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Gateway secures funding package for Bowen basin coal buy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd September 2017 ASX-listed Gateway Mining has secured a funding package of up to A$10-million from cornerstone investor Baker Steel Resources Investment Trust to finance its acquisition of Queensland Coal Investment Holdings (QCIH). In March, Gateway announced its plan to acquire QCIH, which owns two coal... 

Tharisa transitions to owner mining, absorbs 900 contractor personnel

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2017 Platinum group metal (PGM) and chrome co-producer Tharisa Minerals on Friday announced the unconditional purchase of mining equipment from MCC Contracts as part of its switch to owner mining, which includes the employment of 900 MCC employees, effective from October 1.  The company, which has... 

Giant miner vies with Google, GE, for hires amid automation push

By: Bloomberg     22nd September 2017 Rio Tinto, the world’s second-largest mining company, is focused as much on driver-less trucks and automated drills as conventional shovels and loaders these days. That means it needs a whole lot more high-tech workers. The London-based company is stepping up efforts to lure engineers and... 

Construction starts on Pan African’s R1.7bn Elikhulu tailings retreatment project

By: Ilan Solomons     22nd September 2017 Government, trade unions and traditional leadership have heaped praise on South African precious metals miner Pan African Resources for the development of its R1.7-billion Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant (TRP) project, located at the company’s Evander gold mine, in Mpumalanga. Speaking at the... 

Minerals processing business bullish about future, despite industry challenges

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Based on substantial growth over the past 12 years, mining and industrial services provider Fraser Alexander’s minerals processing business intends to double its revenue within the next three to five years, says Fraser Alexander minerals processing GM Jaco Scholtz. “We are particularly proud of... 

‘Rebasing’ for lower Eskom sales to trigger 9.4% hike even before any revenue adjustment 

By: Terence Creamer     20th September 2017 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has sounded that warning that, even if its allowable revenue is not increased at all for the 2018/19 year, tariffs will still need to rise by 9.4% simply to accommodate a “rebasing” electricity sales volumes when compared with those approved in the third... 

CTC Plant Company turns 25

     20th September 2017 The year of 2017 is a landmark year for South Africa’s most experienced used equipment company, CTC Plant Company (Pty) Ltd, based at Airport Industria, Cape Town, conveniently located right next to the Airport and close to main access highways. 

Tax benefits rejected under new Indian mineral policy

By: Ajoy K Das     20th September 2017 As the Indian government begins work on a new version of the National Mineral Policy (NMP) 2008, the Finance Ministry has said that it will not be possible to incorporate any direct or indirect tax benefits in the new policy document. The Finance Ministry said this week that use of direct and... 

Two more firms fire KPMG as corporate South Africa weighs links with auditor

By: Reuters     19th September 2017 A South African broker and an energy investment firm fired KPMG on Tuesday, two of a host of local firms weighing whether to ditch the auditor to distance themselves from a scandal involving business friends of President Jacob Zuma. Sasfin and Hulisani, both relatively small financial companies... 

Kinross to proceed with Tasiast Phase 2, Round Mountain expansion projects

By: Henry Lazenby     18th September 2017 Senior Canadian miner Kinross Gold has revealed that it will spend about a $1-billion on two significant capital growth plans for the Phase 2 expansion of its Tasiast mine, in Mauritania, as well as the Phase W of the Round Mountain mine, in Nevada. “With Phase 2, Tasiast's annual production is... 

Kibo moves closer to concluding PPA, securing project financing for MCPP

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2017 Dual-listed Kibo Mining says it is near concluding a power purchase agreement (PPA), as well as securing project financing for its Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP) in Tanzania. A memorandum of understanding (MoU), as a precursor to a final PPA with Tanzania power utility Tanesco, has passed all... 

Tanzanian leader's war for taxes puts economy in firing line 

By: Bloomberg     18th September 2017 Tanzanian President John Magufuli’s deepening dispute with companies he accuses of being tax cheats is rattling investors and dimming the allure of one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies. Since taking office in late 2015, Magufuli has been on a drive to increase revenue from natural resources... 

Shift in mining finance sources for mid-caps, juniors expected – BMI

By: Schalk Burger     15th September 2017 Market research multinational BMI Research reported on Thursday that there would be a shift in the status quo of mining finance sources, as mineral prices stabilise and edge higher over the coming years. “Majors will continue to rely on equity and debt financing. Mid-cap and small-cap companies,... 

New study points to 90% renewables mix being least cost by 2050 

By: Terence Creamer     15th September 2017 New analysis conducted using updated cost assumptions for solar photovoltaic (PV), onshore wind and batteries shows that the share of renewable energy in an electricity mix that would also be the least cost for South Africa could grow to above 90% by 2050. Such a portfolio, the study indicates,... 

Avalon intent to cash in on rapidly rising technology metal demand

By: Henry Lazenby     15th September 2017 A whole new world for lithium demand has aspiring technology metals firm Avalon evaluating its options to cash in on the red-hot industry, with the company patiently advancing three projects in its portfolio that will benefit from higher metals prices. Just this week, new evidence was provided... 

Eldorado receives Greek arbitration notice

By: Henry Lazenby     14th September 2017 Vancouver-headquartered Eldorado Gold said on Thursday its Greek subsidiary Hellas Gold has finally received a formal notice from the country’s Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Environment and Energy initiating domestic arbitration. The mediation will take place under the provisions... 

Vast secures loan to advance Baita Plai licence process

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th September 2017 Aim-listed Vast Resources has added another $1.68-million to the existing $4-million loan from Sub-Sahara Goldia Investments to advance the process of securing the Baita Plai mine licence, in Romania. Vast is in the process of agreeing the contractual terms of the association on the licence... 

AME BC lauds provincial budget update

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th September 2017 The Association for Mineral Exploration (AME) has expressed its support of the balanced 2017 budget delivered by British Columbia’s new Finance Minister Carole James. Government, through its budget and policies creates the economic climate central to attracting critical investment in important... 

Congo govt's H1 mining revenues rise 9%, oil revenues up 140%

By: Reuters     12th September 2017 Democratic Republic of Congo collected $294.3-million in revenues from the mining sector in the first half of 2017, up 9% over the same period last year, the finance ministry said. The finance ministry also said in a quarterly report, seen by Reuters on Tuesday, that revenues collected from the... 

Petra halts Williamson operations after key personnel questioned over seized diamond consignment

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th September 2017 London-listed Petra Diamonds on Monday said it had temporarily idled the operations of its 75%-owned Williamson mine, in Tanzania, for “health and safety and security reasons”, as key personnel cooperate with authorities over a blocked diamond shipment. The company on Monday confirmed that a... 

Stellar to raise £330 000 to pay for Tonga, Tonguma enviro licences

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th September 2017 London-listed Stellar Diamonds has conditionally raised, through Peterhouse Corporate Finance, £330 000 through the issue of 10.15-million new ordinary shares at an issue price of 3.25p a share. The placing is expected to be completed by September 14, conditional on the receipt of the funds in... 

Minister amends Efic mandate to support resource projects

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th September 2017 Federal Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister Steven Ciobo has mandated the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic) to support onshore resource and related infrastructure projects, in instances where there is a “demonstrated market gap” in the availability of private sector finance.... 

Diamonds fund Zimbabwe political oppression, Global Witness says

By: Bloomberg     11th September 2017 Zimbabwe’s government is using money earned from diamond exports to fund its Central Intelligence Organisation, blamed for a raft of human-rights abuses as it’s helped to keep President Robert Mugabe in power since 1980, Global Witness said. Diamonds dug from the Marange fields in eastern... 

Molopo Energy shareholder questions US oil and gas deal

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th September 2017 ASX-listed Keybridge Capital has launched legal action in the Supreme Court of Western Australia to gain access to information regarding Molopo Energy’s proposed acquisition of a US oil and gas project. Keybridge, which holds an 18.478% interest in Molopo, said on Monday that the company had... 

Tanzania says to nationalise diamond consignment seized from Petra Diamonds

By: Reuters     11th September 2017 Tanzania said on Saturday it planned to nationalise diamonds whose value it put at $29.5-million belonging to a mine majority owned by London-listed Petra Diamonds after it accused the miner of under-declaring its mineral exports. The diamonds were seized at the main airport in Tanzania's... 

China's fossil-fuel phase-out fails to alarm big oil investors

By: Bloomberg     11th September 2017 In the first day of trading after China said it’s working on a deadline to end sales of fossil-fuel-powered vehicles, shares are holding ground in the oil companies that stand to lose out. The listed units of China’s big three oil companies – PetroChina, Cnooc and China Petroleum & Chemical –... 

Improving prices prompt Fortune to aim for bigger, more economic Nico development

By: Henry Lazenby     9th September 2017 With a bird in hand, Canadian project developer Fortune Minerals is considering to up the ante for its flagship Nico cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper project, in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The London, Ontario-based company late last month announced that its update of the 2014 feasibility study for... 

Pan African’s tailings retreatment project set to boost Mpumalanga economy

By: Ilan Solomons     8th September 2017 Government, trade unions and traditional leadership have heaped praise on South African precious metals miner Pan African Resources for the development of its R1.7-billion Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant (TRP) project, located at the company’s Evander gold mine, in Mpumalanga. Speaking at the... 

Russia's Gokhran has bought only gold this year

By: Reuters     8th September 2017 Russia's precious metals and gems repository Gokhran has been buying only gold for its reserves this year, its head Andrey Yurin told reporters in Moscow on Friday. Purchases of platinum group metals are possible but remain subject to market conditions, Yurin said, adding that no purchases of... 

Nokeng mulling two or three more fluorspar mines by 2026 as huge shortage is predicted

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th September 2017 Following the breakthrough of opening the first new mine in Gauteng, South Africa, in the last 12 years, which is being developed by producer SepFluor’s wholly owned Nokeng fluorspar mine, the company aims to become vertically integrated in the fluorspar value chain in future. Fluorite ore is... 

Jeffrey Christian

By: Ilan Solomons     8th September 2017 This week we feature Jeffrey Christian, the managing partner of CPM Group, a commodities market research, consulting, financial advisory and asset management firm 

Nokeng mulling two or three more fluorspar mines by 2026 as huge shortage is predicted

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th September 2017 Following the breakthrough of opening the first new mine in Gauteng, South Africa, in the last 12 years, which is being developed by producer SepFluor’s wholly owned Nokeng fluorspar mine, the company aims to become vertically integrated in the fluorspar value chain in future. Fluorite ore is... 

Rare earth metals electrified by China's illegal mining clean-up

By: Bloomberg     7th September 2017 Rare earths are booming again as a clampdown on wildcat miners in China crimps supply in the world’s biggest producer while the clean energy boom bolsters their use in everything from electric vehicles to wind turbines. Prices for “light” rare earths including neodymium and praseodymium have... 

Heron completes first part of financing

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th September 2017 Base metals developer Heron Resources has completed a A$141-million equity funding package, as part of its greater A$240-million funding to develop the Woodlawn zinc/copper project, in New South Wales. The company on Thursday said that the equity funding included a A$104-million cornerstone... 

Russia plans gem reform to compete with India's million workers

By: Bloomberg     6th September 2017 Russia wants its biggest diamond miner to work more closely with the country’s top gem cutters so the industry can better compete in a market that’s dominated by Indian manufacturers. As part of a plan to boost the competitiveness of Russian diamonds, the government wants  Alrosa PJSC to offer... 

Iron-ore snafu seen as cautionary tale in mining-friendly Chile

By: Bloomberg     1st September 2017 Chilean authorities’ handling of an iron-ore project has stoked a political storm that cost the jobs of two ministers. The industry hopes it will help keep politics out of projects in the future. In a country boasting strong institutions and clear rules of the game, a government committee’s... 

First Quantum acquires Korean smelter’s stake in Minera Panama

By: Samantha Herbst     1st September 2017 TSX-listed base metals miner First Quantum Minerals has signed an agreement with LS-Nikko Copper to acquire the Korea-based smelter’s 10% ownership interest and shareholder loans in Minera Panama, First Quantum’s Panamanian subsidiary, for a headline value of $635-million, payable in six... 

London joins global Young Mining Professionals network

By: Ilan Solomons     1st September 2017 The Young Mining Professionals (YMP) has launched its latest chapter in London, in the UK and aims to leverage the UK’s location as a “global hub for mining and finance” to provide opportunities for young people in the country’s mining sector and abroad. YPM UK founder Catriona Beadel says that... 

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