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Majority of B2Gold’s mines outperform guidance in strong first quarter

By: Nadine James     18th April 2019 TSX-listed B2Gold exceeded its first-quarter production and sales guidance by 6%, producing 230 859 oz and selling 232 076 oz of gold. The Fekola, Masbate, Otjikoto and El Limon mines all exceeded their targeted production, with the Mali-based Fekola and the Philippines-based Masbate mines,... 

Capital Drilling poised to meet growing demand for drilling services

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th April 2019 Africa-focused Capital Drilling continues to be well positioned for an anticipated uplift in demand, especially in West Africa. “At this early stage of the year, we have already seen some encouraging signs in the market, with robust metals prices, particularly gold, and improving capital markets. 

Glencore’s Jeff Gerard appointed Katanga CEO

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2019 TSX-listed Katanga Mining, a unit of Glencore, on Thursday announced that Glencore International’s Jeff Gerard would succeed Danny Callow as CEO of the company, effective May 2. Gerard’s appointment follows the signing of a management services agreement between Katanga and Glencore in January.... 

Ncondezi receives shareholder loan conversion notice

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2019 Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy has received a shareholder loan conversion notice for 764 165 shares from lenders to be converted at a conversion price of 10p a share. Admission of these shares on Aim is expected to take place on April 26. 

Mick Davis moves closer to iron-ore mining with Liberian deal  

By: Bloomberg     18th April 2019 Mining dealmaker Mick Davis has won permission to export iron-ore from a planned mine in West Africa, adding momentum to the industry veteran’s comeback. Davis, through his new Niron Metals vehicle, has signed an agreement with Liberia that will allow him to use a rail and port to export iron-ore... 

Mick Davis moves closer to iron-ore mining with Liberian deal
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Mick Davis

Goldcorp and Newmont successfully create gold behemoth

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th April 2019 Gold miners Goldcorp and Newmont have successfully closed their $10-billion merger, creating the world’s largest gold mining business with operations in the Americas, Africa and Australia. Newmont Goldcorp will continue trading on the NYSE with the ticker ‘NEM’ and will begin trading on the TSX... 

Mining sector’s pursuit of ‘zero harm’ continues

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2019 The South African mining industry has continuously recommitted to the shared aspiration of zero harm, which aims to ensure that mineworkers return home from work unharmed every day. While there was an 86% decline in the number of fatalities from 1994 to 2016, the death of 90 mineworkers marked a... 

Mining sector’s pursuit of ‘zero harm’ continues

Five-month gold strike is over 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2019 The five-month strike by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) at Sibanye-Stillwater’s South African gold operations is over. Parties have acknowledged that it is in their interest to rebase and develop a constructive relationship going forward, Sibanye-Stillwater said in a... 

Kibo appoints Wimmer as adviser for African project financing

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th April 2019 Kibo Energy has signed a corporate finance engagement letter with Wimmer Financial, which will advise Kibo on and manage all aspects related to the structuring and provision of a project finance corporate credit line facility of up to $900-million which could form part of a broader funding... 

Zimbabwe attracts two new investors to develop platinum mining projects 

By: Reuters     17th April 2019 Zimbabwe will in coming weeks name two new investors who will develop separate platinum mining projects west of the capital as the country ramps up mining output in an attempt to ease a severe dollar shortage, the mines minister said on Wednesday The southern African nation has the second largest... 

Eager black investors fund premium-priced opportunity in zinc, copper 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2019 Black investors have self-funded the purchase of shares at a premium price in the fast-tracked redevelopment of the Prieska zinc and copper mine in the Northern Cape, which has a three-year payback and a minimum mine life of ten years. The $8-million equity capital raising by Orion Minerals,... 

Eager black investors fund premium-priced opportunity in zinc, copper
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater
Orion Minerals’ ‘meet-the-media’ attendees were from left: Jowell Tobias, Godfrey Gomwe, Billy Mawasha, Michelle Jenkins, Errol Smart, Nelson Mosiapoa, Tom Borman, Sharon Matthews and Roger Matthews.

Royal Bafokeng boosts production despite setbacks 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2019 Black-owned platinum group metals mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum boosted its production in the three months to March 31, in spite of several setbacks in the period. Tonnes delivered to concentrators increased by 17.3% to 862 000 t and tonnes milled increasing by 11.6% to 846 000 t.... 

Moroccan miner Managem considering raising $200m in bond sales

By: Reuters     17th April 2019 Morocco's leading mining firm Managem says it is considering raising $200-million through the sale of nonconvertible bonds with a maturity of up to seven years, to fund its development plans. The terms of the issuance will have to be approved by its general assembly on May 6, Managem said in a... 

Altus defines further prospect at Mali gold project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th April 2019 Aim- and TSX-V-listed Altus Strategies has defined a further significant prospect at its Diba gold project, in Mali. "Our detailed review of Diba's historical data, as reported on February 4, identified multiple priority drill targets including a 1.85-km-long anomalous zone adjacent to the... 

Galileo raises £500 000 for Zambia zinc project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th April 2019 Aim-listed Galileo Resources has raised £500 000 through the placing of 100-million new shares at a price of 0.5p a share. The proceeds will be used for general working capital, as well as for advancing its Star Zinc project, in Zambia. Specifically, the company plans to use the proceeds to... 

Miners behind pre-poll South African stock rally not done yet

By: Bloomberg     17th April 2019 South African mining stocks have had their best start to the year since 2016 and there’s every chance they are not done yet. The FTSE/JSE Africa Mining Index has gained 22% as of April 16 and is close to an eight-year high, helping South Africa’s benchmark gauge advance 12% as investors show few... 

Premier terminates KME Plant, Honey Badger transactions

By: Simone Liedtke     17th April 2019 Aim-listed Premier African Minerals on Wednesday said it would not proceed with the proposed conditional acquisitions of 50% of the KME Plant and 50% of the equity in Honey Badger Resources (HBR), until there is some finality on the RHA Tungsten mine’s future. As a result, both transactions with... 

Eskom CEO says 'days of surprises' over as problems exposed 

By: Bloomberg     17th April 2019 Almost 15 months into the job, and the boss of South Africa’s state-owned electricity company is getting to grips with issues spanning corruption to defective power plants that threatened to collapse the grid. “The days of surprises are over,” Eskom Holdings CEO Phakamani Hadebe said in an... 

ODC unveils ‘iconic’ Okavango Blue diamond

By: Simone Liedtke     17th April 2019 Botswana-based Okavango Diamond Company on Wednesday unveiled “the biggest blue diamond discovery ever made” in Botswana – an oval-shaped blue diamond weighing in at over 20 ct. The Gemological Institute of America has graded the stone as an oval brilliant cut of 20.46 ct, with a fancy deep blue... 

ODC unveils ‘iconic’ Okavango Blue diamond

Galane resurrects Galaxy mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th April 2019 TSX-V-listed Galane Gold has produced its first concentrate at the Galaxy mine, in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province, as commissioning of the 15-million-tonne-a-year refurbished plant got under way. The plant was expected to reach full capacity from May onwards, the company reported on... 

Rio farewells group exec

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th April 2019 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has announced the retirement of group executive Joanne Farrell, who will retire at the end of September. Farrell joined the company in 1987 and has worked in a variety of roles across human resources, health, safety, communities and environment before joining the... 

Kibali to break more records this year – Bristow

By: Nadine James     17th April 2019 The Kibali gold mine – ranked among the world’s top ten gold mines – has “made a strong start” to this year after having set a new production record in 2018, Barrick Gold president and CEO Mark Bristow says. Bristow says the mine, which is a joint venture with AngloGold Ashanti and Democratic... 

Kibali to break more records this year – Bristow
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Barrick Gold president and CEO Mark Bristow

Appeal against environmental authorisation for MC Mining's Makhado project dismissed

By: African News Agency      17th April 2019 Coal mining company MC Mining said on Wednesday appeals against an amendment to an environmental authorisation for its Makhado project allowing for the transportation of coal to Musina by road rather than rail had been dismissed. MC Mining's subsidiary Baobab Mining & Exploration is developing... 

Kinross culls two senior positions from management team

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th April 2019 Senior gold miner Kinross Gold on Tuesday announced that two senior members of its leadership team would leave the company by mutual agreement, as part of a cost management and efficiency improvement drive. Senior VP and COO Lauren Roberts and senior VP for human resources Gina Jardine would... 

Orion Minerals, PTM make headlines 

17th April 2019 This week Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks the developments at Orion Minerals and Platinum Group Metals. 

Orion Minerals, PTM make headlines
Orion Minerals, PTM make headlines

Resources Watch  

17th April 2019 South African platinum industry needs continuing collaboration; Rapidly rising costs will exacerbate PGMs industry crisis; and, Platinum demand investment reaps reward 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

BHP downgrades iron-ore outlook

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th April 2019 Mining major BHP has revised its full year iron-ore production expectations on the back of Tropical Cyclone Veronica, telling shareholders on Wednesday that iron-ore production for the full year is now expected to be between 235-million and 239-million tonnes. This new guidance compared with... 

BHP downgrades iron-ore outlook

Kumba hands over Siyathemba youth centre, parks to community  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th April 2019 Kumba Iron Ore CE Themba Mkhwanazi on Tuesday officially handed over 17 parks, as well as the Siyathemba Youth Centre, to the community of Siyathemba, near Kathu. Siyathemba is a newly built town, near Kathu, in the Northern Cape, to which the previous town of Dingleton is being relocated. This... 

Kumba hands over Siyathemba youth centre, parks to community
Kumba Iron Ore CEO Themba Mkhwanazi details the new Siyathemba Youth Centre and 17 parks, and how these form part of the Dingleton - Siyathemba relocation project. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Armadale progresses towards DFS, mining permit for Mahenge graphite project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th April 2019 Aim-listed Armadale Capital expects a definitive feasibility study or its Mahenge Liandu graphite project, in Tanzania, to be completed in the fourth quarter. Remaining work, including product marketing, developing transport and logistics pathway and a resource update, is under way.  

SSC takes Vantage to court in Lily, Barbrook mines transfer dispute

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th April 2019 Siyakhula Sonke Empowerment Corporation (SSC) and its subsidiary Flaming Silver has filed an urgent application in the Mpumalanga High Court to resolve a dispute with Vantage Goldfields South Africa regarding a sale of shares agreement for the Lily and Barbrook mines, in Mpumalanga.  

SSC takes Vantage to court in Lily, Barbrook mines transfer dispute
SSC group CEO Fred Arendse

Munali nickel mine restarted

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th April 2019 Mabiza Resources and its major investor Consolidated Nickel Mines (CNM) have restarted mining operations at the Munali nickel mine, in Zambia. The refurbished mine was officially opened on Tuesday by Zambia President Edgar Lungu and key dignitaries from the Zambian government.  

Gold output to reach record high this year – report 

By: Nadine James     16th April 2019 Gold production increased for the tenth consecutive year in 2018 to 107.3-million ounces and is expected to reach a new record high of 109.6-million ounces this year, S&P Global Market Intelligence research analyst Christopher Galbraith said on Tuesday.   He noted that while the year-on-year... 

Gold output to reach record high this year – report

Policy and regulatory malaise undermining efforts to address power deficit  

By: Terence Creamer     16th April 2019 Lingering policy uncertainty and regulatory delays are continuing to impede the development of hundreds of small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) projects, which are seen at the quickest and cheapest way for South Africa to address its current electricity supply deficit. The South African... 

Policy and regulatory malaise undermining efforts to address power deficit

Tando welcomes updated high-grade shallow resource estimate at SPD

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th April 2019 An updated high-grade shallow resource for ASX-listed Tando Resources' SPD vanadium project, in South Africa, underpins the potential for a low-cost, near-term operation, MD Bill Oliver said on Tuesday. The company on Tuesday announced the new Joint Ore Reserves Committee- (Jorc-) compliant... 

Sanbrado optimised study predicts 300 000 oz in first year – West African

By: Nadine James     16th April 2019 Sydney-listed West African Resources has increased its forecast yearly gold production from the Sanbrado mine, in Burkina Faso, following an optimised feasibility study. Announcing the results of the study on Tuesday, the company said that Sanbrado would produce 301 000 oz in its first year of... 

Lumwana says higher taxes will have severe impact on business

By: Reuters     16th April 2019 Higher mineral taxes in Zambia will have a severe effect on Lumwana Mining Company's operations, driving its costs up, the copper miner's country manager, Nathan Chishimba, told journalists on Tuesday. Earlier this year, Africa's second-largest copper producing country increased royalties and... 

WGC, ICBC sign MoU to develop Chinese gold market

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th April 2019 The World Gold Council (WGC) and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on developing the Chinese gold market, including the development and marketing of gold solutions for Millennial consumers and institutional investors.   China... 

Hummingbird taking steps to address mining dilution, ore loss at Yanfolila

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th April 2019 Aim-listed Hummingbird Resources' Yanfolila gold mine, in Mali, produced 23 807 oz of gold in the first quarter of this year, up 33% from the 17 895 oz produced in the fourth quarter of 2018. Mining rates were, however, lower than expected. 

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