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Missing $15bn diamond revenue – 'It's all lies,' says Mugabe

By: News24Wire      17th April 2018 Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe has retracted his remarks over the alleged missing $15-billion diamond revenue amid investigations by the national assembly, according to a report. In a claim that's coming back to haunt him, the former Zimbabwe strongman said in 2016 that $15-billion... 

Industry urges quick gas ramp up as Northern Territory gives fracking green light

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th April 2018 The Northern Territory government will lift a near two-year moratorium on fracking, accepting all 135 recommendations made by a recent independent inquiry. Chief Minister Michael Gunner said on Tuesday that the implementation of the recommendations in the inquiry report would begin, noting that... 

Glencore releases all-embracing 117-page sustainability report

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2018 One of the strategic priorities of diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is to invest in community initiatives that deliver sustainable socioeconomic benefits, the London- and Johannesburg-listed company states in today’s 117-page Sustainability Report 2017, which emphasises the... 

Gemfields faces lawsuit alleging rights abuses at ruby mine

By: Bloomberg     16th April 2018 More than 100 Mozambicans filed a case in London alleging “serious human rights abuses” at Gemfields’ ruby mine in the Southern African nation, according to their lawyers. Leigh Day, the London-based law company, alleged its clients suffered abuses at the hands of security forces at the Montepuez... 

Goldman Sachs says you must own commodities in these tense times

By: Bloomberg     13th April 2018 The case for owning commodities has rarely been stronger, according to Goldman Sachs Group. With raw materials rallying on escalating political tensions across the globe and economic growth remaining strong, the bank’s analysts including Jeffrey Currie doubled down on their “overweight”... 

Mining billionaire backs outback gas pipeline to ease power woes

By: Bloomberg     13th April 2018 Billionaire Andrew Forrest is studying a proposed 1 500-mile (2 400-km) transcontinental natural gas pipeline as part of his iron ore company’s strategy to diversify and to boost Australia’s power supply network. Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. confirmed it has undertaken work for a duct that would... 

Bassari secures funding for Makabingui

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th April 2018 ASX-listed Bassari Resources is poised to develop the Makabingui gold project, in Senegal, after securing project financing. The company on Friday told shareholders that it had received approval of a credit facility requested from Coris Bank International for the Makabingui project, following... 

West African mining industry rising despite challenges

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th April 2018 West Africa has the potential to attract greater investment and further develop its fledgling mining industry, says Centurion Law group CEO NJ Ayuk. “Almost every country in the region has mineral reserves that have barely been touched, in contrast with Southern Africa, where mining is a mature... 

Ultra-intensive investigation needed to expose intentions of brutal Modikwa killers

By: Martin Creamer     13th April 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has correctly called on police to pull out all the stops in their investigation of the horrific killing of six mineworkers and the injuring of 44 others on April 2, when the bus in which 50 Modikwa Platinum Mine employees were travelling was brutally... 

Impact, Consensas partner to develop solutions to ensure conflict-free mineral sourcing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th April 2018 Natural resources management company Impact and technology company Consensas have partnered to create solutions to enable companies to confidently source minerals from conflict-prone and high-risk areas, while compensating women and men in local artisanal mining communities for supply chain... 

Harmony Gold says $519 000 of metal stolen from South African mine

By: Bloomberg     11th April 2018 Thieves broke into Harmony Gold Mining’s Kalgold mine Tuesday morning and stole 12 kg (386 oz) of the precious metal, according to spokesperson Lauren Fourie. The robbers accessed “heavily guarded” gold storage facilities in a significant security breach at the mine, situated in South Africa’s... 

Canadian crude increasingly attractive for US Gulf Coast refineries as market landscape changes

By: Henry Lazenby     10th April 2018 Canadian crude oil could account for up to one-third of the US Gulf Coast (USGC) region’s heavy oil refining market by 2020, a new report by market research and consultancy firm IHS Markit has found. According to the analyst’s latest research, supplies of Canadian oil sands heavy crude are... 

Senior govt officials, including Zim VP 'to appear before Parliament' about $15bn diamond scandal

By: News24Wire      10th April 2018 Several senior government officials have reportedly been summoned by Zimbabwe's parliamentary portfolio committee on mines and energy over the missing $15-billion diamond revenue. According to reports, former President Robert Mugabe, announced in 2015 that $15-billion of diamonds were spirited... 

Atlas Iron agrees to takeover by MinRes

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th April 2018 Iron ore miner Atlas Iron has struck a merger deal with mining infrastructure and production firm Mineral Resources (MinRes), as the companies seek to exploit synergies between their operations. The amalgamation of the companies iron-ore mining assets in the Pilbara would enable the combined... 

China seeks WTO dispute resolution with US over steel, aluminum tariffs

By: Reuters     5th April 2018 China's commerce ministry said on Thursday it has initiated a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute resolution procedure over US tariffs on its import of steel and aluminum. The move follows a back and forth dispute between the two countries over free trade, that has escalated from an... 

Alcoa transfers $555m in Canadian pension obligations, assets to 3 insurers

By: Henry Lazenby     4th April 2018 US-based aluminium producer Alcoa has signed agreements with three insurers to transfer about $555-million in Canadian pension obligations and related assets of its defined benefit pension plans in Canada. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based company advised that it expects to book a noncash... 

Prairie Mining starts legal action against Poland's environment Ministry

By: Reuters     3rd April 2018 Australia's Prairie Mining said it filed a lawsuit in a Warsaw civil court on Friday against the Polish environment ministry, seeking an extension to the company's exclusive rights to a mining project in the country. The news sent the miner's shares plunging 30% in London and 20% in Warsaw. 

Alrosa selects top projects for resuming production at Mir

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd April 2018 Out of the 33 entries in the competition that Russian diamond miner Alrosa launched to find a technical solution for resuming mining operations at the Mir deposit, three projects have been awarded the second and third places, but no outright winner was named. The second place was taken by two... 

Masisi to lead Botswana as Khama steps down after decade

By: Bloomberg     2nd April 2018 Ian Khama, a former army general who’s led Botswana for the past decade, will step down on Sunday, leaving his deputy Mokgweetsi Masisi in charge of the world’s second-biggest diamond producer until next year’s elections. While Masisi, 55, will inherit one of Africa’s wealthiest and... 

Gold forges best run since 2011 as stars align for bullion bulls

By: Bloomberg     30th March 2018 Gold bulls are finding 2018 offers plenty of reasons to be cheerful. Bullion’s wrapping up a third quarterly gain, a feat not seen since 2011, and exchange-traded fund holdings are near the highest in a half-decade. Haven demand may also get a boost with foreign-policy hawks in the ascendant in... 

Gold forges best run since 2011 as stars align for bullion bulls

By: Bloomberg     29th March 2018 Gold bulls are finding 2018 offers plenty of reasons to be cheerful. Bullion’s wrapping up a third quarterly gain, a feat not seen since 2011; fund holdings are at the highest in a half-decade; and haven demand may get a boost with foreign-policy hawks in the ascendant in Washington. 

Save the date: A-OSH EXPO 2018 now in its eighth year as Africa’s premier OHS exhibition

     26th March 2018 A-OSH EXPO, Africa’s leading occupational health and safety (OHS) trade exhibition, is returning to the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand once again from 22 to 24 May 2018. Now in its eighth year, A-OSH EXPO has shown steady growth in industry support year-on-year, helping to match up the... 

Knowledge enables best OHS practices with the latest content from A-OSH EXPO

     26th March 2018 Workplace health and safety is critically important, both for employees’ physical safety and emotional well-being, as well as for the positive impact that healthy, content staff members can have on a company’s bottom line. In this regard, it is always vitally important to implement occupational... 

Trump temporarily excludes EU, six other allies from steel tariffs

By: Reuters     23rd March 2018 US President Donald Trump has temporarily excluded six countries, including Canada and Mexico, and European Union states from higher US import duties on steel and aluminum meant to come into effect on Friday. In a Presidential proclamation published late on Thursday, Trump said he would suspend... 

Concerted effort needed to combat South Africa’s illegal mining scourge

By: Dylan Slater     23rd March 2018 A multipronged approach involving both the mining industry and government is required to better deal with illegal mining in South Africa, where bloody skirmishes pitting rival gangs profiting from this illicit pursuit and the illegal mineworkers themselves are a frequent occurrence, with police... 

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.  

Concerted effort needed to combat South Africa’s illegal mining scourge

By: Dylan Slater     23rd March 2018 Illegal mining in South Africa requires a multi-pronged approach from both the mining industry and the government in an effort to better manage the situation. The violent gang-led tendencies of illegal mining in South Africa spills to the surface through inter-gang rivalry erupting in bloody... 

Transnet renews manganese contract with South32

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd March 2018 State-owned Transnet and diversified miner South32 on Thursday signed a seven-and-a-half-year manganese export capacity allocation (Meca) contract, allowing for the transportation of 2.6-million tonnes a year of export manganese and realising almost R10.4-billion in total value for Transnet.  

Eco Oro pursues $764m suit against Colombia as Angostura project postures to perish

By: Henry Lazenby     20th March 2018 Junior project developer Eco Oro Minerals is pursuing a $764-million judgement against Colombia after a court ruling has cancelled exploration over half its concession as part of national efforts to preserve high-altitude wetlands, known as the Páramos. The Vancouver-headquartered company has... 

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... 

Anaconda turns hostile in bid to buy Maritime Resources

By: Henry Lazenby     19th March 2018 The TSX-V-listed stock of junior explorer Maritime Resources jumped by 20% on Monday morning following an announcement by Atlantic Canada-focused project consolidator Anaconda Mining that it intends to take a takeover deal directly to shareholders following inaction by the Maritime board.... 

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... 

Global coal demand stagnates

     16th March 2018 By 2022, global coal demand is expected to reach 5.53-billion tonnes of coal equivalent, the same as the average of the last five-year period, which means that coal use will have had a decade-long period of stagnation, according to nonprofit organisation that advocates for a clean and affordable... 

Lemur advances Madagascar coal asset

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Lemur Resources' Imaloto coal asset in Madagascar is at an advanced development stage, being fully explored and ready to start mining, subject to environmental approvals, says Lemur Resources CEO Prince Nyati, who reiterates that all effort and development... 

Digitalisation, automation to increase across Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th March 2018 Digitalisation and automation in the mining industry have become a reality, says mining and equipment services provider Sandvik Southern Africa sales VP Simon Andrews, who tells Mining Weekly that industry “has stepped beyond the conceptual phase and entered the operational phase”. He suggests... 

As copper booms, miners take hunt to Mongolian dunes

By: Reuters     13th March 2018 When temperatures rise and winds drop in the coming weeks, a band of explorers will hunt for copper riches in Mongolia's Gobi Desert. For years Rio Tinto has been the sole international copper mine operator in Mongolia, bound closely to a country where it has bet billions of dollars on the giant... 

Coal miner Exxaro declares innovation an imperative 

By: Martin Creamer     12th March 2018 Coal mining company Exxaro Resources, which sees modernisation and innovation as imperatives, will this year announce new partnerships to ensure that it remains sustainably competitive going into the future. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed black-led company, which has already met... 

New power line to keep OZ Minerals connected

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th March 2018 Copper/gold miner OZ Minerals on Friday unveiled its power strategy, which includes a new high voltage power transmission line to secure electricity for the Prominent Hill and Carrapateena mines, as well as any future developments in South Australia. “Infrastructure in the region does not support... 

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