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Currency shocks knock platinum to ten-year lows

By: Reuters     17th August 2018 Platinum prices tumbled to ten-year lows as the collapse of Turkey's lira rippled through markets and weakened the currency of top producer South Africa, underlining persistent oversupply of the autocatalyst metal. Platinum has been caught in a broad sell-off as investors rush to the safety of... 

On-The-Air (17/08/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2018 Yet another huge mine is in serious financial trouble, which is throwing up the dread of more mass retrenchment. South Africa should adopt the growth model that has proved so resoundingly successful for the economy of Canada. The Constitutional Court should be called upon to lift the veil of... 

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,... 

Amplats starts construction on Polokwane sulphur dioxide abatement project

By: Anine Kilian     16th August 2018 Construction of the sulphur dioxide (SO2) abatement project at Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Polokwane smelter got under way on Thursday. The company will implement new wet sulphuric acid (WSA) technology at the smelter and will ultimately reduce SO2 emissions by an estimated 96%, to... 

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... 

We made significant progress in Marikana, says Lonmin

By: African News Agency      15th August 2018 Platinum producer Lonmin has made significant progress in delivering on its commitment to the Marikana community, the company said on Wednesday. "Housing has been a key focus of the company’s social and labour plans, with modern housing developments being built for many of its employees," said... 

Eastplats’ chrome circuit completion targeted for Q3

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th August 2018 Construction of Vancouver-based Eastern Platinum’s (Eastplats’) retreatment project, at its Crocodile River mine, in South Africa’s North West, is progressing well and all significant items required for the chrome circuit’s completion and commissioning are on site. Completion of the form... 

Atlatsa narrows Q2 headline loss, restructure plan set for Q4 completion

By: Simone Liedtke     14th August 2018 JSE- and TSX-listed Atlatsa Resources’ headline basic and diluted loss a share narrowed to $0.04 in the second quarter, ended June 30, from $0.22 in the second quarter of 2017. The company on Tuesday said this movement was based on the loss attributable to the shareholders of the company of... 

Mining production increases 2.8% y/y in June

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th August 2018 Mining production increased by 2.8% year-on-year in June, from a 1.8% decline in May, with the largest positive contributor being platinum group metals (PGMs), which rose by 28.2% and contributed 5.9 percentage points, says Statistics South Africa (Stats SA). Other positive contributors were... 

Gold Mountain boosts its exploration efforts in PNG

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th August 2018 ASX-listed Gold Mountain has completed the assembly and commissioning of a large-capacity mobile plant to process coarse gold and platinum bulk samples. Gold Mountain holds a number of exploration tenements in Papua New Guinea, with its flagship Crown Ridge project in the final stage assessment... 

Nornickel earnings jump on higher metal prices, operational efficiencies

By: Simone Liedtke     13th August 2018 Nickel and palladium producer Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel) reported a 77% year-on-year increase to $3.1-billion in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) in the first half of 2018, driven by higher metal revenue and operational efficiency gains. The Ebitda margin... 

Ivanhoe advances projects in ‘productive’ Q2

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 Canadian miner Ivanhoe Mines had a productive second quarter ended June 30, with underground development at the planned initial copper mine at Kakula, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), making steady progress. The mine is expected to reach the high-grade copper mineralisation later this... 

On-The-Air (10/08/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     10th August 2018 The huge global mining company Glencore this week confirmed that it is about to conclude a major oil deal in South Africa. The black-controlled Royal Bafokeng Platinum this week outlined how heavy-handed laws are not needed to transform mining. Government was this week urged to play a positive... 

Difficult conditions in ferro-alloys segment impacts on Afarak’s H1 profitability

By: Simone Liedtke     10th August 2018 The second quarter of 2018, ended June 30, was particularly difficult for specialty alloys producer Afarak, the company said on Friday, with the ferro-alloys segment having shown a bad performance which negatively impacted on the group’s overall financial results. This, Afarak pointed out, was... 

Department of Mineral Resources entering the fray to stop mining companies from closing mines

By: Martin Creamer     10th August 2018 The new Department of Minerals Resources (DMR) is showing a strong tendency to resist companies that apply to shut mines or put mine shafts on care and maintenance. The DMR is advocating applying Section 52 of the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act ahead of the labour-reducing... 

Bauba signs chrome offtake agreement

By: Anine Kilian     8th August 2018 JSE-listed Bauba Platinum has signed a chromite ore commodity purchase contract with Gerald Metals and Pelagic Resources for chrome ore run-of-mine (RoM) produced at its Moeijelijk mine, in Limpopo. This agreement is underpinned by a $5-million prepayment, which represents a part prepayment on... 

Govt must play role in limiting large-scale retrenchment – RBPlat 

By: Martin Creamer     7th August 2018 Government must play a role in limiting large-scale retrenchment in the platinum sector by potentially incentivising companies to curb job loss. Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has objected strongly to the retrenchment plans of Impala Platinum in particular and Royal Bafokeng Platinum... 

AMCU threatens strike action at Implats over planned job cuts

By: Anine Kilian     7th August 2018 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has threatened industrial strike action at Impala Platinum (Implats) if talks with the company over its plans to cut 13 000 jobs and shut down five mines are not successful. Implats announced last week that it would cut its workforce by... 

Collaborative partnerships, mine closures and operational restructuring under the spotlight 

7th August 2018 Platinum miner Royal Bafokeng Platinum gives evidence that collaborative partnerships, rather than heavy-handed laws are needed in the South African industry, the Department of Mineral Resources is showing strong tendencies to resist companies that apply to shut mines or put them on care and... 

Heavy-handed laws not needed to transform mining – RBPlat 

By: Martin Creamer     6th August 2018 The growth of the once small community-based Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) into the fully fledged mining company that it is today, provides ample evidence that transformation is best served by collaborative partnerships rather than heavy-handed laws. “Anglo American Platinum have been an... 

Eskom pilots incentive designed to claw back 5 TWh of energy-intensive demand 

By: Terence Creamer     6th August 2018 State-owned electricity producer Eskom has confirmed that it has entered into a sales incentive pilot programme with nine large industrial customers in a bid to stabilise sales to electricity-intensive industries. The two-year sales incentive pilot programme, which commenced on June 1, has the... 

Sibanye-Stillwater to swing to H1 profit

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd August 2018 Precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater’s Southern Africa platinum group metals (PGMs) operations have produced about 569 000 oz of platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold (4E) PGMs at an all-in sustaining cost (AISC) of about R10 110/oz for the six months ended June 30. This means Sibanye is... 

On-The-Air (03/08/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2018 South Africa needs to make the best of the huge crisis that has broken out in platinum mining, where 13 000 jobs are on the line. Major mining companies are in the process of reversing out of the business of mining coal in South Africa. South Africans have moved at lighting speed to mine tin in... 

Gold rout takes prices near $1 200 as investors favour dollar

By: Bloomberg     3rd August 2018 Investors are turning their backs on gold. The metal is near the lowest in more than a year, edging closer to a key $1 200/oz level, and is heading for the longest run of weekly losses since October. Gold’s appeal has waned, even amid ongoing trade-war tensions, partly because of an upbeat... 

World's priciest precious metal set to blossom as shortage looms

By: Bloomberg     3rd August 2018 The world’s most expensive precious metal is set to get even pricier as a mining retreat in South Africa threatens a supply shortage. Rhodium – a byproduct of platinum mining that’s used in the chemical sector and by the auto industry in catalytic converters – has more than trebled in value since... 

Number of female mineworkers gradually increasing as technology and conducive policies are introduced

By: Nadine James     3rd August 2018 The mining industry remains male dominated and much can still be done to address issues that specifically affect women. However, policies aimed at attracting, supporting and retaining women have led to a gradual, but steady increase in the number of women in core roles, as well as the industry in... 

Battery metals boom boosting services, project potential

By: Paige Müller     3rd August 2018 There is a boom in the battery metals mining space, owing to a global focus on environment-friendly power initiatives, or ‘green’ energy, says mining industry specialist consultants The MSA Group. MSA Group critical metals principal consultant Michael Cronwright says the company has noted a... 

Number of female mineworkers gradually increasing as technology and conducive policies are introduced

By: Nadine James     3rd August 2018 The mining industry remains male dominated and much can still be done to address issues that specifically affect women. However, policies aimed at attracting, supporting and retaining women have led to a gradual, but steady increase in the number of women in core roles, as well as the industry in... 

Regulatory hiatus causing even friendly major miners to back off exploration

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2018 Exploration is vital to keep mining going and although Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has expressed concern about many mine shafts being put on care and maintenance, Minerals Council South Africa is correct to point out that the real setback for the future sustainability of the South... 

Implats’ R2.7bn cut of 13 000 jobs, five shafts, 230 000 oz, evokes Minister’s rebuke 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd August 2018 The drastic R2.7-billion restructure of the Impala Rustenburg mine, involving the loss of 13 000 jobs, the closure of five shafts and cutting of 230 000 oz out of yearly platinum production, has evoked a strong rebuke from the Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, who has accused Impala... 

Resources Watch  

2nd August 2018 Kumba ‘very bullish’ on exploration prospects; Premium prices being paid for Kumba’s quality iron-ore; And, Anglo Platinum taking steps to reverse unjustified investor bearishness 

New graphite factory bolsters mining, foundry product offerings

By: Schalk Burger     2nd August 2018 A new graphite facility, Graphite Freezeline Solutions, was opened last month on industrial engineering firm Thos Begbie’s manufacturing campus, in Middelburg. It will reduce the time to manufacture products that include graphite components, especially for the mining and foundry industry, says... 

Implats to shed 13 000 jobs over two years

By: Martin Creamer     2nd August 2018 Platinum group metals mining company Impala Platinum (Implats) on Thursday announced a strategic review of its Impala Rustenburg mine, which involves reducing its labour complement from 40 000 to 27 000 over two years, a reduction of 13 000. The Johannesburg Securities Exchange-listed company... 

Gold pinned near one-year lows on dollar strength

By: Reuters     1st August 2018 Gold was stable near one-year lows on Wednesday on a stronger dollar, as the market waited for signals on the direction of US monetary policy from a Federal Reserve meeting later in the day. Spot gold edged down 0.1% to $1 223.08 per ounce by 1045 GMT, close to a one-year low of $1 211.08 reached... 

Sylvania achieves record production of 4E ounces in Q4

By: Simone Liedtke     31st July 2018 Aim-listed Sylvania Platinum achieved record production of 20 278 oz of platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold (4E) platinum group metals (PGMs) in the fourth quarter, ended June 30. This resulted in production of 71 026 oz of 4E for the financial year. 

Nornickel says Q2 nickel output flat y/y

By: Reuters     31st July 2018 Russia's Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel) said on Tuesday its consolidated nickel production was at 49 460 t in the second quarter of 2018, broadly flat year-on-year. Nornickel, one of the world's largest nickel and palladium producers, also said its palladium production totalled 813 000 troy ounces,... 

On-The-Air (27/07/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2018 South Africa’s high-quality iron-ore has caught the eye of global steelmakers, who are paying top-dollar to get their hands on it. Platinum has been given a multi-billion-rand boost through a big joint investment by the Public Investment Corporation and Anglo Platinum. New mining technology is... 

Lonmin reports increased Q3 PGM sales despite lower production

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th July 2018 Platinum producer Lonmin mined 2.6-million tonnes of ore for the quarter ended June 30, which is a 3.1% year-on-year decrease, partly reflecting the planned reduction in mining from Generation 1 shafts and in line with company strategy to reduce high-cost production in a low-cost industry... 

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