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AMCU calls on all members to strike in support of Sibanye gold employees

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th February 2019 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has called on its members at Sibanye-Stillwater’s platinum operations to again embark on a strike in support of those AMCU members who have been on strike at the miner’s gold operations since November 2018. It has further encouraged its... 

Lonmin’s Q1 results show improved liquidity despite relatively poor performance  

By: Nadine James     8th February 2019 Platinum miner Lonmin on Friday released its unaudited first-quarter production results for the three months ended December 31, 2018, stating that its relatively poor operational performance had been partially redeemed by its improved liquidity. The company noted that the first quarter is... 

Platinum odd one out in expected PGMs growth – analyst

By: Cameron Mackay     8th February 2019 Aside from the relative lag in demand and price for platinum, the other platinum group metals (PGMs) – osmium, iridium, ruthenium, rhodium and particularly palladium – are expected to develop a stronger presence in the markets after a strong 2018, says global precious metals mining company... 

Competition Appeal Court to hold Sibanye, Lonmin merger hearing on April 2 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th January 2019 JSE- and NYSE-listed Sibanye-Stillwater on Friday announced that the Competition Appeal Court of South Africa had set April 2 as the date to hear the appeal filed by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) against Sibanye’s planned takeover of LSE- and JSE-listed Lonmin.... 

Continued investment and development in Africa expected

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     25th January 2019 International metals and minerals consultancy Roskill expects continued interest, investment and development in Africa as the electronic vehicle (EV) revolution continues, says Roskill director Jack Bedder. “Africa has a significant role to play in the lithium-ion battery and EV story. The... 

AMCU march: Motorists warned to stay out of Joburg CBD

By: News24Wire      22nd January 2019 Motorists have been warned to avoid certain areas of the Johannesburg CBD on Tuesday morning, due to a march by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU). According to JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar, the march was due to start at 11:00 at the Westgate Transport Hub and move... 

RFID technology solution ideal for mining industry

By: Thabi Madiba     18th January 2019 With radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology being ideal for inspecting assets at a mine, screening and vibrating-equipment solutions provider Aury Africa has enlisted RFID specialist Thembekile Asset Management Solutions (TAMS) to develop a solution specific to the requirements of the... 

Union membership verification at Sibanye’s gold operations suspended

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th January 2019 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) on Wednesday suspended the process of verifying union membership at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold operations, which it says is aimed at rendering the current strike action unprotected. AMCU explained in a statement that it had filed papers... 

Sibanye, Lonmin extend merger longstop date to June

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th January 2019 Precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater and platinum group metals miner Lonmin have agreed to extend the longstop date for the transaction in which Sibanye will acquire all of Lonmin’s issued share capital from February 28 to June 30. This follows after the Association of Mineworkers and... 

Sibanye reports good PGMs performance, but gold output falls amid strike 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th January 2019 JSE- and NYSE-listed Sibanye-Stillwater on Thursday said its South African platinum group metals (PGMs) operations continue to do well, with the miner expecting its platinum, palladium, gold and rhodium (4E) PGMs production for 2018 to be about 1.17-million ounces. In a statement detailing... 

Bid to have Lonmin’s mining licence suspended heads to court

By: News24Wire      25th October 2018 The Mining Forum of SA heads to the North West High Court, Mahikeng, this week to have Lonmin's mining licence suspended. The forum says Lonmin has not met the commitments of its Social and Labour Plan (SLP), according to a GroundUp report. It also wants the mining rights of Lonmin-controlled... 

Lonmin undertakes refinancing, delivers on results promise 

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2018 Platinum miner Lonmin has entered into a $200-million metal purchase agreement with Pangaea Investments Management (PIM), an associate company of Jiangxi Copper Company (JCC), which will provide the miner with improved liquidity and remove certain restrictive current lender conditions. Of the... 

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... 

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... 

Sibanye, Lonmin merger hearing postponed to November 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th October 2018 The Competition Tribunal's hearing into the proposed merger between precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater and platinum miner Lonmin has been postponed to November, the tribunal reported on Wednesday. The hearing was meant to start on October 18 but has been "postponed in agreement with all... 

Court to hear MFSA’s application against DMR 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th October 2018 The Mining Forum of South Africa (MFSA) says the Mafikeng High Court will, on October 26, hold a hearing into an application lodged by the MFSA against the Mineral Resources Minister over allegations that platinum miner Lonmin is not complying with its social and labour plans (SLPs). The... 

MSA Africa launches new Workman® tripods for confined-space entry

10th October 2018 A leading manufacturer of high-quality safety solutions for hazardous environments such as mining, MSA Africa used Electra Mining Africa 2018 to display some of its latest products. These included the Workman® range of tripods, which are used specifically to facilitate confined-space entry via... 

Tribunal to consider Sibanye, Lonmin merger at Oct 18 hearing

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th October 2018 The Competition Tribunal will hold hearings into the proposed merger between Sibanye-Stillwater and Lonmin on October 18 and 19. Precious metals miner Sibanye in December made an all-share offer to acquire platinum group metals producer Lonmin, with the offer valuing Lonmin at about R5.15-billion. 

Platinum, gold CEOs say it’s time to bring curtain down on SA’s deep level mining

5th October 2018 By Brendan Ryan – Miningmx The era of deep-level gold and platinum mining in South Africa, which is the world leader in these fields, is drawing to a close with no more deep-level shafts likely to be sunk. 

International investment in South Africa’s mining industry lagging  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th October 2018 Although international mining funds are choosing to invest in other jurisdictions, rather than in South Africa’s mining sector, there is still hope for the local mining sector, Anglo American nonexecutive director and Joburg Indaba international investment panel chair Jim Rutherford said on... 

2018 ‘challenging’ for South African mining companies – PwC

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd October 2018 The 12 months to June 30 proved to be a challenging year for South African mining companies, in contrast with the global mining industry, which achieved a considerable improvement in financial performance compared with the prior year. PwC on Tuesday released the tenth edition of its ‘SA Mine... 

Lonmin sells stake in Canadian junior Wallbridge to Eric Sprott

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd October 2018 Platinum miner Lonmin, which is being bought over by Sibanye-Stillwater, has agreed to sell its 6.8% interest in Canadian explorer and developer Wallbridge Mining to billionaire investor Eric Sprott for $3.97-million. The acquisition of Lonmin’s 24 042 895 shares in Wallbridge increased Sprott’s... 

Sibanye highlights Lonmin, DRDGold deal attractions at Denver

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2018 The progressing Lonmin acquisition and the already done DRDGold deal have been highlighted to the Denver Gold Forum by Sibanye-Stillwater, which is currently hosting investors and analysts at its Stillwater mine in Montana. The forum heard how the Lonmin acquisition would add significantly to... 

Metallon may pay suppliers in gold amid Zimbabwe cash shortage

By: Bloomberg     18th September 2018 Metallon Corp. is considering paying mining-equipment suppliers in gold because a cash shortage in Zimbabwe is hampering its plan to expand output, Chief Executive Officer Mzi Khumalo said. Zimbabwe, which abandoned its own currency in 2009 because of hyperinflation, has faced cash shortages for... 

Sibanye, Lonmin still committed to merger after competition watchdog decision

By: Reuters     18th September 2018 Precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater said on Tuesday it remained fully committed to a takeover of platinum miner Lonmin after South Africa's competition watchdog imposed conditions on the deal. On Monday, the competition watchdog gave the green light to the all-share transaction as it did... 

Strong new collaboration with governments of South Africa, Zimbabwe – Implats 

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2018 Platinum mining company Impala Platinum (Implats), which is collaborating closely with the South African government to preserve jobs at the heavily lossmaking Impala Rustenburg operation, is also working in very close cooperation with the government of Zimbabwe, where it has secured major tax... 

'Will I come back dead?' Human costs of South African gold

By: Bloomberg     10th September 2018 fter more than two decades of improving mine safety since the end of apartheid, South Africa’s progress has stalled with an increase in gold-mining deaths. More than 50 people have died in the country’s mines in 2018, roughly the same number as this time last year. While annual death tolls are... 

Resources Watch  

6th September 2018 Global mining showing interest in Master Drilling’s new technology; And, Sibanye expects Lonmin competition finality October 

Thakadu starts construction on nickel sulphate purification plant

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th September 2018 Thakadu Battery Materials on Wednesday officially marked the start of construction of its R250-million nickel sulphate purification plant at platinum miner Lonmin's Base Metals Refinery, in the North West province. All major equipment has been ordered and key contracts awarded, including modular... 

Sibanye launches $400m bond buyback

By: Reuters     4th September 2018 South African precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater, which is headed up by CEO Neal Froneman, said on Tuesday that it was launching a tender offer worth up to $400-million to buy back some of its bonds. Sibanye, which plans to buy platinum producer Lonmin in a deal scheduled to close in the... 

Sibanye expects Lonmin competition finality October 

By: Martin Creamer     27th August 2018 Precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater expects Competition Commission finality on its proposed acquisition of platinum company Lonmin in October, following the closure of its transaction with surface gold mining company DRDGold, which is expected to make a positive contribution to... 

Nothing comes before safe production – Sibanye-Stillwater 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd August 2018 Precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater on Thursday spent the most part of its half-year presentation of financial results reiterating ongoing commitment to safe production and taking safety to the next level. The Johannesburg- and New York-listed company, which reported 26%-higher... 

Two new nonexecs join AngloGold board

By: Anine Kilian     22nd August 2018 Alan Ferguson and Jochen Tilk have been appointed independent nonexecutive directors at Anglogold Ashanti, effective October 1 and January 1, 2019, respectively. Ferguson is a chartered accounted and a former CFO of a number of FTSE-listed entities, including Lonmin. Since 2011, he has also... 

M&R announces new appointments for underground mining platform

By: Simone Liedtke     20th August 2018 Mike da Costa was appointed CEO of Murray & Robert’s (M&R’s) global underground mining platform, effective August 1, mining contracting company M&R Cementation reported on Monday. The M&R underground mining platform covers six continents and its service offering spans the project value chain... 

Afraid of no-one and ready for a long strike, union leader tells Implats

By: Reuters     17th August 2018 Members of South Africa's AMCU mining union are ready to strike for a year if necessary and would bring the platinum belt to a standstill if Impala Platinum carries out plans to cut up to 13 400 jobs, the union's president said on Thursday. Joseph Mathunjwa, who led a five-month strike in 2014,... 

Mantashe blames Gold Fields bosses for mine woes

By: Reuters     16th August 2018 Gold Fields' plan to cut jobs at its struggling South African mine fails to address "poor management", Mining Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday, piling pressure on CE Nick Holland. Gold Fields, which is due to report half-year results later, said this week it would cut 1 100 permanent jobs... 

Farlam unhappy with snail pace in implementation of his Marikana recommendations

By: African News Agency      16th August 2018 Retired judge Ian Farlam, who chaired the government-instituted judicial commission of inquiry into the August 2012 Marikana massacre – in which at least 44 people including protesting Lonmin mineworkers, police officers, and security officials were killed in Marikana, outside Rustenburg – on... 

Aury Africa introduces RFID track-and-trace solution for mining

15th August 2018 Screening and vibrating equipment solutions and services provider Aury Africa has introduced a radio-frequency identification (RFID) audit and inspection solution that is ideal for mining applications. These include inspecting plant equipment, mining machines, pumps, valves and pipes – in fact,... 

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