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EY Canadian Eye drops sharply on Covid-19

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th May 2020 The EY Canadian Mining Eye index has declined by 29% in the first quarter of 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. The substantial decrease compares with a gain of 11% in the final quarter of 2019. “The mining and metals sector continues to grapple with the impact of government Covid-19 mandates... 

Glencore beats emissions target, sets out to deliver safety step change 

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2020 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore significantly surpassed its emission target in 2019 but described its safety performance as being unacceptable. In announcing the publication on its website of its 2019 Sustainability Report as well as its environment, social and governance (ESG)... 

Glencore’s head of sustainable development Anna Krutikov
Glencore’s head of sustainable development Anna Krutikov

Trevali defers Namibia zinc expansion decision

By: Mariaan Webb     14th May 2020 Global base-metals miner Trevali has deferred its expansion plans for the Rosh Pinah zinc mine, in Namibia, to a future date, as it moves to preserve liquidity during the economic downturn. The Vancouver-based company, which also owns mines in Peru, Canada and Burkina Faso, said on Wednesday... 

The Rosh Pinah mine, in Namibia.
The Rosh Pinah mine, in Namibia.

World’s top mining companies committed to climate change solutions – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     13th May 2020 Twenty seven of the world's leading mining and metals companies and 36 associations are committed to climate change solutions through their membership of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), Mining Weekly can today report. The ICMM is an international organisation dedicated to a... 

International Council on Mining and Metals  CEO Tom Butler
International Council on Mining and Metals CEO Tom Butler

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... 

Minerals Council South Africa building in central Johannesburg.
Photo by Creamer Media
Minerals Council South Africa building in central Johannesburg.

Glencore well positioned to navigate Covid challenges – Glasenberg 

By: Martin Creamer     30th April 2020 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is well positioned to navigate the current challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg said on Thursday, when the London- and Johannesburg-listed company reported first-quarter production and provided a general... 

Ivan Glasenberg
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Ivan Glasenberg

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... 

Mineworkers with personal protective equipment.
Mineworkers with personal protective equipment.

Ivanhoe advances Kakula underground development at record pace

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2020 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines has now completed 13.5 km of underground development at the Kakula copper mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The company is 4.2 km ahead of plan on the mine’s development. 

Members of Kamoa-Kakula’s multi-national team of geologists and engineers that is helping to build the Kakula mine, in front of the mine’s high-grade ore stockpile.
Members of Kamoa-Kakula’s multi-national team of geologists and engineers that is helping to build the Kakula mine, in front of the mine’s high-grade ore stockpile.

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... 

Openast mines like this one may return to 100% production capacity.
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... 

ICMM CEO Tom Butler
ICMM CEO Tom Butler

Adriatic a step closer to operational mining after environmental permit RoD

By: Donna Slater     23rd April 2020 The Bosnian Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism (FMET) has issued a positive record of decision (RoD) for the Veovaca environmental permit, UK-based exploration and development company Adriatic Metals said on Thursday. Adriatic is the owner of the Vareš mining concession in Bosnia and... 

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)... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe.
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe.

Central Asia Metals mulls renewables opportunities, releases inaugural sustainability report

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd April 2020 London-listed Central Asia Metals (CAML), which produces base metals essential for modern living, has commissioned independent consultants to conduct feasibility studies on the potential of building a renewable energy plant at its Kounrad operation, in Kazakhstan. The studies will consider the... 

Central Asia Metals' Kounrad operation, in Kazakhstan.
Central Asia Metals' Kounrad operation, in Kazakhstan.

Ascendant sells Honduran mine to focus on Portugal project

By: Donna Slater     21st April 2020 TSX-listed base metals miner Ascendant Resources has entered into a share purchase agreement with Panama-based Kirungu to sell all the issued and outstanding shares of its wholly-owned Honduran subsidiary American Pacific Honduras (Ampac), which owns the producing El Mochito zinc, lead and silver... 

Lundin reports underground fire at Sweden mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st April 2020 Canadian base metals miner Lundin Mining had to evacuate its underground personnel at the Zinkgruvan operation, in Sweden, on Monday, after a haulage truck caught fire on the 1 140 m level of the mine. There were 58 people underground at the time. All personnel were accounted for and there were... 

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 Platinum Rustenburg CE Mark Munroe
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Impala Platinum Rustenburg CE Mark Munroe

Jubilee operations restart under strict Covid-19 protocols 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2020 Metals processing company Jubilee Metals announced on Friday that its South African operations had recommenced and it was strictly adhering to the updated lockdown regulations set out to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. Jubilee retreats mine tailings, waste, slag, slurry and other secondary... 

Sorting solution shows potential in metals sectors

By: Cameron Mackay     17th April 2020 Ore-processing equipment supplier TOMRA Sorting Mining has provided X-ray transmission (XRT) sensor-based ore sorting technology for two local mining plant projects on the eastern limb of the Bushveld Igneous Complex, in Limpopo, which were commissioned recently. TOMRA Sorting Mining senior VP... 

XRT TECHNOLOGY MARKET 
P2E realised that sensor-based sorting, as a toll-treatment option, has benefits over DMS technology
XRT TECHNOLOGY MARKET P2E realised that sensor-based sorting, as a toll-treatment option, has benefits over DMS technology

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 CEO Roger Baxter
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,... 

Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Matashe during virtual media conference.
Photo by Veronica Creamer
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Matashe during virtual media conference.

Glencore continues to engage to minimise Covid-19 impact

By: Martin Creamer     14th April 2020 Diversified mining and marketing Glencore is continuing to engage with authorities, labour unions and other stakeholders on steps to minimise the impact of Covid-19 on its operations. The London- and Johannesburg-listed company stated on Tuesday that its goal was to operate only when it could... 

Ivan Glasenberg
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Ivan Glasenberg

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... 

Glencore launches $25m support fund in response to Covid-19 

By: Martin Creamer     9th April 2020 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore on Thursday announced the launch of a $25-million fund in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The fund will support the London- and Johannesburg-listed company’s teams that are working closely with governments, health agencies and others key... 

Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg
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Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Golden Minerals reports promising economics for Mexico project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd April 2020 Colorado-based miner Golden Minerals has reported positive findings in a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) and updated mineral resource estimate for the Velardeña Properties, which is the company’s silver and gold project located in Durango state, Mexico. Engineering company Tetra Tech was... 

Central Asia Metals’ results demonstrate company’s ‘fundamental strength’

By: Simone Liedtke     1st April 2020 Copper, zinc and lead production and exploration company Central Asia Metals’ (CAML’s) results for the year ended December 31, demonstrate the “fundamental strength” of the business, which owns two low-cost base metals operations, one in Kazakhstan and the other in North Macedonia. CEO Nigel... 

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... 

Sim Tshabalala
Sim Tshabalala

Covid-19 prompts Glencore to defer cash distribution, reinforce liquidity 

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2020 The coronavirus pandemic has prompted global diversified mining and marketing company Glencore to defer its proposed $2.6-billion distribution of cash and reinforce its $10.1- billion liquidity through the refinancing and extension of revolving credit facilities on the same commercial terms as... 

Ivan Glasenberg
Ivan Glasenberg

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... 

Jubilee confident the group will withstand Covid-19 disruption

By: Simone Liedtke     26th March 2020 Aim- and AltX-listed Jubilee Metals says it has a “robust business model” and is, therefore, confident that the group will be able to withstand the disruption caused by the spread of the Covid-19 virus across the globe. In anticipation of this disruption, Jubilee says it has already taken... 

ScoZinc raises C$500 000 to support Scotia mine’s prefeasibility study

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd March 2020 TSX-V-listed ScoZinc Mining plans to raise C$500 000 in a nonbrokered private placement. The offer consists of the sale of up to 1.25-million shares at a price of C$0.40 apiece, coupled with a warrant to purchase additional shares at a price of C$0.55 apiece.  

ScoZinc raises C$500 000 to support Scotia mine’s prefeasibility study

Aurelia completes A$53m plant upgrade

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th March 2020 Diversified metals miner Aurelia Metals has completed the commissioning of a A$53-million upgrade to its Peak ore processing circuit, in New South Wales. The ASX-listed Aurelia said on Wednesday that the Peak process plant now had the flexibility to produce gold dore and separate copper, lead... 

Shipment delays out of China not affecting Vast’s Romania project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th March 2020 Aim-listed mining company Vast Resources on Tuesday confirmed that its initial shipment of equipment for the Baita Plai mine was not affected by shipment restrictions in China and that it would depart next week. The first shipment is currently being loaded and will depart for Romania on March... 

Shipment delays out of China not affecting Vast’s Romania project

China warns metals firms not to race back from virus

By: Reuters     6th March 2020 China's Industry Ministry said on Friday metals firms should not seek to ramp up production at all costs and should "avoid vicious competition" with one another as they return to work in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Industrial production in China, the world's biggest metals consumer,... 

Bear Creek Mining engages lead arrangers for $400m facility

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd March 2020 Vancouver-headquartered Bear Creek Mining has engaged BNP Paribas and Société Générale as joint lead arrangers for a $400-million senior secured credit facility, which it plans to use for the fully permitted, Corani silver/lead/zinc project in Peru. “The BNP Paribas and Société Générale mining... 

Yukon and First Nation road agreement a ‘major step’ forward for Macmillan Pass

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd March 2020 TSX-V-listed Fireweed Zinc has hailed the agreement about road upgrades that the Yukon government and the Ross River Dena Council (RRDC) First Nation reached as a “major step” forward towards the eventual development of the Macmillan Pass zinc, lead and silver project. The agreement centres on... 

Yukon and First Nation road agreement a ‘major step’ forward for Macmillan Pass

Coeur to reposition Silvertip, operations suspended

By: Mariaan Webb     21st February 2020 NYSE-listed precious metals miner Coeur has temporarily suspended operating activities at its Silvertip zinc/lead/silver mine, in British Columbia, Canada, as the mine struggles to generate positive cash flow amid deteriorating zinc and lead markets. Silvertip, which represents about 6% of... 

Coeur to reposition Silvertip, operations suspended

Vedanta sets sights on zinc, silver, iron-ore output growth 

By: Kim Cloete     12th February 2020 CAPE TOWN (miningweekly.com) – Natural resources company Vedanta Resources is aiming to become the world's biggest producer of zinc, as well as to double its production of silver and increase its iron-ore output from 10-million to 15-million tonnes a year.  Vedanta has a presence in steel,... 

Vedanta sets sights on zinc, silver, iron-ore output growth
Vedanta Resources executives tell Mining Weekly correspondent Kim Cloete about the group's growth plans and its corporate social investment initiatives. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

ScoZinc expects upcoming PFS to improve past Scotia assessments

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th February 2020 TSX-V-listed explorer and developer ScoZinc is hopeful that when it announces the results of a prefeasibility study (PFS) for the idled Scotia mine, near Halifax, it will be an improvement on past assessments. The company confidence levels are boosted by the recent doubling of the mineral... 

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