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A proposal to the President - A six-point plan

2nd March 2018 South Africa's minerals and mining industry faces severe headwinds. The Republic of South Africa hosts a treasure trove of geology and minerals, valued at about $2.5-trillion. Without modern exploration, prospecting, and new local and foreign investment, these resources will not be developed for... 

BlueRock sets production target at between 9 500 ct and 12 500 ct for 2018

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st March 2018 Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds expects to treat in excess of 275 000 t of material this year, compared with the 153 147 t treated in 2017. The company, which operates the Kareevlei mine, in South Africa’s Kimberley region, on Thursday also noted that it expects to achieve an average grade of 3.5... 

Stellar completes tribute mining agreement over Sierra Leone project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st March 2018 West Africa-focused Stellar Diamonds has completed its tribute mining and revenue sharing agreements with Octea Mining in respect of the Tongo-Tonguma project in Sierria Leone. The completion follows the satisfaction or waiver of the conditions precedent to the agreements. 

Billionaire Lundin chases base-metal buy of up to $3bn

By: Bloomberg     1st March 2018 Sweden’s billionaire Lundin family is looking to spend as much as $3-billion on a new industrial-metal asset as prices rally, before turning its attention to scouring for a new gold project. Lundin Mining is on the prowl for a long-life zinc, nickel or copper asset and would shell out $1-billion... 

Artemis plans 3.3 km drill hole in the Pilbara

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th February 2018 ASX-listed Artemis Resources plans to drill a super-deep 3 300 m diamond drill hole on its Balmoral area, about 50 km south of its Radio Hill Mine, in Western Australia. The drill site for ASD-1 would be finalised over the coming weeks and the hole would be drilled to test for base metals,... 

More strides taken towards BK16 production - Tsodilo

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th February 2018 The first consignment of 43 drums of concentrate from the BK16 kimberlite project, in Botswana, have been securely moved to TSX-listed Tsodilo Resources' final recovery area in its security complex in Maun. This followed the January 18 commissioning of a dense media separation (DMS) plant at... 

Lucara buys digital sales platform, refreshes board

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th February 2018 Botswana-focused miner Lucara Diamond has acquired Clara Diamond Solutions, a company whose primary asset is a secure, digital sales platform aimed at transforming how rough diamonds are sold. Lucara noted that the platform would unlock value for diamond producers and manufacturers alike. 

Namibia mining sector is investor friendly

By: Victor Moolman     23rd February 2018 The Namibian mining sector has become more investor friendly than South Africa, as the country has clear policies that have been consistently applied, explains Sandton-based law firm Webber Wentzel partner Jonathan Veeran. Namibia has four policies governing mining and mineral prospecting: the... 

De Beers sets higher output target for 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd February 2018 Global diamond miner De Beers has set a production target of as high as 36-million carats for 2018. In its 2017 results announcement the Anglo American subsidiary reported a production guidance of 34-million carats to 36-million carats, which compares with 33.45-million carats produced in 2017. 

Restructured Anglo American reaps benefits, posts solid FY17 results

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd February 2018 After an extensive restructuring, diversified miner Anglo American raised its dividend for the 2017 financial year to $1.02 a share - its highest dividend in nearly a decade. The "fundamentally different business" nearly halved its debt to $4.5-billion and doubled its free cash flow by 93% to... 

Lucara's FY17 profit dips 8% on lower sales

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd February 2018 Southern Africa-focused miner Lucara Diamond Corp has reported an 8% drop in full-year profit as lower production and the sale of fewer special diamonds weighed on the bottom line. The Vancouver-based miner, which operates its flagship Karowe mine, in Botswana, reported net income of... 

Contractors start FEED study at Stellar’s Sierra Leone project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th February 2018 The front-end engineering and design (FEED) study for the underground mine development at Aim-listed Stellar Diamonds’ Tongo-Tonguma project, in Sierra Leone, is now under way. Stellar on Tuesday said a team of five consultants from contractors Paradigm Project Management (PPM) and SRK Consulting... 

Novatek says wins auction for Alrosa's gas assets

By: Reuters     19th February 2018 Novatek, Russia's largest non-State gas producer, said on Monday it had won an auction for Alrosa's two gas assets with a bid of 30.3-billion roubles. Novatek has been actively buying upstream assets in an effort to boost sluggish natural gas output. 

Strikes, currency strength push Petra to H1 loss

By: Dylan Slater     19th February 2018 Strike action at some of its South African mines, currency strength and the inability to sell a parcel of diamonds from its Williamson mine, in Tanzania, negatively impacted on Petra Diamonds’ profitability in the six months ended December 31.  

Zimbabwe, Botswana set to sign diamond deal – report

By: News24Wire      19th February 2018 Zimbabwe is reportedly set to sign a diamond processing deal with Botswana within the next three months, after President Emmerson Mnangagwa met with his counterpart, President Ian Khama, this week in Gaborone. According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, Mnangagwa was in Botswana on a state visit. 

Alrosa reviews submissions for Mir reopening

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 Diamond miner Alrosa has opened a contest with a 1.5-million-rouble reward for the best solution to resume underground mining at its Mir deposit, where operations were suspended in August last year owing to a flood that killed eight people. The company said this week that it had received and... 

On-The-Air (16/02/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     16th February 2018 Gold Fields is spending R200-million a year on training at its big mechanised gold mine in Gauteng. Northam yesterday switched on R900-million worth of extra platinum power on in Limpopo. The strong rand is hitting underground gold mining very hard.  

Botswana Diamonds undertakes scoping study at Thorny River

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th February 2018 Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds has started a scoping study to determine the commercial potential of the Thorny River diamond project, which is a consolidation of the Frischgewaagt, Hartbeesfontein and Doornrivier properties, in Limpopo. The six-month study will further refine the volumes of... 

Zimbabwe Mining Investment Conference 2018

15th February 2018 Zimbabwe has turned a new leaf , announced new investor friendly mining policies and is Open for Business and is set on rapidly growing its economy with mining investors being key players. The Zimbabwe Mining Investments Conference 2018 will discuss as well as showcase the vast investment... 

Botswana Diamonds raises £500 000 for South Africa, Botswana exploration 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th February 2018 Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds has raised £500 000 to fund ongoing exploration in South Africa and Botswana. The funds were raised through the issue of 50-million shares to new and existing investors at a price of 1p a share. 

Mountain Province's diamond sales start the year on a high note

By: Henry Lazenby     14th February 2018 Mountain Province Diamonds' first diamond tender of the year broke all records in terms of revenue and customer activity. The TSX- and Nasdaq-listed company said the sale of 351 000 ct of rough diamonds has resulted in Mountain Province's highest revenue result to date, with total sale proceeds... 

Botswana Diamonds starts exploration work at Botswana JV, maintains exploration optimism

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th February 2018 Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds has started exploration work on the Sunland Minerals joint venture (JV), which it shares with Russian diamond producer Alrosa, in Botswana. The objective of the exploration programme is to follow up on 15 previously identified priority geophysical targets in PL232-235... 

Mugabe's fall has veteran miners jockeying for Zimbabwe comeback

By: Bloomberg     13th February 2018 Robert Mugabe’s fall as Zimbabwe president is setting the scene for the return of a London mining listing for Andrew Groves and his long-term business partner – and former England cricketer – Phil Edmonds. Groves is preparing to relist the pair’s Zimbabwe coal, chrome and gold assets in London... 

Alrosa sold diamonds worth $504.5m in January

By: Reuters     13th February 2018 Russia's Alrosa said on Monday it had sold rough and polished diamonds worth $504.5-million in January. Rough diamond sales had amounted to $499-million and polished diamond sales to $5.5-million, it said in a statement. 

Lucapa recovers first diamonds from Lesotho's Mothae mine

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2018 ASX-listed Lucapa Diamond Company has announced its first diamond recoveries from the Mothae kimberlite mine, which it owns in partnership with the government of Lesotho. The largest of the diamonds recovered in the first rest run was 6.6 ct. 

Shrinking gems are a headache for the diamond industry

By: Bloomberg     9th February 2018 The diamond industry has a size problem. Instead of splashing out on a ring or necklace featuring one big, bright diamond, shoppers are increasingly choosing pieces with several, smaller gems, which are often lower quality. And selling jewellery with smaller stones has been a good way for... 

Energy from old mines, partnering communities, exploration awakening

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2018 Abandoned mines sites can be used as pumped-storage powr schemes; a partnership approach can improve vital relations between mines and communities; and te exploration awakening is pleasing. 

'Rarest white diamond ever' to be auctioned in London

By: Reuters     8th February 2018 A flawless diamond, the size of a large strawberry, is expected to fetch a world record price when it goes on sale at Sotheby's in London this month. Weighing just over 102 ct, the round, brilliant white stone is smaller than a 163-ct oval diamond sold in Hong Kong in 2013, which currently holds... 

Political shifts lift investor mood in Southern African mining

By: Reuters     8th February 2018 Mining is a long-term game, but in Southern Africa dramatic political changes have transformed the investment mood for the better in the space of a year. Angola's Jose Eduardo dos Santos and Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe stepped down in 2017 after a combined 75 years in office, while the election of... 

Zimbabwe to consider waivers on platinum, diamonds ownership law

By: Bloomberg     8th February 2018 Zimbabwe will consider applications from companies mining platinum or diamonds to be exempted from a requirement that they be at least 51% owned by black citizens of the country. The government wants companies to show they have a plan to achieve compliance before it will consider granting... 

Zimbabwe touts lithium, gold, diamonds potential at mining conference

By: African News Agency      7th February 2018 Zimbabwe's mineral resources have a huge potential to drive the economy in the future, with lithium, gold and diamonds seen leading the way, its mines minister Winston Chitando said. In a presentation to an annual conference on investing in African mining, running from February 5 to 8 in Cape... 

Increasing demand is platinum solution – Amplats

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2018 Platinum group metals (PGMs) react positively to the amount of money spent on marketing, in a similar way to diamonds, Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith said on Tuesday. Speaking during a panel discussion on day two of the Mining Indaba, Griffith said PGMs were unlike copper, coal or... 

De Beers eyes Zimbabwe, Congo after gaining South African permits

By: Bloomberg     6th February 2018 De Beers may follow its resumption of exploration for diamonds in South Africa’s Northern Cape by looking in the longer term at opportunities in countries like Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo. "I’m excited about what I’m seeing in Zimbabwe," said Phillip Barton, chief executive... 

Kennady embarks on 2018 winter drilling campaign

By: Henry Lazenby     5th February 2018 Takeover target Kennady Diamonds has started work on a 10 500 m 2018 winter drilling campaign at the Kennady North diamond project,  in Canada's Northwest Territories. Subject to a friendly C$176-million takeover offer by TSX- and Nasdaq-listed diamond producer Mountain Province Diamonds that was... 

Congo's Gecamines wants to revise contracts with mining partners

By: Reuters     5th February 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo's state mining company Gecamines said on Monday it wanted to renegotiate contracts with its international partners this year to give the state a bigger share of the revenues. Congo is Africa's biggest copper and cobalt producer and also mines gold and diamonds, but it... 

Gem upbeat about number of large diamonds being recovered at Letšeng

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd February 2018 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds' CEO Clifford Elphick is pleased that the improvement in the recovery of greater than 100 ct diamonds at its Letšeng mine, in Lesotho, has continued into this year. "This is largely attributable to the ongoing technical improvements made at the Letšeng mine," he said on... 

BlueRock to defend itself against potential liquidation application

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd February 2018 Aim-listed diamond mining company BlueRock Diamonds says it has received notice that its former CEO Riaan Visser, and certain companies controlled by him, intend to apply to place the company's operating Kimberley-based subsidiary, Kareevlei Mining, in provisional liquidation.  The company has... 

Southern African countries, Botswana to play larger role in coal export market

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd February 2018 Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique are beginning to play a much bigger role in the Southern African domestic and export coal market, says Botswana Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security Minister Sadique Kebonang. Speaking at the IHS Markit South African Coal Export Conference,... 

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