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Policy-not-law charter judgment going long way towards providing certainty – NSDV 

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2021 The court judgement that the mining charter is policy and not law goes a long way towards providing regulatory certainty, says NSDV mining law senior associate Muhammed Khan ­– but it is not the end of the road, he cautions in a 1 500-word analysis entitled The Great Mining Charter Debate. Khan... 

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NSDV mining law senior associate Muhammed Khan.

Global mining sector sees ESG focus as top risk or opportunity 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th October 2021 Global mining executives rank environment, social and governance (ESG), decarbonisation and license to operate (LTO) as the top three risks and opportunities facing their businesses over the next 12 months, according to the latest EY 'Top 10 Business Risks and Opportunities for Mining and Metals... 

Nersa yet to decide if it will oppose Eskom’s MYPD5 court application 

By: Terence Creamer     19th October 2021 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has confirmed the receipt of Eskom’s High Court application, through which the utility is seeking to have the regulator’s decision to reject its fifth multiyear price determination (MYPD5) revenue application reviewed and set aside. However,... 

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B2Gold hikes FY guidance, ups stake in Finland exploration JV

By: Mariaan Webb     19th October 2021 Canadian bullion miner B2Gold has hiked its 2021 guidance to between 1.012-million and 1.055-million ounces, following a strong third quarter in which output came in above target. The company produced 310 261 oz, including 14 538 oz of attributable production from its interest in Calibre... 

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The Fekola mine, in Mali.

Centamin’s third-quarter gold output ahead of schedule

By: Donna Slater     19th October 2021 LSE- and TSX-listed Egypt-focused gold miner Centamin reports that its gold production for the third quarter ended September 30 was slightly ahead of schedule at 103 546 oz, bringing production for the year-to-date to 307 821 oz and keeping the company on track to achieve its full-year production... 

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Centamin's Sukari gold mine

AMCU to take Sibanye to CCMA over wage negotiation impasse

By: Simone Liedtke     19th October 2021 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), along with other trade unions in the gold mining sector, plans to take precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) over a wage dispute at its gold operations. Sibanye is... 

Jupiter reports lower interim profit from manganese subsidiary

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th October 2021 ASX-listed Jupiter Mines has declared an interim dividend of $0.005 apiece for the six months ended August 31. The company posted an interim profit after tax of $27-million, compared with an interim profit of $29-million posted for the six months ended August 31, 2020.  

Giyani adds resources to K.Hill project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th October 2021 TSX-V-listed Giyani Metals has published an updated indicated mineral resource estimate of 1.6-million tonnes and an inferred mineral resource estimate of 1.4-million tonnes for the K.Hill manganese oxide project, in Botswana. The company has also completed a three-hole diamond drilling... 

Venetia’s new on-site heat tolerance screening facility is now open

By: Simone Liedtke     19th October 2021 De Beers’ Venetia diamond mine, near Alldays, in Limpopo, has opened a new on-site heat tolerance screening (HTS) facility as part of its ongoing efforts to ensure the safety of its workers. The new facility, which was built by local small business Ravhuyani Construction and Projects, will... 

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Venetia's HTS Building

Diamond market ‘fully recovered from pandemic’

By: Mariaan Webb     19th October 2021 A structural decline in diamond production and growing end-user demand have created favourable conditions for sustained price growth, especially for rare rough and polished diamonds. In its yearly diamond investment market report, Alrosa states that the diamond market has "fully recovered from... 

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Exxaro partners with Dis-Chem Pharmacies to vaccinate head office employees

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th October 2021 Black empowered mining company Exxaro Resources partnered with pharmacy group Dis-Chem to vaccinate its employees, contractors and their next of kin at the Exxaro head office, the conneXXion. The partnership began in August and, as at October 15, more than 570 people have received the vaccination... 

Insurer first company outside cobalt supply chain to join Fair Cobalt Alliance

By: Donna Slater     19th October 2021 Multistakeholder action platform the Fair Cobalt Alliance (FCA) has welcomed Netherlands-based insurer AnsvarIdéa to its membership.                                     The FCA is committed to developing responsible and fair supply of artisanal mined cobalt from the Democratic Republic of Congo... 

Coal tops $300/t China as cold wave adds to energy crisis

By: Bloomberg     19th October 2021 Coal futures in China surged to another record to put a previously unthinkable level of 2 000 yuan ($311) a ton in sight, as a cold blast adds to the country’s energy crisis. Cool weather has descended on eastern China, sparking an early start to the winter heating season in some areas. That’s... 

No. 1 uranium miner backs physical fund in nod to robust demand

By: Bloomberg     19th October 2021 Kazatomprom, the world’s largest uranium miner, is backing a new uranium fund that aims to invest in the radioactive metal used to power nuclear reactors. ANU Energy OEIC was established as a fund to hold physical uranium as a long-term investment, with initial purchases financed from a... 

Keliber granted safety permit for Syväjärvi

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th October 2021 The Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency has granted a mining safety permit for Keliber’s second largest deposit, Syväjärvi. The permit, granted last week, includes immediate execution, despite eventual appeals.  

Iamgold output trending towards upper-end of guidance range

By: Mariaan Webb     19th October 2021 Canadian miner Iamgold has produced 153 000 oz of gold in the third quarter, with strong results from Essakane, in Burkina Faso, and output from Rosebel, in Suriname, in line with its updated plan. Production at Westwood, in Canada, was lower-than-planned at 7 000 oz. 

Another setback for Great Panther at Tucano

By: Mariaan Webb     19th October 2021 Gold and silver producer Great Panther Mining’s stock fell nearly 10% on Monday as company again suspended mining at the Urucum Central South (UCS) pit at its Tucano gold mine, in Brazil, on safety grounds. The miner explained that additional work was need waste material had to be removed and... 

Vital finds more offtake for Canadian rare earths

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th October 2021 ASX-listed Vital Metals has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with TSX-V-listed Ucore Rare Metals to supply rare earth carbonate feedstock. Under the terms of the MoU, Vital would sell a minimum of 500 t/y of rare earth oxide to Ucore, starting in the first half of 2024.  

Red 5 ups production, remains on track at KOTH

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th October 2021 Junior gold miner Red 5 has reported higher output in the September quarter, with its King of the Hills (KOTH) mine progressing on schedule and within budget. Red 5 on Tuesday reported that 16 377 oz of gold was produced during the September quarter, up from the 15 251 oz in the June quarter,... 

Hochschild to demerge and list rare earths unit in Toronto

By: Mariaan Webb     19th October 2021 Precious metals miner Hochschild Mining on Tuesday announced that it will demerge its rare earth minerals unit from the group and list Aclara Resources separately on the TSX by the end of the year. Aclara owns a strategic land package of mineral concessions in Chile and is initiating the... 

Hochschild to demerge and list rare earths unit in Toronto

Senex production increases in Sept quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th October 2021 ASX-listed Senex Energy has reported a 6% increase in production during the three months to September. Production during the September quarter grew to 5 PJ, driven by commissioning of the Roma North Stage 1b expansion, and the Atlas project achieving nameplate production of 32 TJ/d. 

Biggest US coal miner surges 17% as global energy crisis boots demand

By: Bloomberg     19th October 2021 The global energy crisis that’s fueling demand for coal boosted third-quarter results for Peabody Energy, pushing up shares 17%. Sales exceeded $900-million, the highest in seven quarters, and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of $280-million to $290-million... 

Thiel-backed lithium miner is said to prepare Nasdaq listing

By: Bloomberg     19th October 2021 Rock Tech Lithium is preparing a Nasdaq listing to broaden its investor base and help finance a $545-million battery-metals smelter in Germany near sites of key suppliers and customers including Tesla and BASF, according to people familiar with the matter. The US stock market presence would... 

CME partners with Lifeline in WA

19th October 2021 The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) has joined forces with Lifeline Western Australia to provide targeted peer support for those struggling with mental health challenges. A six-month pilot program is currently being undertaken by CME member companies Roy Hill, Mineral... 

Aus needs battery hubs - report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th October 2021 Australia would need a coordinated and strategic approach to accelerate hub development and streamline industrial and governance processes in order to attract investment into downstream production, and to compete with the global battery manufacturing industry, a new report has shown. The... 

Jervois starts underground work at ICO

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th October 2021 ASX-listed Jervois has started underground construction at its Idaho Cobalt Operations (ICO), in the US. The company in July this year approved the $78.4-million construction of the ICO, with first production expected from mid-2022. 

Northern Star stays the course

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th October 2021 Gold miner Northern Star Resources has reported a slight decline in gold sales for the three months to September, compared with the June quarter, with the miner remaining on track to meet its full-year production guidance. Gold sales during the September quarter reached 386 160 oz, at an all-in... 

Aus introduces emissions transparency report

19th October 2021 The federal government has developed a Corporate Emissions Reduction Transparency (CERT) report, which will support Australian companies to publicly report on progress towards their voluntarily-adopted emissions reduction targets in a clear and standardised way. Minister for Energy and... 

BHP continues with Woodside deal after tough quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th October 2021 Diversified miner BHP has reported a fall in production across the majority of its commodity portfolios, apart from petroleum, during the three months to September. “BHP’s operations delivered reliably during the first quarter and we completed planned major maintenance activities across a number... 

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BHP CEO Mike Henry

Transnet restores some operations at Richards Bay after fire

By: Reuters     19th October 2021 South African monopoly port operator Transnet said on Monday it had restored many of its operations since a fire broke out at its Richards Bay terminal last week, but that it still needed to ensure affected areas where safe before resuming others. Richards Bay Bulk Terminal, Africa's largest coal... 

Vale halts operations at nickel mine after court order

By: Reuters     18th October 2021 Brazilian miner Vale said on Monday that it has once again halted operations at its Onca Puma nickel mine after the state of Para obtained a judicial order to reinstate the suspension of the venture's operating license. Operations at Onca Puma were first halted in early October due to alleged... 

Nornickel urges scientists to find new ways to use palladium

By: Reuters     18th October 2021 Russia's Nornickel, the world's largest palladium producer, said on Monday it had begun a contest for scientists to find new ways to use the metal that has been hit by a chip shortage in the auto industry, its top consumer sector. Global demand for palladium has weakened recently as automakers,... 

Incentive needed for smaller end of stock exchange to survive – Miller  

By: Martin Creamer     18th October 2021 An incentive is needed for the listing of companies on the smaller end of the stock exchange, which is facing an existential crisis, said AmaranthCX director and owner Paul Miller on Monday. Reacting to the groundswell of headlines about delistings and lack of listings on the Johannesburg Stock... 

AmaranthCX director and owner Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Red Rock eyes Côte d’Ivoire opportunities with application for five exploration permits

By: Donna Slater     18th October 2021 LSE-listed gold, copper and cobalt producer Red Rock Resources has submitted applications for five exploration permits through a wholly-owned Côte d’Ivoire subsidiary LacGold Resources (LacGold). Red Rock chairperson Andrew Bell says exploration of some of the largest parts of the west African... 

Pallinghurst to acquire 19.2% of Talon Metals

By: Donna Slater     18th October 2021 The Pallinghurst Group, through Pallinghurst Nickel International, on October 18 agreed to acquire 133.61-million common shares of Talon Metals Corporation at a purchase price of $0.60 apiece and an aggregate value of $80.16-million. The acquisition follows a binding private agreement with... 

UBS raises copper premium forecast

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th October 2021 Investment banking company UBS says physical premiums for copper have spiked across regions, alongside falling exchange inventories globally, particularly in China. Copper was up 18% in October and, given the risk power curbs present to refined copper supply, UBS is raising its copper price... 

Noront and Wyloo formalise offer, BHP has right to match

By: Mariaan Webb     18th October 2021 Canadian nickel developer Noront Resources on Monday announced it had settled the terms of a proposal from Australia’s Wyloo Metals, which at C$0.70 a share in cash was deemed superior to that of BHP Billiton. The offer price is a 27% premium to the C$0.55-a-share offer from BHP to gain control... 

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Village Main Reef signs two-year wage agreement with unions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th October 2021 Trade unions the National Union of Mineworkers and Uasa have signed a two-year wage agreement with gold miner Village Main Reef (VMR), effective July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023. This follows an announcement by trade union Solidarity last week that it too had signed the agreement with VMR.  

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