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Rare earths company acquires critical metals portfolio in Namibia

16th March 2018 Heavy rare earth elements project developer Namibia Rare Earths (NRE) has completed the acquisition of a portfolio of critical metal properties from private firm Gecko Namibia, which will see NRE obtain a controlling interest in a portfolio of seven metals properties, thereby expanding its focus... 

Lawyer hails Mantashe appointment, govt resolve to cooperate with mining

By: Nadine James     16th March 2018 Recent political changes, not least the appointment of Gwede Mantashe as Mineral Resources Minister, combined with the Ramaphosa administration’s seeming resolve to collaborate with industry, particularly the Chamber of Mines (CoM), have resulted in a “cautious optimism” for mining stakeholders,... 

Lawyer hails Mantashe appointment,  govt resolve to cooperate with mining
GEORG KAHLE Mantashe’s commitment to ensuring that an agreement on the charter is reached by June, should result in the legislature’s making the necessary amendments to the MPRDA

Russian billionaire Potanin buys 2% of Nornickel from Abramovich

By: Reuters     15th March 2018 Russian billionaire Vladimir Potanin's Interros Holding said it had completed the purchase from businessman Roman Abramovich of a 2% stake in Norilsk Nickel, which has been the subject of a legal battle. Abramovich struck a provisional deal last week that allowed him to sell a 4% stake in... 

South Africa discount no longer warranted, say analysts

By: Martin Creamer     15th March 2018 The so-called 'South Africa discount' that has dogged and diminished the share prices of mining companies operating in South Africa for decades, has been declared "unwarranted" by Goldman Sachs Europe Metals & Mining Equity Research analysts, against the backdrop of the winds of political change... 

South Africa discount no longer warranted, say analysts
Photo by Goldman Sachs
Share prices of Glencore and Anglo at 2013 levels, despite higher earnings, lower debt

Paradigm shift required to position mining industry for long-term success

By: Henry Lazenby     15th March 2018 The long-term mindset of the mining industry will have to change to position itself for long-term success, set against an ever-changing landscape, says BHP Billiton's head for Minerals America, Daniel Malchuck. He told an audience during the keynote session of the recent Prospectors and... 

Paradigm shift required to position mining industry for long-term success
Photo by BHP Billiton
Escondida, Chile

RNC's Mark Selby dispels myths regarding nickel demand as new EV markets beckon

By: Henry Lazenby     14th March 2018 Tightening long-term fundamentals for nickel are sketching a rosy picture for the stainless steel-making ingredient, as increased dependence from the burgeoning electric vehicle (EV) market adds a growing new demand stream in an already constrained supply scenario. RNC Minerals president and CEO... 

RNC's Mark Selby dispels myths regarding nickel demand as new EV markets beckon
Photo by Reuters
Nickel ore

China's enviro policies, EV growth two megatrends to boost most commodities

By: Henry Lazenby     13th March 2018 Chinese actions in recent years to embrace temporary production cuts and enforce stricter environmental regulations are probably here to stay for the long term and have already disrupted a range of commodities, including coal, aluminium, lithium and cobalt production chains. Commodity research... 

China's enviro policies, EV growth two megatrends to boost most commodities
Photo by Bloomberg
Cobalt metal nuggets

Investors hunting cobalt deals approached Sherritt, CEO says

By: Bloomberg     13th March 2018 Sherritt International has been approached by investors seeking to buy a share of its cobalt production as a way of gaining exposure to the red-hot battery metal, the Canadian miner’s CEO said. Cobalt is rapidly becoming an investor darling as expectations of a shortage driven by the growth of... 

St George raises funds for nickel exploration

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th March 2018 Nickel explorer St George Mining has raised A$4-million through a share placement to institutional and sophisticated investors to fund exploration and drilling programmes at the Mt Alexander nickel/copper sulphide project, in Western Australia. Some 22.2-million shares, priced at 18c each, will... 

Botswana pays Russia's Norilsk Nickel $45m to settle mine sale dispute

By: Reuters     9th March 2018 Botswana has paid Norilsk Nickel $45-million to settle a dispute after its State-run mining company pulled out of buying a stake in a South African mine from the Russian firm, the minerals minister said on Friday. Botswana's state-run BCL Mine pulled out of a 3-billion pula ($281-million) deal in... 

Study elevates importance of Orion’s Jacomynspan deposit

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th March 2018 A geological reevaluation of the ultramafic intrusive hosted Jacomynspan nickel/copper/cobalt deposit, undertaken on behalf of dual-listed Orion Minerals, has highlighted important findings that elevate the importance of this district as a compelling target for exploration. Orion MD and CEO Errol... 

Parties in Nornickel dispute allow share sale, but deal could be unwound – lawyer

By: Reuters     8th March 2018 Russian billionaires Vladimir Potanin and Roman Abramovich and aluminium producer Rusal have agreed to allow the sale by Abramovich of a 4% stake in mining giant Norilsk Nickel on a pro rata basis to Potanin and Rusal, a lawyer for Rusal said on Thursday. The three sides of the dispute reached... 

Amur kicks off Kun-Manie access road programme

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th March 2018 Aim-listed Amur Minerals has started the development process for its 350 km access road that will link its Kun-Manie project site to the Ulak rail station on the Baikal-Amur rail line. The company has engaged Cevi Constuzioni (CC) to undertake the inaugural step in the design of the road.... 

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2018 The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada's (PDAC's) 2018 convention, in Toronto, drew an international crowd of 25 606 people, in what is widely considered as a clear sign that optimism is returning to the mineral exploration and mining industry following several years of turmoil.... 

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

Daimler's R&D chief sees nickel rich batteries gaining traction

By: Reuters     7th March 2018 The car industry is moving towards making electric car batteries with a higher ratio of nickel, Ola Kaellenius, Daimler board member responsible for research and development, said on Tuesday. High cobalt prices have been pushing manufacturers to adjust the recipe for the batteries used to power... 

Mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed 

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th March 2018 To refine and improve the execution of recruitment within the mining industry, mining and engineering professionals recruiter TrueVine Consulting has developed a new, innovative online recruitment platform, called Digger. “Digger is a digital recruitment, talent management and staff retention... 

Mining-specific staff recruitment,  management app developed
Innovative mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed. Editing: Darlene Creamer and Christo Greyling.

Nornickel profit falls 16%, palladium now largest revenue contributor

By: Mariaan Webb     6th March 2018 Nickel and palladium producer Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel) has posted a 16% drop in full-year net profit, as the miner realised a smaller foreign exchange gain. Nornickel's net profit declined to $2.12-billion in the year ended December 2017, from $2.53-billion in 2016, the company reported on... 

Nornickel profit falls 16%, palladium now largest revenue contributor
Nornickel Vladimir Potanin

Finnish nickel mine founder files for bankruptcy

By: Reuters     6th March 2018 Finland's Ahtium Oyj , formerly named Talvivaara Mining Company, which ran a troubled nickel mine in northern Finland, said on Tuesday it had filed for bankruptcy after failing to secure financing for future projects. Ahtium is the former owner of the mine which leaked waste water in 2012 and... 

Building trust between miners, host governments a prerequisite to foster economic prosperity

By: Henry Lazenby     6th March 2018 Endemic mistrust between private sector miners and African jurisdictions belies the spirit and objectives set out in the African Union's African Mining Vision, an audience attending the eighth MineAfrica panel discussion at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada conference heard on... 

Building trust between miners, host governments a prerequisite to foster economic prosperity
Photo by Henry Lazenby
MineAfrica 8th Panel Discussion on African Mining in 2018-Politics, Policies and Opportunities

Global metals exploration likely to rise 20% in 2018 – S&P Global

By: Henry Lazenby     5th March 2018 Global mining exploration budgets are expected to swell about 20% in 2018, bolstered by the generally positive trend in metals prices extending into early 2018, a new report by S&P Global Market Intelligence has found. Global spending on the search for nonferrous metals rose 15% year-on-year in... 

Global metals exploration likely to rise 20% in 2018 – S&P Global

Amur completes ice road, starts bringing supplies to Kun-Manie

By: Schalk Burger     2nd March 2018 Aim-listed nickel/copper sulphide exploration and development company Amur Minerals has completed a 350 km ice road to its Kun-Manie project, in the Amur province in far east Russia, and has begun restocking supplies for the 2018 field season. In a press release issued on Friday, the company... 

EV penetration rates to drive demand for numerous raw materials

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd March 2018 With electric vehicle (EV) market growth to drive demand for lithium-ion batteries, as well as the materials used in their anodes and cathodes, soaring demand for numerous raw materials can be expected in the next ten years, says international metals and minerals researcher Roskill steel alloys... 

EV penetration rates to drive demand for numerous raw materials
FUTURE TRENDS Roskill delivered a presentation titled On the Road with Roskill on the side-lines of the 2018 Investing in African Mining Indaba

Abramovich seeks London court approval to sell Norilsk Nickel stake

By: Reuters     27th February 2018 Chelsea soccer club owner Roman Abramovich's Cyprus-based Crispian on Tuesday sought a London court's permission to sell 2% of Norilsk Nickel to billionaire Vladimir Potanin, a move aluminium producer Rusal is trying to block. Potanin offered to buy a 4% stake in Nornickel from Abramovich for... 

Resounding welcome for Gwede, who declines opportunity to comment

By: Martin Creamer     27th February 2018 New South African Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has received a resounding welcome from the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) and mining luminaries. The Chamber of Mines of South Africa has welcomed the appointment of Mantashe, 62, describing him... 

Resounding welcome for Gwede, who declines opportunity to comment
Photo by Duane Daws
Incoming Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Rusal application to block Nornickel deal to be heard by UK court on Feb 27

By: Reuters     27th February 2018 Russian aluminium giant Rusal's application to a UK court to block a deal between companies owned by Russian businessmen Roman Abramovich and Vladimir Potanin will be heard on Tuesday, the court said on its website (www.justice.gov.uk). Potanin this month offered to buy a stake in Russian mining... 

NSW grants mining lease for Clean TeQ Sunrise project

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd February 2018 The New South Wales Planning and Environment department has formally issued the mining leases for the Clean TeQ Sunrise project area and proposed limestone quarry, marking a key milestone in the development of one of the largest cobalt and nickel deposits outside Africa. Clean TeQ, which is... 

Finland takes top spot for mining-friendly investment 

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd February 2018 Finland has ousted Saskatchewan as the top international jurisdiction for mining investment, Canada's Fraser Institute announced on Thursday. Canada's leading independent think-tank, the Fraser Institute, administers its Annual Survey of Mining Companies and ranks jurisdictions around the world... 

Finland takes top spot for mining-friendly investment

Cobalt 27 buys royalty on Dumont nickel/cobalt project

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd February 2018 Canadian cobalt investment vehicle Cobalt 27 has bought a 1.75% net smelter return royalty (NSR) on all future output of nickel and cobalt from Canadian diversified miner RNC Minerals' Dumont project, in the Abitibi region of Quebec, for $70-million. Dumont is thought to contain the world's... 

Restructured Anglo American reaps benefits, posts solid FY17 results

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd February 2018 After an extensive restructuring, diversified miner Anglo American raised its dividend for the 2017 financial year to $1.02 a share - its highest dividend in nearly a decade. The "fundamentally different business" nearly halved its debt to $4.5-billion and doubled its free cash flow by 93% to... 

Restructured Anglo American reaps benefits, posts solid FY17 results
Diversified miner Anglo American

Glencore shoots lights out, mulls divi top-up, reaffirms South Africa

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2018 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore shot the lights out with a superlative set of 2017 results that coincided with a leap in its share price in Johannesburg, the reaffirmation of South Africa as an even more positive investment destination, and the mulling of a dividend "top up"... 

Glencore shoots lights out, mulls divi top-up, reaffirms South Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
Flashback to Ivan Glasenberg opening Glencore-funded school in South Africa's coalfields.

Eramet eyes expansion in electric vehicle metals

By: Reuters     20th February 2018 Eramet CEO Christel Bories said on Tuesday that the French mining group is looking to expand in minerals like cobalt, lithium and nickel salts linked to energy transition markets like electric vehicles. Eramet is actively looking at acquisition targets after previously acquiring a lithium deposit... 

Eramet eyes expansion in electric vehicle metals

After 2017 consolidation, mining to pre-empt future metals demand – EY

By: Schalk Burger     20th February 2018 With stronger balance sheets across the mining and metals sector, miners are increasingly returning to an investment-led strategy, which is driving a renewed focus on building portfolios that deliver sustainable shareholder returns, says multinational consultancy Ernst & Young (EY). The focus... 

After 2017 consolidation, mining to pre-empt future metals demand – EY

Australian Mines shares surge 60% on offtake deal

By: Reuters     20th February 2018 Shares of battery and technology metals developer Australian Mines Ltd surged on Tuesday after the company signed an offtake agreement with South Korean battery maker SK Innovation for nickel and cobalt from its Sconi project. The commodity off-take agreement, which is for an initial period of... 

Mogalakwena gushes cash as Amplats modernises, studies growth, advances fuel cell 

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2018 The Mogalakwena platinum mine lived up to its reputation of being the most profitable platinum group metals (PGM) mine on the planet when it gushed cash and elevated a modernising, community supporting, environment protecting, growth studying and fuel-cell marketing Anglo American Platinum... 

Mogalakwena gushes cash as Amplats modernises, studies growth, advances fuel cell
Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith delivers 2017 results covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Nornickel tycoons said to avoid shoot-out sale in share dispute

By: Bloomberg     19th February 2018 Billionaires Oleg Deripaska and Vladimir Potanin’s working arrangement at MMC Norilsk Nickel is starting to fray, but the tycoons aren’t planning to trigger a so-called shoot out - a forced auction where the losing bidder must sell his stake to the winner, three people familiar with situation... 

Nornickel tycoons said to avoid shoot-out sale in share dispute
Oleg Deripaska

Leon expects mining industry to have a future under Ramaphosa’s Presidency

By: Nadine James     16th February 2018 Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon is cautiously optimistic that the changes signalled by newly elected President Cyril Ramaphosa will benefit South Africa’s economic recovery. In a speech to the British Chamber of Business in South Africa on Thursday evening, he... 

Leon expects mining industry to have a future under Ramaphosa’s Presidency
Photo by Duane Daws
Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon

Russia's mining billionaires are back to fighting over Nornickel

By: Bloomberg     16th February 2018 The billionaire owners of Russia’s biggest mining company have revived a years-old feud. Oleg Deripaska, one of the top shareholders of MMC Norilsk Nickel, wants to stop Roman Abramovich from selling a stake in the company that may worth $1.5-billion, according to three people familiar with... 

Sound policy, low risk key to attracting mining investment

By: Henry Lazenby     16th February 2018 The global equity markets have been extremely volatile in recent weeks, extending a frantic selloff in US stocks that culminated in the steepest plunge for the Dow Jones Industrial Average in six-and-a-half years. While commodities were not spared from the rout, American multinational investment... 

Sound policy, low risk key to attracting mining investment
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