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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.... 

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.

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

Vimy buys Cameco project in ‘top-three’ uranium province

By: Mariaan Webb     1st March 2018 ASX-listed Vimy Resources on Thursday announced that it would buy the Alligator River project on Aboriginal land, in the Northern Territory, from Canadian major Cameco for A$6.5-million. The acquisition would result in Vimy holding the largest granted tenement package in the Alligator River... 

Energy Fuels wins approval to expand uranium, vanadium mines in Utah

By: Reuters     28th February 2018 Uranium miner Energy Fuels said on Tuesday it has won federal approvals to expand operations at two mines in southeastern Utah, after years of challenges from conservation groups worried about radon gas emissions. The Bureau of Land Management and the US Forest Service last week approved the... 

Paladin posts loss as sales revenue falls as output costs rise

By: Mariaan Webb     28th February 2018 Uranium producer Paladin Energy posted a net loss for the six months ended December 2017, as sales revenue fell on higher production costs and lower uranium prices. The company, which has been processing stockpiles since physical mining ceased at its Langer Heinrich mine, in Namibia, produced... 

Fission exploration continues to grow PLS mineralisation

By: Henry Lazenby     27th February 2018 On the heels of announcing a 30% resource expansion at its flagship Patterson Lake South (PLS) project, in North-Western Saskatcewan, Fission Uranium is again making waves after the first four drill holes of the winter drill campaign hit wide mineralisation. The Kelowna, British Columbia-based... 

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
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Incoming Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

More Gupta-owned companies apply for business rescue 

By: News24Wire      23rd February 2018 More Gupta-linked companies have filed for business rescue, company documents show. This comes shortly after the family's Optimum mines filed for business rescue earlier this month. This leaves their creditors holding a particularly busy bag of cats. 

More Gupta-owned companies apply for business rescue
Atul Gupta

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

Namibia mining sector is investor friendly

By: Victor Moolman     23rd February 2018 The Namibian mining sector has become more investor friendly than South Africa, as the country has clear policies that have been consistently applied, explains Sandton-based law firm Webber Wentzel partner Jonathan Veeran. Namibia has four policies governing mining and mineral prospecting: the... 

Namibia mining sector  is investor friendly
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NEW IN NAMIBIA Namibia has attracted investment in new mining ventures, including new uranium mines

Athabasca exploration juniors reveal voluminous resource increases

By: Henry Lazenby     20th February 2018 Junior explorer Fission Uranium has reported an increase of about 30% in the total compliant indicated and inferred resources at its flagship Triple R deposit, in North-Western Saskatcewan. The Kelowna, British Columbia-based company on Tuesday said the resource estimate for the Triple R deposit... 

Athabasca exploration juniors reveal voluminous resource increases
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Drill cores on display at Fission Uranium's Triple R deposit, North-Western Saskatchewan

US seeks to boost output of 35 minerals, reduce import reliance

By: Reuters     17th February 2018 The United States should boost domestic production of 35 critical minerals including uranium, cobalt and lithium, to reduce its reliance on foreign suppliers, the Interior Department said on Friday. Aluminium and potash are also on the draft list of 35 critical materials used in basic... 

US seeks to boost output of 35 minerals, reduce import reliance

PDAC honours industry leaders

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 The largest challenge facing the mining industry globally is the disconnect between investors' timeframes and the timeframe to discover and develop mining projects, says exploration and development company NexGen Energy, the winner of nonprofit organisation the Prospectors and Developers... 

PDAC honours industry leaders
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RECOGNISING INDUSTRY LEADERS The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada will salute exceptional industry members at its annual convention

There is new energy to ease mining industry conflict – Scholes

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th February 2018 There appears to be new political resolve to mend the relationship between the mining industry and the Department of Mineral Resources, says specialised law firm Malan Scholes director Hulme Scholes. Speaking at the IHS Markit South African Coal Export Conference, in Cape Town, on Thursday, the... 

There is new energy to ease mining industry conflict – Scholes
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HULME SCHOLES For the first time . . . we will see the trust deficit between the mining industry and department close

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

Rio Tinto exercises option over Saskatchewan uranium assets

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th February 2018 Diversified mining major Rio Tinto has agreed to make a final cash payment of C$1-million to TSX-V-listed junior Pistol Bay to gain the remaining 25% interest in uranium properties in the Athabasca basin of Saskatchewan. The C block of uranium properties is under option to Rio Tinto, which has... 

Cameco's 2017 headline earnings dive 59%; contracting to remain 'discretionary' in 2018

By: Henry Lazenby     9th February 2018 Long-term contracting, which is usually borne out of the requirement for power utilities to secure long-term uranium supplies, is not expected to see an uptick in 2018, as the market remains awash with too much uranium, Canada's Cameco said on Friday. In 2017, excess uranium supply continued to... 

Cameco's 2017 headline earnings dive 59%; contracting to remain 'discretionary' in 2018

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

Cameco appoints new chairperson

By: Henry Lazenby     9th February 2018 Canada's largest uranium producer Cameco has announced that board member Ian Bruce will succeed Neil McMillan as chairperson of the board immediately following the annual general meeting scheduled to be held on May 16. McMillan is retiring from the board after five years as chairperson, and 16... 

Bears Ears' mining rush falls flat as no one bothers to show up

By: Bloomberg     8th February 2018 Early on Friday morning, vast swathes of the red-rock high plateau that surrounds federally protected buttes in southern Utah were officially thrown open to miners. A controversial decision weeks earlier by President Donald Trump had shrunk the size of two national monuments – known as Bears Ears... 

Paladin on track to relist on the ASX

By: Anine Kilian     7th February 2018 Uranium miner Paladin Energy on Wednesday said it had not received an appraisal notice from China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) Overseas Uranium Holdings (COUH), regarding the purchase of Paladin’s share in Langer Heinrich Mauritius (LHMHL), the holding company of the Langer Heinrich mine,... 

CoM sees resurgence in hope, green shoots in South African mining industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th February 2018 There is new sense of hope in the mining industry and in South Africa, says Chamber of Mines (CoM) CEO Roger Baxter. “It gives us a new confidence that a resurgence is taking place in the industry for the year ahead,” said Baxter, who spoke at a media briefing at the Investing in African Mining... 

CoM sees resurgence in hope, green shoots in South African mining industry
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Chamber of Mines CEO Roger Baxter

Paladin to return to ASX, most shares in hands of creditors

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd February 2018 Uranium miner Paladin Energy will apply for its securities to be reinstated to official quotation on the ASX, the Australia-based company said on Friday, announcing the completion of its restructuring and the appointment of two new directors. With the deed of company arrangement (DOCA) effected,... 

Paladin to return to ASX, most shares in hands of creditors

A modern land run? Trump move opens Utah to mining claims under 1872 law

By: Reuters     31st January 2018 US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw federal protections from millions of acres of Utah wilderness will reopen much of the iconic terrain to gold, silver, copper, and uranium land claims under a Wild West-era mining law, according to federal officials. Starting at 6 am on February 2... 

DFS demonstrates 'robustness' of WA uranium project - Vimy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th January 2018 A definitive feasibility study (DFS) at ASX-listed Vimy Resources' Mulga Rock project (MRP), in Western Australia, has confirmed robust financials and a simple, low-cost mining process. "The DFS reinforces the status of the MRP as Australia's largest and most advanced uranium project based on a... 

NexGen embarks on winter exploration programme for Rook I

By: Henry Lazenby     30th January 2018 Uranium explorer NexGen Energy has started work on its winter 2018 drill programme at the fully owned Rook I property, in the Athabasca Basin of Saskatchewan. The winter 2018 programme will comprise about 25 000 m using eight drill rigs. 

Cameco's JV Inkai lifts 2018 guidance 25%

By: Henry Lazenby     26th January 2018 Despite lacklustre uranium spot and contract prices, Canadian producer Cameco announced on Thursday that its joint venture (JV) over the Inkai in situ recovery uranium mine, in south Kazakhstan, with the National Atomic Company of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Kazatomprom) will lift output 25% this... 

Cameco's JV Inkai lifts 2018 guidance 25%

Corporation to strengthen partnerships at Indaba

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2018 State-owned financial services provider Export Credit Insurance Corporation (ECIC) is keen to deepen partnerships with South African exporters who offer their capital goods and services in international and emerging markets, including in Africa.  

Corporation to strengthen partnerships at Indaba
PAUL MOJALEFA PAUL MOJALEFA The Export Credit Insurance Corporation will exhibit to further promote and position its brand in the mining sector

Mining Indaba to provide ‘first-hand experience’ of return of investor appetite

By: Nadine James     26th January 2018 With commodity prices improving and the mining industry moving towards positive growth, indications are that participants at the Investing in African Mining Indaba 2018 will experience the “return of investor appetite” first hand, says Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose.  This renewed investor interest... 

Mining Indaba to provide ‘first-hand experience’ of return of investor appetite

Goldman, Citi final bidders for Scotiabank's metals business – sources

By: Reuters     24th January 2018 The field of prospective bidders for ScotiaMocatta, the metals trading arm of Canada's Bank of Nova Scotia, has narrowed to two, three banking and industry sources said on Wednesday. The two - Goldman Sachs Group and Citi - are undertaking due diligence checks, the sources said. 

Uranium veteran expects price stalemate to crack in 2019

By: Reuters     24th January 2018 Uranium producers’ deliberate cuts to production should finally begin to prop up prices next year as reserves of the rare metal dwindle and nuclear power generators rush to lock-in long-term contracts, according to sector veteran John Borshoff. Shares in uranium producers briefly rose late last... 

Argentina, Russia ink uranium exploration, production deal

By: Reuters     23rd January 2018 Argentina and Russia signed a memorandum of understanding to boost uranium exploration and production in the South American country that could include $250-million in investment, Argentina's foreign ministry said on Tuesday. The agreement was sealed during a visit by Argentine President Mauricio... 

New French firm Orano, formerly called Areva, says uranium price too low to invest in mines

By: Reuters     23rd January 2018 Philippe Knoche, chief executive officer of French uranium and nuclear fuel group Orano - formerly called Areva - said current market prices for uranium are too low to invest in new uranium mines. He added that long-term contract prices for uranium are about $10/lb higher than spot prices. 

Berkeley says offtake activity to intensify this year

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd January 2018 Uranium project developer Berkeley Energia is seeing a “notable” increase in public tender activity and says it expects offtake activity to intensify, once full construction of its Salamanca mine, in Spain, is under way. In a quarterly update on Tuesday, Berkeley said that it would participate... 

Berkeley says offtake activity to intensify this year

'There has never been a bigger disconnect between price and value' – VRIC 2018

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd January 2018 "The disconnect between price and value is as stunning as I've ever seen," founder of The Stock Catalyst Report Michael Alkin told attendees at the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference (VRIC) on Sunday. Industry participants seemed to agree. 

Senator, uranium producers urge US govt to investigate reliance on Russian imports

By: Henry Lazenby     20th January 2018 US Republican senator for Wyoming John Barrasso has called on the Commerce Department to launch an investigation into the effects of uranium imports on US national security. "For years, government-owned uranium producers in Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan have unfairly flooded American markets... 

Senator, uranium producers urge US govt to investigate reliance on Russian imports

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over SA amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th January 2018 The South African mining industry has had a tumultuous time because of the controversial Reviewed Draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, also known as Mining Charter III, which, amid lingering political uncertainty, led to low... 

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over SA amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

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