R/€ = 14.50 Change: 0.00
R/$ = 11.74 Change: -0.01
Au 1347.33 $/oz Change: 7.59
Pt 949.50 $/oz Change: -5.25


Lonmin hands over New Marikana primary school to Basic Education dept

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd March 2018 Platinum group metals miner Lonmin on Friday handed the New Marikana primary school over to the North West Department of Education and Sport Development, in Rustenburg, and the Marikana community.  

Premier appoints financial adviser for Zimbabwe mine

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd March 2018 Emerging tungsten producer Premier African Minerals has appointed London-based financial consultant Brandon Hill Capital as financial adviser to assist the company with regards to the funding and development of the Zimbabwe-based RHA tungsten mine, in which Premier has a 49% interest and is the... 

On-The-Air (23/03/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2018 Anglo American has embarked on a very ambitious job-creation programme. Advisory firm Deloitte this week launched Intelligent Mining to encourage digital transformation in South Africa’s biggest industry; South African business luminary Patrice Motsepe has expressed the firm belief that South... 

Amplats commits to community water initiative near Mogalakwena

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd March 2018 Global platinum miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has embarked on an initiative to fund solutions to some of the water challenges in the communities surrounding its Mogalakwena openpit mine, in Limpopo.  

Bullion association punting responsible sourcing as a ‘must have’

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd March 2018 The London Bullion Market Association, the world’s authority for precious metals, together with its 150 members based in more than 30 countries and encompassing every part of the journey in precious metals production, is adding value to the global industry by setting standards, developing market... 

Paul Finney

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Paul Finney, Group Executive: Refining and Marketing, Impala Platinum Holdings Limited, a producer of platinum group metals 

Mining companies stepping firmly into the new world of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2018 Mining companies are taking technology advances seriously. Two have stepped firmly into the world of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and another two have set targets and made proposals that reflect to the credit of the industry.  

Zimbabwe signs $4.2bn platinum deal to transform mining sector

By: Reuters     22nd March 2018 Cyprus-based Karo Resources will invest $4.2-billion to develop a platinum mine producing 1.4-million ounces of platinum group metals annually by 2023, Zimbabwe Mines Minister Winston Chitando said on Thursday. Zimbabwe is again attracting investments into the mining sector after foreign investor... 

Renewed focus on copper assets for Aim-listed Bezant

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd March 2018 Strong medium to long term fundamentals for copper market have prompted Aim-quoted Bezant Resources to shift its focus to its copper/gold exploration assets in the Philippines and Argentina, including the Mankayan project that contains 800 000 t of copper. “The copper price over the last 12... 

Pallinghurst shifts focus to gemstones; Frandsen, Willis to manage Sedibelo interest

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2018 Its decreasing exposure to steelmaking materials, is prompting natural resources investment company Pallinghurst Resources to focus on coloured gemstones and the company plans to change its name to Gemfields Group, pending shareholder approval. 

Amur to position Russia project as ready source for EV battery market

By: Mariaan Webb     20th March 2018 London-listed Amur Metals is gearing up for an aggressive marketing programme in large nickel consuming nations China, Korea and Japan, as the Kun-Manie nickel sulphide project, in the far east of Russia, is shaping up to be potentially a ready source for the electric vehicle (EV) battery... 

US Congressional action underscores strong desire to establish domestic REE supply chains

By: Henry Lazenby     19th March 2018 Recent US Congressional actions point to a strong desire to establish domestic rare earth element (REE) supply chains, as the industry seeks to diversify away from dominant producer and consumer – China. Congress continues to work on the development of REE separation technologies, as evidenced by... 

Zimbabwe changes empowerment law limiting majority ownership to diamond and platinum

By: Reuters     19th March 2018 Zimbabwe has changed its empowerment law to limit majority ownership by state entities to only diamond and platinum mines and not the entire mining sector as in previous legislation, according to a government notice. The Indigenisation and Econmic Empowerment Act was designed to increase black... 

Lonmin transaction filed with South Africa’s competition body

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater has filed a submission with the South African competition authorities regarding the proposed R5.15-billion acquisition of platinum group metals (PGMs) producer Lonmin.  

On-The-Air (16/03/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2018 London analysts this week stopped discounting South African share prices thanks to South Africa’s improved political outlook; A mine in the Northern Cape will be the initial beneficiary of yet another Fourth Industrial Revolution partnership clinched this week; and Hydrogen transport was this... 

African Rainbow Minerals ups earnings, declares dividend

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2018 Diversified black-led mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) on Friday announced a 15% increase in headline earnings for the six months to December 31 to R1 945 million. This increase was mainly as a result of improved headline earnings from the manganese division, ARM Coal, Modikwa... 

Iron-ore gives South Africa’s January mining output a boost

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Mining production increased by 2.4% year-on-year in January, bolstered by strong growth in iron-ore production and “other” non-metallic minerals, Statistics South Africa figures how. The January growth compares with a contraction of 0.5% in December. 

New platform to help resolve cross border mining services constraints 

By: Tracy Hancock     16th March 2018 There are two major challenges facing the supply of cross-border mining services in Africa – a lack of resources, such as skills and investment, and poor or nonexistent infrastructure – hindering the enormous growth in mining activity across Africa, says Cross-Border Mining Services Indaba... 

In-country partnerships vital to traverse cross border challenges

By: Tracy Hancock     16th March 2018 There are several constraints that hinder the cross-border supply chain in Africa, but the most daunting are the logistical challenges, given the vast distances that need to be covered – primarily over very poor roads – and congested and inefficient border crossings, says facilities management... 

Nick van der Hoven

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Nick van der Hoven, the CEO of Bauba Platinum, a company in the underground development phase of Moeijelijk chrome mine, in Limpopo, which is expected to be close to full production by December, extracting at a rate of roughly 30 000 t of chrome ore a month. It is... 

Lawyer hails Mantashe appointment, govt resolve to cooperate with mining

By: Nadine James     16th March 2018 Recent political changes, not least the appointment of Gwede Mantashe as Mineral Resources Minister, combined with the Ramaphosa administration’s seeming resolve to collaborate with industry, particularly the Chamber of Mines (CoM), have resulted in a “cautious optimism” for mining stakeholders,... 

The auto world needs to acknowledge that platinum is the ideal metal to exorcise the demons out of diesel

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2018 Platinum and diesel engines have been joined at the hip, which has created wonderful demand for the locally mined product over decades - and then all hell broke loose when the Volkswagen emission scandal broke in 2015. Since then, diesel has been progressively demonised, to the point of a German... 

Russian-Zimbabwean firm to invest $400m in Zimbabwe platinum

By: Reuters     15th March 2018 Great Dyke Investments (GDI) said on Thursday it would invest around $400-million to build a precious metals mine and smelter in Zimbabwe, as the country opens up to international business. The joint venture between Russia's Afromet and Zimbabwe's Pen East expects to produce up to 855 000 oz (27... 

Zimbabwe's coal output set to quadruple as investors arrive

By: Reuters     15th March 2018 Zimbabwe has attracted around $300-million in its coal industry that will quadruple production next year versus 2017, its Mining Minister told an investment conference in London on Thursday. The country, which says its abundant mineral resources include more than 40 exploitable minerals, is... 

Resources Watch  

     15th March 2018 This week: Exxaro negotiating new business opportunities beyond mining German ruling likely blessing in disguise for platinum And, Implats harvests loss shafts, mulls more investment in profitable shafts 

S African foundry aims to expand footprint in North America 

By: Donald Makhafola     14th March 2018 The capacity of some aspects of the smelting industry in North America, such as the steel sector, has significantly deteriorated in the past 25 years, as a result of Chinese companies dominating the market and supplying cheaper products, says South Africa-based foundry and engineering company... 

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... 

Afarak secures new-order mining right for Vlakpoort mine

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th March 2018 LSE-listed Afarak has secured a new-order mining right for its Vlakpoort mine, in the western limb of South Africa’s Bushveld complex. The preparatory work on the mine, which has a minimum of 6.6-million tonnes of proven chrome reserves and 330 314 oz of platinum group metals, will start during... 

Hydrogen transport proposed for opencast mines

By: Martin Creamer     13th March 2018 Hydrogen transportation technology would be useful in large opencast mines, where a number of haul trucks operate in a limited radius, says RTS Africa Engineering MD Ian Fraser. Such an application could serve as a stepping stone to the realisation of the value of hydrogen technology in... 

Battle to keep Lonmin platinum deal alive hinges on the rand

By: Bloomberg     9th March 2018 When Lonmin CEO Ben Magara announced in December that Sibanye Gold had agreed to buy the platinum miner, he was visibly relieved. He can’t relax just yet. 

New contractor starts 2018 mining season at Eurasia’s West Kytlim

By: Mariaan Webb     9th March 2018 London-listed precious metals producer Eurasia has appointed alluvial mining contractor Techstroy to mine the West Kytlim project, which contains the world’s second-largest alluvial platinum reserve. The new contractor has hit the ground running, starting site work in the first week of March,... 

Hanwa to join PTM, Jogmec in Waterberg JV

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2018 Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (Jogmec) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with global trading company Hanwa for the transfer of a part of Jogmec’s interest in the Waterberg Joint Venture (JV) project, in the Bushveld Complex, to Hanwa 

On-The-Air (09/03/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     9th March 2018 Black-led mining company Exxaro is negotiating the launch of a Fourth Industrial Revolution technology business with a global know-how partner; Germany's tough court ruling against diesel pollution looks like being a blessing in disguise for South Africa's struggling platinum industry. Palladium... 

David Malunga

By: Martin Creamer     9th March 2018 This week Mining Weekly features David Malunga, the Mine Manager of Tharisa Minerals, which mines and beneficiates chrome and platinum group metals 

Thermoplastic valves lightweight and cost saving

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2018 Where steel valves do not meet mines’ process requirements, engineering consumables and components distributor BMG says thermoplastic valves, such as those of UK-based manufacturer SAFi Thermoplastic Valve Solutions (SAFi), can be offered instead.  

Intense effort needed to foster junior culture that revives and transforms mining

By: Martin Creamer     9th March 2018 Government should heed the six-point plan to revive and transform mining; government and labour should see to the structural change that is needed to keep labour-intensive mining on the go; and the 'harvesting ' of mine shafts shows how difficult it is to mine profitably in deep underground... 

Resources Watch  

     8th March 2018 This week: Sasol expects to realise $1-billion from noncore asset disposals And, Northam Platinum to create 6 500 new jobs in growth thrust 

Global platinum demand expected to increase marginally in 2018

By: Nadine James     8th March 2018 Global platinum demand is expected to increase marginally this year, based on a 2% recovery in jewellery demand in Asian markets, as well as a 6% demand increase for industrial applications. This combined with a 2% decline in supply, owed to mine closures in South Africa, will have resulted in a... 

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