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Global Witness welcomes LME’s new responsible sourcing rules 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd April 2019 International nongovernmental organisation (NGO) Global Witness has welcomed the London Metal Exchange’s (LME’s) new responsible sourcing rules, which were published for public consultation on Tuesday. The exchange’s responsible sourcing roadmap is intended for LME-listed brands and builds on a... 

Global Witness welcomes LME’s new responsible sourcing rules

Anglo stalwart appointed Pensana CEO  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd April 2019 ASX-listed rare earths hopeful Pensana Metals has appointed Tim George as CEO. George has more than a decade of experience in production management at several of diversified miner Anglo American’s operations in Africa, and has previously worked in Angola as chairperson and CEO of Aim-listed... 

Anglo steps up defense to repel Agarwal's interest – Telegraph 

By: Bloomberg     23rd April 2019 Anglo American has hired three investment banks to fend off a potential takeover bid from the billionaire owner of Vedanta Resources, Anil Agarwal, the Telegraph reported, citing unidentified people. Agarwal has previously stated he had no intention to take over the miner, but bankers think he... 

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
Photo by Bloomberg
Mick Davis

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... 

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.... 

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

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
Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart (left) interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater.

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
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
MC CEO David Brown

Acacia reports 13% lower gold production for the first quarter 

By: Simone Liedtke     15th April 2019 Gold miner Acacia Mining on Monday reported gold production of 104 889 oz for the first quarter of this year, a 13% year-on-year decrease mainly as a result of lower output at the North Mara and Buzwagi mines. Gold ounces sold for the quarter, at 104 985 oz, were, however, in line with production. 

Gemfields sells Jupiter shareholding for $31m 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th April 2019 JSE- and BSX-listed Gemfields’ subsidiary, Pallinghurst Consolidated, will sell the 145-million shares it holds in ASX-listed Jupiter Mining to AMCI Euro Holdings for A$44-million, or $31-million. Gemfields stated on Monday that the transaction was consistent with the board’s strategy for the... 

Petra Diamonds' new CEO to work on strategy, seeks stability first 

By: Reuters     15th April 2019 African miner Petra Diamonds, which has high debt levels, aims to be cash flow positive in the second half of the year and will then be able to consider future developments, its new chief executive said on Monday. The company's share price has fallen 55% since the start of the year as weak... 

Petra Diamonds' new CEO to work on strategy, seeks stability first
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Petra CEO Richard Duffy

Mantashe urges continued investment in clean coal tech   

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th April 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Friday commended Sasol for the “good work” it was doing and the opening of its new Impumelelo Colliery. He said it was notable that the opening of the mine came at a time when coal is under siege and that it should counter the narrative that coal is... 

Mantashe urges continued investment in clean coal tech
Sasol executive director and joint president and CEO Stephen Cornell provides details of the new Impumelelo colliery. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Mbazima to retire from Anglo American after 18 years 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th April 2019 Norman Mbazima will step down as deputy chairperson of Anglo American South Africa on June 30. “Norman has made an exceptional contribution to Anglo American over the last 18 years, delivered with tireless energy, most recently as deputy chairperson of Anglo American South Africa. He has played... 

Mbazima to retire from Anglo American after 18 years
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Norman Mbazima

Minerals Council calls for delay of at least five years in carbon tax implementation 

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th April 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa (Minerals Council), the representative body for the mining industry in the country, has called on government to delay the implementation of the new carbon tax. “The Minerals Council would like to see a delay of at least five years for the implementation of the... 

Minerals Council calls for delay of at least five years in carbon tax implementation

Sibanye-Stillwater presells gold to Citibank 

By: Martin Creamer     11th April 2019 Precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater announced on Thursday that it had entered into an agreement to presell gold to Citibank for R1.75-billion ($125-million). This follows Wednesday’s raising of a similar amount on the sale of 5% of the issued shares of the Johannesburg- and New... 

Sibanye-Stillwater presells gold to Citibank
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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Hydrogen and platinum at centre of climate change solution – Anglo    

By: Martin Creamer     11th April 2019 Hydrogen is at the centre of the solution to climate change and platinum, in turn, is at the centre of hydrogen, London-based Anglo American executive head of market development Benny Oeyen emphasised when he spoke to Mining Weekly Online on the sidelines of this week’s Platinum Group Metals... 

Hydrogen and platinum at centre of climate change solution – Anglo
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer speaks to Anglo American executive head of market development Benny Oeyen. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater.

South Africa’s Feb mining output down 7.5% y/y 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th April 2019 Statistics South Africa has reported that mining production in February decreased by 7.5% year-on-year. The largest negative contributors were diamonds, with a 48.3% decrease in output, contributing -3.2 percentage points; gold, with a 20.6% decrease in output, contributing -3 percentage... 

South Africa’s Feb mining output down 7.5% y/y

Gold Fields declares maiden reserve at Salares Norte, targets first gold in 2023 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th April 2019 Gold Fields earlier this year completed a definitive feasibility study (DFS) on its Salares Norte project, in Chile, South America, which enabled the company to declare a maiden reserve for the project. The company started exploration on the prospect in March 2011, with drilling to date... 

Gold Fields declares maiden reserve at Salares Norte, targets first gold in 2023
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Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland

Zimbabwe pursuing favourable policies to attract more mining investment 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th April 2019 To pursue meaningful and increased exploration, fully capitalise on economic benefits and increase investment in the mining sector, the Zimbabwean government has embarked on a number of policies to engender a favourable environment for investors. Deputy Mines and Mining Development Minister... 

Zimbabwe pursuing favourable policies to attract more mining investment

Sibanye raises R1.7bn in share placement  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th April 2019 JSE- and NYSE-listed precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater has placed 108.93-million new ordinary shares at R15.50 apiece with existing and new institutional investors, raising gross proceeds of about R1.7-billion, or $120-million. The shares represent around 5% of the company’s issued... 

Sibanye raises R1.7bn in share placement
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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

South African platinum industry needs continuing collaboration – panel  

By: Simone Liedtke     9th April 2019 Despite cautious optimism among industry stakeholders about the platinum group metals (PGMs) industry’s forward momentum, Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne on Tuesday warned delegates at the PGMs Industry Day, in Johannesburg, that the industry was “not out of the woods yet”. Dunne lamented that... 

South African platinum industry needs continuing collaboration – panel
Impala Platinum mining executive Thabile Makgala discusses current trends in the platinum mining industry. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Rapidly rising costs will exacerbate PGMs industry crisis  

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th April 2019 Faster-than-inflation rising costs and a stall in revenue in the South African platinum group metals (PGMs) industry are exacerbating hardwired challenges that are already threatening nearly 90 000 jobs. Rapidly escalating costs, particularly for labour, electricity and supplies, are fast... 

Rapidly rising costs will exacerbate PGMs industry crisis
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter discusses the challenges facing the platinum group metals sector in South Africa. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 8.4.2019

Platinum demand investment reaps reward – Amplats  

By: Martin Creamer     9th April 2019 The best lever to stimulate platinum demand is platinum jewellery promotion, which provides the best return “by a country mile", Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith said on Tuesday. Speaking at the Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) industry day, Griffith said that the work done by the platinum... 

Platinum demand investment reaps reward – Amplats
Amplats CEO Chris Griffith discusses the platinum demand market over the short to medium term. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Rio Tinto approves $463m Zulti South project to extend RBM's life 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th April 2019 Diversified miner Rio Tinto on Monday approved the construction of the $463-million Zulti South project − the next stage in the development of mineral sands producer Richards Bay Minerals (RBM), in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province. The project will sustain RBM's current capacity, as well as... 

Rio Tinto approves $463m Zulti South project to extend RBM's life
Photo by Bloomberg
Rio Tinto CEO Jean-Sebastian Jacques

Transnet sets new weekly manganese record 

By: Simone Liedtke     8th April 2019 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail on Monday announced that it had achieved a new weekly throughput record of 335 812 t of manganese, beating its previous record by 6 362 t. The record was achieved in week two of the 2019/20 financial year and compares with a target of 290 794 t for that week. 

Ethical investors ask miners to publish tailings dam details 

By: Reuters     5th April 2019 Ethical investors working on a global standard for tailings dams have written to 683 listed resource companies, including major miners, asking for information to be made public within 45 days about every facility they control. The safety of dams used to store mining waste known as tailings has... 

Technical assessments launched after housing damage in Ogies  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe says technical assessments will be undertaken in Ogies, Mpumalanga, to determine whether cracks in the Phola community’s houses have been as a result of three nearby mines’ activities. This follows after the Minister consulted the Phola community, near... 

Research bodies turning to technology to reverse decline of deep-level mining  

By: Nadine James     5th April 2019 The outlook for South Africa’s deep-level mining sector over the next ten years is bleak, without drastic change, comments Mandela Mining Precinct co-director Navin Singh. This is because of challenges around operating costs and safety of personnel, says South African Institute of Mining and... 

Research bodies turning to technology to reverse decline of deep-level mining

Global gold-backed ETF holdings grew incrementally in March – WGC 

By: Simone Liedtke     4th April 2019 Holdings in global gold-backed exchange-traded funds and similar products rose by 3 t in March, to 2 483 t, equivalent to about $183-million in inflows, the World Gold Council (WGC) reported on Thursday. The WGC said global assets under management fell by 1.6% in dollar terms to $103-billion over... 

MMG joins Glencore, ERG in reviewing Congo plans after tax hike 

By: Bloomberg     4th April 2019 Yet another foreign miner in the Democratic Republic of Congo is reviewing its future production plans after the government increased taxes and removed investor safeguards despite industry protests. MMG, the Chinese-owned copper producer, is considering whether to invest in more expensive methods... 

MMG joins Glencore, ERG in reviewing Congo plans after tax hike
MMG's Kinsevere mine

Barrick, DRC President confirm partnership to grow DRC gold mining industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd April 2019 Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) President Felix Tshisekedi and Barrick Gold Corporation executive chairperson John Thornton on Wednesday confirmed a partnership to develop the country’s gold mining industry. The two held a meeting during Tshisekedi’s State visit to the US. 

Barrick, DRC President confirm partnership to grow DRC gold mining industry
Barrick Gold Corporation executive chairperson John Thornton

Anglo hopes to run truck on hydrogen in 12 months – O’Neill 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd April 2019 Diversified mining company Anglo American hopes to have a truck running on hydrogen in the next 12 months, Anglo American technical director Tony O’Neill said on Wednesday, when he spoke of foreseeing the company’s installed diesel fleet one day being replaced by an electrical alternative.   To... 

Anglo hopes to run truck on hydrogen in 12 months – O’Neill
Photo by Anglo American
Graphic showing how sun can provide electricity to produce hydrogen that powers mine fleets.

Jewellers must say whether diamonds are mined or synthetic – US FTC 

By: Reuters     3rd April 2019 The US Federal Trade Commission, which investigates allegations of deceptive advertising, said on Tuesday that it has sent warning letters to eight companies to insist that they distinguish in advertisements between diamonds that come from mines and those made in laboratories. The FTC said that... 

Jewellers must say whether diamonds are mined or synthetic – US FTC

Northam trying out tunnelling first at rhodium-rich Eland mine development 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd April 2019 Platinum group metals mining company Northam is preparing to deploy innovative tunnel boring technology at its Eland mine as part of a R93-million shared risk-and-reward contract with Master Drilling. Eland, on the southeastern limit of the western limb of the Bushveld Complex, has a 19.3-million... 

Northam trying out tunnelling first at rhodium-rich Eland mine development
Photo by Creamer Media
Paul Dunne (right) and Martin Creamer
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