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Gold Fields to make decision on Chile gold mine next year

By: Reuters     12th April 2018 South African miner Gold Fields will complete preparatory work in 2019 at its Salares Norte project, in northern Chile, and is eyeing potential output of around 345 000 oz/y of gold at the site by the early 2020s, a company executive said. Gold Fields will decide whether to give the go-ahead for... 

Strong rand eroding South African gold mines’ margins 

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th April 2018 While the strengthening of South Africa’s rand against the dollar in recent months has been widely welcomed by many, it has somewhat dampened the outlook for exporters and mining firms reliant on a weakened currency to widen margins. For South Africa’s gold mining industry, the resultant decline... 

ULPs drive innovation for underground mechanisation scheme

By: Donald Makhafola     6th April 2018 The MT3500X/NX and MT950 ultralow-profile (ULP) machines designed and developed by mining equipment and machinery supplier CMTI Group can facilitate mining at lower operating heights and at greater depths, as well as in inaccessible areas, such as remnant pillars and barred panels. "This is the... 

Strong rand eroding South African gold mines’ margins 

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th April 2018 While the strengthening of South Africa’s rand to the dollar in recent months has been widely welcomed by many, it has somewhat dampened the outlook for exporters and mining firms reliant on a weakened currency to widen margins. For South Africa’s gold industry, the subsequent decline in the... 

Gold Fields buys stake in Asanko gold mine in Ghana

By: Simone Liedtke     29th March 2018 South African miner Gold Fields has teamed up with Canada-based Asanko Gold in Ghana, with the gold miners announcing on Thursday that the JSE-listed major would buy a 45% interest in the Asanko gold mine (AGM) for $185-million. The companies have agreed to form a 50:50 joint venture (JV), which... 

Beta Hunt mine, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd March 2018 A gold mine in Kambalda, Western Australia. 

Energy-intensive firms say carbon tax wrong tool for reducing power emissions

By: Terence Creamer     14th March 2018 The Industry Task Team on Climate Change (ITTCC), which includes many of South Africa’s largest mining and industrial companies, says the proposed carbon tax will have no material impact on reducing carbon emissions from the electricity sector, which is responsible for around half of the... 

Biggest Ghana mine union plans strikes over Gold Fields jobs

By: Bloomberg     9th March 2018 Ghana’s largest mineworkers’ union plans protests and strikes throughout operations in the country if the government allows Gold Fields’s local unit to dismiss more than 2,000 staff as it starts the process of hiring a contractor to operate its biggest mine in the West African nation. Gold Fields... 

Huge gold reserves under the city of Johannesburg – historian  

By: Nadine James     2nd March 2018 There should be significant reserves of gold north of the Main Reef line, buried beneath the built up areas of Johannesburg and Langlaagte, among others, posits Kloofendal Nature Reserve historian Rod. R. Kruger in his paper; ‘The Origins of the Original Witwatersrand Gold Fields’. “When George... 

Ghana to tighten controls on gold exports to protect revenues

By: Reuters     28th February 2018 Ghana will certify the value of gold exports as part of efforts to tighten controls on the sector to ensure the state receives the revenues it is due, the vice president said on Tuesday. Ghana, Africa's second largest gold miner after South Africa, earned $5.78 billion from exports of the metal... 

Preferred hydraulic mining contractors selected for Century tailings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd February 2018 ASX-listed New Century Resources has selected Australia-based National Pump and Energy (NPE) and South Africa-based Paragon Tailings as the preferred contractors for hydraulic mining service works for the Century tailings deposit, in north-west Queensland. NPE and Paragon have proposed a... 

Beacon buys surplus process plant equipment from Kin Mining

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd February 2018 Gold development company Beacon Minerals on Thursday announced that it would buy several items of the mothballed Lawlers processing plant from Kin Mining to use in its Jaurdi gold project, north-west of Coolgardie, Western Australia. Beacon has executed a purchase agreement to acquire the... 

Resources Watch  

     22nd February 2018 Gold Fields going all out to put South Deep gold mine into black And, South African foundry aims to expand footprint in North America 

On-The-Air (16/02/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     16th February 2018 Gold Fields is spending R200-million a year on training at its big mechanised gold mine in Gauteng. Northam yesterday switched on R900-million worth of extra platinum power on in Limpopo. The strong rand is hitting underground gold mining very hard.  

Gold Fields going all out to put South Deep gold mine into black 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2018 Gold Fields is going all out to push Gauteng's uniquely mechanised deep-level South Deep gold mine into the black once and for all. The company is ploughing R200-million a year into training, which it believes will set South Africa on an exciting new successful course in the pioneering fields of... 

Gold Fields pays dividend on net loss, flat production, two fatalities

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2018 Gold mining company Gold Fields on Wednesday announced a final dividend on a net loss and flat production, impacted by two fatalities. As per its trading statement released on February 8, headline earnings for 2017 were $194-million, or $0.24 a share, and net loss for the year was $35-million, or... 

Gold Fields expects up to 12% decrease in FY17 HEPS

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th February 2018 Dual-listed Gold Fields on Thursday said it expected as much as a 12% drop in its headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the 2017 financial year. HEPS would be between $0.23 to $0.26 apiece. 

Gold Road consolidates Yamarna belt ownership

By: Simone Liedtke     5th February 2018 Mid-tier gold development and exploration company Gold Road Resources has signed a sale agreement to acquire joint venture (JV) partner Sumitomo Metal Mining Oceania's 50% interest in the South Yamarna project for A$7-million in cash and certain rights of first refusal and first negotiation. The... 

Red 5 starts off 2018 on strong foot

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     31st January 2018 Australian gold producer Red 5 reported a strong first quarter, producing 17 777 oz in the three months to December 31, 2017, paired with sales of 16 150 oz from its recently acquired Darlot mining operation, in Western Australia. All-in sustaining cost for the quarter was A$1 291/oz. 

Mali’s Yanfolila mine pours first gold, ramping up to commercial production

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th January 2018 With West African gold producer Hummingbird Resources having started gold production at its Mali-based Yanfolila gold mine on time and within budget last month, the gold producer remains on track with its ramp-up to commercial production. Since acquiring the project from Gold Fields in 2014,... 

Gold Fields sells Finnish platinum project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th January 2018 Dual-listed Gold Fields has sold its palladium-rich, polymetallic Arctic platinum project (APP), in northern Finland, to Finnish subsidiary of private equity fund CD Capital Natural Resources Fund III. The purchase consideration includes $40-million in cash and a 2% net smelter return royalty on... 

Gruyere construction nearly one-third complete

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th January 2018 The Gruyere gold project, which Australian junior Gold Road and South African major Gold Fields are building in a 50:50 joint venture near Laverton, Western Australia, is advancing according to schedule. With early works at Gruyere having started in December 2016, construction has now been in... 

Hummingbird’s Yanfolila pours first gold, maintains commercial production ramp-up plans

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th January 2018 With Aim-listed Hummingbird Resources having started gold production at its Mali-based Yanfolila gold mine on time and within budget in the second half of last month, the gold producer remains on track with its ramp-up to commercial production. Since acquiring the project from Gold Fields in... 

SCA postpones silicosis class action hearing

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th January 2018 The ongoing silicosis and tuberculosis class action litigation against South African gold miners has been postponed, following a request by representative attorneys to the registrar at the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) to do so. The SCA has granted approval for the postponement. The joint letter... 

Company moves forward with tailings retreatment project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th December 2017 Aim-listed Goldplat PLC’s recovery operation in South Africa, Goldplat Recovery, will be investing in a tailings retreatment project during 2018, as its growth over the past decade has resulted in the operation accumulating a large tailings stock dam.  

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... 

Neal Froneman

By: Martin Creamer     8th December 2017 This week Mining Weekly again features Neal Froneman, the CEO of precious-metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater, which last month struck a deal with DRDGold to monetise its gold tailings dumps on the West Rand 

Former South African Reserve Bank governor joins Glencore board

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th December 2017 Diversified mining group Glencore has appointed the former governor of South Africa’s Reserve Bank, Gill Marcus, to its board as a nonexecutive director. Announcing the appointment on Thursday, chairperson Tony Hayward said that Marcus would be an asset to the Glencore board. 

On-The-Air (24/11/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     24th November 2017 Turning mine dump sand into gold received a major boost this week when Sibanye and DRDGold joined forces; Sasol this week announced a new growth strategy that shuns its pioneering technologies of turning coal into petrol and gas into diesel; Gold Fields this week became the second mining company... 

Lower-than-guidance 2018 output expected at South Deep

By: Dylan Slater     24th November 2017 The production target for Westonaria-based South Deep gold mine, in Gauteng, is expected to be marginally lower next year than that initially laid out in the miner’s rebase plan, owing to a challenging first quarter this year, notes Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland.  

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... 

Gold miners shifting focus back to growth

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd November 2017 While global gold miners will gradually shift their focus from financial austerity to growth through acquisitions and increased spending, miners operating in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) will face elevated costs owing to regulatory uncertainty, power shortages and labour unrest, according to... 

Gold Road locks in portion of Gruyere’s production

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th November 2017 Gold development and exploration company Gold Road, which is building the Gruyere gold mine in a joint venture with South Africa’s Gold Fields, has entered into forward sales with two major banks for up to 200 000 oz of Australian dollar denominated forward sales. To date, the company has locked... 

Cora Gold lists on Aim; to advance Mali exploration

By: Anine Kilian     9th October 2017 West Africa-focused gold developer Cora Gold has started trading on the Aim. As part of the admission process, the company has raised £3.45-million through the placing and subscription of 20.93-million new ordinary shares at a placing price of 16.5p each, implying a market capitalisation of... 

New chairperson for Wits rock engineering department

By: Ilan Solomons     6th October 2017 As a leading school in the field of rock engineering, the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Mining Engineering has appointed Professor Rudrajit Mitra as centennial chairperson of the school’s rock engineering department. He joins Wits from the University of New South Wales (UNSW)... 

Exploration spend will be WA royalty hike’s first casualty

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th October 2017 Western Australian gold miners have warned the state government that an increase in gold royalties would not only result in massive job losses across the state, but could also jeopardise the future of the sector as less money will be put towards exploration. Speaking at a round-table in Perth on... 

Red 5 outlines plans for newly acquired WA gold assets

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     2nd October 2017 ASX-listed Red 5 has joined the rank of Australian gold producers after completing the purchase of the King of the Hills and Darlot gold mines, in Western Australia. The company in August unveiled plans to acquire the Darlot gold mine from South Africa’s Gold Fields for a total consideration of... 

New brand to be showcased at event

     29th September 2017 Mining company Sibanye-Stillwater will be showcasing its newly launched brand as a mining industry partner sponsor at The Joburg Indaba, which will be held at the Inanda Club, in Sandton, from October 4 to 5.  

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