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Mopani transitions copper operations to care and maintenance 

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 2 hours 58 minutes ago Copper mining company Mopani Copper Mines plc said on Tuesday that it had placed its mining operations on care and maintenance and a number of projects on hold. The announcement, the company said, followed a number of meetings with Zambian government ministries to provide an update of its... 

De Beers contributes $2.5m Covid-19 funding to Botswana, Namibia  

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 4 hours ago Diamond mining and marketing corporation, the De Beers Group, on Tuesday announced that it would contribute $2 500 000 across Botswana and Namibia to aid the response to the Covid-19 crisis. De Beers Group is a 50/50 joint venture partner with both Botswana and Namibia in the recovery and sorting... 

De Beers contributes $2.5m Covid-19 funding to Botswana, Namibia
De Beers Group CEO Bruce Cleaver

Gold Fields promoting widespread human welfare during lockdown 

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 5 hours ago Gold mining company Gold Fields, which has placed its South Deep gold mine in Gauteng on care and maintenance for the 21-day lockdown period, is promoting human welfare funding cross a number of fronts during the Covid-19 crisis. Firstly, South Deep, the Westonaria mine with a 70-year life, will... 

Gold Fields promoting widespread human welfare during lockdown
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Gold Fields executive VP Martin Preece

Covid-19 preventing shareholders from attending Anglo AGM

By: Martin Creamer     7th April 2020 Shareholders will not be permitted to attend this year’s annual general meeting (AGM) of Anglo American because of Covid-19 restrictions – but they have been invited to submit questions in advance for answering at the AGM. The London- and Johannesburg-listed diversified mining company said in a... 

Standard Bank notes SARB’s hold-back guidance on dividends, bonuses

By: Martin Creamer     7th April 2020 Africa’s biggest bank by assets, Standard Bank Group, said on Tuesday that it had noted the contents of the guidance of the Prudential Authority of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) on dividend distributions to ordinary shareholders. SARB’s Prudential Authority, headed by Kuben Naidoo, has... 

Standard Bank notes SARB’s hold-back guidance on dividends, bonuses
Sim Tshabalala

Tailings risk management still not up to standard – foundation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th April 2020 The mining industry is still “dragging its heels” on the step-change measures required to prevent catastrophic tailings failures, such as the Brumadinho tailings dam collapse in Brazil that killed 270 people, says Responsible Mining Foundation (RMF). In the newly released 'Responsible Mining... 

Global GDP to contract 1.9% this year, spark commodity oversupply, says Fitch

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2020 Owing to unprecedented lockdown in much of Europe, the US and across the globe, the world is currently experiencing considerably lower economic activity, which in turn significantly reduces commodity consumption, says ratings agency Fitch Ratings. As a result, it expects global gross domestic... 

Global GDP to contract 1.9% this year, spark commodity oversupply, says Fitch

Anglo going to great lengths to support South Africa in its Covid-19 hour of need 

By: Martin Creamer     6th April 2020 Diversified mining company Anglo American is going to remarkable lengths to support South Africa through the devastating Covid-19 crisis. The London- and Johannesburg-listed company, headed by Australian Mark Cutifani, is showing far-reaching corporate humanitarianism by taking firm steps to... 

Anglo going to great lengths to support South Africa in its Covid-19 hour of need
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Mark Cutifani

Minister finds Covid-19 compliant mines but also laggards 

By: Martin Creamer     6th April 2020 As calls go out for mining to resume on April 17 or face serious setback, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has found excellent Covid-19 compliance by some coal mines that have been allowed to stay open to supply coal to Eskom – but inadequate response to directives by others.... 

Minister finds Covid-19 compliant mines but also laggards
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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Eurasian Resources execs take 30% pay cut in support of Covid-19 measures

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2020 Global diversified miner Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) CEO Benedikt Sobotka and first deputy CEO Aldiyar Kaztayev have offered to take a 30% cut in their salaries for 12 months, owing to the unprecedented challenges that the world is facing as a result of Covid-19. The company is confident... 

DRD consulting with govt, labour to restart Far West Rand gold recoveries 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd April 2020 Surface gold mining company DRDGold is considering re-starting operations at its Far West Gold Recoveries surface retreatment operation at Carletonville, south-west of Johannesburg, in consultation with government and organised labour. DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius states on the company’s website... 

DRD consulting with govt, labour to restart Far West Rand gold recoveries
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Niël Pretorius

Covid-19 hits silver to a ten-year-plus low 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd April 2020 The coronavirus pandemic has hit silver to a ten-year-plus low, according to the Refinitiv GFMS annual Silver Market Review 2019, which includes provisional supply and demand estimates for 2020. After rising to a five-month high by late February, the silver price experienced a calamitous fall in... 

Covid-19 hits silver to a ten-year-plus low

AngloGold hands over two hospitals to authorities for Covid-19 patients 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd April 2020 Gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti has embarked on a remarkable number of humanitarian initiatives to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, including making two of its mining hospitals available to the provincial governments of North West and Gauteng for the exclusive use by them to... 

AngloGold hands over two hospitals to authorities for Covid-19 patients
Kelvin Dushnisky

All Antofagasta mines to be powered by renewables at lower cost

By: Martin Creamer     1st April 2020 All of the electricity of the mining division of the London-listed Chile-based Antofagasta plc will from 2022 be from renewable sources at lower cost. This follows the signing by Antofagasta’s Centinela copper mine of a new power purchase agreement with Engie Energía Chile, effective from 2022... 

All Antofagasta mines to be powered by renewables at lower cost
Antofagasta CEO Iván Arriagada

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

GlobalData revises full-year copper output growth forecast lower

By: Simone Liedtke     1st April 2020 Global copper production is expected to be impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, with data analytics and consulting company GlobalData now forecasting output growth of just 1.9% to 21-million tonnes for this year. This compares with its previous forecast of 3.4% year-on-year growth in global copper... 

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... 

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

Assore halts mines and smelters, prioritises on-time supplier payment

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2020 Mining and marketing company Assore, which is delisting from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange after 70 years, on Tuesday informed its shareholders that it had taken lockdown steps following the increased incidents of COVID-19 in South Africa. Assmang, which is half owned by Assore and jointly... 

Assore halts mines and smelters, prioritises on-time supplier payment
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Charles Walters

Zinc miners expected to restart operations on strong prices

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st March 2020 Strong zinc prices are increasingly prompting miners to bring idled capacity back online and invest in new projects. The latest ‘Global Zinc Mining Outlook’ report shows that the return of some stalled capacity and new projects in key countries will drive growth over the coming quarters, despite... 

Gold Fields places South Deep mine on care and maintenance 

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2020 Johannesburg- and New York-listed gold mining company Gold Fields has placed its South Deep gold mine in Gauteng on care-and-maintenance to coincide with South Africa’s lockdown until April 16. In publishing its integrated annual report for 2019 and a number of associated reports on its website,... 

Gold Fields places South Deep mine on care and maintenance
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Nick Holland

The global oil market is broken, drowning in crude nobody needs

By: Bloomberg     30th March 2020 The global oil market is broken, overwhelmed by an unmanageable surplus as virus lockdowns cascade through the world’s largest economies. Onshore tanks in many markets are full, forcing traders to store excess oil in idle supertankers. Refineries are starting to shut down because nobody needs... 

Gold pauses after best week since 2008 as caution reigns

By: Bloomberg     30th March 2020 Gold edged lower after its best week since 2008 amid investor caution on policies aimed at mitigating the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Bullion’s muted trading comes after the gold market was thrown into turmoil last week as the health crisis disrupted supply chains, creating a squeeze in... 

De Beers cancels third rough diamond sales cycle 

By: Simone Liedtke     30th March 2020 Owing to public health restrictions on the movement of people and products in Botswana, South Africa and India, diamond miner De Beers will not hold its third rough diamond sales cycle of this year. As a result, De Beers is enabling sightholders to defer 100% of their Sight 3 allocations to later... 

Proudly South African hydrogen breakthrough with Shell’s backing 

By: Martin Creamer     30th March 2020 At this time of huge coronavirus uncertainty, the chests of a group of engineers here must surely be bulging with pride following their major Proudly South African world breakthrough that could speed up the global deployment of hydrogen as a competitive universal and environmentally friendly... 

Proudly South African hydrogen breakthrough with Shell’s backing
Photo by Hydrox Holdings
Hydrox Holdings membraneless electrolyser.

Fitch Solutions says volatility to continue driving metals prices lower

By: Simone Liedtke     30th March 2020 Research agency Fitch Solutions expects volatility to continue playing to the downside for metal prices in the coming weeks owing mainly to bearish investor sentiment on the back of the widespread Covid-19 pandemic. The agency notes that metal prices started the year on a strong footing as the... 

Fitch Solutions says volatility to continue driving metals prices lower

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... 

ARM, Motsepe family play key roles in R1bn coronavirus pledge

By: Martin Creamer     28th March 2020 South Africa’s diversified black-controlled mining and minerals company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and the Motsepe family on Saturday formed the key part of the partnership of companies and organisations that have pledged R1 billion to assist with the current coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic... 

ARM, Motsepe family play key roles in R1bn coronavirus pledge
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Dr Patrice Motsepe and Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe at Saturday's remote media conference using the Internet to ensure social distance.

Mitsubishi unpacks movement of PGM markets amid lockdowns

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th March 2020 Mitsubishi Corporation International (MCI) says in its latest precious metals update that it expects South Africa’s platinum supply to reduce by around 7%, or by between 200 000 oz and 300 000 oz, in light of closed operations during South Africa’s 21-day national lockdown. The announcement by... 

Mitsubishi unpacks movement of PGM markets amid lockdowns

Gold miner Polyus establishes Covid-19 fund

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th March 2020 LSE-listed gold producer Polyus, in cooperation with the Far East Development Fund (FEDF), will co-found finance activities aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19 in the Russian Far East. The size of the fund is expected to reach ₽1-billion, reflecting donations from different parties. 

Metals and mining M&A up in February relative to January

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th March 2020 Research and consultancy company GlobalData has reported that mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity in the global mining and metals sector during February was, in value, higher than in January, but still substantially lower than the average figure for the previous 12 months. It was also very far... 

Covid-19 a wake-up call on import over-dependency – Madala

By: Martin Creamer     27th March 2020 The outbreak of Covid-19 internationally should be a wake-up call on the impact of South Africa’s dependency on imported products, Madala & Associates CEO Dilley Naidoo said on Friday. He urged that policies parallel to what was being implemented in the automotive sector should be prioritised in... 

Covid-19 a wake-up call on import over-dependency – Madala
Madala & Associates CEO Dilley Naidoo

Official gold holdings head for 34 000 t as global risks heighten 

By: Martin Creamer     26th March 2020 Central banks and supranational organisations, such as the International Monetary Fund and the Bank of International Settlements, currently hold nearly 34 000 t of gold as reserve assets, the World Gold Council reported on Thursday. The council puts the primary reason for recent gold buying down... 

Official gold holdings head for 34 000 t as global risks heighten
Photo by World Gold Council
Gold bars.

Sandvik to cut costs due to coronavirus impact, reduces dividend

By: Reuters     26th March 2020 Swedish mining gear and metal-cutting tools maker Sandvik on Thursday launched large cost-cutting measures in response to the rapid global spread of the coronavirus and said it would reduce its proposed dividend for 2019. While the company, a rival of Sweden's Epiroc and US group Kennametal,... 

Sandvik to cut costs due to coronavirus impact, reduces dividend

New gold futures contract launched – LBMA 

By: Martin Creamer     26th March 2020 A new gold futures contract just launched has expanded delivery options, London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) said on Thursday. The membership of LBMA, a gold and silver trade association, is made up of banks, traders and logistics companies across the world, resulting in it being given... 

New gold futures contract launched – LBMA
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LBMA executive board director Sakhila Mirza.

World Federation of Diamond Bourses to launch global trading platform soon

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th March 2020 The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) has created a World Federation Diamond Trading Platform to provide a secure and reliable source of trading amid uncertain times globally, while promoting trade and healthy competition in the diamond market. The cross-bourse trading platform will be... 

World Federation of Diamond Bourses to launch global trading platform soon

Online bullion accounts, ETFs the way to go amid Covid-19 lockdowns 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th March 2020 Now that supply of retail products is tightening amid Coronavirus contingency measures and lockdowns, investing in physical platinum without taking delivery of investment bars and coins is an accessible and cost-effective way of owning platinum, says the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC).... 

Online bullion accounts, ETFs the way to go amid Covid-19 lockdowns

Global mining majors putting bright new spotlight on green hydrogen 

By: Martin Creamer     25th March 2020 Three years ago the Hydrogen Council catapulted hydrogen to the forefront as a source of energy for transport and industrial companies. Now mining majors are putting the spotlight on hydrogen once again with the launch of the Green Hydrogen Consortium, which Hatch marketing coordinator Alana... 

Global mining majors putting bright new spotlight on green hydrogen
Liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) technology renders hydrogen oil-like.

China's first iron-ore futures ETF raises $11m ahead of Friday debut

By: Reuters     25th March 2020 China's first iron ore futures-based exchange traded fund (ETF) has raised $11-million from institutional investors and clients at private banks, according to the manager of the fund, which will list in Hong Kong on Friday. The ETF, managed by the Hong Kong unit of Chinese broker Shanxi... 

China's first iron-ore futures ETF raises $11m ahead of Friday debut
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