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Another fuel levy increase lies ahead, carbon tax to be implemented 

By: Simone Liedtke     20th February 2019 A carbon tax on fuel of 9c/l on petrol and 10c/l on diesel will become effective from June 5, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said on Wednesday. Further, the general fuel levy will increase by 15c/l for petrol and diesel from April 3, while the Road Accident Fund (RAF) levy will be increased by... 

NAIF funding for Australia’s first SoP plant

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th February 2019 The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) will invest A$74-million in Australia's first plant to produce sulphate of potash (SoP). ASX-listed Kalium Lakes is developing the A$250-million Beyondie SoP project, which will produce 150 000 t/y SoP, with the option to incrementally phase... 

Govt, industry collaboration needed to create thriving diamond industry – Ernie Blom

By: Simone Liedtke     15th February 2019 World Federation of Diamond Bourses president Ernie Blom has called on Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, through an open letter, to put into practice what government has said regarding the development of the South African mining industry, in general, and to help “pave the road to... 

On-The-Air (15/02/2019) 

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2019 African countries are streaking ahead of South Africa on the mining automation front; mining companies are opting for solar power because it is cheaper than Eskom power; and only black-owned companies will be allowed to buy the seven mining operations that are up for sale in Mpumalanga.... 

Brucejack to ramp up to 3 800 t/d this year

By: Simone Liedtke     15th February 2019 In its first full year of production, dual-listed Pretium Resources has generated almost $200-million in cash from operations, while producing 376 012 oz of gold, president and CEO Joseph Ovsenek reported on Thursday. The intermediate gold producer’s all-in sustaining costs (AISC) for the second... 

Gruyere only months away from first production

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th February 2019 Gold miner Gold Road Resources is expecting the Gruyere joint venture (JV) with Gold Fields to produce between 100 000 oz and 120 000 oz this year, the company said on Friday. The Western Australia-located project is expected to produce its first gold during the June quarter, with commercial... 

Fortune says Whati all-season road construction to start this year

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th February 2019 The Northwest Territories government has signed an agreement with North Star Infrastructure to construct the Tlicho all-season road to the community of Whati, 50 km south of TSX-listed Fortune Minerals’ proposed Nico cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper mine. As part of its proposed development, Fortune... 

Lemur completes review of power BFS for Imaloto project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th February 2019 Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Lemur has completed the review of the bankable feasibility study (BFS) for the power aspect of its Imaloto integrated thermal coal mining and independent power producer (IPP) project, in Madagascar. It has also issued a request for proposals for legal advisory... 

Codelco plans to resume Chuquicamata mine operations after rains

By: Reuters     11th February 2019 Chilean State miner Codelco said on Saturday it hoped to soon restart operations at its northern Chuquicamata copper mine a day after heavy rains forced its suspension. Codelco said operations at its smaller Ministro Hales mine restarted late on Friday after several hours' suspension and that... 

Infrastructure, energy supply continue to hamper DRC mining operations

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th February 2019 Infrastructure and energy supply issues continue to hamper mining and processing operations, as well as the broader economy, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), says international metals and minerals consultancy Roskill director Jack Bedder. Despite the country having significant... 

Sort out Eskom or beneficiation will suffer, warns Mantashe

By: Kim Cloete     7th February 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has expressed concern about progress in beneficiating minerals, while Eskom is still battling. “If we don’t sort out Eskom problems, we are going to be in trouble with beneficiation. There must be an arrangement for certain categories of customers for an... 

Working together can deliver mining’s massive benefits – Friedland 

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2019 Mining can and will deliver massive benefits if all stakeholders work together, Ivanhoe Mines executive co-chairperson and founder Robert Friedland said on Wednesday Speaking on the third day of the Investing in African Mining Indaba, he outlined the huge potential of collaborative government,... 

Ramaphosa challenges mining to take ten value-adding steps   

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday challenged the mining industry to take ten value-adding steps to hoist the industry into a potent new orbit across the entire continent. Addressing the Investing in African Mining Indaba, the president said he wished to issue a challenge against the background... 

Epiroc and Elf Drilling – keeping the finger on the mining pulse

5th February 2019 Epiroc has once again rocked the local mining space with a landmark sale of the first BenchREMOTE in South Africa to key customer, Elf Drilling. The innovative BenchREMOTE is an advanced monitoring system, which can be linked to up to three SmartROCs and is ideal for removing the operator from... 

Expect some tough announcements on Eskom soon – Davies 

By: News24Wire      5th February 2019 Eskom is in deep trouble financially and operationally and South Africa is facing enormous challenges in the electricity industry, Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies said on Tuesday. Davies was a guest speaker at a round table discussion hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry on... 

Ford engages the mining sector on the road to more EVs

By: Kim Cloete     5th February 2019 Ford is quickening its pace towards the mass production of electric vehicles (EVs) and researching how the mining industry can help it to achieve its goals. “There are tremendous investments taking place at every level to achieve this radical revolution in the automotive industry,” Ford energy... 

Gold Fields revamps Granny Smith circuits

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th February 2019 Gold miner Gold Fields will install one of the world’s largest renewable energy microgids at its Granny Smith gold mine, in Western Australia. The miner on Tuesday said that more than 20 000 solar panels and a 2MW/1MWh battery system would be installed at the mine, with the grid to be... 

Transnet says coal exports expected to dip this year

By: Kim Cloete     1st February 2019 Coal exports are expected to drop this year, following a disappointingly slow run over the past few months, says Transnet Freight Rail coal GM Mandisa Mondi. “For the current financial year, the target for export was 77-million tonnes. We are trending at 73-million tonnes. We hope to have a good... 

Underlying demand growth remains a boon for cobalt and copper – ERG

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st February 2019 While many industrial commodities fell victim to geopolitical and macroeconomic woes in 2018, Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) CEO Benedikt Sobotka expects to see a strong upside for cobalt and copper this year as underlying demand rallies. With some additional volatility expected ahead, the severe... 

Logistics a weak link in South Africa’s coal value chain

By: Tracy Hancock     1st February 2019 There needs to be greater impetus on improving the infrastructure that transports coal for domestic use and for export in South Africa. One way of doing so is by dealing with the overuse of road transport and coordinating the logistics of junior miners, which contribute to inefficient coal... 

Logistics a weak link in South Africa’s coal value chain

By: Tracy Hancock     1st February 2019 There needs to be greater impetus on improving the infrastructure that transports coal for domestic use and for export in South Africa. One way of doing so is by dealing with the overuse of road transport and coordinating the logistics of junior miners, which contribute to inefficient coal... 

New mining areas to improve Rainbow’s operational, financial performance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st January 2019 Production from Rainbow Rare Earths’ Gakara mine, in Burundi – measured in terms of exported concentrate – remained flat at 275 t for the second quarter ended December 31, 2018. The average grade decreased, from 59% total rare earth oxide (TREO) in the first quarter, to 56% TREO. 

Emerald makes inroads into Okvau development

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th January 2019 Gold developer Emerald Resources has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with fellow-listed MACA to supply equipment and contract mining services for the Okvau gold project, in Cambodia. The MoU was subject to a final investment decision to develop the project, but the scope of work under... 

Iron Road halves CEIP plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th January 2019 ASX-listed Iron Road has unveiled plans to halve the size and costs of its Central Eyre iron project (CEIP), in South Australia. The company said that the new plan was driven by a clear industry preference to maximise capital efficiency. As a result, annual targeted output has been reduced from... 

Gruyere construction nearing completion

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th January 2019 First ore has been mined at the Gruyere joint venture (JV), in Western Australia, as part of the mining production ramp-up, which will see first gold production during the June quarter of this year. JV partners Gold Road Resources and GoldFields on Tuesday reported that construction of the... 

Bisie tin project on track for commissioning in H2

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     25th January 2019 Construction on tin exploration and mining company Alphamin Resources’ Bisie tin project, in North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is about 90% complete and is on track for commissioning and first production in the second half of this year, says Alphamin Resources CEO Boris... 

Firm to exhibit mining related expertise at Indaba

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 Long-time attendee and exhibitor at the Investment in African Mining Indaba engineering consultancy firm SRK Consulting will showcase the full range of its mining-related expertise and solutions at this year’s Indaba. “SRK will once again exhibit at the 2019 Indaba, having exhibited at all the... 

Candelaria Mining Complex, Chile

By: Sheila Barradas     25th January 2019 A copper/gold/silver mine in Atacama – Region III. 

Raubex

25th January 2019 Firmly entrenched as an Africa-based diversified heavy engineering company, Raubex Group continues to excel as a world-class player in the heavy construction sector, with a focus on infrastructure development. Founded by industry legend Koos Raubenheimer in 1974, the company has a proud record of... 

Galaxy ups output expectations

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th January 2019 Lithium miner Galaxy Resources was predicting higher output in the 2019 financial year from its Mt Cattlin operation, in Western Australia, following a strong fourth quarter. Total mining volumes from the Mt Cattlin operation increased by 27% during the fourth quarter, compared with the three... 

All the tools for success

23rd January 2019 Strata is a diversified energy, mineral and natural resources company focused on the exploration of base, ferrous, non-ferrous, precious metals, minerals and gems with the establishment of various small to medium sized mining operations on the African continent. 

Genrec Engineering booms its capabilities in specialist steel fabrication and engineering

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd January 2019 Genrec Engineering again demonstrated the depth and extent of its skills and capabilities in steel fabrication and engineering when it successfully repaired a damaged dragline excavator boom in record time for one of South Africa’s leading coal mines. Importantly, this project also marks yet... 

Sheffield secures LNG for Thunderbird

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd January 2019 Mineral sands miner Sheffield Resources has struck a liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply agreement with ASX-listed Woodside Energy and Energy Developments (EDL) at is Thunderbird project, in Western Australia. The 15-year supply agreement will see Woodside and EDL deliver 1 950 TJ/y of LNG to the... 

Goldcorp names #DisruptMining semi-finalists

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th January 2019 The six semi-finalists for #DisruptMining 2019 and the five 'sharks' who will judge the live finale of Goldcorp's yearly innovation challenge have been named. 

Asanko progresses Esaase trial mining, exceeds production guidance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2019 TSX- and NYSE-listed Asanko Gold delivered a strong operational performance in the final quarter of 2018, producing 59 823 oz of gold, taking full year output to 223 152 oz. This was above guidance of 200 000 oz to 220 000 oz.  

Asanko Gold Mine Delivers Record Gold Production Of 223,152 Ounces In 2018 Exceeding Upper End Of Guidance

17th January 2019 Asanko Gold  announces production results for the fourth quarter and full year 2018 from the Asanko Gold Mine (“AGM”), located in Ghana, West Africa. The AGM is a 50:50 joint venture with Gold Fields Ltd (JSE, NYSE: GFI) which is managed and operated by Asanko. Q4 and FY 2018 financial and... 

Transnet to pursue ‘just and equitable’ settlements with rail OEMs awarded ‘unlawful’ contracts 

By: Terence Creamer     17th January 2019 Having determined the procurement of 1 064 diesel and electric locomotives to be “irregular and unlawful”, Transnet has communicated its intention to review contracts awarded to four original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in 2015. The State-owned freight logistics group has also indicated that... 

The Future of HR in Mining – Adapting to AI, Machine Learning and Robotics

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th January 2019 Regenesys Business School, in partnership with Mining Weekly, is hosting a discussion forum on “The Future of HR in Mining in a New Digital Age” on 7 February 2019. The discussion will take place from 08h00 to 10h00 at their campus in Pybus Road, Sandton. Regenesys is proud to announce that some... 

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