mining rights, an order of... 

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