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Minerals Council welcomes Merafe Resources CEO as VP

By: Nadine James     22nd May 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa has added Merafe Resources CEO Zanela Matlala as a VP. This was announced at the council’s annual general meeting, on Wednesday, during which it was confirmed that Anglo American South Africa executive head Andile Sangqu and Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman... 

Zimbabwe mine output subdued in first quarter as dollar crunch bites

By: Reuters     22nd May 2019 Zimbabwe's mining sector was subdued in the first quarter due to a severe dollar crunch that affected production, with gold the most hit, the mining chamber said, adding some bullion miners had experienced recently introduced power cuts. Mining generates most of the export earnings for the... 

Vanggatfontein to ramp up to full output two weeks ahead of schedule

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd May 2019 JSE-listed Wescoal on Wednesday said it had resumed coal mining, handling and processing activities at the Vanggatfontein mine as of May 20 and that the mine was expected to ramp-up to full production in early June – two weeks ahead of schedule. In late April, the coal producer was forced to halt... 

Vanggatfontein to ramp up to full output two weeks ahead of schedule

Eskom keeps investors in the dark as debt speculation mounts 

By: Bloomberg     22nd May 2019 As speculation swirls about plans to deal with Eskom Holdings’ crippling debt load, one group of stakeholders hasn’t been consulted – owners of the company’s R243-billion of bonds. South Africa’s State-owned power utility is groaning under almost R500-billion of bond and loan debt, according to... 

LSE says, hello, Africa! Come list with us

By: Bloomberg     22nd May 2019 It’s not often that the LSE comes to Africa looking for listings. Traditionally companies based on the continent have to make a strong case to have their stock traded on one the world’s biggest bourses. But this week, officials are on roadshow in a bid to boost the LSE’s 115 African listings. The... 

BHP keen on more copper, nickel sulphide and oil

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd May 2019 Mining major BHP on Wednesday laid out its near-term plans for investors, saying that the company would look to add “options” in copper, nickel sulphides and oil. Speaking to investors, CFO Peter Beaven that BHP analysed a number of scenarios to ensure that the company’s portfolio was resilient... 

BHP keen on more copper, nickel sulphide and oil

Minerals Council, fuel cell cost, Zim beneficiation make headlines  

22nd May 2019 This week, the Minerals Council South Africa reflects on the promise of the future, a new material may bring down the fuel cell cost curve, and a smelter in Zimbabwe heeds the local beneficiation call. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks the headlines.   

Minerals Council, fuel cell cost, Zim beneficiation make headlines
Minerals Council, fuel cell cost, Zim beneficiation make headlines

Tanzania says to start cancelling inactive mining licences

By: Reuters     22nd May 2019 Tanzania will start cancelling inactive mining exploration licences and distribute the acreage to artisanal miners who are able to immediately commence activity in the area, a minister said on Tuesday. Deputy minister for minerals, Stanslaus Nyongo, told parliament he had issued an order that... 

Sasol to accelerate $2bn asset disposal plan as capex on US project leaps by another $1.3bn 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd May 2019 Energy and chemicals group Sasol, which announced another large increase in the capital cost of its Lake Charles Chemicals Project (LCCP) being built in the US, will accelerate its $2-billion noncore asset disposal programme and will used the proceeds to deleverage its balance sheet. Joint... 

Sasol to accelerate $2bn asset disposal plan as capex on US project leaps by another $1.3bn
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Joint presidents and CEOs Bongani Nqwababa and Stephen Cornell

Gordhan says mining firms must reverse job cuts

By: Bloomberg     22nd May 2019 South Africa’s mining companies must reverse recent decisions to cut jobs in the industry to help revive the economy and boost investor confidence, according to Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. His comments come a day after Lonmin said it plans to cut 4 100 workers at platinum mines... 

Vedanta seeks urgent meeting over its besieged Zambian unit

By: Bloomberg     22nd May 2019 Vedanta Resources is seeking an urgent meeting with Zambian President Edgar Lungu over the threat to its local assets after a state-owned investment company asked the Lusaka High Court to liquidate them. Lungu at the weekend accused Konkola Copper Mines of lying and cheating and said Africa’s... 

Barrick bids for rest of Acacia as Tanzania refuses direct settlement  

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd May 2019 Toronto-headquartered Barrick Gold has presented a proposal to its London-listed subsidiary Acacia Mining to buy the rest of the shares in the miner that it does not already own for $285-million. The share-for-share exchange of 0.153 Barrick shares for each ordinary share of Acacia implies a... 

Barrick bids for rest of Acacia as Tanzania refuses direct settlement

Minister publishes amendments to financial provisioning regulations for mine closure  

By: Nadine James     21st May 2019 Environmental Affairs Minster Nomvula Mokonyane has gazetted additional amendments to the Financial Provisioning Regulations for the rehabilitation and remediation of environmental damage caused by exploration and/or mining activity. The regulations stipulate the manner in which mining... 

Minister publishes amendments to financial provisioning regulations for mine closure

BBBEE Commission says most broad-based schemes failing ‘ownership test’ 

By: Terence Creamer     21st May 2019 The regulatory body overseeing the implementation of South Africa’s broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) legislation has dismissed suggestions that changes have been made to the rules governing the treatment of trusts and other broad-based structures under the ownership element of the... 

BBBEE Commission says most broad-based schemes failing ‘ownership test’

Zambian court appoints provisional liquidator of Vedanta's KCM 

By: Reuters     21st May 2019 Zambia's High Court on Tuesday appointed a legal firm as a provisional liquidator of Vedanta-controlled Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), according to a court document seen by Reuters. The document named Zambian law firm Lungu Simwanza & Company to oversee KCM a day after the president said Zambia... 

Zambian court appoints provisional liquidator of Vedanta's KCM

Oriole sets its sights on a bigger footprint in Cameroon

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st May 2019 Aim-listed Oriole Resources plans to capitalise on its position as a first-mover in Cameroon to expand its footprint in the country alongside its partner Bureau d'Etudes et d'Investigations Géologico-minières, Géotechniques et Géophysiques (BEIG3). Oriole previously entered into earn-in... 

Amani takes an option on DRC project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st May 2019 ASX-listed Amani Gold has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) over a package of ten gold tenements in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), known as the Gada gold project. The Gada project is located some 80 km from Amani’s own Giro project, with the company telling shareholders on... 

Oil climbs as Opec signal on output curbs overshadows trade risk

By: Bloomberg     21st May 2019 Oil rose for a second day on signs Opec and its allies will extend production cuts beyond June, while a steadily deteriorating US-China trade relationship kept prices from pushing higher. Futures in New York extended their gains after closing up 0.5% on Monday. Saudi Energy Minister Khalid... 

De Beers records lower sales amid macroeconomic uncertainty

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st May 2019 The value of De Beers’ rough diamond sales for the fourth cycle of this year fell year-on-year “against a backdrop of macroeconomic uncertainty”, CEO Bruce Cleaver said on Tuesday. Sales decreased to $415-million, compared with $554-million in the fourth sales cycle of 2018. 

Zimbabwe got loan from Afreximbank using platinum collateral

By: Bloomberg     21st May 2019 Zimbabwe secured a $500-million loan from the African Export-Import Bank to try and stabilize its currency market by offering platinum production as collateral, a person familiar with the details of the agreement said. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe on Saturday announced on Twitter that the money... 

Lonmin plans to cut 4 100 workers as it closes platinum mines

By: Bloomberg     21st May 2019 Lonmin plans to cut 4 100 workers at mines that have run out of profitable ore and are being closed. The platinum producer has started a process that’s required under South African labour law to carry out the workforce reductions, said Wendy Tlou, a spokesperson for the company. The layoffs will... 

Katoro identifies additional target at Haneti

By: Simone Liedtke     20th May 2019 Results from a soil sampling programme at Katoro Gold’s Haneti nickel project, in Tanzania, have reconfirmed and extended the strike length of the previously identified high-priority ultramafic exploration targets, as well as identified an additional ultramafic target, which was previously... 

Sibanye keeps option to increase Lonmin offer against rival bid 

By: Bloomberg     20th May 2019 Sibanye Gold reiterated that its increased offer for Lonmin Plc is final, but kept its option open to sweeten the deal for the platinum producer should a rival bid emerge. While its current offer “is final and will not be increased", the company “reserves the right to set aside the no increase... 

ABM starts exploration at Cameroon cobalt/nickel project

By: Simone Liedtke     20th May 2019 Aim-listed African Battery Metals has started exploration activities at its cobalt/nickel project in Cameroon and will initially be targeting cobalt and nickel mineralisation at prioritised targets within the company’s licence areas. The work programme will start immediately, with a view to... 

Buoyed by mining recovery, Barloworld looks to Mongolia for growth 

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2019 Barloworld’s results on Monday reflected some of the biggest trends in the South African economy, with the company reporting a sharp drop in equipment sales to the troubled construction industry, as well as a decline in new-vehicle sales and car rental days, but with the mining industry seemingly... 

Buoyed by mining recovery, Barloworld looks to Mongolia for growth

AfriTin completes drilling on first 20 holes at Uis mine

By: Simone Liedtke     20th May 2019 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining on Monday announced that it had completed the first 20 diamond drill holes, which were recommended for the validation of the historical data by CSA Global, at its flagship Uis tin mine, in Namibia. The drill holes form part of the drilling programme designed to support... 

Researchers see manganese helping fuel cells down cost curve 

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2019 A new manganese-containing material may contribute to platinum-using hydrogen fuel cells being driven down the cost curve. The new material, made from manganese hydride, is being earmarked for use in molecular sieves that work with the fuel cells in hydrogen fuelled systems that generate... 

Researchers see manganese helping fuel cells down cost curve
Hydrogen fuel cell cars use hydrogen and oxygen to generate electricity with the help of platinum.

Gemfields reports signs of recovery in emerald sector

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th May 2019 JSE-listed Gemfields continues to see “encouraging” signs of a recovery in the emerald sector, product and sales MD Adrian Banks said in a statement on Monday. This follows Gemfields’ latest auction of higher-quality rough emeralds, in Singapore, which generated revenue of $22.4-million and... 

Tanzania fines Acacia Mining $2.4m over alleged pollution

By: Reuters     20th May 2019 Tanzania's mining minister said on Monday Acacia Mining had been fined 5.6-billion Tanzanian shillings ($2.4-million) for alleged pollution at its North Mara mine. Acacia, majority-owned by Barrick Gold, is embroiled in a long-running tax dispute with Tanzania. 

Zambia files 'notification' of plans to take over Vedanta assets

By: Bloomberg     20th May 2019 Zambia’s government filed notification of plans to take over Vedanta Resources’s domestic copper assets, President Edgar Lungu said. The move marks an escalation in tension between the government and mine owners, after Lungu last week threatened to “divorce” Vedanta and Glencore, two of the... 

Amplats dismisses half of Mototolo’s underground employees amid unprotected strike 

By: Simone Liedtke     20th May 2019 Platinum miner Anglo American Platinum, headed by Chris Griffith, has dismissed half of the Mototolo mine’s underground employees amid an unprotected strike, but has given the dismissed employees until May 21 to appeal the decision. Employees at the mine affiliated with the General Industrial... 

Amplats dismisses half of Mototolo’s underground employees amid unprotected strike
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Amplats CE Chris Griffith

Palladium boom gives South African miners only temporary reprieve

By: Reuters     17th May 2019 A surge in palladium prices has thrown struggling South African mining companies a lifeline. But it may not be enough. Besides patchy power supplies and high labour costs, South African miners are saddled with ore that typically produces twice as much platinum as palladium - just at a time a... 

Amplats considers sale of Twickenham and Bokoni mines – CEO

By: Reuters     17th May 2019 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) is contemplating the sale of its Bokoni and Twickenham mines in South Africa, a move which would mostly complete the group's divestment strategy, its chief executive told Reuters. The precious metals producer has sold many of its mines as it pivots from the... 

Zambian President threatens Glencore, Vedanta with 'divorce' 

By: Bloomberg     17th May 2019 Zambian President Edgar Lungu threatened to “divorce” the domestic copper units of Vedanta Resources and Glencore after the companies said they’d curb operations in the Southern African nation. The threat marks an escalation in tensions between the mining industry in Africa’s second-biggest... 

Afarak attributes €7.5m first-quarter loss to low prices, sales volumes

By: Nadine James     17th May 2019 A higher chrome benchmark price and increased sales volumes are expected to result in an improvement in London-listed Afarak Group’s financial performance for the second quarter, after the company posted a €7.5-million loss for the first quarter. The company attributed the first-quarter loss to... 

Sibanye, Lonmin merger enters final stretch as AMCU appeal is dismissed 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th May 2019 The Competition Appeal Court of South Africa (CACSA) on Friday gave the green light for JSE- and NYSE-listed Sibanye-Stillwater’s proposed takeover of LSE- and JSE-listed Lonmin, dismissing an appeal filed by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union. CACSA upheld the Competition... 

Sibanye, Lonmin merger enters final stretch as AMCU appeal is dismissed
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Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman and Lonmin CEO Ben Magara

Acacia says North Mara to be issued environmental protection order

By: Reuters     17th May 2019 Acacia Mining said on Friday its North Mara gold mine would be issued an environmental protection order (EPO) relating to alleged historical breaches of environmental regulations in Tanzania. Acacia, majority-owned by Barrick Gold, is embroiled in a long-running tax dispute with Tanzania and had... 

Transnet appoints acting CFO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th May 2019 State-owned Transnet has appointed Mark Gregg-Macdonald acting CFO, with effect from May 13. He will also serve on Transnet's board. 

Transnet appoints acting CFO
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Transnet acting CFO Mark Gregg-Macdonald

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