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World Diamond Council’s System of Warranties open for public review

By: Anine Kilian     7th June 2018 The World Diamond Council (WDC) System of Warranties (SoW) has entered a public review period following the completion of an industry review. The SoW review and reform process is part of the WDC’s strategic plan and is intended to help industry participants better implement and demonstrate their... 

Platinum price set for recovery this year – survey

By: Anine Kilian     7th June 2018 The platinum price is expected to exceed $1 000/oz in the second half of this year. “We expect the platinum price will start a recovery this year, albeit a gradual one. This is predicated on a small deficit this year, of nearly 300 000 oz, fuelled by a contraction in supply, chiefly from the... 

Platinum price set for recovery this year – survey

Eastplats files civil claims notices against former directors, other parties

By: Anine Kilian     7th June 2018 JSE-listed Eastern Platinum (Eastplats), together with Eastplats Acquisition and Eastern Platinum Holdings, has filed notices of civil claims related to two separate actions in the British Columbia Supreme Court. The first claim is brought against Serina Services and Ingwenya Incorporated in... 

Nautilus starts wet testing programme for new seafloor diamond drill rig

By: Simone Liedtke     7th June 2018 TSX-listed Nautilus Minerals has started wet testing of its new seafloor diamond drill rig, which it developed to relieve the drilling requirements of its future exploration programmes. The rig, nicknamed the “Hobbit” scout rig, has so far successfully met design targets in a series of land-based... 

Key shareholder urges Canadian miner Nevsun to engage with suitors

By: Reuters     7th June 2018 Nevsun Resources, a Canadian miner which has been approached regarding a takeover, should enter "good-faith negotiations with any suitor," Adrian Day Asset Management, one of Nevsun's top ten shareholders, said in an open letter to the company's board on Wednesday. "We would urge the company to... 

Battery metals industry dependent on ‘flavour of the month’

By: Simone Liedtke     6th June 2018 With nearly every forecast predicting higher battery use in the years ahead, especially lithium-ion batteries to power new and existing technologies, demand for its component metals may be dependent on what some title “the flavour of the month”. 

Battery metals industry dependent on ‘flavour of the month’
Photo by Dylan Slater
IDC senior project development manager Bertie Strydom

US, Japanese platinum jewellery demand to continue growing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 With China’s strong economic growth in the first quarter of this year, jewellery demand in that country also increased, but platinum jewellery demand lagged behind other jewellery segments owing to a lack in innovative product and market-wide marketing support, says Platinum Guild International... 

US, Japanese platinum jewellery demand to continue growing

Goldcorp signs IBA with three First Nation communities in Ontario

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 TSX-listed Goldcorp and three First Nation communities – Brunswick House, Chapleau Cree and Chapleau Ojibwe – have signed an impacts and benefits agreement (IBA) with respect to the development and operation of the Borden gold project, near Chapleau, in northern Ontario.  

Goldcorp signs IBA with three First Nation communities in Ontario

Gold market could put supply on blockchain as soon as next year

By: Bloomberg     6th June 2018 The gold market could start using the technology behind cryptocurrencies to track an almost-$200 billion supply chain as soon as next year. The London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) last week closed an invitation for submissions of ideas for how to track the metal as it’s dug out of remote... 

Europe, Asia drove ETF holdings higher in May – WGC

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 Global gold-backed exchange-traded fund (ETF) holdings added 15 t to 2 484 t in May, the World Gold Council (WGC) reported on Wednesday.  

Europe, Asia drove ETF holdings higher in May – WGC

Current mining ‘boom’ very different to last one – CRU

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2018 A return of capital expenditure (capex) and inorganic sources of growth are seen as a key corporate priority for 2018 and beyond, CRU Group senior consultant Aleksander Popovic said on Wednesday. The provider of marketing intelligence to mining told the Junior Indaba that the company’s... 

Current mining ‘boom’ very different to last one – CRU
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CRU Group senior consultant Aleksander Popovic

Iamgold reports 39% reserve, 16% output rise at Burkina Faso project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 TSX- and New York-listed gold producer IAMGOLD has announced positive results from a prefeasibility study (PFS) for its Essakane heap leach project, in Burkina Faso.  

Iamgold reports 39% reserve, 16% output rise at Burkina Faso project
IAMGOLD's Essakane gold mine in Burkina Faso

Velocity appoints consultancy to undertake Rozino PEA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 TSX-listed gold miner Velocity Minerals has appointed consultancy CSA Global Canada Geoscience to complete a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) and a National Instrument (NI) 43-101-compliant mineral resource estimate for the Rozino gold project, in south-east Bulgaria.  

Trilogy reports maiden cobalt resource estimate for Alaska project

By: Anine Kilian     6th June 2018 Alaska-focused mineral explorer Trilogy Metals on Monday reported a maiden 77-million-pound cobalt resource for its Bornite project. The resource estimate used assay data from drill holes completed by the company between 2011 and 2013 and re-sampled historic holes drilled in the 1960s and 1970s. 

Nevsun starts exploration decline construction at Serbia copper project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 TSX-listed Nevsun Resources has started construction of the exploration decline at its Timok Upper Zone copper project in Bor, Serbia.  

Argonaut awaits imminent court scheduling over suspension of Mexico mine’s explosives permit

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 TSX-listed gold producer Argonaut Gold on Tuesday reported that the Judiciary Court hearing with respect to the company’s explosives permit for its La Colorada mine, in Sonora, Mexico, has been postponed and is awaiting imminent court scheduling.  

Argonaut awaits imminent court scheduling over suspension of Mexico mine’s explosives permit

GoviEx closes C$6m private placement

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 TSX-listed uranium miner GoviEx has closed a private placement of 35.6-million shares at a price of C$0.17 apiece, with each unit comprising one Class A common share and one Class A common share purchase warrant, for gross proceeds of C$6-million.  

Lion One secures funding for gold project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th June 2018 he Tuvatu gold project, in Fiji, is poised for development after project developer Lion One Metals secured a $40-million finance facility with Sinosteel Equipment & Engineering and mining and smelting group Baiyin. Lion One will engage Sinosteel as the project engineering, procurement and... 

Thiess wins contract extension at Curragh

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th June 2018 The mining services division of ASX-listed Cimic, Thiess, has been awarded a A$160-million contract extension at the Curragh coal mine, in Queensland. Under the terms of the contract, Thiess will mine some 45-million cubic meters of waste and coal at Curragh’s North Pit, until June 2019. 

Global plans small operation in US

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th June 2018 Lithium-boron developer Global Geoscience has unveiled the development plans for the Rhyolite Ridge project, in Nevada, targeting a shorter permitting process. The company told shareholders that the site layout for the Rhyolite Ridge project has been designed with a total surface disturbance... 

BHP is said to get shale bids valuing unit at up to $9bn

By: Bloomberg     6th June 2018 BHP Billiton has received first-round bids for its US shale portfolio from oil majors including BP and Chevron, valuing the unit at $7-billion to $9-billion, people familiar with the matter said. Royal Dutch Shell, partnering with private equity firm Blackstone Group, also submitted a bid for the... 

BHP is said to get shale bids valuing unit at up to $9bn

Govt creating junior miners’ fund, boosting geoscience, legitimising zama-zamas 

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2018 The government is partnering the State-owed Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to establish a junior miners’ fund that will provide exploration investment capital to black-owned emerging miners; it is also investing R20-billion in the Council for Geoscience to boost exploration as well as... 

Govt creating junior miners’ fund, boosting geoscience, legitimising zama-zamas
Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant announces junior funding at Junior Indaba, covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Murray Energy swaps debt on heels of Trump plan to boost coal

By: Bloomberg     5th June 2018 Murray Energy Corp, the coal miner led by Robert E Murray, said some of its debt holders agreed to refinance a chunk of the company’s bonds and loans as the Trump administration makes a new push to buoy the struggling fossil fuel industry. The deal cuts debt and gives Murray Energy more time to... 

Murray Energy swaps debt on heels of Trump plan to boost coal

BK16 diamond parcels delivered to Lucara lab for cleaning

By: Simone Liedtke     5th June 2018 TSX-V-listed Tsodilo Resources has delivered the first two parcels of diamonds from its BK16 kimberlite project, in the Orapa Kimberlite Field, in Botswana, to Lucara Diamond’s acid cleaning laboratory, in Gaborone, for cleaning. The parcels comprise 101 diamonds weighing 18.57 ct and 130... 

Laramide raises funds for uranium projects

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th June 2018 ASX-and TSX-listed Laramide Resources will raise up to C$2.1-million through a private share placement to advance exploration and development work at its Church Rock and Crownpoint uranium properties, in the US, and its Westmoreland uranium project in Australia. Laramide will offer up to... 

Top global miners’ profits to rise to $76bn in 2018

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th June 2018 New data from advisory firm PwC has found that that the top global mining companies were reaching near boom profits, with net profits up 126% in the last year. Net profits for the top 40 mines reached $61-billion in 2017, and is forecast to climb further to $76-billion in 2018. 

Top global miners’ profits to rise to $76bn in 2018

Novo shares still trading below May highs after disappointing drill results

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th June 2018 The share price of TSX-listed Novo Resources was still trading well below its May highs, after the company last week reported disappointing drilling results from the first bulk sample at its Comet Well project, in the Pilbara. While the first 7.143 t bulk sample returned grades of 10.4 g/t gold,... 

Giant waste-spewing mine turns to battleground in Indonesia

By: Bloomberg     5th June 2018 Every year, Freeport-McMoRan dumps tens of-millions of tons of mining waste into the Ajkwa River system in Indonesia. The company has been doing it for decades, and is demanding the right to keep at it for decades to come. The discharge of what are called tailings, the leftovers of mineral... 

IDM to provide technical services at Sunvest’s Clone gold property

By: Simone Liedtke     5th June 2018 TSX-V-listed IDM Mining has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with junior exploration company Sunvest Minerals to provide technical and geological consultation work, as well as logistical and community guidance for Sunvest’s Clone gold property, located south of IDM’s Red Mountain property.... 

Euro Sun amends Nevsun proposal to include cash and shares

By: Simone Liedtke     5th June 2018 TSX-listed Euro Sun Mining (ESM) has amended its portion of the joint proposal with multinational minerals company Lundin Mining to acquire midtier base metals company Nevsun Resources for C$1.5-billion. ESM is now offering C$150-million in cash and C$150-million in ESM stock, compared with the... 

Cruz to acquire base metals projects in Norway

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th June 2018 TSX-V-listed Cruz Cobalt has signed a letter of intent with EMX Royalty and Fennoscandian Investment Group to acquire two cobalt/nickel/copper projects in Norway. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to acquire these projects. The properties are 

ALX undertakes airborne radiometric, magnetic survey at Lazy Edward Bay project

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2018 A low-level, airborne radiometric and magnetic survey of about 4 000 line kilometres by Special Projects Inc (SPI) of Calgary is under way on TSX-V-listed ALX Uranium Corporation’s 100%-owned Lazy Edward Bay uranium project, in Canada. Lazy Edward Bay, which straddles the southern edge of the... 

Mkango begins major drilling programme at Songwe

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2018 Aim- and TSX-V-listed Mkango Resources has started a major diamond drilling programme at its Songwe Hill rare earths project, in Malawi. The drilling programme, the Canadian mineral exploration and development company explained, is a key component of the feasibility study for Songwe, which is... 

AfriTin starts civil construction works on Uis mine’s processing plant

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2018 Phase 1 of the civil works construction on the processing plant at Aim-listed AfriTin Mining’s flagship Uis mine, in Namibia, is targeted for completion in the third quarter of this year. Phase 1 is designed to process 500 000 t/y. 

AfriTin starts civil construction works on Uis mine’s processing plant
Photo by Creamer Media
AfriTin CEO Anthony Viljoen

Altus Strategies lists on TSX-V, retains Aim-listing

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2018 Exploration project generator Altus Strategies is now dually listed on the London Stock Exchange’s Aim and the TSX-Venture Exchange, with ordinary shares expected to start trading on TSX-V on June 6. As at the listing date, the company had just over 176-million shares in issue and had granted... 

Big investors urge G7 to step up climate action, shift from coal

By: Reuters     4th June 2018 Institutional investors with $26-trillion in assets under management called on Group of Seven leaders on Monday to phase out the use of coal in power generation to help limit climate change, despite strong opposition from Washington. Government plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions were too weak... 

Big investors urge G7 to step up climate action, shift from coal

Gold may hit $1 400 in '19 on 'powerful fuel' of weak dollar

By: Bloomberg     4th June 2018 Gold may have posted two straight months of declines, but is set to shrug off the blues and rise in 2019 as the dollar weakens. The precious metal will start to rebound in the final quarter of this year to average $1 375 an ounce in the last three months of next year and could touch a high of $1... 

Gold may hit $1 400 in '19 on 'powerful fuel' of weak dollar

Kinross Gold celebrates 25-year TSX anniversary

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd June 2018 Canada-based senior gold mining company Kinross Gold on Friday celebrated its twenty-fifth year as a listed company on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The senior gold miner, which has mines in the US, Brazil, Russia, Mauritania, Chile and Ghana, started trading on the TSX on June 3, 1993. 

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