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Workers at Chile's Escondida, world's top copper mine, ink contract

By: Reuters     18th August 2018 The union representing workers of Chilean copper mine Escondida signed a new collective labor contract on Friday, ending the risk of a strike that could have paralyzed the world's biggest copper mine. Mine operator BHP had said earlier in the week that terms had been reached but the union needed... 

Construction advancing on eCobalt’s Idaho project

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2018 Construction at eCobalt Solutions’ Idaho cobalt project, in the Idaho cobalt belt, continues to advance on time and on budget, the company said on Thursday. “Very good progress has been made at the project by our exceptional team of mining professionals,” CEO Paul Farquharson said in statement on... 

Multiple role-players needed within intelligent mine 

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     17th August 2018 Mining companies need to establish ecosystems of suppliers and partners to establish, operate, manage and integrate an intelligent mine, says Internet of Things (IoT) solution developer IoT.nxt mining partnerships director Eric Croeser. “Mining companies, whether small or global, cannot solve the... 

Genuine effort to ensure localisation and transformation are key to success of mining sector

By: Nadine James     17th August 2018 Becoming a sustainable and relevant mining industry service provider requires a genuine effort to meet and address issues of localisation and transformation, while fostering local partnerships to develop extractive projects in African countries, suggests engineering, procurement and construction... 

Wits to host earthmoving, maintenance courses

By: Nadine James     17th August 2018 The University of Witwatersrand (Wits) Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems – part of the Wits Mining Institute (WMI) – will present three-day courses in mechanised earthmoving and in maintenance management in November.  WMI director professor Fred Cawood is delighted to introduce the first two... 

Gold Fields remains in ‘strong’ financial position, despite $367m loss, says Holland

By: Simone Liedtke     16th August 2018 Despite attributable losses from continuing operations for the six-month period ended June 30, of $367-million or $0.45 a share, CEO Nick Holland maintains that the NYSE- and JSE-listed Gold Fields remains in a strong financial position. Holland further noted on Thursday that the integrity of the... 

Elikhulu tailings retreatment project pours first gold; Pan African announces next big project 

By: Schalk Burger     16th August 2018 At the inaugural gold pour at its Elikhulu gold tailings retreatment project, in Mpumalanga, on Thursday, Pan African Resources announced the company's next big project, Royal Sheba, which will be built within the company's existing mining right at Barberton, Mpumalanga, before the end of 2019.... 

Cobalt prices stabilising – ERG

By: Anine Kilian     16th August 2018 The recent price adjustment in the cobalt market represents a logical and short-term correction to the heightened speculative activity earlier this year, says Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) CEO Benedikt  Sobotka. Cobalt metal prices jumped in excess of 120% between 2016 and 2017, a sign of strong... 

Iluka's H1 earnings surge

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th August 2018 Mineral sands miner Iluka has reported an 80% increase in the underlying group earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the half-year to June. Underlying EBITDA reached A$278.5-million in the interim period, compared with the A$154.6-million in the previous... 

Indian mining industry seeks tax overhaul

By: Ajoy K Das     16th August 2018 The Indian mining industry has called for a complete overhaul and rationalisation of the tax regime, including scrapping the export tax on iron-ore and bauxite. The Indian mining industry has to bear the burden of one of the highest incidence of tax in the world. Mines allocated through... 

Minister decries Gold Fields’ job-cut plan at cash-burning South Deep

By: Martin Creamer     14th August 2018 They say South Deep will be the last gold mine standing, but every report coming out of it indicates that it is an extremely hard nut to crack, with production hopelessly below guidance. Since 2006, Gold Fields has pumped R32-billion into South Deep without even breaking even, let alone making a... 

Mining Indaba takes home 1st prize for ‘Best large-scale event’ at the 2018 Conference Awards

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th August 2018 On 29th June 2018 members of the Mining Indaba team attended the London Conference Awards, which took place at the beautiful venue City Central at the HAC. Chosen by judges from a shortlist of 8 finalists, Investing in African Mining Indaba came away with the prestigious title of ‘Best... 

Mining should bolster environmental, social sustainability

By: Donald Makhafola     10th August 2018 The Australian mining industry’s challenges pertain to environmentally sustainable practices, rather than community sustainability, which is the case in the African mining industry, says global engineering consulting firm Aurecon Brisbane technical director Andrew Keith. “However, in places such... 

Mafube colliery trialling use of mining-impacted water for agriculture

By: Nadine James     10th August 2018 Anglo American Coal South Africa’s Mafube colliery has been selected as the first trial site to determine the long-term sustainability of using mine-impacted water in agriculture. While irrigation with perceived poor-quality water frequently occurs in arid countries such as Israel, the South... 

African Chrome commissions Zimbabwe plant

By: Nadine James     10th August 2018 Zimbabwe-based chrome producer African Chrome Fields (ACF) launched a new aluminothermic plant last month, thereby assisting in the creation of new jobs and enhancing production capacity, enabling the company to produce 300 t of ferrochrome a month before  ramping up to 600 t at full production.... 

AFC welcomes completion of, first shipment from Guinea bauxite mine

By: Nadine James     8th August 2018 Infrastructure development finance institution Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) on Wednesday announced the on time completion of the Bel Air mine, in Guinea, and its first shipment of high-grade bauxite to China.  The construction of the mine was completed on time and within budget.  

Sustainability beyond the “factory door”

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2018 Sustainable business practices are no longer a nice to have, but a vital component of strategy that drives organisational longevity, market share and bottom-line performance. For the most part, responsible organisations have adopted environmentally friendly practices into their everyday... 

New legal and innovation expertise on board at the Bigen Group

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th August 2018 Dr McLean Sibanda, until recently CEO of The Innovation Hub Management Company (TIH) in Pretoria, has joined the Bigen Group as Executive: Investments and Concessions at its head office located at The Innovation Hub precinct in Pretoria. The Bigen Group is a leading multinational infrastructure... 

Advisian quickly becoming an advisor of choice in transport and master planning

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th August 2018 Transport infrastructure is a primary driver for expanding trade and sustainable development throughout the EMEA region. This is particularly the case in the SSA (sub-Saharan African) and MENA (Middle East and North Africa) regions, where the integration of transport infrastructure with new... 

Heavy-handed laws not needed to transform mining – RBPlat 

By: Martin Creamer     6th August 2018 The growth of the once small community-based Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) into the fully fledged mining company that it is today, provides ample evidence that transformation is best served by collaborative partnerships rather than heavy-handed laws. “Anglo American Platinum have been an... 

Great Australian Bight holds a treasure trove for South Australia

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th August 2018 A new study by the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has found that successful oil exploration in the Great Australian Bight could see the creation of more than 2 000 jobs in South Australia and generate over A$7-billion a year in average tax revenue to federal... 

Erudite adopts a fresh approach to transformation 

By: Nadine James     3rd August 2018 Becoming a sustainable and relevant mining industry service provider requires a genuine effort to meet and address issues of localisation and transformation, while fostering local partnerships to develop extractive projects in African countries, suggests engineering, procurement and construction... 

Merger volumes fall in second quarter

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd August 2018 Global merger and acquisition (M&A) transaction values in the mining and metals sector fell by 9.5% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2018, advisory firm Ernst & Young (EY) reported this week. In its latest quarterly data, the company noted that while deal value in the first half of 2018 was... 

Free-to-attend seminars to share latest industry insights

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd August 2018 Taking place from 10-14 September at the Expo Centre in Nasrec, Johannesburg, visitors to this year’s Electra Mining Africa will not only have the potential of engaging with 900+ exhibitors across the inside halls and outside exhibit areas, they will also have the opportunity to attend daily... 

CDE and YTL promote manufactured sand as the construction material of the future

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd August 2018 Batu Tiga Quarry Sdn Bhd, YTL Corporation Berhad's quarry division, operates 15 quarry sites with 25 crushing and screening plants in Peninsular Malaysia, producing more than 21 million tonnes of quarry products per year. The division produces various sizes of quarry products including 20mm,... 

Implats to shed 13 000 jobs over two years

By: Martin Creamer     2nd August 2018 Platinum group metals mining company Impala Platinum (Implats) on Thursday announced a strategic review of its Impala Rustenburg mine, which involves reducing its labour complement from 40 000 to 27 000 over two years, a reduction of 13 000. The Johannesburg Securities Exchange-listed company... 

ERG secures electricity supply for DRC copper/cobalt operations

By: Anine Kilian     1st August 2018 Metalkol, a cobalt and copper tailings reprocessing project and a low-cost hydrometallurgical facility owned by Eurasian Resources Group (ERG), has signed an agreement to secure electricity supply for its operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for up to ten years.   

Anglo completes sale of New Largo to Seriti

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2018 Anglo American subsidiary Anglo American Inyosi Coal has completed the sale of the New Largo thermal coal project and the closed Old New Largo colliery, in South Africa, to New Largo Coal, which is co-owned by Seriti Resources, Coalzar and the Industrial Development Corporation. The cash... 

Voorspoed diamond mine to close after search for bidder fails 

By: Martin Creamer     31st July 2018 The Voorspoed diamond mine in the Free State is scheduled to close by year-end if the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) is unable to secure, in the next 30 days, a suitable bid that will set the seal on the employment and community support that this Kroonstad-area mine provides. The decision... 

Rio Tinto granted chain of custody certification by ASI

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th July 2018 Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto has been granted chain of custody certification by the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI). Rio Tinto is the first mining and metals company to be granted this certification, which means the company will be the only one selling aluminium that customers can be... 

Carnegie advances to PFS

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th July 2018 A scoping study into the Carnegie potash project, in Western Australia, has confirmed the project had the potential to be technically and economically viable, prompting joint venture partners BCI Minerals and Kalium Lakes to green light a prefeasibility study. With the completion of the scoping... 

New iron-ore mine showing profitability

By: Paige Müller     27th July 2018 Relative newcomer to the South African iron-ore industry, industrial minerals and construction materials group Afrimat, states that its new Demaneng iron-ore mine in the Northern Cape is starting to show profitability, bolstering Afrimat’s diversification strategy into bulk commodities. Afrimat... 

Mine opens education centre for local community

27th July 2018 Diversified miner Anglo American’s Kumba Iron Ore opened the Sishen Education Centre at Tamaga Lodge, situated on the Sishen Nature Reserve, outside Kathu in the Northern Cape as part of its celebration of World Environment Day, in June.  The Northern Cape Provincial Government Gazette declared... 

Rio Tinto renews commitment to Quebec aluminium operations

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th July 2018 PERTH (miningweekly.com) – Diversified miner Rio Tinto has struck a renewed partnership agreement with the government of Quebec, which the miner said would strengthen its aluminium assets in the region. The new agreement supersedes one that was signed in 2006, and will run until 2025. The... 

SA, Russia recommit to implementation of PGMs MoU

By: Anine Kilian     24th July 2018 South Africa and Russia recommitted themselves to the continued implementation of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on platinum group metals (PGMs), following the third yearly PGMs conference, which took place in Johannesburg, on Tuesday.   Delegates at the conference agreed on the need to... 

Karo officially launches Zimbabwe platinum project

By: Anine Kilian     24th July 2018 Zimbabwe and platinum producer Karo Platinum on Tuesday officially launched the Karo platinum project, in Chegutu, Zimbabwe.  “We are excited about partnering with Zimbabwe and its people in building a long-term and sustainable business. Zimbabwe has an extraordinary metal and mineral endowment... 

WDC marks first official mission to Angola

By: Simone Liedtke     24th July 2018 Marking the first World Diamond Council (WDC) mission to Angola outside of a formal Kimberley Process (KP) meeting, acting president Stephane Fischler and executive director Marie-Chantal Kaninda travelled to Angola for a series of meetings with stakeholders involved in the KP, last week. The WDC... 

Eskom confident of raising R72bn despite qualified audit  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd July 2018 Financially stressed electricity producer Eskom expressed confidence on Monday that it would be able raise the R72-billion it required for the 2019 financial year, despite having received a qualified audit opinion for the 2018 financial year, reporting a R2.3-billion loss and nearly 20-billion in... 

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