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Legislative Environment News

Precinct a catalyst for a mining sunrise

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th April 2019 In his inaugural State of the Nation Address in Parliament, in Cape Town, President Cyril Ramaphosa urged all South Africans to view the South African mining industry as a “sunrise industry”. Consequently, the Mandela Mining Precinct public–private partnership is a critically important catalyst... 

Precinct establishing platform for all stakeholders

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th April 2019 The Mandela Mining Precinct – which industrial cluster Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (MEMSA) is an inherent part of – has been very successful in establishing a platform for all mining sector stakeholders, says MEMSA CEO Ossie Carstens. “MEMSA and the Mandela Mining Precinct are... 

Precinct establishing platform for all stakeholders
REAPING BENEFITS MEMSA needs to take full advantage of the newly published Mining Charter III and the “massive advantage” that it has created for local suppliers

Solutions provider tailoring its product offering for South African market

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th April 2019 Solutions provider Buraaq Mining Services is working towards rebuilding mining equipment and to specifically tailor its product offering for the South African market. 

Solutions provider tailoring its product  offering for South African market
S.A.M KADER Buraaq Mining Services has pledged a percentage of its profits towards developing local communities

Youth-focused professional institute reaches 125-year milestone

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th April 2019 As the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) celebrates 125 years of existence this year, it will move even further in the direction of uplifting youngsters in the sector. The institute will continue to support students financially through its long-standing scholarship trust... 

Acacia swings to first-quarter loss on operational challenges, lower production

By: Nadine James     25th April 2019 London-listed Acacia Mining, which has various operations in Tanzania, has posted an adjusted net loss of $7-million for the quarter ended March 31, compared with adjusted net earnings of $7-million in the first quarter of 2018. It produced 104 899 oz of gold at an all-in sustaining cost (AISC)... 

Guinea transfers oversight of State mining company to Presidency

By: Bloomberg     23rd April 2019 The office of Guinean President Alpha Conde is assuming oversight of the West African nation’s State-owned mining company in a move that will hand him more authority over the country’s holdings in some of world’s biggest bauxite deposits. The Presidency will take command of Societe Guinneenne du... 

IMF slates unpredictable policies in report Tanzania blocked

By: Bloomberg     23rd April 2019 The International Monetary Fund said that Tanzania’s economy is being harmed by the government’s “unpredictable and interventionist policies” in a report whose release the East African country has blocked. Tanzania refused to authorize the publication of the report, the IMF said Wednesday in a... 

Xolobeni community asks Ramaphosa to stop Mantashe's upcoming visit

By: African News Agency      23rd April 2019 The Amadiba Crisis Committee on Monday asked President Cyril Ramaphosa and "democratic institutions" to stop Mines Minister Gwede Mantashe from visiting Xolobeni, where there is a raging dispute over keeping the area pristine versus allowing mining activities to go ahead. Mantashe's last visit to... 

South Africa could face copper shortage in next five years

By: Cameron Mackay     19th April 2019 Owing to a lack of significant new copper mining projects, constant illegal exports of copper scrap and import reductions from key copper producing economies, South Africa could struggle to meet local demand for copper in the next five years, says regional copper commodity body Copper Development... 

South Africa could face copper shortage in next five years
Photo by Reuters
SUPPLY TROUBLES Copper Development Association Africa says South Africa will have to import, at great cost, copper cathodes to meet local demand

Nickel pig iron market contributes to Indonesian nickel mining growth

By: Cameron Mackay     19th April 2019 The growth of the nickel pig iron (NPI) market in Indonesia has led to the rapid increase of nickel mining operations in the country, says international metals and minerals consultancy Roskill senior analyst Olivier Masson. Nickel pig iron, a low-grade ferronickel, was created in China as a... 

Nickel pig iron market  contributes to Indonesian nickel mining growth
Photo by Bloomberg
STEELY RESOLVE About 70% of the primary nickel produced in 2018 was used for stainless steel production

Zinc inventories continue to fall

By: Cameron Mackay     19th April 2019 The poor performance of Chinese smelters and the closure of major zinc mines in the past two years have led to global and refined zinc inventories continuing to fall, says international commodities consultancy Core Consultants MD Lara Smith. “Many smelters last year chose not to buy expensive... 

Zinc inventories continue to fall
Photo by Bloomberg
REDUCED OUTPUT Many Chinese smelters last year chose not to buy expensive concentrate and instead cut down on consumption rates and production

China’s scrap regulations important factor in copper market

By: Cameron Mackay     19th April 2019 New legislation and regulations by the Chinese government for the import of scrap materials could be a significant factor in the copper market this year, suggests international metals and minerals consultancy Roskill associate consultant Jonathan Barnes. China announced plans in April last year... 

China’s scrap regulations important factor  in copper market
Photo by Bloomberg
RESTRICTED REGULATIONS As a result of regulations and a trade war, China will need to replace copper scrap units with imports of more refined copper

Mining sector’s pursuit of ‘zero harm’ continues

By: Simone Liedtke     19th April 2019 The South African mining industry has continuously recommitted to the shared aspiration of zero harm, which aims to ensure that mineworkers return home from work unharmed every day. While there was an 86% decline in the number of fatalities from 1994 to 2016, the death of 90 mineworkers marked a... 

Mining sector’s pursuit of ‘zero harm’ continues

Orion reawakening geological giant in Northern Cape  

By: Martin Creamer     18th April 2019 Three years ago, Orion Minerals was trading at an eighth of an Australian cent a share. It had a market capitalisation of $4-milllion and set out to find something that could be turned into a mine. The good news is that the company found that opportunity in South Africa, and its share price has... 

Orion reawakening geological giant in Northern Cape
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer interviewing Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater.

Five-month gold strike is over 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2019 The five-month strike by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) at Sibanye-Stillwater’s South African gold operations is over. Parties have acknowledged that it is in their interest to rebase and develop a constructive relationship going forward, Sibanye-Stillwater said in a... 

Eager black investors fund premium-priced opportunity in zinc, copper 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2019 Black investors have self-funded the purchase of shares at a premium price in the fast-tracked redevelopment of the Prieska zinc and copper mine in the Northern Cape, which has a three-year payback and a minimum mine life of ten years. The $8-million equity capital raising by Orion Minerals,... 

Eager black investors fund premium-priced opportunity in zinc, copper
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater
Orion Minerals’ ‘meet-the-media’ attendees were from left: Jowell Tobias, Godfrey Gomwe, Billy Mawasha, Michelle Jenkins, Errol Smart, Nelson Mosiapoa, Tom Borman, Sharon Matthews and Roger Matthews.

Royal Bafokeng boosts production despite setbacks 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2019 Black-owned platinum group metals mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum boosted its production in the three months to March 31, in spite of several setbacks in the period. Tonnes delivered to concentrators increased by 17.3% to 862 000 t and tonnes milled increasing by 11.6% to 846 000 t.... 

Lumwana says higher taxes will have severe impact on business

By: Reuters     16th April 2019 Higher mineral taxes in Zambia will have a severe effect on Lumwana Mining Company's operations, driving its costs up, the copper miner's country manager, Nathan Chishimba, told journalists on Tuesday. Earlier this year, Africa's second-largest copper producing country increased royalties and... 

Orion clinches potent new-style empowerment deal  

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2019 Sydney- and Johannesburg-listed exploration and mining development company Orion Minerals has found a formula to achieve empowerment that puts all shareholders at full participation and contribution. “What we’ve arrived at is a fantastic win-win scenario,” an overjoyed Orion CEO Errol Smart told... 

Orion clinches potent new-style empowerment deal
Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart (left) interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater.

Exxaro reaffirms health, safety goals at Sustainability Summit

By: Simone Liedtke     12th April 2019 Empowered diversified miner Exxaro Resources on Friday reaffirmed its safety, health and environmental goals at its yearly Sustainability Summit, held in Lephalale, Limpopo. The summit is being held soon after the group celebrated a 24-month fatality-free milestone. 

Mineral-rich West Africa shows much potential

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th April 2019 The cheerful mood among operators at the 2019 Investing in African Mining Indaba, coupled with some proactive and innovative governments competing for attention, suggests that the West African mining sector’s vast potential may increasingly be realised through the successful development of new... 

Mineral-rich West Africa shows much potential
POTENTIAL PERFORMANCE The West African mining sector’s vast potential could be realised through successful proactive project development

Exploration trends likely to improve significantly in West Africa

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th April 2019 While mining progress in West Africa will vary from country to country, with one or two discrete discoveries, developments often set significant change into motion, says engineering consulting company SRK Consulting South Africa partner and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl. Recent studies have... 

Exploration trends likely to improve significantly in West Africa
ANDREW VAN ZYL Energy and power solutions in mining must also facilitate support from local communities

West African mining rising steadily

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th April 2019 Mining activity in West Africa is increasing and this trend is likely to continue. New mines have been established in Mali over the past few years, as well as in countries, such as Liberia, which are not traditionally associated with mining, says engineering consulting company SRK Consulting... 

West African mining  rising steadily
JOHN KWOFIE West Africans are expressing their right to benefit from mining activities taking place in their own backyard

Minerals Council calls for delay of at least five years in carbon tax implementation

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th April 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa (Minerals Council), the representative body for the mining industry in the country, has called on government to delay the implementation of the new carbon tax. “The Minerals Council would like to see a delay of at least five years for the implementation of the... 

Minerals Council calls for delay of at least five years in carbon tax implementation

Sibanye-Stillwater presells gold to Citibank 

By: Martin Creamer     11th April 2019 Precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater announced on Thursday that it had entered into an agreement to presell gold to Citibank for R1.75-billion ($125-million). This follows Wednesday’s raising of a similar amount on the sale of 5% of the issued shares of the Johannesburg- and New... 

Sibanye-Stillwater presells gold to Citibank
Photo by Creamer Media
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Hydrogen and platinum at centre of climate change solution – Anglo    

By: Martin Creamer     11th April 2019 Hydrogen is at the centre of the solution to climate change and platinum, in turn, is at the centre of hydrogen, London-based Anglo American executive head of market development Benny Oeyen emphasised when he spoke to Mining Weekly Online on the sidelines of this week’s Platinum Group Metals... 

Hydrogen and platinum at centre of climate change solution – Anglo
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer speaks to Anglo American executive head of market development Benny Oeyen. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater.

Nearly 2 000 Zambian villagers can sue Vedanta in English courts – Supreme Court

By: Reuters     10th April 2019 Nearly 2 000 Zambian villagers have the right to sue mining company Vedanta in the English courts, London's Supreme Court said on Wednesday, raising the prospect other companies could face legal action in England related to their activities abroad. India-listed Vedanta, which delisted from London... 

Amcu slams Lonmin-Sibanye merger over 'magnitude' of job losses at Appeal Court

By: News24Wire      8th April 2019 Thousands of jobs will be lost at Lonmin over a three-year period following its merger with Sibanye-Stillwater, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union has argued. The union has lodged an appeal before the Competition Appeal Court to set aside a 2018 decision by the Competition... 

 Amcu slams Lonmin-Sibanye merger over 'magnitude' of job losses at Appeal Court

Macau intends to join Kimberley Process for trading rough diamonds

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th April 2019 The Executive Council of Macau has developed a proposal for legislation which, if approved by the territory’s Legislative Assembly, would see Macau joining the Kimberley Process Certification System. This was stated in an official communiqué, the Macauhub News Agency has reported. 

Anglo taking tailings dam monitoring to next level 

By: Martin Creamer     4th April 2019 Diversified mining company Anglo American is implementing new techniques that give the company far more control over tailings dams, which have been thrown into the spotlight after the tragic loss of life at Brumadinho, in Brazil, where an iron-ore tailings dam collapsed at Vale’s Corrego do... 

Anglo taking tailings dam monitoring to next level
Photo by Anglo American
How Anglo American is reducing tailings dam risk

Parliament passes first PRRT amendment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th April 2019 The federal Parliament this week passed the first phase of the amendments to the Petroleum Resources Rent Tax, which will exclude the onshore oil and gas industry from the scope of the tax and modify a number of the carry forward rate provisions that apply to exploration and project costs... 

Parliament passes first PRRT amendment

MMG joins Glencore, ERG in reviewing Congo plans after tax hike 

By: Bloomberg     4th April 2019 Yet another foreign miner in the Democratic Republic of Congo is reviewing its future production plans after the government increased taxes and removed investor safeguards despite industry protests. MMG, the Chinese-owned copper producer, is considering whether to invest in more expensive methods... 

MMG joins Glencore, ERG in reviewing Congo plans after tax hike
MMG's Kinsevere mine

Anglo hopes to run truck on hydrogen in 12 months – O’Neill 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd April 2019 Diversified mining company Anglo American hopes to have a truck running on hydrogen in the next 12 months, Anglo American technical director Tony O’Neill said on Wednesday, when he spoke of foreseeing the company’s installed diesel fleet one day being replaced by an electrical alternative.   To... 

Anglo hopes to run truck on hydrogen in 12 months – O’Neill
Photo by Anglo American
Graphic showing how sun can provide electricity to produce hydrogen that powers mine fleets.

AngloGold to comply with South African mining rights directive  

By: Bloomberg     1st April 2019 AngloGold Ashanti is complying with an order from South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources to amend its mining rights to reflect black economic empowerment, the company’s spokesperson Chris Nthite said. The world’s No. 3. gold producer may have contravened black economic empowerment rules... 

Law firm explains rationale behind Minerals Council’s application for judicial review of charter

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th March 2019 Law firm Dentons partner Brandon Irsigler says the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) should not take the Minerals Council South Africa’s court application for a judicial review of Mining Charter 3 lightly, since the council is representative of the mining industry. He noted, however, that... 

Under Mantashe, SA mining’s narrative changes from ‘completely negative’ to ‘something approaching positive’

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th March 2019 Stability, policy and regulatory certainty and rebuilding trust have been key themes in Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe’s first year in office. Taking the reins on February 27, 2018, of a government department overseeing one of the most difficult and fragmented industries in South... 

Under Mantashe, SA mining’s narrative changes from ‘completely negative’ to ‘something approaching positive’

Unpacking this week's headlines in gold, coal, renewables and the mining charter  

28th March 2019 This week Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Sibanye-Stillwater’s investment in DRDGold, South Africa’s good position in coal and renewables and the Minerals Council South Africa’s decision to take the Department of Mineral Resources to court.   

Unpacking this week's headlines in gold, coal, renewables and the mining charter
Unpacking this week's headlines in gold, coal, renewables and the mining charter.

Exciting DRDGold expertise deserves international prominence – Froneman 

By: Martin Creamer     27th March 2019 The exciting gold-from-tailings expertise of DRDGold, which has decades of experience in recovering precious metals profitably from mine dump material, deserves international prominence which Sibanye-Stillwater intends to afford it, CEO Neal Froneman said on Wednesday. Froneman drew attention to... 

Exciting DRDGold expertise deserves international prominence – Froneman
Photo by Wynand van der Merwe
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman with Joburg Indaba chairperson Bernard Swanepoel

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