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Sasol reports stabilisation in synfuels output 

By: Terence Creamer     18th April 2019 Chemicals and energy group Sasol reports that output at its Secunda Synfuels Operations (SSO) stabilised in the third quarter, following the total shutdown of the West factory during the first half of its 2019 financial year, which had negatively affected production. In a note to shareholders,... 

Sasol reports stabilisation in synfuels output

Orion reawakening geological giant in Northern Cape 

By: Martin Creamer     18th April 2019 Three years ago, Orion Minerals was trading at an eighth of an Australian cent a share. It had a market capitalisation of $4-milllion and set out to find something that could be turned into a mine. The good news is that the company found that opportunity in South Africa, and its share price has... 

Orion reawakening geological giant in Northern Cape

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
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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.

Orion clinches potent new-style empowerment deal  

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2019 Sydney- and Johannesburg-listed exploration and mining development company Orion Minerals has found a formula to achieve empowerment that puts all shareholders at full participation and contribution. “What we’ve arrived at is a fantastic win-win scenario,” an overjoyed Orion CEO Errol Smart told... 

Orion clinches potent new-style empowerment deal

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... 

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

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

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... 

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

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... 

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... 

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... 

South32 coking coal output down 37%, energy coal hit by community protests  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th April 2019 Diversified miner South32 has lowered its energy coal and alumina production expectations for the full year, following a tough March quarter. Energy coal production for the quarter declined by 1% on the previous quarter, to 6.3-million tonnes, while metallurgical coal production was down 37% to... 

South32 coking coal output down 37%, energy coal hit by community protests
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

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

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

Uranium imports aren't a threat, Obama's energy chief says

By: Bloomberg     17th April 2019 A former US energy secretary dismissed the idea that an influx of foreign uranium imports is a threat to national security, rejecting what could be a justification for future import quotas to protect domestic suppliers. “I have never considered uranium to be a major security issue,” Ernest... 

Uranium imports aren't a threat, Obama's energy chief says

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.... 

MC signs coal offtake agreement for Makhado thermal coal 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th April 2019 ASX-, Aim- and JSE-listed MC Mining's Limpopo Coal Company subsidiary has entered into a sale and purchase agreement with one of the world's largest producers and marketers of bulk commodities for the offtake of export quality thermal coal to be produced during Phase 1 of the Makhado project, in... 

MC signs coal offtake agreement for Makhado thermal coal
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MC CEO David Brown

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.  

Fitch warns iron-ore price increase may be ‘more structural’ than initially thought

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2019 The sharp rise in iron-ore prices to over $90 per dry metric ton (dmt) from under $75/dmt since January, may be “more structural than initially anticipated”, says Fitch Ratings. It believes sustained iron-ore prices of above $85/dmt over the next 9 to 12 months should provide cash flow windfalls... 

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

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... 

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... 

Judge revokes water-use permit for Hecla’s Montana project

By: Mariaan Webb     17th April 2019 A judge in the US state of Montana has reversed the award of a water-use permit for Idaho-based Hecla Mining subsidiary, RC Resources’ Rock Creek silver/copper mine. Montana District Court Judge Kathy Seeley sided with plaintiffs who argued that their concerns regarding the impact that the... 

Gen Mining interested in Sibanye’s Marathon PGMs deposit

By: Mariaan Webb     18th April 2019 Minerals exploration company Generation Mining has struck an agreement to potentially earn up to 80% in Sibanye-Stillwater’s Marathon platinum group metals deposit in northern Ontario. Gen Mining has signed a letter of intent with Sibanye to earn an initial 51% interest in the property, which... 

Nevada Copper details plans for Pumpkin Hollow openpit

By: Mariaan Webb     17th April 2019 TSX-listed Nevada Copper has announced the outcomes of a newly completed prefeasibility study (PFS) for a standalone openpit mine at its Pumpkin Hollow project, where it is currently constructing an underground mine. The PFS considers developing the openpit independently from the underground... 

Nevada Copper details plans for Pumpkin Hollow openpit
The Pumpkin Hollow site (December 2018)

Barrick's quarterly performance in line with operating plan

By: Mariaan Webb     18th April 2019 Gold mining major Barrick Gold on Thursday reported a solid operating performance across its portfolio, announcing preliminary first-quarter production of 1.37-million ounces of gold and 106-million pounds of copper. This, the NYSE- and TSX-listed company said, was in line with its operating... 

Barrick's quarterly performance in line with operating plan

Waterton launches legal action against Hudbay

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th April 2019 Toronto-based investment firm Waterton Global Resource Management, which is waging a proxy contest against Hudbay Minerals, has started legal proceedings against the TSX- and NYSE-listed miner in the Ontario Superior Court. According to a statement from Hudbay, Waterton is alleging that the... 

Waterton launches legal action against Hudbay
Hudbay CEO Alan Hair

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

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... 

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... 

Petra recovers 209.9 ct diamond at Cullinan

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th April 2019 Petra Diamonds on Friday recovered a 209.9 ct D-colour Type II gem-quality diamond at its Cullinan diamond mine, in South Africa. This is the third Type II D-colour gem-quality diamond weighing more than 100 ct recovered since March and the fourth such diamond recovered in the current financial... 

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.... 

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

Sherritt sees no impact as Trump lifts ban on lawsuits against foreign firms in Cuba

By: Reuters     18th April 2019 Canadian miner Sherritt International will not be materially impacted by the Trump administration's decision to allow lawsuits in US courts against foreign firms in Cuba, the Canadian mining firm said on Wednesday. The Trump administration will allow lawsuits in US courts for the first time... 

Sherritt sees no impact as Trump lifts ban on lawsuits against foreign firms in Cuba
US President Donald Trump

Galaxy fails to find JV partner for Sal de Vida

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th April 2019 The share price of lithium miner Galaxy Resources fell by nearly 12% on Thursday after the company announced that it would close the joint venture (JV) process for its Sal de Vida project, without a deal. Through the second half of 2018 and early 2019, Galaxy conducted an evaluation of strategic... 

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