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Australia to amend $3.9bn infrastructure fund in bid to develop country's north

By: Reuters     18th April 2018 Australia will amend the guidelines for a A$5-billion ($3.9-billion) fund that offers loans to build infrastructure in the country's north so it can offer greater support to a broader range of projects, a government minister said on Wednesday. The changes will aid a bid to develop Australia's... 

Glencore releases all-embracing 117-page sustainability report

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2018 One of the strategic priorities of diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is to invest in community initiatives that deliver sustainable socioeconomic benefits, the London- and Johannesburg-listed company states in today’s 117-page Sustainability Report 2017, which emphasises the... 

Glencore is losing billionaire allies to Trump's sanctions

By: Bloomberg     12th April 2018 The reach and power of US sanctions are hemming in the world’s largest commodity trader. In just four months, Glencore chief Ivan Glasenberg has lost two of his closest business allies as President Donald Trump’s aggressive foreign policy hits home, forcing him to cut ties with billionaires Oleg... 

Embattled EPA chief's calendar shows industry had his ear

By: Reuters     9th April 2018 US Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt held 25-times more meetings with industry representatives than environmental advocates during his first seven months in office, according to a Reuters analysis of his schedule, reflecting the agency's pro-business approach under his... 

Plug-and-play IoT edge gateway launched for industry, mining

By: Schalk Burger     6th April 2018 Information technology (IT) hardware multinational DellEMC and local Internet of Things (IoT) developer IoT.nxt have launched an edge computing device, called the Raptor, which enables businesses to deploy an IoT network in their operational environments to integrate existing sensors and... 

Gensource inks second offtake accord with potash major

By: Henry Lazenby     27th March 2018 Potash project developer Gensource Potash has secured a second potash offtake deal in a week with a hitherto unnamed senior North American agriculture industry player. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based Gensource said on Tuesday that the nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MoU) contemplates the... 

Plug-and-play IoT edge gateway launched for industry, mining

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2018 Information technology (IT) hardware multinational DellEMC and local Internet of Things (IoT) developer IoT.nxt have launched an edge computing device, called the Raptor, which enables businesses to deploy an IoT network in their operational environments to integrate existing sensors and... 

Transnet rejects claim of no significant mining-linked rail and port investment in 15 years

     9th March 2018 Anglo American South Africa deputy chairperson Norman Mbazima argues that a revitalisation of South Africa’s rail and port networks will be key to ensuring a recovery in mining investment. Speaking at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, he lamented that he had not seen any significant rail... 

Transnet rejects claim of no significant mining-linked rail and port investment in 15 years

     9th March 2018 Anglo American South Africa deputy chairperson Norman Mbazima argues that a revitalisation of South Africa’s rail and port networks will be key to ensuring a recovery in mining investment. Speaking at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, he lamented that he had not seen any significant rail... 

Thermoplastic valves lightweight and cost saving

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2018 Where steel valves do not meet mines’ process requirements, engineering consumables and components distributor BMG says thermoplastic valves, such as those of UK-based manufacturer SAFi Thermoplastic Valve Solutions (SAFi), can be offered instead.  

Trump says trade wars 'aren't so bad' in answer to Europe threat

By: Bloomberg     7th March 2018 President Donald Trump reiterated his commitment to slapping tariffs on steel and aluminum, dismissing concerns about a global trade war and saying the US has suffered from poor trading conditions with other nations, including those in the European Union. Just hours later, White House economic... 

Pushback on Trump tariffs gathers steam, Mexico rejects bid to split NAFTA

By: Reuters     6th March 2018 Republican lawmakers stepped up calls for President Donald Trump to pull back from proposed tariffs on steel and aluminium imports as key trading partner Mexico rejected a bid by Washington to drive a wedge between it and Canada in talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.... 

Africa’s leading industry trade fair prepares to open its doors

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th March 2018 The countdown has begun: bauma CONEXPO AFRICA opens its doors for the third time in one week. The largest trade fair for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines and construction vehicles in Africa continues to attract international participation, highlighted by four... 

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... 

MTE celebrates 25 years of success

By: Nadine James     2nd March 2018 Travelling exhibition specialist MTE celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary this year, and the company – founded by Tony Wightman in 1993 – owes its success to its deep engagement with the mining industry, subsequently enabling MTE to establish long-standing relationships with mines and... 

Ramaphosa announces sweeping Cabinet changes

     26th February 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa’s statement outlining changes to the National Executive. 

Ian Harebottle

By: Martin Creamer     23rd February 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Ian Harebottle, the CEO-designate of Kropz, the phosphates exploration and mining company active on South Africa's West Coast 

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... 

Mines Urged To Dredge Ponds Before Rains Arrive In Earnest

     16th February 2018 With the rainy season approaching in most of South Africa’s mining regions, monitoring the capacity of process water return ponds becomes increasingly critical – to monitor whether silt build-up is jeopardising the dams’ functioning. “Managing the water balance on mines is becoming more demanding... 

MC Mining obtains water-use licence for Vele

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th February 2018 Dual-listed MC Mining has completed the “full regulatory suite” of authorisations required for its Vele colliery, in Limpopo, following the Department of Water and Sanitation’s granting of an integrated water-use licence. The granting of the licence, a year after securing the environmental... 

Stanbic says mining remains crucial to Zambian economy

By: African News Agency      9th February 2018 Stanbic Zambia says mining remains a significant sector of the southern African country's economy as it generates the largest amount of revenue for the government through taxes. "As the second largest copper producer in Africa, we are poised to further develop the mining sector,"  Stanbic Bank... 

Pumps company highlights cost-saving benefits of its offering

By: Paige Müller     2nd February 2018 The current mining industry trend towards cost savings has led to a steady increase in demand in Australia and the South-East Asian region for products from pumps and pressure cleaners manufacturer Australian Pump Industries, or Aussie Pumps. “We expect similar interest from Africa, where we know... 

KEEPING MINING AT BAY:

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2018 Colombia president Juan Manuel Santos is seen waving his way to the signing of an environmental land protection order at the Loma Seca Military Base in Codazzi, Colombia. The order protects the lands inside the region's northern Andean ecosystem from mining and agriculture. The area serves as a... 

Group aims to increase brand awareness at Mining Indaba

By: Nadine James     26th January 2018 South African industrial group Torre Industries is exhibiting at the 2018 Investing In African Mining Indaba with the aim of increasing the group’s brand awareness among local and international mining industry players. The JSE-listed group has nine business units across three segments: parts and... 

LEADERSHIP DETERMINATION:

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 LEADERSHIP DETERMINATION: The message that South Africa’s Deputy President and newly-elected African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa has for the world is that South Africa should be viewed in a “new way”. He is intent on leading South Africa away from low economic growth towards... 

Kropz eyeing first ore through phosphates plant this year

By: Martin Creamer     23rd January 2018 Explorer, developer and miner of plant nutrient minerals Kropz, which has invested $120-million in its 95% complete Western Cape processing facility, is finalising plant design and mulling capital raising to take the Elandsfonten phosphates project to the next level, Kropz CEO-designate Ian... 

Artisanal, small-scale mining explodes amid rising prices

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd January 2018 A new report has revealed explosive growth in the number of artisanal and small-scale miners worldwide over the past two decades amid rising mineral prices and a general struggle in earning a living from agriculture. The Intergovernmental Forum (IGF) on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable... 

On-The-Air (19/01/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     19th January 2018 Diamond mining in the diamond city of Kimberley has been given a sparkling new lease of life thanks to smart new technology; The Industrial Development Corporation is calling for smarter mining, smarter agriculture and smarter manufacturing to pull South Africa ahead; and The Constitutional Court... 

Harvest to expand Arapua fertiliser capacity

By: Henry Lazenby     15th January 2018 Brazil-focused fertiliser producer Harvest Minerals is planning a significant expansion at its Arapua fertiliser project, with the addition of four knife mills and associated infrastructure that will push production capacity above the 320 000 t/y level. The LSE Aim-listed company announced on... 

Smarter mining, manufacture, agriculture needed, says IDC’s Maia 

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2018 South Africa needs to aim towards smarter mining, smarter agriculture and smarter manufacturing. “It’s about taking all the major sectors of the economy forward, with each feeding on the other,” says Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) research and information head Jorge Maia of the roles... 

Canadian companies struggle to plan for post-NAFTA world

By: Reuters     12th January 2018 Canadian industries that would be most acutely impacted by the death of the North American Free Trade Agreement are unable to meaningfully plan for a possible post-NAFTA world given the uncertainty of what could replace it, analysts and executives said. With three quarters of Canadian exports... 

World's top commodity engine roars to record with Xi at helm

By: Bloomberg     12th January 2018 China continues to gobble up the world’s commodities, setting new records for consumption of everything from crude oil to soybeans. In a year of flux marked by industrial capacity cuts, environmental curbs and financial deleveraging, demand for raw materials has continued to grow in the world’s... 

Centerra finally receives Turkish pastureland permit

By: Henry Lazenby     12th January 2018 TSX-listed gold producer Centerra Gold has received the Turkish pastureland permit for its Öksüt growth project, paving the way for the project’s future development. The Toronto-based company advised on Thursday that its Turkish subsidiary Öksüt Madencilik Sanayi ve Ticaret (Omas) took receipt of... 

Nutrien gains on first trading day as Agrium, PotashCorp complete merger

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd January 2018 The TSX-listed equity of freshly minted fertiliser producer, distributor and retailer Nutrien gained nearly 6% on Tuesday – its first trading day following closure of the transaction on New Year’s day. The ‘merger of equals’ has created a new top-tiered fertiliser company with a total market... 

Improving quality of life remains key priority, says Zuma

By: African News Agency      2nd January 2018 Improving the quality of life of the South African people, especially the poor and the working class, remains a key priority of government, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday. “Significant strides” were made in 2017 in fighting poverty, inequality, and unemployment, he said in his new year’s... 

On-The-Air (15/12/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     15th December 2017 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa this week made a strong call on the CR17 website for an end to the deadlock in the South African mining sector; The United Nations was in town this week to plead with South Africa to build resilience into its mining economy; andClever local project companies are... 

Christo Visser

By: Martin Creamer     15th December 2017 This week Mining Weekly features Christo Visser, the newly appointed senior VP origination covering Australia, South East Asia, Russia and the CIS 

Crucial for commodity countries to build economic resilience – Unctad 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2017 Without policy change, commodity-dependent developing countries risk falling short of achieving their sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) economic affairs officer Stefan Csordas warned on Monday. Unctad and the Food and... 

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