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Deloitte launches Intelligent Mining Solution to encourage digital transformation

By: Nadine James     22nd March 2018 Advisory firm Deloitte has launched an Intelligent Mining Solution that illustrates how digital transformation in mining can address legacy industry challenges, improve safety and enable the required step change in performance. Deloitte collaborated with several technology business partners to... 

First Quantum steadies as CEO hopeful of escaping giant tax bill 

By: Bloomberg     21st March 2018 First Quantum Minerals recovered from what was shaping up to be its worst two-day drop in two years as its chief executive officer said he’s hoping to talk his way out of a $7.9-billion tax bill in Zambia - which includes $5.7-billion in interest. First Quantum received a letter from the Zambia... 

G20 agrees to 'monitor' cryptocurrencies but no action yet

By: Reuters     21st March 2018 Financial policymakers from the world's top 20 economies agreed to keep a watchful eye on cryptocurrencies on Tuesday and opened the door to regulating the booming industry at a later stage. Wild swings in the price of Bitcoin, the best known of a myriad of digital currencies issued by private... 

G20 sees need for 'dialogue,' fails to diffuse trade war threat

By: Reuters     21st March 2018 The world's financial leaders rejected protectionism on Tuesday and urged "further dialogue" on trade, but failed to diffuse the threat of a trade war days before US metals tariffs take effect and Washington is to announce measures against China. Finance ministers and central bankers of the... 

G20 sees need for 'dialogue,' fails to diffuse trade war threat
Photo by Reuters
Canada's Finance Minister Bill Morneau

Eco Oro pursues $764m suit against Colombia as Angostura project postures to perish

By: Henry Lazenby     20th March 2018 Junior project developer Eco Oro Minerals is pursuing a $764-million judgement against Colombia after a court ruling has cancelled exploration over half its concession as part of national efforts to preserve high-altitude wetlands, known as the Páramos. The Vancouver-headquartered company has... 

Eco Oro pursues $764m suit against Colombia as Angostura project postures to perish
Photo by Eco Oro Minerals
Angostura project, Colombia

EV adoption rate reaching critical mass as search for ethical cobalt heats up

By: Henry Lazenby     20th March 2018 Cobalt company Cobalt 27 is seeing an ideal storm brewing for its key commodity as the adoption rate of electric vehicles (EVs) accelerates faster than even optimistic forecasts had speculated. “Cobalt 27 is a proxy for the adoption of the EV,” executive chairperson Anthony Milewski told Mining... 

EV adoption rate reaching critical mass as search for ethical cobalt heats up

New platform to help resolve cross border mining services constraints 

By: Tracy Hancock     16th March 2018 There are two major challenges facing the supply of cross-border mining services in Africa – a lack of resources, such as skills and investment, and poor or nonexistent infrastructure – hindering the enormous growth in mining activity across Africa, says Cross-Border Mining Services Indaba... 

New platform to help resolve cross border mining services constraints
Cross-Border Mining Services Indaba conference manager Ros Hinchcliffe discusses the value of the inaugural event. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Confronting Africa’s corrupt business culture

By: Tracy Hancock     16th March 2018 Corruption is a huge challenge with regard to the supply of cross-border mining services in Africa. Corruption seems to be entrenched in the culture of the way things are done in Africa, as anticorruption laws are not necessarily well enforced, with Pretoria-based professional ethics advisory... 

Confronting Africa’s corrupt business culture
JANETTE MINNAAR-VAN VEIJEREN Organisations should rather share the valuable lessons learnt with one another and join forces against those who are there to exploit and corrupt the innocent

In-country partnerships vital to traverse cross border challenges

By: Tracy Hancock     16th March 2018 There are several constraints that hinder the cross-border supply chain in Africa, but the most daunting are the logistical challenges, given the vast distances that need to be covered – primarily over very poor roads – and congested and inefficient border crossings, says facilities management... 

In-country partnerships  vital to traverse cross border challenges
POSITION OF STRENGTH Sub-Saharan Africa has a reputation for historically having high barriers to entry, so International Facilities Services' presence has always been a competitive advantage

Digitalisation, automation to increase across Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th March 2018 Digitalisation and automation in the mining industry have become a reality, says mining and equipment services provider Sandvik Southern Africa sales VP Simon Andrews, who tells Mining Weekly that industry “has stepped beyond the conceptual phase and entered the operational phase”. He suggests... 

Digitalisation, automation to increase across Africa
DIGITALISATION EMPHASIS The OptiMine information management systems are suitable for surface and underground mining applications

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

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

Pending toll milling, Bunker Hill ready to roll in as little as 60 days

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2018 The 'crown jewel' of the Coeur D'Alene zinc, lead and silver mining district, in northern Idaho, could be in initial production in as little as 60 days pending finalisation of a toll milling agreement, after the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed an agreement releasing owner Bunker... 

Pending toll milling, Bunker Hill ready to roll in as little as 60 days
Photo by US Environmental Protection Agency
A file photo of the Bunker Hill smelter operating in winter snow during the 1970s.

Nexa a pioneer of the new future of mining – Tito Martins

By: Henry Lazenby     6th March 2018 Recently rebranded Brazilian miner Nexa Resources is at the forefront of innovating in the mining industry with progressive policies and innovative technologies, an audience attending the keynote session during the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's 2018 convention has heard.... 

Nexa a pioneer of the new future of mining – Tito Martins
Photo by Henry Lazenby
Nexa Resources president and CEO Tito Martins addresses the audience during the PDAC 2018 keynote session, in Toronto

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.

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

Partying with purpose: world's miners drink and deal after dry years

By: Reuters     5th March 2018 While not the premium liquor and prime rib parties of old, miners are laying on the cocktails again after several lean years, booking hotel lounges and nightclubs to twin drinks with deal making. An upbeat tone at the world's biggest mining conference comes as global exploration spending snaps a... 

Largo aims to expand market reach with new powder product capability

By: Henry Lazenby     5th March 2018 Vanadium producer Largo Resources will qualify, produce and sell vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) powder to supplement its current V2O5 fused flake production. The Toronto-headquartered company will explore the new product offering through its existing exclusive offtake partner Glencore International,... 

Trump says US to impose steep tariffs on steel, aluminium imports

By: Reuters     2nd March 2018 US President Donald Trump announced on Thursday he would impose hefty tariffs on imported steel and aluminium to protect US producers, risking retaliation from major trade partners like China, Europe and neighbouring Canada as well as helping to trigger a large selloff on Wall Street. Trump said... 

Trump says US to impose steep tariffs on steel, aluminium imports

Miners broadly welcome federal Budget 2018 bar some caveats

By: Henry Lazenby     1st March 2018 The Canadian mining industry has welcomed the federal 2018 budget that was announced this week, highlighting particular support for the extension of the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit and several additional funds made available for critical skills training. Canada's Budget 2018, tabled by... 

Miners broadly welcome federal Budget 2018 bar some caveats
Photo by Reuters
Canada's Finance Minister Bill Morneau delivers the budget in Ottawa

EY's Mining Eye index puts in solid Q4; M&A activity muted ahead of PDAC

By: Henry Lazenby     28th February 2018 The EY Canadian Mining Eye index has showed a fourth-quarter gain of more than 2% quarter-on-quarter, to 4%. The increase in the Canadian Mining Eye index's performance suggests confidence in pursuing growth is returning to the sector, after an extended period of volatility, according to EY. The... 

EY's Mining Eye index puts in solid Q4; M&A activity muted ahead of PDAC

BC establishes mining task force to grow jobs

By: Henry Lazenby     27th February 2018 The British Columbia government has established the long-awaited Mining Jobs Task Force on Monday. The task force has its roots in the 2014 Mount Polley mine tailings pond failure in the Cariboo region of the province, and is established amid intensifying disputes with Alaska over downstream... 

BC establishes mining task force to grow jobs
Photo by British Columbia Government
BC Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Michelle Mungall announces the provincial Mining Jobs Task Force

#DisruptMining competition heats up as four finalists named

By: Henry Lazenby     27th February 2018 The #DisruptMining mining innovation challenge has named the four finalists who will compete against each other during the grand finale to be held during the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's yearly convention early in March. The yearly competition, hosted by gold miner... 

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

Mines pledge to assist RAL with provincial road infrastructure delivery projects

By: Simone Liedtke     19th February 2018 Provincial road infrastructure delivery agency Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) has identified four opportunities for potential future strategic partnerships, which are valued at an estimated R1.12-billion, based on a preliminary technical assessment. This follows the RAL's stakeholder engagement and... 

Mining sector unloved as investors find it hard to trust

By: Reuters     17th February 2018 Investors are shunning the mining sector, data from Thomson Reuters shows, as they struggle to forget the string of multi-billion dollar takeovers and expensive development projects that left them empty handed. A decade-long commodity boom coincided with years of economic growth when China took... 

Mining mechanisation could create ‘massive’ employment challenges – Harwood 

By: Nadine James     16th February 2018 Despite positive sentiment and improving commodity prices, the African mining industry continues to face immense challenges, says Montero Mining and Exploration CEO Dr Antony Harwood. Addressing the African Mining Network’s (AMN’s) thirty-ninth networking dinner, on Thursday evening, he touched... 

Mining mechanisation could create ‘massive’ employment challenges – Harwood
Photo by Duane Daws
ANTONY HARWOOD Fear of the other could become fear of the robot

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

Lengthy permitting process affecting investment in US mining

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 The lengthy, outdated and burdensome permitting process involving federal, state and local authorities is currently the biggest barrier to new mining investment in the US, says mining-focused US trade organisation the National Mining Association (NMA). Despite having abundant mineral resources,... 

Lengthy permitting  process affecting  investment in US mining
SAFETY IS CORE The National Mining Association's mining safety initiative, Core Safety, registered zero fatalities for its 29 participating companies last year

Pipe for tailings system supplied on schedule 

By: Victor Moolman     16th February 2018 An 840-m-long, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipeline was installed in October last year to transport corrosive tailings to a tailings dam at the ore beneficiation plant located close to the underground Morula chrome mine – owned by ferrochrome company Hernic – in Brits, in the North West. 

Pipe for tailings system supplied on schedule
Plasti-Tech managing member Brad Chamont explains the pipe specs and where they have been installed. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Christo Greyling.

Nico project potentially to start early next year

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 The two-year construction of the Nico cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper project, in Canada’s Northwest Territories, could start in early 2019 on receipt of the project financing and remaining regulatory approvals, which are expected later this year. “The environmental-impact assessment (EIA) approvals... 

Nico project potentially to start early next year
ROBIN GOAD Canadian mining and exploration companies operate in a globally competitive market and are price takers

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

Local PGMs industry at risk, but service provider optimistic 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th February 2018 South Africa – which accounts for about 80% of the global platinum-group metals (PGMs) reserve – is at risk of receiving less valuable foreign exchange, owing to ever-increasing mining costs and the uncertainty created by the socio-political strife on the local platinum belt, states South African... 

Local PGMs industry at risk, but service  provider optimistic
Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie CEO Edwin Dreyer and Thos Begbie sales director Piet du Preez discuss platinum-group metals. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd.

Industry, environment lobby cautiously optimistic as Canada tables new enviro review rules

By: Henry Lazenby     9th February 2018 Ottawa on Thursday tabled new legislation to improve the federal environmental assessment process for mining projects. The legislation is aimed at strengthening and restoring the credibility of Canada's environmental laws. 

Industry, environment lobby cautiously optimistic as Canada tables new enviro review rules

Connectivity can help PGM mines’ sustainability

By: Simone Liedtke     9th February 2018 Underground connectivity in platinum-group metals (PGMs) operations in South Africa is expected to increase, assisting the struggling sector in predicting failures before they take place, thereby reducing the impact on operations, says mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining & Rock... 

Connectivity can  help PGM mines’ sustainability
NEIL MCCOY Greater adoption of underground connectivity is required to develop smart mines in the platinum-group metals mining industry

Overlooking TCO costs companies money

By: Paige Müller     9th February 2018 Misconceptions about reducing mining companies’ total cost of ownership (TCO), including those in the platinum-group metals (PGMs) sector, result in reduced equipment life and an increase in overall operating costs, says Stilfontein-based polyurethane-moulded products designer and manufacturer... 

Overlooking TCO costs companies money
POLYURETHANE TECHNOLOGY The new Prothane Industrial Denva pump range which makes use of Polycombo technology has been well received by the market

Platforms for mines ‘to talk to communities as partners, not beneficiaries’, lacking – consultant

By: Nadine James     9th February 2018 Although prevailing perception between mines and communities are characterised by growing levels of mistrust, South Africa has seen breakthroughs with mining companies establishing community partnerships, says SRK Consulting’s corporate social responsibility and development consultant Tim Hart.... 

Platforms for mines ‘to talk to communities as partners, not beneficiaries’, lacking – consultant
TIM HART It is not the mining sector’s place to meddle in community politics, rather it should try to provide the platforms that enable the formation of partnerships

'Canada-Mexico relationship more important than ever' – Quebec Mines Minister

By: Henry Lazenby     8th February 2018 Against the backdrop of heated North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) negotiations between trading partners Mexico, the US and Canada, relations between Mexico and Canada are more important than ever, Quebec Energy and Natural Resources Minister Pierre Moreau told an audience at the Mexico... 

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