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Strongbow’s South Crofty to revive age-old tin mining tradition in Cornwall 

By: Henry Lazenby     21st April 2017 Bolstered by strengthening tin prices and improving fundamental support in the long term, Canadian mineral exploration firm Strongbow Exploration is set to revive a mining tradition in England’s county of Cornwall, that reaches back thousands of years to the early Bronze Age. The company’s... 

Khumani mine, South Africa

By: Thabi Madiba     21st April 2017 An iron-ore mine located 30 km south of Kathu, and about 65 km north of Assmang’s Beeshoek mine, in the Northern Cape, South Africa. 

Americas Silver gains momentum in transition to low-cost producer by 2018

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2017 Bolstered by improving silver and base metals prices, junior miner Americas Silver is in the home stretch to deliver on a four-year turnaround strategy at its two operating mining complexes in Sinaloa state, Mexico and Idaho, in the US. “We have a lot of intrinsic value that’s about to be... 

G450, G460 and G400 MP-2 smart pump now have INMETRO certification!

     18th April 2017 GfG Instrumentation is pleased to announce the G450, G460 multi-gas detectors and the G400 MP-2 motorized smart pump have received INMETRO certification for sale in Brazil.  INMETRO (Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality) is the government body responsible for the... 

Seismic event hits Newcrest’s Cadia mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2017 A seismic event in the region of the Cadia gold operation, in New South Wales, has seen gold miner Newcrest Mining suspend operations at the mine. The seismic event occurred on Friday and an assessment of the damage caused is currently under way. 

Australian PM Turnbull scraps the 457 visa

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2017 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the scrapping of the 457 visa by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, saying that the natural resource sector was no longer a significant employer of these visa holders. Turnbull on Tuesday announced the abolishment of the 457 visa for foreign... 

Guinea stable, predictable investment destination – Ministry

By: Johane Turkstra     14th April 2017 Guinea is suitable for mining investment, says the Guinea Ministry of Mines and Geology, which will host Symposium Mines Guinea 2017 in Conakry, the country's capital, next month, in partnership with emerging markets-focused business-to-business event organiser AME Trade. The Ministry says the... 

Mali lithium project developments ‘great endorsement’

     14th April 2017 A potential second placing worth about £4.3-million with trading company Suay Chin International, if completed, will ensure that West Africa-focused mineral exploration and development company Kodal Minerals is well funded to produce initial mineral resource estimates at its Bougouni lithium... 

CME Group, UK’s Royal Mint test blockchain-based gold trading platform

By: Reuters     12th April 2017 Chicago-based exchange CME Group and Britain's Royal Mint have started testing a blockchain-based platform for trading gold, as more projects using the emerging technology come closer to deployment. CME Group announced on Tuesday that the new platform, built with technology companies AlphaPoint... 

Bougouni drilling continues, investor progresses due diligence

By: Anine Kilian     11th April 2017 West Africa-focused Kodal Minerals on Tuesday said a due diligence by its strategic investor and proposed offtake partner, Suay Chin International, to support potential further investment in the company of up to £4.3-million, is now substantially complete. Meanwhile, drilling at Kodal’s Bougouni... 

Despite ramp-up delay, Diamcor reports improved tender results

By: Henry Lazenby     11th April 2017 South Africa-focused project developer Diamcor Mining has reported improved diamond tender sales despite the ramp-up to double output at the Krone-Endora at Venetia mine being dogged by operational and product delivery issues. The issues have pushed finalisation of the testing, commissioning and... 

Digitalised mining can allow for deeper mining

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th April 2017 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), in Johannesburg, will test its latest developments in digitalised mining technology in underground mining conditions in the next two months at the Sterkfontein caves, a World Heritage Site in Muldersdrift, near Krugersdorp.  

Scaw expands chain-making capacity with R110m investment in automated plant

By: Terence Creamer     6th April 2017 Specialist steel products manufacturer Scaw Metals has invested R110-million to expand and modernise the production of large-diameter chain and masterlink components at its McKinnon Chain factory in Vereeniging, in southern Gauteng. Large-diameter chains are used in various industries for lifting... 

Nautilus to test seafloor production tools in PNG submerged trials

By: Henry Lazenby     4th April 2017 Marine mining hopeful Nautilus Minerals will shortly start submerged testing of its fleet of seafloor production tools, following the equipment’s arrival in Papua New Guinea (PNG). "We are delighted to be undertaking submerged trials in PNG. The trials will result in money and investment going... 

Nevada Zinc focused on organic growth as zinc fertiliser, Yukon gold prospects suggest upside

By: Henry Lazenby     1st April 2017 Canadian explorer Nevada Zinc is working towards publishing a maiden resource estimate for the flagship Lone Mountain zinc project by the end of the second quarter, as it continues to evaluate the best ways to monetise zinc products. Toronto-based Nevada Zinc in January completed a technical... 

Slag use in building system offers multiple benefits

     31st March 2017 Alternative construction system company Moladi has developed a means of incorporating mine slag into its Moladi mix, offering mining companies a viable method for recycling their waste material and reduced construction costs when developing mine-site accommodation. Moladi founder and CEO Hennie... 

Turnkey Instruments

     31st March 2017 Gauteng-based industrial and scientific instrumentation manufacturer Turnkey Instruments South Africa (SA) produces a range of instruments for the mining and quarrying industries, as well as local police and authorities. Its product portfolio includes road vehicle brake testers and window tint... 

Big boost for platinum as world's mayors tackle urban air pollution 

By: Martin Creamer     30th March 2017 The plans of the mayors of the world’s biggest cities to tackle urban air pollution head-on are a major plus for platinum, which catalyses the exhaust systems of vehicles and is the key metal in the emergence of emission-destroying fuel cells. The clean-air programme is being spearheaded by C40... 

Armadale starts graphite exploration programme at Tanzania mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th March 2017 An exploration programme at dual-listed Armadale Capital’s Mahenge Liandu graphite project in Tanzania, aimed at upgrading its resource estimate, has kicked off. The project currently has an existing Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant inferred mineral resource estimate of 40.9-million tonnes... 

Radisson chases potential ‘game-changing’ discovery at high-grade O’Brien project

By: Henry Lazenby     28th March 2017 Following on the heels of a successful 2016 exploration campaign, junior explorer Radisson Mining Resources has doubled its current drill programme to 20 000 m and added a second drill at the O’Brien project, cut by the prospective regional Larder-Lake-Cadillac Fault, in Quebec. Emboldened by... 

Osisko Gold Royalties picks up 0.75% Cariboo NSR from Barkerville

By: Henry Lazenby     27th March 2017 TSX-V-listed Barkerville Gold Mines has sold another 0.75% net smelter return (NSR) royalty on its flagship Cariboo gold project, in central British Columbia, to TSX-listed Osisko Gold Royalties for C$12.5-million in cash. This will take Osisko’s total NSR royalty on the Cariboo project to 2.25%,... 

Reviving king of gold means getting mine workers off their knees

By: Bloomberg     24th March 2017 During his early years as a miner in South Africa, Joas Mahanuque spent six hours a day on his knees drilling for Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd. The dust-filled tunnels half a mile underground were too low for him to stand, and temperatures reached 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius).... 

Greater demand for credible, local testing spurs growth

By: Johane Turkstra     24th March 2017 Local environmental laboratory X-Lab Earth Science plans to expand its support for air-quality testing companies servicing the mining and minerals industry as demand grows for accredited data analysis in this sector. X-Lab MD Quentin Hurt attributes the increasing demand for its services to... 

Qld steps up support in battle against black lung

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd March 2017 Queensland coal miners have been promised additional support from the state government, to battle the ongoing coal workers pneumoconiosis (CWP), or black lung, epidemic. Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace on Thursday said that since the reemergence of black lung, the Queensland state... 

Ram raises funds for Irish exploration

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd March 2017 ASX-listed junior Ram Resources is hoping to raise A$3.5-million through a share placement to advance its Keel zinc project, in Ireland. The company on Thursday said it would issue some 70-million shares, at a price of 5c each, to sophisticated and institutional investors. 

Trilogy pulls the trigger on high-grade copper Arctic prefeasibility study

By: Henry Lazenby     20th March 2017 Alaska-focused mineral explorer Trilogy Metals will undertake a prefeasibility study (PFS) on the Arctic project, in Northwest Alaska – one of the highest-grade copper deposits known in the world with an average grade of 6% copper equivalent. "The PFS will demonstrate the true value of the... 

Barkerville exploration returns high grades at Island Mountain

By: Henry Lazenby     17th March 2017 Ongoing drilling as part of a 130 000 m Phase 2 exploration programme by junior Barkerville Gold Mines on its flagship Cariboo gold project, in central British Columbia, has uncovered new high-grade gold mineralisation, not far from surface. The TSX-V-listed company on Thursday reported that... 

Wealth Minerals files technical report that will guide Atacama lithium exploration

By: Henry Lazenby     17th March 2017 Vancouver-based lithium exploration junior Wealth Minerals has filed a Canadian National Instrument 43-101-compliant technical report with securities regulators that will guide a two-pronged exploration campaign at the company’s Atacama lithium project, in Chile. To test the exploration potential... 

New entrants lack experience in coal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 A lot of people are entering the coal sector with no experience in coal whatsoever, nonprofit trust Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) lead coal course presenter and coal industry specialist Alan Johns tells Mining Weekly 

West African explorer targets Ghana gold project

By: Ilan Solomons     17th March 2017 Gold exploration company GoldStone Resources is aiming to focus its resources on developing the company’s flagship Homase-Akrokerri gold project, in Ghana, says CEO Emma Priestley. She says it is her intention to seek funding to carry out the next round of exploration drilling works on the... 

Apollo buys into French project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th March 2017 ASX-listed Apollo Minerals will acquire an 80% interest in the Couflens tungsten-copper-gold project, in southern France. The company has entered into a share sale agreement to acquire Ariege Tungstene, which holds the rights to an 80% interest in the project, for A$250 000 in cash and the issue... 

South Australian magnetite consortium finds possible offtake partner

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th March 2017 ASX-listed Magnetite Mines has announced the signing of a sale and purchase letter of intent (LOI) between the South Australian Magnetite Consortium and a non-Chinese steelmaker for the purchase of one-million tonnes a year of iron-ore concentrate for pelletising purposes. The South Australian... 

Kodal concludes placing, enters negotiations for Mali mine offtake, investment

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th March 2017 As West Africa-focused mineral exploration and development company Kodal Minerals completes a £500 000 share placing, negotiations have been entered into for a proposed offtake agreement and possible further investment in its Bougouni lithium project, in southern Mali. The company on Friday said... 

Trackless mobile machinery regulation a contentious point for industry 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th March 2017 The regulation of trackless mobile machinery (TMM) in the mining industry will be the subject of ongoing debate between mines and the Mine Health and Safety Inspectorate in the next couple of years, when further regulations may be promulgated. At ENSAfrica’s Mine Health and Safety (MHS) Seminar... 

Cannon underground could be an option – Southern Gold

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th March 2017 The Cannon gold mine, in Western Australia, is continuing to deliver above expectations, with Southern Gold reporting that 44 576 oz of gold had been recovered during the seven processing campaigns undertaken to date. The seventh processing campaign, which treated ore during January and February... 

Kogi granted mining licences in Nigeria

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd March 2017 Junior Kogi Iron has been granted two mining licences for its Agbaja iron-ore and steel project, in Nigeria. The two granted mining licences cover 90.7 km2 and contain 586-million tonnes of indicated and inferred mineral resources. 

Wellgreen achieves all Phase 1 metallurgical test objectives

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd March 2017 Wellgreen Platinum has succeeded in achieving all the objectives it set out to accomplish through the Phase 1 metallurgical programme on its Wellgreen nickel/copper/platinum-group metals (PGMs) project, in Canada’s Yukon Territory. "We have made quantum leaps in our understanding of the geology,... 

Advantage, Nevada Sunrise eclipse best results to date at Clayton NE

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd March 2017 TSX-V-listed explorer Advantage Lithium on Wednesday announced results from the fourth hole drilled on the Clayton NE project, in the Clayton Valley of Nevada, reporting the highest-yet results obtained through drilling to date. Bordering the Silver Peak mine that is operated by Albemarle and is... 

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