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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
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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
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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

New Century Resources secures zinc offtake agreement

By: Nadine James     2nd March 2018 ASX-listed zinc miner New Century Resources has signed a new five-and-a-half-year zinc concentrate offtake agreement with Nyrstar Sales & Marketing. The offtake agreement includes a variable tonnage allocation to Nyrstar, representing approximately 15% of scheduled production from the Century... 

Nautilus PEA outlines the low-cost production potential of Solwara 1

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd March 2018 Toronto-based Nautilus Minerals has published a new preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for its Solwara 1 seafloor copper/gold project, located in the Bismarck Sea offshore Papua New Guinea (PNG). The Toronto-based prospective marine miner reported an undiscounted after-tax net cash flow of... 

Mineral flowsheet development completed at Prieska zinc-copper project

By: Simone Liedtke     1st March 2018 JSE- and ASX-listed minerals exploration company Orion Minerals has successfully completed the development of a mineral flowsheet for the treatment of sulphide zinc/copper mineralisation at the Prieska project, in the Northern Cape. The derived mineral processing flowsheet achieves high zinc and... 

Jubilee, BMR extend agreement deadline for Zambia project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st March 2018 Dual-listed Jubilee Metals Group and Aim-listed BMR Group have agreed, under their joint venture (JV) agreement for the Kabwe lead/zinc/vanadium project, in Zambia, to extend the date for the fulfilment of all conditions precedent from February 28 to March 31. The extension will allow for the... 

Osisko outlines 50 000 m drill campaign for Pine Point

By: Henry Lazenby     27th February 2018 Base metals explorer Osisko Metals has revealed plans for a 50 000 m drilling programme for its Pine Point zinc/lead property, located in the Northwest Territories. The Montreal, Quebec-based company advised that, since the acquisition of the property closed early this month, it has mobilised... 

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
Photo by Duane Daws
Incoming Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Connemara restructures board, raises £900 000

By: Mariaan Webb     26th February 2018 rish gold and zinc explorer Connemara Mining on Monday announced that it had raised £900 000 and that it had restructured its board as the company seeks to accelerate its operational growth. Forty-six-year old Patrick Cullen, who was appointed CEO last year, has been made an executive director... 

New Century and Nyrstar agree binding offtake term sheet

By: Mariaan Webb     26th February 2018 Belgium’s Nyrstar plans to suspend arbitration proceedings against Australia’s New Century Resources after the parties agreed to a binding term sheet for five-and-a-half years of zinc concentrate offtake. In a joint statement issued on Monday, New Century and Nyrstar said that the term sheet... 

BMR's acquisition of Zambian prospecting licence finalised

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd February 2018 Mineral processing company BMR Group has made the final payment due to Zambia-based Bushbuck Resources, in order to complete the acquisition of prospecting licence 19653, better known as the Star Zinc project.        As a result, Bushbuck no longer has any charge over either the removable assets... 

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

Hudbay swings back into black as higher copper, zinc prices lift Q4 profit

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd February 2018 Canadian base metals producer Hudbay Minerals has reported higher fourth-quarter earnings and sales as higher copper and zinc prices pushed the miner back into the black, the company reported on Wednesday. The TSX- and NYSE-listed miner said a 32% year-on-year rise in copper prices and 29% higher... 

Preferred hydraulic mining contractors selected for Century tailings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd February 2018 ASX-listed New Century Resources has selected Australia-based National Pump and Energy (NPE) and South Africa-based Paragon Tailings as the preferred contractors for hydraulic mining service works for the Century tailings deposit, in north-west Queensland. NPE and Paragon have proposed a... 

Alexander Mining forms partnership with Turkish firm

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st February 2018 Aim-listed mining and mineral processing technology company Alexander Mining has executed a commercial and technical partnership agreement with Turkey’s Proses Mühendislik, Danışmanlık, İnşaat ve Tasarım (Proses), which may result in the use of the company’s proprietary processing technologies... 

Glencore shoots lights out, mulls divi top-up, reaffirms South Africa

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2018 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore shot the lights out with a superlative set of 2017 results that coincided with a leap in its share price in Johannesburg, the reaffirmation of South Africa as an even more positive investment destination, and the mulling of a dividend "top up"... 

Glencore shoots lights out, mulls divi top-up, reaffirms South Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
Flashback to Ivan Glasenberg opening Glencore-funded school in South Africa's coalfields.

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