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Former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe joins Ivanhoe board

By: Henry Lazenby     10th April 2018 Former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe has joined the board of project developer Ivanhoe Mines with immediate effect, the company announced on Tuesday. In his new nonexecutive capacity, Motlanthe is expected to bring a “new dimension” to the company’s strategic evaluations, consensus... 

Vision 2030 mining growth strategy under development ­– ­DMR

By: Martin Creamer     10th April 2018 A Vision 2030 for the mining industry, and a strategy for growth and competitiveness of the sector, are topics under development, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) said on Tuesday, when efforts to finalise and gazette the Mining Charter also intensified. In announcing that Mineral... 

Galileo upbeat on Star Zinc potential

By: Simone Liedtke     10th April 2018 Resource and development company Galileo Resources on Tuesday announced positive results from a further seven diamond drill holes (DDHs) from its current drilling programme on the Star Zinc project, in Zambia, in which the company has an 85% interest. The results include three DDHs showing... 

Orion applies for Prieska mining right, lifts project’s mineral resource

By: Anine Kilian     9th April 2018 ASX- and JSE- listed Orion Minerals has applied for a mining right for its Prieska base metals project, in South Africa’s Northern Cape, and has also established a maiden resource of 5.2-million tons for the Vardocube area within the Prieska project area. The resource, which is in the southern... 

Eldorado rises as Greek arbitration panel rejects State's claims

By: Henry Lazenby     4th April 2018 The TSX-listed equity of Canadian gold and base metals producer Eldorado Gold lifted off recent 52-week lows on Wednesday, after the company announced a favourable ruling by an arbitration panel in its dispute with the Greek government over its Madem Lakkos metallurgical plant. Vancouver-based... 

Eldorado rises as Greek arbitration panel rejects State's claims
Photo by Eldorado Gold
Visible mineralisation at Eldorado Gold's Skouries project, in Northern Greece

Orion granted two new prospecting rights at Prieska

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th April 2018 ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals has been granted two prospecting rights over strike extensions across important contiguous areas around the Prieska zinc/copper deposit, in the Northern Cape. The new rights, granted by the Department of Mineral Resources to Orion subsidiaries Vardocube and... 

High-grade, low-cost silver options set Americas Silver up for growth

By: Henry Lazenby     4th April 2018 Diversified miner Americas Silver is being cautious not to add too much silver to its zinc and lead production profile at a time when prices for the precious metal languish between the $16/oz to $20/oz level. “We are being very disciplined to not add too much new silver production to our... 

High-grade, low-cost silver options set Americas Silver up for growth
Photo by Americas Silver
Americas Silver's new San Rafael mine, in Mexico

‘Home away from home’ accommodation for mine

By: Melissa Zisengwe     30th March 2018 Prefabricated site accommodation supplier Speedspace completed the installation of a management camp for diversified miner Vedanta Resources’ zinc subsidiary Vedanta Zinc International’s Gamsberg project in February. 

‘Home away from home’ accommodation for mine
ACCOMMODATION CAMP Speedspace provided comfortable customised modular accommodation units

Zinc output climbs, but uncertainty disrupts processing talks

By: Reuters     29th March 2018 Surging zinc mine output will eventually lift annual charges for treating concentrates, but uncertain timing has led to a stand-off in talks between mines and smelters. No deal has been achieved yet over benchmark processing terms – fees miners pay smelters to turn concentrate into metal – after... 

Private capital carves out mining niche with specialist focus

By: Henry Lazenby     28th March 2018 Generalist investment funds are having a hard time keeping up with the success private capital lenders have enjoyed in the mining space in recent quarters, with private equity firms carving out their niche by being specialists at their game. The generalist funds are underwriting real estate and... 

Private capital carves out mining niche with specialist focus

Russia’s Chelyabinsk reports higher output

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th March 2018 Russian zinc and zinc alloys producer Chelyabinsk Zinc Plant (CZP) has increased its production by 4.7% in the year ended December. Saleable SHG zinc and zinc-based alloys production amounted to 183 002 t of in 2017, compared with 174 803 t in 2016, the LSE-listed company reported on Tuesday. 

SLAM stakes new cobalt project in Bathurst Mining Camp

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd March 2018 Base metals-focused project generator SLAM Exploration's shares jumped 50% on Friday after the junior announced that it had acquired a new cobalt exploration property in the Bathurst Mining Camp of New Brunswick through claim staking. The Miramichi, New Brunswick-based explorer said it had staked... 

Excellon swings back into black on dry mining conditions

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd March 2018 Mexico’s highest-grade silver producer, Excellon Resources, has reported its first quarterly headline profit since the second quarter of 2016, thanks to optimisation efforts to effectively dewater the flagship Platosa mine. The Platosa deposit comprises several high-grade massive sulphide mantos... 

Excellon swings back into black on dry mining conditions

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... 

Yauricocha strike ends, not to impact Sierra Metals guidance

By: Henry Lazenby     19th March 2018 TSX- and NYSE American-listed Sierra Metals reported that a wildcat strike by less than 10% of workers employed at its Yauricocha mine, in Peru, has ended with minimal disruption and no expected impacts on 2018 production. Sierra said the strike action started on Friday and ended following... 

Wheaton Precious Metals portfolio biased to gold as organic growth pipeline lags

By: Henry Lazenby     19th March 2018 Canadian streaming firm Wheaton Precious Metals (WPM) has seen the proportion of precious metals in its production profile shift, with about two-thirds weighted to gold, as several of its silver-focused organic growth projects languish behind plan. The Vancouver-based company expects to have... 

Wheaton Precious Metals portfolio biased to gold as organic growth pipeline lags
Photo by Bloomberg
Wheaton Precious Metals CEO Randy Smallwood smiles during an interview at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada Convention, in Toronto

Rare earths company acquires critical metals portfolio in Namibia

16th March 2018 Heavy rare earth elements project developer Namibia Rare Earths (NRE) has completed the acquisition of a portfolio of critical metal properties from private firm Gecko Namibia, which will see NRE obtain a controlling interest in a portfolio of seven metals properties, thereby expanding its focus... 

Rare earths company  acquires critical metals portfolio in Namibia
RARE MINERALS Namibia Rare Earths has started exploring several mineral deposits across the country

South Africa discount no longer warranted, say analysts

By: Martin Creamer     15th March 2018 The so-called 'South Africa discount' that has dogged and diminished the share prices of mining companies operating in South Africa for decades, has been declared "unwarranted" by Goldman Sachs Europe Metals & Mining Equity Research analysts, against the backdrop of the winds of political change... 

South Africa discount no longer warranted, say analysts
Photo by Goldman Sachs
Share prices of Glencore and Anglo at 2013 levels, despite higher earnings, lower debt

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

Trevali's African assets shine as strong Q4 marks year in the black

By: Henry Lazenby     14th March 2018 Zinc producer Trevali Mining's fourth-quarter performance has sealed a positive year for shareholders, rewarding them with profit as the company's expansion into Africa pays off. The Vancouver-headquartered company reported net income of $25.2-million, or $0.03 a share, up 260% from $7-million,... 

A year of two truths for zinc as new supply responds to tight market

By: Henry Lazenby     14th March 2018 This calendar year is expected to tell a tale of two outcomes for zinc as tight first-half concentrates and declining metal stocks contrast against new supply coming on stream and building concentrate levels. CRU Group analyst Ryan Cochrane foresees the real cash price of zinc building towards a... 

A year of two truths for zinc as new supply responds to tight market

China's enviro policies, EV growth two megatrends to boost most commodities

By: Henry Lazenby     13th March 2018 Chinese actions in recent years to embrace temporary production cuts and enforce stricter environmental regulations are probably here to stay for the long term and have already disrupted a range of commodities, including coal, aluminium, lithium and cobalt production chains. Commodity research... 

China's enviro policies, EV growth two megatrends to boost most commodities
Photo by Bloomberg
Cobalt metal nuggets

Vast extends completion date for Mercuria agreement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th March 2018 Aim-listed copper and zinc miner Vast Resources said on Friday that, while it continued to make good progress with Mercuria Energy Group to finalise a $9.5-million prepayment offtake agreement for the construction of the metallurgical complex near the Manaila mine, and in restarting the mining... 

Drilling gets under way at Stonepark zinc project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th March 2018 Drilling at the Stonepark zinc joint venture (JV) project, in Limerick, is set to start in the next few weeks, 23.44%-owner Connemara Mining reported on Friday. The London-listed company said that the drilling was aimed at determining if exploration success at the adjacent Pallas Green project of... 

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.

Multimillion-rand processing plant reinvigorates the old Zincor Refinery

By: Nadine James     7th March 2018 Vele Private Equity (VPE), a wholly owned subsidiary of Vele Investments, on Wednesday officially launched a multimillion-rand zinc processing plant aimed at processing one of four remaining tailing dumps at the old Zincor Refinery, in Springs, east of Johannesburg. The launch was attended by... 

Multimillion-rand processing plant reinvigorates the old Zincor Refinery
Photo by Nadine James
EBM raised R140-million from international investors for the construction of the plant. VPE will be contributing R20-million to cover the remaining plant cost.

Tanga starts drilling for zinc in Namibia

By: Anine Kilian     7th March 2018 ASX-listed Tanga Resources, which is exploring for gold in Tanzania, has now also started a search for zinc in Namibia, with the company announcing the start of drilling at its recently acquired Joumbira project. A diamond drilling programme is planned for four holes, totalling about 600 m,... 

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

Auroch acquires South Australia zinc projects

By: Schalk Burger     6th March 2018 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – ASX-listed Auroch Minerals on Tuesday announced that it had acquired 90% of the Arden and 100% of the Bonaventura zinc projects, in South Australia. “The Arden project and Bonaventura project comprise a substantial zinc, lead and copper play supported by... 

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

Workers at Cajamarquilla zinc smelter in Peru start strike – union

By: Reuters     5th March 2018 Workers at the Cajamarquilla zinc smelter in Peru, controlled by Brazilian miner Nexa Resources SA', started an indefinite strike on Monday to demand a wage increase and better benefits, a union leader said. The strike started at 12:30 GMT and has affected production at the smelter, said the... 

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

New Century Resources appoints EPC contractor for zinc plant

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th March 2018 ASX-listed New Century Resources has contracted Sedgman as its engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor, while selecting Ausenco as preferred bidder for the complete refurbishment and commissioning of operations associated with the Century zinc processing plant, slurry pipeline... 

Trevali options BMC-based Murray Brook deposit; forms strategic exploration alliance with Puma

By: Henry Lazenby     5th March 2018 Zinc-focused explorer, project developer and miner Trevali Mining has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with junior Puma Exploration to acquire an interest in the Murray Brook deposit, located in New Brunswick's Bathurst Mining Camp (BMC). The Vancouver-based miner said on Friday that it will also... 

Nevsun narrows Q4 loss on impairment reversal

By: Henry Lazenby     4th March 2018 Base metals producer Nevsun Resources has reported a narrower fourth-quarter loss of $3.8-million, or $0.01 a share, as the bottom line benefitted from the partial reversal of an impairment charge previously booked on zinc ore stockpiles. The Vancouver-headquartered company advised that based on... 

Azure exploration returns strong zinc, lead anomolies

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd March 2018 ASX-listed Azure Minerals' regional exploration programme over the western half of the Oposura project area, near Hermosillo, Mexico, has identified areas of strong zinc and lead anomalism and high-grade gold, silver and base metals mineralisation on the Mina Blanca Ranch prospect. The company is... 

Azure exploration returns strong zinc, lead anomolies
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