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De Beers says laboratory-grown diamond wholesale prices fall by up to 60%

By: Reuters     22nd February 2019 Wholesale prices for laboratory-grown diamonds have fallen by up to 60% since De Beers began selling synthetic stones for jewellery in September, CEO Bruce Cleaver said on Thursday, adding margins for the sector would continue to fall. De Beers, part of mining group Anglo American, shocked the... 

UG2 outperforms as Sibanye positions for new world ­  

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2019 The soaring prices of rhodium and palladium have put new focus on the upper group two (UG2) reef, for long the poor cousin of Merensky reef in the hierarchy of platinum group metals (PGMs) mining. Merensky's predominant platinum content has made it the preferred reef for decades but UG2 is... 

UG2 outperforms as Sibanye positions for new world ­
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman's results presentation reported on by Mining Weekly Online's Martin Creamer. Photograph: Creamer Media's Dylan Slater. Video: Creamer Media's Darlene Creamer.

Strike-hit but upbeat Sibanye confident of value uplift as precious metals shine 

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2019 Precious metals company Sibanye-Stillwater expressed confidence on Thursday that the global precious metals surge would enable it to deliver value despite the prolonged strike challenge that the company is contending with. The company reported 8%-lower earnings before interest, taxes,... 

Strike-hit but upbeat Sibanye confident of value uplift as precious metals shine
Photo by Creamer Media
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Glencore auditing 140 slimes dams 

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2019 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is auditing 140 slimes dams, 65 of them active and 75 of them closed. The company has been undertaking detailed assessments and audits of all material tailings storage facilities (TSFs) over the past three years, after accumulating a TSF... 

Glencore auditing 140 slimes dams
Photo by Glencore
Fifty-one percent of Glencore's tailings storage faciities are upstream dams.

Coal capped at 150 Mt/y – Glencore 

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2019 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore has capped its coal capacity at 150-million tonnes of coal a year, a figure that it is close to and which it will not exceed. The company has been working on the cap with its investors since 2016 in the interests of the transitioning to a low... 

Coal capped at 150 Mt/y – Glencore
Photo by Glencore
Glencore is using wind turbine generated energy in Canada and Australia

Glencore ups low carbon transition, limits coal output

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2019 Diversified mining company Glencore said on Wednesday that it was furthering its commitment a low carbon transition, following engagement with the investor signatories of the Climate Action 100+ initiative. As one of the world’s largest diversified mining companies, Glencore sees itself as... 

Glencore ups low carbon transition, limits coal output
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Brazil iron-ore tragedy brings home reality of mining risk – Kumba  

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2019 Following 58 mineworkers suffering fatal occupational accidents in South Africa in 2018, Kumba Iron Ore CE Themba Mkhwanazi on Tuesday drew attention to 2019 beginning globally with the tragic loss of life at Brumadinho, in Brazil, as a result of an iron-ore tailings dam collapse that killed 170... 

Price premiums boosting quality-focused Kumba Iron Ore  

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2019 South Africa’s Kumba Iron Ore, which stands head and shoulders above its peers when it comes to iron-ore quality, is achieving major price premiums well above historical heights. Structural change and strong growth in particularly the China steel market has placed the Anglo American group company... 

Price premiums boosting quality-focused Kumba Iron Ore
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer reports on Kumba Iron Ore. Video: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd.

Kumba pays dividend, boosts safety, explores, creates local jobs

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2019 Product-improving  Kumba Iron Ore generated hefty operational cash flow, paid a competent final 2018 cash dividend, pressed on with exploration in a new area and supported the creation of 2 600 new jobs in the local community, during a fatality-free, safety-boosted year, characterised by higher... 

Kumba pays dividend, boosts safety, explores, creates local jobs
Kumba Iron Ore CE Themba Mkhwanazi

Tri-Star reports technical issue at Oman facility

By: Mariaan Webb     18th February 2019 Shares in London-listed Tri-Star Resources fell on Monday, as the company reported that it had been informed of a technical issue at its 40%-owned Strategic and Precious Metals Processing (SPMP) facility, in Oman. The company said it liquid metal had been produced in the reduction furnace at... 

Nevada like Witwatersrand of 1970s – Bristow 

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2019 Nevada is like the Witwatersrand of the 1970s, says new Barrick Gold president and CEO Dr Mark Bristow, whose Randgold Resources is now merged into Barrick to form the world’s biggest gold mining company, which is also an extractor of copper, a metal that Bristow sees as “another gold”. The brand... 

Nevada like Witwatersrand of 1970s – Bristow
Barrick Gold CEO Dr Mark Bristow

Tin use in batteries may rise to 60 000 t by 2030 – industry group

By: Reuters     15th February 2019 Tin could see a surge of new demand from lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage of up to 60 000 t a year by 2030, the International Tin Association (ITA) said on Thursday. Investors have been excited about the prospects for increased consumption of other metals, such as... 

South32 finalising preferred list of coal mine bidders 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2019 The complete preferred list of bidders for South32’s energy coal interests is still being finalised, South32 CEO Graham Kerr told Mining Weekly Online on Thursday, when he also provided three reasons why the company’s Australian manganese operations are doing better than its South African... 

South32 finalising preferred list of coal mine bidders
Photo by Creamer Media
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Barrick advancing autonomous gold production – Bristow 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2019 Autonomous production systems and projects are being advanced across Barrick Gold as the group focuses on boosting mining efficiency, new Barrick president and CEO Dr Mark Bristow tells Mining Weekly Online. This is part of an all-out drive by Bristow to ensure that Barrick, into which Randgold... 

Barrick advancing autonomous gold production – Bristow
Barrick Gold CEO Dr Mark Bristow

South32 hikes Illawarra guidance, posts 17% jump in H1 profit

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th February 2019 Diversified miner South32 has reported a solid first half for the six months ending December, with increases in revenue, profit and underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda). South32 on Thursday reported that revenue for the first half of 2018 was up 9% on... 

South32 hikes Illawarra guidance, posts 17% jump in H1 profit
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Lower grades, higher costs contribute to lower FY18 adjusted earnings for Barrick 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th February 2019 Since merging with Randgold Resources six weeks ago, Barrick Gold Corporation on Wednesday said it has made progress in achieving its short-term priority goals and its full-year objectives. Barrick expects to produce between 5.1-million and 5.6-million ounces of gold and between 375-million and... 

Lower grades, higher costs contribute to lower FY18 adjusted earnings for Barrick

Bristow snaps into fast action wearing Barrick crown 

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2019 Dr Mark Bristow has snapped into fast action wearing the Barrick crown. His Randgold Resources, which now falls under the Barrick Gold umbrella, on Wednesday bowed out with panache when it declared a 35% dividend increase to $2.69 a share, buoyed by record production of 807 000 oz of gold at the... 

Bristow snaps into fast action wearing Barrick crown
Barrick CEO Mark Bristow in the field.

Palladium supply shortfall will worsen this year – Johnson Matthey

By: Reuters     13th February 2019 A deficit in the palladium market that has driven prices of the autocatalyst metal to record highs will widen dramatically this year, specialist materials company Johnson Matthey said in a report on Wednesday. The company, a leading autocatalyst manufacturer, said the shortfall in the roughly... 

Harmony cuts energy consumption, ushering in solar, mulling biofuels  

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2019 Gold mining and exploration company Harmony Gold is intensifying its efforts to cut electricity consumption to a minimum while also looking at introducing solar power and biofuel energy. CEO Peter Steenkamp said on Tuesday when the company issued its half-year results that Eskom’s problems could... 

Harmony cuts energy consumption, ushering in solar, mulling biofuels
Harmony Gold executives talk to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Creamer Media’s Darlene Creamer

Accenture seeks to improve mining sector data analytics 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2019 Global professional services company Accenture is investing in a new Applied Intelligence Studio for Mining, in Johannesburg, which will combine the latest in data science and artificial intelligence technologies with deep industry knowledge for the development of new intelligent digital... 

Accenture seeks to improve mining sector data analytics
Accenture Applied Intelligence and Data Science lead for Africa Dr Caroline Belrose discusses Accenture's new Applied Intelligence Studio for Mining with Engineering News Online. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Xolobeni judgment continues to confound 

By: Martin Creamer     11th February 2019 Mining must take place with a strong focus on the interests of those who live in mining areas, says Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, a standpoint that supports the notion that a mining right and a land right can co-exist, without pleasing one party at the expense of the other.  But the... 

Xolobeni judgment continues to confound
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Fourteen NGOs oppose LME plans to ban tainted cobalt

By: Reuters     7th February 2019 Fourteen nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) including Amnesty and Global Witness have opposed plans by the London Metal Exchange to ban cobalt tainted by human rights abuses, a letter seen by Reuters showed. Cobalt is a key ingredient in the batteries that power electric vehicles, a... 

Precious metal refiners face new LBMA environmental standard  

By: Martin Creamer     7th February 2019 The London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) has launched a new standard that addresses environmental as well as sustainability issues in gold and silver markets. To do that in a credible way, LBMA has been actively engaging with mining companies and producer nations. 

Precious metal refiners face new LBMA environmental standard
LBMA CE Ruth Crowell tells Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer about the association's efforts to improve environmental and sustainability within the gold and silver mining and refining sectors. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Alacer output supported by new sulphide plant

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th February 2019 TSX- and ASX-listed Alacer reported a ‘strong finish’ to 2018, with full-year gold production of 171 000 oz of gold, meeting the production guidance of 160 000 oz to 230 000 oz. Production was achieved at an all-in sustaining (AISC) cost of $609/oz, which beat the yearly guidance.  

Global demand for coal rises despite uncertainty

By: Kim Cloete     4th February 2019 Despite a move to renewable energy, particularly in Europe, demand for coal globally soared in 2018, led by low calorific value (CV) coal demand. The strongest import markets were China and India, while Indonesia performed extremely strongly on the supply side. China’s demand for coal... 

PGM-using patents abound – CPM  

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2019 Viable patents that involve the use of platinum group metals (PGMs) should be commercialised so that PGMs become less dependent on the automotive market, says CPM Group MD and founder Jeffrey Christian. CPM’s current projections, which are similar to those in the automotive and electricity supply... 

PGM-using patents abound – CPM
CPM Group MD Jeffrey Christian talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Christo Greyling.

Strong investment case for gold in 2019 – World Gold Council

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st January 2019 Global gold demand in 2018 increased by 4% year-on-year to 4 345 t and was in line with the five-year average demand of 4 347 t. The World Gold Council’s (WGC’s) latest ‘Gold Demand Trends’ report, published on Thursday, said the increase was driven by a 52-year high in central bank buying and... 

Strong investment case for gold in 2019 – World Gold Council

Iron-ore rockets as Vale supply disruption convulses market 

By: Bloomberg     30th January 2019 The global iron-ore market was pitched into turmoil after Brazil’s Vale SA, the world’s largest producer, outlined plans to cut output after a deadly dam breach, buoying shares of rivals as investors weighed the impact of the disruption. Prices soared, with futures rallying more than 9%. Vale... 

Iron-ore rockets as Vale supply disruption convulses market
Photo by Bloomberg
Vale CEO Fabio Schvartsman

Deloitte outlines trends to assist miners find new strategic approach

By: Simone Liedtke     29th January 2019 To thrive amid the demands and exigencies that the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) presents, mining companies will need a new strategic approach – one that considers not only the full range of industry shifts and risks, but that also provides executives with an enterprise-wide view of their... 

Deloitte outlines trends to assist miners find new strategic approach
Deloitte's eleventh edition of its 'Tracking The Trends' report was published on Tuesday.

Cryptocurrencies are not a safe-haven, says World Gold Council

By: Simone Liedtke     29th January 2019 While cryptocurrencies may have a role to play in financial markets, the World Gold Council (WGC) believes their “behaviour” in an environment of market uncertainty underscores that cryptocurrencies are “not a viable substitute for gold as a safe-haven”. During the fourth quarter of 2018,... 

Palladium theft rampant – FT 

By: Martin Creamer     29th January 2019 Palladium, used in catalytic converters that reduce harmful petrol vehicle emissions, is catalysing a crime wave in the UK, says the Financial Times (FT) of London. “Thieves are stealing catalytic converters – often in broad daylight – and selling the devices to illegal scrap dealers for cash,”... 

Palladium theft rampant – FT
Photo by Bloomberg
A bar of palladium.

Indaba celebrates silver anniversary, reaffirms commitment to Africa

By: Nadine James     25th January 2019 The 2019 Investing in African Mining Indaba – to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 4 to 7 – will be the twenty-fifth iteration of the event, with the “world’s largest mining conference” having reached this milestone being testimony to its relevance and value,... 

Indaba celebrates silver anniversary, reaffirms commitment to Africa

Indaba celebrates silver anniversary, reaffirms commitment to Africa

By: Nadine James     25th January 2019 The 2019 Investing in African Mining Indaba – to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 4 to 7 – will be the twenty-fifth iteration of the event, with the “world’s largest mining conference” having reached this milestone being testimony to its relevance and value,... 

Indaba celebrates silver anniversary, reaffirms commitment to Africa

New vehicle technology uses cobalt 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd January 2019 A promising new vehicle technology, which uses a cobalt-based catalyst, mirrors the world’s current ‘well-to-wheel’ refuelling ecosystem in being designed to allow motorists to call at conventional petrol stations to fill up with the liquid fuel from which hydrogen is extracted and then converted... 

New vehicle technology uses cobalt
Photo by Electriq-Global
Car that uses fuel consisting of mainly water converted into hydrogen and then electricity.

To meet climate goals, world urged to reuse natural resources

By: Reuters     22nd January 2019 More of the billions of tonnes of materials the world uses each year must be recycled and reused to keep climate change in check, researchers said on Tuesday. Only about a tenth of the nearly 93 billion tonnes of materials utilised annually - including minerals, metals, fossil fuels and biomass -... 

Ariana encouraged by Kizilcukur developments

By: Simone Liedtke     21st January 2019 Updated developments at Turkey-focused Ariana Resources’ Kizilcukur project show that about 2 800 t of mineralised material is currently stockpiled on site, with the potential to double with limited additional trial mining in 2019. Kizilcukur is part of the Red Rabbit Joint Venture (JV) with... 

Israeli billionaire Leviev's Zambia emerald mine stake restored

By: Bloomberg     21st January 2019 Zambia’s company registry reversed a decision to strip Israeli diamond billionaire Lev Leviev of his 50% stake in an emerald mine that’s at the heart of a $50-million dispute. The Patent and Companies Registration Agency, or Pacra, said in a letter on Thursday that it reversed the forfeiture of... 

IEA sees oil demand growth defying economic slowdown for now

By: Bloomberg     18th January 2019 Global oil demand remains on course to be stronger this year than in 2018 as a boost from lower fuel prices counters slowing economic activity, according to the International Energy Agency. “We have seen prices fall very significantly since the peak at the beginning of October, and that is... 

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