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RBPlat receives government approval for Maseve acquisition

By: Simone Liedtke     20th April 2018 South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has been granted consent in terms of Section 11 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act for the transfer of the entire issued share capital of Maseve Investments 11, the holding company of the Maseve mine, in Rustenburg, to Royal... 

Vast acquires 23.75% economic interest in Zimbabwe mine

By: Simone Liedtke     20th April 2018 Aim-listed Vast Resources’ 25%-owned group company Dallaglio Investments has acquired a 95% interest in the Eureka gold mine, in Zimbabwe. Dallaglio acquired a 95% interest in Delta Gold Zimbabwe, which owns the Eureka mine, from Alpha Resources and the Industrial Development Corporation of South... 

Caledonia plans Zimbabwe expansion

By: Reuters     20th April 2018 Caledonia Mining plans to buy gold assets in Zimbabwe and increase its stake in the Blanket mine after the removal of the country's tough ownership rules. Keen to attract investment to revitalise the country's struggling mining industry and economy, Zimbabwe has revised its laws since the... 

Gupta-owned mines' rehabilitation fund case postponed

By: News24Wire      20th April 2018 An urgent court application by the Gupta-owned Optimum and Koornfontein coal mines to reclaim rehabilitation funds worth over R1.7-billion, has been postponed. The money was seized by the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) Asset Forfeiture Unit. Trustees of the rehabilitation funds controlled... 

Molewa gazettes financial provisioning regulation amendments

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th April 2018 Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa on Friday gazetted, for implementation, an amendment to the Financial Provisioning Regulations (FPR) for prospecting, exploration, mining or production operations.  

Molewa gazettes financial provisioning regulation amendments
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Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa

Trans Hex to dispose of Lower Orange River operations

By: Simone Liedtke     20th April 2018 JSE-listed diamond mining company Trans Hex’s subsidiary Trans Hex Operations (THO) has entered into an agreement to sell its Lower Orange River (LOR) operations – the Bloeddrif and Baken mines – to black women-owned LOR Diamonds for R72-million. The agreement includes the disposal of the... 

Zimbabwe's parliament orders Mugabe to answer questions over diamonds

By: Reuters     20th April 2018 Zimbabwe's parliament has ordered former leader Robert Mugabe to answer questions next month about whether the state was deprived of $15-billion in diamond revenue, a legislator said on Friday. It will be Mugabe's first public appearance since last November when the army deposed him in a de facto... 

Illegal gold miners invade Grace Mugabe's farm amid legal dispute

By: Reuters     20th April 2018 A farm owned by Robert Mugabe's wife Grace is at the centre of a legal dispute after hundreds of illegal gold miners invaded parts of the property and started mining gold. A Reuters photographer saw hundreds of illegal miners digging for gold at the Smithfield citrus farm using picks and shovels,... 

Kefi, Ethiopian govt formalise community resettlement arrangements

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th April 2018 The joint committees overseeing the development of the Tulu Kapi gold project, in western Ethiopia, have formalised resettlement arrangements for the affected households in the area.  

B2Gold’s Fekola update continues to demonstrate potential for larger openpit

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2018 Gold producer B2Gold has extended mineralisation at its Fekola mine 1 km to the north, with the positive drill results continuing to indicate potential for a larger openpit operation, that could justify a relatively low capital cost plant expansion from 5.5-million tonnes a year to about... 

Semafo’s Boungou mine 91% complete

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2018 Montreal-based miner Semafo reported on Thursday that construction of the Burkina Faso-based Boungou mine, in Burkina Faso, is 91% complete, and 10% of the equipment has already been commissioned. Commissioning exercises started in February, focusing first on the crushing circuit equipment and... 

IronRidge secures additional exploration rights

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th April 2018 Aim-listed IronRidge Resources’ joint venture (JV) with Joy Transporters over the Saltpond and Cape Coast projects, in Ghana, has been finalised.  

Bassari readies for Makabingui development

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th April 2018 ASX-listed Bassari Resources has announced the creation of special purpose vehicle Makabingui Gold Operation, which would develop the Makabingui gold project. Bassari on Friday reported that the new company, which would act as a subsidiary of Bassari, was formed after final government approval... 

Lithium-ion industry to take centre stage in next five years

By: Simone Liedtke     20th April 2018 At least 12 lithium and six cobalt transactions have been closed between downstream manufacturers and mining companies since 2016, signalling a changing trend in procurement strategy. This, commodity research consultancy Roskill said in a statement on Friday, shows that the lithium-ion (Li-ion)... 

Latin America the leading region in new global wave of exploration

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th April 2018 Worldwide, the mining industry has been recovering from the slump that started in 2012. “After a challenging 2013/14 when the prices of commodities plummeted across the board, 2016 and 2017 have seen resurging prices for aluminium, copper, zinc, nickel, lead, palladium and, more modestly, gold,”... 

Latin America the leading region in new global wave of exploration

Mining Weekly iPhone and Android Apps available for free download 

     20th April 2018 Creamer Media’s readers continue to be part of the mobile revolution.  Over 20% of Creamer Media’s online readers view the websites on their mobile devices. To cater for this growing mobile readership Creamer Media offers a MiningWeekly.com app for iPhone and Android users.  These apps offer... 

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Banchile auctions 1.5m shares in Chile's SQM, raises $76m

By: Reuters     21st April 2018 Brokerage firm Banchile on Friday auctioned 1.5-million series-A shares in Chile lithium miner SQM at a sale price of 30 000 pesos ($50.36) per share, raising a total of $76-million. SQM, which operates primarily in Chile's Salar de Atacama, is one of the world's largest and most cost-efficient... 

Cochilco forecasts Chile's 2018 copper output up 4.3%

By: Reuters     21st April 2018 Chilean copper commission Cochilco forecast on Friday that Chile would produce 5.76-million tonnes of the red metal in 2018, up 4.3% from 2017, while estimating copper prices at $3.06 per pound this year. The projections follow a difficult year for the world's top copper producer in 2017, after... 

Mining firms from China to Canada watch as Greenland holds election

By: Reuters     21st April 2018 With melting ice expanding access to the Arctic, investors from China to Canada are watching Greenland's election next week for signs of the political will to get a flagging mining programme on the island back on track. Greenland is hoping rising commodity prices can help attract foreign... 

Mining firms from China to Canada watch as Greenland holds election

Sanctions-hit Russian firms ask government for $1.6bn in liquidity – Interfax

By: Reuters     20th April 2018 Russian companies hit by US sanctions, including aluminium giant Rusal, have asked for $1.6-billion in liquidity support from the government, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying on Friday. The US on April 6 imposed sanctions against several Russian... 

Norway's Hydro notifies Rusal of possible force majeure

By: Reuters     20th April 2018 Aluminium maker Norsk Hydro may declare a force majeure on contracts it has with Russia's United Company Rusal due to recently imposed US sanctions, the Norwegian company said on Friday. "Hydro has notified Rusal it may be necessary to declare force majeure on certain contracts, as the company... 

Interim rig to speed up development at Galantas’ Ireland mine

By: Mariaan Webb     20th April 2018 An interim tunnelling rig at the Omagh gold mine, in Ireland, should accelerate underground development, with the company about ten weeks away from reaching the Kearney vein system. Dual-listed Galantas Gold is developing the underground mine at Omagh, where openpit operations ceased five years... 

Wolf and GR Engineering settle Hemerdon dispute

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th April 2018 ASX- and Aim-listed Wolf Minerals has entered into a settlement agreement with ASX-listed GR Engineering relating to the engineering, procurement and construction contract for the Hemerdon project in England. The agreement “fully and finally settles all claims in relation to the contract, without... 

Diamond miner Alrosa’s first-quarter production slumps

By: Mariaan Webb     20th April 2018 Diamond miner Alrosa on Friday reported a 17% year-on-year decrease in its first-quarter production, as the shutdown of the Mir underground division weighed on its performance and lower-grade ores were processed from the Jubilee pipe. The miner produced 7.42-million carats in the quarter,... 

Diamond miner Alrosa’s first-quarter production slumps

Kazakhstan seeks new alumina markets amid Rusal's troubles

By: Reuters     20th April 2018 Kazakhstan is looking to open up new markets for its alumina exports, concerned US sanctions on Russian aluminium giant Rusal could hit business and jobs. Eurasian Resources Group (ERG), a company part-owned by the Kazakh government, produces 1.5-million tonnes a year of alumina, which is used... 

India seeks consultants to frame regulations for gas trading hub

By: Ajoy K Das     20th April 2018 With the Indian government aiming to set up a natural gas trading hub in the country, sector regulator the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) is seeking to appoint a consultant to help determine a regulatory mechanism for such a trading exchange. “In  order to further boost the... 

Bolivia nearing deal on partner to develop lithium – Minister

By: Reuters     20th April 2018 Bolivia's energy minister said on Thursday the government would pick a partner to develop the country's ample lithium resource "in coming days" after narrowing the field of candidates to two firms from Russia and Germany. The South American nation hopes to sign a deal with a foreign partner after... 

Trump's latest plan for saving coal comes from the Cold War

By: Bloomberg     20th April 2018 Months into the Korean War, President Harry Truman capped wages and imposed price controls on the steel industry, seizing authority under a newly passed law to take action in the name of national defense. Now, more than a half century later, Trump administration officials are considering using... 

Toro hunting for gold at Wiluna

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th April 2018 Uranium developer Toro Energy has told shareholders that it was evaluating other avenues to extract value from its Wiluna project, in Western Australia, given the current suppressed uranium price. The ASX-listed company said on Friday that it was assessing Wiluna’s prospectivity to host other... 

Koolan Island economics improve on reserve increase

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th April 2018 Iron-ore miner Mount Gibson has reported a more than 50% increase in the ore reserves at its Koolan Island project, off the coast of Western Australia. The ASX-listed company on Friday said that the main deposit ore reserve had increased to 21-million tonnes, grading 65.5% iron, extending the... 

Lithium Australia takes over Moolyella

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th April 2018 ASX-listed Lithium Australia has continued on its purchase trail, announcing on Friday that it had bought the Moolyella lithium/tin/tantalum project, in Western Australia. Lithium Australia purchased the exploration licence from Anova Metals for A$25 000 in cash and A$25 000 worth of fully paid... 

Alligator takes full ownership of Beatrice project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th April 2018 Uranium explorer Alligator Energy has struck a deal with Cameco Australia to acquire its remaining 41.65% interest in the Beatrice project, in the Northern Territory, consolidating its own interest in the project. The purchase consideration has been structured with a nominal up-front cost, and... 

Miners warn new NT royalty proposal to hurt investment

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th April 2018 The resources sector has warned the Northern Territory government that adjustments to its royalty system could hamper investment in the region. Northern Territory Treasurer Nicole Manison on Friday announced the introduction of a hybrid royalty scheme as part of the territory government’s plans... 

Miners warn new NT royalty proposal to hurt investment

Mining equipment supplier Weir buys US market leader Esco in $1.3bn tie-up

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2018 UK-based mining equipment dealer Weir has signed a binding $1.29-billion accord to buy Portland, Oregon-based Esco – a local market leader in the mining, construction and industrial markets. "We are acquiring a high-quality business at the right time, with the market in the early stages of its... 

Mining equipment supplier Weir buys US market leader Esco in $1.3bn tie-up

Denison outlines more high-grade mineralisation at Gryphon

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2018 Uranium explorer and development company Denison Mines has discovered more high-grade uranium ore 600 m and 1 km to the northeast of the Gryphon uranium deposit, on the company’s 63.3%-owned Wheeler River project, in northern Saskatchewan, the company reported on Wednesday. With the 21 153 m... 

Phoenix Global PEA lifts Idaho-based Empire mine output 16%

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2018 A preliminary economic assessment (PE) of LSE-quoted project developer Phoenix Global Mining’s historic Empire mine, in Idaho, has outlined a 16% improved production scenario over previous estimates, taking only the openpit copper oxide resource into consideration. The PEA shows an average copper... 

Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion investment untenable – CEO

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2018 The CEO of Kinder Morgan Steven Kean has conceded that the C$7.4-billion twinning of the existing Kinder Morgan crude oil pipeline between Alberta and British Columbia “may be untenable for a private party to undertake”. He made the comments during the company’s first-quarter conference call on... 

Shanta reports lower Q1 gold production

By: Simone Liedtke     19th April 2018 Aim-listed Shanta Gold remains on track to achieve its guidance of 82 000 oz to 88 000 oz in 2018 at an all-in sustaining cost (AISC) of between $680/oz and $730/oz, despite the New Luika gold mine, in south-west Tanzania, reporting lower production. Production in the March quarter reduced to 17... 

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