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Reefton mine, New Zealand

By: Thabi Madiba     17th November 2017 A gold mine located about 7 km south-east of Reefton, in the West Coast region of New Zealand’s South Island. 

Financial provisioning regulations a game changer – law firm

By: Nadine James     17th November 2017 The National Environmental Management Act’s (Nema’s) Financial Provisioning Regulations are a game changer because of the level of detail they require from mining companies, as well as the increased levels of liability they have established, says mining law firm Webber Wentzel. Webber Wentzel... 

Gascoyne extends Dalgaranga mine life

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th November 2017 Gold developer Gascoyne Resources has added ounces to its Dalgaranga project, in Western Australia, which could extend gold production to beyond the planned six years. The ASX-listed miner on Thursday announced that the mine plan for the Dalgaranga project had been updated to include the... 

Better regulations needed to prevent tailings dam failures – UNEP

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th November 2017 In the last decade, there have been over 40 mining waste failures, killing some 341 people and damaging hundreds of kilometers of waterways, affecting drinking water sources and the livelihood of communities, a new report entitled ‘Mine Tailings Storage: Safety Is No Accident’, reveals. The... 

Network Video Surveillance Provides Business Intelligence To Today’s Mining Community

     15th November 2017 Today’s mining sector remains under constant threat. The ever present, and growing, number of illegal miners make efficient and effective security essential. “This is as critical for open mine shafts as it is for inefficient or temporarily closed ones,” says Roy Alves, Country Manager at Axis... 

Target 2018's biggest events in your marketing plans

     14th November 2017 Creamer Media is a media partner for most of the important conferences and exhibitions on the 2018 events calendar. "Advertisers are urged to consider placements in those editions if your company has plans to exhibit at, or sponsor, any of our selected events," says Martin Creamer, Publishing... 

Norway budget throws carbon capture plant plans into doubt

By: Reuters     10th November 2017 The Norwegian government's plan to slash funding for its carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology unit Gassnova has thrown the plans for building Europe's first industrial CCS plant into turmoil, Gassnova and industry executives said. Through Gassnova, Norway initiated a project in which... 

Govt, NGOs, industry combining to fend off acid mine water threat

By: Ilan Solomons     10th November 2017 Acid mine drainage (AMD) is regarded as one of the greatest environmental challenges ever faced by South Africa, says Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) mine water management chief director Marius Keet. During a recent seminar on the need to rehabilitate mine-contaminated ecosystems, he... 

Govt, NGOs and industry joining forces to fend off acid mine water threat

By: Ilan Solomons     10th November 2017 Acid mine drainage (AMD) is regarded as one of the greatest environmental challenges ever faced by South Africa, says Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) mine water management chief director Marius Keet. During a recent seminar on the need to rehabilitate mine contaminated ecosystems, he... 

In-house focus ensures continued growth

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 Industrial minerals and construction materials producer Afrimat is developing new marketing initiatives to strategically reposition some of its established products as it navigates the effects of rand volatility, market contraction and regulatory uncertainty in South Africa, and continues to... 

Macraes mine, New Zealand

By: Thabi Madiba     10th November 2017 A gold mine located about 100 km north of Dunedin in the Otago region of the South Island, New Zealand. 

Olebogeng Sentsho

By: Martin Creamer     10th November 2017 This week Mining Weekly features Olebogeng Sentsho, Head of Operations of Yeabo Mining, which provides strategic management of waste products on mining operations 

Modular Reflux Classifier launched

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th November 2017 Minerals and cement industry equipment and services supplier FLSmidth has officially launched its modular Reflux Classifier (RC) plant, which is suitable for fines gravity separation applications. This integrated engineered modular solution is based on a fundamental component – FLSmidth’s... 

Stornoway reports rising prices for Renard diamonds; Q3 output, grade outperform plan

By: Henry Lazenby     4th November 2017 Quebec diamond miner Stornoway Diamond Corp has reported strong operating results for the third quarter ended September, with diamond output and the Renard mine's grade performing above plan. Stornoway sold a total of 405 643 ct during the quarter in two tender sales, with gross proceeds of... 

Uranium-endowed South Africa stands to benefit from ambitions to improve electricity access in Africa

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 In tandem with growing ambitions to increase access to electricity for many African citizens who currently have limited or no access to electricity comes the call for new large-scale power stations to be built. This has prompted a keen interest in nuclear power stations and, consequently, a... 

Amplats reports tame quarter, revises guidance downwards

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd November 2017 Platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) reported last week that total platinum production (expressed as metal in concentrate) for the three months ended September 30, was flat at 621 400 oz. The company noted that there were strong performances from its Mogalakwena, Unki and... 

Uranium-endowed South Africa stands to benefit from ambitions to improve electricity access in Africa

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 In tandem with growing ambitions to increase access to electricity for many African citizens who currently have no or limited access to electricity comes the call for new large-scale power stations to be built. In line with this expansion is a keen interest in nuclear power stations and,... 

Kumba’s September-quarter iron-ore output 2% down year-on-year

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd November 2017 Anglo American subsidiary Kumba Iron Ore’s production decreased by 2% year-on-year to 11.5-million tonnes for the quarter ended September 30. This was owing to a 7% decrease in the Sishen mine’s production to 7.8-million tonnes, compared with 8.3-million tonnes in the third quarter of 2016. 

Alacer's Q3 profit rises despite production tracking towards lower end of guidance

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd November 2017 Gold producer Alacer Gold has reported net profit attributable to shareholders of $29.1-million, or $0.10 a share for the three months ended September – a $29-million improvement over the comparable year-earlier period as certain special items boosted the bottom line. Gold sales of $49.8-million... 

Tembang production declines during Sept quarter

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st November 2017 ASX-listed Sumatra Copper & Gold has reported a slight decline in gold and silver production for the three months to September, as a higher proportion of waste was removed from its Tembang mine, in Indonesia. Gold production for the quarter declined from the 6 104 oz produced in the June quarter... 

Ghost town of Cobalt gets first jolt from Tesla’s electric cars

By: Bloomberg     1st November 2017 Ironically, Cobalt, Ontario – population 1,100 – was built on silver. Remnants of a boom that transformed the town more than a century ago are everywhere. A mine headframe still protrudes from the roof of the bookstore, which was previously a grocery. The butcher used to toss unwanted bones down... 

CuDeco reports Sept quarter results

By: Ilan Solomons     31st October 2017 Queensland copper miner CuDeco earned a positive earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of $3.3-million, gross revenue of $39.8-million and a net revenue of $30.8-million during the three months to September 30, the company reported on Tuesday. CuDeco noted that its... 

BHP, Vale get short extension on Brazil mine disaster settlement

By: Reuters     31st October 2017 BHP Billiton and Vale have been granted an extension until November 16 by a Brazilian court to negotiate a settlement on a $47-billion claim stemming from the Samarco mine disaster in 2015, BHP said on Tuesday. Brazilian federal prosecutors in May last year served the joint partners in the... 

Drakelands mine, UK

By: Sheila Barradas     27th October 2017 A tungsten/tin mine near the village of Hemerdon. 

Small-scale opencast mining to boost industry

By: Nica Schreuder     27th October 2017 For diamond mining company De Beers’ Venetia mine GM, Benford Mokoatle, opencast mining is the future, owing to changing priorities and mindsets within industry, which must occur to sustain the mining industry in South Africa. Specifically, Mokoatle says the country must begin focusing on... 

Openpit mine enhancing rigid dump truck performance 

By: Nica Schreuder     27th October 2017 The Tharisa openpit platinum, gold and chrome mine, in the North West, has embarked on a value-add improvement project to extend the length of oil-drain intervals on a specific fleet of rigid dump trucks (RDTs) and, subsequently, reduce downtime and save costs. The project is being led by... 

Kumba Q3 output down 2% y/y; FY guidance raised

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2017 Anglo American subsidiary Kumba Iron Ore’s production decreased by 2% year-on-year to 11.5-million tonnes for the quarter ended September 30. This was owing to a 7% decrease in the Sishen mine’s production to 7.8-million tonnes, compared with 8.3-million tonnes in the third quarter of 2016. 

Amplats reports flat Q3 production numbers, revises guidance downward

By: Ilan Solomons     24th October 2017 Platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Tuesday reported that total platinum production (expressed as metal in concentrate) for the three months ended September 30, was flat at 621 400 oz. The company noted that there were strong performances from its Mogalakwena, Unki and... 

Gamsberg zinc project a thumbs up for South Africa amid investment slowdown

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 Amid low levels of capital project activities in South Africa, the $400-million Gamsberg zinc and lead project, in the Northern Cape, has become the largest mining project under execution in the country. “Commentators have noted that this significant investment in the South African mining... 

General uptick in West Africa mining as commodity prices improve

By: Ilan Solomons     20th October 2017 There have been a number of recent positive developments in West Africa’s mining industry, such as in Mali, where two new mines are scheduled to be commissioned by the end of this year. This is according to engineering and scientific consultancy SRK Consulting Ghana country manager John Kwofie,... 

Lourens de Koning

By: Martin Creamer     20th October 2017 This week Mining Weekly features Lourens de Koning, the COO of Fraser Alexander, the R700-million, 3 690-employee mining services company renowned for its expertise in tailings storage and retreatment  

Gamsberg zinc project a thumbs up for South Africa amid investment slowdown

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 Amid low levels of capital project activities in South Africa, the $400-million Gamsberg zinc and lead project, in the Northern Cape, has become the largest mining project under execution in the country. “Commentators have noted that this significant investment in the South African mining... 

Waihi mine, New Zealand

By: Sheila Barradas     20th October 2017 A gold mine in the Waihi township near the east coast of the North Island, in New Zealand. 

AngloGold Ashanti sells Moab Khotsong to Harmony; Kopanang to Heaven-Sent

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th October 2017 JSE-listed AngloGold Ashanti has disposed of its various South African gold and uranium mining assets in the Vaal river region to Harmony Gold Mining for $300-million. The transaction comprised the Moab Khotsong mine, the Great Noligwa mine and related infrastructure; AngloGold Ashanti’s entire... 

Stornoway reports Q3 sales, price growth as it breaks ground in quest to solve breakage issue

By: Henry Lazenby     13th October 2017 Quebec’s sole diamond operator Stornoway Diamond Corp has reported strong third-quarter production and sales results, despite a rough market correction at the end of the quarter that served to slow the rate of increase. Earlier this week, the Longueuil, Quebec-based company reported production... 

Alamos reports record Q3 output at 107 000 oz

By: Henry Lazenby     13th October 2017 Miner Alamos Gold has hit record third-quarter production of 107 000 oz of gold, 8% higher when compared with the same quarter ended September 30, 2016. The record performance was mainly owing to the best-yet production of 55 800 oz from the Young-Davidson, mine, in Ontario, with 36 300 oz... 

Dalradian gets another $20m cash injection on warrant exercises

By: Henry Lazenby     13th October 2017 Canadian gold explorer Dalradian Resources reported a C$19.96-million cash injection after holders of common share purchase warrants originally issued on October 7, 2015, were exercised. The Toronto-headquartered company, with equity listings on both the TSX and Aim, said about 50.18-million of... 

Mining licence application submitted to Tanzanian govt

     13th October 2017 Junior graphite developer Walkabout Resources has submitted a mining licence application to the Ministry of Energy and Minerals of Tanzania for the Lindi Jumbo mine. The application, submitted last month, was prepared in compliance with the recently promulgated amendments to Tanzania’s Mining Act... 

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