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ARM appoints two nonexecutive directors

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2017 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) on Wednesday announced the appointment of two new nonexecutive directors. They are David Noko, who has been appointed as an independent nonexecutive director, and Jan Steenkamp, who has been appointed as a nonexecutive director. 

Exxaro sells Tronox shares for R6.5bn

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2017 Diversified mining company Exxaro Resources has completed the sale of a portion of its shareholding in American mineral sands company Tronox for R6.5-billion. Exxaro, headed by CEO Mxolisi Mgojo, said on Wednesday that it had raised $474-million from the sale of 22 425 000 class A ordinary shares... 

Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo
Photo by Duane Daws
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo

Gamsberg zinc prestrip close to halfway mark – Vedanta

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2017 The prestripping of waste rock at the Gamsberg zinc mine project in the Northern Cape is close to the halfway mark, Vedanta Resources reported on Tuesday, when its interim CEO Kuldip Kaura described as “strong” the quarterly production performances of the London-listed, India-rooted mining... 

Activity at the Gamsberg zinc mine project.
Photo by Duane Daws
Activity at the Gamsberg zinc mine project.

Gold, zinc explorers spearhead reversal of five-year global exploration downturn

By: Samantha Herbst     10th October 2017 Boosted by increased exploration efforts in the gold and zinc sectors, the global nonferrous exploration budget is up in 2017 – for the first time since 2012 – by more than 14%, year-on-year, to $7.95-billion, according to new analysis by S&P Global Market Intelligence. The twenty-eighth edition... 

Gold, zinc explorers spearhead reversal of five-year global exploration downturn

Hopes for Liberia’s first diamond mine rise on general election 

By: Martin Creamer     9th October 2017 This year's discovery of two new additional diamond-bearing pipes that are satellites to an earlier-discovered main diamond-bearing kimberlite pipe have boosted hopes for the establishment of the first diamond mine in Liberia, where artisanal activity has been the mainstay of diamond recovery in... 

Stephen Haggerty (right) in studio with Martin Creamer
Florida International University distinguished research professor Stephen E Haggerty outlines Liberia’s diamond prospects to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Lionel de Silva

Gold hits one-week high amid renewed North Korea fears

By: Reuters     9th October 2017 Gold prices climbed to their strongest level in more than a week on Monday as renewed concerns over North Korea's nuclear ambitions stoked safe-haven demand for the precious metal and weighed on the dollar. Spot gold was up 0.4% at $1 279.99 an ounce by 07:05 GMT, after earlier touching $1... 

Gold hits one-week high amid renewed North Korea fears

Gold heading for worst weekly run in '17 as higher rates loom

By: Bloomberg     6th October 2017 Gold has taken a relentless battering. Prices are poised to drop for a fourth week, the worst streak of losses this year, on prospects for higher U.S. interest rates, a rising dollar, a strong American economy and record equity markets. Fears over a potential nuclear conflict with North Korea... 

Gold heading for worst weekly run in '17 as higher rates loom

De Beers’ diamond exploration grinding to halt on government issues 

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2017 The exploration programme of De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) is grinding to a halt owing to the ongoing issues the iconic diamond mining company is experiencing with South Africa’s Department of Minerals Resources (DMR). With the hold-up of as many as 54 prospecting licence applications for as... 

De Beers Consolidated Mines CEO Phillip Barton (left) speaking to Mining Weekly Online's Martin Creamer
De Beers Consolidated Mines CEO Phillip Barton talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Glencore gets what it wants with zinc market tightest in years

By: Bloomberg     5th October 2017 Two years ago, the world’s largest zinc miner needed to cut production to turn around a bloated market. Now, supply is the tightest in years and Glencore Plc wants to get bigger. Glencore curtailed zinc output at mines in Australia and Kazakhstan to solve a supply overhang and lift prices off... 

Glencore gets what it wants with zinc market tightest in years

BofAML updates mined commodity price forecasts as Chinese policies prop up prices

By: Henry Lazenby     4th October 2017 The Global Research team at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) has updated its price forecasts for mined commodities, saying on Wednesday that its prior price outlook had been too bearish for cyclical raw materials, while the near-term outlook for gold and silver looks less bullish than... 

North America only region to record positive gold ETF flows in Sept – WGC

By: Henry Lazenby     4th October 2017 North America has added the most physical gold holdings that back shares of an exchange traded fund (ETF) of all the regions, the World Gold Council (WGC) revealed in its October ‘Gold ETF holdings update’, published on Wednesday. During the month of September, North America led inflows for the... 

North America only region to record positive gold ETF flows in Sept – WGC

Open Mineral Exchange revolutionises commodity trading through innovative online platform 

By: Henry Lazenby     4th October 2017 A group of former traders at commodity giant Glencore has created an innovative new cloud-based mineral exchange to make it easier for producers and users to trade physical commodities – cutting out the often costly middle man. “We are reinventing the industry,” Open Mineral Exchange (OME) COO... 

Open Mineral Exchange co-founders COO Ilya Chernilovskiy (L) and CEO Boris Eykher (R).jpg
Photo by Open Minera Exchange
Open Mineral Exchange co-founders COO Ilya Chernilovskiy (L) and CEO Boris Eykher (R).jpg

Rip up charter, provide tax incentives, back junior miners – Maimane 

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2017 Mining Charter Three should be ripped up, proper tax incentives introduced and junior mining enterprises supported to restore investment in the mining industry, which is a stimulator of the South African economy as a whole, Opposition Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said on Wednesday.... 

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane
Opposition Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane, addressing delegates at the Joburg Indaba conference. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

ANC will heed Joburg Indaba call for removal of Minerals Minister – Mkhize 

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2017 The majority call by the Joburg Indaba for the government to replace Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane with a new Minister would be communicated to the African National Congress (ANC), which was committed to facilitating an enabling environment for the South African mining industry, ANC... 

ANC treasurer general Zweli Mkhize
ANC treasurer general Dr Zweli Mkhize addresses delegates at the Joburg Indaba about Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Exxaro begins Tronox sell-off

By: Martin Creamer     3rd October 2017 Diversified mining company Exxaro Resources on Tuesday commenced the sell-off of a portion of the shares it holds in US mineral sands mining company Tronox. The JSE-listed Exxaro, headed by CEO Mxolisi Mgojo, is monetising its Tronox stake to focus on its core activities as well as provide... 

Exxaro Resources CEO Mxolisi Mgojo
Photo by Duane Daws
Exxaro Resources CEO Mxolisi Mgojo

‘Material, newsworthy’ diamond finds on the rise – analyst

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd October 2017 There has been a marked increase in the number of publicly reported special diamond finds in recent years, with 61 of 66 press-released diamond finds in the last nine years taking place in the last five years, noted independent diamond industry analyst and consultant Paul Zimnisky in a new report... 

Lucara Diamond Corp recovered the 1 111-ct ‘Lesedi La Rona’ in November 2015
Photo by Lucara Diamond Corp
Lucara Diamond Corp recovered the 1 111-ct ‘Lesedi La Rona’ in November 2015

Blitz delivering ahead of schedule – Sibanye-Stillwater 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2017 Production is under way three months ahead of schedule at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Blitz project in the US, where the completion of a secondary escape-way system concluded the final infrastructure required for the production to begin. An upside for Sibanye-Stillwater shareholders is the rapid ramping... 

Blitz project (bottom right) is a brownfield extension of the Stillwater Mine.
Blitz project (bottom right) is a brownfield extension of the Stillwater Mine.

Savannah reports ‘steady progress’ towards granting of Oman licences

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd October 2017 Aim-listed Savannah Resources is making “steady progress” towards the granting of mining licences for the first two of a planned series of copper mine developments in Oman. To date, the company has received regulatory approval from five Ministries for the Maquil South licence application,... 

Coal of Africa sells Mooiplaats

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2017 The sale of the Mooiplaats Colliery is the final step in Coal of Africa’s balance sheet restructuring strategy, setting the course for the company to become a self-sufficient mid-tier coal mining company, CEO David Brown said on Monday. Mooiplaats, which has been on care and maintenance since... 

Coal of Africa CEO David Brown
Photo by Duane Daws
Coal of Africa CEO David Brown

Coal’s ‘good times’ expected to extend a couple of years longer

By: Henry Lazenby     30th September 2017 Following the “decade of misery” in the steel markets, these are the “good times” now. How long they will last is debatable, but assuming “business as usual” continues, the global steel industry could see a sustained period of prosperity H&W Worldwide Consulting principal Dr Neil Bristow told an... 

Coal’s ‘good times’ expected to extend a couple of years longer

Exxaro, Solidarity sign three-year agreement

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2017 Mining company Exxaro and trade union Solidarity have signed a three-year collective agreement on wages and other conditions of service, Mining Weekly Online can report.  The union said on Thursday that the first year’s pay increases of 7.5% to 10% would be back dated to July 1. 

Exxaro is headed by CEO Mxolisi Mgojo,
Photo by Duane Daws
Exxaro is headed by CEO Mxolisi Mgojo,

Palladium eclipses beaten-down platinum as drivers shun diesel

By: Bloomberg     28th September 2017 Palladium prices topped platinum for the first time since 2001, underscoring the diverging outlooks for the metals. Supplies are expected to tighten in palladium, used mostly in pollution-control devices for gasoline-powered cars and trucks, while demand has slipped for platinum, which helps... 

Palladium eclipses beaten-down platinum as drivers shun diesel

Here's one commodity rally that may end up being short-lived

By: Bloomberg     27th September 2017 Is it finally time to get excited about nitrogen fertiliser? Since the end of June, prices for the world’s most commonly used crop nutrient have soared 60 percent in the US – rebounding from the lowest levels in more than a decade. There have been similar moves in Brazil, India and the Middle... 

Zinc price on the up as supply tightens; cobalt forecast revised upwards as demand intensifies

By: Henry Lazenby     26th September 2017 Chinese zinc imports for August have increased by 145% year-on-year to 227 000 t, according to Metal Bulletin and Chinese customs data released on Tuesday. Scotia Mining Sales noted in a report to clients that this was not surprising given the Shangai Futures Exchange and London Metals Exchange... 

Pan African fields questions on gold hedging, guidance, wages 

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2017 Gold mining company Pan African Resources, which is completely unhedged except for the hedging of 27 000 oz of gold that will be produced next year from its upcoming Elikhulu tailings treatment project, views hedging with extreme caution. In response to Nedbank equity analyst Arnold van Graan,... 

Pan African Resources FD Deon Louw
Pan African Resources FD Deon Louw’s hedging views covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer

Integration of Gemfields realising cost benefits – Pallinghurst

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2017 The integration of Gemfields is beginning to realise cost benefits, Pallinghurst reported on Tuesday when it reiterated its transformation into a long-life operating mining company from being a former closed-end investment vehicle. In presenting half-year results of the company on Tuesday,... 

Pallinghurst CEO Arne Frandsen
Photo by Duane Daws
Pallinghurst CEO Arne Frandsen

We're reaching peak gold just as political panic drives demand

By: Bloomberg     26th September 2017 The world may have already produced the most gold in a year it ever will, according to the chairperson of the World Gold Council. Production is likely to plateau at best, before slowly declining as demand rises, especially given global political risks and robust purchases by consumers in India... 

Lower metals prices weigh on materials price index – IHS

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd September 2017 The materials price index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit has slipped 0.1% last week, the first decline in four weeks, as metal markets finally began to slide, the firm advised on Friday. The strength of the last few weeks has been mainly attributable to a surge in metal prices and the... 

Hernic Ferrochrome in business rescue – Mitsubishi

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2017 Ferrochrome producer Hernic has been placed in business rescue, Mitsubishi Corporation said on Friday. The businessrescue of the Japanese subsidiary, Mitsubishi Corporation said in a release to Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly Online, is taking place under the Companies Act, following a... 

Tharisa transitions to owner mining, absorbs 900 contractor personnel

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2017 Platinum group metal (PGM) and chrome co-producer Tharisa Minerals on Friday announced the unconditional purchase of mining equipment from MCC Contracts as part of its switch to owner mining, which includes the employment of 900 MCC employees, effective from October 1.  The company, which has... 

Tharisa CEO Phoevos Pouroulis
Tharisa CEO Phoevos Pouroulis

Pan African rolling out vibrant internal growth projects 

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2017 Midtier gold mining company Pan African is rolling out vibrant internal growth projects involving the revival of Evander Mines’ 7 Shaft and the alleviation of congestion at Barberton Mines’ Fairview operation, which will provide the flexibility needed to better exploit what is arguably the... 

Pan African Resources CEO Cobus Loots (right) and Martin Creamer
Pan African Resources CEO Cobus Loots outlines gold growth projects to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Further investment in Anglo by majority shareholder of Vedanta

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2017 Vedanta head Anil Agarwal has once again hit the headlines by announcing an intended further personal investment in Anglo American through Volcan Investments, which is the majority shareholder of Vedanta Resources. Volcan announced on Wednesday that it intended investing £1.25-billion to... 

Vedanta head Anil Agarwal
Photo by Bloomberg
Vedanta head Anil Agarwal

H1 2017 shows world refined copper deficit of 75 000 t

By: Henry Lazenby     20th September 2017 The world’s refined copper balance for the first half of 2017 indicates a deficit of around 75 000 t, including revisions to data previously presented, the Lisbon-based International Copper Study Group revealed on Wednesday. This is mainly owing to stagnant growth in the world refined copper... 

H1 2017 shows world refined copper deficit of 75 000 t

Third of Pan African gold from low-cost, low-risk surface tailings 

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2017 More than a third of the yearly gold production of Pan African Resources is destined to arise from low-cost, low-risk tailings businesses, which have long lives ahead of them. Pan African CEO Cobus Loots told investors, analysts and journalists at the company’s presentation of financial results... 

Pan African Resources CEO Cobus Loots
Pan African Resources CEO Cobus Loots at the financial results presentation covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer 20.09.2017

Iron-ore sinks as 'peak steel' call, supply angst rattle market

By: Bloomberg     20th September 2017 Iron-ore has been dragged back into the $60s after getting hit by a barrage of bad news, with persistent concern about rising global supply, fresh questions about the outlook for demand in China, and a warning from Australia’s central bank that the top buyer may be nearing peak steel. The... 

Electric buses expected to spur platinum demand – Implats 

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2017 Electric buses powered by platinum-catalysed fuel cells are attracting the attention of South Africans, who will visit Germany next month to update themselves on passenger carriers that emit zero pollution into the atmosphere. “There’s a lot of interest in fuel cell buses simply because the... 

Impala Platinum (Implats) group executive marketing Paul Finney
Photo by Duane Daws
Impala Platinum (Implats) group executive marketing Paul Finney

Sibanye-Stillwater announces $450m convertible bond offering

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2017 Precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater on Tuesday announced the impending launch of a $450-million convertible bond offering linked to the refinancing of the outstanding portion of the bridge loan the company raised to buy Stillwater Mining in the US. The senior unsecured guaranteed... 

Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman
Photo by Duane Daws
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

MAC adds two new factors to TSM initiative to combat child labour

By: Henry Lazenby     19th September 2017 The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has added two new components to its Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative to help curb child and forced labour in the mining supply chain, and to provide the information needed for companies to demonstrate their responsible sourcing of minerals and... 

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