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Assore warns of lower FY earnings amid lower iron, manganese prices

By: Creamer Media Reporter JSE-listed mining holding company Assore expects its attributable earnings for the year to June 30 to decline to between R1.23-billion and R1.5-billion, from R4.01-billion in the prior financial year. Headline earnings were expected to fall to between R1.7-billion and R2.08-billion, from... 

South32 secures ICMM membership

By: Natasha Odendaal BHP Billiton spin-off South32 has successfully joined the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), a move that is expected to deliver long-term benefits for the new globally diversified metals and mining company and its stakeholders. An independent expert review panel had recommended... 

Urgent govt, business cooperation needed to end South Africa’s crisis – Turok

By: Martin Creamer The time had come for government and business to find ways and means of working together to end South Africa’s current economic stagflation crisis, United Nations Commission for Africa (UNCA) mineral value chain lead consultant, anti-apartheid struggle veteran and former African National Congress... 

Urgent govt, business cooperation needed to end South Africa’s crisis – Turok
ANC MP Ben Turok

Gulf Manganese redrafts Timor smelter study

By: Mariaan Webb Australia-registered Gulf Manganese Corporation has redrafted its Timor smelter study, which shows that the project has the potential to return earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of $374.7-million over a ten-year period. The ASX-listed company, which published... 

M&R Cementation bags R4.8bn Kalagadi Manganese mining contract

By: Natalie Greve Mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation has been awarded a R4.8-billion, five-year mining contract for the Kalagadi Manganese operation, in the Kalahari basin. The three farms on which the mineral explorer held new-order mining rights were believed to hold some 960-million tons of... 

South32 delays restart of some S African ferromanganese furnaces

By: Megan van Wyngaardt Triple-listed South32 will delay the the restart of three of its four high-carbon ferromanganese furnaces at its Metalloys manganese alloy operation in South Africa, owing to a 20% decline in alloy prices.  The company noted on Tuesday that no permanent employees would be retrenched as a result... 

Jobless mining engineering graduates plead for look in

By: Martin Creamer Jobless mining engineering graduates are pleading for inclusion in South Africa’s mining industry in preparation for the sector’s inevitable upturn in the future. Speaking to Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly Online in a video interview on the sidelines of the Junior Indaba in Johannesburg, Society... 

Jobless mining engineering graduates plead for look in
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Smangaliso Musawenkosi (left) and Martin Creamer

South Africa’s geoscience ‘desperately’ underfunded – Nedbank Capital 

By: Martin Creamer Government geoscientists are desperately underfunded, which is depriving South Africa of the geological potential that is essential for minerals exploration. There is an absence of investment in large, regional geological exercises and masters students are not being trained in the... 

South Africa’s geoscience ‘desperately’ underfunded – Nedbank Capital
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Paul Miller

Excalibur hopes for manganese luck in Zambia

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Junior explorer Excalibur Mining has its eye on a manganese deposit in Zambia. The ASX-listed junior reported on Thursday that the company would partner with Pinto Minerals to acquire a 75% shareholding in Maybach Mining Services, which holds the early stage production asset. 

Transnet, labour unions sign three-year wage deal

By: Creamer Media Reporter Freight logistics group Transnet on Tuesday night signed a three-year wage agreement with the South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) and the United National Transport Union (UNTU). The agreement will see bargaining unit employees receive increases of 7%, 7.5% and 8.25% in the... 

Transnet, labour unions sign three-year wage deal

Mining engineering graduates struggling to find jobs

By: Martin Creamer After decades of undersupply, mining engineering graduates are now struggling to find employment. Even more surprising, writes Professor Emeritus Huw Phillips in the latest edition of the Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM), is that some of the best... 

Mining engineering graduates struggling to find jobs
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Huw Phillips

Andile Sangqu to head Anglo South Africa 

By: Martin Creamer Andile Sangqu, former Xstrata and current Impala Platinum executive and new VP of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, has sprung to further prominence as the new executive head of Anglo American South Africa. Anglo American plc also announced on Thursday that Kumba Iron Ore CEO Norman Mbazima... 

Andile Sangqu to head Anglo South Africa
Norman Mbazima (left) and Andile Sangqu

Study validates Gulf's Timor smelter plans

By: Esmarie Swanepoel A study into a smelting facility in Timor has validated ASX-listed Gulf Manganese’s aim to develop a smelting and sales hub for high carbon ferromanganese alloys in Timor. A financial analysis has revealed that the project would earn $623.8-million before interest, tax, depreciation and... 

Chamber reveals plan to get South Africa’s ‘great mining industry’ back on front foot

By: Martin Creamer The Chamber of Mines of South Africa on Wednesday revealed a strategic plan to get South Africa’s “great mining industry” back on the front foot. Speaking at the well-attended 125th annual general meeting (AGM) of the historic organisation, chamber president Mike Teke – who was re-elected for a... 

Chamber reveals plan to get South Africa’s ‘great mining industry’ back on front foot
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Chamber president Mike Teke (right) having a word with his vice-president Graham Briggs.

South32 in superb second-day share surge

By: Martin Creamer The share price of the new South32 mining company soared superlatively on day two. The demerged entity shot up 14% on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), rose 6.23% on top of Monday’s 3% rise in early morning trade on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), and even closed higher at £1.08 a share... 

South32 in superb second-day share surge
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Mike Fraser at South32 listing in Johannesburg.

South32 shares rise on JSE debut, BHP Billiton shares fall

By: Martin Creamer Value generation from the assets of South32 in the months ahead of its debut on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) is indicative the upside potential of the triple-listed BHP Billiton spin-off company, which saw its shares end up well in the money at the JSE's close on Monday and those of BHP... 

South32 shares rise on JSE debut, BHP Billiton shares fall
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Mike Fraser (left) with Martin Creamer at South32 listing.

March mining output up 18.8% y/y

By: Creamer Media Reporter Mining production increased by 18.8% year-on-year in March, with the highest positive growth rates recorded for platinum-group metals (PGMs), at 132.2%, manganese ore, at 17.3% and nickel at 15%. The main contributors to the 18.8% increase were PGMs, contributing 13.1 percentage points; coal,... 

IronClad proposes name change to Tyranna Resources

By: Esmarie Swanepoel ASX-listed IronClad mining on Friday proposed a name change to Tyranna Resources, following its successful merger with fellow-listed Trafford Resources, which became effective earlier this week. Trafford shareholders had voted in favour of the proposed merger, which would see shareholders... 

South32 set to hit ground running after 98% BHP 'yes' vote 

By: Martin Creamer The demerging South32 mining company, which is set to hit the ground running after receiving an overwhelming 98.05% yes vote from BHP Billiton shareholders on Wednesday, is at an advanced stage of planning a global shared service centre in South Africa, which will create 200 new quality jobs.... 

South32 set to hit ground running after 98% BHP 'yes' vote
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Andrew Mackenzie

Exploration and mine development up to 2.5 times more costly in Canada’s North

By: Henry Lazenby A new study has found that the cost to explore and build new mines is as much as 2.5 times higher in northern Canada, mainly as a result of a lack of critical infrastructure. The study, titled ‘Levelling the Playing Field’, found that the cost of mineral exploration and building and operating... 

Exploration and mine development up to 2.5 times more costly in Canada’s North

Production up at Glencore’s South African coal mines

By: Martin Creamer Production from Glencore’s South African thermal coal mines was 10% higher in the three months to end March. The London-, Hong Kong- and Johannesburg-listed diversified mining and marketing company, headed by CEO Ivan Glasenberg, said on Tuesday that the ramp up of its newly commissioned... 

Production up at Glencore’s South African coal mines
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Ivan Glasenberg

Creamer Media publishes Iron-Ore 2015: A review of the iron-ore sector electronic research report

Creamer Media’s Iron-Ore 2015 report provides an overview of the global iron-ore market, with particular reference to pricing, supply and demand, as well as the trade in iron-ore. It provides information on not only the major mergers and acquisitions, and the trade of iron-ore in the sector, but... 

Creamer Media publishes Iron-Ore 2015: A review of the iron-ore sector electronic research report

Strategic minerals and the aerospace and defence industries

By: Keith Campbell The term “strategic minerals” is one that is much used but one that, in the words of Brazilian minerals lawyer Raquel Quaresma de Lima, “does not have a steady definition”, while the Science and Technology Committee of the UK House of Commons has observed that there is “no single definition of... 

Strategic minerals and the aerospace and defence industries

South32 weakness hidden – Investec

By: Martin Creamer Good overall third-quarter production performance by BHP Billiton hid the weaker performance of most of the assets that make up South32, Investec Securities mining analyst Hunter Hillcoat says. BHP Billiton intends simplifying its portfolio by demerging the South32 metals and mining company,... 

South32 weakness hidden – Investec
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Graham Kerr

Vale reports record Q1 iron-ore output despite price rout

By: Henry Lazenby Brazil-based global miner Vale has reported record first-quarter iron-ore output despite a global supply glut that wis being compounded by waning demand from China, the world’s top importer of the steelmaking ingredient. For the three months ended March 31, total iron-ore output, excluding... 

Vale reports record Q1 iron-ore output despite price rout

Canada’s mining industry welcomes federal budget 

By: Henry Lazenby Canada's national mining association has welcomed the Conservative government’s balanced federal budget 2015, citing its pleasure with renewed funding for critical areas such as environmental assessments, the Major Projects Management Office, Aboriginal education and training, and geoscience.... 

Canada’s mining industry welcomes federal budget
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Canada's Finance Minister Joe Oliver on Tuesday tabled a C$990.3-billion balanced budget.

New dust buster initiative sounds potential death knell for silicosis scourge

By: Martin Creamer A spectacular new dust control system announced at a Chamber of Mines (CoM) of South Africa conference on Monday is described as the closest the industry has come to a silver bullet to put an end to the curse of silicosis and other lung diseases that have plagued the South African mining industry... 

New dust buster initiative sounds potential death knell for silicosis scourge
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Terence Goodlace

Solidarity vows to protect members amid Evraz business rescue

By: Natalie Greve Trade union Solidarity said on Wednesday that it would protect the interests of its members at Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium, in eMalahleni, after the company announced on Tuesday that it had entered into business rescue proceedings. Solidarity, which represented 350 of the company’s 2 400... 

Solidarity vows to protect members amid Evraz business rescue

Steel major Evraz Highveld files for business rescue

By: Natalie Greve Vertically integrated steel and vanadium slag producer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium has initiated voluntary business rescue proceedings, citing an inability to meet its short-term obligations as a result of historical operating difficulties and sustained financial losses within a... 

Steel major Evraz Highveld files for business rescue

South32 turns bearish as tax inquiry, iron-ore put ‘sell’ skids under BHP

By: Martin Creamer With the shareholder vote just over three weeks away, the planned spin-off of South32 from BHP Billiton has turned bearish and BHP Billiton has itself fallen victim to an unprecedented number of analyst sell recommendations owing to the plummeting iron-ore price, worsened by the reputational... 

South32 turns bearish as tax inquiry, iron-ore put ‘sell’ skids under BHP
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The BHP Billiton building in central Johannesburg

S Africa’s February mining output up 7.5% y/y

By: Creamer Media Reporter South Africa’s mining production increased by 7.5% year-on-year in February. The main contributors to the increase were iron-ore, contributing 4.2 percentage points; platinum-group metals (PGMs), contributing 2.8 percentage points; and manganese ore, contributing 1.1 percentage points. Gold made... 

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