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Sandfire delivers 66% increase in interim net profit

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 6 hours ago Low-cost production and a rising copper price have driven Sandfire Resources' sales to a record and enabled the ASX-listed miner to increase its dividend and strengthen its balance sheet to fund growth opportunities. High grades and strong operating margins at DeGrussa, combined with Sandfire's... 

Collaborative warehousing – driving market share in an evolving economy

     20th February 2018 Future proofing your warehouse model to keep up with evolving consumer demand n the 100 years post the industrial revolution, business experienced an era of slow, incremental change. In recent years, however, the so-called 4th industrial revolution has brought about exponential disruption to... 

Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold, platinum reserves decrease

By: Dylan Slater     19th February 2018 Precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater on Monday reported that its South African gold reserves had decreased by 10% year-on-year to 25.74-million ounces as at December 31, while its total platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold, or 4E, platinum group metal mineral reserves had declined by 4%... 

Mogalakwena gushes cash as Amplats modernises, studies growth, advances fuel cell 

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2018 The Mogalakwena platinum mine lived up to its reputation of being the most profitable platinum group metals (PGM) mine on the planet when it gushed cash and elevated a modernising, community supporting, environment protecting, growth studying and fuel-cell marketing Anglo American Platinum... 

West Wits aims for higher gold production in South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     19th February 2018 ASX-listed exploration and development company West Wits Mining is in the process of applying for two mining permits, which should enable the company to significantly increase gold production from its Witwatersrand Basin project (WBP) in the fourth-quarter of the calendar year. The company... 

Amplats restores dividend, productivity soars, six die

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2018 Six employees died in a year in which Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) chalked up R2.4-billion in free cash flow generated from its operations, doubled return on capital employed to 18% and reintroduced a cash dividend for the first time in seven years. Productivity has soared by 58% since 2012... 

Glencore, Randgold form group to challenge Congo law changes

By: Bloomberg     19th February 2018 Glencore and Randgold Resources are among major mining companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo clubbing together in a bid to stop sweeping legal reforms, claiming their interests were poorly served by the existing industry body. In a letter sent to Congolese President Joseph Kabila on... 

Building Information Modelling for mining and minerals projects – going beyond 3D modelling

     16th February 2018 In a leaner global market, operational efficiency and risk reduction are key considerations in any project. WorleyParsons RSA, a leading provider of professional services to the resources and energy sectors, has spent the last few years developing sophisticated, digital project design platforms... 

Galantas planning appeal hearing concluded

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 An appeal brought by a third party against Aim- and TSX-V-listed gold producer and explorer Galantas Gold's planning consent for the Omagh gold mine development has completed the hearing stage. The Court of Appeal at the Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast, Northern Ireland, heard the appeal... 

Sound policy, low risk key to attracting mining investment

By: Henry Lazenby     16th February 2018 Gobal equity markets have been extremely volatile in recent weeks, extending a frantic sell-off of US stocks, which culminated in the steepest plunge for the Dow Jones Industrial Average in six-and-a-half years. While commodities were not spared from the rout, American multinational investment... 

Lengthy permitting process affecting investment in US mining

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 The lengthy, outdated and burdensome permitting process involving federal, state and local authorities is currently the biggest barrier to new mining investment in the US, says mining-focused US trade organisation the National Mining Association (NMA). Despite having abundant mineral resources,... 

North America’s mining industry eyeing growth

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 The North American mining sector is earmarked for growth this year, owing to rising commodity prices, despite challenges, which include rising environmental concerns over water use and water source contamination through mining operations, says advisory firm Deloitte Canada Americas mining leader... 

Sound policy, low risk key to attracting mining investment

By: Henry Lazenby     16th February 2018 The global equity markets have been extremely volatile in recent weeks, extending a frantic selloff in US stocks that culminated in the steepest plunge for the Dow Jones Industrial Average in six-and-a-half years. While commodities were not spared from the rout, American multinational investment... 

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... 

New Acland coal mine expansion enviro application refused

By: Mariaan Webb     14th February 2018 Queensland miner New Hope’s plans to expand its New Acland mine, north-west of Toowoomba, have been dealt a blow, as the Department of Environment and Science (DES) on Wednesday refused its application for an amended environmental authority (EA). The DES did not provide much information about its... 

Tahoe burnishes CSR profile in undertaking to develop indigenous peoples policy

By: Henry Lazenby     14th February 2018 Embattled Canadian miner Tahoe Resources has given itself until the end of the year to formalise a comprehensive new indigenous peoples policy as it deals with community protests in Guatemala, that has shuttered operations at its flagship Escobal silver mine for months. The policy is aimed at... 

Tailings tailwind bolsters Pan African as rand gold price falls 

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2018 The tailings retreatment tailwinds blowing strongly into Pan African Resources are poised to ameliorate the blow that the low rand gold price is delivering to the company's more cost-intensive underground operations. Coming in brilliantly ahead of schedule and below budget is the Eilikhulu... 

Kumba profit up 12% in 'royal flush' year – CEO

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th February 2018 In a year that CEO Themba Mkhwanazi describes as a "royal flush", Kumba Iron Ore posted a 12% increase in headline earnings to R9.7-billion. Headline earnings reached R30.47 a share, while earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation increased by 6% year-on-year to R19.6-billion... 

Verderflex hoses stand apart from competitors.

     13th February 2018 Verderflex pumps stand apart from their competitors- reliable, innovative, high performance peristaltic pumps that pump difficult products in tough conditions. Verderflex pumps are renowned for providing top-quality solutions to an array of problems, within process industries around the world.... 

Harmony's headline earnings soar, eight die, Moab transferred

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2018 Harmony Gold on Tuesday reported improved earnings, production, grade and costs in the six months to December 31, but regrettably also eight fatalities. While Mining Weekly Online was engaged in the media conference, the transfer of ownership of Moab Khotsong assets to Harmony became official,... 

Acacia scraps FY17 dividend, posts $707m net loss

By: Anine Kilian     12th February 2018 The share price of LSE-listed Acacia Mining fell by 18.6% on Monday as it reported a net loss of $707-million for 2017 and said it would not pay a dividend for the financial year. The company continues to be negatively affected by a general ban on the export of metallic mineral concentrates in... 

New CEO must position Eskom for ‘evolving energy markets and technologies’

By: Terence Creamer     12th February 2018 The newspaper advertisement calling for applications for the positions of CEO and CFO at State-owned power utility Eskom includes definite signs of the reforms that the newly appointed board is aiming to implement at the beleaguered organisation. The advertisement calls on appropriately qualified... 

Cameco's 2017 headline earnings dive 59%; contracting to remain 'discretionary' in 2018

By: Henry Lazenby     9th February 2018 Long-term contracting, which is usually borne out of the requirement for power utilities to secure long-term uranium supplies, is not expected to see an uptick in 2018, as the market remains awash with too much uranium, Canada's Cameco said on Friday. In 2017, excess uranium supply continued to... 

Indian mines ministry urges its private sector to partner with African States

By: African News Agency      9th February 2018 India's ministry of mines secretary, Arun Kumar has urged African countries and the private sector in his country to look for partnership opportunities in the Indian mining and downstream sector. “We would like our parastatals (state firms) to join hands with parastatals in Africa," Kumar said at... 

Industry, environment lobby cautiously optimistic as Canada tables new enviro review rules

By: Henry Lazenby     9th February 2018 Ottawa on Thursday tabled new legislation to improve the federal environmental assessment process for mining projects. The legislation is aimed at strengthening and restoring the credibility of Canada's environmental laws. 

Cameco appoints new chairperson

By: Henry Lazenby     9th February 2018 Canada's largest uranium producer Cameco has announced that board member Ian Bruce will succeed Neil McMillan as chairperson of the board immediately following the annual general meeting scheduled to be held on May 16. McMillan is retiring from the board after five years as chairperson, and 16... 

Proposed DRC tax could boost Swedish cobalt project

     9th February 2018 If the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) applies its plan to more than double tax on two-thirds of the global cobalt supply, high-grade energy metal deposits explorer and developer Sienna Resources says this could potentially increase the cost of the critical battery metal just as the world... 

Overlooking TCO costs companies money

By: Paige Müller     9th February 2018 Misconceptions about reducing mining companies’ total cost of ownership (TCO), including those in the platinum-group metals (PGMs) sector, result in reduced equipment life and an increase in overall operating costs, says Stilfontein-based polyurethane-moulded products designer and manufacturer... 

Mining code reform feasible, encouraged

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th February 2018 It is possible, and even necessary, for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to pursue a reform of its 2002 mining code tax regime and find a compromise acceptable to all parties, according to findings of international nonprofit policy and research institute the National Resource Governance... 

Alan Waller

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Alan Waller, CEO of the Richards Bay Coal Terminal, which loaded a record 76.47-million tonnes of seaborne coal in the 2017 calandar year. 

Bushveld to focus on growth at vanadium, coal assets this year 

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th February 2018 Following the achievement of significant development milestones during 2017, integrated vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals will focus on enhancing growth at its vanadium and coal assets this year. “There is a unique window of opportunity for the company to position itself as a large, vertically... 

Mining production output weakened in December – Nedbank

By: Anine Kilian     8th February 2018 Growth in mining production slowed 0.1% year-on-year in December from 6.5% in November, according to a recent report released by Nedbank. The easing was mainly owing to declines in the production of gold, copper, platinum group metals (PGMs) and coal. 

Environmental appeal sets back Dragon Mining's HKEx listing plans

By: Simone Liedtke     8th February 2018 Gold miner Dragon Mining is preparing an updated submission to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx) for a listing application, after an appeal of its test mining permit at Fäboliden, northern Sweden, has delayed its listing plans. The company, which will delist from the ASX, has to obtain an... 

Orion to target BFS completion for Prieska project by October

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th February 2018 Following the release of the maiden mineral resource for Orion Minerals’ Prieska zinc/copper project, in the Northern Cape, the company will target the completion of a bankable feasibility study (BFS) on the project by October. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online on the sidelines of the Investing in... 

Volt applies for its mining permits in Tanzania

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th February 2018 Tanzania-focused flake graphite development company Volt Resources has lodged its mining licence applications for the Bunyu graphite project. The applications cover both the Stage 1 development, where an estimate 400 000 t/y of ore will be processed producing a nominal 20 000 t/y of graphite... 

South African mining industry makes compelling case for protection of coal

By: African News Agency      7th February 2018 The South African mining industry on Wednesday tabled a case for coal mining in the country, arguing that coal will continue to play an important role in the economy for the foreseeable future despite its declining profile and negative impact on the environment. At the Mining Indaba on Wednesday,... 

China's war on noxious smog stokes rally in minor metals

By: Reuters     7th February 2018 China's environmental crackdown is curbing supplies of minor metals such as steel-making ingredient vanadium and defence equipment material germanium, and fuelling an already potent price rally which shows no sign of abating. Strict environmental rules and inspections to ensure standards are... 

Tanzania lays down the law on local participation in mining sector

By: Anine Kilian     7th February 2018 The mining industry in Tanzania is adopting a wait-and-see approach following the government’s sweeping changes to mining regulations, aimed, in part, at ensuring sovereign ownership of the country’s natural resources. Over the past 12 to 18 months – and as recently as last month – there has been... 

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