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Bank says Lonmin investors should reject Sibanye offer  

By: Bloomberg     24th May 2019 Africa’s biggest bank said Lonmin investors should reject Sibanye-Stillwater's takeover offer as it undervalues the platinum miner’s assets by as much as R6.64-billion. While Sibanye’s offer equates to R11.60 a share, Lonmin’s value at current metal prices is 45% higher, Leroy Mnguni, an analyst... 

B2Gold dismisses reports of Zim gold mine acquisition 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th May 2019 Canadian miner B2Gold CEO Clive Johnson has dismissed reports about the company acquiring a gold mine in Zimbabwe, stating on Friday that the company was “not pursuing material developments or production mergers or acquisitions”. He reiterated B2Gold’s long-term growth strategy. “In addition to... 

Mining Charter III provisions seen by some as too onerous for junior miners 

By: Nadine James     24th May 2019 There should be a new regulatory regime for juniors – one that adheres to the spirit of Mining Charter 3, but which introduces reasonable and achievable transformation and procurement targets relative to the size and financial constraints of junior and emerging miners, says Eversheds Sutherland... 

Mining Charter III provisions seen by some as too onerous for junior miners

NPA starts prosecution of Aurora directors 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd May 2019 Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Thursday announced that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) would start its prosecution of the former directors of Aurora Empowerment Systems on May 28. A summons had been issued in March related to environmental and water transgressions at the... 

Use remote machinery to mine at depth ­– Jourdan 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2019 Independent consultant Dr Paul Jourdan on Thursday called on South Africa to cease sending people down dangerous deep-level mines and introduce remote machinery to mine at depth. He was speaking at the Southern African Mining Supply Chain Conference and Strategy Workshop, which was hosted by the... 

Use remote machinery to mine at depth ­– Jourdan
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Dr Paul Jourdan at the SA Mining Supply Chain Conference.

PIC goes to London for Lonmin decision 

By: Bloomberg     23rd May 2019 South Africa's Public Investment Corporation (PIC) faces a tough choice: back Sibanye Gold’s takeover of Lonmin, and take a hit on its investment, or scupper the deal and risk having to pony up more cash for the platinum miner. When Lonmin shareholder votes are tallied next Tuesday at a meeting... 

PIC goes to London for Lonmin decision

Minerals Council welcomes safety improvements, but warns of continuing policy concerns 

By: Nadine James     22nd May 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa will, later this year, launch a new health and safety initiative called Khumbela iKhaya, council chaiperson Mxolisi Mgojo revealed on Wednesday. Addressing the council's annual general meeting, he noted that appreciable improvements in the health and safety... 

Minerals Council welcomes safety improvements, but warns of continuing policy concerns
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Minerals Council chairperson Mxolisi Mgojo

Mining sector facing similar ‘bullying tactics’ to that hindering construction 

By: Nadine James     22nd May 2019 Similar “bullying tactics” to those that are causing significant disruption in the South African construction industry, is also affecting the mining industry, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter confirmed on Wednesday. In a media briefing following the council’s annual general meeting... 

Mining sector facing similar ‘bullying tactics’ to that hindering construction
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Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

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

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... 

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

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.

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

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... 

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

Tailings operations contribute to more than 50% increase in Pan African’s output 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th May 2019 Aim- and JSE-listed Pan African Resources has reported solid gold production from its Elikhulu project for the nine months ended March 31, making up for its Evander project’s lossmaking underground operations. Gold production from the company’s continuing operations increased to 123 771 oz, a... 

Tailings operations contribute to more than 50% increase in Pan African’s output
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Pan African Resources CEO Cobus Loots

$62m Zimbabwe smelter heeds local beneficiation call 

By: Martin Creamer     16th May 2019 The $62-million smelter at Unki Mine’s existing complex is a strategic investment, which meets local beneficiation commitments, Anglo American Platinum said on Thursday, when it opened the completed installation at a ceremony in Shurugwi, Zimbabwe. The smelter investment is indicative of the... 

$62m Zimbabwe smelter heeds local beneficiation call
Matte casting at the new smelter at Anglo American Platinum’s Unki Mine in Zimbabwe.

Debmarine Namibia to invest $468m in its seventh diamond recovery vessel 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th May 2019 Debmarine Namibia, a joint venture between diamond miner De Beers and the Namibian government, has approved the construction of a new custom-built diamond recovery vessel, which will become the seventh such vessel in Debmarine’s fleet. The vessel, which will be built at a cost of $468-million,... 

Debmarine Namibia to invest $468m in its seventh diamond recovery vessel
De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver

Northam Platinum plans to buy back preference shares 

By: Reuters     15th May 2019 Northam Platinum plans to buy back about 15-million preference shares out of 159-million currently in issue in the financial year ending June 2020, its chief executive said on Wednesday. The miner, one of the top platinum producers globally, wants to reward shareholders following a boost to... 

Tharisa sticks to dividend guns as mine reconfiguration lowers output, profit 

By: Martin Creamer     15th May 2019 Platinum group metals and chrome mining company Tharisa Minerals has not allowed lower half-year production, profit and cash flow to get in the way of declaring an interim dividend. The Johannesburg- and London-listed company declared a $0.005-a-share payout on earnings a share of $0.4c, in... 

Tharisa sticks to dividend guns as mine reconfiguration lowers output, profit
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Tharisa Minerals CEO Phoevos Pouroulis.

Zimbabwe platinum mines to ride out power cuts, gold output less secure 

By: Reuters     15th May 2019 Power imports are cushioning platinum mining companies against Zimbabwe's worst blackouts in three years, but gold mines could face production cuts as they continue to rely on an unstable national grid, industry officials said. State utility ZETDC this week started indefinite rolling power cuts... 

Military stake stymies $4bn Zimbabwe platinum project  

By: Bloomberg     15th May 2019 A plan to build Zimbabwe’s biggest platinum mine at a cost of about $4-billion is floundering because a military stake in the project has deterred potential backers, according to people familiar with the funding discussions. The African Export-Import Bank has the mandate to raise money for the... 

Military stake stymies $4bn Zimbabwe platinum project

President's correct, S Africans need to act together to realise economic opportunities – Baissac   

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa is correct in stating that South Africans need to act together with urgency and boldness if they are to realise the economic opportunities before them, Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac said on Tuesday. Baissac, who was speaking to Mining Weekly Online following the finding of... 

President's correct, S Africans need to act together to realise economic opportunities – Baissac
Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer about South Africa’s economic growth needs. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photograph: Dylan Slater.

Global energy investment out of step with security of supply, climate needs  

By: Terence Creamer     14th May 2019 A new report on global energy investment in 2018 points to an ongoing misalignment between approved expenditure on new fuel and power projects and meeting the twin goals security of supply and decarbonisation. The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) ‘World Energy Investment 2019’ report,... 

Global energy investment out of step with security of supply, climate needs
IEA executive director Fatih Birol

Platinum miners brace for labour clash in early Ramaphosa test  

By: Bloomberg     14th May 2019 When the world’s biggest platinum miners sit down with labour unions this month to negotiate a three-year wage deal, it could prove an early test of Cyril Ramaphosa’s new presidency in South Africa. An amicable outcome will bolster Ramaphosa -- the former mine union leader and one-time platinum... 

Platinum miners brace for labour clash in early Ramaphosa test

Platinum market set to move into deficit this year – Johnson Matthey 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th May 2019 The platinum market is expected to move into deficit this year, with a resurgence in investor activity to outweigh modest falls in industrial and jewellery demand, says Johnson Matthey in its latest platinum group metals market report. The science multinational company expects a tentative... 

Platinum market set to move into deficit this year – Johnson Matthey

First-quarter platinum demand up 32% on surge in ETF holdings  

By: Nadine James     13th May 2019 Platinum demand increased by 32% year-on-year to 2.56-million ounces in the first quarter of this year, following a surge in investment demand, the World Platinum Investment Council noted in its latest ‘Platinum Quarterly’ report, released on Monday. Investment demand was high enough to offset... 

First-quarter platinum demand up 32% on surge in ETF holdings

Palladium's price gap over platinum needs to shrink – Nornickel 

By: Reuters     13th May 2019 The price gap between palladium and its sister metal platinum needs to shrink as number one platinum producer South Africa requires a higher price for the metal to keep investing in new supply, Russia's Norilsk Nickel said. Norilsk is the number one producer of palladium, accounting for more than... 

Lonmin/Sibanye merger judgment set for Friday 

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2019 The Competition Appeal Court judgment on the merging of Lonmin with Sibanye-Stillwater is expected to be handed down in the Cape High Court on May 17 at 10h00, Mining Weekly Online can today report. The appeal against the merger was brought by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction... 

Lonmin/Sibanye merger judgment set for Friday
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Lonmin-Sibanye merger seen as a perfect job-saving fit.

Eskom task team mulling new debt-relief options as it comes to terms with depth of crisis  

By: Terence Creamer     10th May 2019 The Eskom Sustainability Task Team – which has already had its proposal for the unbundling of the utility into three separate units accepted by government – is now finalising an updated report for President Cyril Ramaphosa which will include a financial recovery plan for the State-owned entity.... 

Eskom task team mulling new debt-relief options as it comes to terms with depth of crisis

Acacia hits back at parent Barrick in Tanzania row 

By: Reuters     10th May 2019 Acacia Mining on Thursday hit back at parent company Barrick Gold's allegation the miner was an obstacle to solving a long-running tax row in Tanzania. Barrick CEO Mark Bristow said in a results presentation on Wednesday that Acacia was not cooperating, prompting Acacia to demand clarification... 

Barrick excited about the DRC 

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2019 Gold-mining company Barrick is excited about ongoing opportunities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where it is making progress with the new mining code, Barrick president and CEO Dr Mark Bristow told Mining Weekly Online on Thursday. Bristow, whose Randgold Resources is now fully... 

Barrick excited about the DRC
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Barrick president and CEO Dr Mark Bristow

AngloGold embarking on process to dispose of South African assets  

By: Martin Creamer     9th May 2019 Iconic South African gold-mining company AngloGold Ashanti said on Thursday that it was embarking on a process to review divestment options for its remaining South African assets. The company, headed by CEO Kelvin Dushnisky, said the process would consider all ownership options, with a view to... 

AngloGold embarking on process to dispose of South African assets
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AngloGold Ashanti CEO Kelvin Dushnisky

Worley creating a force for the future of resources and energy 

By: Martin Creamer     7th May 2019 Following the announcement in October 2018 of WorleyParsons' binding offer for Jacobs' Energy, Chemicals and Resources, the combined new entity has come together under a new brand – Worley – involving 57 600 people across 51 countries. While financially a $3.2-billion acquisition, operationally... 

Worley creating a force for the future of resources and energy
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From left, Krish Iyer, president Middle East Africa, Francois Bosch, business development (BD) sales manager, East Africa, Denver Dreyer, senior vice president Mining Minerals and Metals (MM&M), Europe Middle East Africa, Ian Davies, senior vice president, BD & Growth MEA, Ryan Froude, operations manager, East Africa, Robert Hull, vice president, MM&M, Africa, and Ed Hanbidge, vice president, Energy Chemicals and Services, Southern and Eastern Africa.

Wescoal focuses on production restoration, increasing output amid challenging environment 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th May 2019 JSE-listed mining group Wescoal, headed up by CEO Reginald Demana, has said its focus, moving forward, will be on restoring production and increasing output from existing operations, while also focusing on cost containment and operational business partner risks. The overall economic climate... 

Wescoal focuses on production restoration, increasing output amid challenging environment
Wescoal CEO Reginald Demana
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