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Local manufacturers to benefit from Mining Charter 3's implementation  

By: Nadine James     14th February 2019 Mining Charter 3 and its Implementation Guidelines have created an environment where it is possible for local manufacturers to leverage procurement capacity to drive transformation, Department of Mineral Resources representative Xolile Mbonambi said at a breakfast held at the Industrial... 

South32 finalising preferred list of coal mine bidders 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2019 The complete preferred list of bidders for South32’s energy coal interests is still being finalised, South32 CEO Graham Kerr told Mining Weekly Online on Thursday, when he also provided three reasons why the company’s Australian manganese operations are doing better than its South African... 

South32 finalising preferred list of coal mine bidders
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South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Australia targets 24 000 jobs with new resources policy framework

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th February 2019 The Australian federal government on Thursday released a National Resources Statement, outlining plans to attract investment, develop new resources and markets and share the benefits of success with more regional communities. This is the first such statement for more than 20 years. 

Bristow snaps into fast action wearing Barrick crown 

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2019 Dr Mark Bristow has snapped into fast action wearing the Barrick crown. His Randgold Resources, which now falls under the Barrick Gold umbrella, on Wednesday bowed out with panache when it declared a 35% dividend increase to $2.69 a share, buoyed by record production of 807 000 oz of gold at the... 

Bristow snaps into fast action wearing Barrick crown
Barrick CEO Mark Bristow in the field.

Eskom grid upkeep increasingly problematic – DRDGold  

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2019 The quality of maintenance of the Eskom distribution infrastructure is becoming increasingly problematic, DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius said on Wednesday. At the company's presentation of power-hit interim results for the six months to December 31, Pretorius said that although DRDGold's own power... 

Eskom grid upkeep increasingly problematic – DRDGold
DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius discusses poor electricity infrastructure risk with Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and video editing: Creamer Media’s Darlene Creamer.

DRDGold profit down, gold reserves up 

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2019 Surface gold mining company DRDGold on Wednesday reported a 54% fall in operating profit to R102.2-million in the six months to December 31, but a major jump in mineral reserves. Reserves shot up by 83% to six-million ounces of gold from a former 3.28-million ounces but gold production in the... 

DRDGold profit down, gold reserves up
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DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius

Xolobeni judgment continues to confound 

By: Martin Creamer     11th February 2019 Mining must take place with a strong focus on the interests of those who live in mining areas, says Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, a standpoint that supports the notion that a mining right and a land right can co-exist, without pleasing one party at the expense of the other.  But the... 

Xolobeni judgment continues to confound
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

DRC’s new President an ‘unknown factor’ as far as mining is concerned

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th February 2019 The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), lying pretty much in the centre of Africa, is geographically the 11th biggest country in the world and is well-known for its mineral riches. In its most recent (2014) report “The Mineral Industry of Congo (Kinshasa)”, the US Geological Survey (USGS) noted... 

DRC’s new President an ‘unknown factor’ as far as mining is concerned

Ethiopia finalising mining industry reforms – minister

By: Reuters     6th February 2019 Ethiopia will finalise reforms for its underdeveloped mining and oil sectors within the next two months as it seeks to encourage more foreign investors, its mines and petroleum minister said on Tuesday. The country has already cut taxes for mining companies in recent years but the government... 

Greens’ bid to ban Qld coal ‘counter to common sense’ – Macfarlane

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th February 2019 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has urged the state Parliament to reject a proposal by the Greens to ban mining in the Galilee basin. “This is the Greens’ anti-resources tantrum 2.0,” QRC CEO Ian Macfarlane said on Wednesday. 

Greens’ bid to ban Qld coal ‘counter to common sense’ – Macfarlane
QRC CEO Ian Macfarlane

SA mining is a sunrise industry – Ramaphosa 

By: African News Agency      5th February 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday that the mining industry in South Africa is not a sunset industry, rather it is a sunrise industry.  Speaking on the second day on the 25th annual Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town, Ramaphosa said government recognised the important role... 

SA mining is a sunrise industry – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Mantashe to investors: Don't listen to doomsayers, invest in SA

By: News24Wire      5th February 2019 Investors must be shown that there are opportunities to make money and that is what we offer them in the South African mining industry, Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday. He was one of the guest speakers at a roundtable hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry... 

 Mantashe to investors: Don't listen to doomsayers, invest in SA
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Zambia will enforce copper import tax – mining minister

By: Reuters     5th February 2019 Zambia is determined to enforce a new 5 percent copper import duty, as part of a plan to keep a greater share of mineral resource profits for the country and tackle its debt, Mining Minister Richard Musukwa said. Musukwa was speaking on the sidelines of the Indaba mining conference in Cape Town,... 

Mantashe calls for mining investment amid renewed regulatory certainty  

By: Kim Cloete     4th February 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has assured investors it is safe and stable to invest in the South African mining industry, with the return of regulatory certainty and a revised Mining Charter. “There was a lot of policy and regulatory uncertainty for the better part of last year. We... 

Mantashe calls for mining investment amid renewed regulatory certainty
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe says the revised Mining Charter and regulatory certainty should encourage people to invest in South Africa's mining sector. Camera work and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Call made for better connection with mining communities, stable regulation

By: Kim Cloete     4th February 2019 Stakeholders in the mining industry have called for stable regulation and agreed that there needs to be more collaboration and communication between mining houses, communities and mineworkers. Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani told the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town that mining... 

Mining green shoots sprouting – Minerals Council 

By: Martin Creamer     4th February 2019 Green shoots are sprouting in South Africa’s mining sector, which is readying for new take off, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter said on Monday. In a briefing on the State of the Mining Nation on the sidelines of the opening day of the Investing in African Mining Indaba, Baxter told... 

Mining green shoots sprouting – Minerals Council
Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

Mining 'walking into a brighter future' – Makwana  

By: Martin Creamer     4th February 2019 Mining was walking into a brighter future and the appetite for mining investment was strengthening, attendees of the Investing in African Mining Indaba heard on Monday. Opening the 25th consecutive Investing in African Mining Indaba Cape Town, attention was drawn to stepped up investment in... 

Mining 'walking into a brighter future' – Makwana
Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose and Mining Indaba advisory board chairperson Mpho Makwana discuss trends in the mining industry and what is to be expected from this year's Mining Indaba. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

EFF says in election manifesto to nationalise mines 

By: Reuters     4th February 2019 South Africa's radical leftist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will nationalise all mines by 2023 if elected this year, the party said in its election manifesto launched on Saturday. The party is using an anti-corruption, jobs creation and state control of the economy platform to challenge the... 

Zambia fires CEO of State mining investment arm ZCCM-IH

By: Reuters     1st February 2019 Zambia has fired Dr Pius Kasolo, the CE of State mining investment arm Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Investment Holding (ZCCM-IH), Mines Minister Richard Musukwa said on Friday, without giving a reason. On Monday, Kasolo said the government should quickly resolve its tax row with mining... 

Mantashe to open the African Mining Indaba 

By: African News Agency      1st February 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe is expected to officially open the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Monday. In a statement, the department of mineral resources said the minister will be joined by his cabinet colleagues as they engage delegates at the Indaba. The... 

Mantashe to open the African Mining Indaba
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Victoria considers new manslaughter laws for workplaces

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st February 2019 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has warned the Victorian government that new workplace safety laws could give rise to unintended consequences, which could impair rather than enhance the safety at workplaces. The Victorian government on Friday said that it has stated work on workplace... 

Mozambique authorities focusing attention on rubies and gold

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st February 2019 The Economy and Environment Committee of the Mozambican Parliament announced in late January that it was to visit the country’s most north-easterly province, Cabo Delgado, to evaluate the socio-economic impact of the province’s mining operations on the adjacent local communities.  

Increased regulatory certainty bolsters direct foreign investment

By: Paige Müller     1st February 2019 African law firm ENSafrica states that there has been a concerted effort to reintroduce legal certainty into South Africa’s mining and minerals industries in the hopes that a stable legislative and regulatory regime will boost foreign direct investment into these critical industries. Mining is a... 

Increased regulatory certainty bolsters direct foreign investment
LLOYD CHRISTIE Legal certainty encourages bolder decisions which, in turn, provide the impetus for innovation, and innovative thinking leads to a mining industry re-envisioned

High Court judgment alters face of mining rights

By: Paige Müller     1st February 2019 The Pretoria High Court ruling handed down on the Baleni and Others v Minister of Mineral Resources and Others case on November 22 last year, is likely to impact significantly on the future distribution of mining rights in South Africa, states international business law and litigation firm... 

High Court judgment alters face of mining rights
GODFREY MALESA The Interim Protection of Informal Land Rights Act requires the informed consent of a community that has informal rights in land before the community may be deprived of such rights

Uncertainty set to continue until new legislation becomes practice

By: Paige Müller     1st February 2019 The local regulatory environment governing the mining and minerals sectors has improved significantly over the past year; however, international business and industry law firm Allen & Overy (South Africa) expect industry uncertainty to persist until the new legislative and regulatory ammendements... 

Uncertainty set to continue until new legislation becomes practice
GERHARD RUDOLPH The consultative process and finalisation of Mining Charter III have introduced some degree of certainty into the sector

Charter still face legal hurdles

By: Paige Müller     1st February 2019 Amid concerns regarding the uncertain future of the South African mining industry, South African corporate and commercial law firm Werkmans Attorneys, has welcomed the publication of Mining Charter III, the Amendment thereto and the Implementation Guidelines on the basis that they bring some... 

Charter still face legal hurdles
UNCERTAIN OUTCOME Mining Charter III could be considered ultra vires, or exceeding the Minister’s authority

PGM-using patents abound – CPM  

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2019 Viable patents that involve the use of platinum group metals (PGMs) should be commercialised so that PGMs become less dependent on the automotive market, says CPM Group MD and founder Jeffrey Christian. CPM’s current projections, which are similar to those in the automotive and electricity supply... 

PGM-using patents abound – CPM
CPM Group MD Jeffrey Christian talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Christo Greyling.

Resources Watch  

31st January 2019 This week: Kropz anticipates first phosphate ore from long-awaited Elandsfontein by year-end And, the World Bank says Eskom debt restructuring should be coupled to power market reform 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Vedanta’s Zambia unit says new tax regime won't affect jobs

By: Bloomberg     30th January 2019 Vedanta's Zambian unit will press ahead with expansion plans even as the government of Africa’s second-biggest copper producer increased mining royalties, and has undertaken not to fire any workers. The assurance by Konkola Copper Mines, following a meeting between management and government... 

Gemfields agrees settlement of £5.8m pertaining to claims by Leigh Day  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th January 2019 Gemfields announced on Tuesday that it has agreed, on a no-admission-of-liability basis, the settlement of all claims brought by law firm Leigh Day on behalf of individuals living in the vicinity of Montepuez Ruby Mining’s (MRM’s) mining concession in northern Mozambique. Gemfields holds a 75%... 

Palladium theft rampant – FT 

By: Martin Creamer     29th January 2019 Palladium, used in catalytic converters that reduce harmful petrol vehicle emissions, is catalysing a crime wave in the UK, says the Financial Times (FT) of London. “Thieves are stealing catalytic converters – often in broad daylight – and selling the devices to illegal scrap dealers for cash,”... 

Palladium theft rampant – FT
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A bar of palladium.

Mining Charter III empowers women, implementation uncertain

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     25th January 2019 Although the Mining Charter III has made great strides in empowering women, it remains to be seen how well these measures will be implemented, says law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr corporate and commercial director Mmatiki Aphiri. “The charter now has several provisions specifically catering for... 

Mining Charter III  empowers women,  implementation uncertain
MMATIKI APHIRI With Africa’s rich resources, mining will continue to be central to the growth of most African economies

Technology improves mine longevity and sustainability

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 With the local mining industry having struggled to stay profitable for the past 15 to 20 years, digital engagement company Wyzetalk CEO Gys Kappers stresses that the emphasis being placed on technological advancements – such as the Wyzetalk platform – at this year’s Investing in African Mining... 

Technology improves mine longevity  and sustainability
GYS KAPPERS Wyzetalk continually delivers health and safety notifications, such as best practice information, accident reports and equipment-check information to the mobile devices of all employees

Company to exhibit at Mining Indaba for third year

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     25th January 2019 Underwriting managing agent Cenviro Solutions, which is underwritten by its parent company Centriq Insurance Company, will for the third consecutive year exhibit at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, to be held at the International Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 4 to... 

Company to exhibit  at Mining Indaba  for third year
LEENTIE SMIT Cenviro Solutions is confident that it can add value to any mining house in South Africa requiring a flexible, cost-effective and customised solution

More investment expected, despite policy uncertainty

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     25th January 2019 Political and regulatory uncertainty will continue in the lead-up to local elections and will impact on investment decisions in the mining industry, says law firm Hogan Lovells partner and mining head Warren Beech, but he believes that sentiment will improve in the third and fourth quarters. He... 

More investment expected, despite policy uncertainty
TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT Mechanisation, automation, the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence could present opportunities to reskill and upskill people to make mining operations safer

Positive outlook for mining expected

By: Halima Frost     25th January 2019 There is a noticeably positive change in attitude in the mining sector with Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe’s showing signs of leading the sector towards a good recovery in 2019, says surface mining association Aspasa director Nico Pienaar. Mantashe hosted the Mine Occupational Health... 

Positive outlook for  mining expected
HEAPED WITH HONOURS Pienaar was recognised for his long-standing service to health and safety in the mining industry

Intra-Africa trade lags

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 With the 2019 Investing in African Mining Indaba – the world’s largest mining investment conference, dedicated to the capitalisation and development of mining throughout Africa – set to take place in February, insurance corporation Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (ECIC)... 

Intra-Africa trade lags
PORTIA DUBE Intra-African exports and imports are lagging behind other regions such as Europe, Asia and North America

Commitment crucial to achieving transformation objectives – law firm

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     25th January 2019 The local mining industry needs to commit to achieving the transformation objectives of the country, says law firm ENSafrica natural resources and environment director Ntsiki Adonisi-Kgame. “Although the transformation of the mining industry continues to progress, the pace at which the industry... 

Commitment crucial to achieving transformation objectives – law firm
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