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Bauba says High Court halts mining right grant to Samancor Chrome

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th December 2018 JSE-listed Bauba Platinum on Friday informed its shareholders that the High Court, in Pretoria, had set aside the granting of a chrome-ore mining right to Samancor Chrome in respect of the farms Wintersveld, Jagdlust and Zeekoegat, owing to a lack of proper notice and consultation with interested... 

Gupta mining boss JP Arora gunned down

By: News24Wire      3rd December 2018 The CEO of Gupta-owned JIC Mining, JP Arora, was killed in a shooting on New Road in Midrand on Saturday night, police have confirmed. SAPS spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele said he could not confirm reports of Arora's car being sprayed with bullets. News24 has learned that Arora was returning... 

Difficulties continue for Afarak in Q3

By: Simone Liedtke     16th November 2018 Industry seasonal effects, coupled with some internal adversities, primarily in the ferro-alloys segment, continue to make this a difficult year for specialty alloys producer Afarak. During the company’s third-quarter period, ended September 30, the benchmark price for ferrochrome fell further,... 

Epiroc supports Kimberley Ekapa Mining in South Africa on their digitalization journey

12th November 2018 Mobilaris Mining Intelligence (MMI) from Epiroc enables superior situational awareness to oversee a mining operation in all its complexity. Kimberley Ekapa Mining will use MMI to embrace mine digitalization and create a superior decision support system to proactively enhance safety and increase... 

Alamos meets quarterly guidance

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd November 2018 Canada-based Alamos Gold produced 124 000 oz of gold in the third quarter, which is in line with its guidance and 16% above the third quarter of 2017, reflecting the inclusion of the Island Gold mine, which it bought earlier this year. Year-to-date production hit a record of 379 400 oz – 23%... 

Australian miners embracing automation in quest for improved safety, efficiency

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd November 2018 While the phrase ‘automation’ might evoke visions of a Schwarzenegger-esque future in which machines rise up to take over the world, it has come to have a distinctly different connotation in Australia. From drones being used to safely map, survey and explore mining operations to autonomous trains... 

New tech ensures safety at underground mines

2nd November 2018 With the death toll in South African mines this year having reached 54, dynamic company Advanced Communications has sourced advanced radios, which use the mine’s existing metallic and conductive infrastructure, to create reliable communication paths underground that extend for kilometres. Mine... 

Capital-starved mining sector creates 'buyer's market' for investors

By: Reuters     1st November 2018 Specialist mining investors have found a "buyer's market" for projects as the mining sector struggles to compete for funding with new industries, multiple industry executives said at a conference this week. Smaller mines and developers who previously found capital through retail investors in... 

Manitou Southern Africa Launches the World’s First Electric Mining Telehandler at Electra Mining

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st November 2018 Manitou Southern Africa, a subsidiary of Manitou Group, a world leader in rough-terrain rough-terrain handling, launched some of its latest innovations at Electra Mining Africa 2018. The highlight of the Manitou stand was the launch of the world’s first electric telescopic handler, the Manitou... 

Reducing the safety risks

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st October 2018 As with all Victaulic products, the Victaulic Series 795 Knife Gate Valve has been produced to meet the challenging demands of the South African mining industry, not only reducing costs, but reducing the time and manpower spent in the replacement, and therefore greatly reducing underground risks.... 

Zimplats profit rises on higher 4E output 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st October 2018 Impala Platinum (Implats) subsidiary Zimplats has reported a 4% increase in platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold (4E) tonnes mined to 1.6-million tonnes and a 6% increase in tonnes milled to 1.67-million for the quarter ended September 30. This compares with the 1.8-million tonnes of ore mined... 

MC marginally lifts Q1 output, despite Makhado delays

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st October 2018 Run-of-mine coal production at MC Mining’s Uitkomst colliery increased to 125 153 t in the quarter ended September 30, compared with the 125 108 t produced in the comparable quarter of the prior year. Third-party coal purchases for the quarter, which is the first quarter of MC’s 2019 financial... 

MC Mining, industry reinvention and EVs in mining  

31st October 2018 Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer discusses MC Mining’s coking coal offtake agreement, the need for the industry to reinvent itself and electric vehicles being used underground. 

Growth stock tag possible from Far West surface project –­ DRDGold 

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2018 When it comes to the gold sector, recovering the precious metal from dumps on surface beats pursuing it in deep, dark and dangerous underground mines. The local gold industry has put many feelers out to access gold on surface and one of the most exciting projects under way is Far West Gold... 

Goldcorp’s all-electric Borden gets $5m govt boost

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th October 2018 The Canadian government has announced a $5-million investment to support TSX- and NYSE-listed Goldcorp Borden project, which will be the first underground mine in the country to replace all diesel mobile equipment with battery electric vehicles. The new all-electric Borden, in Chapleau, Ontario,... 

Bird-in-Hand to cost $34m

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th October 2018 A scoping study into the Bird-in-Hand gold project, in South Australia, has found that the project could produce some 47 000 oz of gold and 22 000 oz of silver a year, over a five-year mine life. ASX-listed Terramin Australia told shareholders on Tuesday that the scoping study estimated that a... 

High-quality screening, vibrating solutions for African mining industry

29th October 2018 The African mining industry needs high-quality screening and vibrating equipment solutions, supported by rapid turnaround around times and expert technical back-up, which is where Aury Africa stands to play a key role on the continent. This was the message from senior management from Dadi... 

Extensive Success in African Region Leads to Expanding Footprint for Immersive Technologies

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th October 2018 After a stellar year of adding new customers, renewing significant support contracts and world class customer results from across the region, Immersive Technologies has substantially increased investment to support the African market. The expansion has already deployed more African Training... 

New rock drill set to disrupt the mining industry

26th October 2018 Three concept designs for a new rock drill that is set to disrupt the mining industry were revealed at the Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) on 25 October 2018. Following a nationwide initiative to gather concept designs for a new rock drill, the MMP is proud to announce three winning entries... 

CSIR points to 30 000 net jobs gain in electricity to 2030, despite fall in coal jobs 

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2018 An analysis of the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) recommended plan in the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2018 (IRP 2018) shows that there will be a 30 000 net increase in employment in the electricity industry to 2030, despite a 100 000 fall in coal jobs over the period. In its formal response to... 

Leagold says Santa Luz restart requires $82m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th October 2018 Vancouver-based Leagold has completed an updated feasibility study for the Santa Luz project that it acquired in the recent Brio takeover, which demonstrates the potential for restarting 100 000 oz/y mine at a cost of $82-million. However, the company’s first priority remains to optimise its... 

Evolution's decline development approved

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th October 2018 Gold miner Evolution Mining has been given approval by the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) to start construction of the Galway-Regal-E46(GRE46) exploration decline at its Cowal operation. Evolution will spend between A$20-million and A$22-million over 2019 and 2020... 

Colquijirca (Tajo Norte) mine, Peru

26th October 2018 A zinc mine located in the Colquijirca district of the Pasco province, in Peru. 

Lake Charles on track and within budget

By: Halima Frost     26th October 2018 Next year will be a defining year for petrochemicals and chemicals company Sasol, with the start-up of its Lake Charles Chemical Project (LCCP), in the US, which is earmarked as a catalyst for transforming Sasol’s earnings profile. In its 2018 annual results, Sasol announced that it had achieved... 

Last of four mines to be completed

By: Halima Frost     26th October 2018 Petrochemicals and chemicals company Sasol forecasts it will complete the 10.5-million-ton-a-year Impumelelo colliery - formerly known as the Brandspruit mine - replacement project by June next year. The project involves the construction of a new 8.5-million-ton-a-year coal mine, which is... 

Waterberg drilling programme increases confidence in mineral resources – PTM

By: Simone Liedtke     25th October 2018 A 2018 drilling programme at TSX-listed Platinum Group Metals’ (PTM’s) 50.02%-owned Waterberg project, in South Africa, has increased confidence in the estimated mineral resources for the project, with 6.2-million platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold (4E) ounces now recognised in the... 

MMP announces shortlist of three in rock-drill innovation challenge 

By: Irma Venter     25th October 2018 The Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) has announced the three winners of phase 1 of its Isidingo Drill open innovation challenge. They are Novatek, HPE and Fermel. Fermel is a Gauteng-based manufacturer of mechanised machinery for underground hardrock and flameproof mining operations. 

South32 foresees short-term volatility, but long-term growth, sustainability 

By: Schalk Burger     25th October 2018 Diversified mining and metals company South32 on Thursday forecast short-term price volatility for the commodities it produces, but also highlighted its strong cash position and its work to further optimise its global portfolio of assets. In a speech delivered at the company’s 2018 annual general... 

Agnico Eagle hikes 2018 production guidance

By: Mariaan Webb     25th October 2018 Canadian gold major Agnico Eagle has again increased its gold guidance for 2018, adding another 200 000 oz to its production target for the year, following a strong operational third quarter. The NYSE- and TSX-listed miner now expects to produce 1.60-million ounces in 2018, up from its... 

Barrick takes $405m write-down on Peru mine, adjusted earnings fall

By: Mariaan Webb     25th October 2018 Gold major Barrick Gold, which has agreed to a $6.1-billion deal to buy Randgold Resources, has posted a third-quarter net loss of $412-million, or $0.35 a share, reflecting a $405-million impairment charge at the Lagunas Norte mine, in Peru. The net loss is significantly wider than the... 

Hecla says Q3 output meets expectations

By: Mariaan Webb     24th October 2018 US silver and gold producer Hecla Mining produced lower third-quarter silver production of 2.5-million ounces and gold output of 72 995 oz, but the miner stated on Tuesday that the production was in line with its expectations. Silver production fell by 24% year-on-year in the September quarter,... 

Employee dies in accident at Medusa's Philippines mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th October 2018 Gold miner Medusa Mining has reported a fatality at its Co-O underground mine, in the Philippines. The ASX-listed company said on Wednesday that a worker had fallen from a height within the mine, and had subsequently succumbed from his injuries. 

De Beers’ rough diamond production down 5% in Q3

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2018 De Beers Group on Tuesday reported that its rough diamond production had decreased by 5% to 8.7-million carats in the third quarter ended September 30, owing to planned volume reductions in Botswana and South Africa. In Botswana, production declined by 6% to 5.7-million carats owing to the... 

B2Gold studying expansion at El Limon

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd October 2018 Vancouver-headquartered B2Gold is mulling an expansion at the El Limon mine, announcing on Monday that it is considering a $35-million investment to increase production at the Nicaragua-based mine. B2Gold has concluded an expansion study, which indicates that increasing plant capacity from 485... 

Kibali set for another record quarter

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd October 2018 The Kibali gold mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is continuing to deliver performance improvements across the board and is expected to post record results for the quarter ended September 30, Randgold Resources CE Mark Bristow said on Monday. Speaking at a briefing for local media,... 

Cononish mine receives planning application decision notice

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd October 2018 Scotgold, the company gearing up to build the Cononish mine on the edge of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, said on Monday that it had received a decision notice relating to the planning application for its gold and silver project. The Aim-listed company’s application for the... 

Lonmin undertakes refinancing, delivers on results promise 

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2018 Platinum miner Lonmin has entered into a $200-million metal purchase agreement with Pangaea Investments Management (PIM), an associate company of Jiangxi Copper Company (JCC), which will provide the miner with improved liquidity and remove certain restrictive current lender conditions. Of the... 

Ramelius outlines merits of its offer for Explaurum

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th October 2018 Gold miner Ramelius Resources has extended the deadline for its takeover offer of Western Australian explorer Explaurum until November 23, arguing that its takeover offer had merit. Ramelius in September launched an all-scrip bid for Explaurum, offering one of its own shares for every four... 

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