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New service-driven geomatics supplier breaking even

By: Pimani Baloyi     29th November 2013 Geospatial products distributor Aciel Geomatics has attributed its start-up success to the company’s approach to business and its focus on being more of a service provider than simply a products provider. “We recognised that the future of this business would be to enter into a contractual... 

Orocobre lowers, completes A$30m placement

By: Henry Lazenby     28th November 2013 ASX- and TSX-listed Orocobre on Thursday said it had decided to not allocate shares to Canadian applicants under its A$37-million placement on the ASX, which had reduced the placement to A$30-million. Orocobre explained its action was owing to a potential four-month trading restriction... 

Orocobre lowers, completes A$30m placement

Belo Sun shares climb after Brazil court repeals injunction

By: Henry Lazenby     28th November 2013 The TSX-listed stock of Brazil-focused Belo Sun closed significantly higher on Wednesday after a Brazil court had repealed an injunction that had suspended licensing for its Volta Grande gold-mining project. The Canadian junior’s shares closed 22.39% higher at C$0.41 apiece. 

Belo Sun shares climb after Brazil court repeals injunction

South Africa’s mining sector a ‘sunrise industry’ – Motlanthe

By: Henry Lazenby     27th November 2013 Despite some of South Africa’s mining sector critics pointing out the negatives, South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who is on an official State visit to Canada, on Tuesday conversely endeavoured to lift out the positives, saying a lot of progress had been made in transforming the... 

South Africa’s Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe
Photo by Duane Daws
South Africa’s Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe

SA seeks closer Canadian ties as overhaul of mining sector continues

By: Simon Rees     27th November 2013 The South African government is keen to foster closer ties with Canada’s mining industry and to attract Canadian expertise, two top government officials told audience members at the Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business on November 26. The country is also committed to continue improving its... 

SA seeks closer Canadian ties as overhaul of mining sector continues

Chieftain poised to double, possibly triple BC flagship’s resources

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd November 2013 The recent release of results from the first phase of TSX-listed Chieftain Metals’ latest drilling programme at its flagship Tulsequah Chief polymetallic project, in British Columbia, had revealed the “strong prospect of doubling or tripling the resources”. President and CEO Victor Wyprysky told... 

Tulsequah Chief
Photo by Chieftain Metals
Tulsequah Chief

Augusta’s stocks recover some value after scare selloff

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd November 2013 The TSX-listed stock of Augusta Resources on Thursday regained 92.06% in value after the stock on Wednesday collapsed, dropping from C$1.69 to C$0.63 in half an hour after a leaked letter from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) surfaced. A nongovernmental organiation published a letter... 

US explosives company pays penalty for environmental violations

22nd November 2013 US-based explosives and blasting services provider Dyno Nobel has agreed to pay a $257 167 civil penalty to settle what the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said are violations of three different federal laws. The EPA alleged that the company violated the Clean Air Act (CAA), the... 

Importance of end land use and mine closure planning increases in SA

By: Chantelle Kotze     22nd November 2013 Significant improvement to mine closure planning has taken place over the last decade in South Africa since the promulgation of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA), which is a move towards ensuring that mining operations consider ways of reinstating a functional end land... 

Cliffs suspends Ring of Fire chromite project indefinitely

By: Henry Lazenby     21st November 2013 US miner Cliffs Natural Resources late on Wednesday announced that it would suspend indefinitely its $3.3-billion Black Thor chromite project, located in Northern Ontario’s mineral-rich Ring of Fire district, by the end of the fourth quarter. New York- and Paris-listed Cliffs said it had... 

Taseko lifts stake in Curis Resources through $7m financing

By: Henry Lazenby     21st November 2013 TSX-listed Curis Resources on Wednesday announced that it had arranged a C$7-million nonbrokered private placement financing, under which it would issue 11.67-million common shares at a price of C$0.60 apiece to existing shareholder Taseko Mines. Taseko would then own 17% of Curis' outstanding... 

Alberta medical chief OKs Athabasca drinking water after waste release

By: Henry Lazenby     20th November 2013 Alberta’s medical chief on Tuesday said that the plume of mine wastewater floating down the Athabasca River following a containment pond failure, posed no immediate health concern to humans. On the evening of October 31, a dyke failure on the defunct Obed Mountain mine site, in the Hinton region,... 

Pisolite Hills bauxite project dealt environmental death blow

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th November 2013 ASX-listed Cape Alumina went into a trading halt on Wednesday after it was revealed that the development of its Pisolite Hills bauxite project, in Queensland, has again come under threat. The Queensland government announced plans to declare the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve and the Wenlock River... 

Taseko publishes assessment of federal environment review

By: Henry Lazenby     19th November 2013 Mid-tier copper miner Taseko Mines late on Monday published its critique of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) on its website, saying the CEAA did not intend to post online the company’s criticisms of the panel review for its proposed New Prosperity mine, in British Columbia. The... 

Mindoro’s Agata project escapes wrath of typhoon Haiyan

By: Henry Lazenby     18th November 2013 Dual-listed Mindoro Resources on Monday reported that it had suffered no significant damage in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated large swathes of the central Philippines on November 7. The company said the typhoon, which in Indonesia is also called Typhoon Yolanda, passed directly... 

Gomwe pleads with banks to back coal in fight against global energy poverty 

By: Martin Creamer     18th November 2013 Development banks must help developing countries to use their coal in the cleanest possible way rather than starve them of funding, World Coal Association energy and climate committee chairperson Godfrey Gomwe said on Monday. Gomwe was speaking at the International Coal and Climate Summit in... 

KBL faces environmental appeal at Sorby Hills

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th November 2013 ASX-listed junior KBL Mining was facing an appeal against the grant of environmental clearance for its Sorby Hills silver/lead/zinc project, in Western Australia. The state’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in October approved KBL’s development of the Sorby Hills project, with all concerns... 

Taseko’s New Prosperity mine in BC could still be approved

By: Henry Lazenby     6th November 2013 In a surprising twist to the permitting saga surrounding base metals miner Taseko Mines’ proposed New Prosperity mine, in British Columbia, lead consulting engineer Knight Piesold has determined that it appeared that Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), and subsequently the federal review panel, had... 

NSW inks MoU to expedite enviro approvals

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th November 2013 The New South Wales government has become the second signatory to the federal government’s efforts to create a one-stop shop for environmental approvals. Following the endorsement of the Queensland government in October, the New South Wales government has signed a memorandum of understanding... 

Solid Resources on fast track with GlencoreXstrata team up

By: Simon Rees     5th November 2013 Among the many blows experienced by the juniors over 2013 has been the seizing up of majors looking into their sector for cooperative deals, joint ventures (JVs) or mergers and acquisitions. So when a junior announces a mutually beneficial agreement it certainly warrants closer inspection. For... 

Top 100 TSX-V-listed juniors' market cap falls 44% in 2013

By: Henry Lazenby     4th November 2013 The market capitalisation of the top 100 junior miners listed on the TSX-V fell by 44% to $6.49-billion in 2013, the seventh yearly Junior Mine report has found. Published by professional services firm PwC, the report on Monday noted that the cash position of junior miners had also steadily... 

Taseko to challenge findings of environment report, shares tumble

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd November 2013 The TSX-listed stock of Taseko Mines on Friday closed down almost 10% after it announced that it would challenge findings of a Canadian federal review panel, which had found that the company's revised plan for a copper/gold mine in British Columbia posed significant threats to the environment.... 

Friedland wows City of Gold with his dazzling platinum story 

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2013 Mining entrepreneur extraordinaire Robert Friedland came to the City of Gold on Tuesday and wowed his audience with a stirring story of the richness of the South African platinum endowment. The geological marketing wizard, whose name is associated with the Voisey’s Bay nickel development in... 

Romarco gets three critical environment permits for S Carolina project

By: Henry Lazenby     28th October 2013 TSX-listed Romarco Minerals on Monday announced that it had received three critical environment permits marking the start of the regulatory approval process for its flagship Haile gold project, in South Carolina. Romarco said the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control-... 

Saskatchewan Research Council's new mineral processing pilot plant open

By: Henry Lazenby     25th October 2013 The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) officially opened its new mineral processing pilot plant in Saskatoon on Friday. The pilot plant, announced in the fall of 2012, was now fully operational and had been well-received by the mining industry, already taking requests from clients in... 

Energizer Resources consolidates Madagascar project ownership

By: Henry Lazenby     24th October 2013 Madagascar-focused project developer Energizer Resources on Thursday announced that it had consolidated full ownership of its flagship Molo graphite project, after inking a binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with 25% interest holder Malagasy Minerals. Energizer said the two partners were... 

Dominion Diamond Corp files application to extend Ekati mine

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd October 2013 Canadian miner Dominion Diamond Corp on Wednesday said it had filed an application with the Wek'éezhii Land and Water Board (WLWB) requesting a new land use permit and a Class A water licence to extend the Ekati diamond mine, in the Northwest Territories, to include the Jay and Cardinal... 

Canada approves construction of sixth diamond mine

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd October 2013 Joint venture (JV) partners De Beers Canada and Mountain Province Diamonds on Tuesday celebrated the Canadian government’s approval of the development of the C$650-million to C$750-million Gahcho Kué diamond mine, in the Northwest Territories. Fifty-one per cent JV shareholder De Beers and 49%... 

President launches construction of R20bn diamond mine 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd October 2013 President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday turned the first sod at the launch of the construction phase of the R20-billion Venetia underground project in Limpopo province. He did so together with Anglo American plc chairperson Sir John Parker and Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani. Also officiating at the... 

KBL receives environmental nod for WA project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd October 2013 The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has approved ASX-listed KBL Mining’s development of the Sorby Hills silver/lead/zinc project. KBL has completed a prefeasibility study for a Stage 1 development at Sorby Hills based on a conventional openpit mine and sulphide... 

Embed risk assessment and CSR early or face failure - Linsker

By: Simon Rees     21st October 2013 Companies need to embed risk assessment and corporate social responsibility (CSR) from the inception of a mining project’s life, Control Risks’ VP for global services in the Americas, Daniel Linsker, told delegates at the Canada-South Africa Chamber of Business risk mitigation and CSR seminar on... 

Teck to spend millions on conservation

By: Henry Lazenby     18th October 2013 Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources will spend millions of dollars to buy about 7 150 ha of lands located in British Columbia's Elk Valley and Flathead River Valley for conservation purposes. Teck on Thursday said it intended to spend $19-million to buy these lands, that were “not... 

Dept proposes environmental offsetting to mitigate impacts

By: Chantelle Kotze     18th October 2013 The status quo of land rehabilitation in Southern Africa was the theme of nonprofit organisation the Land Rehabilitation Society of Southern Africa's (LaRSSA's) inaugural yearly conference, which was held in Pretoria last week. 

Lower commodity prices to stifle Canadian territories growth

By: Henry Lazenby     16th October 2013 Lower commodity prices would hold back mineral exploration in Canada's territories, cooling previously-robust economic growth this year, The Conference Board of Canada's ‘Territorial Outlook: Autumn 2013’ has found. The report, released on Wednesday at Canada's North Summit 2013, in Whitehorse,... 

Australia moves to streamline environmental approvals

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th October 2013 Australian federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt on Wednesday announced measures to streamline environmental approvals, aiming to slash red tape and increase jobs and investment, while maintaining environmental standards. Hunt said the government would approach the streamlining process in three... 

North Bindoon EPA referral withdrawn – Bauxite Resources

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th October 2013 ASX-listed Bauxite Resources has withdrawn its Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) referral for the North Bindoon project, in Western Australia, deciding instead to focus on its other deposits in the Darling Range. The company stated that the referral had been withdrawn after it conducted a... 

IC Potash expects to finalise feasibility study by December

By: Henry Lazenby     10th October 2013 US-focused potash project developer IC Potash (ICP) on Thursday said it expected to complete a feasibility study on its flagship Ochoa sulphate of potash (SOP) project, in south-eastern New Mexico, by December, which would pave the way for management to continue financing negotiations with... 

State will have 20% free stake in shale gas exploitation – Minister 

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2013 The South African government would have a free-carried shareholding of 20% in entities producing shale gas in the Karoo in the future, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said on Thursday. Shabangu, who was responding to Mining Weekly Online at question time during the post-Cabinet media... 

State will have 20% free stake in shale gas exploitation – Minister
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