R/€ = 17.37 Change: 0.07
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Pt 812.50 $/oz Change: 20.00


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. 

High efficiency drives versatile pump set

By: Shannon de Ryhove     14th September 2018 Pump solutions specialist Integrated Pump Rental recently completed the assembly of an electrically driven Sykes XH150 pump set, which it exhibited at this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition. The pump set consists of a 315 kW motor with a 400 V drive capable of a maximum head of 180 m with a... 

Tanzanian integrity pledge regulations lack clarity, cause uncertainty – law firm

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th September 2018 Multinational law firm Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has raised concerns around Tanzania’s new integrity pledge for mining companies, questioning whether it meets international best practice. Since July 2017, the Tanzanian government has introduced significant regulatory reforms to the mining... 

ELB-KCC Consortium commencing site clearing and preparing for bulk earthworks at Ngodwana Energy Biomass Power Project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th September 2018 The ELB-KCC Consortium (Consortium), is pleased to announce that the official site clearing started and that preparation for bulk earthworks commenced at the Ngodwana Energy (RF) (Pty) Limited 25MW Biomass Power Project. The project will be erected at the Sappi Ngodwana site about 40km from... 

New-generation glove improves miners’ safety

5th September 2018 Hand injuries have been dramatically reduced at underground mining contractor Byrnecut Mining’s operations at the Gwalia gold mine, in Western Australia, since the site's 230 workers have adopted Ansell's HyFlex 11-840 new generation general purpose safety glove. 

Consolidated Zinc starts mining in Mexico

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th September 2018 ASX-listed Consolidated Zinc will immediately start mining at its Plomosas zinc/lead/silver project, in Mexico, after inking a processing and offtake agreement with Grupo Mexico. Under the terms of the agreement, Grupo Mexico will process Plomosas ore through its plant at Santa Eulalia, and sell... 

Downer wins mining contract extension at Commodore

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th September 2018 Contractor Downer EDI has been awarded a five year mining contract extension at the Commodore opencut coal mine, in Queensland, worth A$286-million. The contract will see Downer continue operations at Commodore until the end of August 2024. 

Tando ready to start 7.1 km drilling programme at South African vanadium project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd September 2018 ASX-listed junior miner Tando Resources has mobilised one reverse circulation and one diamond core drilling rig at its SPD Vanadium project, in South Africa’s Bushveld Complex, and is ready to start a A$1.4-million drilling programme. Assay results are expected to underpin strong newsflow over... 

Beadell's plant uprade heading on trend

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd September 2018 Gold miner Beadell Resources has completed the installation and commissioning of the ball mill at its Tucano plant, in Brazil, two weeks ahead of schedule. The installation of the ball mill is one of four key areas being undertaken as part of the Tucano plant upgrade, along with the installation... 

Cradle Arc cuts 2018 guidance, appoints senior industry execs to board

By: Mariaan Webb     29th August 2018 Aim-listed Cradle Arc’s share price tumbled 28% on Wednesday after the company lowered its 2018 production guidance and detailed the operational difficulties that it faced at its 60%-owned Mowana copper mine, in Botswana. The mine’s revised guidance for 2018 is to produce 4 000 t of copper in... 

Kibo, GE expand their collaboration on energy projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th August 2018 Aim- and AltX-listed Kibo Energy has entered into an expanded collaboration agreement with US-based General Electric (GE). Under the terms of the agreement, GE will work with Kibo to develop its portfolio of energy projects in Tanzania, Botswana and Mozambique, as well as enhance its strategy of... 

Bulk sampling programme gets under way at Nayega manganese project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th August 2018 Aim-listed Keras Resources has started Phase 1 of its 10 000 t bulk sampling testwork programme, at its Nayega manganese project, in northern Togo. Carriere Mines Travaux Public was appointed as mining and logistics contractor, which has established the testwork site and started the mining... 

SSC working to restart production at Barbrook, Lily  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th August 2018 Vantage Goldfields, which has been bought out by Siyakhula Sonke Empowerment Corporation (SSC), hopes to resume production at the Barbrook mine, in Mpumalanga, by early 2019. Both Barbrook and Vantage’s adjacent Lily mine were closed after a pillar collapse at Lily mine, in February 2016,... 

Platinum producer optimistic about Limpopo project

By: Donald Makhafola     24th August 2018 Platinum producer Ivanplats, a subsidiary of Canadian mining company Ivanhoe Mines, is focusing on bringing its Tier 1 Platreef project, in Limpopo, into production in 2022, says Ivanplats VP and executive head of projects Gerick Mouton. The mine will produce platinum, palladium, rhodium, nickel,... 

MC Mining secures R15m banking facility for Uitkomst colliery

By: Simone Liedtke     16th August 2018 Coal miner MC Mining’s 70%-owned Uitkomst colliery has procured a revolving asset facility from South African financial institution Absa Bank. Uitkomst intends to use the facility to finance the acquisition of new underground mining equipment following the transition to owner-operated mining at... 

Durable equipment is the key to success

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th August 2018 One of the Western Cape’s fastest growing civil construction companies, JVZ Construction, attributes a large portion of its success to the procurement of reliable and durable equipment that has enabled it to complete projects effectively and timeously. As a result of its on-time performance and... 

Keras advances testwork at Togo manganese project

By: Anine Kilian     15th August 2018 Aim-listed Keras Resources has made a number of appointments to advance the 10 000 t bulk sampling metallurgical test work programme at the Nayega manganese project, in northern Togo. Keras has appointed Graham Stacey as project manager, Carriere Mines Travaux Public (CMTP) as the turnkey mining... 

Ausdrill adds underground expertise with Barminco deal

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th August 2018 Mining services provider Ausdrill has made a takeover offer for joint specialist underground hard-rock mining contractor Barminco in a deal valued at A$271.5-million. The transaction will create Australia’s second-largest mining services company. 

Minister decries Gold Fields’ job-cut plan at cash-burning South Deep

By: Martin Creamer     14th August 2018 They say South Deep will be the last gold mine standing, but every report coming out of it indicates that it is an extremely hard nut to crack, with production hopelessly below guidance. Since 2006, Gold Fields has pumped R32-billion into South Deep without even breaking even, let alone making a... 

GR Engineering settles Davyhurst dispute

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th August 2018 Perth-based GR Engineering and fellow-listed Eastern Goldfields have struck a settlement agreement relating to the 2017 refurbishment contract of the Davyhurst processing plant. GR Engineering said on Monday that while the terms of the settlement deed were confidential, the company could... 

Lucara recovers 253 special diamonds at Karowe in Q2

By: Simone Liedtke     10th August 2018 TSX-listed Lucara Diamonds’ Karowe mine, in Botswana, delivered 253 diamonds larger than 10.8 ct during the second quarter, ended June 30, representing 10.5% of the total recovered carats. This is also the highest number of specials recovered, by quarter, since production started at Karowe. 

Australian gold exploration progressing

By: Donald Makhafola     10th August 2018 Exploration and development company West Wits Mining’s (WWI’s) Australian projects, which show similarity to South Africa’s Witwatersrand (Wits) gold deposits, plans to leverage its geology team’s experience of South Africa’s Wits basin to rapidly understand the geology of its two Pilbara assets... 

Department of Mineral Resources entering the fray to stop mining companies from closing mines

By: Martin Creamer     10th August 2018 The new Department of Minerals Resources (DMR) is showing a strong tendency to resist companies that apply to shut mines or put mine shafts on care and maintenance. The DMR is advocating applying Section 52 of the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act ahead of the labour-reducing... 

Miner Trevali reports worker death at Burkina Faso mine

By: Reuters     9th August 2018 Zinc miner Trevali Mining Corp said on Thursday an accident at its Perkoa Mine in Burkina Faso resulted in the death of a worker. The miner was hired by a contractor, the company said. 

Humiliated for years, women are fighting back in mines of Chile

By: Bloomberg     8th August 2018 he first time Karen Requena entered the cafeteria at BHP Billiton’s massive Escondida mining operation in northern Chile, she couldn’t help feeling countless eyes fixed on her body as she walked across the vast hall. “It can’t get worse than that,” she thought. Then as Requena looked for a place... 

Letšeng large diamond recoveries reach a record in H1

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd August 2018 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds continued to recover large diamonds during the first half of this year, with a record ten diamonds greater than 100 ct recovered, at its Letšeng mine, in Lesotho. Gem recovered another such diamond in July, which resulted in the highest number of more-than-100 ct... 

Ironbark finds contractor for Citronen

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd August 2018 Base metals hopeful Ironbark Zinc has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with mining contractor Byrnecut Offshore over the Citronen zinc/lead project, in Greenland. The two companies will now work on a commercial agreement for underground contract mining services, underground mine cost... 

Number of female mineworkers gradually increasing as technology and conducive policies are introduced

By: Nadine James     3rd August 2018 The mining industry remains male dominated and much can still be done to address issues that specifically affect women. However, policies aimed at attracting, supporting and retaining women have led to a gradual, but steady increase in the number of women in core roles, as well as the industry in... 

Number of female mineworkers gradually increasing as technology and conducive policies are introduced

By: Nadine James     3rd August 2018 The mining industry remains male dominated and much can still be done to address issues that specifically affect women. However, policies aimed at attracting, supporting and retaining women have led to a gradual, but steady increase in the number of women in core roles, as well as the industry in... 

1 300 jobs affected as Lydian responds to illegal Armenia demonstrations

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd August 2018 It has been more than a month since Lydian International first reported that illegal road blockages are preventing access to the Amulsar site and the Canadian company has now issued termination notices to about 30% of its workforce, idled construction contractors and warned of more job cuts to... 

Tando to accelerate exploration at South African vanadium project

By: Nadine James     2nd August 2018 ASX-listed junior exploration company Tando Resources on Thursday announced that it heliborne magnetic survey has delineated targets that demonstrate the potential for a low-cost direct shipping ore (DSO) operation at its SPD vanadium project, in South Africa. As a result, Tando has decided to... 

MC Mining takes over Uitkomst mining

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     2nd August 2018 Coal miner MC Mining will spend some $4.9-million to acquire the mining equipment from independent mining contractor Khethekile Mining, allowing the company to transition to an owner-operator model at its Uitkomst colliery, in South Africa. The equipment includes a conveyor system and coal... 

McEwen achieves 45% increase in gold equivalent output in Q2

By: Simone Liedtke     31st July 2018 NYSE- and TSX-listed McEwen Mining increased its gold-equivalent ounce (GEO) production by 45% in the quarter ended June 30. All-in sustaining costs (AISC) per ounce decreased by 2% year-on-year. 

Beadell lowers FY guidance to focus on cash flow

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     31st July 2018 Gold miner Beadell Resources has adjusted its full-year gold production expectations as the company focuses on cash flows, rather than production. Beadell on Tuesday said that production for the full 2018 is now expected to be between 125 000 oz and 135 000 oz, compared with the previous... 

Miners prefer water mist technology as fire suppression system

27th July 2018 Mining contractors are under pressure from mining companies to have their machines fitted with fire prevention systems, says Southern African distributor of Swedish company Fogmaker International's water-mist fire protection system, Fogmaker South Africa MD John Russell. “When it comes to... 

Uitkomst production spikes in June Q

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th July 2018 South Africa focused MC Mining has reported increased production during the June quarter at its Uitkomst colliery, despite ongoing equipment challenges at the mine. Run-of-mine (RoM) production for the three months to June was up by 7% on the previous quarter, reaching 123 771 t. 

Fluor Chosen for Conceptual Study for Sasol’s Clean Fuels and Octane Program in South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd July 2018 IRVING, Texas and WOODMEAD, South Africa (July 23, 2018) – Fluor Corporation  announced today that it was awarded the front-end loading engineering (FEL) for the Secunda Clean Fuels Baseline Improvement Basket of Projects by Sasol South Africa (Pty) Ltd. Fluor signed the contract in the second... 

Production at Xtract’s Manica concession increases 42% q/q

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th July 2018 Alluvial mining contractors operating at Aim-listed Xtract Resources’ Manica concession, in Mozambique, produced 1 703 oz of gold in the second quarter – a 41.9% quarter-on-quarter increase.  

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