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Ivanhoe advances projects in ‘productive’ Q2

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 Canadian miner Ivanhoe Mines had a productive second quarter ended June 30, with underground development at the planned initial copper mine at Kakula, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), making steady progress. The mine is expected to reach the high-grade copper mineralisation later this... 

Randgold looking across the Atlantic

By: Martin Creamer     10th August 2018 African gold mining company Randgold Resources is looking across the Atlantic along the northern edge of South America, which effectively hosts the same geology as West Africa, where the London-listed company has its biggest gold-mining base. This is in addition to intensifying exploration... 

‘Solid’ safety: Vital Engineering’s solid forged handrails and stair tread nosing – safety assured for the local and pan-African mining sector

7th August 2018 Mining is a primary creator of wealth and employment, and, as such, places demands on the people and equipment employed this all-important sector. To keep mines operating efficiently, quick, safe access to areas such as minerals processing plants is essential. Founded in 1939, Vital Engineering... 

ERG secures electricity supply for DRC copper/cobalt operations

By: Anine Kilian     1st August 2018 Metalkol, a cobalt and copper tailings reprocessing project and a low-cost hydrometallurgical facility owned by Eurasian Resources Group (ERG), has signed an agreement to secure electricity supply for its operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for up to ten years.   

Sherritt sees soft cobalt prices as temporary trend

By: Reuters     1st August 2018 Sherritt International Corp said on Tuesday that recent weakness in the price of cobalt, a key material in rechargeable batteries, is expected to be temporary as demand continues to grow from the electric vehicle market. Toronto-based Sherritt said prices softened in the second quarter on... 

Battery chemical surplus sparks plunge in cobalt price

By: Reuters     31st July 2018 A surplus of cobalt chemicals used to make the rechargeable batteries that power electric vehicles has seen Chinese refiners switch to producing metal, sending prices down 30 percent in recent months. The electric-vehicle revolution is expected to boost demand and prices for cobalt, which... 

Glencore copper, zinc ramp-ups paying off in production numbers

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st July 2018 The ramp up of diversified miner Glencore’s Katanga mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has delivered increased copper and cobalt for the first half of this year, in line with full-year guidance, which is 1.4-million tonnes of copper and 39 000 t of cobalt. Financial services... 

Investors cheer Ivanhoe’s resource update for Kipushi

By: Mariaan Webb     30th July 2018 Canadian major Ivanhoe Mines on Monday published a mineral resource estimate update for its Kipushi zinc/copper/silver/germanium project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), increasing the past-producing mine’s zinc-rich resources by 16% and copper-rich resources by 40%. The new estimate,... 

Kibali mine targets record production following underground ramp-up

By: Nadine James     25th July 2018 Gold production at Randgold Resources’ Kibali mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is rising steadily on the back of the optimisation of its automated underground operation, and it is on track to beat its guidance of 730 000 oz for 2018, Randgold CE Mark Bristow said on Wednesday.... 

Kinsevere mine, Democratic Republic of Congo

By: Thabi Madiba     20th July 2018 A copper cathode mine located about 27 km north of the provincial capital Lubumbashi in the Katanga province, in south-east Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Resource nationalism reasonable, but adequate negotiation needed

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     13th July 2018 Resource nationalism is “completely legitimate” in principle; however, it seems to be used too often with a short-term political agenda, and often produces ill-advised reforms, says global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright partner Christophe Asselineau. The seemingly increasing trend towards... 

Tiger cancels sale of Kipoi to Chinese firm

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th July 2018 Copper miner Tiger Resources has pulled the plug on the divestment of its assets in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to a Chinese consortium. Tiger in January announced that it would sell its Kipoi mine and other assets in the DRC to special purpose vehicle Sinomine Fuhai (Hong Kong)... 

Rising regulatory pressure expected to affect profitability of mining firms in sub-Saharan Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th July 2018 Rising regulatory risks, as a consequence of improving commodity prices, are expected to challenge the improving profitability experienced by mining companies in sub-Saharan Africa over the next few months, the latest report by BMI Research shows. This will be further compounded by widespread... 

Congo court suspends hearing on Glencore-owned cobalt mine

By: Bloomberg     2nd July 2018 A court in the Democratic Republic of Congo suspended a hearing about a lawsuit brought by a former shareholder of a Glencore-owned cobalt and copper mine. The case was put on hold pending a decision by the country’s Court of Appeal on whether the High Court should have jurisdiction over the... 

Copper remains globally undersupplied, but production to pick up in next decade – BMI

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th June 2018 BMI Research expects the global copper market to experience a persistent undersupply over the coming years, as global consumption growth, driven by China's power and infrastructure sectors and increasingly by rising electric vehicle (EV) production, continues to outpace supply growth.  

First Quantum says competitiveness key to Zambia copper production

By: African News Agency      22nd June 2018 Global metals and mining company First Quantum has urged Zambia to ensure competitiveness and stability in the sector in order to attract foreign direct investment and regain its slot as Africa's largest copper producer. Essential to this is a competitive electricity tariff structure that... 

Cobalt explorers see Congo mine law offset by price, high grades

By: Bloomberg     21st June 2018 Junior miners exploring for cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reckon increased prices and the country’s high-grade deposits will offset the added costs of new legislation larger companies have opposed. Congo, the world’s largest source of the metal, this month began implementing an... 

Copperbelt Energy of Zambia eyes $250m power investment

By: Bloomberg     20th June 2018 Copperbelt Energy Corp, the Zambian electricity supplier with customers including Glencore’s copper mines, may invest as much as $250-million in solar projects and transmission lines in the neighboUring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), CEO Owen Silavwe has said. The amount includes two solar... 

Alphamin closes C$19.2m equity financing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2018 TSX-V- and AltX-listed Alphamin Resources has raised C$19.2-million through the issue of 76.8-million shares at C$0.25 apiece. As part of the private placement, first announced on May 28, Alphamin CEO Boris Kamstra subscribed for 512 000 shares. 

Glencore’s DRC settlements should allay fears about asset seizure – analyst

By: Chanel de Bruyn     15th June 2018 Diversified miner Glencore’s settlement, this week, of various disputes with entities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), should allay investor concerns about the risk of a seizure of its DRC assets, says Goldman Sachs. Glencore, led by CEO Ivan Glasenberg, on Friday announced that it had... 

Resource nationalism on the rise in sub-Saharan Africa

By: Nadine James     15th June 2018 The seemingly increasing trend towards nationalist thinking, combined with and likely driven by growing economic inequality, has resulted in several changes in mining and tax legislation in sub-Saharan Africa countries. Herbert Smith Freehills Africa Group co-chair and partner Peter Leon says the... 

Resource nationalism on the rise in sub-Saharan Africa

By: Nadine James     15th June 2018 The seemingly increasing trend towards nationalist thinking, combined with and likely driven by growing economic inequality, has resulted in several changes in mining and tax legislation in sub-Saharan Africa countries. Herbert Smith Freehills Africa Group co-chair and partner Peter Leon says the... 

Congo's miners face harsh new reality as mining law finalised

By: Bloomberg     13th June 2018 The options for mining companies battling new legislation in the Democratic Republic of Congo -- Africa’s biggest copper producer and the source of two-thirds of the world’s cobalt -- have just about run out. After six months of lobbying, companies including Glencore and Randgold Resources have... 

Copper industry in crisis, new areas pursued

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     13th June 2018 The global copper industry is in crisis – traditional orebodies are becoming depleted and the commodity market has depressed the price of copper to such an extent that mining companies cannot afford to invest in expansion or new equipment, says foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie group... 

Glencore’s Katanga resolves debt dispute with Gécamines

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th June 2018 Diversified miner Glencore’s Katanga Mining subsidiary has settled its legal dispute with Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) State-owned trading and mining company La Générale des Carrières et des Mines (Gécamines).  

Mining companies combating malaria scourge – ICMM

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2018 Mining companies are taking firm steps to help combat the scourge of malaria, which affects 3.3-billion people worldwide and kills a child every 30 seconds. International Council for Mining and Metals (ICMM) health, safety and product stewardship director John Atherton reports that: 

Black Mountain step change takes effect

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th June 2018 Junior Black Mountain Resources has completed its restructure, disposing of its interest in the Namekara vermiculite mine, and changing its name to Hipo Resources. Black Mountain in February this year flagged a change in direction to focus on its lithium farm-in agreement in the Democratic... 

Cobalt battery boom wavers as prices slide in top user China

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2018 Cobalt is facing its first major test since an impending demand boom from electric vehicles triggered a two-year surge, with prices retreating in top consumer China amid signs there’s still enough material to go around. The price for cobalt sulfate – the chemical form used in car batteries and... 

Alphamin completes $25m drawdown

By: Anine Kilian     8th June 2018 JSE-listed Alphamin Resources has completed a $25-million drawdown under its previously announced credit facility of up to $80-million. In addition, the company reported on Friday that it converted $3.40-million of debt due to Sprott Private Resource Lending, Barak Fund and the company’s 44.86%... 

Glencore faces new legal challenge against Congo cobalt mine  

By: Bloomberg     8th June 2018 For Glencore in the Democratic Republic of Congo, problems don’t form an orderly queue: they pile up on top of each other. In the latest example of the commodity giant’s deteriorating relationships in the country, a convicted fraudster has resurrected a legal claim the company considered dead,... 

Congo mining revenues triple in Q1; oil revenues down 11%

By: Reuters     6th June 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC's) revenues from its mining sector tripled year-on-year in the first quarter of 2018 to $397.86-million, finance ministry data showed. Revenues from the oil and gas sector dropped 10.87 percent year-on-year in the first quarter to $29.45-million, according to... 

ABM completes two auger programmes at DRC project

By: Simone Liedtke     5th June 2018 Aim-listed African Battery Metals (ABM), which has set its sights on becoming a significant explorer, developer and miner of battery minerals, has completed two auger programmes that collected soil samples at its 53 km2 Kisinka permit area, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). After... 

Arc Minerals lifts Zamsort stake to 55%

By: Simone Liedtke     5th June 2018 Aim-listed Arc Minerals has increased its interest in Zamsort, which is developing a copper/cobalt project in north-west Zambia, to 55% following the acquisition of a 6% interest from Terra Metals. The company will issue 17.5-million new ordinary shares, which are also subject to a hard lock-in... 

Worldwide Orders Make For Bullish Mood

4th June 2018 Condra has received an order for a further overhead crane from Kamoto Copper Company, the copper and cobalt mine in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is the eighth machine to be ordered by Kamoto Copper from Johannesburg-headquartered Condra in just over a year and, like its... 

Ivanhoe installs new crusher at Kipushi mine

By: Anine Kilian     30th May 2018 Canadian exploration and development company Ivanhoe Mines has installed a large-capacity rock crusher 1 150 m below surface at its upgraded Kipushi zinc/copper/silver/germanium mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The crusher has a maximum capacity of 1 085 t/h. After the 54 t... 

Alphamin to raise $15m through private placement

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th May 2018 JSE-listed tin exploration and mining company Alphamin Resources intends to raise about C$19.2-million, or $15-million, through a nonbrokered private share placement, to fund the continued development of the company’s 80.7%-owned Bisie tin project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  

Electric vehicles seen driving cobalt crunch by mid-2020s

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 The increasing popularity of electric vehicles may create a crunch for supplies of cobalt in the early-to-mid 2020s, miners and analysts say, adding that small operators trying to start up mines outside Africa could play a bigger role over time in satisfying demand for the metal used in... 

Ivanhoe Mines’ SA, DRC projects progressing well

25th May 2018 Canadian mining exploration and development company Ivanhoe Mines’ Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) exploration team is continuing with its regional drilling programme that is targeting the Kamoa-Kakula-style copper mineralisation on its exploration licences in the west of the Kamoa-Kakula... 

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