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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.


Youga mine life extended by 2 years as reserves increase 29%

By: Anine Kilian     Updated 7 hours ago The life of Avesoro Resources’ Youga gold mine, in Burkina Faso, has been extended by two years to 2027, with total forecast production of 614 000 oz. In an updated mineral resource and mineral reserve estimate for the mine, released on Tuesday, the TSX- and Aim-listed company noted that the... 

Alphamin closes C$19.2m equity financing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2018 TSX-V- and AltX-listed Alphamin Resources has raised C$19.2-million through the issue of 76.8-million shares at C$0.25 apiece. As part of the private placement, first announced on May 28, Alphamin CEO Boris Kamstra subscribed for 512 000 shares. 

High Court lifts interim order against MC Mining's Makhado project

By: African News Agency      18th June 2018 MC Mining, previously known as Coal of Africa, on Monday said it welcomed a high court decision to lift an interim order against the company's environmental authorisation for the Makhado hard coking and thermal coal project. The court had in 2014 granted the Vhembe Mineral Stakeholders Forum and... 

Tahltan to receive C$7m a year from Brucejack taxes

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th June 2018 The Tahltan First Nation will receive about C$7-million a year in tax revenue from the new Brucejack gold mine, under a revenue-sharing agreement between the British Columbia government and the Tahltan central government. The Brucejack mine, in north-western British Columbia, is expected to... 

BHP awards contract at newly approved South Flank

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th June 2018 Mining major BHP has awarded a A$260-million mining infrastructure works contract to ASX-listed Cimic, at the newly approved South Flank project, in Western Australia. BHP overnight approved the $3.4-billion South Flank project, which will replace production from the 80-million tonne a year... 

South African pumps range proves popular as US industry ramps up

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     15th June 2018 Centurion-based, family-owned pump solutions company Hazleton Pumps’ Hippo flameproof submersible pump range received increased interest, particularly from US coal mines, at the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum (CIM) Convention in Vancouver, Canada, last month. “There were... 

Virtual reality blast wall, cube providing ‘memorable’ training

By: Nadine James     15th June 2018 Virtual reality (VR) solutions provider Simulated Training Solution’s (STS’s) world-first VR blast wall and its VR cube have resulted in efficient, effective and memorable training programmes for Anglo American Platinum’s Engineering Services Training Centre (ESTC) in Randfontein, and Murray and... 

Nevsun extends Bisha mine life to 2022

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2018 TSX-listed Nevsun has approved an openpit extension of the Bisha mine in Eritrea, which will add 3.3-million tonnes of ore to the mill, delivering about 470-million pounds of zinc and 52-million pounds of copper. The extension will allow operations to continue to 2022 and gives Nevsun time to... 

Illegal mining worth R7bn a year – PwC

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2018 The value of illegal mining and dealing of metals and diamonds in South Africa is estimated to be more than R7-billion a year, says PwC. In its latest edition of SA Mine, the professional services firm equates this to revenue generated from 430 000 oz of gold at the current market price. 

SEMS appointed as exploration manager at GoldStone's Ghana project

By: Anine Kilian     14th June 2018 Aim-listed GoldStone Resources has appointed SEMS Exploration Services as geological manager of the company’s Akrokeri-Homase project, in the Ashanti region of Ghana.   SEMS will design and implement the development of the project with the objective of reopening the Akrokeri underground mine,... 

Wallbridge starts ramp development at Quebec gold mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2018 Junior explorer Wallbridge Mining has completed the rehabilitation of existing underground workings at its Fenelon gold mine, in Quebec, and has started ramp development and underground drilling, as it works towards a production decision early next year. The mine has been dewatered on the... 

Copper veteran has unfinished business at biggest openpit

By: Bloomberg     13th June 2018 Nelson Pizarro wants to remain at the helm of the world’s biggest copper company until he can cut the ribbon on a project to convert its flagship pit into a giant underground mine. He’s been in mining for most of his 77 years, with the last four spent guiding state-owned Codelco through a... 

Tharisa expands its presence in Zim with acquisition of Karo stake

By: Simone Liedtke     13th June 2018 JSE-listed Tharisa has acquired a 26.8% shareholding in Karo Mining Holdings for $4.5-million. Karo Mining, in March, reached an agreement with the Zimbabwe government to establish a platinum group metals (PGM) mine, concentrators, smelters, a base metal and precious metals refinery and power... 

Weatherly increases Carn ownership to 90%

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th June 2018 Aim-listed copper miner Weatherly International has received regulatory approval from the Namibian Competition Commission for its acquisition of a further 65% interest in China Africa Resources Namibia (Carn) from Hong Kong East China Non-Ferrous Mineral Resources.  

Ball set rolling for development of India’s largest coal block in West Bengal

By: Ajoy K Das     13th June 2018 The ball has been set rolling for development of the Deocha-Pachami coal block, which at an estimated two-billion tons of coal is India’s largest. The block has been allocated to the government of West Bengal for development and production from the asset. 

Search for fifth miner continues at Sibanye Kloof mine

By: African News Agency      13th June 2018 The search for the fifth mineworker trapped underground continues at Sibanye-Stillwater Kloof mine, the company said on Wednesday.  Sibanye confirmed late Tuesday that the body of a fourth worker had been retrieved from the abandoned stope ore pass by the specialised proto teams after it was... 

Tethyan granted new exploration permit in Kosovo

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th June 2018 Base metals explorer Tethyan Resources has been granted a new exploration licence in the north-eastern part of the Trepca lead/zinc mining district of Kosovo. The 75 km2 licence, named Bistrice, is valid for three years, with an option to extend that up to three times for a period of two years... 

Sibanye blames workers not following rules as mine deaths spike

By: Bloomberg     12th June 2018 Sibanye Gold says workers failing to follow rules and procedures are largely to blame for a spike in fatal accidents at its South African operations, where 19 people have died since January. The company accounts for more than a third of the deaths in South African mines this year and faces... 

Stanmore extends Isaac Plains with Peabody deposit buy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th June 2018 Coal miner Stanmore Coal has struck a A$30-million deal with Peabody Australia to acquire the Wotong South coking coal deposit, which is located adjacent to Stanmore’s Isaac Plains project, in Queensland. In addition to the A$30-million cash price, Stanmore has also agreed to a production-based... 

Sibanye suspends operations at Kloof mine for a day of mourning

By: African News Agency      12th June 2018 Sibanye-Stillwater said on Tuesday it had suspended mining operations at its Kloof Ikamva shaft for a day of mourning after four mineworkers died underground. Sibanye on Tuesday located the body of a fourth mineworker killed at the shaft near Westonaria, south-west of Johannesburg, following a... 

Vale signs $690m in cobalt deals with Wheaton, Cobalt 27

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2018 Vale SA reached agreements to sell future production of cobalt for $690-million upfront as producers look to capitalize on the battery-commodity boom to raise cash for investments. The deal includes $390-million from Wheaton Precious Metals and $300-million from Cobalt 27 Capital, the companies... 

Three miners killed in accident at Sibanye gold mine

By: Reuters     11th June 2018 Three gold miners were killed in South Africa on Monday at a Sibanye-Stillwater plant and the company said rescue teams are searching for two others. At least 18 people have died at Sibanye's South African mines this year including seven trapped underground at the Masakhane mine in May. 

Vale to proceed with Voisey’s Bay expansion

By: Mariaan Webb     11th June 2018 Diversified major Vale will proceed with the construction of the Voisey’s Bay underground mine and will invest close to $2-billion in the project, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball announced on Monday. The investment by Vale will extend the operational life of Voisey’s Bay, currently... 

Ethiopian syndicate to buy 30% stake in Kefi subsidiary

By: Simone Liedtke     11th June 2018 Emerging gold producer Kefi Minerals has reached an agreement with an Ethiopian investment syndicate that wants to acquire a 30% ownership interest in Kefi subsidiary Kefi Minerals Ethiopia (KME), which holds the company’s interest in the Tulu Kapi Gold Mines (TKGM). Under the proposed terms,... 

World Mining Congress 2018: A driver for developing mining industry in Kazakhstan

11th June 2018 There is less than two weeks left before the start of the key world event in the mining and metallurgical industry - the 25th World Mining Congress, which will be held in Astana. Such a large-scale event of world significance will be held for the first time not only in Kazakhstan, but also in the... 

Botswana coal miner sees opportunity in regional shortages

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2018 Botswana’s sole operating coal mine will increase output almost threefold within seven years as it eyes export opportunities created by a shortage of the fuel that’s used to fire most of southern Africa’s power plants. Morupule Coal Mine in the east of the country will ramp up annual production... 

AMCU seeks R12 500 minimum for gold miners

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2018 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union plans to demand a R12 500 ($956) monthly minimum wage from some of the country’s top gold producers in upcoming wage negotiations. The labor group decided on its demands on Sunday at a mass meeting near Carletonville, about 90 km west of... 

Vale is said to reach $700m deal to sell cobalt output

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2018 Vale SA reached an agreement to sell future production of cobalt as battery makers look to shore up supply of the metal amid a nascent electric-vehicle boom, people with knowledge of the matter said. The deal is for about $700-million of cobalt produced at the Voisey’s Bay complex in Canada that... 

Victoria seeks to unlock more affordable gas for residents

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th June 2018 The Victorian government is hoping to unlock more gas supply to provide residents in the state with greater access to affordable gas. The state government on Friday announced that the Victorian Gas Programme (VGP) will be encouraging new commercial offshore gas exploration through the release of... 

Sandfire to buy Talisman’s stake in Springfield JV for A$72.3m

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th June 2018 Copper miner Sandfire Resources has struck an agreement with joint venture (JV) partner Talisman Mining to acquire its 30% interest in the Springfield JV. Under the terms of the agreement, Talisman will receive A$72.3-million in cash in return for its subsidiary Talisman A, which holds the... 

Diamond industry longevity on the line

By: Paige Müller     8th June 2018 The implementation of enabling mining policies by government is key in safeguarding the South African diamond industry from further decline and a worrying contraction, says Global Diamond Network consultant and industry heavyweight Dr John Bristow. Bristow states that the local diamond mining... 

De Beers concludes R600m transport empowerment deal at Venetia diamond mine 

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2018 Diamond-mining company De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) has concluded the process of selecting six local black economic empowerment (BEE) partners as part of an impressive R600-million-to-R700-million, eight-year transport empowerment initiative at the Venetia diamond mine in South Africa’s... 

Nifty to reach production targets by year end – Metals X

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th June 2018 Base metal miner Metals X on Thursday said that it remained on track to reach its strategic objective of increasing output at the Nifty copper mine, in Western Australia, to 40 000 t/y of copper in concentrate by the end of 2018, despite the delay in the timing of the production ramp-up at the... 

Don’t let your network dictate your choices

7th June 2018 Strata Worldwide and RFI Technology Solutions have joined forces to bring the underground world a simple yet powerful solution for overcoming many of the classic constraints of typical digital networks. It assists in resolving the common “last mile” difficulties of getting power and connectivity... 

Goldcorp signs IBA with three First Nation communities in Ontario

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 TSX-listed Goldcorp and three First Nation communities – Brunswick House, Chapleau Cree and Chapleau Ojibwe – have signed an impacts and benefits agreement (IBA) with respect to the development and operation of the Borden gold project, near Chapleau, in northern Ontario.  

The 25th Jubilee World Mining Congress 2018 Will Be Held In Kazakhstan

5th June 2018 On June 19th-21st, 2018, the city of Astana will be hosting the 25th Jubilee World Mining Congress. Kazakhstan will be the first country among the CIS states to hold an event of such significant international importance. The World Mining Congress is the largest and most appreciable gathering of... 

Great Panther to decide on Coricancha restart in early 2019

By: Simone Liedtke     1st June 2018 Vancouver-based Great Panther expects to be able to make a decision in early 2019 about restarting the past-producing Coricancha precious and base metals mine that it bought in June last year. The gold/silver/zinc/copper underground mine and mill complex, east of Lima, in Peru, has a 600 t/d... 

Anthracite – the rock aristocrat

1st June 2018 Although many classify anthracite as a coal, technically they’re inaccurate.  With its low levels of sulphur and other impurities, and because it’s mostly made up of 70% free carbon, this hard rock should rather be classed as a carbon product and not a coal product. What’s more, anthracite rock’s... 

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