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Gaps in measures against mineral resource misreporting

By: Nadine James     16th March 2018 Addressing delegates at a seminar at SRK’s Johannesburg office last month, corporate consultant and SRK Australia chairman Mark Noppe advised that there are still surprisingly large gaps in the assurance systems that companies use to protect against inaccuracy of reporting mineral resources and... 

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... 

Russian-Zimbabwean firm to invest $400m in Zimbabwe platinum

By: Reuters     15th March 2018 Great Dyke Investments (GDI) said on Thursday it would invest around $400-million to build a precious metals mine and smelter in Zimbabwe, as the country opens up to international business. The joint venture between Russia's Afromet and Zimbabwe's Pen East expects to produce up to 855 000 oz (27... 

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
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Share prices of Glencore and Anglo at 2013 levels, despite higher earnings, lower debt

Resources Watch  

15th March 2018 This week: Exxaro negotiating new business opportunities beyond mining German ruling likely blessing in disguise for platinum And, Implats harvests loss shafts, mulls more investment in profitable shafts 

Resources Watch
Exxaro negotiating new business opportunities beyond mining German ruling likely blessing in disguise for platinum And, Implats harvests loss shafts, mulls more investment in profitable shafts

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

Anglo commits to ambitious sustainability strategy

By: Martin Creamer     14th March 2018 Diversified mining company Anglo American has outlined an innovative approach to three major areas of sustainability - the environment, community development, and driving greater trust and transparency across the mining industry. 

Anglo commits to ambitious sustainability strategy
Photo by Creamer Media
Mark Cutifani

Hydrogen transport proposed for opencast mines

By: Martin Creamer     13th March 2018 Hydrogen transportation technology would be useful in large opencast mines, where a number of haul trucks operate in a limited radius, says RTS Africa Engineering MD Ian Fraser. Such an application could serve as a stepping stone to the realisation of the value of hydrogen technology in... 

Hydrogen transport proposed for opencast mines
Ian Fraser

Zimbabwe gives mines, farmers six months to clear electricity bills

By: Reuters     12th March 2018 Zimbabwe's state-owned electricity distributor has given businesses, including mines and large-scale farms, six months to clear their bills or risk being cut off and face litigation, the company said on Monday. The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDS) is owed more... 

Battle to keep Lonmin platinum deal alive hinges on the rand

By: Bloomberg     9th March 2018 When Lonmin CEO Ben Magara announced in December that Sibanye Gold had agreed to buy the platinum miner, he was visibly relieved. He can’t relax just yet. 

Battle to keep Lonmin platinum deal alive hinges on the rand

New contractor starts 2018 mining season at Eurasia’s West Kytlim

By: Mariaan Webb     9th March 2018 London-listed precious metals producer Eurasia has appointed alluvial mining contractor Techstroy to mine the West Kytlim project, which contains the world’s second-largest alluvial platinum reserve. The new contractor has hit the ground running, starting site work in the first week of March,... 

Hanwa to join PTM, Jogmec in Waterberg JV

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2018 Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (Jogmec) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with global trading company Hanwa for the transfer of a part of Jogmec’s interest in the Waterberg Joint Venture (JV) project, in the Bushveld Complex, to Hanwa 

Roads agency intensifies mining-sector engagement

By: Nadine James     9th March 2018 Following its successful participation at the 2018 Investing in African Mining Indaba, the Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) hosted a stakeholder engagement and fundraising session with the mining industry in the Sekhukhune district municipality last month at Lapeng Guest Lodge in Burgersfort, Limpopo.... 

Global platinum demand expected to increase marginally in 2018

By: Nadine James     8th March 2018 Global platinum demand is expected to increase marginally this year, based on a 2% recovery in jewellery demand in Asian markets, as well as a 6% demand increase for industrial applications. This combined with a 2% decline in supply, owed to mine closures in South Africa, will have resulted in a... 

Global platinum demand expected to increase marginally in 2018
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DRIVING DEMAND The Chinese jewellery market is expected to experience a resurgence, while the percentage of jewellery demand in India is growing by double digits

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

Palladium dubbed 'unobtainium', rhodium 'next palladium'

By: Martin Creamer     7th March 2018 While diesel demonisation continues to the detriment of platinum, several key steps that will benefit platinum are poised to be taken in the next 18 to 24 months. The first of these key steps is the substitution of platinum for palladium in gasoline systems, against the backdrop of palladium... 

Palladium dubbed 'unobtainium', rhodium 'next palladium'
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Paul Finney

Jubilee delivers positive results in final six months of 2017

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th March 2018 Aim- and AltX-listed Jubilee has pushed its earnings into positive territory during the six months ended December 31, following the inclusion of the low-cost Hernic ferrochrome platinum and chrome tailings operations for a full six months. The group on Wednesday posted an increase in earnings... 

German ruling likely blessing in disguise for platinum - RBPlat  

7th March 2018 The German Federal Court ruling on diesel car emissions, which could cost transgressors eight-billion euros in fines a year, is seen as a likely blessing in disguise for platinum, Royal Bafokeng Platinum. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer has the details. 

German ruling likely blessing in disguise for platinum - RBPlat
German ruling likely blessing in disguise for platinum - RBPlat

German ruling likely blessing in disguise for platinum - RBPlat 

By: Martin Creamer     6th March 2018 The German Federal Court ruling on diesel car emissions, which could cost transgressors eight-billion euros in fines a year, is seen as a likely blessing in disguise for platinum, Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) CEO Steve Phiri said on Tuesday. The global backlash against diesel-engine cars,... 

German ruling likely blessing in disguise for platinum - RBPlat
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri’s presentation of results is covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photograph, Video & Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded 6.03.2018

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

Outlook good for cash-flush Merafe

By: Martin Creamer     6th March 2018 Chrome and ferrochrome company Merafe, which has zero debt and R600-million cash on hand, sees ferrochrome prices being supported by the cost of production in China, solid projected stainless steel production growth and the absence of any major additional ferrochrome supply capacity coming on... 

Outlook good for cash-flush Merafe
Merafe CEO Zanele Matlala

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

Stability, sustainability needed for mining growth

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd March 2018 South Africa needs stability, continuity and fairness in the mining industry, says engineering consultant WSP Africa transport and infrastructure division MD Dr Terence Milne, who tells Mining Weekly that presenters at the Investing in African Mining Indaba highlighted “political stability, fair... 

Stability, sustainability needed for mining growth
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CLEAN ENERGY WSP aims to explore green energy for miners in the year ahead

MTE celebrates 25 years of success

By: Nadine James     2nd March 2018 Travelling exhibition specialist MTE celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary this year, and the company – founded by Tony Wightman in 1993 – owes its success to its deep engagement with the mining industry, subsequently enabling MTE to establish long-standing relationships with mines and... 

A proposal to the President - A six-point plan

2nd March 2018 South Africa's minerals and mining industry faces severe headwinds. The Republic of South Africa hosts a treasure trove of geology and minerals, valued at about $2.5-trillion. Without modern exploration, prospecting, and new local and foreign investment, these resources will not be developed for... 

A proposal to the President - A six-point plan

Implats harvests loss shafts, mulls more investment in profitable shafts 

By: Martin Creamer     1st March 2018 The 40 000-employee Impala Platinum Mine in Rustenburg, which is 'harvesting' unprofitable shafts while studying additional investment opportunities in the many profit-making shafts within its well-endowed, long-life lease area, has set in motion a process to cut costs by R1-billion. Harvesting,... 

Implats harvests loss shafts, mulls more investment in profitable shafts
Implats CEO Nico Muller talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Dylan Slater. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded 1.03.2018

Amplats CEO seeks friendlier Zimbabwe mining laws to lift investment

By: Reuters     1st March 2018 Zimbabwe must offer foreign miners a consistent legal framework, the right to keep a controlling stake in operations and a greater share of profits to encourage investment, the head of Anglo American Platinum said. The country, home to the world's second largest reserves of platinum after South... 

Colin Bird appointed Bezant chairperson

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st March 2018 Aim-listed Bezant Resources has appointed Colin Bird chairperson, effective February 5. He succeeds Edward Nealon, who has stepped down. 

Implats performance up, six die

By: Martin Creamer     1st March 2018 The Implats group on Thursday delivered an improved performance at most operations for the half-year ended December 31, but regrettably mourns the loss of six employees through work-related incidents. Gross platinum in concentrate production for the group, headed by CEO Nico Muller, increased by... 

Implats performance up, six die

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... 

Zimbabwe expects mineral revenue to rise to $1.78bn in 2018

By: Reuters     27th February 2018 Zimbabwe expects to earn $1.78-billion from mineral sales in 2018, up from $1.5-billion last year, Masimba Chandavengerwa, chief executive of the government marketing agency, told a mining conference on Tuesday. Political changes that saw former president Robert Mugabe step down last year after... 

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... 

Structural change needed to arrest mining's decline - analysts

By: Martin Creamer     26th February 2018 Structural change, with government and labour playing central roles, is needed to arrest the decline in South African mining, say Nedbank CIB mining analysts Leon Esterhuizen and Arnold van Graan. In comprehensive note, Esterhuizen and Van Graan describe South Africa's labour-intensive mining... 

Structural change needed to arrest mining's decline - analysts
Photo by Duane Daws
Leon Esterhuizen, Arnold van Graan and Martin Creamer

Sylvania Platinum lowers FY production guidance, but lifts H1 profit as prices improve

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th February 2018 Lower platinum group metal (PGM) grades across its Millsell and Mooinooi dumps during the six months to December 31, has prompted Aim-listed Sylvania Platinum to revise its full-year guidance downwards to between 71 000 oz and 75 000 oz. A delayed water use licence authorisation by authorities... 

Northam Platinum to create 6 500 new jobs in growth thrust 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd February 2018 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam, which is in a strong organic and acquisitive growth phase, will be generating 6 500 new mining jobs in the next four to five years, which dovetails with President Cyril Ramaphosa's 'sunrise' aspirations expressed in his well-received State of... 

Northam Platinum to create 6 500 new jobs in growth thrust
Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne presented financial results covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

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