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Solidarity calls for Mining Charter to be set aside

By: Anine Kilian     14th February 2018 Trade Union Solidarity on Wednesday disclosed the contents of documents it has submitted as part of a court case to have the third iteration of the Mining Charter set aside. Speaking at a media briefing, in Pretoria, Solidarity research industry head Connie Mulder said the trade union would act... 

Gold Fields going all out to put South Deep gold mine into black 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2018 Gold Fields is going all out to push Gauteng's uniquely mechanised deep-level South Deep gold mine into the black once and for all. The company is ploughing R200-million a year into training, which it believes will set South Africa on an exciting new successful course in the pioneering fields of... 

Gold Fields going all out to put South Deep gold mine into black
Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on plans for South Deep. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Tahoe burnishes CSR profile in undertaking to develop indigenous peoples policy

By: Henry Lazenby     14th February 2018 Embattled Canadian miner Tahoe Resources has given itself until the end of the year to formalise a comprehensive new indigenous peoples policy as it deals with community protests in Guatemala, that has shuttered operations at its flagship Escobal silver mine for months. The policy is aimed at... 

Harmony's headline earnings soar, eight die, Moab transferred

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2018 Harmony Gold on Tuesday reported improved earnings, production, grade and costs in the six months to December 31, but regrettably also eight fatalities. While Mining Weekly Online was engaged in the media conference, the transfer of ownership of Moab Khotsong assets to Harmony became official,... 

Harmony's headline earnings soar, eight die, Moab transferred
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Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp

Australia Parliament debates junior exploration tax incentive

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th February 2018 The legislative debate in the federal Parliament to implement the Junior Minerals Exploration Tax Incentive (JMEI) is to resume on Tuesday evening, potentially bringing the incentive one step closer to implementation. Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) CEO Warren Pearce said... 

Industry, environment lobby cautiously optimistic as Canada tables new enviro review rules

By: Henry Lazenby     9th February 2018 Ottawa on Thursday tabled new legislation to improve the federal environmental assessment process for mining projects. The legislation is aimed at strengthening and restoring the credibility of Canada's environmental laws. 

Industry, environment lobby cautiously optimistic as Canada tables new enviro review rules

Proposed DRC tax could boost Swedish cobalt project

9th February 2018 If the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) applies its plan to more than double tax on two-thirds of the global cobalt supply, high-grade energy metal deposits explorer and developer Sienna Resources says this could potentially increase the cost of the critical battery metal just as the world... 

Proposed DRC tax could boost Swedish cobalt project
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SUPPLY AND DEMAND If the Democratic Republic of Congo applies its plan to more than double a tax on cobalt supply, it could create an even larger demand for non-DRC sourced cobalt

Mining code reform feasible, encouraged

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th February 2018 It is possible, and even necessary, for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to pursue a reform of its 2002 mining code tax regime and find a compromise acceptable to all parties, according to findings of international nonprofit policy and research institute the National Resource Governance... 

Mining code reform feasible,  encouraged
MINING REFORM The Democratic Republic of Congo’s revised mining code will aim to address gaps in transparency and community development

South African government to gradually legalise illegal mining – Oliphant

By: African News Agency      8th February 2018 Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant said on Thursday the South African government had taken a decision to gradually regularise the activities of illegal miners on a merit basis. Illegal mining is prevalent in South Africa, and forms part of an underground economy, with spates of... 

Jubilee’s Zambia JV hit with mining right termination notice

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2018 Dual-listed Jubilee Metals Group remains supportive of its joint venture (JV) partner BMR Group after a surprise mining right termination notice was issued for the Kabwe lead/zinc/vanadium project, in Zambia, from the Mining Cadastre Department of Zambia. BMR Group plans to appeal the notice,... 

Resources Watch  

8th February 2018 Wind of change sees DMR grant prospecting licences to De Beers And, AMSA weighs asset disposals as losses mount, debt rises and rand strengthens 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Tanzania lays down the law on local participation in mining sector

By: Anine Kilian     7th February 2018 The mining industry in Tanzania is adopting a wait-and-see approach following the government’s sweeping changes to mining regulations, aimed, in part, at ensuring sovereign ownership of the country’s natural resources. Over the past 12 to 18 months – and as recently as last month – there has been... 

Mining Charter should be withdrawn – Frans Baleni

By: Martin Creamer     7th February 2018 In the spirit of meaningful dialogue, the Mining Charter should be withdrawn and all key stakeholders must have a serious dialogue about the future of a sustainable mining industry in South Africa, Mining Indaba advisory board member and former leading mining trade unionist Frans Baleni said on... 

Mining Charter should be withdrawn – Frans Baleni
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Frans Baleni

US Army Corps of Engineers selects third-party contractor to complete Pebble EIA 

By: Henry Lazenby     6th February 2018 The TSX-listed equity of copper/gold project proponent Northern Dynasty Minerals gained about 11% on Tuesday, after the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced that it had appointed a third-party contractor to undertake an environmental-impact assessment for the controversial Pebble project,... 

US Army Corps of Engineers selects third-party contractor to complete Pebble EIA
Photo by Northern Dynasty Minerals
An environmental assessment is underway on Northern Dynsaty Minerals' Pebble low-grade copper/gold project, in South-West Alaska

Investment poised to increase in Chile – central bank survey

By: Reuters     6th February 2018 Chile's economy is poised to improve by mid-year as rebounding copper prices and President-elect Sebastian Pinera's promise of business-friendly policies increase optimism among investors, according to a central bank survey released on Tuesday. The study, which surveyed the perceptions of more... 

'Quarteritis’ damaging gold mining – Bristow

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2018 ‘Quarteritis’ – short-term thinking in a long-term business – is terribly damaging, Randgold Resources CEO Dr Mark Bristow said on Tuesday. Speaking on day-two of the Mining Indaba, Bristow advocated an holistic approach to the mining of gold orebodies and bringing to an end the practice of high... 

'Quarteritis’ damaging gold mining – Bristow
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Randgold Resources CEO Dr Mark Bristow

Randgold Resources achieves record production, reduces cost in high-performance year

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th February 2018 Randgold Resources has, for the seventh consecutive year, increased its gold production, boosting output by 5% year-on-year to 1.32-million ounces and exceeding the guidance for 2017. The miner has further reduced its total cash cost by 3% to $620/oz – the lowest level in six years. 

Randgold Resources achieves record production, reduces cost in high-performance year
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Randgold CEO Mark Bristow

Mining Charter will achieve only ‘narrow transformation’

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd February 2018 The third iteration of the Mining Charter, which is set for court review this month, is “destructive, and should be repealed in its entirety” as it will lead to only “narrow transformation”, says research and policy organisation South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR) policy fellow John... 

Mining Charter will achieve  only ‘narrow transformation’
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BLEAK PROSPECTS It is predicted that the Mining Charter will negatively affect the industry and will result in fewer applicants for mining rights and prospecting rights

Institute emphasises empowerment alternative

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd February 2018 Government’s predilection for black economic empowerment (BEE) policies, which will be intensified should the new Mining Charter be implemented, will never achieve proper empowerment and transformation in the mining industry, posits research and policy organisation South African Institute of Race... 

Institute emphasises  empowerment alternative
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ALTERNATIVE POLICY An Economic Empowerment for the Disadvantaged policy would assist South Africans currently hampered by poor schooling, bad housing and a failing healthcare system

New mining legislation a concern for pumps supplier

By: Paige Müller     2nd February 2018 The potential negative impact on the business of mechanical seals, rotating and engineering protection, and sealing equipment supplier Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) of Mining Charter Three, should it be implemented, is a concern for the Pretoria-based company. Speaking exclusively to Mining... 

New mining  legislation a concern for pumps supplier
TRENDING TECH The MRS mobile pumps set answers the demand in the mining industry for a solution that can be rapidly deployed to allow for functional water management in a cost-effective manner

Canada's Trudeau says Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion to proceed – radio

By: Reuters     1st February 2018 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday his government would ensure Kinder Morgan Canada’s Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion is built and added the C$7.4-billion project is not a threat to Canada’s West Coast. Trudeau reiterated the government’s position in two separate radio... 

Canada's Trudeau says Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion to proceed – radio

A modern land run? Trump move opens Utah to mining claims under 1872 law

By: Reuters     31st January 2018 US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw federal protections from millions of acres of Utah wilderness will reopen much of the iconic terrain to gold, silver, copper, and uranium land claims under a Wild West-era mining law, according to federal officials. Starting at 6 am on February 2... 

Chamber welcomes publication of terms of reference for State capture inquiry

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th January 2018 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) has welcomed the publication of the much-anticipated terms of reference for the State capture inquiry. The terms, published earlier this week, enabled Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to start the Commission of Inquiry into State capture, which is expected to take 180... 

South African mining seen a winner as Ramaphosa woos investors

By: Reuters     26th January 2018 South Africa's embattled mining industry could be first in line to benefit from a boost in foreign direct investment (FDI) if the new leader of the ruling party Cyril Ramaphosa implements measures seen as vital to draw in more cash, analysts said. The governing African National Congress (ANC)... 

Stakeholders can look forward to reinforced offering

26th January 2018 With countless networking opportunities vying for the attention of the numerous decision-makers flocking to Cape Town in February to attend the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba, the event’s organiser has reinforced its offering with the introduction of a Junior Mining Showcase as well as... 

Stakeholders can look forward  to reinforced offering
YOUNG PERSPECTIVE Reflecting the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the imperative remains to operate sustainably alongside young people’s expectation that mining delivers value for all stakeholders

SA mining will perform relatively well – DMR

By: Nadine James     26th January 2018 Improving commodity prices and upward trends in global demand, especially from major South African trading partners, are expected to reinvigorate the mining industry, enabling it to perform relatively well throughout 2018, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) states. The DMR notes that with... 

Battery metals demand will boost African exploration

By: Nadine James     26th January 2018 The exponential boost in demand for battery metals, in light of electric vehicle market growth, will drive exploration and investment in Africa, the 2018 Investing in African Mining Indaba panel on Energy Metals has determined. The discussion, live-streamed last month, was a preview of the panel... 

Battery metals demand will boost African exploration
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INDUSTRY CHARGING AHEAD As the electric vehicle industry has committed to the lithium-ion battery, cobalt and lithium demand is 'locked in' for the foreseeable future

African mining off course to achieve bullish growth forecasts

By: Nica Schreuder     26th January 2018 The short-term mining cycle looks positive for Africa, but the continent is “way off achieving bullish growth forecasts”, largely owing to regulatory and infrastructural constraints, advisory firm Deloitte energy and resources leader Andrew Lane tells Mining Weekly.  

African mining off  course to achieve bullish growth forecasts
EXPERT ACCESS It is important for Deloitte and its clients to engage on topical issues during the 2018 Investing in African Mining Indaba, with clients also enjoying having access to global experts

Group aims to increase brand awareness at Mining Indaba

By: Nadine James     26th January 2018 South African industrial group Torre Industries is exhibiting at the 2018 Investing In African Mining Indaba with the aim of increasing the group’s brand awareness among local and international mining industry players. The JSE-listed group has nine business units across three segments: parts and... 

Group aims to increase brand awareness at  Mining Indaba
JON HILLARY There are numerous growth opportunities within the existing business units as well as in peripheral businesses around Torre’s current subsidiaries

Legal expertise advances local gas investment

By: Robyn Wilkinson     26th January 2018 Law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has helped Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil navigate South Africa’s myriad legislative requirements to acquire a participating interest in two gas exploration blocks offshore of South Africa’s east coast.  

Legal expertise advances local  gas investment
LIZEL OBERHOLZER Although an abundance of gas has been discovered in Mozambique and Tanzania, Africa has generally been slow to make the most of the potential of the trend towards gas

Acacia’s gold production slumps on Tanzania export ban, downscaling

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th January 2018 While gold miner Acacia Mining’s gold production for the fourth quarter in 2017 was slightly ahead of expectations at 148 477 oz, it was 30% lower quarter-on-quarter as a result of its flagship Bulyanhulu gold mine in Tanzania having downscaled operations. The miner’s decision to reduce... 

Mining Indaba to provide ‘first-hand experience’ of return of investor appetite

By: Nadine James     26th January 2018 With commodity prices improving and the mining industry moving towards positive growth, indications are that participants at the Investing in African Mining Indaba 2018 will experience the “return of investor appetite” first hand, says Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose.  This renewed investor interest... 

Mining Indaba to provide ‘first-hand experience’ of return of investor appetite

State capture commission must investigate all State corruption, focus on Guptas

By: News24Wire      25th January 2018 President Jacob Zuma wants the State capture commission of inquiry to investigate all forms of government corruption, including allegations against him, his Cabinet ministers, the Gupta family and State-owned entities. In the terms of reference seen by News24, Zuma says the commission must... 

State capture commission must investigate all State corruption, focus on Guptas
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President Jacob Zuma

Congo mining code passes Senate without opposition

By: Reuters     25th January 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo's new proposed mining code, which the industry has warned will stifle investment in the copper and cobalt-rich nation, sailed through the Senate without opposition late on Wednesday. A version passed by the National Assembly - Congo's lower house of parliament - last... 

Chilean president-elect names Larrain as finance minister again

By: Reuters     23rd January 2018 Chile's conservative President-elect Sebastian Pinera on Tuesday named a former finance minister in the top copper exporter, Felipe Larrain, to fill the same spot again in his new cabinet. Pinera, a billionaire businessman who won the presidency last month, governed the country from 2010 to 2014,... 

Artisanal, small-scale mining explodes amid rising prices

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd January 2018 A new report has revealed explosive growth in the number of artisanal and small-scale miners worldwide over the past two decades amid rising mineral prices and a general struggle in earning a living from agriculture. The Intergovernmental Forum (IGF) on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable... 

Resilient Lonmin delivers sturdy output, extracts cash from tailings

By: Martin Creamer     22nd January 2018 Embattled but resilient platinum company Lonmin, which is enthusiastically embracing the Sibanye-Stillwater’s offer made to it, did all its stakeholders proud in the fatality-free first quarter of its new financial year by putting in a sturdy operational performance that saw sales rise 9%,... 

Resilient Lonmin delivers sturdy output, extracts cash from tailings
Lonmin CEO Ben Magara

Policy advocacy, tech innovation and fact-based talks key 2018 AME BC objectives

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd January 2018 Government policy advocacy and fostering genuine fact-based conversations among all stakeholders in the minerals exploration and mining industries are main priorities for the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC) this year. "Government is increasingly getting more... 

Policy advocacy, tech innovation and fact-based talks key 2018 AME BC objectives
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AME BC President & CEO Edie Thome

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