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Platinum’s stature growing as world’s clean air catalyst 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd November 2018 This month’s launch of the world’s first fuel cell double-decker bus is the latest example of platinum helping to power the world’s new clean air revolution. The fuel cell bus was developed as a part of the European Union-funded joint initiative for hydrogen vehicles, which make use of platinum,... 

First fuel cell double decker bus.
First fuel cell double decker bus.

South Deep strike enters third week, costs Gold Fields R6m a day 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd November 2018 A strike by National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members at Gold Fields’ South Deep mine has entered its third week and is costing the company about R6-million a day. The strike action started on November 2, with the union opposed to the planned retrenchments of more than 1 000 South Deep... 

Gold Fields' South Deep mine
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Gold Fields' South Deep mine

Sibanye says gold mines shut down after strike turns violent  

By: Bloomberg     22nd November 2018 Sibanye Gold shut down all its gold mining operations in South Africa after violence broke out during a strike by workers demanding higher wages. Operations at Driefontein, Kloof and Beatrix mines, major sources of revenue for the producer, were suspended late on Wednesday due to strike action,... 

Sibanye says gold mines shut down after strike turns violent

Doubts cast on plans for deluge of new nickel supply 

By: Reuters     21st November 2018 Expectations of a supply avalanche hitting the nickel market next year due to new capacity in Indonesia have sent prices to seven-month lows, but analysts doubt the plans spearheaded by Chinese firms can be carried out so quickly. Benchmark nickel on the London Metal Exchange nearing $11 000/t... 

Coal to remain significant part of South Africa’s energy generation mix  

By: Simone Liedtke     21st November 2018 Notwithstanding recent and continued advances in the roll-out of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures, South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) GM for cleaner fossil fuel use Professor Tony Surridge expects coal will continue to form a significant component of South... 

Coal to remain significant part of South Africa’s energy generation mix
South African National Energy Development Institute GM for cleaner fossil fuel use Professor Tony Surridge speaks to Mining Weekly Online about South Africa's status quo surrounding carbon dioxide storage and utilisation. Video & Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Debswana appoints new MD as Bonyongo retires 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st November 2018 Debswana Diamond Company, a subsidiary of De Beers Group, has appointed Albert Milton MD, effective December 1, following the retirement of Balisi Bonyongo. Bonyongo had been with the company for 26 years and had served as MD from January 2014.  

Gold miner smuggles in workers by night to bypass strikers  

By: Bloomberg     16th November 2018 Gold Fields is having to sneak maintenance teams into its South Deep mine in South Africa after protesters shot at vehicles trying to enter the site, where workers have been on strike since Nov. 2. Small teams of essential workers are using secret entrances to enter the mine and sometimes have to... 

DRC lifts export ban on Glencore's copper and cobalt unit 

By: Bloomberg     16th November 2018 A Glencore unit in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) had a ban on imports and exports from its giant copper and cobalt mine lifted by authorities in the country. “They submitted a request,” Jean Baptiste Nkongolo Kabila, director general of Congo’s custom’s agency, said Thursday by phone.... 

Although trending lower, lung disease incidence in SA mines still ‘alarmingly high’ 

By: Nadine James     16th November 2018 With the reaffirmation of tripartite commitments at the 2018 Mine Occupational Heath and Safety Summit and the publication of the Compensation for Occupational Diseases Act (Coida) Amendment Bill, both in October, it is clear that the regulatory authorities, including the departments of Labour... 

Although trending lower, lung disease incidence in SA mines still ‘alarmingly high’

Now export duty dispute halts Katanga’s copper exports 

By: Mariaan Webb     15th November 2018 Merely a week after Glencore subsidiary Katanga Mining halted cobalt exports from its Kamoto mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), its copper exports have also been suspended as a result of an alleged failure to declare and pay duties on 6 650 t of copper in late 2015, early 2016. In... 

Now export duty dispute halts Katanga’s copper exports

MC Mining acquires key surface rights for Makhado project  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th November 2018 MC Mining’s subsidiary, Baobab Mining & Exploration has reached agreement on the terms and conditions under which it will acquire the two key properties required for its Makhado hard coking and thermal coal project, in Limpopo. 

Global exploration up 19%; cobalt/lithium budgets soar 

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th November 2018 The budget for global non-ferrous exploration has increased by 19% year-on-year, to $10.1-billion, new data from S&P Global Market Intelligence has revealed. This was the second consecutive year where there has been an upturn in exploration spend, with S&P reporting on Thursday that junior... 

Global exploration up 19%; cobalt/lithium budgets soar

Vanadium batteries the solution to meet growing energy storage demand – Bushveld 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th November 2018 Vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs) are a front-runner technology for meeting the growing demand in the energy storage sector, says Bushveld Energy CEO Mikhail Nikomarov. During a webinar on energy storage this week, he noted that data by US-based multiservice professional firm Navigant shows... 

Congo State miner wants meeting over Katanga cobalt export halt 

By: Bloomberg     14th November 2018 The Democratic Republic of Congo’s state-owned miner sought an urgent meeting to discuss a decision by Glencore unit Katanga Mining last week to halt cobalt exports. Katanga, controlled by Glencore, announced November 6 it suspended sales from its Kamoto mine in southeast Congo after detecting... 

Congo State miner wants meeting over Katanga cobalt export halt

Electric vehicle revolution goes underground with mining trucks  

By: Bloomberg     14th November 2018 Electric vehicles are reaching global markets far and wide – and deep. Swedish mining equipment maker Epiroc is launching a new range for use underground. The manufacturer on Wednesday unveiled what it said is the largest battery-powered vehicle for below the Earth’s surface: a 42 ton-capacity... 

Hydrogen economy, PGM-based tech offers decarbonised alternative for energy system – Amplats 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th November 2018 With the world’s current energy system reliant on carbon-intensive fossil and other fuels, with the associated negative impact on climate change and global warming, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) believes there is a decarbonised alternative in the form of the hydrogen economy and platinum... 

Wescoal reports strong interim results  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th November 2018 JSE-listed coal miner, trader and supplier, Wescoal has achieved solid results for the six months ended September 30, with headline earnings a share up 16% year-on-year, at 23.5c. Revenue increased by 28% year-on-year to R2.1-billion, while cash generation increased by 41% to R291-million, which... 

Wescoal CEO Waheed Sulaiman
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Wescoal CEO Waheed Sulaiman

De Beers is said to make big cuts in low-end diamond prices 

By: Bloomberg     12th November 2018 De Beers made steep cuts in the prices of low-quality stones at its sale this week, according to people familiar with the situation. The world’s biggest producer reduced prices as much as 10% for low-quality stones, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the sales are private.... 

De Beers is said to make big cuts in low-end diamond prices

Resgen to accelerate discussions with alternative funder 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th November 2018 ASX- and JSE-listed Resource Generation (Resgen) has agreed to accelerate discussions with the facilitator of alternative funding being sourced from a third party as a substitute or as a complementary participant in its lender syndicate. This is owing to a short delay having arisen in scheduling... 

Eskom warns of power cuts due to low coal stockpiles 

By: Reuters     12th November 2018 Cash-strapped power utility Eskom said on Monday the risk of nation-wide electricity outages had increased significantly due to a sharp fall in coal stockpiles at five of its power stations. "The risk of load-shedding is there and its rising," said Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe. 

Eskom warns of power cuts due to low coal stockpiles

Universal completes third colliery buy  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th November 2018 South Africa focused Universal Coal has completed the A$8.9-million acquisition of the North Block Complex from South Africa’s Exxaro Coal. The North Block Complex is an opencast operation located in proximity to South African State-owned utility Eskom’s Arnot, Tutuka and Komati power stations.... 

Universal completes third colliery buy

Tribunal to hold Sibanye, Lonmin merger hearing next week 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th November 2018 The Competition Tribunal will, from November 12 to 14, hear several submissions from parties affected by the proposed merger between precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater and platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Lonmin. The Competition Commission, which assesses large mergers prior to referring... 

Gold Fields lowers South Deep’s FY production forecast 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th November 2018 Dual-listed Gold Fields has lowered its production guidance for the South Deep mine, in South Africa, for the full year to 154 000 oz, from the previously anticipated 244 000 oz target. The deep-level mine, which is Gold Fields’ only remaining South African operation, has long been faced with... 

Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland
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Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland

Govt’s R20bn exploration boost lauded, but more needs to be done 

By: Paige Müller     9th November 2018 Amid reports that South Africa is attracting less than 1% of the global share of exploration spend, Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has dedicated a national investment of R20-billion to an integrated multi-disciplinary mapping programme to boost global investment in local exploration.... 

Govt’s R20bn exploration boost lauded, but more needs to be done

WGC launches gold data, analytics and research platform 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th November 2018 The World Gold Council (WGC) on Thursday launched Goldhub, a source of data, insights and analytical tools to help investors understand gold’s value as a strategic asset. Goldhub will provide investors with a range of data that is necessary when making informed decisions in relation to gold... 

Mining, metals industry anticipated to see spike in M&A activity in 2019

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th November 2018 Global mining and metals deal appetite remained subdued in the third quarter amid ongoing geopolitical uncertainty, advisory firm EY notes in its latest ‘Mergers, Acquisitions and Capital Raising’ report. However, EY’s global capital confidence barometer (CCB) survey indicated the sector could... 

Mining, metals industry anticipated to see spike in M&A activity in 2019

Mining production down 1.8% y/y in September, led by lower gold output 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th November 2018 Mining production decreased by 1.8% year-on-year in September, with the largest negative contributor being gold production with a decline of 19% and contributing -3.1 percentage points. The largest positive contributor was platinum-group metals (PGMs), which had a 7.2% production increase,... 

Mining production down 1.8% y/y in September, led by lower gold output

Anglo finds returns outweigh risks as it renews Africa focus 

By: Bloomberg     7th November 2018 Anglo American is going where larger rivals fear to tread, returning to its African roots to tap mineral assets with compelling returns. The storied mining company, founded by Ernest Oppenheimer in Johannesburg a century ago, is devoting a third of its exploration budget to the continent,... 

Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

MC Mining secures more funding for Uitkomst 

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th November 2018 South Africa-focused coal miner MC Mining has secured a R20-million facility from South African financial services provider ABSA Bank for its Uitkomst Colliery, to fund a potential expansion of operations. Uitkomst transitioned to an owner-operated mine in August this year, with the acquisition... 

MC Mining CEO David Brown
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MC Mining CEO David Brown

Glencore's radioactive news may help give cobalt its buzz back  

By: Bloomberg     7th November 2018 Glencore’s sudden discovery that some of its cobalt is radioactive couldn’t come at a better time. After a surge in prices last year, enthusiasm for cobalt has been fading, partly because of a surge in new supply. But sentiment could be changing after Glencore’s unit in the Democratic Republic of... 

Glencore's radioactive news may help give cobalt its buzz back

Randgold/Barrick merger giving gold mining investment new attraction 

By: Martin Creamer     6th November 2018 During gold mining’s years of prosperity, the industry was able to harvest and feed off itself. But in recent years, it has lost $100-billion worth of value, with increasing revenue streams being consumed by lower reserve grade. 

Randgold Resources CEO Mark Bristow
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Randgold Resources CEO Mark Bristow

Moab Khotsong, Hidden Valley lift Harmony’s Q1 output by 30% y/y 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th November 2018 Precious metals miner Harmony Gold’s production increased by 30% to 378 510 oz of gold in its first fiscal quarter ended September 30, compared with the 290 644 oz produced in the first quarter of the prior financial year. The boost in the group’s production and cash flow generation, CEO Peter... 

Barrick chairperson says miner eyes nimble future after Randgold deal 

By: Reuters     6th November 2018 If all goes according to plan, Barrick Gold will have fewer mines and workers one year after acquiring Africa-focused Randgold Resources, the Canadian miner's executive chairman said on Monday, as its investors approved the deal. Votes were 99.8% in favor of the $6.1-billion, no-premium... 

Barrick chairperson John Thornton
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Barrick chairperson John Thornton

Anglo American recommits to sustainable development goals, sets milestones for 2020, 2030  

By: Simone Liedtke     5th November 2018 The mining industry has to address the critical challenges of safety, productivity and the way land is used, as well as how energy and water are consumed as, alongside a growing population, there is greater demand for minerals and metals. However, meeting the growing demand for the materials that... 

Anglo American South Africa executive head Andile Sangqu
Anglo American South Africa executive head Andile Sangqu speaks to Mining Weekly Online about the miner's Sustainable Development Goals, and what it hopes to achieve with these. Video and Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Master Drilling diversifies, expands through new JV in Italy  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th November 2018 JSE-listed Master Drilling has entered into a joint venture (JV) with Italian construction company Ghella, to establish a new Italy-based company called TunnelPro. TunnelPro will pursue tunnel boring projects in the smaller scope civil construction and broader mining industries, while also... 

Commitments for continued spending in South Africa – AngloGold  

By: Martin Creamer     5th November 2018 There are commitments for continued spending in South Africa next year related to the Phase 2 development of the Mponeng gold mine, new AngloGold Ashanti CEO Kelvin Dushnisky told Mining Weekly Online on Monday. The proposed Phase 2 expansion of the Mponeng mine in Gauteng involves deepening the... 

AngloGold Ashanti CEO Kelvin Dushnisky
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AngloGold Ashanti CEO Kelvin Dushnisky

Canyon opens Bronkhorstspruit mine 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd November 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Friday officiated at the opening of coal miner Canyon Coal’s new Khanye mine, in Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng. Khanye has a 39-million-tonne coal reserve and is expected to produce 2.8-million tonnes a year of coal over a 16-year mine life. 

Canyon opens Bronkhorstspruit mine

Sibanye-Stillwater’s US operations in the midst of major growth phase 

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd November 2018 Sibanye-Stillwater’s Blitz project development area, which is adjacent to its Stillwater mine, in Montana, in the US, is in the midst of a significant growth phase, says executive VP for the US region Chris Bateman. He told the media in a conference call this week that the expanded Stillwater... 

Sibanye-Stillwater’s US operations in the midst of major growth phase
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