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South African company building new smelter in Zimbabwe

By: Victor Moolman     12th December 2018 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is working in the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, close to the town of Shurungwi, where it is helping to construct the Unki platinum smelter, adjacent to a mining operation owned by platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). Thos Begbie was... 

Amplats finalises R1.8bn Bafokeng Rasimone JV interest sale to RBPlat

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th December 2018 Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) subsidiary Rustenburg Platinum Mines (RPM) has completed the disposal of its 33% interest in the Bafokeng Rasimone Platinum Mine joint venture (JV) to Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) and Royal Bafokeng Resources (RBR). RBR took ownership of the operation on... 

Bauba says High Court halts mining right grant to Samancor Chrome

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th December 2018 JSE-listed Bauba Platinum on Friday informed its shareholders that the High Court, in Pretoria, had set aside the granting of a chrome-ore mining right to Samancor Chrome in respect of the farms Wintersveld, Jagdlust and Zeekoegat, owing to a lack of proper notice and consultation with interested... 

Zimbabwe miner RioZim demands $92m from central bank in lawsuit – document

By: Reuters     22nd November 2018 Zimbabwean miner RioZim is demanding $92-million from the central bank in a lawsuit brought to force the Reserve Bank to pay for more of its gold purchases from the company in US dollars, court documents showed. Miners are struggling as Zimbabwe grapples with an acute shortage of dollars. 

Difficulties continue for Afarak in Q3

By: Simone Liedtke     16th November 2018 Industry seasonal effects, coupled with some internal adversities, primarily in the ferro-alloys segment, continue to make this a difficult year for specialty alloys producer Afarak. During the company’s third-quarter period, ended September 30, the benchmark price for ferrochrome fell further,... 

Amplats takes all of Mototolo 

By: Martin Creamer     1st November 2018 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) said on Thursday that it had completed acquisition of the Mototolo joint venture (JV), which has become a wholly owned asset of the company. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Amplats, which was a 50% JV partner,... 

Zimplats profit rises on higher 4E output 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st October 2018 Impala Platinum (Implats) subsidiary Zimplats has reported a 4% increase in platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold (4E) tonnes mined to 1.6-million tonnes and a 6% increase in tonnes milled to 1.67-million for the quarter ended September 30. This compares with the 1.8-million tonnes of ore mined... 

Sylvania achieves second-highest production quarter

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st October 2018 Aim-listed Sylvania Platinum started off its new financial year with earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of $7.1-million for the quarter ended September 30. This came on the back of the production of 19 137 platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold (4E) ounces.  

Nornickel says Q3 nickel output up 9% q/q

By: Reuters     31st October 2018 Russia's Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel) said on Wednesday its consolidated nickel production was at 53 739 t in the third quarter of 2018, up 9% quarter-on-quarter. Nornickel, one of the world's largest nickel and palladium producers, also said its palladium production totalled 699 000 troy ounces,... 

Amplats extends Zizwe Batlase contract at Amandelbult Complex

By: Simone Liedtke     31st October 2018 Platinum miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Wednesday announced that the contract with joint venture (JV) company Zizwe Batlase for the provision of strip-mining services at the Amandelbult Complex has been extended. Zizwe Batlase is 51% owned by the local community of Baphalane through... 

Implats in talks with potential 1 Shaft buyers, as restructuring proceeds 

By: Simone Liedtke     31st October 2018 Platinum miner Impala Platinum (Implats) achieved the highest first-quarter mill tonnage at its Impala Rustenburg operations since the 2013 financial year, during the quarter ended September 30. Tonnes milled at Impala Rustenburg increased by 5.6% year-on-year to 3.15-million tonnes in the first... 

Growth stock tag possible from Far West surface project –­ DRDGold 

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2018 When it comes to the gold sector, recovering the precious metal from dumps on surface beats pursuing it in deep, dark and dangerous underground mines. The local gold industry has put many feelers out to access gold on surface and one of the most exciting projects under way is Far West Gold... 

GM cautious on switch to platinum even as palladium price soars  

By: Bloomberg     30th October 2018 Palladium’s surge to a record has intensified talk among analysts that carmakers will look to replace it with cheaper platinum for use in pollution-control devices. The auto industry’s answer: Not so fast. Palladium, mainly used to control smog from gasoline engines, is trading near the highest... 

Fossil Fuel Foundation sees clean coal as a solution for South Africa 

By: Kim Cloete     29th October 2018 The Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) has advocated strongly for coal to be retained as a sustainable part of South Africa's energy mix for the short to medium term. “Contrary to the popular belief that ‘coal is dead’, South Africa’s coal resources are abundant and can provide low-emitting,... 

Ramaphosa declares end to 'investment strike' and unveils R290bn in commitments  

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa declared an end to South Africa's proverbial 'investment strike', when he unveiled firm investment commitments of R290-billion across a diverse range of sectors, from mining and energy to infrastructure and manufacturing, at a well attended and vibrant investment... 

On-The-Air (26/10/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2018 South Africa is ahead of the world in the new race to develop innovative ‘power fuels’ that prevent climate change. An Australian company is selling its four big South African coal mines in Mpumalanga to new black owners. The Mandela Mining Precinct this week took its first steps towards the... 

Change management crucial for automation

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th October 2018 There is a need for effective change management in the opencast mining industry to assist clients in adapting to new technologies and technological capabilities, says equipment supplier Epiroc surface and exploration drilling business line manager Hedley Birnie. “Challenges facing the South... 

Mining’s performance must improve for the good of the South African people

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2018 Although the mining production figures for the month of August were regrettably still on a downward trajectory, sentiment in the sector has improved by leaps and bounds since Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe took office. Disaggregation of August’s output data by Investec exposed a... 

Waterberg drilling programme increases confidence in mineral resources – PTM

By: Simone Liedtke     25th October 2018 A 2018 drilling programme at TSX-listed Platinum Group Metals’ (PTM’s) 50.02%-owned Waterberg project, in South Africa, has increased confidence in the estimated mineral resources for the project, with 6.2-million platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold (4E) ounces now recognised in the... 

South Africa's top court ruling curtails power of chiefs to cut mining deals 

By: Reuters     25th October 2018 South Africa's top court ruled on Thursday that a platinum miner that has a deal with a tribal chief could not evict a group of black farmers, in a decision that could curtail the power of traditional leaders whose deals often disadvantage poor blacks. Land rights are a red-hot issue ahead of... 

West Kytlim’s 2018 output exceeds estimates

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th October 2018 The West Kytlim alluvial platinum mine, in the Ural mountains of Russia, finished the 2018 mining season with total raw platinum production “well in advance” of company estimates, listed miner Eurasia Mining reported on Thursday. The mine delivered 165 kg of platinum, or 165% of company... 

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... 

Northam appoints new CFO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th October 2018 JSE-listed Northam Platinum has appointed Alet Coetzee CFO, effective November 15. She will succeed Ayanda Khumalo, who will step down as CFO, effective November 1. 

Palladium reaches record on mounting concerns over tight supply

By: Bloomberg     23rd October 2018 Palladium, a precious metal widely used in the automotive industry, has hit an all-time high. The rally has been fueled by concern over supply and speculators piling in to bet on even higher prices. The majority of palladium is used to make catalytic converters in gasoline automobiles, and... 

Amplats lifts FY18 production, sales guidance after robust Q3 performance 

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2018 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has again revised its full-year platinum group metal (PGM) production guidance upwards and now expects to produce between 5.1-million and 5.2-million ounces on the back of robust third-quarter production. The company initially expected to produce between... 

RBPlat achieves improvements in key performance indicators in Sept quarter 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd October 2018 Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) recorded improvements across key performance indicators in the quarter ended September 30. The company achieved an 18.4% increase in tonnes delivered to concentrators to 939 000 t, while tonnes milled increased by 18.9% to 981 000 t, supported by higher delivered... 

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... 

Mantashe holds collaborative meeting with MCSA

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd October 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe met with the executive of the Minerals Council South Africa and CEOs in the coal and platinum sectors on Friday to receive a briefing on the challenges faced by companies in these sectors, and to work on finding solutions for the long-term sustainability... 

Minerals Council And Industry CEOs Meet With Minister Mantashe

22nd October 2018 Industry welcomes Minister’s commitment to working with industry to ensure growth and sustainability The Minerals Council South Africa and the CEOs of the coal and platinum sectors met with Minister of Minerals Resources, Gwede Mantashe on Friday, 19 October to discuss the challenges faced by... 

Harmony, Amplats report fatalities

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th October 2018 Precious metals miners Harmony Gold and Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) both reported fatalities on Friday. A Harmony employee died after falling from a height, while working in the shaft bottom at the Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville.  

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... 

Busy year for exploration in Africa

19th October 2018 Exploration in gold has been the main driver of its busy work schedule in Africa this year, while precious gems have also seen strong demand, says engineering consulting firm SRK Exploration Services (SRK ES) senior exploration geologist Oliver Bayley. “We have worked on 25 African exploration... 

Terence Goodlace

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Terence Goodlace, the nonexecutive director of Gold Fields, Kumba Iron Ore and AfriTin, and the former CEO of Impala Platinum 

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... 

August mining production down 9.1% y/y

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th October 2018 South Africa’s mining production decreased by 9.1% year-on-year in August, Statistics South Africa reported on Thursday. The decrease was driven by lower output in the iron-ore, gold and platinum group metals (PGMs) sectors. 

Organisations raise objections to the draft IRP

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2018 Industry bodies and organisations have welcomed aspects of the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2018 but have also raised concerns during public hearings held in Parliament on Wednesday. They are hoping that their suggestions will be included in a final plan for South Africa’s energy future. 

Jubilee reports solid Q3 performance, growing demand

By: Simone Liedtke     17th October 2018 AltX- and Aim-listed Jubilee Metals has seen a growing demand from both small and global mining companies wanting to work with Jubilee to access the metals available in mine waste, CEO Leon Coetzer said on Wednesday. This statement comes amid the diversified metals recovery company having... 

Anglo American Platinum brings two Kom-Vision equipped vehicles into production at Mogalakwena Complex

17th October 2018 Technology will boost safety at operations and integrated systems that will deliver significant operational improvements Anglo American Platinum recently bought two Kom-Vision-equipped Komatsu 930E earthmoving vehicles into production at the Mogalakwena Complex. The Kom-Vision technology is a... 

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