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Potash News

Davenport extends landholding in German potash basin

By: Mariaan Webb     Updated 7 hours ago Melbourne-registered Davenport Resources has signed an agreement with a German government agency to buy three potash mining licences in the South Harz region for €1.2-million. Davenport, which is listed on the ASX, will acquire the licences from Bodenverwertungs-und-verwaltungs – the agency... 

Technology set to unleash mining innovation – Anglo’s O’Neill

By: Martin Creamer     16th August 2017 In the next ten years, technology is set to unleash a wave of mining innovation, with the sweet spot centred on changing the thinking around orebodies and processing plants rather than much-spoken-about automation. “Our focus has changed from hunting technologies to hunting value,” Anglo American... 

Technology set to unleash mining innovation – Anglo’s O’Neill
Anglo American technical director Tony O’Neill

Australian Potash raises A$5m for Lake Wells

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th August 2017 Potash developer Australian Potash will raise A$5-million to advance work on its Lake Wells sulphate of potash (SOP) project, in Western Australia. The company on Monday said that a bookbuild had been completed for the placement of some30-million shares, at 10c each, to sophisticated and... 

Growth aids new sales platform

By: Nica Schreuder     11th August 2017 There is cautious optimism worldwide in the future demand for valves, owing to investment in major industries, such as, besides others, mining and oil and gas, as well as related infrastructure, which has prompted growth in the valves industry this year. Industry players are hoping that this... 

Growth aids new sales platform
COMPLEXITY Despite the sophisticated nature of valves, ValveConnect emphasises that they are still commodity items accessible through an online platform

Interest returning to Africa in response to commodities resurgence

     11th August 2017 Interest in Africa’s mineral potential is returning and there is a growing confidence in the future of the resources sector in Africa and in Africa–Australia relations, says organiser of the Africa Down Under (ADU) conference, Australian magazine publisher, Paydirt Media.  

Interest returning to Africa in response to commodities resurgence
INTEGRAL EVENT The importance of Africa Down Under continues to be reflected in the number of high-profile attendees it welcomes to Australia’s mining capital each year

Nedbank debt-financing African mining projects to the tune of $7bn

By: Ilan Solomons     11th August 2017 Investment banking services provider Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) is providing the African mining industry with about $7-billion in debt financing products and says it remains open for business opportunities across the continent. Nedbank CIB mining finance principal Paul Miller... 

Nedbank debt-financing African mining projects to the tune of $7bn
STRICT CRITERIA Mining companies’ forecast cash flows need to be supported by scientific economic analysis that complies to a regulated standard

Potash majors report slow-but-steady market recovery as robust demand pushes prices, profits higher

By: Henry Lazenby     10th August 2017 Canadian potash majors Potash Corp of Saskatchewan and Agrium Inc have reported higher sales volumes for the crop nutrient for the second quarter ended June 30, pushing potash prices higher, despite a persisting market glut. Calgary, Alberta-based Agrium has reported adjusted net earnings – which... 

Potash majors report slow-but-steady market recovery as robust demand pushes prices, profits higher

DRA makes top origination appointment

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2017 Multi-disciplinary global engineering group DRA has appointed Pierre Julien to lead the company’s global origination team as executive VP origination. With more than 22 years of senior level industry experience, Julien has been tasked with identifying and accessing new business channels, seeking... 

DRA makes top origination appointment
Photo by Duane Daws
DRA Group Holdings CEO Wray Carvelas (left) with Mining Weekly Online's Martin Creamer in Johannesburg.

NUM, ANC ‘very encouraging’ – Royal Bafokeng Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     1st August 2017 Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri said on Tuesday that he was “very encouraged” by the stance taken the day before by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the ruling African National Congress (ANC). “We can only improve the situation if we work together and not against each other,”... 

NUM, ANC ‘very encouraging’ – Royal Bafokeng Platinum
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri is interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on the tough current passage of the struggling platinum industry. Video and Video editing: Darlene Creamer 1.8.2017

One-third of Angola now surveyed, thanks to Chinese assistance

By: Keith Campbell     28th July 2017 Angola’s ambassador to China, João Garcia Bires, has highlighted the role China is playing in supporting geological mapping in the African country. He told the Quarterly Bulletin of the Macau Forum that Chinese specialists were helping the Angolan authorities in cartographic surveying of the... 

Deputy Minister ‘uncomfortable’ at not being consulted

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2017 Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant told Radio 702 morning anchor Xolani Gwala on Wednesday that he was “uncomfortable” at having to read about the proposed mineral rights moratorium in the newspapers. Oliphant, who has served as the deputy to three Mineral Resources Ministers,... 

Deputy Minister ‘uncomfortable’ at not being consulted
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Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant

Stop moratorium now, NUM instructs DMR 

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Wednesday that it is deeply concerned by the current consideration by the Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane to put in place a mineral rights moratorium until the finalisation of the Mining Charter Three court challenge by the Chamber of... 

TSX falls, weighed by Barrick and other gold miners

By: Reuters     24th July 2017 Canada's main stock index fell on Monday, as gold miners broadly weighed and Barrick Gold lost nearly 5% after a company it majority owns, Acacia Mining, was hit with a bill for $190-billion in unpaid taxes in Tanzania. Railway stocks, big banks and pipeline and other energy stocks also put... 

BC Iron launches PFS on salt project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th July 2017 A scoping study into the Mardie salt project, in the Pilbara, has found that the project could support a production rate of between 3-million and 3.5-million tonnes a year over a mine life of 20 years. ASX-listed BC Iron on Wednesday told shareholders that the scoping study estimated a capital... 

Divisive $13bn potash plan to test BHP's new chairman

By: Bloomberg     17th July 2017 BHP Billiton’s plan to enter the potash market with a contentious $13-billion project in Canada is adding to challenges facing the incoming chairman of the world biggest mining company. Ken MacKenzie, a 53-year-old board member who takes up the role in September, currently is on a global tour... 

Divisive $13bn potash plan to test BHP's new chairman
BHP incoming chairperson Ken MacKenzie

Nine recommended improvements should charter renegotiation ensue

By: Martin Creamer     17th July 2017 The agreed suspension of the implementation of the controversial Mining Charter Three may present an opportunity for the parties to negotiate a revised version that reflects terms acceptable to all parties. If so, the renegotiated charter should contain at least nine improvements, say Herbert... 

Nine recommended improvements should charter renegotiation ensue
Photo by Duane Daws
Herbert Smith Freehills Africa partner and co-chair Peter Leon

North American metals and mining sector provides weak covenant protections – Moody’s

By: Henry Lazenby     15th July 2017 High-yield bonds issued in the metals and mining sector provide weak covenant protection, Moody's Investors Service says in a new report issued on Friday. The average covenant quality (CQ) score under the credit rating agency's scoring criteria for the 56 North American metals and mining... 

Miners rewarded for improved capital discipline

By: Henry Lazenby     11th July 2017 Increased cash flows, merger and acquisition (M&A) activity and new debt issues have helped many of the world’s top miners strengthen their balance sheets in 2016, reflecting miners’ response to investor messages around capital discipline, according to new analysis from PwC Canada. "As the global... 

Miners rewarded for improved capital discipline

Kore Potash seeks Aim listing

By: Mariaan Webb     10th July 2017 Republic of Congo-focused mineral explorer Kore Potash has announced its intention to list in London by the end of the year. Kore Potash currently trades on the ASX and plans to seek a listing on the Aim as part of a strategy to increase its share trading liquidity and to capture a greater... 

Potash Ridge secures Utah mining lease

By: Henry Lazenby     7th July 2017 Near-term fertiliser producer Potash Ridge has successfully converted its exploration and option agreement for the Blawn Mountain property, in Utah, into a mining lease, setting the stage to start production on the deposit. The licence conversion followed the TSX-listed firm’s subsidiary, Utah... 

Mining Indaba offering new junior zone, boosting interface opportunities 

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2017 Strong new thrusts are planned for next year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which is scheduled to take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8, once again to support investment in mining companies operating in Africa and to provide an effective platform... 

Mining Indaba offering new junior zone, boosting interface opportunities
Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose outlines to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer the major new focus on junior miner involvement. Video and Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

German group interested in potash from Kalium’s Beyondie project

By: Mariaan Webb     30th June 2017 German fertiliser group WITTRACO Düngmittel has expressed an interest in buying one fifth of Australian potash developer Kalium Lake’s sulphate of potash (SOP) production from its Beyondie SOP project, in Western Australia. Kalium has signed a nonbinding offtake memorandum of understanding with... 

Indian FY potash imports to dip 5%

By: Ajoy K Das     28th June 2017 India’s potash imports are expected to fall by an estimated 5% during the current financial year, as a result of a combination of higher global prices, a spike in the domestic retail price of the nutrient and the impact of country’s reformed indirect taxes. Officials in designated import... 

Slow, bumpy market recovery on the cards for most commodities

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd June 2017 The global commodity market is probably in for a slow, drawn-out recovery following the five-year bear market, S&P Global Market Intelligence director for reports on the metals and mining sectors Dr Chris Hinde said during a webcast on Wednesday. According to S&P’s ‘State of the Market’ report,... 

Slow, bumpy market recovery on the cards for most commodities

Mining Charter exposing South African economy to GATT angst  

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2017 The procurement rules of the new Mining Charter may violate South Africa’s obligations under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), exposing the country to challenges by other member states of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Herbert Smith Freehills lawyers Peter Leon and Patrick... 

Mining Charter exposing South African economy to GATT angst
Photo by Duane Daws
Herbert Smith Freehills co-chair Peter Leon

Mining Charter set to worsen stakeholder relations – Bench Marks

By: Martin Creamer     20th June 2017 The new Mining Charter is the flawed outcome of inadequate consultation with communities, the board of the Bench Marks Foundation said on Tuesday, when it warned that the document is poised to worsen stakeholder relations. Bench Marks executive director John Capel condemned the new charter as a... 

Mining Charter set to worsen stakeholder relations – Bench Marks
Photo by Reuters
Rt Rev Dr Jo Seoka, chairperson of the Bench Marks Foundation, which has launched a scathing attack on the new Mining Charter.

Potash Ridge clinches 25% take-or-pay agreement

By: Henry Lazenby     20th June 2017 Near-term crop nutrient producer Potash Ridge's Quebec-based subsidiary Valleyfield Fertilizer Corp has signed a preliminary nonbinding, multiyear agreement with a prominent fertiliser distribution partner, representing about 25% of Valleyfield's initial yearly potassium sulphate (SOP) output.... 

Australian Potash gets offtake for Lake Wells

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th June 2017 ASX-listed Australian Potash has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China’s Hubei Agricultural Means of Production Group (Hubei-Agri) for the sale of up to 100 000 t/y of sulphate of potash (SoP) from the Lake Wells project, in Western Australia. Under the terms of the MoU,... 

K+S produces first potash at $4.6bn Bethune mine ahead of schedule

By: Henry Lazenby     16th June 2017 German-held chemicals firm K+S Potash Canada has last weekend produced the first tonnes of marketable potash at its new $4.6-billion Bethune mine, in Saskatchewan. The company reached the milestone ahead of schedule, and is now focused on building up to its annual production capacity of... 

Chamber going to court to halt devastating charter blow to already battered mining sector 

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2017 The Chamber of Mines of South Africa will be applying at the earliest opportunity for a court date for a declaratory order on continuing empowerment consequences, as well as immediately seeking an interim court interdict to suspend the implementation of Mining Charter Three, the devastating set... 

Chamber going to court to halt devastating charter blow to already battered mining sector
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Chamber of Mines of South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo

IHS Markit's materials price index registers 3.1% weekly decline

By: Henry Lazenby     9th June 2017 A broad basket of commodities tracked by market research house IHS Markit has declined the most in a single week since mid-April, falling 3.1% last week in a broad retreat. IHS senior economist Ben Orhan said in a news release to Mining Weekly Online on Thursday that the commodity price index... 

Supplier aims to take top spot in Africa by 2022

     9th June 2017 Vibration equipment supplier Aury Africa intends to become a leading manufacturer and supplier of high-performance mineral processing equipment to the African mining industry by 2022, with initial focus on Zambia and Mozambique, says director Sydney Parkhouse. He is optimistic that the green... 

Supplier aims to take top spot in Africa by 2022
SYDNEY PARKHOUSE The key factors driving the original-equipment manufacturer’s ongoing success is its expertise and the experience of its new management team

Phosa condemns charter tinkering, urges growth negotiations  

By: Martin Creamer     7th June 2017 Stop tinkering with sector charters and instead negotiate them in a manner that creates room for sizable growth, African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee member Dr Mathews Phosa urged on Wednesday. Delivering the keynote address at the Junior Indaba, the former premier of... 

Phosa condemns charter tinkering, urges growth negotiations
African National Congress National Executive Committee member Mathews Phosa addressed the Junior Indaba, which was cover by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photograph: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer

Young bull run kickstarts cyclical mining industry into exploration mode

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd June 2017 With the commodity and equity markets in much better shape than a year ago, mining industry players are navigating the early days of a new bull run with renewed interest in exploration and mergers and acquisitions activity to secure future supplies. While the commodity market is perhaps not... 

Young bull run kickstarts cyclical mining industry into exploration mode
Photo by Resource Maven
Resource Maven newsletter writer Gwen Preston on a mining site visit

Zambezi Protocol to serve as guide for identity-changing chamber 

By: Martin Creamer     29th May 2017 The 128-year-old Chamber of Mines of South Africa provided an important indicator of its intended new direction when it revealed that the Zambezi Protocol would be its guiding light as it embarked on its identity and name-change programme. Under unanimously elected new president of Mxolisi Mgojo,... 

Zambezi Protocol to serve as guide for identity-changing chamber
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer asks new Chamber of Mines office bearers to spell out the influential institution’s decision to change its 128-year-old name and identity. Photographs and Video: Duane Daws. Video Editing : Lionel d Silva.

New company aims to be ‘unrivalled’ service provider

     26th May 2017 With a focus on safety and supporting its customers, the process of integrating diversified industrial-use products and services provider Komatsu and high-productivity mining solutions provider Joy Global has begun, following the conclusion of a $3.7-billion deal in April. On May 8, executive... 

New company aims to be ‘unrivalled’ service provider
RETAINING FOCUS Newly renamed Komatsu Mining will continue to promote and invest in the Joy Global P&H, Joy and Montabert brands

Inflated base case prices could dent confidence in mine development

By: Henry Lazenby     19th May 2017 Project valuations based on elevated price assumptions in the absence of more reasonable scenarios to provide a more balanced view to the market is potentially damaging to the credibility of management teams, their consultants and the mining industry as a whole, London-based boutique investment... 

Inflated base case prices could dent confidence in mine development

Alcohol testing, education longterm solution to abuse

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2017 Testing backed up by educational programmes is a tried and tested method, proven to reduce alcohol-related incidents, drive down absenteeism and improve overall productivity in the mining sector, alcohol detection technology and services provider Alco-Safe director Rhys Evans tells Mining Weekly. 

Alcohol testing, education longterm solution to abuse
EFFECTIVE TESTING Testing needs to be carried out every single day as part of the mine’s standard health and safety policy to be effective
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