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Artisanal, small-scale mining explodes amid rising prices

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd January 2018 A new report has revealed explosive growth in the number of artisanal and small-scale miners worldwide over the past two decades amid rising mineral prices and a general struggle in earning a living from agriculture. The Intergovernmental Forum (IGF) on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable... 

GoldStone investigates potential to restart Ghana underground mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2018 Africa-focused miner GoldStone Resources has initiated a project to potentially revitalise the old Akrokeri underground mine, in Ghana. The mine is situated within the Akrokeri prospecting licence, about 1.5 km south of the proposed AK01 South pits. 

Asanko achieves solid quarter at Ghana mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2018 A solid quarterly performance was recorded at NYSE-listed Asanko Gold’s eponymous mine in Ghana, which produced 51 550 oz in the fourth quarter of 2017. Asanko CEO Peter Breese on Thursday noted that this helped the company achieve its revised 2017 guidance, with full-year production of 205 047 oz. 

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over South Africa amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th January 2018 The South African mining industry has had a tumultuous time because of the controversial Reviewed Draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, also known as Mining Charter III, which, amid lingering political uncertainty, led to low... 

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over SA amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th January 2018 The South African mining industry has had a tumultuous time because of the controversial Reviewed Draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, also known as Mining Charter III, which, amid lingering political uncertainty, led to low... 

West African gold explorer lists in Australia

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th January 2018 West African gold developer and explorer Tietto Minerals started trading on the ASX on Thursday, following its successful initial public offer (IPO) that raised A$6-million from institutional and high net worth investors, including two global resources funds. The company issued 30-million shares... 

IronRidge expands Ghana lithium prospects

By: Anine Kilian     17th January 2018 Aim-listed IronRidge Resources has further expanded its lithium interests in Ghana, with the acquisition of a highly prospective pegmatite tenure adjacent to its Ewoyaa prospect. The company entered conditional and binding terms with wholly owned Ghanaian company Joy Transporters, providing... 

Goldplat extends option period for Ashanti to acquire stake in Anumso project

By: Anine Kilian     16th January 2018 Aim-listed Goldplat has agreed to extend the option period within which TSX-V-listed Ashanti Gold can acquire 75% of Goldplat’s interest in the Ghana-based Anumso gold project. Ashanti has the right to earn up to 75% of Goldplat's interest in Anumso by spending $3-million on exploration work.... 

Avocet defers sale of Burkina Faso operations at buyer’s request

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th January 2018 Aim-listed Avocet has deferred the completion of the $5-million sale of its Resolute operations in Burkina Faso, to Ghana-based Balaji Group, to January 25. The struggling miner set the sale in motion last year to stave off potential bankruptcy for its units in the West African country, with the... 

Two miners die at Golden Star’s Prestea mine, Ghana

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd January 2018 The TSX-listed equity of Africa-focused miner Golden Star Resources shed as much as 10% on Tuesday, following a company announcement that two miners have died on December 29 at its Prestea Underground mine, in Ghana. The Toronto-headquartered company, which also has listings on the Ghana Stock... 

Panthera starts trading on Aim market

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2017 Gold exploration and development company Panthera Resources, with key assets in India and West Africa, started trading ordinary shares on the LSE’s Aim market on Thursday. On admission, the company had 61.8-million at a listing price of 20p apiece, giving Panthera an estimated market... 

Gold miner Avocet to sell Burkina Faso assets

By: Reuters     18th December 2017 Struggling miner Avocet Mining Plc said it would sell its assets in Burkina Faso for $5 million to Ghana-based Balaji Group, staving off potential a bankruptcy for its units in the West African country. The sale, which includes the Inata gold mine and the Souma exploration project, is part of a... 

Programme to position Ghanaian firms to gain greater share of mineral sector procurement 

By: Tracy Hancock     15th December 2017 Marking a significant point in Ghana’s quest to domesticate the provisions in the Africa Mining Vision (AMV) into its own Country Mining Vision (CMV), the Ghanaian government officially launched its National Suppliers Development Programme (NSDP) in 2 November 2017. The NSDP builds and expands on... 

Gold Fields Ghana to dismiss 1 500 staff as contractor hired

By: Bloomberg     12th December 2017 Gold Fields’ unit in Ghana said it will dismiss 1 500 of its own staff as the company is hiring a contractor to operate its biggest mine in the West African nation. A contractor will take charge of the Tarkwa operations from early 2018 as the deposit’s remaining life span is too short to replace... 

South Zambezi delivers Engineering services: for Africa by Africans 

By: Tracy Hancock     1st December 2017 South Zambezi corporate director Sikanyisiwe Phiri and Makoko Makgonye discuss its role in developing Africa 

Ausdrill wins contract extensions in Africa and Australia

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th November 2017 Mining services company Ausdrill said on Tuesday it had secured two contract extensions at African operations and one in Western Australia. The ASX-listed firm reported that South Africa-based AngloGold Ashanti had awarded its wholly owned subsidiary African Mining Services (AMS), a provision... 

TLT ACTOM to Install Turnkey Mining Ventilation Solution in Ghana

     23rd November 2017 TLT ACTOM will be supplying a turnkey ventilation solution to Newmont Mining Corporation’s Subika Mine based at the Ahafo complex in Ghana. The solution will comprise both large surface fans and bulkhead cooler fans to the mine in order to ensure efficient ventilation of their main shaft. TLT... 

Gold Fields invests R6m to boost mechanised mining skills

By: Nadine James     22nd November 2017 South African gold miner Gold Fields on Wednesday announced a R6-million, three-year partnership with the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) to further academic knowledge in the field of mechanised mining and rock engineering in South Africa. Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland and Wits... 

AngloGold’s capex project progressing as planned, within budget

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th November 2017 JSE- and New York-listed AngloGold Ashanti says its high-return and low-capital projects in its international portfolio to extend mine lives and improve margins remain on track and within budget. “We expect . . . continued delivery to tight timelines and budgets on our portfolio-improvement... 

Tailored equipment advances mine safety in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 With a growing global health and safety culture developing, large mining companies are driving new safety standards in African mines, creating opportunities for mine safety equipment producer DEZEGA to extend the reach of its fit-for-purpose, self-contained self-rescue (SCSR) equipment on the... 

Opportunities persist in sub-Saharan Africa, despite unfavourable mining sector

     10th November 2017 Opportunities remain in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), despite a spate of regulatory changes and policy uncertainty across major mining countries in the region eroding investor sentiment, highlighting the region’s mining sector as the riskiest in the world, according to Fitch-affiliated BMI. The... 

Miners urged to take heed of Natural Capital Protocol framework

By: Ilan Solomons     10th November 2017 The recently released Natural Capital Protocol promises to give business a new appreciation of the ecosystem services on which they rely, states independent engineering and scientific consultancy SRK Consulting. The protocol was developed by a global multi-stakeholder group representing business,... 

New merger boosts offering for Africa’s mining industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th November 2017 Multinational consulting, engineering and project management firm Amec Foster Wheeler has merged with industrial facilities specialist Wood Group to form a new company – Wood – that will specialise in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services in the energy and industrial... 

Illegal mining, illegal strikes take massive jobs toll at Cooke gold mine on West Rand

By: Martin Creamer     10th November 2017 The Cooke lesson must be taken to heart and South Africans should stand together to ensure that there is no recurrence of the needless job destruction that has taken place at the West Rand gold mine, where public statements about the dangers of illegal mining were made repeatedly, but the... 

Khato Holdings is making great strides in Botswana and other SADC states 

     9th November 2017 Khato Civils has also established a country office in Botswana, where it has 60-million pula of equipment and has bought a 4 ha site on which to construct its head office in the country. Khato Civils CEO Mongezi Mnyani explains that the building plans are in the last stages of being approved by... 

Bristow, Friedland may go head-to-head in on-stage copper-gold debate

By: Martin Creamer     7th November 2017 Dr Mark Bristow of Randgold Resources and Robert Friedland of Ivanhoe Mines may go head-to-head in a live on-stage gold-versus-copper debate at the Investing in African Mining Indaba event at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8, Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose disclosed... 

AngloGold achieves strong Q3 performance, on track to meet FY guidance

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th November 2017 Johannesburg- and New York-listed AngloGold Ashanti generated free cash flow of $88-million in the third quarter of this year, following strong production and cost containment across its portfolio, and remains on track to meet its full-year guidance.  The free cash flow for the quarter, compared... 

Asanko reports improved Q3 operational, financial performance

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd November 2017 Encouraging third-quarter operational results have translated into an improved financial performance for dual-listed Asanko Gold. The Canadian junior miner on Friday reported a 21% quarter-on-quarter increase in cash flow from its operations to $40.7-million. 

Uranium-endowed South Africa stands to benefit from ambitions to improve electricity access in Africa

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 In tandem with growing ambitions to increase access to electricity for many African citizens who currently have limited or no access to electricity comes the call for new large-scale power stations to be built. This has prompted a keen interest in nuclear power stations and, consequently, a... 

Uranium-endowed South Africa stands to benefit from ambitions to improve electricity access in Africa

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 In tandem with growing ambitions to increase access to electricity for many African citizens who currently have no or limited access to electricity comes the call for new large-scale power stations to be built. In line with this expansion is a keen interest in nuclear power stations and,... 

Goldplat’s gold sales up 95% in September quarter

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd November 2017 African gold recovery services company Goldplat has achieved a 95% year-on-year increase in gold sales to 14 374 oz for the quarter ended September 30. "With operational profitability achieved at all operations and good progress being made on our strategic objectives, I am very pleased with the... 

Ghana govt approves Azumah deal

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th October 2017 The Ghanaian Minister of Lands and Natural Resources has approved ASX-listed Azumah Resources’ A$17-million agreement with Ibaera Capital Fund. The agreement, which was announced in early August, will see Ibeara earn an initial 42.5% interest in Wa by spending $11.25-million over a two-year... 

KSB Pumps & Valves

     27th October 2017 East Rand-headquartered KSB Pumps & Valves is an original-equipment manufacturer of technologically advanced pumps, valves and related products for the water, sewerage, chemicals, petrochemicals, mining and building services sectors, among others. Since its establishment in 1959, the company has... 

Goldplat increases gold sales in Sept quarter

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2017 Aim-listed gold producer Goldplat has achieved a 95% year-on-year increase in gold sales to 14 374 oz for the quarter ended September 30. "With operational profitability achieved at all operations and good progress being made on our strategic objectives, I am very pleased with the results for the... 

Cardinal raises C$12.5m for Ghana gold project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th October 2017 Dual-listed Cardinal Resources on Tuesday announced that it would raise C$12-million to fund exploration and development work at the Namdini gold project, in Ghana. The company told shareholders that it had struck an agreement with a syndicate of underwriters under which the underwriters had... 

Gold Fields maintains production guidance, but South Deep to miss FY target

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd October 2017 JSE- and NYSE-listed Gold Fields still expects to meet its full-year production guidance of 2.10-million to 2.15-million ounces, despite the fact that output from its South African South Deep mine for the full year is likely to be 5% to 10% below guidance of 315 000 oz. The gold miner, which on... 

Asanko optimistic following encouraging Q3 production

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th October 2017 Despite three mill motor outages impacting on output in July and August, the third quarter of the year ended on a more positive note for dual-listed Asanko Gold, with the company maintaining its revised guidance of 205 000 oz to 225 000 oz of gold for the full year. While the Asanko Gold Mine... 

General uptick in West Africa mining as commodity prices improve

By: Ilan Solomons     20th October 2017 There have been a number of recent positive developments in West Africa’s mining industry, such as in Mali, where two new mines are scheduled to be commissioned by the end of this year. This is according to engineering and scientific consultancy SRK Consulting Ghana country manager John Kwofie,... 

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