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Canadian federal agency rejects NGO complaint regarding KSM project permitting process

By: Henry Lazenby     21st November 2017 A Canadian federal agency has rejected a request for review (RfR) by nongovernmental organisation (NGO) the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC) of the permitting process regarding Seabridge Gold’s Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell (KSM) project, in British Columbia. The Canadian National Contact... 

Savannah completes construction of Mutamba pilot plant, commissioning under way

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th November 2017 Aim-listed resource development company Savannah Resources has completed construction of the pilot plant for its bulk metallurgical test work programme at the Mutamba mineral sands project, in Mozambique. The Mutamba project, located in the Gaza and Inhambane provinces, is being developed in a... 

Savannah completes construction of Mutamba pilot plant, commissioning under way
The Mutamba mineral sands project, in Mozambique

AngloGold’s capex project progressing as planned, within budget

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th November 2017 JSE- and New York-listed AngloGold Ashanti says its high-return and low-capital projects in its international portfolio to extend mine lives and improve margins remain on track and within budget. “We expect . . . continued delivery to tight timelines and budgets on our portfolio-improvement... 

AngloGold’s capex project progressing as planned, within budget
IN PROGRESS Anglogold is extending the life of its Mponeng mine, in Gauteng, initially through the Phase 1 project to access deeper, higher-grade ore

'A good number of investors' considering countries offering better return-on-investment prospects than SA

By: Dylan Slater     17th November 2017 Mining policies imposed by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) on local industry are creating increased uncertainty for investors, a growing number of whom are considering investing in mining projects and exploration in other countries, with a greater chance of a healthier return on... 

'A good number of investors' considering countries offering better return-on-investment prospects than SA
Photo by Duane Daws
PAUL MILLER A significant volume of additional capital needs to be earmarked for every new mining project to account for risk associated with policy uncertainty

Namibia Rare Earths expands metals portfolio

By: Henry Lazenby     10th November 2017 TSX-V-listed project developer Namibia Rare Earths has signed an agreement with private firm Gecko Namibia to acquire a controlling interest in a portfolio of seven metals properties, thereby expanding its focus from heavy rare earths to include cobalt, copper, zinc, lithium, graphite, tantalum,... 

Camborne School of Mines pioneers ‘Fairtrade’ model for ethically, sustainably resourced raw materials

By: Henry Lazenby     10th November 2017 A team of researchers at the University of Exeter’s Camborne School of Mines, based in Cornwall, the UK, are pioneering the development of a ‘Fairtrade’ model for ethically and sustainably resourcing raw materials that are crucial in the manufacturing of next-generation technologies. The research... 

Camborne School of Mines pioneers ‘Fairtrade’ model for ethically, sustainably resourced raw materials

Sherritt formalises restructuring of Ambatovy JV

By: Henry Lazenby     10th November 2017 Canadian diversified miner Sherritt International has signed a definitive agreement to restructure the Ambatovy Joint Venture (JV), which will see Sherritt transfer its 28% stake in return to eliminate debt from its balance sheet. Under the terms of the JV restructuring, which was first revealed... 

Sherritt formalises restructuring of Ambatovy JV

Fortune to consider higher cobalt output in Nico feasibility report

By: Henry Lazenby     10th November 2017 Project developer Fortune Minerals plans to increase the production rate at its flagship Nico cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper project, in Canada’s Northwest Territories, by between 20% and 30% in a response to feedback from potential strategic partners, the company announced on Thursday. London,... 

Uranium producer progresses mine consolidation strategy

     10th November 2017 Canadian uranium miner GoviEx Uranium will acquire the uranium mineral interests of independent power producer African Energy Resources in Zambia, with the Zambian Competition and Consumer Protection Commission announcing in June that it had reviewed and provided its approval for the transaction. 

Uranium producer progresses mine consolidation strategy
Photo by GoviEx Uranium
PROJECT PROGRESSES GoviEx has received expressions of interest from export credit agencies and project finance banks to arrange senior debt financing for the construction of the Madaouela uranium project

Africa’s first coltan smelter established in Tanzania

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 Mining and metals company AB Minerals is partnering with the African Minerals and Geoscience Centre (AMGC) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to establish the first columbite-tantalite (coltan) smelter in Africa. 

Bold steps taken to ensure growth in West Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 With the development of a strong project pipeline and exploration prioritised in the underexplored Birimian belt, in West Africa, gold miner Endeavour Mining is on a clear path to achieving its 2019 goal of becoming a premier African gold producer, says Endeavour Mining CEO Sebastien de Montessus. 

Bold steps taken to ensure growth in West Africa
FLAGSHIP PROJECT Once in production, Houndé will rank among West Africa's top-tier cash-generating mines

Digitalised in-house communications to benefit African mines

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 Mining companies operating in Africa need to think innovatively about how to reach their workforces and consider different access and communication models to ensure healthy and effective employee relations that can significantly improve their bottom lines, says communications provider Wyzetalk... 

Digitalised in-house communications to benefit African mines
GYSBERT KAPPERS There is a strong focus on employees, communities and investing in technology that contributes towards empowerment, inclusivity and sustainability in mining operations

In-house focus ensures continued growth

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 Industrial minerals and construction materials producer Afrimat is developing new marketing initiatives to strategically reposition some of its established products as it navigates the effects of rand volatility, market contraction and regulatory uncertainty in South Africa, and continues to... 

In-house focus ensures continued growth
A FORGOTTEN TREASURE CLC Builders Lime produced at Afrimat’s Cape Lime business, in the Western Cape, has been identified as a marketing priority

Room to improve stakeholder collaboration in African mining

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 African mineral resources Ministers speaking at this year’s Africa Down Under Conference reiterated the importance of creating meaningful stakeholder collaboration, achievable only through continued efforts to open dialogue between government, the private sector and civil society, stresses law... 

Room to improve stakeholder  collaboration in African mining
Photo by Bloomberg
MORE THAN MINING Mining companies must take the time to interact with the people affected by their operations

Technologies for mining asteroids can be adapted for mining on earth, says SAP

By: Schalk Burger     10th November 2017 The dynamics of mining on earth are changing as the economics of the industry change. Mechanisation, digitalisation and environment-friendly trends are dramatically affecting the fundamentals of mining worldwide, says enterprise resource planning multinational SAP MineRP marketing VP Empie... 

Technologies for mining asteroids can be adapted  for mining on earth, says SAP
ADRIANA MARAIS Exploration and development of skills and capabilities as part of research and development can trigger innovation

Madagascar graphite mine poised for global success

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 Proving its growing strength in the graphite market, Australian industrial mineral concentrate producer Bass Metals – the only graphite producer currently listed on the ASX – last month sold, in advance, 50%, or 3 000 t/y, of flake graphite concentrate from the first stage of its Graphmada mine’s... 

Madagascar graphite mine poised for global success
A MODERN MINE In addition to the establishment of a new processing plant and significant earthworks and site works, a new modular drying system has been implemented at Graphmada

Govt, NGOs and industry joining forces to fend off acid mine water threat

By: Ilan Solomons     10th November 2017 Acid mine drainage (AMD) is regarded as one of the greatest environmental challenges ever faced by South Africa, says Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) mine water management chief director Marius Keet. During a recent seminar on the need to rehabilitate mine contaminated ecosystems, he... 

Govt, NGOs and industry joining forces to fend off acid mine water threat

Kinross reports 35% dip in Q3 earnings on lower sales

By: Henry Lazenby     9th November 2017 Canadian major Kinross Gold has reported a 35% dip in third-quarter profit as metal sales fell, the company advised on Wednesday. The Toronto company reported adjusted net earnings attributable to common shareholders for the three months ended September of $84.1-million, or $0.07 a share,... 

Centerra, Aurico Metals reveal C$310m friendly tie-up

By: Henry Lazenby     7th November 2017 Canadian gold miners Centerra Gold and AuRico Metals have struck an accord to combine their businesses through a friendly C$310-million deal that will see Centerra usurp all of the outstanding equities of AuRico. Centerra is offering C$1.80 a share, representing a 38% premium on AuRico's... 

Centerra, Aurico Metals reveal C$310m friendly tie-up

Canadian junior mining sector riding renewed wave of confidence

By: Henry Lazenby     7th November 2017 Despite signs of improved investor confidence in Canada's prolific junior mining sector – mainly driven by rising consumer technology demand for resources – analysts are warning that the market recovery is in a delicate phase and will require discipline to survive until more substantial commodity... 

Canadian junior mining sector riding renewed wave of confidence

China sets tone for future vanadium-flow battery development

By: Henry Lazenby     4th November 2017 The Chinese government has awarded a major contract to privately held clean technology innovator Pu Neng Energy for the construction of a 12 MWh vanadium-flow battery, as Phase 1 of a larger 40 MWh energy storage project, in Hubei province. This first phase will be installed in Zaoyang, Hubei, to... 

Low capital cost key to continuous improvement

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 Delivering well-executed projects at a low capital cost is key to continuous improvement within the local and global mining industry, and Sandton-based process and engineering service provider Metix attributes its ongoing success to its ability to do so for large projects on an engineering,... 

Low capital cost key to continuous improvement
INDUSTRY UPLIFTMENT The efficient delivery of a safely executed and on-time project is key to the upliftment of the industry

Project management facility designed to enhance every plant

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 Technical solutions supplier BMG’s specialist solutions services for the mining sector encompass a complete project management facility, in Johannesburg, which is designed to improve operational efficiencies of every plant, states BMG contracts and projects GM André Smith. 

Project management facility designed to  enhance every plant
ADDITIONAL OFFERING BMG also offers extensive customer training on site at mining operations or at its upgraded premises

Technology to shift project relations from adversarial to cooperative 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 Fluctuating global commodity demand and prices, as well as escalating geopolitical risks are causing concern among asset owners and investors, and is resulting in capital projects either being postponed or cancelled in the South African mining industry, states specialist business and project... 

Technology to shift  project relations from  adversarial to cooperative
Specialist business and project management consultancy SSG Consulting strategy and business development GM Jacques Marais discusses the company’s KEY360 mobile application. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Turnkey solutions provided for gold mine in East Asia

     3rd November 2017 Gauteng-based mining equipment manufacturer Tech Edge Group recently supplied winches, winders and a range of ancillary products and services for a new service shaft at a gold mine in East Asia. This, the company notes, was carried out in collaboration with consultants from Australia and South... 

Turnkey solutions provided  for gold mine in East Asia
FULL TURNKEY SOLUTION Tech Edge Group offered a full turnkey solution service that included high-level design

Mechanised mining produces indirect jobs, uptake increasing

By: Victor Moolman     3rd November 2017 Despite the popular belief that the proliferation of mechanised mines in the African mining industry will lead to job losses, mechanised mining does generate new employment  opportunities, although indirectly through the maintenance, logistics, spare parts transportation, fuel requirements and... 

Mechanised mining produces  indirect jobs, uptake increasing
AUTOMATED SYSTEMS Sandvik is increasing its focus on automated mining equipment

Scarce funding necessitates effective project management

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 The South African mining industry is not a sunset industry, but will continue its decline until there is a significant change in the relationship between industry stakeholders, such as government, labour and mining companies, states Paradigm Project Management (PPM) director Jeremy Clarke. 

Scarce funding necessitates  effective project management
Photo by Duane Daws
JEREMY CLARKE A common belief is that money should not be spent on project management

Moody's lowers Eldorado's rating outlook to 'negative'

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd November 2017 Moody's Investors Service has revised the rating outlook for Vancouver-based gold producer and project developer Eldorado Gold to negative from stable. The international advisory service has also affirmed Eldorado's B1 Corporate Family Rating, B1-PD Probability of Default Rating, and B1 senior... 

Moody's lowers Eldorado's rating outlook to 'negative'
Photo by Eldorado Gold
Eldorado's flagship Kisladag mine, Turkey

IHS Markit materials price index up 0.5% as technology leads

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd November 2017 The materials price index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit gained 0.5% over the past week, building on a 1.6% gain the previous week. The main drivers last week were technology, with IHS's computer chip-based DRAM sub-index climbing a significant 5.2%, while oil and lumber were up 1.3% and... 

Ivanhoe hits shaft-digging milestone at Platreef

By: Henry Lazenby     1st November 2017 Africa-focused megaproject developer Ivanhoe Mines has reached the 500-m level below surface, during construction of the first shaft of the Platreef platinum-group meals (PGM) project, in South Africa's Limpopo province. The 7.25-m-diameter Shaft 1, which is expected to reach the Flatreef... 

Ivanhoe hits shaft-digging milestone at Platreef
Photo by Ivanhoe Mines
Platreef's Shaft 1 sinking headgear and related surface infrastructure

IHS Markit's materials price index rises 1.6% as commodities lead the way

By: Henry Lazenby     27th October 2017 The materials price index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit gained 1.6% last week, its strongest increase since late August, breaking a two-week streak of losses, the research firm revealed on Friday. According to IHS Markit economist Cole Hassay, the expansion was broad-based, with seven... 

Influence of association grows in surface mining sector

     27th October 2017 The Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of South Africa (Aspasa) says it has become a world leader in the proactive guidance and management of issues facing the surface mining industry, subsequent to gaining the recognition of its local and international stakeholders. Aspasa’s proactive... 

Influence of association grows  in surface mining sector
Photo by Bloomberg
LOOKING LOCAL Aspasa advocates the recruitmet of workers living in close proximity to mining operations

Association educates mineworkers and communities

     27th October 2017 With new technologies, increasingly stringent legislation and statutory compliance matters, education has become essential in surface mining operations, says Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) director of surface mining Nico Pienaar. Modern surface mines require... 

Association educates mineworkers and communities
NICO PIENAAR The Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa wants to encourage surface mine and quarry management to look beyond their boundaries

Openpit mining prolific in recovery of miner’s diamonds

     27th October 2017 Openpit mining is the most common method of recovering its diamonds, says international diamond company De Beers, which operates several opencast mines in Africa, namely South Africa and Botswana. De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM), formed in 1888, is South Africa’s largest rough diamond... 

Openpit mining  prolific in recovery  of miner’s diamonds
ORAPA Orapa is the oldest operating mine in Botswana and the largest openpit diamond mine in the world. The mine is expected to produce 145-million carats from 157-million tonnes of ore during its 14-year life

Small-scale opencast mining to boost industry

By: Nica Schreuder     27th October 2017 For diamond mining company De Beers’ Venetia mine GM, Benford Mokoatle, opencast mining is the future, owing to changing priorities and mindsets within industry, which must occur to sustain the mining industry in South Africa. Specifically, Mokoatle says the country must begin focusing on... 

Small-scale opencast  mining to boost industry
THINK SMALL Big industries and big underground mines are too capital intensive

Openpit mine enhancing rigid dump truck performance 

By: Nica Schreuder     27th October 2017 The Tharisa openpit platinum, gold and chrome mine, in the North West, has embarked on a value-add improvement project to extend the length of oil-drain intervals on a specific fleet of rigid dump trucks (RDTs) and, subsequently, reduce downtime and save costs. The project is being led by... 

Openpit mine enhancing rigid dump truck performance
Tharisa mine technical advisor Stephen Watson discusses the benefits of extending service intervals on rigid dump trucks. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd.

Technical report spells ‘bright future’ for Largo’s Maracás Menchen mine

By: Henry Lazenby     26th October 2017 Canadian vanadium producer Largo Resources has released the results of a National Instrument 43-101-compliant technical report for its flagship Maracás Menchen mine, in Bahia, Brazil, outlining increased value of the mine and a significantly longer mine life, based on the development of several... 

Bullish Caterpillar rebounds, beats Q3 profit, revenue forecasts

By: Henry Lazenby     24th October 2017 US industrial equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has surprised investors with a significantly higher profit for the three months ended September, as higher sales volume and its focus on cost discipline resulted in improved profit margins across the three main business segments. The Deerfield,... 

Bullish Caterpillar rebounds, beats Q3 profit, revenue forecasts
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