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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,... 

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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'
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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... 

Anglo Platinum co-opens pipe factory in Mokopane

By: Martin Creamer     1st November 2017 Anglo American Platinum has drawn applause for its role in the opening of a new pipe factory in job-short Limpopo, which is aimed at sustainably developing the community of Mokopane, where the mining company operates its rich Mogalawena opencast platinum mine. Anglo American Platinum partnered... 

Anglo Platinum co-opens pipe factory in Mokopane
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Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith

Zwane must be probed on State capture and Gupta relations – DA 

By: News24Wire      1st November 2017 There are enough grounds to establish an ad hoc committee of inquiry into Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane’s relationship with the Gupta family and allegations of State capture, said James Lorimer from the Democratic Alliance (DA). Speaking to journalists after a meeting of the... 

 Zwane must be probed on State capture and Gupta relations – DA
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Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane

Cooke underground closes but 1 640 Beatrix jobs saved – Sibanye

By: Martin Creamer     1st November 2017 The underground mining operations at the Cooke 1, 2 and 3 gold mining shafts on the West Rand have been placed on care and maintenance resulting in the retrenchment of 2 025 employees, in addition to the 1 350 who took voluntary separation packages, precious metals mining company... 

Cooke underground closes but 1 640 Beatrix jobs saved – Sibanye
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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

NUM mass meeting at Cooke

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will hold a mass meeting at Sibanye-Stillwater's Cooke Operations on the West Rand on Wednesday morning over the alleged issuing of termination letters to more 2 000 workers at the gold mine. Reuters earlier quoted a Sibanye-Stillwater spokesperson as... 

Need for production cap in new Indian mineral policy flagged

By: Ajoy K Das     31st October 2017 With a new National Mineral Policy (NMP) in the works, India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has flagged the need for mineral production caps to be set. The Ministry has said that since the focus in the revision of the NMP 2008 is on sustainable mining, environmental protection and... 

Exxaro spending R20bn on coal projects

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2017 One of South Africa’s largest and foremost black-empowered mining companies, Exxaro Resources, is implementing a five-year, R20-billion capital expenditure (capex) programme on coal mining projects in Limpopo and Mpumalanga. The black-led JSE-listed company has seven coal projects under way, four... 

Exxaro spending R20bn on coal projects
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Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo

Kibo secures Esia certification for Mbeya project

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th October 2017 AltX- and Aim-listed Kibo Mining has been granted an environmental- and social-impact assessment (Esia) certificate for its Mbeya coal and power generation project, in Tanzania. The Esia is the latest critical milestone for the company’s Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP), taking the project a... 

Influence of association grows in surface mining sector

27th October 2017 The Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of South Africa (Aspasa) says it has become a world leader in the proactive guidance and management of issues facing the surface mining industry, subsequent to gaining the recognition of its local and international stakeholders. Aspasa’s proactive... 

Influence of association grows  in surface mining sector
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LOOKING LOCAL Aspasa advocates the recruitmet of workers living in close proximity to mining operations

Draft regulations on rehab funds at odds with other pieces of legislation

By: Dylan Slater     27th October 2017 Mining companies are between a “rock and a hard place” over proposed tax measures to curb what government says is abuse of mining rehabilitation funds, according to law firm Bowman Gilfillan partners Betsie Strydom and Wandisile Mandlana.  

Despite regulatory creep, Mali remains ‘model’ mining country – Randgold

By: Henry Lazenby     26th October 2017 Africa-focused miner Randgold Resources said on Thursday that Mali was in many ways a model of its kind for Africa’s other mining countries, despite “some concern” that continued “upward revisions” to its mining code was diminishing its ability, relative to its peers, to attract investment.... 

Third-quarter Sibanye-Stillwater operating profit up 41%

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2017 The group operating profit of Sibanye-Stillwater in the three months to the end of September was 41% higher than last year’s third quarter and 5% up year-on-year. The Johannesburg- and New York-listed precious metals mining company, headed by CEO Neal Froneman, on Thursday reported group... 

Third-quarter Sibanye-Stillwater operating profit up 41%
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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Appea concerned about talk of Cooper basin resource ban

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th October 2017 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has again warned the Queensland government that prohibiting gas exploration and development in parts of the Cooper basin would destroy jobs and investment and drive up energy costs for households and businesses. Appea... 

Freeport trades lower on earnings miss as production falls

By: Henry Lazenby     25th October 2017 The NYSE-listed equity of the world’s second-largest publicly traded copper miner by market capitalisation traded as much as 3.87% lower on Wednesday, despite confidently beating earnings forecasts as lower-than-expected output weighed on investor sentiment. For the three months ended September... 

Freeport trades lower on earnings miss as production falls
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SAG mills at Freeport's Grasberg mine, in Indonesia

Govt eager to get mining parties back to the table – Gigaba

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th October 2017 With the implementation of the revised – and heavily contested – Mining Charter Three postponed to December, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday said it was critical that the current impasse in the mining sector be resolved. Earlier this year, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR)... 

Govt eager to get mining parties back to the table – Gigaba
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Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane

Shared vision needed for mining to boost entire economy – Mgojo

By: Martin Creamer     24th October 2017 A collective national vision, which must be viable, inclusive and transformative, is urgently needed to unleash mining’s latent ability to energise the entire South African economy, Chamber of Mines president Mxolisi Mgojo said on Tuesday. Speaking at a media lunch, Mgojo emphasised the folly of... 

Shared vision needed for mining to boost entire economy – Mgojo
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Chamber of Mines president Mxolisi Mgojo

Mining communities ask to join case against South Africa Charter

By: Bloomberg     24th October 2017 A group of South African mining communities will challenge the government’s Mining Charter and seek a court order to ensure they are involved in drafting any replacement. About 150 community-based organizations and activists, represented by the Centre for Applied Legal Studies, will apply to join... 

India relaxes rules for coastal and offshore mining

By: Ajoy K Das     23rd October 2017 In a bid to deepen exploration and mining of atomic and rare earth minerals across the country, the Indian government is putting in place a slew of measures. For starters, the government has notified that it will relax mining norms in fragile coastal areas and that the exploration and mining of... 

Rise in DRC exploration activity expected

20th October 2017 With the improvements in the copper price, mining interest will soon be returning to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), says mining consultancy SRK Consulting country manager Susa Maleba.   “In fact, for explorers wanting to initiate drilling programmes, time is running out,” says Maleba.... 

Rise in DRC exploration activity expected
EXTENDING LIFE The sulphide resources underlying the oxide resources at Kinsevere have the potential to extend the mine life to 2033

ECSA renews Wits School of Mining accreditation

By: Dylan Slater     20th October 2017 The accreditation of University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits) School of Mining Engineering has been renewed for another five-year cycle by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).  

ECSA renews Wits School of Mining accreditation
CUTHBERT MUSINGWINI Renewal of the Wits School of Mining Engineering’s ECSA accreditation illustrates the high standard of the school’s standard

Remove exploration red tape or mining will die, geologist warns 

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2017 The excessive red tape around minerals exploration must be removed to prevent the demise of South Africa’s vital mining industry, consulting exploration geologist Allan Saad said on Thursday. Saad, who spent 18 years in geological roles with mining major Rio Tinto and who formerly represented the... 

Remove exploration red tape or mining will die, geologist warns
Consulting exploration geologist Allan Saad outlines current exploration constraints to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Christo Greyling. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Resources Watch  

19th October 2017 This week: South African mining rights application process open to corruption And, South Africa should consider agromining 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Diamond exploration intensifying close to mine that paid for itself in 3.5 days 

By: Martin Creamer     18th October 2017 London- and Botswana-listed Botswana Diamonds, which is funding diamond exploration on three sites in South Africa, expects to declare an inferred resource by year-end at its Thorny River project in Limpopo, which is located very close to the Marsfontein mine that had an astonishing... 

Diamond exploration intensifying close to mine that paid for itself in 3.5 days
Botswana Diamonds MD James Campbell talks to Mining Weekly Online's Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Lionel da Silva

Chamber files for review of 'disastrous' Mining Charter

By: News24Wire      18th October 2017 The Chamber of Mines filed an application in the North Gauteng High court on Tuesday to have a judicial review and setting aside of the Mining Charter. According to the founding affidavit, the Charter released by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on June 15 had, and continues to have, a... 

Chamber files for review of 'disastrous' Mining Charter
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Chamber of Mines CEO Roger Baxter

‘Digital effectiveness’ tops EY’s 2017/18 risk radar

By: Henry Lazenby     18th October 2017 Professional services firm EY Global has revealed it annual ‘Top 10 business risks facing mining and metals’ report on Tuesday, with new entry ‘digital’ topping the list of most critical risks facing the mining industry in the coming year. This year’s report has seen a reshuffling with digital... 

‘Digital effectiveness’ tops EY’s 2017/18 risk radar

Young HDSA diamond beneficiators doing well – De Beers 

By: Martin Creamer     17th October 2017 The model launched last year by De Beers for the development of young historically disadvantaged South Africans (HDSAs) as diamond beneficiators is proving highly successful, De Beers Senior VP Sightholder Sales South Africa Mpumi Zikalala said on Tuesday. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online on the... 

Young HDSA diamond beneficiators doing well – De Beers
De Beers Senior VP Sightholder Sales South Africa Mpumi Zikalala talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd and Lionel de Silva.

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