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Cradle Arc raises £396 000

By: Simone Liedtke     31st October 2018 Aim-listed Cradle Arc has raised £396 000, before expenses, by way of a conditional placing of 44-million new ordinary shares of 0.01p each in the capital of the company at a price of 0.90p a placing share. The proceeds of the placing will be used alongside the funding from the $2-million loan... 

Gem to build $3m plant to test tech that identifies diamonds within kimberlite ore

By: Simone Liedtke     31st October 2018 In line with its strategy of the early detection of large diamonds and reducing diamond damage, LSE-listed Gem Diamonds has approved the construction of a $3-million pilot plant, at Letšeng, in Lesotho, that will use innovative technology to identify diamonds within kimberlite ore and... 

Metal Tiger, MOD JV prospecting licences extended

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th October 2018 Aim-listed Metal Tiger’s joint venture (JV) with ASX-listed MOD Resources, situated in the Kalahari copperbelt in Botswana, has been granted two-year extensions on its prospecting licences by the Botswana licensing authority. These licences were due for renewal by December 31, and hold the T3... 

Volvo launches new 95 t rigid hauler for coal, bulk commodities industries

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2018 Earthmoving equipment manufacturer Volvo Construction Equipment on Thursday launched a new 95 t rigid hauler for the coal and bulk commodities industries in Southern Africa. Its local partner, construction equipment company Babcock Equipment, would provide the support and services for the... 

De Beers’ rough diamond production down 5% in Q3

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2018 De Beers Group on Tuesday reported that its rough diamond production had decreased by 5% to 8.7-million carats in the third quarter ended September 30, owing to planned volume reductions in Botswana and South Africa. In Botswana, production declined by 6% to 5.7-million carats owing to the... 

Lucara to hold first sale through Clara digital sales platform

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2018 TSX-listed Lucara Diamond Corp will hold the first diamond sale through its 100%-owned digital sales platform, Clara Diamond Solutions, in November. It has invited a select group of large vertically integrated jewellery houses and global diamond manufacturers to participate in the sale. 

Why a no-deal Brexit risks freezing London's diamond trade

By: Bloomberg     19th October 2018 The UK has warned that a no-deal Brexit risks London being frozen out of the global diamond trade. Britain is a member of the Kimberley Process, the global certification program used to track and prevent the trade of conflict gems, through its European Union membership. The country will need to... 

MOD gets approval for new exploration project

By: Donald Makhafola     19th October 2018 Australian-listed copper exploration and development company MOD Resources has received approval from the Department of Environmental Affairs in Botswana to drill within a 700 km2 area in the northern section of the T20 dome complex. The approval is subject to the standard four-week public review... 

Getting Africa fit for the future requires good governance – Africa Forum

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th October 2018 Law firm Hogan Lovells Africa head and partner Andrew Skipper on Thursday opened the firm’s Africa Forum conference by stating that, in Africa, there is a combination of optimism and scepticism, but stressed that the available opportunities were enormous. “Currency, corruption and certainty need... 

South African slump batters smaller neighbours protecting rand peg

By: Bloomberg     18th October 2018 South Africans aren’t the only ones struggling through the country’s economic slump. The fortunes of Lesotho, Namibia, and eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, are beholden to developments in their larger neighbor with their exchange rates pegged to the rand, the worst-performing major currency... 

Initial assessment of the T1A concession in the Marange Diamond Fields of Zimbabwe

18th October 2018 Botswana Diamonds plc is pleased to announce that it and Vast Resources plc ("Vast") have received a preliminary geological assessment of the Heritage Concession ("Block T1A") within the Marange Diamond Fields of Zimbabwe. Vast has a due diligence access agreement and pre-agreed joint venture... 

Vast Resources, Botswana Diamonds receive preliminary geological assessment on Marange JV

By: Simone Liedtke     17th October 2018 Aim-listed Vast Resources, together with Botswana Diamonds (BOD), have received an independent competent person’s preliminary geological assessment relating to the Heritage concession within the Marange diamond fields of Zimbabwe, in which specific exploration recommendations were made. As... 

Metal Tiger T3 mine feasibility study ‘progressing well within budget’

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2018 The T3 mine feasibility study for Aim-listed strategic natural resource investor Metal Tiger’s joint venture project with ASX-listed MOD Resources in the Kalahari copperbelt, in Botswana, is “progressing well within budget”, and is due for completion in March 2019, Metal Tiger said on Tuesday.... 

Cradle Arc’s Thakadu mining licence extended to May 2020

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th October 2018 Aim-listed copper and gold miner Cradle Arc has been granted an extension on its mining licence by the Botswana Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security. The licence is now valid until May 31, 2020, and covers 28.5 km2, which includes the Thakadu openpit and adjacent... 

Cradle Arc subsidiary secures loan facility for Mowana processing plant

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th October 2018 Cradle Arc’s 60%-owned subsidiary, Leboam, the holding company of the Mowana copper mine, in Botswana, has conditionally obtained a loan facility of $2-million from Cradle Arc's largest shareholder PenMin Botswana. Proceeds from the facility will be applied to dealing with the intermittent... 

Proper stimulation of mining can ensure better living standards for the people of South Africa

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2018 Johannesburg and Los Angeles have something special in common. They were both catalysed by gold mining. The Witwatersrand gold rush of 1886 led to the establishment of Johannesburg and the California gold rush of 1848 led to the development of Los Angeles. Both cities are examples of the... 

Botswana Diamonds agrees development of concessions in the Marange Diamond Fields of Zimbabwe with Vast Resources plc

4th October 2018 Botswana Diamonds, (‘BOD’) the AIM and BSE listed explorer, is pleased to announce that it has concluded an agreement with Vast Resources plc (‘Vast’) the AIM listed mining and resource development company, for the development of their concessions in the prolific Marange Diamond Fields (‘MDF’) of... 

Botswana Diamonds, Vast firm up Marange concession development partnership

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th October 2018 Explorer Botswana Diamonds has concluded an agreement with mining and resource development company Vast Resources for the development of its concessions in the prolific Marange Diamond Fields (MDF) of eastern Zimbabwe.  A separate agreement will cover the joint development of diamond properties... 

Acquisition, manganese and agriculture in mining make headlines 

3rd October 2018 MC Mining has an eye on acquisition and project access, Botswana manganese estimate fires up aspirant battery supplier and the Bokamoso Barona initiative is promising to show how mining and agriculture can go hand-in-hand. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks the headlines. 

Botswana manganese estimate fires up aspirant battery supplier

By: Martin Creamer     1st October 2018 A maiden mineral resource at the Kgwakgwe Hill manganese field in Botswana has given a Toronto venture exchange junior exploration company sufficient confidence to proceed immediately with a preliminary economic assessment, Mining Weekly Online can today report. The mineral resource estimate,... 

Large new TOMRA x-ray sorter

1st October 2018 A game changer for mineral processing he TOMRA COM XRT 2.0 machine with higher belt speed and through-put as well as heavy ining 

Kibo, Sepco III extend due diligence deadline to end-November

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st October 2018 Aim- and JSE-listed Kibo Energy on Monday announced that the due date by which potential equity investor Sepco III had to complete its internal investment process had been extended to November 30. This had initially been expected to be completed by September 30.  

Glencore backs $1bn acquisition of Chevron South Africa by black-owned consortium

By: Terence Creamer     28th September 2018 Black economic empowerment (BEE) consortium Off The Shelf Investments (OTS) confirmed on Friday that it had acquired Chevron South Africa (CSA) in a deal valued at $1-billion and financed by its technical and financial adviser, Glencore. CSA, which owns the Chevron refinery in Cape Town and the... 

Lifting-equipment orders from Zambia’s Mopani Copper Mines exceed R100m – Condra Cranes

By: Nadine James     28th September 2018 Condra Cranes shipment of lifting equipment despatched in late August to Zambia-based copper mine Mopani Copper Mines has raised Condra’s order intake from Mopani to more than R100-million. Comprising one electric travelling overhead crane, 38 hoists, two large, and seven smaller, jib cranes, the... 

Stanbic Botswana secures $125m loan guaranty to support diamond sector

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th September 2018 Stanbic Bank Botswana, which is a member of Standard Bank Group, has, along with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the US government’s development finance institution, and Botswana Finance, a subsidiary of Lazare Kaplan International, signed a $125-million loan guaranty, which... 

Aveng reports strong market interest in most of its noncore assets 

By: Terence Creamer     26th September 2018 Following a series of capital markets transactions, which have helped stabilise Aveng’s precarious balance sheet, the JSE-listed infrastructure group has turned its attention to the disposal, by June 2019, of several noncore businesses, including its well-known construction business,... 

Kibo’s shares rise as Mbeya coal mine recommended for special mining licence

By: Simone Liedtke     26th September 2018 Aim- and JSE-listed Kibo Energy’s share price on the LSE increased by 10.69% on Wednesday morning after the company announced that the Mbeya coal mine, which comprises the mining component of the Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP), has been recommended for the grant of a special mining licence... 

Free State has potential to host further commercial kimberlites – Botswana Diamonds

By: Simone Liedtke     25th September 2018 The Free State has the potential to host further commercial kimberlites, says Botswana Diamonds, referencing research in various archives into the history of diamond mining in South Africa. Following the initial document research work and ground truthing, Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds has since... 

Local coal future depends on economic situation

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     21st September 2018 Coal mining currently provides more than 86 000 jobs locally, and this figure will increase as more junior mines are expected to open in the future, provided that the economic situation “does not deteriorate further”, says coal consulting company XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prévost.... 

Minergy lauds Botswana regulatory authorities

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2018 Minergy CEO Andre Bojé is full of praise for Botswana’s regulatory authorities, who he says use legislation to assist mining investment. Minergy, which is listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange, has begun work on its maiden 390-million-tonne Masama, located in the Mmamabula coalfield, 50 km north... 

Botswana trims growth prospects, sees wider budget deficits

By: Reuters     18th September 2018 Botswana's economy is expected to expand by 4.5% this year, down from an estimate in February of 5.3%, the finance ministry said on Tuesday at a 2019 budget conference. A senior official in the diamond-producing southern African nation’s economy said the government expects an optimistic medium... 

New Botswana coal mine development under way – Minergy

By: Martin Creamer     18th September 2018 Work is under way on the new Masama coal mine, which Botswana Stock Exchange-listed Minergy expects to commission in January, ahead of its primary listing on London’s Alternative Investment Market (Aim) in the first half of next year. The 390-million-tonne Masama, located in the Mmamabula... 

Cradle Arc renews prospecting licences near flagship Mowana copper mine

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2018 Africa-focused base and precious metals exploration and production company Cradle Arc on Friday announced that it had renewed prospecting licences to the north of its flagship Mowana copper mine, in Botswana, along the same Bushman Lineament that hosts the current resource estimate for Mowana.... 

Tsodilo's Botswana kimberlite project produces 44 ct

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2018 TSX-listed Tsodilo Resources’ BK16 kimberlite project, in the Orapa kimberlite field, in Botswana, has produced a third parcel of diamonds, comprising 279 diamonds weighing 43.95 ct, the company said in a statement on Thursday. The diamondiferous BK16 kimberlite pipe is about 6 ha in size at... 

Tango’s African diamond focus grows

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2018 TSX-listed Africa-focused Tango Mining on Thursday reported production since January of 941 ct of high-value diamonds from its Oena diamond mine, in the Western Cape. It also reported on progress at further diamond exploration projects in Angola, Liberia and Botswana. 

Mine looks to increase local labour force

14th September 2018 Canada-based mining and metals company First Quantum Minerals (FQM) aims to achieve a target of sourcing 25% of its employees from the surrounding area of the North-Western province of Zambia for the Sentinel mine in Kalumbila. The miner states that its local employment figures have continued to... 

New exploration licences validated

14th September 2018 Canada-based diversified miner Maxtech Ventures last month announced that its Zambian mining operation, Maxtech Mining Zambia’s two large-scale exploration licences have been validated by the Minister of Mines and Mineral Development of Zambia. The first large-scale exploration licence is for an... 

Johnson Crane Hire

12th September 2018 Ranked among the top crane hire companies in the world, Johnson Crane Hire operates the largest mobile crane fleet in Africa. The company has an acknowledged track record for delivering appropriate solutions to the mining, petrochemicals, power and civil infrastructure industries throughout South... 

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