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BlackEarth celebrates ASX listing, gears up for Madagascar drilling

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th January 2018 ASX-listed BlackEarth is preparing to implement its drilling programme after listing on the Australian bourse on Friday following a $5.45-million initial public offering (IPO) raising. The company is embarking on a 200-hole graphite drill programme at its Maniry graphite project, in Madagascar,... 

TMAC achieves permitting milestones in Yukon project developments

By: Henry Lazenby     19th January 2018 Gold producer TMAC Resources has achieved a significant permitting milestone for its Madrid and Boston gold deposits, after the Nunavut Impact Review Board and the Nunavut Water Board accepted the final environmental-impact statement and water licence applications and started a coordinated review... 

Environment watchdog orders Barrick to close Chilean side of giant Pascua-Lama project

By: Henry Lazenby     19th January 2018 Chile's superintendent of the environment has ordered mining major Barrick Gold to close the Chilean side of the massive, but stalled Pascua-Lama gold/silver project straddling the border between Argentina and Chile. The Superintendencia del Medio Ambiente (SMA) announced a revised sanction on... 

Miner prioritises zinc production in strong market

     19th January 2018 Canadian miner Nevsun Resources has ensured improved zinc recoveries at its zinc/copper/gold Bisha mine, in Eritrea, through its decision in August to allocate additional capital to the mine and delay the delivery of the prefeasibility study (PFS) for its Serbia-based Timok copper/gold to the... 

COAL DEATHS:

By: Martin Creamer     19th January 2018 People shout slogans during a protest over two brothers dying while working clandestinely 80 m below surface in an abandoned underground coal-mine in Jerada, a Moroccan city that has been dependent on coal mining since the 1920s. State coal mines employed thousands until rising operational costs... 

Tshepong operations, South Africa

By: Thabi Madiba     19th January 2018 An operation mining gold and by-products of silver and uranium near Welkom in the Free State, South Africa, about 248 km from Johannesburg. 

Tyranna to start surface drilling at Eureka gold mine

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th January 2018 ASX-listed Tyranna Resources will next week start surface drilling at its Eureka gold mine, north of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, to follow up a compelling surface lateritic gold target discovered during a recent field mapping exercise. The mine, which Tyranna is acquiring from Canada-listed... 

Middle Island plans follow-up drilling to enhance Wirraminna deposit

By: Dylan Slater     18th January 2018 Gold exploration and development company Middle Island on Thursday reported the outcomes of a pit optimisation study for the Wirraminna deposit, in Western Australia.  

Tribunal approves sale of Maseve mine to Royal Bafokeng

By: Anine Kilian     17th January 2018 The South African Competition Tribunal has approved the sale of TSX-listed Platinum Group Metals’ (PTM’s) Maseve Investment to Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat). The first step of the $74-million deal is under way and will see RBPlat pay an initial $58-million in cash to acquire the concentrator... 

Centerra to earn into Erris Resources’ Sweden project

By: Mariaan Webb     17th January 2018 Canadian mid-tier mining company Centerra Gold has elected to earn into zinc and gold junior Erris Resources’ Brännberg gold project, in northern Sweden, with a $1-million investment. Erris, which was admitted to trading on the Aim at the end of last year, said on Wednesday that Centerra would... 

Only four diamonds are bigger than one just found at famed mine

By: Bloomberg     16th January 2018 A small, embattled diamond miner just hit the jackpot. The 910-carat stone found by Gem Diamonds Ltd. high in the mountains of Lesotho in southern Africa is the fifth-largest in history. Here are the bigger ones: THE CULLINAN DIAMOND 

Glencore reserves should be valued higher – analysts

By: Martin Creamer     15th January 2018 Investors should be prepared to value the reserves of metal that Glencore owns more highly to reward the proactive approach that the London- and Johannesburg-listed diversified mining company has towards managing its assets. Reflecting on the decision of Glencore to pull metal from the market... 

At Mining Indaba 2018, Caterpillar presents broad range of machines, technology and services to support African mining

     15th January 2018 Caterpillar will present its unmatched range of innovative technologies and services at Mining Indaba, February 5-8 in Cape Town, South Africa. With a focus on optimizing operations, whether surface or underground, large or small, Caterpillar and Cat® dealers are dedicated to working with mining... 

Search for space water heats up with Planetary’s Arkyd-6 satellite launch

By: Henry Lazenby     12th January 2018 Space mining hopeful Planetary Resources has successfully launched its latest satellite, the Arkyd-6 – a 6U CubeSat – containing a demonstration of technology designed to detect water resources in space. Planetary reported that the team has already started receiving telemetry from the spacecraft,... 

Drilling at Connemara’s Mine River project returns strong results

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th January 2018 Exploration firm Connemara Mining on Thursday reported on the results of recently drilled holes at its Mine River gold project, in Wicklow and Wexford in Ireland. The John Teeling-led company said three holes were drilled in December – one at the Tombreen target and two at Gibbet Hill. 

Potash sampling confirms Carnegie potential

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th January 2018 Brine analysis results for an initial auger sampling programme completed at the Carnegie Potash Project (CPP), owned by Kalium Lakes Limited (KLL) and BCI Minerals (BCI), through their Carnegie joint venture (CJV), has returned potassium grades of up to 4 790 mg/L, which is equivalent to a... 

Barrick, Premier ink wide-ranging Nevada focused exploration, development pact

By: Henry Lazenby     10th January 2018 Gold major Barrick Gold has signed a comprehensive exploration and development agreement with Premier Gold Mines that include toll-milling and exploration earn-in options for both companies at the McCoy-Cove and Rye projects. Premier announced on Wednesday that, under the terms of the agreement,... 

Lithium at depth in Namibia – Montero 

By: Martin Creamer     10th January 2018 Significant concentrations of lithium mineralisation have been established in Namibia, where Montero Mining and Exploration has completed assaying historical drilling results.  The Toronto Venture Exchange-listed company announced on Wednesday that lithium-bearing mineralisation, found to be... 

Seabridge mobilises to drill Courageous Lake

By: Henry Lazenby     9th January 2018 TSX- and NYSE-listed precious metals explorer Seabridge Gold is mobilising crew and equipment to start an exploration campaign at its 100%-owned Courageous Lake project, located in Canada’s Northwest Territories, in February. The Toronto-based explorer plans to drill 36 holes over 7 200 m to test... 

Premier eyes alternative funding for RHA; mulls separate listing of lithium project

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th January 2018 Premier African Minerals is in discussions with the Zimbabwe’s National Indigenisation and Economic Development Fund (NIEEF), which has an interest of 51% in the RHA Tungsten mine, to agree alternative financing options for the cash-strapped operation. Continuing operations at RHA are now... 

Kimberley’s diamond endowment given new sparkle 

By: Martin Creamer     8th January 2018 Generations of diamond processing experience, interwoven with modern know-how, is extending the diamond endowment of the city of Kimberley. Kimberley Ekapa Mining Joint Venture (KEM-JV) has come up with a viable business model that returns a diamond sparkle to the city renowned for its... 

Lithium Chile shakes up corporate profile in alignment with lithium aspirations

By: Henry Lazenby     4th January 2018 Chile-focused lithium junior Lithium Chile has revamped itself to better align its corporate image with its aspiration of becoming a go-to lithium producer in the country – the world’s largest and lowest-cost producer of the energy metal. Based in Vancouver, Lithium Chile shareholders voted in... 

Champion ramps up Bloom Lake activity, first train to roll by March

By: Henry Lazenby     30th December 2017 Activities are ramping up at the Bloom Lake mine, in near Fermont, Quebec, with preparations well under way towards the ultimate goal of sending off the first fully laden train of iron-ore by the end of February, or early March. “The highlights have been coming thick and fast this year,” Champion... 

Osisko Metals adds to Bathurst Mining Camp asset holdings

By: Henry Lazenby     28th December 2017 Base metals focused project developer Osisko Metals has signed an agreement to buy the Key Anacon claims and surrounding area, in the Bathurst Mining Camp (BMC) of New Brunswick, from Hunter Brook Holdings. Based in Montreal, Quebec, Osisko has in recent quarters been actively consolidating base... 

Corsa Coal rises 23% on strong 2018 production outlook

By: Henry Lazenby     16th December 2017 The TSX-V-listed stock of Corsa Coal rallied as much as 23% on Friday following a company announcement calling for a much stronger metallurgical coal production outlook in 2018 and an overall increase in premium low volatile metallurgical coal sales. “In 2018, Corsa is guiding towards... 

Space mining is getting close to reality 

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th December 2017 Space mining – the mining of bodies and other worlds in outer space for minerals and other natural resources – remains within the realm of science fiction. For now. But, during the younger years of most of the world’s current senior mining executives, personal communication devices (cellphones)... 

Space mining is getting close to reality

By: Keith Campbell     15th December 2017 Space mining – the mining of bodies and other worlds in outer space for minerals and other natural resources – remains within the realm of science fiction. For now. But, during the younger years of most of the world’s current senior mining executives, personal communication devices (cell phones)... 

Underground mine plans for Karowe moving forward

     15th December 2017 The results of a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) announced by diamond miner Lucara Diamonds in November demonstrate the potential economic viability for the development of an underground mine at Karowe, in Botswana. The development of the underground mine is planned after the completion of... 

Fast-paced developments at Prieska benefit all stakeholders

By: Robyn Wilkinson     15th December 2017 Australian minerals explorer Orion Minerals’ activity at the Prieska zinc/copper mine present an “unparalleled” value creation opportunity for investors and shareholders while promoting and supporting critical socioeconomic development in the Northern Cape, says Orion Minerals MD Errol Smart.  

Company moves forward with tailings retreatment project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th December 2017 Aim-listed Goldplat PLC’s recovery operation in South Africa, Goldplat Recovery, will be investing in a tailings retreatment project during 2018, as its growth over the past decade has resulted in the operation accumulating a large tailings stock dam.  

South Africa must find ways of resurrecting its most important industry

By: Martin Creamer     15th December 2017 South Africa is obsessed with trying to prolong its old mining assets without setting out determinedly to replace them with new ones. 

Orion identifies exploration targets through survey

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th December 2017 A 962 km2 high-power SkyTEM airborne electromagnetic (EM) survey that dual-listed Orion Minerals started at the Areachap Belt, in the Northern Cape, in late November, has identified four primary and 11 secondary priority targets for exploration. The company now intends to expand its activities to... 

Sonora feasibility study places Bacanora among the world’s top lithium suppliers

By: Samantha Herbst     13th December 2017 Aim- and TSX-V-listed Bacanora Minerals’ Sonora lithium project, located in Mexico’s northern Sonora state, has the potential to become a significant supplier of battery-grade lithium to growing industries like electric vehicles (EVs) and energy storage, according to Bacanora CEO Peter Secker.... 

France-based miner AMR starts bauxite production in Guinea

By: Reuters     13th December 2017 Paris-based miner AMR began production at its Guinean bauxite mine on Tuesday, aiming to produce between 6 million and 10 million tonnes a year of the aluminium ore, the company said. Alliance Miniere Responsable (AMR) was founded by two French businessmen, and major shareholders include former... 

Newcrest sells Bonikro gold mine for $81m

By: Mariaan Webb     13th December 2017 Australian gold major Newcrest has agreed to sell its 89.89% interest in the Bonikro gold mine, in Côte d'Ivoire, for $81-million, the company announced on Wednesday. A consortium comprising Forbes & Manhattan Group and the Africa Finance Corporation has picked up the asset, which produced 128... 

Cleveland-Cliffs picks up substantial Minnesota iron-ore landholdings

By: Henry Lazenby     12th December 2017 NYSE-listed iron-ore producer Cleveland-Cliffs has acquired extensive iron-ore landholdings in Minnesota that could in the future serve to replace depleted resources. Cleveland, Ohio-based Cliffs has completed the acquisition of interests located in Itasca County, west of Nashwauk, Minnesota,... 

Orion eyes early mining using existing Prieska infrastructure

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th December 2017 Dual-listed Orion Minerals has initiated investigations into the early mining of potentially significant remnant zinc/copper mineralisation within accessible areas of existing mine infrastructure of the historic Prieska mine, in the Northern Cape. Orion is evaluating potential sulphide... 

Avesoro set to acquire $17.1m in heavy mining equipment

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th December 2017 TSX- and Aim-listed Avesoro Resources’ Bea Mountain Mining subsidiary has entered into finance agreements to acquire $17.1-million in heavy mining and additional auxiliary equipment for New Liberty gold mine, in Liberia. The equipment finance facility agreements with Mapa İnşaat ve Ticaret AŞ... 

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