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De Beers says laboratory-grown diamond wholesale prices fall by up to 60%

By: Reuters     22nd February 2019 Wholesale prices for laboratory-grown diamonds have fallen by up to 60% since De Beers began selling synthetic stones for jewellery in September, CEO Bruce Cleaver said on Thursday, adding margins for the sector would continue to fall. De Beers, part of mining group Anglo American, shocked the... 

Lucapa prioritises high-value diamond production, resources

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th February 2019 Following a board review of the company’s diamond assets, Lucapa Diamond Company will prioritise production and cash generation from its two high-value diamond mines, the Lulo alluvial mine, in Angola, and the Mothae kimberlite mine, in Lesotho, to ensure shareholder value is maximised. This... 

Mantashe to visit Glory coal mine where 22 men are still trapped underground

By: News24Wire      15th February 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe is expected to pay a visit to the Gloria coal mine near Middelburg, Mpumalanga, where 22 alleged copper thieves have been trapped and are believed dead following an explosion at the beginning of February. A group of 42 men, reportedly Lesotho nationals,... 

Sibanye considers closing unprofitable shafts at gold mines 

By: Bloomberg     12th February 2019 Sibanye Gold is considering shutting unprofitable shafts and cutting jobs at its South African gold mines amid a three-month-old wage strike that’s curbing output. The nation’s largest gold producer has talked with some labor unions about a potential restructuring, which could lead to job cuts,... 

Vale's rout lures locals while foreigners remain wary, UBS says

By: Bloomberg     11th February 2019 Local investors are starting to see value in Vale SA shares after a fatal accident last month wiped out nearly a quarter of its market value, while global investors remain skeptical, according to UBS Group. Approximately 80% of Brazilian investors are showing interest in buying Vale after the... 

Disgruntled unpaid mineworkers allegedly hampering rescue efforts at Gloria coal mine

By: News24Wire      11th February 2019 The fate of approximately 22 alleged copper thieves trapped underground hangs in the balance as rescue efforts are allegedly being hampered by disgruntled unpaid mineworkers. "They have threatened us and the contractors and they've told us under no circumstances are we allowed to continue [rescue... 

Sandvik, Resolute gear up for the fully automated Syama gold mine

By: Kim Cloete     7th February 2019 Global engineering group, Sandvik, is looking forward to moving full steam ahead in its partnership with Resolute Mining to fully automate the Syama underground gold mine.  The Syama underground mine is set to be the world’s first purpose-built, fully automated sublevel cave gold mine. 

New graphite factory bolsters mining, foundry product offerings

By: Schalk Burger     7th February 2019 A new graphite facility, Graphite Freezeline Solutions, was opened last month on industrial engineering firm Thos Begbie’s manufacturing campus, in Middelburg. It will reduce the time to manufacture products that include graphite components, especially for the mining and foundry industry, says... 

Vale loses licence at dam that caused iron-ore force majeure

By: Bloomberg     7th February 2019 Vale’s licence to operate a dam key to production at one of its largest mines was revoked by a Brazilian state regulator on February 5, adding another hurdle to efforts by the iron ore king to return to normal operations. Shares declined. The world’s largest miner of the steelmaking ingredient... 

De Beers to spend R30m on diamond exploration this year  

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2019 De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) will spend R30-million on greenfield diamond exploration in South Africa this year, DBCM MD Phillip Barton told Mining Weekly Online on the sidelines of the Investing in African Mining Indaba. This follows DBCM being granted 32 exploration licences across a... 

Obuasi mine to be an engine of growth for AngloGold, says CEO

By: Kim Cloete     6th February 2019 AngloGold Ashanti CEO Kelvin Dushnisky is very upbeat about developing its Obuasi gold mine, in Ghana, and has described it as being "in a class of its own on a number of metrics".  “It will be an engine of growth for this company. You need big, chunky engines of growth which, year after year,... 

Eskom lays bare its monumental challenges 

By: Martin Creamer     4th February 2019 When Eskom had 32 000 employees, debt of R40-billion and an output of 40 000 MW, it was a world-beater, Eskom group CE Phakamani Hadebe said on Monday. But its current employee level of 47 000 employees, debt of R440-billion and output of only 38 000 MW are presenting major turn-around challenges. 

Transnet says coal exports expected to dip this year

By: Kim Cloete     1st February 2019 Coal exports are expected to drop this year, following a disappointingly slow run over the past few months, says Transnet Freight Rail coal GM Mandisa Mondi. “For the current financial year, the target for export was 77-million tonnes. We are trending at 73-million tonnes. We hope to have a good... 

How South Africa could fix distressed Eskom

By: Bloomberg     31st January 2019 South Africa’s government will announce within a month how it plans to fix Eskom Holdings, the embattled state utility that supplies more than 90% of the nation’s power. There are no easy remedies. The company is R419-billion in debt, is losing money hand over fist, has way more staff than it... 

South Africa's largest labour union plans nationwide strike over mass layoffs  

By: Reuters     30th January 2019 South Africa's largest labour union group, with more than a million and a half members, said on Wednesday it would stage a nationwide strike on Feb. 13 over large-scale layoffs at ailing state-owned firms and at private companies. The decision by the Congress of South African Trade Unions... 

Vedanta’s Zambia unit says new tax regime won't affect jobs

By: Bloomberg     30th January 2019 Vedanta's Zambian unit will press ahead with expansion plans even as the government of Africa’s second-biggest copper producer increased mining royalties, and has undertaken not to fire any workers. The assurance by Konkola Copper Mines, following a meeting between management and government... 

Petra delivers solid H1 output, says diamond market outlook remains stable 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th January 2019 LSE-listed Petra Diamonds delivered solid production, along with a “continued improvement” in its safety performance, in the first half of the 2019 financial year. CEO Johan Dippenaar on Monday said the mining company, which operates the Cullinan, Finsch and Koffiefontein mines, in South Africa,... 

Latin American miners digital journey starts with Finnish ZYFRA IIoT and AI solutions developer

28th January 2019 Finnish digital solutions vendor ZYFRA Group has opened an arm of its subsidiary VIST. The company is an industrial leader in development and implementation of information technologies for digital mining. Together, ZYFRA Group and VIST will initiate a business tour as the primary step to fulfill... 

Trump lifts Rusal, EN+ sanctions as Glencore shuffles stake

By: Bloomberg     28th January 2019 The US Treasury Department lifted sanctions on three firms tied to Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska, including United Co. Rusal, a move that will provide relief to the global aluminum market. The metal fell in London. Deripaska, an ally of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, will remain under US... 

Vibrating-equipment manufacturer to expand internationally

By: Martin Creamer     25th January 2019 As part of a new strategic growth thrust spearheaded by highly experienced mining luminary John Wallington, accomplished South African manufacturer of high-quality customised vibrating equipment – Kwatani – is looking to expand significantly further into Africa and internationally, increase its... 

Sintech

25th January 2019 Since 1984 Sintech has supplied the South African market with clutches, brakes and engineering solutions for a range of applications in mining and mining-related industries. Sintech supplies services and products for the mining process itself as well as for the processing of mined products.... 

Genrec Engineering booms its capabilities in specialist steel fabrication and engineering

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd January 2019 Genrec Engineering again demonstrated the depth and extent of its skills and capabilities in steel fabrication and engineering when it successfully repaired a damaged dragline excavator boom in record time for one of South Africa’s leading coal mines. Importantly, this project also marks yet... 

Battery drive system provided for underground mining

18th January 2019 Battery driven mining vehicle specialists Battery Power Industries (BPI) provided the battery drive system for rough-terrain machinery manufacturer Manitou Southern Africa’s first electric telehandler. Manitou’s battery driven telehandler, the first of its kind, was unveiled at Electra Mining... 

New maintenance solution for mining launched

18th January 2019 Industrial solutions provider BT Industrial has developed a solution that enables mine's processing plants to maximise operational hours while performing critical inspections and maintenance of corroded carbon steel pipes, MD Kgomotso Lekola reveals. Traditionally, plants are built with... 

Gold veteran says bigger may not be better as M&A blitz hits

By: Bloomberg     16th January 2019 The $15-billion flurry of deal-making that will super-size the gold industry’s leading producers is no guarantee of better performance, according to an Australian miner who’s been outpacing larger competitors. Rising gold prices and a hunt to boost additional reserves of the precious metal have... 

Opec+ plans review in Baku in March, Ministers' Meeting in April

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2019 Opec and its allies plan to hold a meeting in March to assess their oil-production accord in Azerbaijan, and then ministers will gather to set policy in April, according to the organization’s top official. The body that reviews the implementation of Opec’s supply cuts, the Joint Ministerial... 

Goldman models risk of 1 000 basis point Eskom blowout for South Africa  

By: Reuters     15th January 2019 Investment bank Goldman Sachs said South Africa's rand could tumble 3.5% if State-run power utility Eskom suffers a major sell-off in its bonds, but it could also jump 4.5% if the firm's troubles improve. Goldman's analysts said an Eskom risk gauge used by the bank was now close to its most... 

Sibanye-Stillwater market update draws AMCU’s fury  

By: Simone Liedtke     11th January 2019 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has accused gold miner Sibanye-Stillwater of “bragging about its profits” and of “shocking arrogance” while the union’s members remain on strike at the miner’s South African gold operations. The union said it viewed Sibanye’s market... 

Newmont cuts 120 jobs at Nevada gold mining operation

By: Reuters     11th January 2019 Newmont Mining Corp, the world's No. 2 gold producer, is cutting 120 jobs at its Carlin mining operation in Nevada after deciding to reduce the life span of one mine and suspending part of another due to a wall slide, a spokesman said on Thursday. The Denver, Colorado-based company announced the... 

Tiffany CEO says it's his 'duty' to reveal diamonds' provenance

By: Bloomberg     9th January 2019 Tiffany & Co. is telling consumers where its diamonds come from as the jeweler tries to become more transparent in a notoriously opaque industry. Its top executive says the change was imperative. “This is a topic that has become more and more relevant for new generations,” Chief Executive Officer... 

Deep in a Panama rainforest, First Quantum bondholders spy prize

By: Bloomberg     9th January 2019 First Quantum Minerals is poised to fire up a giant copper project in Panama, thousands of miles from its beleaguered mines in Zambia. For bondholders, that’s a welcome distance. The Canadian copper company is ramping up production at the Cobre Panama plant this year, even as a mining tax hike... 

Gold miners to focus on mitigating risks – Fitch Solutions 

By: Simone Liedtke     8th January 2019 Consultancy company Fitch Solutions believes the gold mining industry will remain fragmented, with the top five companies producing just one-fifth of global output. Despite the company’s expectation of a slight rebound in prices, it stated in its latest ‘Outlook for gold miners’ report, published... 

Copper clashes at world's largest pit signal trouble ahead

By: Bloomberg     21st December 2018 The world’s biggest copper maker is pushing to modernise one of its oldest mines. With the plans spurring a quickening series of worker protests and disruptions, it’s becoming clear that technical challenges won’t be the only hurdle. Codelco is in the last stages of a $5.5-billion project to... 

Miners find chicken-egg sized diamond in Canada's frozen north

By: Bloomberg     14th December 2018 The biggest diamond ever found in North America has been unearthed by Dominion Diamond Mines and Rio Tinto Group at a mine in Canada’s frozen north. The 552 ct yellow gem was found at the Diavik mine in the Northwest Territories, and is almost three times the size of the next largest stone ever... 

Diamond industry’s confidence in XRT sorting growing

2nd November 2018 X-ray transmission (XRT) technology has ushered in a new era for diamond recovery, with an increasing number of mining companies embracing the technology and scaling back on the use of conventional technologies, such as dense-media separation, for the treatment of middle- and coarse-sized... 

Big power users call for inflation-linked tariff ‘compact’ and industry review 

By: Terence Creamer     1st November 2018 The Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG) has called for an electricity price compact that sustains tariff increases as close to consumer price inflation as possible for the coming five years. The proposal is made in a precursor to the EIUG’s official response to Eskom’s latest revenue application,... 

Glencore hikes coal cost savings forecast by 50%

By: Reuters     31st October 2018 Recent mine acquisitions have helped Glencore Plc achieve 50% more cost savings in its coal business than it had targeted, the world's biggest exporter of coal for power plants said on Wednesday. Glencore had expected to achieve annual cash savings of more than $300-million in its coal business... 

Surface miners drive up savings in coal mining

26th October 2018 Mine operators have been increasingly turning to an alternative to conventional rip-and-stack or drill-and-blast coal mining – the use of surface miners. Diverse studies and tests show that surface miners offer considerable advantages in terms of both economic efficiency and the final product. 

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