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Ruskoway outlines ambitious plans to develop diverse asset portfolio

By: Ilan Solomons     22nd July 2016 South African junior mining and exploration company Ruskoway is intent on developing its four diversified mineral resource projects in South Africa, says Ruskoway project manager Siyabonga Sibiya. The company’s Fonte Verde platinum-group metals (PGMs), nickel and copper deposit is located near... 

Government to decide fate of top Botswana nickel miner shortly, says minster

By: African News Agency      21st July 2016 The Botswana government has set up a cabinet task force of five ministers to study the business model and operations of its troubled nickel miner Bamangwato Concession Limited (BCL) in order to decide on whether to fund, place the mine on care and maintenance or shut down operations completely.... 

South32 on track to meet FY2017 cost guidance; FY2016 production in line with forecasts

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st July 2016 Diversified major South32 says the completion of restructuring initiatives and the fact that production met or exceeded guidance for the 2016 financial year for the majority of its operations is positioning the company well to achieve its unit cost guidance in the new financial year. Despite a... 

South32 on track to meet FY2017 cost guidance; FY2016 production in line with forecasts
Photo by Bloomberg
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Oz Minerals, Mithril to explore for nickel/copper in S Australia

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st July 2016 Oz Minerals has entered a heads of agreement with Mithril Resources to explore seven new nickel/copper licence areas in South Australia. Mithril will undertake a target generation exercise in the Coompana block of the far west of South Australia, with a view of identifying potential drill... 

Western Areas exceeds guidance

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st July 2016 ASX-listed Australia-based miner Western Areas’ mine production for the June quarter has exceeded its financial year guidance of 27 000 t by producing 27 607 t of nickel. The increase was driven by record yearly production for the Spotted Quoll mine, in the Forrestania region. Mill production was... 

Independence develops Bollinger decline early

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st July 2016 Base metals firm Independence Group (IGO) is accelerating the development of the Bollinger orebody at the Nova nickel/copper/cobalt project, announcing on Thursday that work has begun on a new decline. Early access to the Bollinger orebody is expected to deliver enhanced early cash flow and... 

Judgment shows courts won’t easily endorse Mining Charter III's blunt arithmetical quotas – Leon

By: Martin Creamer     19th July 2016 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane would do well to ponder last Friday’s landmark Constitutional Court judgment as he and his department mull public comments on the draft reviewed Mining Charter that he sprung on the South African mining industry in a surprise April gazetting. This is... 

Judgment shows courts won’t easily endorse Mining Charter III's blunt arithmetical quotas – Leon
Photo by Duane Daws
Herbert Smith Freehills’ Peter Leon,

Tax Bill throws up royalty surprises as Davis Tax Committee mulls broader mining reforms 

By: Martin Creamer     18th July 2016 The Taxation Laws Amendment Bill released on July 8 contains two surprise amendments to mineral royalty taxation on the eve of the Davis Tax Committee’s next mining tax report, which is expected to provide the royalty regime with much needed certainty. The two amendments proposed in the Bill,... 

Tax Bill throws up royalty surprises as Davis Tax Committee mulls broader mining reforms
KPMG tax head Muhammad Saloojee talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Nickel rally to lose strength by year-end; aluminium settles into lower-for-longer pattern

By: Henry Lazenby     15th July 2016 New forecasts by BMI predict nickel prices will rise in the short term, however, the rally will taper off by year-end, as heightened Chinese refined nickel imports and ore supply disruptions from the Philippines buoy prices. However, the Fitch group research firm says positive long-term... 

Nickel rally to lose strength by year-end; aluminium settles into lower-for-longer pattern

Global nickel market deficit widens to over 11 000 t in May – INSG

By: Reuters     15th July 2016 The global nickel market deficit widened to 11 200 t in May, as low prices weighed on refined output from top producer China while demand slowly improved, data from the International Nickel Study Group showed on Friday. But strong yearly production from mines in Indonesia and a revival in output... 

Pneumatic equipment no longer centre stage, but still has place

By: Sebastian Whyle     15th July 2016 The uptake of pneumatic tools at mine sites has slowed, owing to new mining technology and techniques, equipment provider Borwa Mining Instruments MD Lebogang Matlou tells Mining Weekly.  

Pneumatic equipment no longer centre stage, but still has place
RIGOROUS REQUIREMENTS Mining companies are cleaning house, looking for genuine, nonfronting and reliable black-youth-owned mining suppliers

Orion secures advanced nickel-copper project in S Africa’s Northern Cape

By: Samantha Herbst     14th July 2016 ASX-listed Orion Gold has secured an exclusive right to earn up to an 80% interest in the Jacomynspan nickel-copper-platinum group elements (PGE) project, located in South Africa’s Northern Cape province, through a 74% Orion-owned South African subsidiary company. Orion noted on Thursday that it... 

New SEC ruling eases transparency reporting burden on extractive sector

By: Henry Lazenby     12th July 2016 New rules adopted late in June by issuers reporting under the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) held the promise that oil, gas and mining companies operating in Canada, which file annual transparency reports, might now be able to use that same report to meet new US requirements.... 

Panoramic sends off final Savannah shipment to China

By: Mariaan Webb     12th July 2016 ASX-listed Panoramic Resources sent off its final nickel concentrate shipment of 11 095 wet metric tonnes (wmt) to China last week. The company reported on Tuesday that the Savannah mine, in Western Australia, had produced 1 958 t of nickel in concentrate in April and May, before the project was... 

Nickel leads metals higher as Goldman sees $12 000 in six months

By: Bloomberg     12th July 2016 Nickel led metals higher, climbing for a third day, as Goldman Sachs Group Inc. predicted an almost 20% jump in prices in the next six months because of supply cuts in the Philippines, the biggest ore producer. The metal added as much as 1.4% to $10 190 a metric ton on the London Metal Exchange... 

Independence remains within FY production guidance range across operations

By: Samantha Herbst     11th July 2016 ASX-listed diversified mining and exploration company Independence Group (IG) announced on Monday that gold production at its 30%-owned Tropicana gold mine – which is 70% owned and managed by AngloGold Ashanti – was 28 651 oz for the June quarter, which was firmly within its production guidance... 

BofAML rejigs commodity price deck as global economic shocks favour gold over base metals

By: Henry Lazenby     8th July 2016 Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) has adjusted the price forecast for most mined commodities, citing increased market uncertainty favouring precious metals over the base metals pricing outlook. So far this year, mined commodities have rallied sharply, reinforcing analysts’ view that... 

BofAML rejigs commodity price deck as global economic shocks favour gold over base metals
BofAML sees increased market uncertainty favouring precious metals over the base metals pricing outlook

Reactore Solutions

     8th July 2016 Reactore is a modular ERP system that is uniquely able to integrate with all major software and hardware systems in use at the majority of mines.  The solution is written with Scala, a reactive technology, providing real time data flow for timely scheduling and management of operations and... 

Reactore Solutions

Report predicts further declines in exploration activity this year

By: Ilan Solomons     8th July 2016 For the global mining industry, 2015 was a challenging year and early indications suggest that 2016 is unlikely to reveal the light at the end of the tunnel for the sector, states professional services firm SNL Metals & Mining. The firm notes that with depressed metals prices, production... 

Report predicts further declines in exploration activity this year
IN A HOLE With depressed metals prices, high levels of international political turmoil and a slowing Chinese economy, investors are understandably wary of the mining industry

Some services firms report business revival as several commodity prices rise

By: Henry Lazenby     6th July 2016 Certain mining services providers have reported increased interest from customers on both the investor and mining side, saying the slight recovery for many major commodities so far this year had translated into improved business. “Yes, there’s definite improvement in our business, especially... 

Some services firms report business revival as several commodity prices rise

Finns unveil acid mine water fix  

By: Martin Creamer     5th July 2016 A Finnish technology innovator on Tuesday unveiled a new and different solution to the problem of acid mine drainage (AMD). Global EcoProcess Services Oy (EPSE) provides a technology that extracts saleable metals from AMD and produces purified clean water. 

Finns unveil acid mine water fix
Top executives from Finnish water cleaning company EPSE spoke to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. 5.07.2016

Operations resume at Ramu Nickel in PNG

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st July 2016 Operations were resuming at the Ramu Nickel joint venture (JV) in Papua New Guinea, following rectification work, Australia’s Highlands Pacific reported on Friday. Operations ceased at the Basamuk refinery in April after the failure of a high-pressure steam pipeline, which resulted in the death... 

Glencore throws full weight behind transparency in money-to-govts report 

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2016 Global diversified mining and marketing company Glencore threw its full weight behind complete openness in its maiden Payments-To-Governments Report 2015. In a 17-page outline, Glencore CFO Steve Kalmin provides an overview of the $5-billion it paid last year to 16 governments ranging from... 

Glencore throws full weight behind transparency in money-to-govts report
Photo by Duane Daws
Glencore CFO Steve Kalmin

Mining Indaba slashes prices for mining corporates

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2016 Mining companies attending the upcoming Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town will benefit from significantly reduced registration fees. Mining Indaba officials have introduced price reductions of up to 50% for the February 6 to 9 event, now in its twenty-third year. 

Mining Indaba slashes prices for mining corporates
Mining Indaba MD Jonathan Moore

BMI lifts thermal coal price outlook; says nickel has bottomed

By: Henry Lazenby     29th June 2016 Fitch group research firm BMI has raised its thermal coal price forecasts on the back of a more aggressive contraction in global mine output than initially expected, mainly in China. The firm now forecast Newcastle coal to average $53/t in 2016, up from $51/t, and $57/t in 2017, up from a... 

First ore mined in development at Independence’s Nova project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th June 2016 Base metals miner Independence Group has mined the first development ore at the Nova project, in Western Australia. The company reported on Tuesday that the mining of the first ore was an important milestone as work progressed to complete construction and development of the nickel/copper/cobalt... 

The MSA Group

     24th June 2016 Local mining consultancy The MSA Group provides exploration, geology, mineral resource, mining and environmental consulting solutions to a client base that includes some of the world’s largest multinational mining companies, as well as private equity and sovereign wealth funds, banks, governments... 

The MSA Group

Call for bargaining council to protect workers amid mining accidents in Botswana 

By: African News Agency      23rd June 2016 The Botswana Mine Workers Union (BMWU) has urged the government to set up a bargaining council to safeguard the welfare of workers who suffer crippling and fatal injuries while working in the mines. The call came after one Bamangwato Concession Limited (BCL) worker suffered a broken hip bone... 

Average capex overrun for mining companies hits 37% – EDC study

By: Simon Rees     20th June 2016 The average cost overrun for mining projects studied by Export Development Canada (EDC) has reached 37% over the capital expenditure (capex) budgeted, EDC managing principal Tin Lwin told an audience at a recent meeting of the Canadian Institute of Mining’s Management and Economics Society in... 

Average capex overrun for mining companies hits 37% – EDC study

WA’s EPA recommends conditional approval for new nickel mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th June 2016 The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) of Western Australia on Monday recommended that the Environment Minister approve the Wingellina nickel project, which ASX-listed Metals X was developing. EPA chairperson Dr Ton Hatton said the mine’s proposal was assessed at a high level of... 

Ambatovy JV defers principal payment, Sherritt continues not to fund cash calls

By: Henry Lazenby     15th June 2016 Canadian diversified miner Sherritt International has announced that the group of lenders to its 40%-owned Ambatovy nickel and cobalt mine, in Madagascar, have entered into temporary agreement to defer a principal repayment due on Wednesday, to August 5. The Toronto-headquartered company said an... 

Peruvian mining volumes continue to grow as new president takes helm

By: Simon Rees     15th June 2016 The Peruvian mining industry is expected to spur renewed growth in the country as output grows, prices stabilise and revive, several speakers told a recent Peruvian-Canadian Chamber of Commerce economic outlook seminar. The recent Peruvian election was so close that the winner Pedro Pablo... 

Peruvian mining volumes continue to grow as new president takes helm
Photo by Reuters
Incoming Peruvian president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski

Mirabela enters liquidation as Santa Rita fails to attract bid

By: Mariaan Webb     15th June 2016 The Santa Rita mine of collapsed Australian junior Mirabela Nickel in Brazil has failed to attract an acceptable bid, resulting in the company being placed in liquidation. Receivers of Mirabela, which entered administration in September last year, started a sale process for the mine in October... 

Big boost for South African mining as old Comro reopens  

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2016 The revitalisation of the South African mining industry through the resuscitation of research and development (R&D) is under way as an outcome of the Mining Phakisa, a strategy forged by 120 government, company, union and nongovernmental participants, who last year spent five weeks working... 

Big boost for South African mining as old Comro reopens
Mining Phakisa outcomes are spelt out to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Legal discretion dogging mine safety inquiries – Webber Wentzel 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2016 The only certainty about current enforcement of South Africa’s Mine Health and Safety Act is consistent uncertainty, says Webber Wentzel partner Kate Collier. Addressing a seminar on the way the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) approaches senior mine management in the aftermath of serious... 

Legal discretion dogging mine safety inquiries – Webber Wentzel
Webber Wentzel partners tell Mining Weeky Online’s Martin Creamer of uncertainty being mining’s new certainty. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video & Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Improving froth pumping solution

By: Sascha Solomons     10th June 2016 Specialist slurry equipment solutions provider Weir Minerals is introducing the next- generation WARMAN horizontal froth pump, which features a continuous air removal system that can be applied to the company’s froth pumps already in the market. This is in line with Weir Minerals’ focus on... 

Improving froth pumping solution
RUI GOMES Being able to develop and implement changes to produce greater efficiency is important in the pumps industry

Mining’s rebirth under way – Ritchken 

By: Martin Creamer     9th June 2016 New joint action is being brought to bear to arrest the devastating decline of the South African mining industry, which will involve the Mining Phakisa policy intervention seeking to boost the sector by positioning it as the centrepiece within a new, cohesive mining cluster that requires... 

Mining’s rebirth under way – Ritchken
Mining Phakisa's Edwin Ritchken outlines progress to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer at SAIMM conference. Video & Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Preliminary licence granted for Horizonte’s Araguaia nickel mine, beneficiation plant

By: Henry Lazenby     8th June 2016 Nickel development company Horizonte Minerals has received a preliminary environmental licence (LP) for the planned Araguaia nickel mine and beneficiation plant from the Brazilian Pará State Environmental Agency (SEMAS). According to the Aim and TSX-listed company, which brought the project from... 

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