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South African company building new smelter in Zimbabwe

By: Victor Moolman     12th December 2018 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is working in the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, close to the town of Shurungwi, where it is helping to construct the Unki platinum smelter, adjacent to a mining operation owned by platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). Thos Begbie was... 

Battery Minerals tables feasibility study for Balama

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th December 2018 A feasibility study into Balama graphite project, in Mozambique, has estimated a capital cost of $69.4-million to support production of 58 000 t/y over a mine life of 27 years. ASX-listed Battery Minerals said on Wednesday that Balama would generate earnings before interest, tax, depreciation... 

Transnet praised for rapidly restoring stricken Saldanha iron-ore line 

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2018 State rail transport enterprise Transnet has earned praise by pulling out all the stops to rapidly restore a railway bridge on South Africa’s crucial Sishen–Saldanha iron-ore line. The line came to a halt on November 28 after a truck carrying heavy equipment at excessive height on a public road... 

Record low costs a necessity for Australia’s international competitiveness

31st October 2018 The resources sector is fundamental to Australia’s economic prosperity according to Fortescue Metals Group CEO Elizabeth Gaines during a presentation at the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in Melbourne today. “The sector generates exports of $226 billion a year, and that’s... 

Peabody says Q4 focus is on North Goonyella, completing Shoal Creek buy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st October 2018 NYSE-listed Peabody on Tuesday announced solid results for the third quarter, despite ending the three-month period with substantial challenges at the fire-hit North Goonyella mine, which remains idled. The miner reported revenue of $1.41-billion, compared with $1.48-billion a year earlier, and... 

TPP-11 to give Australian resources a major boost – Minerals Council

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st October 2018 PERTH (miningweekly.com) – The Australian government has ratified the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11) trade agreement, a move that has been welcomed by the resources sector. Australia is the sixth country to ratify the agreement, meaning it can now enter into force on December 30, with... 

Zimbabwe gold producers warn currency shortage threatens output

By: Bloomberg     29th October 2018 Zimbabwean gold producers may suspend operations because a foreign-exchange shortage has left them with insufficient funds to cover production costs, the main industry lobby group said. Curbing output would deprive the country of a key source of export earnings as Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube... 

MC Mining secures first Makhado coking coal offtake agreement 

By: Simone Liedtke     29th October 2018 Coal exploration, development and mining company MC Mining has signed the first coal offtake agreement for hard coking coal (HCC) to be produced at its Makhado hard coking and thermal coal project, in Limpopo. The agreement was entered into between MC Mining subsidiary Baobab Mining & Exploration... 

Last of four mines to be completed

By: Halima Frost     26th October 2018 Petrochemicals and chemicals company Sasol forecasts it will complete the 10.5-million-ton-a-year Impumelelo colliery - formerly known as the Brandspruit mine - replacement project by June next year. The project involves the construction of a new 8.5-million-ton-a-year coal mine, which is... 

Manufacturer and marketer working hand in hand

26th October 2018 Integrated chemicals and petrochemicals company Sasol and multifunctional distribution company Helm have entered into a long-term marketing agreement for ethylene glycols. The agreement between Sasol and Helm will come into effect upon the start-up of Sasol's new ethylene oxide and ethylene... 

China cutting rare earth output, unnerving global manufacturers

By: Reuters     25th October 2018 The Chinese government is limiting domestic production of rare earth minerals in the second half of the year, a move likely to crimp international exports and send prices for the critical materials higher, according to data from Adamas Intelligence. China is by far the world's largest producer... 

Arch Coal net income surges on tax benefit

By: Mariaan Webb     24th October 2018 St Louis-based miner Arch Coal on Tuesday reported an 80% surge in third-quarter net income to $123.2-million, or $6.10 a diluted share, helped by a $45.2-million tax benefit. The third-quarter net income compares with $68.4-million, or $2.83 a share, in the prior-year period. Revenues totalled... 

BBF Safety Group

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th October 2018 BBF Safety Group is proud to have been recognised in multiple categories at the recent Durban Chamber of Commerce KZN Exporter of the Year Awards held at the Durban International Convention Centre. The workplace safety solutions provider – who now exports to more than 20 countries globally - was... 

Anglo’s portfolio performs well in Q3  

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2018 Diversified miner Anglo American’s focus on driving efficiency and productivity across the business resulted in another strong quarter, with volumes for the third quarter 1% higher year-on-year, Anglo CE Mark Cutifani commented on Tuesday. “Production per employee has increased by 5% [so far this... 

Kumba on track to meet FY18 guidance 

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2018 Although rail constraints resulted in a reduction in export sales for Kumba Iron Ore during the third quarter ended September 30, the Anglo American subsidiary remains on track to meet its full-year guidance of producing between 43-million and 44-million tonnes of iron-ore. The iron-ore miner on... 

Ichthys ships first LNG to Japan

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd October 2018 The Ichthys liquefied natural gas (LNG) has shipped its first LNG from its onshore gas liquefaction plant in Darwin, in the Northern Territory. Operator Inpex on Tuesday said that the first shipment of LNG was destined for the Inpex-operated Naoetsu LNG terminal in Japan, and followed the first... 

Why a no-deal Brexit risks freezing London's diamond trade

By: Bloomberg     19th October 2018 The UK has warned that a no-deal Brexit risks London being frozen out of the global diamond trade. Britain is a member of the Kimberley Process, the global certification program used to track and prevent the trade of conflict gems, through its European Union membership. The country will need to... 

Amid falling platinum prices, PGM miners upping chrome ore production to improve profitability 

By: Nadine James     19th October 2018 Some platinum group metals (PGM) producers have become large producers of chrome ore to improve their profitability, says Kagiso Asset Management investment analyst Mandi Dungwa. South Africa is the world’s largest chrome producer, delivering more than half of the global ore supply in 2017, with... 

Busy year for exploration in Africa

19th October 2018 Exploration in gold has been the main driver of its busy work schedule in Africa this year, while precious gems have also seen strong demand, says engineering consulting firm SRK Exploration Services (SRK ES) senior exploration geologist Oliver Bayley. “We have worked on 25 African exploration... 

Amid falling platinum prices, PGM miners upping chrome ore production to improve profitability

By: Nadine James     19th October 2018 Some platinum group metals (PGM) producers have become large producers of chrome ore to improve their profitability, says Kagiso Asset Management investment analyst Mandi Dungwa. South Africa is the world’s largest chrome producer, delivering more than half of the global ore supply in 2017, with... 

Major equipment for Guinea bauxite project delivered

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th October 2018 United Arab Emirates (UAE) group Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has announced that the single biggest piece of equipment for its Boké bauxite project has arrived in the Republic of Guinea, in West Africa. Boké is being developed by EGA subsidiary Guinea Alumina Corporation (GAC). The... 

South32 reports strong manganese and coking coal performance 

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th October 2018 Diversified miner South32 on Thursday reported a record quarter at its Australian manganese operations, while metallurgical coal production was up 39% on the previous quarter. “Annual production guidance is maintained for all our operations, with Australia manganese achieving another quarterly... 

Acacia Mining says another employee arrested by Tanzania anti-corruption body

By: Reuters     17th October 2018 Acacia Mining said on Wednesday an employee and a former employee were detained by Tanzania's anticorruption authority, a week after the gold miner said another staffer had been released on bail after being charged with corruption. Tanzania's anti-corruption authority was quoted by local media as... 

Zambian mining group says tax changes will hit mineral exploration

By: Reuters     16th October 2018 Zambia's proposed mining tax increases will hit mineral exploration and production in Africa's second biggest copper producer, companies involved in exploration said on Tuesday. Zambia plans to introduce new mining duties, replace Value Added Tax with sales tax and increase royalties to help... 

Glencore’s Hail Creek restructuring hits 400 jobs

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th October 2018 Diversified miner Glencore has announced plans to ‘reconfigure’ its Hail Creek coal mine, in Queensland, resulting in nearly 400 job losses. The miner announced that the two-dragline operation would be reconfigured into a truck-and-shovel mine, with a seven-day on, seven-day off roster. The... 

Canyon to take full ownership of Cameroon project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th October 2018 ASX-listed Canyon Resources has inked a letter of intent with its joint venture partner Altus Strategies to gain full ownership of the Birsok bauxite project, in Cameroon. Under the agreement, Canyon would issue Altus 15-million ordinary shares, and a further 100-million some 12 months after the... 

Eskom optimistic plan to boost coal stocks will prevent power outages

By: Paige Müller     12th October 2018 The continuing coal supply shortage at State-owned power utility Eskom Holdings is considered a crisis by industry commentators. Although conceding that it “is not an ideal situation”, Eskom has assured Parliament that it is implementing a recovery plan to prevent any unplanned capacity loss.... 

Graphex positive common ground to be found

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     12th October 2018 Australian mineral exploration and development company Graphex Mining submitted a 200-page document to the Tanzanian Ministry of Minerals earlier this month. The submission contains recommendations regarding the new mining legislation that was announced in Tanzania in July 2017. “At one of our... 

Eskom optimistic plan to boost coal stocks will prevent power outages

By: Paige Müller     12th October 2018 The continuing coal supply shortage at State-owned power utility Eskom Holdings is considered a crisis by industry commentators. Although conceding that it “is not an ideal situation”, Eskom has assured Parliament that it is implementing a recovery plan to prevent any unplanned capacity loss.... 

SA HIPPO in big demand for USA Coal Mines

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th October 2018 Due to President Donald Trump insisting that USA international companies, such as General Motors, bring their manufacturing activities back to the USA it is expected that a shortage of electrical power would be experienced. Several USA coal mines that have been closed for the last 20 years, most... 

Altus to transfer Cameroon licences to Canyon

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th October 2018 Aim- and TSX-V-listed Altus Strategies has signed a letter of intent with ASX-listed Canyon Resources to terminate its existing bauxite joint venture agreement with Canyon and to transfer 100% of Altus’ interest in the Birsok and Mandoum licences to Canyon. In return, Altus will receive up to... 

Evicted Kenyans demand compensation after mining firm exits

By: Reuters     11th October 2018 Nathaniel Tumo was astounded when an excavator arrived at his farm in western Kenya four years ago and started digging for minerals, almost bringing down his house. "They started blasting a few metres away and the stones fell on my house," said Tumo, 62, his breath laboured from living alongside... 

SAPSDA joins SASSDA

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2018 In 2013 the South African Pump Manufacturers Association (Sapma®) was requested by the dti as well as ESKOM to form the South African Pump Cluster and in order to comply with the dti requirement to form a cluster, Sapma had to change from being an employer’s association to become a development... 

DRC, Tanzania resource nationalist measures more extreme – Leon 

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2018 The resource nationalist measures being implemented in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Tanzania are significantly more extreme than those being adopted and even considered in most other African countries. One likely reason for this is that the DRC and Tanzania both suffer from... 

New equipment to boost PE port’s manganese export capacity by 1.8 Mt/y

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th October 2018 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) has taken delivery of the first two of four RAM rotating spreaders that are set to create an additional 1.8-million tons a year of capacity for manganese exports at its Port Elizabeth (PE) terminal. A further two spreaders will arrive from China at the end of... 

Shell to drill 250 new wells at Queensland venture

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th October 2018 Energy major Shell has announced plans to produce more gas from its QGC joint venture, in the Western Downs region of Queensland. Under the Goog-a-binge project, Shell will progressively drill 250 new wells during 2019 and 2020, which will connect the existing QGC gas processing plants and bring... 

China aluminium exports to surge on trade war - CRU

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 Chinese aluminium exports are expected to surge in coming months and next year after Beijing boosted tax rebates as part of a package to soften the impact of a trade war with the United States, according to industry consultancy CRU. High Chinese exports of metals such as aluminium and steel in... 

RioZim to sue central bank over dollar payments

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 Zimbabwe's gold miner RioZim on Tuesday said it would take legal action to force the central bank to pay it in US dollars for part of its output, signalling impatience by mining companies over acute dollar shortages afflicting the economy. The shortages have worsened since 2016 and are the... 

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