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Leon lists measures to attract mining investment in these challenging times  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd May 2020 South Africa should consider appointing an independent minerals regulator to speed up minerals licensing, Herbert Smith Freehills Africa co-chair Peter Leon said during a webinar this week. Responding to Patrick Leyden, who moderated the webinar entitled re-imagining the sub-Saharan mining... 

Mining becoming significant corporate buyer of renewable energy ­– ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2020 The mining industry has started to become a significant corporate buyer of renewable energy in regions where these technologies have become reliable and cost-competitive compared with fossil fuel-based electricity, says the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM). These regions include... 

Mining becoming significant corporate buyer of renewable energy ­– ICMM
Wind turbines at Gold Fields’ Agnew gold mine in Western Australia.

Gazetted Covid guideline restates much of what mining has already adopted 

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2020 The newly gazetted guideline to prevent, mitigate and manage the Covid-19 pandemic on mines is largely a restatement of what has already been adopted by the mining industry. Most of the requirements of the code of practice (COP) mandated in the gazette already form part of the standard operating... 

Gazetted Covid guideline restates much of what mining has already adopted
ENSafrica executive consultant Willem le Roux

Covid prevention a must at mines – gazette 

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2020 Covid-19 prevention, mitigation and management programmes must be established at mines using the guideline gazetted by Chief Inspector of Mines David Msiza on Tuesday. The gazette notice states that this guideline provides minimum requirements for the compilation of a code of practice to prevent... 

Covid prevention a must at mines – gazette
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Chief Inspector of Mines David Msiza

Mandatory code of Covid mining practice gazetted 

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2020 South Africa's guidelines for a mandatory Code of Practice (COP) to mitigate and manage the Covid-19 pandemic in the mining industry have been gazetted. Failure by employers to prepare and implement a mine's COP in line with the guidelines would constitute a criminal offence and a breach of the... 

Mandatory code of Covid mining practice gazetted
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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

World’s largest emerald mine not exempt from pandemic

By: Tracy Hancock     15th May 2020 The turmoil stemming from the global Covid-19 outbreak represents one of the most serious challenges that many companies face globally, and the world’s largest emerald mine, Kagem, is no exception, says emerald and ruby mining and marketing company Gemfields CE Sean Gilbertson. Kagem, in... 

World’s largest  emerald mine not exempt from pandemic
RESTRICTED REVENUE Auctions accounted for about 93% of Gemfields’ 2019 revenue, but dates for upcoming auctions are uncertain

Judgment reserved at Mining Charter review hearing 

By: Martin Creamer     7th May 2020 A full bench has heard the application for a judicial review of certain aspects of the Mining Charter gazetted in September 2018. Judge President Mlambo, judges Vally and  Van Der Schyff reserved judgment on the application lodged by the Minerals Council South Africa on March 27, 2019, when the... 

Judgment reserved at Mining Charter review hearing
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Minerals Council South Africa building in central Johannesburg.

Gemfields launches second short film highlighting what makes emeralds special

By: Donna Slater     4th May 2020 Gemstone miner Gemfields has launched the second of four short films, the latest edition of which is dedicated to the emerald – the birthstone of the month of May. The aim of these short films is to give viewers an understanding of what coloured gemstones really are, where they come from and... 

De Beers makes Covid donation to help women in host communities

By: Martin Creamer     29th April 2020 Diamond mining and marketing company on Wednesday announced a $200 000 donation across its four producer partner countries of Botswana, Canada, Namibia and South Africa to assist women’s shelters and support organisations to respond to an increase in gender-based violence resulting from Covid-19.... 

De Beers makes Covid donation to help women in host communities
De Beers Group CEO Bruce Cleaver

Morale high as Covid-masked South African miners get back to work 

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2020 Morale is reportedly high as Covid-masked and physically distanced South African mineworkers get back to mining underground for companies that have gone the extra mile to ensure that they have been fully remunerated and host communities generously funded during the national lockdown. In a... 

Morale high as Covid-masked South African miners get back to work
Mineworkers with personal protective equipment.

Gemfields recognised as corporate member by Voluntary Principles

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th April 2020 Ruby and emerald miner Gemfields has become the first and only gemstone producer to be recognised as a corporate member by Voluntary Principles. A globally recognised initiative by governments, companies and nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) to confront human rights abuses and violations, the... 

Opencast mines may return to 100% of capacity from May 1 – Patel

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2020 Opencast mines are permitted to return in phases to 100% operation from May 1 but underground mines must continue at 50% of production capacity, Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel said on Saturday. Speaking during a media briefing covered by Mining Weekly on South Africa’s easing from the... 

Opencast mines may return to 100% of capacity from May 1 – Patel
Openast mines like this one may return to 100% production capacity.

Learning curve still too steep to define ‘best practice’ mining response

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2020 The rapidly evolving Covid-19 crisis learning curve is still too steep to conclusively define what a ‘best practice’ response looks like from the mining industry, says the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), which is facilitating a rapid exchange of information and knowledge to... 

Learning curve still too steep to define ‘best practice’ mining response
ICMM CEO Tom Butler

Firm directive to ensure safe mining resumption

By: Martin Creamer     23rd April 2020 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) on Thursday issued a firm directive to all mining operations to ensure safe start-up procedures as the sector prepares to ramp up to 50% of capacity. Mining Weekly can report that the directive is issued to ensure compliance with Section 5(1)... 

Firm directive to ensure safe mining resumption
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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe.

Gemfields suspends Montepuez operations amid Covid-19, beefs up security

By: Donna Slater     22nd April 2020 Gemstone miner Gemfields has suspended all but critical operations at its Montepuez ruby mine (MRM), in Mozambique, as of April 22, as a result of the continued global spread of Covid-19. Only security, maintenance and other essential services are being rendered to ensure the mine can resume... 

Impala CE granted bail after appearance on Covid-19 charge 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2020 The arrest of the chief executive of Implats' Implala Platinum Rustenburg mining operations was on Friday welcomed by the Mineral Resources and Energy Parliamentary chairperson Sahlulele Luzipo, who on Thursday called on law enforcement agencies to act decisively against mining executives who... 

Impala CE granted bail after appearance on Covid-19 charge
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Impala Platinum Rustenburg CE Mark Munroe

Minerals Council welcomes revised Covid-19 regulations

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2020 The Minerals Council South Africa on Thursday welcomed the amendments to the Disaster Management Act regulations as they pertain to mining. These regulations allow a phase-up in mining capacity to 50% during the lockdown period, but with all the preventative and mitigating controls in place to... 

Minerals Council welcomes revised Covid-19 regulations
Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

Mining may resume at 50% capacity – Minister 

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2020 All mining operations, excluding collieries supplying Eskom which have been permitted to operate at full capacity throughout national lockdown, may now resume at 50% capacity during the remaining lockdown days, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday. Thereafter,... 

Mining may resume at 50% capacity – Minister
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Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Matashe during virtual media conference.

Too early to comment on when mining will resume – Minerals Council

By: Martin Creamer     9th April 2020 Comment on when mining industry operations will resume is premature but what is certain is that when resumption does occur, it will not be business as usual, Minerals Council South Africa said on Thursday. Noting reports on the resumption of mining operations after 16 April, Minerals Council... 

Healthy 2019 profits, cash generation to help Gemfields through Covid-19

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2020 JSE- and Aim-listed Gemfields delivered record group revenue and a healthy growth in operating profit in the year ended December 31, 2019; however, the fallout from Covid-19 is expected to have an adverse impact on the company’s operating and financial performance this year. “Widespread travel... 

Standard Bank meeting all capital and liquidity requirements 

By: Martin Creamer     1st April 2020 Capital and liquidity requirements across all the markets in which it operates are continuing to be met, Standard Bank Group FD Dr Arno Daehnke said during an investor call. Daehnke disclosed that the bank was benefitting from building up increased capital levels over the last few years in line... 

Standard Bank meeting all capital and liquidity requirements
Sim Tshabalala

Questionnaire launched to recognise responsible, ethical and sustainable members

By: Donna Slater     31st March 2020 Nonprofit association, the International Coloured Gemstone Association (ICA), has launched an Accredited Ethical Member programme (AEM) – an online questionnaire – which, upon completion, will recognise ICA members for their responsible, ethical and sustainable trading practices.   The AEM is an... 

Covid-19 causes considerable impact to Gemfields

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th March 2020 Gemstone miner Gemfields expects a significant detrimental impact on its operations, revenues and business during 2020 and possibly beyond from the Covid-19 pandemic. As of March 30, all but critical operations at the Kagem emerald mine, in Zambia, have been suspended for what the company hopes... 

Mining could be enormous post-virus stabiliser – Minerals Council

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2020 The mining industry could be an enormous asset in stabilising and growing the economy post the coronavirus crisis – but the right economic and regulatory circumstances would have to prevail, Minerals Council South Africa stated in a weekend media release. Post coronavirus, South Africa would... 

Gemfields records profit, warns of auction uncertainty

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th March 2020 JSE-listed Gemfields expects its net profit after tax for the year ended December 31, will be $39.1-million  compared with a net loss after tax of $60.4-million in the 2018 financial year. In rand terms, the net profit after tax is expected to be R565-million. 

Gem’s Letšeng continues to deliver special diamonds

By: Simone Liedtke     6th March 2020 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds has highlighted the recovery of a number of top-quality white, as well as one pink, diamond from its Letšeng mine, in Lesotho, between February 28 and March 3. Five white gem diamonds, weighing between 33 ct and 114 ct, were recovered, along with a 13 ct pink gem... 

Gem’s Letšeng continues to deliver special diamonds

Gemfields Mozambique’s ruby unit reports attack on workers

By: Bloomberg     25th February 2020 Gemfields Group’s Mozambican ruby operation said attackers torched its vehicle, less than a month after 11 people died when parts of a mine pit they had forcefully accessed collapsed on them. A “large group” ambushed the truck on February 22 with pickaxes, injuring at least three workers and a... 

Ethical engagement rings that are truly eco-friendly, guilt-free

By: Bloomberg     20th February 2020 When Krish Himmatramka was working as an engineer in the oil industry, he would spend his spare time in his trailer in northern Louisiana scouring the Internet for the perfect engagement ring for his girlfriend. But he struggled to find one that was ethically and sustainably produced.  After... 

Gemfields’ shares start trading on London’s Aim

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2020 JSE- and Botswana-listed Gemfields on Friday also started trading on the Aim market of the LSE. At the time of admission, the company’s total issued share capital consisted of 1.2-billion ordinary shares, of which 96-million were held by the company itself. “The Aim listing seeks to provide UK,... 

Kagem signs wage agreement with unions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd January 2020 Zambian miner Kagem Mining has signed a collective agreement with unions that will result in unionised employees receiving a 10% increase in basic salary for 2020 and a further 10% increase for 2021. The collective agreement followed successful negotiations between Kagem management and... 

Gemfields seeking admission to London’s Aim market 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th January 2020 Gemstone miner Gemfields intends to seek admission to trade on the Aim market of the LSE. The company does not intend to raise capital in conjunction with the admission, which it expects will become effective on February 14. 

Gemfields seeking admission to London’s Aim market

Richland raises £150k while reverse takeover pends

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th January 2020 Aim-listed Richland’s share price on Monday fell about 26% to 0.11p apiece after it announced an equity raising of about £150 000. The company placed 105-million new common shares with certain new investors at an issue price of 0.10p apiece.  

Zambia drops precious gemstone export duty

By: Mariaan Webb     19th December 2019 The Zambian government has suspended a 15% export duty on precious gemstones, excluding diamonds, JSE-listed Gemfields said on Thursday. The suspension was announced the government gazette last week, and will take effect from January 1, 2020. Gemfields, which owns 75% of the Kagem emerald... 

Zambia drops precious gemstone export duty

Gemfields’ latest auction nets $71.5m

By: Simone Liedtke     17th December 2019 Dual-listed Gemfields sold about 88% of its lots on offer at its most recent auction, spanning December 10 to 14, in Singapore. Of the 104 lots offered, 91 were sold, generating auction revenues of about $71.5-million at an average price of $77.12/ct. 

Zambian tax structure is crippling gemstone industry, says miner

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th November 2019 While Zambian miner Kagem Mining successfully generated $27-million in sales from an emerald auction held earlier this week, it says the country’s "extreme" tax rates are crippling the gemstone industry. Kagem is 25% owned by the Zambian Industrial Development Corporation and 75% owned by... 

Gemfields generates $79m from emerald auctions in 2019

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd November 2019 JSE-listed Gemfields earned revenue of $27-million from an emerald auction held in Singapore from November 18 to 21. The company sold 33 out of 38 lots of high-quality rough emeralds at an average price of $85.26/ct, which the company on Friday said was an all-time record.  

Kagem invests in blockchain tech to ensure gemstone traceability

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st November 2019 Emerald miner Kagem Mining is introducing a new blockchain technology at its Zambian mine that enables gemstones to be traced back to the mine. Kagem's parent company Gemfields has partnered with diamond and gemstone analysis firm Gübelin Gem Labs to provide buyers details of the origin of... 

Solar reducing electricity costs, lowering diesel use   

By: Martin Creamer     20th November 2019 Solar power is playing a major role in reducing daytime electricity bills and lowering diesel use in off-grid diesel consuming areas, says SunRanch.Solar, whose clients are benefiting from below grid power costs and major diesel savings. “We reduce people’s daytime power costs by 60% to 70%,”... 

Solar reducing electricity costs, lowering diesel use
SunRanch.Solar talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd
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