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Amplats’ Q1 output up 1% y/y

By: Anine Kilian     24th April 2017 A strong performance by its Mogalakwena mine has contributed to a 1% year-on-year increase in JSE-listed Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) production to 571 900 oz for the quarter ended March 31. Mogalakwena’s output rose 3% year-on-year to 111 900 oz, with strong plant recoveries and... 

Improved mine productivity drives Sishen's Q1 production up 31%

By: Anine Kilian     24th April 2017 Improved mining productivity contributed to a 31% year-on-year increase in the Sishen mine’s output for the quarter ended March 31, to 7.7-million tonnes. “Production, however, decreased 10% [year-on-year] as the fourth quarter of 2016 benefitted from greater access to low strip ratio ore. Waste... 

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... 

Zambian mine in first-of-a-kind tailings dump site rehab, hopes to eventually produce biodiesel

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st April 2017 Zambia’s largest integrated copper producer, Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), owned by global conglomerate Vedanta Resources, has launched the first project of its kind in Zambia to rehabilitate a mining site. The project, launched earlier this month, aims to cultivate elite Pongamia Pinnata trees for... 

Evolution costs and production down in March quarter

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th April 2017 Gold miner Evolution Mining has reported record low group all-in sustaining costs (AISC) of A$840/oz during the three months to March, down 7% quarter-on-quarter. Group gold production during the quarter reached 202 926 oz, which was in line with the 200 000 oz target previously set by the... 

Centerra receives all required Kumtor permits for 2017

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2017 TSX-listed Centerra Gold has received its 2017 maximum allowable discharge (MAD) permit that allows it to discharge treated effluent from the Kumtor mine tailings management facility, in the Kyrgyz Republic, starting in the spring. Centerra advised on Wednesday that Kumtor had all the necessary... 

Glencore cobalt supplies in Congo face hold up over mine row

By: Bloomberg     19th April 2017 A dispute between State-owned Gecamines and its joint venture partner at a Congolese cobalt mine that supplies Glencore threatens to halt the supply of as much as 4% of the metal within two months. Jersey-registered GTL, a joint venture between Gecamines and closely held Groupe Forrest... 

PTM reviews strategic alternatives as Maseve’s underperformance leaves a hole in pocket

By: Henry Lazenby     18th April 2017 Canadian precious metals miner Platinum Group Metals (PTM) has cut its 2017 guidance from 100 000 oz of platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold (4E) to 85 000 oz 4E, saying it is working with BMO Capital Markets and Macquarie Capital to review and assess corporate and asset-level strategic... 

Lac des Iles mine, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     14th April 2017 A palladium mine about 90 km north-west of Thunder Bay, in Ontario. 

Lesotho diamond mine poised to start commercial production in June

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th April 2017 Aim-listed diamond development company Firestone Diamonds expects its Liqhobong diamond mine, in Lesotho, to reach commercial production at the end of June. Commissioning of the mine started in October 2016, with mine construction completed on time and within the $185.4-million budget. In a... 

Revised mine plan, updated reserves extend life of Tanzania gold mine

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th April 2017 East Africa-focused gold producer, developer and explorer Shanta Gold has announced a revised mine plan for its New Luika gold mine, in Tanzania, for January 2017 to December 2023, as well as an updated reserve plan for the mine. “The revised mine plan highlights the true prospectivity and future... 

Perseus makes positive start to 2017, as Edikan’s Q1 production rises 51% q/q

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th April 2017 Dual-listed gold miner Perseus Mining has made a positive start to 2017, with 48 655 oz of gold produced in the quarter ended March 31. Production for the quarter was 51% higher than that produced in the December 2016 quarter, with the Edikan mine, in Ghana, on track to achieve its production... 

Western Areas restarts mill recovery project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th April 2017 The board of nickel miner Western Areas has approved a A$17.5-million investment in its mill recovery enhancement project (MREP) in Western Australia. The MREP will process one of the tailings streams from the flotation plant, which contains valuable amounts of nickel that cannot be recovered as... 

BHP says DLC restructure to destroy $1.3bn in value, waste franking credits

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th April 2017 The proposal by BHP Billiton’s activist shareholder Elliott Advisors that the company scrap its dual-listed company (DLC) structure in favour of a primary listing in London and a secondary listing in Sydney, could destroy at least $1.3-billion in value, to save less than $2.5-million a year, the... 

LatAm water scarcity, pollution to drive more stringent enviro rules

By: Henry Lazenby     12th April 2017 New analysis by the research arm of the Fitch Group, BMI, forecasts water scarcity and contamination in Latin America will drive increasingly stringent environmental regulations in the region over the coming years. While increasing the costs for miners and delaying certain projects, the focus on... 

Vedanta's Skorpion, BMM operations report solid FY17 results, Gamsberg development on track

By: Anine Kilian     11th April 2017 Production at diversified miner Vedanta Resources' Zinc International business fell by 31% year-on-year to 156 000 t for the financial year ended March 31. This was mainly the result of the ramp down of the Ireland-based Lisheen mine, which was closed in November 2015 following 17 years of... 

New Liberty mining, processing operations continue to improve – Avesoro

By: Anine Kilian     11th April 2017 TSX-and Aim-listed Avesoro Resources’ New Liberty mine, in Liberia, produced 14 906 oz of gold in the quarter ended March 31, with continued improvement in both mining and processing operations achieved. “As anticipated, this was a 21% decrease on [production of 18 872 oz in] the fourth quarter... 

Ransacked gold mine venture reboots as arguing partners quit

By: Bloomberg     11th April 2017 South African mining veteran Peter Skeat is pressing ahead with plans to squeeze more gold out of an 80-year old ransacked gold mine west of Johannesburg after settling a dispute with three former partners. The entrepreneur, who is part-financing the venture himself, is seeking investors to help... 

Preparing to keep top producer spot in S Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     7th April 2017 Gold producer AngloGold Ashanti has recommissioned a section of its Mine Waste Solutions operation, located in Stilfontein, in the North West, in order to maintain its current uranium production levels in anticipation of potential future upturns in the international market. 

Tech firms must go beyond Congo's 'conflict minerals' to clean supply chain – study

By: Reuters     6th April 2017 Abuses linked to mining in countries such as Myanmar and Colombia are being overlooked by technology companies focused only on eliminating "conflict minerals" from war-torn parts of Africa in their supply chains, researchers said on Thursday. In Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), competition for... 

Africa Automation Fair 2017 unveils Connected Industries conference

     5th April 2017 South Africa’s key industrial automation and control event, Africa Automation Fair, will this year host a high-level conference on Connected Industries in line with growing international focus on the ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the advanced, connected industries of the future. The... 

Atlatsa implements new development plan at Bokoni

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     31st March 2017 With the restructure plan at Atlatsa’s Bokoni mine having reached completion, resulting in the older UM2 and vertical Merensky shaft operations being placed on care and maintenance, Bokoni will now operate only two underground shafts, both of which are in ramp-up phases toward steady state. The... 

Strongbow’s Cornwall-based South Crofty deemed shovel ready after completing water treatment trials

By: Henry Lazenby     31st March 2017 TSX-V-listed tin project developer Strongbow Exploration has completed water treatment trials at its South Crofty project, in Cornwall, in the UK, and is now working on an application to the UK Environment Agency (EA) for a mine waste permit. The company has hired global engineering and project... 

Orex acquisition ‘last puzzle piece’ for Anaconda to solidify regional presence

By: Henry Lazenby     31st March 2017 The acquisition by gold junior Anaconda Mining of Orex Exploration represents the “last piece of the puzzle” that Anaconda has been missing, adding a third compliant resource and geographically diversifying the portfolio. The all-scrip deal, valued at about C$13-million, is part of Anaconda’s... 

Esau Mokoteli

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2017 This week we feature Esau Mokoteli, GM of Goldplat Recovery, which recovers gold and platinum from woodchip, fine carbon, mill liner and grease waste  

Floating accommodation for oil, mining projects

     31st March 2017 UK-based accommodation provider Bibby Maritime believes its floating accommodation barges could be an efficient solution for the housing of mineworkers in the future, as the units are comfortable, cost effective and can be moored alongside any berth or quay, making them ideal for projects in... 

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... 

How Spanish immersion placed resource hunter Aurania on trail of Ecuador’s ‘lost cities’

By: Henry Lazenby     30th March 2017 Junior explorer Aurania Resources is hot in pursuit of finding the last two of seven ‘lost cities’ in Ecuador abandoned by he Spanish conquistadors centuries ago. With the Toronto-headquartered company on the cusp of closing a C$6-million financing led by Maison Placements Canada and Red Cloud... 

Firestone narrows H1 loss, says Liqhobong on track for commercial production in June

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th March 2017 Aim-listed Firestone Diamonds, which on Tuesday posted a $4.1-million loss before tax for the six months to December 31, expects its Liqhobong diamond mine, in Lesotho, to reach commercial production at the end of June. Commissioning of the mine started in October 2016, with the mine construction... 

CRG raises funds for working capital, concentrator circuit

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th March 2017 Central Rand Gold (CRG) has raised £300 000 through the issue of 60-million new ordinary shares at an issue price of 0.5p apiece. The proceeds will be used for working capital and building a 60 000 t/m concentrator circuit aimed at upgrading the gold grade of mine waste dumps materials before... 

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).... 

Revised mine plan, updated reserves extend life of Shanta’s New Luika mine

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th March 2017 Aim-listed Shanta Gold has announced a revised mine plan for its New Luika gold mine, in Tanzania, for January 2017 to December 2023, as well as an updated reserve plan for the mine. The revised mine plan is expected to result in a 39% increase in forecast gold production for 2017 to 2023, from... 

Diavik mine, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     24th March 2017 A diamond mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories. 

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... 

More focus needed on ESG factors

By: Johane Turkstra     24th March 2017 Mining companies operating globally need to pay greater attention to their social licence to operate in terms of the environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors associated with their projects, says mining industry consultant MSA principal environmental consultant Robin Bolton.... 

New programme increases environmental stewardship awareness at quarries

By: Dylan Slater     24th March 2017 Environmental stewardship by private sector producers association Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) member quarries, across South Africa, has improved significantly since the inception of the Aspasa About Face environmental management programme in 1994.  

Simplified processes, suitable technologies key to success – diamond miners told

By: Ilan Solomons     24th March 2017 Historically diamond plants were designed on the basis of process engineering excellence. However, this focused excessively on ensuring maximum diamond liberation and recovery, rather than on the defining of the optimal mix of technical and financial solutions. This is according to project... 

Kenmare swings to FY profit on the back of record production

By: Anine Kilian     22nd March 2017 London-listed Kenmare Resources recorded earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of $5.2-million for the year ended December 31, a turnaround from the loss of $11.5-million recorded in the prior financial year. Heavy minerals concentrate production increased 28%... 

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