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Acacia repositions Buzwagi mine to produce only gold doré

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd September 2017 LSE-listed Acacia Mining will reposition its Buzwagi mine, in Tanzania, to produce only gold doré until the end of its life in 2020. This follows positive results from a processing trial that indicated that the mine should be able to achieve gold recoveries of about 85% through the additional use... 

Tanzania President orders wall built around tanzanite mines, says govt will start buying stones

By: Reuters     20th September 2017 Tanzania's President on Friday ordered the military to build walls around its tanzanite mines and directed the central bank to buy the precious stone to boost reserves – the latest twist in a spat with mining firms over alleged tax evasion. "All tanzanite gemstones will be controlled and will... 

Miner Goldplat seeks to tame Africa risk

By: Reuters     19th September 2017 Upheaval in Tanzania, where the government has made huge tax demands and seized minerals, has triggered changes in neighbouring Kenya, which should reassure the industry, said the CEO of Goldplat, which operates a gold mine there. Chief Executive Gerard Kisbey-Green said he was nevertheless... 

Peak hopes for A$5.5m to advance Ngualla

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th September 2017 Rare earths developer Peak Resources was hoping to raise as much as A$5.5-million in a share placement and entitlement issue aimed at progressing work at its Ngualla project, in Tanzania. The company on Tuesday announced that it will raise some A$2.8-million through a share placement to... 

Kibo moves closer to concluding PPA, securing project financing for MCPP

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2017 Dual-listed Kibo Mining says it is near concluding a power purchase agreement (PPA), as well as securing project financing for its Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP) in Tanzania. A memorandum of understanding (MoU), as a precursor to a final PPA with Tanzania power utility Tanesco, has passed all... 

Petra’s FY17 profit down 69% y/y; company restarts Tanzania mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2017 The delayed ramp-up of expansion programmes, rising on-mine cash costs and a stronger rand have negatively impacted on LSE-listed Petra Diamonds’ financial results for the 2017 financial year, with net profit down 69% year-on-year to $20.7-million. Cash generated from operations was down 10%... 

Tanzania charges officials with economic sabotage over seized diamonds

By: Reuters     18th September 2017 Tanzanian prosecutors charged two government officials on Friday with economic sabotage after they were accused of undervaluing an export-bound consignment of diamonds seized from a mine majority owned by London-listed Petra Diamonds. Archard Kalugendo, director of the State-run diamond and... 

Tanzanian leader's war for taxes puts economy in firing line 

By: Bloomberg     18th September 2017 Tanzanian President John Magufuli’s deepening dispute with companies he accuses of being tax cheats is rattling investors and dimming the allure of one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies. Since taking office in late 2015, Magufuli has been on a drive to increase revenue from natural resources... 

Edenville pleased with progress at Rukwa mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th September 2017 Aim-listed Edenville Energy is pleased with the progress being made with the development of its Rukwa project, in Tanzania. “The first half of 2017 was an extremely busy and transformational period for the company.  Having raised funds in February to start production, we have been able to rapidly... 

Gold miners seek safety as political risks rise

By: Reuters     15th September 2017 Canadian miner Eldorado Gold's threat this week to freeze investments in Greece after years of frustrating and costly permit delays highlighted the risks the industry faces when it strays away from mining-friendly countries. After moving into higher-risk countries in recent years to mine new... 

Specialist helps Zambian mines save on maintenance costs

     15th September 2017 More and more mines in Zambia are seeing the benefits and the profitable returns of investing in condition monitoring, with a direct positive impact on productivity and machine availability, and reduced maintenance costs, enthuses condition-monitoring specialist WearCheck. 

Katoro gets green light for continuation of Esia at Tanzanian project

By: Anine Kilian     13th September 2017 Aim-listed Katoro Gold has received a letter of issue for the continuation of the second phase of the environmental- and social-impact assessment (Esia) at its Tanzania-based Imweru project. "We are extremely pleased with the sustained momentum and progress on the Imweru resource development... 

Master Drilling posts resilient interim results, continues technological innovation focus

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th September 2017 Two additional machines and the impact of favourable foreign-exchange movements have contributed to a 12.5% increase in JSE-listed drilling services provider Master Drilling’s revenue to $60.5-million for the six months ended June 30. The group added two raise-bore machines during the period... 

Petra halts Williamson operations after key personnel questioned over seized diamond consignment

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th September 2017 London-listed Petra Diamonds on Monday said it had temporarily idled the operations of its 75%-owned Williamson mine, in Tanzania, for “health and safety and security reasons”, as key personnel cooperate with authorities over a blocked diamond shipment. The company on Monday confirmed that a... 

Tanzania says to nationalise diamond consignment seized from Petra Diamonds

By: Reuters     11th September 2017 Tanzania said on Saturday it planned to nationalise diamonds whose value it put at $29.5-million belonging to a mine majority owned by London-listed Petra Diamonds after it accused the miner of under-declaring its mineral exports. The diamonds were seized at the main airport in Tanzania's... 

Tanzanian ministers implicated in diamond-mining probe quit

By: Bloomberg     8th September 2017 Two Tanzanian ministers resigned after President John Magufuli told government officials suspected of wrongdoing in an investigation into the nation’s diamond- and Tanzanite-mining industries to step down. Edwin Ngonyani, a deputy minister of works, transport and communication, said he resigned... 

Kibo wins GE innovation award for Mbeya

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th September 2017 Aim- and AltX-listed Kibo Mining has been awarded the General Electric (GE) Innovative Project Development Deal of the Year 2017 for its Mbeya coal-to-power project, in Tanzania. The award was presented to the company in New York on Thursday. 

Armadale sees high-purity graphite mineralisation at Tanzania project

By: Anine Kilian     7th September 2017 Test work on a 300 kg bulk sample of graphite mineralisation taken from Aim-listed Armadale Capital’s Mahenge Liandu project, in Tanzania, has produced graphite concentrates with exceptional purity of up to 99.1% total graphitic carbon, the company said on Thursday. Excellent flake size... 

Tanzania President orders officials to resign over diamond probe

By: Reuters     7th September 2017 Tanzania's President John Magufuli said on Thursday he had ordered a review of a contract belonging to Petra Diamonds in Tanzania and asked senior public officials to resign over the outcome of a probe into the sector. "I have endorsed all the recommendations of the parliamentary probe committees... 

Shanta Gold, Helio in dispute over termination of arrangement agreement

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th September 2017 TSX-V-listed Helio Resource Corp has rejected Aim-listed Shanta Gold’s termination of an arrangement agreement with Helio and says it will “vigorously” enforce its rights under the agreement. Shanta in June agreed to buy Helio in a £3.5-million all-scrip deal that would have given it control of... 

Acacia enters into gold protection measures

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th September 2017 LSE-listed Acacia Mining has bought put options covering 210 000 oz of gold at a strike price of $1 300/oz as it continues implementing ongoing cash outflow mitigation measures. The group on Wednesday announced that the $3.2-million option provided a minimum price for the majority of the group’s... 

Shanta firms up operations and management structures

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th September 2017 Following a business review in the wake of legislative changes in Tanzania, Aim-listed Shanta Gold is optimistic of emerging with a leaner cost structure, an enhanced focus on increased cash generation, greater internal Tanzanian leadership and reduced financial risk. With new initiatives in... 

World's richest mines slipping from hands of multinationals

By: Bloomberg     5th September 2017 Outnumbered and outflanked, Freeport-McMoRan CEO Richard Adkerson made an about-face. Only months before, Adkerson had dismissed the idea of selling a majority stake in the Phoenix-based company’s flagship Indonesian copper-and-gold mine to local investors. But, seated beside government officials... 

Acacia to reduce operations at Bulyanhulu, cut jobs

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th September 2017 LSE-listed Acacia Mining is reducing operational activity at its Bulyanhulu mine, in Tanzania, as the pressures of unsustainable cash outflows at the mine owing to the ongoing concentrate ban force the group’s hand. Over the next three months, Acacia will focus on the process of moving the mine... 

Katoro progresses Imweru PFS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st August 2017 All desktop work for the prefeasibility study at Aim-listed Katoro Gold’s Imweru mine has been completed. Engineering and pit optimisation studies are also at an advanced stage, while all drilling required for the geohydrology study as part of the ongoing environmental- and social-impact... 

Tanzania invites bids for hydropower project in game reserve

By: Reuters     31st August 2017 Tanzania has invited bids to build a 2 100 MW hydroelectric plant in a World Heritage site renowned for its animal populations, despite opposition from conservationists to the long-delayed project. The East African nation considers the project at Stiegler’s Gorge in the Unesco-designated Selous... 

Edenville signs coal marketing deal with UK firm

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th August 2017 Aim-listed Edenville Energy, which is developing the Rukwa coal project, in Tanzania, has entered into a nonexclusive two-year coal marketing agreement with a UK firm. The firm, which will be responsible for introductions, liaison and, where appropriate, management of coal sales and delivery, has... 

Magnis Resources strikes supply deal with German consortium

By: Anine Kilian     28th August 2017 ASX-listed Magnis Resources has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to supply raw materials to German lithium-ion battery consortium TerraE-Holding. Under the agreement, Magnis, which mines natural flake graphite for use in lithium-ion batteries, will supply raw materials to the TerraE... 

Peak announces Ngualla optimisation study results

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th August 2017 ASX-listed rare earths developer Peak Resources has flagged improved economics at its planned Ngualla project, in Tanzania, on the back of a process optimisation study. The company on Monday told shareholders that process optimisation study had increased production from the 28 300 t/y of mineral... 

Edenville reports progress at Rukwa

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th August 2017 Aim-listed Edenville Energy on Friday said work at the Rukwa coal project site, in south-west Tanzania, was progressing, with the majority of the wash plant components now on site and the last shipment due for delivery next week. In an update to shareholders, the company noted that construction... 

Walkabout lowers Lindi Jumbo project capex

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th August 2017 Junior graphite developer Walkabout Resources has reduced the expected start-up capital cost for its Lindi Jumbo graphite project, in Tanzania, from $38.7-million to $29.6-millio. The ASX-listed company told shareholders that an updated definitive feasibility study also adjusted the project’s... 

Kibo to hold formal negotiations with potential MCPP investors

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd August 2017 Aim- and AltX-listed Kibo Mining will, in the coming weeks, hold formal negotiations with infrastructure investors that have expressed an interest in making an equity investment in the Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP), in Tanzania. Kibo, which is headed up by CEO Louis Coetzee, expects to work... 

Tanzania’s 55% share of mine revenue ‘pretty generous’ – AngloGold  

By: Martin Creamer     21st August 2017 The share of revenues that the government of Tanzania has received from the Geita gold mine is “pretty generous” when compared with what shareholders have received, AngloGold Ashanti CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan said on Monday when the company reported an adjusted headline loss of $93-million,... 

Shanta cancels Helio transaction, New Luika on track to meet FY guidance

By: Anine Kilian     18th August 2017 East Africa-focused Shanta Gold has cancelled its proposed £3.5-million buyout of TSX-V-listed Helio Resources. The transaction, which was announced in June, would have given Shanta control of Helio’s assets, adjacent to its own New Luika gold mine, in Tanzania. 

ASTONISHINGLY HIGH TAX BILL

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2017 The Buzwagi mine of Pangea Minerals in Tanzania, shown above, has been hit, along with its Bulyanhulu stablemate, by an astonishingly high adjusted tax assessments of $190-billion in alleged unpaid taxes, penalties and interest owed. The tax blow followed Tanzania’s earlier ban on the export of... 

Cable management company fortifying ties with Australia

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th August 2017 South African cable management solutions company Strutfast aims to expand its operations and open an office in Perth, early next year, owing to the Western Australia capital being the recognised centre for mining operations in Australia and also hosting the head offices of many companies that own... 

Shanta CEO retires as company adapts to regulatory changes in Tanzania

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd August 2017 Following recent changes to the regulatory, operating and fiscal environment in Tanzania, Aim-listed Shanta Gold has decided to refocus its strategy on cost control and shareholder returns. In line with the new strategy, Toby Bradbury will retire as CEO and will be succeeded by CFO Eric Zurrin... 

DBSA committed to funding infrastructure projects throughout SADC

By: Anine Kilian     1st August 2017 With low levels of electrification hindering economic growth and development in sub-Saharan Africa – where 78% of the population is reliant on biomass as their main energy source – $57-trillion will be required until 2030 to fund the continent’s infrastructure and energy projects, according to... 

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