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Surge in Chinese zinc output could shrink forecast global deficit

By: Reuters     Updated 7 hours ago Chinese zinc miners and smelters cranked up output in March after prices rallied, raising questions over the market's bullish scenario by potentially delaying global shortages. Zinc has been the darling of the base metals market and the best performer this year, with many investors piling in to... 

Vale to delist from Hong Kong exchange

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2016 Brazilian diversified mining major Vale has delisted from the Hong Kong stock exchange (HKEx) as part of the company’s simplification strategy. In a press release issued Tuesday, the Rio de Janeiro-based miner announced that the HKEx had approved the withdrawal of Vale´s HDRs – an informal name... 

New acid mine water process has huge agri potential in arid areas  

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2016 The newly developed process that yields handsome profits by converting acid mine water into valuable fertiliser materials, also has the potential to process South Africa’s large volumes of currently unusable brackish groundwater. The use of the process that eradicates acid mine drainage (AMD) for... 

New acid mine water process has huge agri potential in arid areas
Photo by Duane Daws
Trailblazer Technolgies director John Bewsey

Higher commodity prices support 26% rise in Q1 Canadian Mining Eye index

     25th May 2016 Higher commodity prices have contributed to a 26% rise in EY’s Canadian Mining Eye index for the first quarter of this year. “Improved gold and base metals prices appeared to generate much-needed positive momentum in the sector. The strong growth of Canadian mining equities also indicates... 

Higher commodity prices support 26% rise in Q1 Canadian Mining Eye index

Mining licence fees now SMS-enabled in forward-striding Tanzania

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2016 The Tanzanian online mining cadastre system now allows licence holders to request the total licence fees they owe via short message service (SMS). The addition of SMS extends the range of payment functionality that the Ministry of Energy and Minerals offers to its customers, the FlexiCadastre... 

Mining licence fees now SMS-enabled in forward-striding Tanzania
Tanzanian president John Magufuli

Too costly to shut: Mine sales stumble on looming clean-ups

By: Reuters     19th May 2016 Major miners are trying to avoid hundreds of millions of dollars in closure costs by selling off pits, as cash is tight due to a prolonged commodities price slump, but the crippling cost of environmental rehabilitation makes it tough to seal deals. Where mine sales have gone ahead, production is... 

Too costly to shut: Mine sales stumble on looming clean-ups
BHP Billiton held on to its loss-making Nickel West operation after failing to find a buyer. The business is estimated to have $1-billion in closure liabilities.

Chile economy grows 1.3% in Q1, slightly above forecast

By: Reuters     18th May 2016 Chile's gross domestic product grew by 1.3% in the first quarter from the last quarter of 2015, the central bank said on Wednesday, boosted by rising exports. 

Lorimer decries mining’s production crash, job losses

By: Martin Creamer     17th May 2016 Mineral Resources Shadow Minister James Lorimer MP on Tuesday decried the sharply reduced output of South Africa’s once-colossal mining industry and warned that mining's “jobs bloodbath” had only just begun. State statistics compiler StatsSA reported earlier this month that South Africa’s... 

Lorimer decries mining’s production crash, job losses
Shadow Minerals Minister James Lorimer

Miners adapting to more austere fundamental backdrop – report

By: Henry Lazenby     17th May 2016 Mining companies, in general, are adapting to a more austere fundamental backdrop, despite a recent announcement in Chinese media that the country would be removing stimulus and reprioritising reforms, which caused significant apprehension during Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s (BofAML’s) recent... 

Miners adapting to more austere fundamental backdrop – report

Taseko appoints mining veteran Geoffrey Burns to board

By: Henry Lazenby     16th May 2016 TSX- and NYSE MKT-listed base metals miner Taseko Mines has appointed industry veteran Geoffrey Burns as an independent nonexecutive director. Burns brought to Taseko more than thirty years of senior management experience in the mining industry. 

TSX slips as non-gold resource stocks weigh

By: Reuters     13th May 2016 Canada's main stock index slipped on Friday, weighed down by financials, industrials and resource stocks as they pulled back in line with softer prices for oil and other commodities. "Today's price action is somewhat suggestive that some of these commodity sectors are perhaps extended from the... 

Confidence in Namib project builds despite drill rig issues

     13th May 2016 Aim-quoted mineral resource exploration and development company North River Resources notes that reliability issues with drill rigs at its Namib project, in Namibia, have put pressure on the scheduled completion of the project’s drilling campaign by end June.  

Confidence in Namib project builds despite drill rig issues
DRILLING DEVELOPMENTS The contracted Diamec rig at the Namib project continues to be used for longer drill holes, while the company’s Kempe drill continues with shallower infill and extension targets

Trevali revises Santander cash costs down 12.5%, as income rises

By: Henry Lazenby     12th May 2016 Zinc-focused Trevali Mining has reported a first-quarter profit as strong performance from its Peru-based flagship Santander operations lifted the balance sheet back into the black. Vancouver-based Trevali delivered an “exceptional quarter”, as rising zinc output offset somewhat lower lead and... 

Vedanta pegs capex at $1bn in hope of offsetting 17% drop in 2016 revenue

By: Samantha Herbst     12th May 2016 In the face of “exceptionally challenging” global commodity markets experienced in the 2015/16 financial year, global diversified metals and mining company Vedanta Resources aims to focus its efforts on reducing net debt in the 2016/17 financial year. To do so, the miner has pegged its 2017... 

Vedanta pegs capex at $1bn in hope of offsetting 17% drop in 2016 revenue
Vedanta Resources CEO Tom Albanese

Argentina seen getting $20bn in mining investment by 2021 

By: Reuters     11th May 2016 Argentina's mining sector is set to receive $20-billion in new investments over the next five years, as the new centre-right government creates a more business-friendly environment, the head of the local mining chamber said on Tuesday. Since taking office late last year, free-markets proponent... 

To stop conflict minerals, make European firms establish origin of supply chain – expert

By: Reuters     10th May 2016 European companies should be required by law to establish the origin of the minerals they use in their products to put an end to the trade in gold, tin and other minerals mined in conflict zones, a leading expert said on Tuesday. Campaigners have long raised concerns that proceeds from mining... 

Draft Mining Charter under intense legal scrutiny

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2016 The possible far-reaching implications for the mining industry of the new draft Mining Charter came under intense scrutiny in Johannesburg on Tuesday when a team of lawyers discussed the various changes contained in the draft and focused in particular on its attempt to align the mining industry –... 

Draft Mining Charter under intense legal scrutiny
Sabelo Dlamini of Fasken Martineau

Consolidated Zinc raises cash for Mexican exploration

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th May 2016 Minerals explorer Consolidated Zinc has received firm commitments for the placement of 162.5-million shares, raising A$6.5-million to accelerate the drilling programme at its Plomosas zinc project, in Mexico. The shares have been priced at 4c each, with a free one-for-two unlisted option,... 

Glencore cuts supply cloth to fit demand coat

By: Martin Creamer     4th May 2016 The mix of mining and marketing within the same company provides sensitivity to commodity price falls. Continually highlighting the value of the mining-marketing mix is Glencore, which is quick to respond to market changes. 

Glencore cuts supply cloth to fit demand coat
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Ivan Glasenberg hand-in-hand with Education Minister Angie Motshekga at school opening.

Kipushi PEA places Ivanhoe’s DRC redevelopment project in league of its own 

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd May 2016 Africa-focused project developer Ivanhoe Mines has reported strong operating metrics for the high-grade Kipushi zinc/copper mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), after publishing a new preliminary economic assessment (PEA) Monday. The PEA, conducted by consulting engineering firms... 

Kipushi PEA places Ivanhoe’s DRC redevelopment project in league of its own
Photo by Ivanhoe Mines
Kipushi drilling, DRC

Companies bought to enhance training offering

     29th April 2016 Training, supply and management group Workforce Holdings announced in January that it had acquired the various operating companies comprising outsourcing solutions providers Quyn Outsource Solutions. Workforce has predominantly placed staff in nontechnical positions and adding Quyn to its service... 

Companies bought to  enhance training offering
Photo by Bloomberg
SKILLS OFFERING EXPANDED Quyn Outsource Solutions’s e provision of technical skills to clients across a range of industries represents diversification for Workforce

MetSkill

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th April 2016 Process industry training provider MetSkill is actively involved with the development of the new occupational qualifications for the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations under the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA). Benoni, Gauteng-based MetSkill, 100% owned by MD Rebecca Sands, has... 

Mineworkers empowered

By: Kimberley Smuts     29th April 2016 If workers in the mining, energy and construction industries want to improve their financial situation, it is important that they take advantage of the financial literacy programmes currently being rolled out by financial assistance provider Mineworkers Investment Trust (MIT), which supports... 

Mineworkers empowered
Photo by Bloomberg
INVESTING FOR THE FUTURE The Mineworkers Investment Trust's financial literacy training started in Mpumalanga as a pilot study in June 2015 with more training expected to take place this year

Society aims to integrate more students into mining sector 

By: Kimberley Smuts     29th April 2016 The University of Witwatersrand's Students Mining Engineering Society (SMES) aims to increase the integration of mining engineering graduates into the mining industry this year, as well as to encourage mining engineering students to have an opinion on mining-related issues in South Africa. SMES... 

Society aims to integrate more students into mining sector
FORTUNE MSIBI Mining engineering students face the challenge of a lack of available jobs in the sector, as a result of South Africa’s financial crisis

Technological advancements continue despite mining sector’s downturn

By: Sascha Solomons     29th April 2016 Beneficial trends and technological advancements in the mining industry are being introduced regardless of the depressed market conditions that the sector faces, says environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions technical manager Morne van Wyk. One such trend is recycling water... 

Technological advancements continue despite mining sector’s downturn
HYFLUX KRISTAL HOLLOW-FIBRE Ensure the effective and environmentally safe reduction of excess wastewater in the mining industry

Mexican miner Penoles' profit falls on financial costs

By: Reuters     28th April 2016 Mexican miner Penoles on Thursday reported a 65% drop in first-quarter net profit compared to the same period a year earlier, hit by higher financial costs on options it owned. The miner and metals processor which runs the world's largest primary silver producer, Fresnillo, posted a profit... 

Teck reports surprise profit as steelmaking coal, zinc prices turn north

By: Henry Lazenby     26th April 2016 Canada’s largest diversified miner Teck Resources has reported a surprise profit for the three months ended March 31, reporting headline earnings attributable to shareholders of $18-million, or $0.03 a share, compared with a forecast loss of $0.03 a share. Vancouver-based Teck, the largest... 

World Bank does not see platinum rally being sustained

By: Terence Creamer     26th April 2016 The World Bank does not expect the recent rise in platinum prices to be sustained for the full year, with its latest ‘Commodity Markets Outlook’ report forecasting a 10% year-on-year price decline in 2016. The report, released on April 26, notes that precious metals prices increased by 6% in the... 

World Bank does not see platinum rally being sustained

Arizona Mining closes C$15.6m financing with Osisko Gold Royalties

By: Henry Lazenby     25th April 2016 Canadian mineral exploration and development company Arizona Mining has closed a C$15.6-million financing with Osisko Gold Royalties, enabling Arizona to undertake an aggressive drill campaign at its flagship Taylor deposit, and for general working capital uses. TSX-listed Arizona has sold a 1%... 

Nevsun, Reservoir merge to create new midtier base metals company

By: Samantha Herbst     25th April 2016 Dual-listed base metals miner Nevsun Resources has agreed to acquire TSX-listed Reservoir Minerals for about $365-million to create a new, diversified midtier base metals mining company. 

Nevsun profit falls 40% despite beating Q1 production, cost guidance

By: Henry Lazenby     21st April 2016 Eritrea-focused Canadian miner Nevsun Resources has reported a 40% decline in net income attributable to shareholders for the three months ended March 31, as metal output at its flagship Bisha mine declined and the realised copper price fell 12% year-over-year. Net income attributable to Nevsun... 

Vale reports record output in Q1 as iron-ore price rallies

By: Henry Lazenby     21st April 2016 Brazilian diversified miner Vale has reported record iron-ore production at 77.5-million tonnes in the first quarter of 2016, marking the highest first-quarter production rate ever, despite output lowering 12% from the December quarter. Carajás, the world’s largest iron-ore mine, locate in... 

Excellon on the up as Q1 output rises

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2016 Mexico’s highest-grade silver producer Excellon Resources on Monday rose to a new 52-week high on the TSX, after it reported strong results for the quarter ended March 31. Toronto-based Excellon, which operated the high-grade La Platosa mine, in Durango state, reported that silver equivalent... 

Denham Capital seeks upside advantage during downturn

By: Simon Rees     18th April 2016 With most metals reaching a bottom, and many of the ‘zombie juniors’ finally laid to rest, opportunities for private-equity companies to find value and upside potential in the mining space have continued to grow. Seeking to tap into these opportunities, private equity firm Denham Capital was... 

Denham Capital seeks upside advantage during downturn

Middle East, North Africa on mining periphery despite hosting 30% of the world’s minerals

By: Ilan Solomons     15th April 2016 Despite having more than 30% of global mineral reserves, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region severely lacks exploration and resource development investment. The region’s mining industry is facing several challenges such as social and environmental pressure from communities living near... 

Middle East, North Africa on mining periphery despite hosting 30% of the world’s minerals

SA base metals sector neglected – explorer

By: Nadine James     15th April 2016 South Africa’s base metals sector is underdeveloped, owing to neglect and disinterest, says base metals explorer Horomela Resources, which is undertaking the first phase of its noninvasive prospecting programme on 14 zinc, copper, silver and lead properties in the Namaqualand region of the... 

SA base metals sector neglected – explorer
ABONGILE MDINGI Diversification towards base metals is imminent in South Africa

SA expected to remain reliant on zinc imports

By: Nadine James     15th April 2016 Zinc exports to South Africa will probably continue to account for the bulk of South Africa’s zinc consumption in the medium term, despite the projects, such as diversified miner Vedanta Resources’ Gamsberg project, expected to come on-stream in the country within the next three to five years,... 

SA expected to remain reliant on zinc imports
SKORPION ZINC MINE & REFINERY The Namibian refinery supplies 30% of its refined product to South Africa

Modernisation at heart of new State-backed local mining equipment body

By: Martin Creamer     13th April 2016 The modernisation of South Africa’s mines and the extension of their lives are at the heart of a new government-backed local manufacturing body that will have access to a State-owned developmental cluster location, where joint development initiatives are envisaged. The new organisation – Mining... 

Modernisation at heart of new State-backed local mining equipment body
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Anton Wheeler (right) with Martin Creamer
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