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BME is the leading supplier of explosives to the South African open pit mining and quarrying industry. It offers ground breaking solutions to all its customers and has operations in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mali, Swaziland, Sierra Leone, Mauritania, Malawi, Senegal and Zambia. It also trades into Mozambique and the DRC.


GoldStone investigates potential to restart Ghana underground mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2018 Africa-focused miner GoldStone Resources has initiated a project to potentially revitalise the old Akrokeri underground mine, in Ghana. The mine is situated within the Akrokeri prospecting licence, about 1.5 km south of the proposed AK01 South pits. 

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... 

Launch of new fire suppression solution in Africa slated for 2018

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th January 2018 Fire-suppression solutions supplier Fire and Security Techniques is eager to introduce the African mining industry to a new fire-suppression solution, Tunnel Safe, which will allow for safer evacuation of mineworkers underground during a fire, to the African mining industry.  CEO Neil Hughes... 


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. 

OceanaGold achieves record yearly production

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th January 2018 Dual-listed gold miner OceanaGold has ended 2017 on a high note, with the company on Thursday reporting record full year and fourth-quarter gold production of 574 606 oz, and 166 211 oz, respectively. The record quarterly production led to OceanaGold achieving its yearly guidance for the sixth... 

Superior Gold’s Plutonic gold mine beats guidance

By: Dylan Slater     18th January 2018 The Plutonic mine, in Western Australia, has exceeded its 2017 production guidance, with production of 80 143 oz in the 12 months under review, TSX-listed Superior Gold reported on Thursday.  

New shaft key to transforming Kirkland Lake into 1Moz/y producer

By: Mariaan Webb     18th January 2018 Gold miner Kirkland Lake has set its sights on producing one-million ounces a year in the next five to seven years, a target which is built on transforming the Fosterville and Macassa mines into 400 000 oz/y producers. At Fosterville, in Australia’s Victoria, Kirkland Lake is aiming to achieve... 

OZ takes advantage of higher copper price, lifts 2018 guidance

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th January 2018 ASX-listed OZ Minerals has marked 2017 as a year of strong production and financial performance, with the miner reporting on Wednesday that it had achieved its copper production guidance for the third consecutive year, and that it had exceeded its gold guidance. Noting that it had made... 

South32 boasts record manganese, aluminium production in December quarter

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th January 2018 Triple-listed diversified miner South32 on Wednesday reported that, while it had achieved its guidance for all its operations during the three months to December 31, its South African manganese operations, in particular, exceeded expectations, owing to strong market demand. Saleable ore... 

Top 10 zinc miner Trevali lifts 2018 guidance 140% as zinc powers to 10yr high

By: Henry Lazenby     16th January 2018 Canadian zinc miner Trevali Mining expects to produce 140% more zinc this year, following a transformational 2017 that saw it produce a record 177.4-million payable pounds of zinc. The 2017 output was boosted by the December quarter production from the newly acquired Perkoa mine, in Burkina Faso,... 

Orefinders PEA reports positive economics for Ontario’s Mirado gold mine

By: Henry Lazenby     15th January 2018 Canadian Stock Exchange-listed junior project developer Orefinders Resources has released strong economic results contained in a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for the South Zone openpit, which is part of the Mirado gold mine, located to the southeast of Kirkland Lake, Ontario. Nestled... 

Acacia’s Q4 gold production slumps on export ban

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th January 2018 While LSE-listed Acacia Mining’s gold production for the fourth quarter in 2017 was slightly ahead of expectations at 148 477 oz, it was 30% lower quarter-on-quarter as a result of its flagship Bulyanhulu gold mine in Tanzania having downscaled operations. The miner’s decision to reduce... 

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... 

Fura closes in on Colombian emerald mine buy; to create single-stop Dubai-based gemstone shop

By: Henry Lazenby     13th January 2018 Canadian gemstone-focused miner Fura Gems is setting up a single-stop destination in Dubai, where rubies and emeralds produced from its Mozambique and Colombian assets will be graded and sold at the Almas Tower. “The Almas Tower is arguably one of the most secure spaces in the world, from where... 

Orinoco delivers further high-grade samples through hammer mill

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th January 2018 ASX-listed Orinoco Gold has obtained further high-grade samples from its pilot hammer mill at the Cascavel gold project, in Brazil, as it works towards sustainable and profitable production in 2018. The most recent batch of six samples milled through the pilot hammer mill returned grades of 9.61... 

Monty copper/gold development on time, below budget

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th January 2018 The Monty copper/gold deposit in Western Australia, which forms part of ASX-listed Talisman’s Springfield joint venture (JV) project with Sandfire Resources, has since the start of ground-breaking activities in July 2017, seen site activities having been ramped-up considerably; on time and under... 

Pantoro reports 44% y/y production increase

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th January 2018 During the three months ended December, ASX-listed gold miner Pantoro produced a record 13 841 oz, compared with 13 282 oz in the previous quarter and 9 598 oz in the same period in the prior year. This represents a 44% year-on-year production increase. 

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,... 

Centamin exceeds FY17 production guidance, aims for solid 2018 growth

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th January 2018 LSE- and TSX-listed Centamin achieved “a strong operational finish” to 2017, with the company’s Sukari mine, in Egypt, having produced 154 298 oz of gold in the fourth quarter, resulting in full-year gold production of 544 658 oz – exceeding guidance of 540 000 oz. “All sections of the mine... 

GoldMining enters option to enlarge Yellowknife project

By: Henry Lazenby     10th January 2018 Project consolidator GoldMining has signed an option agreement with Viking Gold Exploration to indirectly acquire the RG1, RG2 and RG3 claims that border the western boundary of the company's Nicholas Lake-Ormsby property – one of the four properties that comprise the Yellowknife gold project... 

CMTI Group gears up to supply gold, platinum mines

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th January 2018 Mining equipment and machinery supplier CMTI Group, which started operations at its Gauteng-based factory last year, aims to raise $20-million before the close of the first quarter of this year to increase its production capacity. Initial indications and expressions of interest from potential... 

Thor extends Molyhil mine life, identifies potential for underground development

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th January 2018 ASX- and Aim--listed Thor Mining has achieved a major step in the commercialisation potential of its proposed Molyhil tungsten/molybdenum mine, in the Northern Territory, with a 17% increase in mine life and the emergence of a possible underground mining option. The update followed the company’s... 

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... 

Ramelius celebrates record production, exceeds guidance

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th January 2018 ASX-listed Ramelius Resources has exceeded its fourth-quarter guidance range and produced a record 58 012 oz from its Western Australian operations. The Edna May mine delivered its first contribution to group output, with production of 21 377 oz in the three-month period. The Mt Magnet and Vivien... 

Lily Mine approaches IDC for loan to help retrieve remains of three workers

By: Reuters     5th January 2018 Lily Gold Mine has approached the Independent Development Corporation (IDC) for a loan as part of efforts to raise funds to resume the mission to retrieve the remains of three workers who were trapped underground in Barberton ,in Mpumalanga, in February 2016, the company said on Thursday. The... 

Fission hits among strongest mineralisation yet at PLS

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd January 2018 Explorer Fission Uranium has hit some of the strongest mineralisation to date at its flagship Patterson Lake South (PLS) project, in Northern Saskatchewan’s south-western Athabasca Basin. The Kelowna, British Columbia-based miner on Wednesday reported the assay results from the last three... 

Roxgold bags permitting approval Bagassi South

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd January 2018 TSX-listed Roxgold has received the green light to construct the Bagassi South project, in Burkina Faso. The project is located on the Yaramoko concession, in the Houndé greenstone region of the country, and is set to add 40 000 oz/y to the company’s production profile over a 4.2-year mine life. 

Two miners die at Golden Star’s Prestea mine, Ghana

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd January 2018 The TSX-listed equity of Africa-focused miner Golden Star Resources shed as much as 10% on Tuesday, following a company announcement that two miners have died on December 29 at its Prestea Underground mine, in Ghana. The Toronto-headquartered company, which also has listings on the Ghana Stock... 

Africa development body, funds see opportunity in mining infrastructure

By: Reuters     22nd December 2017 With some mining companies increasingly reluctant to own outright the infrastructure that keeps their projects going, an African development institution is linking up with investment funds to help fill the gap. The Nigerian-based Africa Finance Corporation has already expanded its debt or equity... 

Retrenched Gupta mine employees fail to receive pay

By: Martin Creamer     22nd December 2017 Forty-four people retrenched from the Shiva Uranium Mine in North West belonging to the Gupta company Oakbay have failed to receive expected December pay that formed part of an agreed retrenchment package, Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor Maritha Coetzee told Mining Weekly Online on Friday.... 

Pan American Silver develops La Morocha deposit to supplement Manantial Espejo feed

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd December 2017 A prefeasibility study on Pan American Silver's La Morocha deposit, which is part of the Joaquin project, located in Santa Cruz, Argentina, has recommended that the deposit be developed to provide supplemental ore feed for the Manantial Espejo mill. Vancouver-based Pan American said on Thursday... 

Pretium seeks to lift Brucejack production to 3 800 t/d

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd December 2017 TSX- and NYSE-listed miner Pretium Resources has submitted an application to the British Columbia Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources and the province’s Environment and Climate Change Strategy Ministries to increase the Brucejack mine production rate to 3 800 t/d. The production increase will... 

Semarnat issues Great Panther with Topia Phase 2 tailings permit

By: Henry Lazenby     19th December 2017 The Mexican environmental authority Semarnat has granted Great Panther Silver all the permits required to build and operate the new Phase II tailings storage facility (TSF) at its Topia mine, in Durango state, Mexico. The Vancouver-based company said on Monday that the permits, in combination... 

Macmahon executes Mt Morgans contract

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2017 Contract miner Macmahon on Friday confirmed that it had executed the final mining contract for the Mt Morgans gold mine project, near Laverton, Western Australia. The company was awarded the contract for an openpit mine from ASX-listed Dacian Gold, which is bringing Australia’s biggest gold mine... 

ArcelorMittal says Kazakh coal miners end strike

By: Reuters     15th December 2017 Coal miners at steelmaker ArcelorMittal's Kazakh unit have ended their sit-in and emerged from the mines, the company said on Friday, after offers of a pay rise and the threat of legal action. ArcelorMittal Temirtau, the Central Asian nation's biggest steel mill, said it would continue... 

Company fills gap in market

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th December 2017 Platinum group metal (PGM) tailings reprocessing company Tailing Technology (Tailtech) is investigating the potential development of a tailings plant to add value to an existing operation owned by platinum miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats).  

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