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$5bn Anglo copper project going ahead in Peru

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2018 Expected payback on the $5-billion copper project that Anglo American is leading in partnership with Mitsubishi is four years after initial production, Anglo CE Mark Cutifani said on Thursday, when the company announced the go-ahead for the development of the new community-backed low-cost,... 

Platinum's worst may soon be over despite record bearish bet 

By: Bloomberg     26th July 2018 Platinum’s near the lowest in a decade and hedge funds have never been so bearish – and that could be good news for prices. The commodity’s had a torrid year so far amid ample supplies and as investors lost faith in precious metals. While speculators are betting on more declines, the large... 

WTO chief sees trade war ending in political talks

By: Reuters     26th July 2018 The nascent global trade war will have to be ended by a political agreement between world leaders, because continuing down the current path will only damage the global economy, the head of the World Trade Organization said on Wednesday. WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo said that world leaders... 

Innovation ‘coming out of the lab, into the field’ – Anglo

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2018 The comprehensive technology and innovation programme being intensively conducted by diversified mining major Anglo American is coming “out of the lab and into the field”, the company told Mining Weekly Online on Thursday, when it reported continued performance improvement in the six months to... 

Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani
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Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani

Kumba ‘very bullish’ on exploration prospects 

By: Martin Creamer     25th July 2018 Iron-ore mining and marketing company Kumba Iron Ore is bullish about its R664-million exploration programme, that has funded more than 200 000 m of drilling. "We’re very bullish and very excited,” Kumba Iron Ore technical and projects head Glen Mc Gavigan commented to Mining Weekly Online during... 

Kumba's Glen Mc Gavigan (left) and Kumba CE Themba Mkhwanazi.
Kumba Iron Ore CE Themba Mkhwanazi responds to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer

BMI raises thermal coal price forecast to $100/t  

By: Anine Kilian     24th July 2018 BMI has increased its thermal coal price forecast for this year to $100/t from $85/t previously as a result of tight supply from exporting countries and higher demand on the back of hot weather in importing countries.  The research company said in a statement on Tuesday that Newcastle coal prices... 

Logistics-hit but resilient Kumba declares dividend from cash pile

By: Martin Creamer     24th July 2018 Iron-ore mining and marketing company Kumba Iron Ore on Tuesday reported a resilient financial performance despite logistics and export market conditions that resulted in 24% earnings fall to R7-billion compared with the first six months of last year. Attributable free cash flow of R2.8-billion... 

Kumba Iron Ore CE Themba Mkhwanazi
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Kumba Iron Ore CE Themba Mkhwanazi

Canada’s Nutrien sells equity position in Arab Potash

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd July 2018 Canada’s Nutrien, created through the merger of Agrium and Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, on Monday announced the sale of its 28% interest in Arab Potash (APC) to China’s SDIC Mining and Investment for $502-million. The sale followed last month’s auctioning of its remaining stake in Chile... 

Anglo Platinum taking steps to reverse unjustified investor bearishness 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd July 2018 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining, refining and marketing company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), which on Monday delivered an outstanding set of dividend-yielding financial results for the six months to June 30, is taking steps to reverse unjustified investor bearishness. After the company... 

Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith
Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith responds to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer 23/7/2018

Investor bearishness on platinum needs to be turned around ­– CPM 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd July 2018 There are two things that have to happen to boost platinum. One is that there will have to be ultimately further reductions in South African platinum production which is likely to happen over the next three to five years. But the bigger aspect that needs to happen more immediately is there has to... 

CPM Group managing partner Jeffrey Christian (right) interviewed by Mining Weekly Online's Martin Creamer
CPM Group managing partner Jeff Christian speaks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on platinum. Video: Christo Greyling. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Commodity price volatility will prevail as long as trade war threats prevail – BMI

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2018 Research firm BMI says most commodity prices will remain neutral on a three-month horizon, with the exception of oil prices which it expects to increase. Commodity prices performed poorly over June and July, but BMI believes the downside is limited for now as the drop in sentiment overshot... 

Gold edges up as US dollar trades below 1-year highs

By: Reuters     20th July 2018 Gold prices edged up in volatile trade on Friday, after hitting a one-year low in the previous session, as the US dollar eased from its highest in a year. Spot gold was trading at $1 224.55 an ounce at 0811 GMT. In the previous session, it fell to its weakest since July last year at $1 211.08 an... 

Trade war could knock 3% off global GDP – Bank of France study

By: Reuters     20th July 2018 An international trade war with wide-ranging tariff hikes could cut global gross domestic product by as much as three percent, according to a study by the French central bank on Thursday. The direct impact of a generalised 10 percentage point increase in import tariffs could alone knock 1% off... 

WGC ‘optimistic’ about gold’s H2 performance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th July 2018 Gold investors saw their fortunes change during the second quarter after benefiting from gold’s strong performance in the first quarter, says the World Gold Council (WGC) in its mid-year outlook. The study considers the impact of global economic trends on gold’s performance.  

Commodity contagion spreads as raw material crash threatens calm

By: Bloomberg     19th July 2018 Don’t be fooled by the relative calm across financial markets: The inputs in the global supply chain are flashing warning signs. Commodities have tumbled into correction territory Thursday, sliding again in the face of the resurgent dollar and lingering global trade tensions. Among the recent... 

South32’s manganese production up 10%, Illawarra beats guidance

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th July 2018 Diversified miner South32 has reported record performances at its Australian manganese and Mozal aluminium operations during the 2018 financial year ended June, while also exceeding revised production guidance for its Illawarra metallurgical coal operations. “We delivered record annual... 

South32’s manganese production up 10%, Illawarra beats guidance

Citi sees 'copper on steroids' as Trump slump masks shortage

By: Bloomberg     18th July 2018 Copper’s slump amid a deepening global trade conflict offers a long-term buying opportunity, according to Citigroup, which shrugged off fears for world growth to boost its long-term forecasts. “Prepare for a decade of Dr Copper on steroids,” analysts including Max Layton and Tracy Liao wrote in a... 

Iron-ore beats back bears as trade fight batters commodities

By: Bloomberg     18th July 2018 Iron-ore’s become the odd man out as a spike in global trade tensions hurts commodities, with importers in top user China scooping up cargoes to feed booming mills and the government intensifying an anti-pollution drive. That’s helped benchmark prices to stay the course. While copper in London is... 

Iron-ore beats back bears as trade fight batters commodities

LME to launch monthly 'implied pricing' to attract funds

By: Reuters     17th July 2018 The London Metal Exchange (LME) will launch a new set of synthetic monthly prices to make it easier for investors and funds to invest in base metals as the LME battles competition from other exchanges such as those operated by CME Group Inc.. The world's oldest and largest market for industrial... 

R2.6bn boost for platinum demand

By: Martin Creamer     17th July 2018 Platinum demand received a R2.6-billion boost on Tuesday when South Africa’s State-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC) joined forces with Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) to promote the development of innovative and competitive technological uses of platinum-group metals (PGMs). By each... 

From left are PIC executive head: project development Sholto Dolamo; AP Ventures partner Kevin Eggers, AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly and Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith.
From left are PIC executive head: project development Sholto Dolamo; AP Ventures partner Kevin Eggers, AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly and Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith.

Solid Q2 performance rounds out strong first half for Rio Tinto

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th July 2018 Diversified major Rio Tinto has reported increased production in most of its commodities in the second quarter ended June, compared with the previous corresponding period. “Operational performance was solid across most commodities, rounding out a strong first half performance for the group,”... 

Solid Q2 performance rounds out strong first half for Rio Tinto

The world's biggest miners want more copper but nobody's selling

By: Bloomberg     17th July 2018 It’s the mining world’s biggest dilemma: everyone’s hunting for copper deals, but even the richest producers just can’t pull the trigger. The largest miners all say they’re bullish on copper and looking for growth in the metal that’s forecast to be in ever-greater demand as cities expand and... 

‘Peak’ cobalt is not on the horizon – S&P’s Global Market Intelligence

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th July 2018 Peak cobalt is not on the horizon, says Standard & Poor’s (S&P’s) Global Market Intelligence metals and mining research analyst Michael Giblin.  

New mining fund raising R750m to co-finance ancillary mine projects 

By: Martin Creamer     16th July 2018 In an economic environment of tight capital allocation and bank pull back from mining finance, the new tax-incentivised CCP 12J Mining Fund is going all out to raise R750-million for co-investment in ancillary project opportunities on existing mine sites. On the list of targeted project... 

CPP 12J MD Paul Miller (left) in conversation with Mining Weekly Online's Martin Creamer
CCP 12J MD Paul Miller talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on new tax incentives to boost mining investment. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater.

Coal to remain a significant energy source for decades – WCA

By: Nadine James     13th July 2018 Coal will remain a vital growth enabler and source of energy for decades to come, says World Coal Association CEO Benjamin Sporton. He notes that demand for coal will remain stable to positive, as a result of increased industrialisation and electrification, especially in Africa and South-East Asia. 

COAL IS CONSTANT
Coal will actually be the single largest energy source in 2040
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COAL IS CONSTANT Coal will actually be the single largest energy source in 2040

World's oil cushion could be stretched to the limit, IEA warns

By: Reuters     12th July 2018 The world's oil supply cushion could be stretched to the limit due to prolonged outages, supporting prices and threatening demand growth, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Thursday. The expected drop in Iranian crude exports this year due to renewed US sanctions, coupled with a... 

World's oil cushion could be stretched to the limit, IEA warns

WFDB appoints World Diamond Mark chairperson

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th July 2018 Former Dubai Diamond Exchange president Peter Meeus has been appointed chairperson of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses’ (WFDB’s) World Diamond Mark (WDM) programme. “I am delighted that Peter has agreed to take over as chairperson of the WDM, which was created by the WFDB in 2012. Peter... 

World Diamond Congress to be held in Mumbai in October

By: Schalk Burger     11th July 2018 The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) has announced that the 2018 World Diamond Congress, the biannual meeting of the WFDB and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA), will take place in Mumbai, India, from October 23 to 25. “This is a very important meeting where we... 

SRK, industry loses leading light

By: Nadine James     11th July 2018 One of SRK Consulting’s three founding members, Dr Oskar Steffen, passed away on Wednesday, June 27, in Johannesburg. He was 77 years old. Steffen was born in Swaziland, where he completed his schooling. He left for Johannesburg in 1956 to study civil engineering at the University of the... 

Dr Oskar Steffen
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Dr Oskar Steffen

Mining can be a major driver of development in poor countries – ICMM

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th July 2018 The lives of people living in countries whose economies are dependent on mining have, on average, improved faster than those of people in other countries over the past 20 years, a report by the International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM) has found.  

Countries that are mining dependent that were studied in ICMM's report
Countries that are mining dependent that were studied in ICMM's report

Platinum jewellery heading for good year – PGI 

By: Martin Creamer     9th July 2018 Significant demand growth is under way in the platinum jewellery market, which remains the second biggest ounce contributor to platinum demand at 2.5-million ounces of yearly fabrication, some 35% of total demand. “We’re seeing a lot of growth in the market. Obviously, the platinum price is... 

Platinum Guild International CEO Huw Daniel
Platinum Guild International CEO Huw Daniel talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on platinum jewellery promotion. Video and Video Editing. Nicholas Boyd

Battery-skeptic funds wait out cobalt rally seen as fleeting

By: Bloomberg     9th July 2018 Call them battery skeptics. Bets on surging demand for electric vehicles have made cobalt and lithium hot commodities, but some investors say the outlook is leaving them cold. While prices have more than doubled in the past three years on worries over shortages of the metals used in batteries,... 

Copper's collapse tops $1 000 as Trump picks a fight with China

By: Bloomberg     6th July 2018 Copper’s flashing a powerful warning about expectations for economic growth after US President Donald Trump chose to embark on a major escalation of his administration’s global trade war, imposing tariffs on $34-billion of imports from China, which vowed to respond in kind. The metal has lost... 

Copper's collapse tops $1 000 as Trump picks a fight with China

Iron-ore slides to seven-month low as trade war fears mount

By: Bloomberg     5th July 2018 Iron-ore’s starting to buckle after a series of warnings that prices are set to drop amid rising global supply, and as investors fret about the potential impact of escalating trade tensions between the US and China. Benchmark spot ore eased to $62.50/t on Thursday, the lowest since November,... 

Goldman says buy commodities as clock ticks toward trade war

By: Bloomberg     5th July 2018 Commodity bull Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has poured cold water on the notion that a trade war between the US and China represents a serious threat to raw materials, saying most of them aren’t likely to be significantly impacted, and after recent declines now’s the time to buy. The Wall Street... 

Analysts spring to Glencore’s defence as miner restores confidence with buyback scheme

By: Martin Creamer     5th July 2018 Research analysts have sprung to the defence of Glencore, which has rapidly restored confidence by announcing an immediate share buyback programme that communicates the formidable faith of management in the London- and Johannesburg-listed diversified mining and marketing company. In a note... 

Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg
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Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Emirates Global Aluminium signs bauxite supply contract with Vedanta

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th July 2018 Industrial company Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has signed an agreement to supply metals miner Vedanta Limited with bauxite from its mining operation in Guinea from 2019.  

Emirates Global Aluminium CEO & MD Abdulla Kalban
Emirates Global Aluminium CEO & MD Abdulla Kalban

Kropz eyeing dual listing

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2018 Emerging plant nutrient producer Kropz is eyeing a dual listing on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange in addition to seeking admission to trade on the Aim in London, where it intends raising equity capital to fund the completion of its advanced-stage phosphates project in South Africa, cut debt... 

Kropz CEO Ian Harebottle
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Kropz CEO Ian Harebottle
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