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Canadian govt introduces measures to boost mining

By: Nadine James     30th November 2018 Measures included in the 2018 Fall Economic Statement (FES) will provide an “important boost for Canadian mining competitiveness”, industry organisation Mining Association of Canada (MAC) noted in a statement released last week. The mining industry is a major sector of Canada's economy,... 

Illegal mining, Amadiba and Gold One make headlines  

29th November 2018 Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer discusses illegal mining, the Amadiba Crisis Committee case and Gold One’s plant expansion project.   

Illegal mining, Amadiba and Gold One make headlines
Illegal mining, Amadiba and Gold One make headlines

Anglo willing to play constructive land role  

By: Martin Creamer     29th November 2018 Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani on Wednesday expressed willingness to play a constructive role in helping South Africa to arrive at solutions involving the diversification of land ownership and ensuring land productivity. Speaking to journalists at a year-end media function, Cutifani urged the... 

Anglo willing to play constructive land role
Photo by Creamer Media
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Mexico miners extend drop on policy angst; Southern Copper sags

By: Bloomberg     24th November 2018 Mining companies operating in Mexico extended a sell-off, with Southern Copper falling the most since 2011, even as a Mexican lawmaker attempted to calm market worries over the prospect of tougher regulation under incoming President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Large Mexico-based mining... 

Mexico miners extend drop on policy angst; Southern Copper sags
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

New administrations, policies spur optimism for South Africa, Brazil  

By: Nadine James     23rd November 2018 The withdrawal of the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act Amendment Bill, the finalisation of Mining Charter 3 and the investment drive led by President Cyril Ramaphosa, has given the South African mining sector reason to be cautiously optimistic, Herbert Smith Freehills partner... 

Mexico mining selloff worsens as concerns grow on law proposals

By: Bloomberg     23rd November 2018 Fears of tougher mining regulation in Mexico under incoming President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador are taking over investor sentiment, with some of the top stocks falling for the third consecutive day. Industrias Penoles SAB, Grupo Mexico SAB and Fresnillo Plc extended losses after Morgan Stanley... 

Mexico mining selloff worsens as concerns grow on law proposals

Overly prescriptive policies threaten mine profitability – analyst  

By: Paige Müller     23rd November 2018 South Africa’s overly prescriptive, unbalanced and onerous environmental policy framework runs the risk of making the mining industry “uninvestable”, says Dr Anthea Jeffery, policy research head at think tank the Institute of Race Relations. “South Africa’s environmental regulations compare badly... 

Overly prescriptive policies threaten mine profitability – analyst
research and policy organisation Institute of Race Relations head of policy research Dr Anthea Jeffery discusses the impact overly prescriptive environmental policies are having on mining in South Africa. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Darlene Creamer.

GRP pipes more resilient in dewatering systems

23rd November 2018 Glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) pipes’ proven resilience in harsh terrains, extreme climates and unpredictable site environments make them the superior choice over high-density polyethylene (HDPE), steel and ductile iron concrete-lined (DICL) pipes in the demanding environment of a mine dewatering... 

Platinum’s stature growing as world’s clean air catalyst 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd November 2018 This month’s launch of the world’s first fuel cell double-decker bus is the latest example of platinum helping to power the world’s new clean air revolution. The fuel cell bus was developed as a part of the European Union-funded joint initiative for hydrogen vehicles, which make use of platinum,... 

Platinum’s stature growing as world’s clean air catalyst
First fuel cell double decker bus.

Colombian mining group says tax bill will attract foreign investment

By: Reuters     20th November 2018 Colombia's main mining industry group said on Monday it was optimistic a new tax bill that includes a cut to corporate taxes will help attract more foreign investment, allowing companies to boost exploration and output in the coming years. The bill, known as the financing law, proposes a gradual... 

WDC calls for expanded definition of conflict diamonds

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th November 2018 The World Diamond Council (WDC) and the Civil Society Coalition (CSC) this week voiced their strong support for an expanded definition of conflict diamonds at the launch of the 2018 Plenary Session of the Kimberley Process (KP), in Brussels, Belgium. The proposal, put forward by the government of... 

Qld Parliament passes rehabilitation laws

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th November 2018 Queensland mining companies will now be compelled to sign up to progressive rehabilitation plans after the state Parliament passed the Mineral and Energy Resources (Financial Provisioning) Bill. The bill delivers new requirements for the planning and delivery of progressive rehabilitation of... 

Eastplats shareholder launches court petition against transactions with Union Goal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th November 2018 Eastern Platinum (Eastplats) has received a petition, filed with the Supreme Court of British Columbia by 2538520 Ontario Limited, a shareholder of the company, seeking leave from the court to start a derivative action against certain of its current and former directors in relation to the... 

Lack of unity still stunting growth of African mining sector

By: Tracy Hancock     9th November 2018 Mining has a considerable positive economic impact in most African countries, but with the right kind of support from government, industry, individual stakeholders and the general population, it can be even greater, says African Mining Network chairperson Yolanda Torrisi. 

Govt’s R20bn exploration boost lauded, but more needs to be done

By: Paige Müller     9th November 2018 Amid reports that South Africa is attracting less than 1% of the global share of exploration spend, Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has dedicated a national investment of R20-billion to an integrated multi-disciplinary mapping programme to boost global investment in local exploration.... 

Govt’s R20bn exploration boost lauded, but more needs to be done

Amplats takes all of Mototolo 

By: Martin Creamer     1st November 2018 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) said on Thursday that it had completed acquisition of the Mototolo joint venture (JV), which has become a wholly owned asset of the company. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Amplats, which was a 50% JV partner,... 

Amplats takes all of Mototolo
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Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith

Queensland gets tough on mine safety, gives inspectors more power

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st October 2018 The Queensland Parliament has backed changes to the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act, and the Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act, giving the state’s mine inspectors more power to directly take action on health and safety issues. The amendments to the legislation will see miners face... 

South African competition authorities consider proposed Barrick, Randgold merger  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th October 2018 South Africa’s Competition Tribunal will, on Wednesday, consider the proposed merger between TSX- and NYSE-listed Barrick Gold and LSE-listed Randgold Resources. The gold miners announced in September that Barrick plans to acquire Randgold in an $18.3-billion share deal. If the buyout is... 

India framing funding options for global junior exploration companies

By: Ajoy K Das     29th October 2018 With global resource majors showing tepid interest in Indian mineral exploration projects, the Mines Ministry is working on models including offers of financial incentives for foreign junior exploration companies to undertake such projects. Government officials familiar with framing of such... 

Namibia scraps black ownership rules for mining exploration licences

By: Reuters     26th October 2018 Namibia has scrapped a requirement for companies seeking mining exploration licences to be partly owned and managed by black Namibians, the country's mining industry group said on Friday. The policy was introduced in 2015 to increase the participation of historically disadvantaged black Namibians... 

Namibia scraps black ownership rules for mining exploration licences

Some aspects of new Mining Charter ‘still need to be explained’

By: Nadine James     26th October 2018 The gazetting of South African Mining Charter 3, while welcomed as a step forward in creating certainty in the industry, has left gaps regarding its interpretation and its affects on mining communities, says black economic-empowerment advisory firm NPI Governance Consulting founder and CEO Israel... 

Some aspects of new Mining Charter ‘still need to be explained’
ISRAEL NOKO It will take some time for municipalities and tribal authorities to know and understand what role they would be playing according to the new charte

South Africa's top court ruling curtails power of chiefs to cut mining deals 

By: Reuters     25th October 2018 South Africa's top court ruled on Thursday that a platinum miner that has a deal with a tribal chief could not evict a group of black farmers, in a decision that could curtail the power of traditional leaders whose deals often disadvantage poor blacks. Land rights are a red-hot issue ahead of... 

South Africa's top court ruling curtails power of chiefs to cut mining deals

MTBPS highlights 

25th October 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the main issues discussed by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni during his maiden Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement speech on Wednesday. 

MTBPS highlights
MTBPS highlights

US Justice Dept demands details from Glencore on intermediary firms – sources

By: Reuters     23rd October 2018 The US Department of Justice is seeking documents from Glencore about intermediary companies that the commodities firm has worked with in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Venezuela and Nigeria, sources familiar with the matter said. The investigation is not directed at Glencore's own activities... 

Resources Watch  

18th October 2018 Plea for government to awaken to massive economic potential of mining and, Chinese delegation to witness proudly South African logging system 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Zambia's finance minister says new mining taxes will not hit operations

By: Reuters     18th October 2018 Mining companies operating in Zambia will still meet their operational costs even after the government imposes higher taxes in Africa's No.2 copper producer, its finance minister said on Wednesday. Zambia plans to introduce new mining duties, replace Value Added Tax with sales tax and increase... 

Zambian mining group says tax changes will hit mineral exploration

By: Reuters     16th October 2018 Zambia's proposed mining tax increases will hit mineral exploration and production in Africa's second biggest copper producer, companies involved in exploration said on Tuesday. Zambia plans to introduce new mining duties, replace Value Added Tax with sales tax and increase royalties to help... 

Court says Colombia votes cannot block mining, oil projects

By: Reuters     12th October 2018 Colombia's constitutional court on Thursday ruled that local referendums that ban mining and oil extraction cannot halt energy projects, after a raft of votes spooked multinational companies. A wave of environmentally focused anti-mining referendums over the past 18 months have worried... 

Congo miners seek concessions in new code as arbitration on hold

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2018 Miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo are seeking concessions under the nation’s new industry code and holding off challenging it through arbitration, in the hope they can still wring out a compromise in the world’s main source of cobalt and Africa’s biggest copper producer. Producers... 

Congo miners seek concessions in new code as arbitration on hold
Kibali gold mine

Graphex positive common ground to be found

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     12th October 2018 Australian mineral exploration and development company Graphex Mining submitted a 200-page document to the Tanzanian Ministry of Minerals earlier this month. The submission contains recommendations regarding the new mining legislation that was announced in Tanzania in July 2017. “At one of our... 

Graphex positive common ground to be found
COMMON GROUND The future of the Tanzanian mining industry relies on finding common ground between investors and the government

Eskom optimistic plan to boost coal stocks will prevent power outages

By: Paige Müller     12th October 2018 The continuing coal supply shortage at State-owned power utility Eskom Holdings is considered a crisis by industry commentators. Although conceding that it “is not an ideal situation”, Eskom has assured Parliament that it is implementing a recovery plan to prevent any unplanned capacity loss.... 

Eskom optimistic plan to boost coal stocks will prevent power outages

Mining Indaba intensely focused on driving capital into African mining 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2018 An investment pavilion will be introduced at the upcoming Investing in African Mining Indaba to drive capital into African mining with even greater intensity, MD Alex Grose said on Thursday. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online during a media roundtable, Grose also revealed that more time would be... 

Mining Indaba intensely focused on driving capital into African mining
Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose spoke to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer about the upcoming event. Video, Video Editing and Photographs: Darlene Creamer

Plea for govt to awaken to massive economic potential of mining  

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2018 A plea for the government to awaken to the massive real potential of the South African mining sector was made on Wednesday by Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac, who decried the disincentivising of South African mining over the past 20 years as an inexplicable paradox and a massive mineral policy... 

Plea for govt to awaken to massive economic potential of mining
Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on South Africa’s massive mining opportunity loss. Video, Video Editing and Photographs: Christo Greyling.

DRC, Tanzania resource nationalist measures more extreme – Leon 

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2018 The resource nationalist measures being implemented in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Tanzania are significantly more extreme than those being adopted and even considered in most other African countries. One likely reason for this is that the DRC and Tanzania both suffer from... 

DRC, Tanzania resource nationalist measures more extreme – Leon
Photo by Creamer Media
Peter Leon

Zambia says open to dialogue with miners over tax increases

By: Reuters     8th October 2018 Zambia's Finance Ministry said on Sunday that it was open to dialogue with mining companies over the government's plans to increase mining taxes. Africa's second-largest copper producer said late last month that it would introduce new mining duties and increase royalties to help bring down... 

South Africa researching hydrogen storage for platinum-using fuel cells

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2018 South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is researching innovative hydrogen storage technologies that have the potential to be key enablers of platinum-catalysed fuel cells, which generate clean electricity using hydrogen as a fuel and platinum as a catalyst. The... 

South Africa researching hydrogen storage for platinum-using fuel cells

Village Main Reef, three unions conclude wage agreement

By: Simone Liedtke     5th October 2018 Village Main Reef has concluded a wage agreement with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity and Uasa in respect of wages and conditions of service for the period from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2021. The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) is still considering... 

Charter continues expropriation of investor returns – Paul Miller

By: Nadine James     5th October 2018 Mining Charter 3 has continued its predecessor’s trajectory of setting a “progressive creeping expropriation of investor returns”, CCP 12J Fund MD Paul Miller told delegates at the Joburg Indaba this week. He noted that South Africa had always relied on attracting foreign capital, adding that the... 

Charter continues expropriation of investor returns – Paul Miller
Photo by Dylan Slater
PAUL MILLER

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