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Muted Chinese stainless steel production, trade dispute results in nickel price dip

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th May 2019 Fitch Solutions Macro Research has revised its nickel price forecast for this year down to $13 250/t, compared with its previous forecast of $14 500/t, as prices have headed lower in recent weeks. The nickel price has dropped by 9% to $12 010/t in mid-May, compared with $13 100 in mid-April.  

Muted Chinese stainless steel production, trade dispute results in nickel price dip

Barrick's offer for control of Acacia Mining reflects risk – CEO

By: Reuters     24th May 2019 Barrick Gold's offer to buy the rest of Acacia Mining reflects the risk the Canadian-listed mining company faces in increasing its exposure to Tanzania, its chief executive said on Friday. Barrick, which owns 63.9% in London-listed Acacia, on Tuesday proposed to buy out the minority shareholders... 

African zinc production to rise to 5% of global share with Gamsberg development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th May 2019 Vedanta’s $400-million investment into the Gamsberg zinc mine, in South Africa’s Northern Cape, will result in Africa’s zinc production rising to 5% of global production, compared with the current 3.4%, CNN said on Friday. CNN Marketplace Africa will, on Friday evening, air a discussion by host... 

African zinc production to rise to 5% of global share with Gamsberg development
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Vedanta's Gamsberg mine, in the Northern Cape

Freeport-McMoran sells Finland cobalt refinery

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th May 2019 Phoenix, Arizona-headquartered Freeport-McMoran (FCX) has announced an agreement to sell its Kokkola cobalt refinery and related cobalt cathode precursor business to Begium’s Umicore for about $150-million, plus working capital at the time of close. Toronto-listed Lundin Mining is a joint... 

Vedanta-Konkola liquidation case adjourned to June 4

By: Reuters     24th May 2019 A court hearing between Vedanta, its Konkola Copper Mines business (KCM) and the Zambian government over control of KCM, was adjourned on Friday until June 4, a lawyer said. Vedanta is fighting the government's attempt to seize KCM, which is one of the biggest employers in Zambia, Africa's second... 

Vedanta-Konkola liquidation case adjourned to June 4

Zambia's mines minister orders regular audits at all mines

By: Reuters     24th May 2019 Zambia will carry out regular audits at all mines to avoid any repeat of the situation at Vedanta unit Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), which has breached the terms of its licence, the mining ministry said on Thursday. Zambian President Edgar Lungu said on Monday the government planned to strip KCM of... 

Zambia's mines minister orders regular audits at all mines

Barrick's buyout offer for Acacia unit irks minority shareholders

By: Reuters     23rd May 2019 Barrick Gold's proposal to take full control of its Acacia Mining Plc unit to resolve a long-standing tax dispute with Tanzania has drawn the ire of Acacia's minority shareholders, who may have the ultimate vote on a deal. Barrick's offer values Acacia at $787-million, a near 11% discount to its... 

Barrick's buyout offer for Acacia unit irks minority shareholders

Mining sector facing similar ‘bullying tactics’ to that hindering construction 

By: Nadine James     22nd May 2019 Similar “bullying tactics” to those that are causing significant disruption in the South African construction industry, is also affecting the mining industry, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter confirmed on Wednesday. In a media briefing following the council’s annual general meeting... 

Mining sector facing similar ‘bullying tactics’ to that hindering construction
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Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

Zambia tells Glencore to surrender copper shafts set for closure  

By: Bloomberg     13th May 2019 Zambia will order Glencore to hand local contractors control of two copper shafts that the company’s local unit has earmarked for closure. Glencore’s Mopani Copper Mines announced early on Friday that it will cease operations at the Mindola North Shaft and Central Shaft because “they have reached... 

Zambia tells Glencore to surrender copper shafts set for closure

Miners in Congo face subcontracting limits under new rules 

By: Bloomberg     3rd May 2019 Companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo will have to ensure subcontractors they hire are domestically owned under rules being implemented by the government. The requirement adds to the raft of new measures mining companies have had to contend with over the past year, after the state in... 

Miners in Congo face subcontracting limits under new rules

AngloGold embarking on process to dispose of South African assets  

By: Martin Creamer     9th May 2019 Iconic South African gold-mining company AngloGold Ashanti said on Thursday that it was embarking on a process to review divestment options for its remaining South African assets. The company, headed by CEO Kelvin Dushnisky, said the process would consider all ownership options, with a view to... 

AngloGold embarking on process to dispose of South African assets
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AngloGold Ashanti CEO Kelvin Dushnisky

Ivanhoe to fast-track Southern Africa mines as Citic invests another C$612m 

By: Mariaan Webb     26th April 2019 Canada-based Ivanhoe Mines will fast-track production at its southern African projects, after Chinese shareholder Citic Metal invested another C$612-million, pushing the company’s cash position to C$1.3-billion – about double what it needs to finance its share of the construction costs for the... 

Ivanhoe to fast-track Southern Africa mines as Citic invests another C$612m
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Ivanhoe Mines CEO Robert Friedland

$62m Zimbabwe smelter heeds local beneficiation call 

By: Martin Creamer     16th May 2019 The $62-million smelter at Unki Mine’s existing complex is a strategic investment, which meets local beneficiation commitments, Anglo American Platinum said on Thursday, when it opened the completed installation at a ceremony in Shurugwi, Zimbabwe. The smelter investment is indicative of the... 

$62m Zimbabwe smelter heeds local beneficiation call
Matte casting at the new smelter at Anglo American Platinum’s Unki Mine in Zimbabwe.

Zambia files 'notification' of plans to take over Vedanta assets

By: Bloomberg     20th May 2019 Zambia’s government filed notification of plans to take over Vedanta Resources’s domestic copper assets, President Edgar Lungu said. The move marks an escalation in tension between the government and mine owners, after Lungu last week threatened to “divorce” Vedanta and Glencore, two of the... 

Zambian President threatens Glencore, Vedanta with 'divorce' 

By: Bloomberg     17th May 2019 Zambian President Edgar Lungu threatened to “divorce” the domestic copper units of Vedanta Resources and Glencore after the companies said they’d curb operations in the Southern African nation. The threat marks an escalation in tensions between the mining industry in Africa’s second-biggest... 

Zambian court appoints provisional liquidator of Vedanta's KCM 

By: Reuters     21st May 2019 Zambia's High Court on Tuesday appointed a legal firm as a provisional liquidator of Vedanta-controlled Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), according to a court document seen by Reuters. The document named Zambian law firm Lungu Simwanza & Company to oversee KCM a day after the president said Zambia... 

Zambian court appoints provisional liquidator of Vedanta's KCM

Researchers see manganese helping fuel cells down cost curve 

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2019 A new manganese-containing material may contribute to platinum-using hydrogen fuel cells being driven down the cost curve. The new material, made from manganese hydride, is being earmarked for use in molecular sieves that work with the fuel cells in hydrogen fuelled systems that generate... 

Researchers see manganese helping fuel cells down cost curve
Hydrogen fuel cell cars use hydrogen and oxygen to generate electricity with the help of platinum.

Lucara unearths 1 758 ct diamond in Botswana

By: Mariaan Webb     26th April 2019 The Karowe mine, in Botswana, has produced the world’s second-largest uncut diamond, Canadian company Lucara Diamond Corp announced on Thursday, sending the miner’s share price up 11% to C$1.68 a share. At 1 758 ct, the diamond is second in size only to the 3 106 ct diamond that was mined at... 

Lucara unearths 1 758 ct diamond in Botswana

ANC wants banks to be forced to fund South African coal mines  

By: Bloomberg     6th May 2019 South Africa’s banks should be forced to invest in new coal mines in the country, the ruling African National Congress’s head of economic transformation said. Nedbank Group and Standard Bank Group have said “they are not going to put money in coal any more,” Enoch Godongwana said in an interview... 

ANC wants banks to be forced to fund South African coal mines

Worley creating a force for the future of resources and energy 

By: Martin Creamer     7th May 2019 Following the announcement in October 2018 of WorleyParsons' binding offer for Jacobs' Energy, Chemicals and Resources, the combined new entity has come together under a new brand – Worley – involving 57 600 people across 51 countries. While financially a $3.2-billion acquisition, operationally... 

Worley creating a force for the future of resources and energy
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From left, Krish Iyer, president Middle East Africa, Francois Bosch, business development (BD) sales manager, East Africa, Denver Dreyer, senior vice president Mining Minerals and Metals (MM&M), Europe Middle East Africa, Ian Davies, senior vice president, BD & Growth MEA, Ryan Froude, operations manager, East Africa, Robert Hull, vice president, MM&M, Africa, and Ed Hanbidge, vice president, Energy Chemicals and Services, Southern and Eastern Africa.

Minister publishes amendments to financial provisioning regulations for mine closure  

By: Nadine James     21st May 2019 Environmental Affairs Minster Nomvula Mokonyane has gazetted additional amendments to the Financial Provisioning Regulations for the rehabilitation and remediation of environmental damage caused by exploration and/or mining activity. The regulations stipulate the manner in which mining... 

Minister publishes amendments to financial provisioning regulations for mine closure

Barrick bids for rest of Acacia as Tanzania refuses direct settlement  

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd May 2019 Toronto-headquartered Barrick Gold has presented a proposal to its London-listed subsidiary Acacia Mining to buy the rest of the shares in the miner that it does not already own for $285-million. The share-for-share exchange of 0.153 Barrick shares for each ordinary share of Acacia implies a... 

Barrick bids for rest of Acacia as Tanzania refuses direct settlement

Military stake stymies $4bn Zimbabwe platinum project  

By: Bloomberg     15th May 2019 A plan to build Zimbabwe’s biggest platinum mine at a cost of about $4-billion is floundering because a military stake in the project has deterred potential backers, according to people familiar with the funding discussions. The African Export-Import Bank has the mandate to raise money for the... 

Military stake stymies $4bn Zimbabwe platinum project

BHP admits to ‘over-investing’ in Canada mine, but says Jansen remains attractive

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th May 2019 Diversified miner BHP on Tuesday admitted to an overspend at the Jansen potash mine, in Canada, but CEO Andrew Mackenzie has argued that the project remains an attractive asset. The mining giant has already spent $2.7-billion on the potash project, east of Saskatoon, Saskatchwan, and will have... 

BHP admits to ‘over-investing’ in Canada mine, but says Jansen remains attractive
The Jansen mine shaft in Canada's Saskatchewan

Barrick excited about the DRC 

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2019 Gold-mining company Barrick is excited about ongoing opportunities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where it is making progress with the new mining code, Barrick president and CEO Dr Mark Bristow told Mining Weekly Online on Thursday. Bristow, whose Randgold Resources is now fully... 

Barrick excited about the DRC
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Barrick president and CEO Dr Mark Bristow

Anglo American a ‘fundamentally different’ business  

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd May 2019 As dual-listed Anglo American looks back on what has been described as another “very successful year”, the mining giant can look back on what is a significantly contrasting position less than a decade ago. Since 2012, Anglo American has shifted from a 30% mining margin to a 42% mining margin by... 

Anglo American a ‘fundamentally different’ business
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Mark Cutifani

Diamond trading goes online as Lucara takes on industry goliaths  

By: Bloomberg     29th April 2019 he opaque diamond trade may be ripe for disruption. Lucara Diamond, which recently found the second-largest diamond in history in Botswana, is taking on industry giants such as De Beers and Alrosa PJSC with an online platform to replace the current physical auctions. The service allows Lucara... 

Diamond trading goes online as Lucara takes on industry goliaths

Barrick Gold prepping sale of Zambian copper mine in H2 – sources

By: Reuters     14th May 2019 Barrick Gold, the world's second largest bullion miner, is preparing its Zambian copper mine Lumwana for sale in the second half of 2019, looking to target Chinese buyers, three sources with knowledge of the matter said. Fresh from two major deals in recent months, Barrick has said it plans to... 

Barrick Gold prepping sale of Zambian copper mine in H2 – sources

Lonmin/Sibanye merger judgment set for Friday 

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2019 The Competition Appeal Court judgment on the merging of Lonmin with Sibanye-Stillwater is expected to be handed down in the Cape High Court on May 17 at 10h00, Mining Weekly Online can today report. The appeal against the merger was brought by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction... 

Lonmin/Sibanye merger judgment set for Friday
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Lonmin-Sibanye merger seen as a perfect job-saving fit.

Race for AngloGold assets may pit Sibanye against rival Harmony

By: Bloomberg     10th May 2019 Sibanye Gold faces competition from two rivals if it wants to buy South African gold mining assets that AngloGold Ashanti plans to sell. Sibanye, headed by South Africa’s prolific mining deal-maker, Neal Froneman, would be interested in purchasing AngloGold’s remaining mine in the country. But... 

Deloitte consolidates Intelligent Mining offering

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th May 2019 Since launching its Intelligent Mining system a bit more than a year ago, Deloitte has consolidated the respective service offerings into one combined mining intelligence capability, which now comprises a Digital Nerve Centre and Intelligent Boardroom. Deloitte digital mining operations leader... 

Deloitte consolidates Intelligent Mining offering

SolGold announces PEA results for Alpala

By: Mariaan Webb     20th May 2019 LSE- and TSX-listed SolGold on Monday published the results of a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for the Alpala copper/gold/silver deposit at the Cascabel project, in northern Ecuador. The study estimated a “low” start-up capital expenditure of $2.4-billion to $2.8-billion and a “high” net... 

SolGold announces PEA results for Alpala

Platinum seen contributing as much to South Africa's economy as gold did in the 20th century 

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd May 2019 With the too-high economic cost of a lost opportunity looming, immediate measures are required to assist the platinum group metals mining sector to improve its viability and preserve employment. This is the intent behind the industry’s new South African National Platinum Strategy, with its most... 

Platinum seen contributing as much to South Africa's economy as gold did in the 20th century

Presidency slapped with hefty R29.9bn claim over Lesotho diamonds

By: News24Wire      16th May 2019 A diamond mining company has filed a R29.9-billion claim against President Cyril Ramaphosa and his government as a near three-decade-long dispute over expropriated diamond mining rights in Lesotho reaches South African courts again. Josias van Zyl, MD of Swissbourgh Diamond Mining, is arguing... 

Palladium's price gap over platinum needs to shrink – Nornickel 

By: Reuters     13th May 2019 The price gap between palladium and its sister metal platinum needs to shrink as number one platinum producer South Africa requires a higher price for the metal to keep investing in new supply, Russia's Norilsk Nickel said. Norilsk is the number one producer of palladium, accounting for more than... 

Billionaire Friedland close to deal with BHP on Guinea iron-ore

By: Bloomberg     17th May 2019 Billionaire mining investor Robert Friedland is close to a deal to take over an iron-ore deposit in Guinea from owners including BHP Group, according to people familiar with the situation. Friedland is in advanced talks with BHP, Newmont Goldcorp and Areva, that will see him move to develop the... 

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