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Mineral exploration should be incentivised, says IDC’s Thabiso Sekano  

By: Martin Creamer     12th November 2021 Mineral exploration should be incentivised so that South Africa’s great mineral endowment can be optimally leveraged to lower unemployment, improve export revenues, and strengthen this country’s gross domestic product (GDP). That is the view of Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) mining,... 

Major Mexican silver mine faces closure due to expired permit

By: Reuters     11th November 2021 A top Canadian miner in southern Mexico is trying to avoid the unprecedented closure of its ten-year-old silver mine after the expiry of its environmental permit last month left it in limbo. The possible shutdown of the San Jose mine, operated by a local unit of Fortuna Silver Mines, is part of... 

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First Majestic Silver withholds ounces to maximise future profits

By: Mariaan Webb     5th November 2021 Mexico- and US-focused First Majestic has reported weaker third-quarter results, as the company withheld 1.4-million ounces in inventory to maximise future profits. The NYSE- and TSX-listed miner reported revenue of $124.6-million ounces, a 1% year-on-year decrease and a 19% quarter-on-quarter... 

Zimplats posts slight decline in quarterly output

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th November 2021 ASX-listed Zimplats has reported a 6% quarter-on-quarter decrease in the production of platinum, palladium, ruthenium, rhodium, iridium and gold (6E) platinum group metals (PGMs) to 143 061 oz for the three months ended September 30. The PGMs miner also reported a 4% higher quarter-on-quarter... 

Biggest US silver producer trims guidance on Alaska mine staff shortages

By: Mariaan Webb     5th November 2021 Precious metals miner Hecla has lowered its 2021 silver guidance, reflecting lower third-quarter production because of staff shortages at the Greens Creek mine, in Alaska. Greens Creek’s production fell by about 30% to 1.84-million ounces of silver and gold output reduced by 27% to 9 734 oz,... 

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Greens Creek, Alaska

Yamana affirms full-year guidance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th October 2021 Canadian gold miner Yamana has reported strong third-quarter results from its operations, keeping the company on track to achieve its guidance for the year of one-million gold-equivalent ounces (GEOs). The group’s third-quarter results were underpinned by “standout” performances from Canadian... 

Fresnillo facing staff shortage after Mexico's labour reforms

By: Reuters     27th October 2021 Mexico-focused precious metals miner Fresnillo said on Wednesday that some of its mines were grappling with a staff shortage as new labour reforms in the Latin American country restricted the hiring of subcontractors. The company, which owns seven operating mines in the Latin American nation,... 

Gold hovers near key $1 800 level as softer dollar lifts appeal

By: Reuters     25th October 2021 Gold prices held firm on Monday near the key level of $1 800 as a drop in the US dollar bolstered bullion's safe-haven appeal, while investors cautiously eyed the next Federal Reserve meet for guidance on its monetary policy. Spot gold was up 0.6% at $1 803.06/oz, as of 08:58 GMT. US gold... 

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NorZinc’s Prairie Creek targets 261Mlb/y of zinc-equivalent

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd October 2021 TSX-listed NorZinc is starting on an updated definitive feasibility study for its Prairie Creek project, in the Northwest Territories, Canada, having completed a positive preliminary economic assessment (PEA). The PEA incorporates an updated mineral resource estimate of 9.8-million tonnes at... 

No zero carbon without green hydrogen, US pledging $1/kg coal-parity price 

By: Martin Creamer     21st October 2021 The world will be unable to meet its zero-carbon targets without the introduction of green hydrogen solutions, says Plug Power chief strategy officer Sanjay Shrestha, at a time when the US has launched a programme to cut the cost of clean hydrogen by 80%. Nasdaq-listed Plug Power, a pure play... 

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Plug Power chief strategy officer Sanjay Shrestha

Policy-not-law charter judgment going long way towards providing certainty – NSDV 

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2021 The court judgement that the mining charter is policy and not law goes a long way towards providing regulatory certainty, says NSDV mining law senior associate Muhammed Khan ­– but it is not the end of the road, he cautions in a 1 500-word analysis entitled The Great Mining Charter Debate. Khan... 

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NSDV mining law senior associate Muhammed Khan.

Another setback for Great Panther at Tucano

By: Mariaan Webb     19th October 2021 Gold and silver producer Great Panther Mining’s stock fell nearly 10% on Monday as company again suspended mining at the Urucum Central South (UCS) pit at its Tucano gold mine, in Brazil, on safety grounds. The miner explained that additional work was need waste material had to be removed and... 

Hochschild to demerge and list rare earths unit in Toronto

By: Mariaan Webb     19th October 2021 Precious metals miner Hochschild Mining on Tuesday announced that it will demerge its rare earth minerals unit from the group and list Aclara Resources separately on the TSX by the end of the year. Aclara owns a strategic land package of mineral concessions in Chile and is initiating the... 

Hochschild to demerge and list rare earths unit in Toronto

Incentive needed for smaller end of stock exchange to survive – Miller  

By: Martin Creamer     18th October 2021 An incentive is needed for the listing of companies on the smaller end of the stock exchange, which is facing an existential crisis, said AmaranthCX director and owner Paul Miller on Monday. Reacting to the groundswell of headlines about delistings and lack of listings on the Johannesburg Stock... 

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AmaranthCX director and owner Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

New $370m Nezhda mine produces first concentrate

By: Mariaan Webb     18th October 2021 Precious metals miner Polymetal has produced first gold and silver concentrate at its new Nezhda mine, located in Yakutia, Russia, with nameplate capacity and full design recovery expected by April. The two-million-tonne-a-year openpit mine and combined gravity/flotation concentrator were built... 

New $370m Nezhda mine produces first concentrate

Ariana says EIA approved for Turkey mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th October 2021 The environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the Tavsan mine, in western Turkey, has been approved, Aim-listed Ariana Resources reported on Thursday. Tavsan, which will be a 300 000 oz/y gold and silver mine, is part of Zenit Madencilik San and is 32.5% owned by Ariana. Ariana MD Kerim Sener... 

Golden Arrow executes option for Argentina silver/gold project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th October 2021 TSX-V-listed Golden Arrow Resources has executed a definitive option agreement to acquire a 75% undivided interest in the Libanese project, in Santa Cruz, Argentina. Libanesa is a 14 500-ha silver/gold project located at the north eastern margin of the Deseado Massif metallogenic province, about... 

Argonaut buys concessions from Fesnillo

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th October 2021 TSX-listed Argonaut Gold has acquired key mineral concessions near its San Agustin mine, in Mexico, from a subsidiary of London-listed Fresnillo for $5.75-million in cash. The mineral concessions consist of a very large concession of 4 791 ha surrounding all Argonaut's existing concessions in... 

Sandfire divests of Adriatic shares, as Adriatic raises cash

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th October 2021 ASX- and LSE-listed Adriatic Metals has unveiled a $244.5-million project finance package to fund the development of its the Vares silver project, in Bosnia & Herzegovina. The company on Wednesday reported that it had inked a term sheet with Orion Resource Partners for a $142-million debt... 

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2021 defined by recovering markets – CIBJO Precious Metals Special Report

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th October 2021 In general, precious metal markets experienced robust sales, with prices rebounding from the lows they had experienced during the disruptive turmoil of 2020, the third of this year’s CIBJO commission’s special reports indicates. Prepared by the CIBJO Precious Metals Commission, the report reviews... 

Barrick commissions Africa’s first PhotonAssay laboratory

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th October 2021 Gold major Barrick Gold Corporation has, in partnership with MSALABS, successfully installed a Chrysos PhotonAssay laboratory at its Bulyanhulu mine, in Tanzania. This is the first PhotonAssay laboratory in Africa and the first to be installed by Barrick. 

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A Chrysos PhotonAssay laboratory has been installed at Barrick Gold's Bulyanhulue mine in Tanzania

Exploration key to keeping South Africa on right side of future – investors 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2021 Exploration is key to keeping South Africa on the right side of the future-facing metals scenario, the Joburg Indaba heard last week from potential investors. During a panel discussion on mining sector prospects covered by Mining Weekly, the heads of international investment companies commented... 

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Form top left clockwise are Fiona Perrott-Humphrey, Olivia Markham, Brett Beatty, Bernard Swanepoel and Mick McMullen.

Endeavour Silver lifts full-year production guidance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th October 2021 TSX- and NYSE-listed Endeavour Silver Corp, which operates mines in Mexico, has increased its full-year production guidance to between 7.7-million and 8-million silver-equivalent ounces, compared with the previously guided 6.1-million to 7.1-million silver-equivalent ounces. The increase in... 

South Africa’s exploration investment lowest since democracy began, Joburg Indaba hears  

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2021 South Africa’s mining industry is at its lowest level of exploration investment since democracy began in 1994, the Joburg Indaba heard on Thursday. “Never have we spent less – and this is a pity because significant promises were made about an exploration plan for the country,” Joburg Indaba... 

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Joburg Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Forty Pillars to acquire Wishbone property

By: Simone Liedtke     6th October 2021 Mineral exploration company Forty Pillars Mining has entered into an agreement with Origen Resources to acquire a 100% interest in its Wishbone property located in the heart of the Golden Triangle, in Canada. Forty Pillars will pay Origen $3-million for its interest in the  3 971 ha project.... 

Integra increase scope of DeLamar PFS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th October 2021 Integra Resources, which is focused on the exploration and de-risking of the past producing DeLamar gold/silver project, in Idaho, in the US, has increased the scope of the prefeasibility study (PFS) at the project, aiming at a 32 000 t/d to 35 000 t/d heap leach facility and an 8 000 t/d to 10... 

McEwen says production trending towards midpoint of full-year guidance range

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th October 2021 Americas-focused gold and silver producer McEwen Mining produced 30 400 gold-equivalent ounces (GEOs) in the quarter ended September 30, compared with the 30 400 GEOs produced in the third quarter of 2020. Production for the nine months to September 30 reached 114 300 GEOs, compared with the 85... 

South Africa in danger of missing out on commodity boom, Joburg Indaba hears  

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2021 A much more enabling environment is needed to ensure that South Africa does not miss out on yet another commodity boom, the Joburg Indaba heard on Wednesday. “We know that we’ve missed at least one commodity boom,” Foskor chairperson, Industrial Development Corporation director and founding... 

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Joburg Indaba opening session covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Innovative wireless sensor approach could make exploration cheaper – Prof  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2021 An innovative wireless sensor method of mapping the subsurface of the earth could make exploration cheaper and mining safer, says Professor Musa Manzi, the award-winning director of the Seismic Research Centre of the School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand. The method, which... 

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Wits Professor Musa Manzi interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Investment in mining crucial to ensure continued contribution to economy – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2021 Investment in the mining industry is crucial to ensure its continued contribution to the South African economy, says PwC in its thirteenth edition of SA Mine 2021, a series of publications that highlights trends in the South African mining industry. In a year of doom and gloom on so many fronts,... 

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PwC presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Giant private mining companies getting away with no obligation to report anything publicly   

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2021 A globally significant chrome producer operating six chrome mines and employing 7 000 people inside South Africa – with a social labour plan obligation on every mine, with tax and royalty obligations paid to the State – is permitted to operate in this country with no ongoing public disclosure... 

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AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed on transparency by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sibanye-Stillwater moving to radical transparency on public tailings disclosure 

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2021 Gold, platinum and green metals company Sibanye-Stillwater is moving towards the embrace of radical transparency when it comes to public disclosure on matters relating to tailings facilities against the backdrop of 230 significant tailings failures having taken place globally. Sibanye-Stillwater... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

ABB secures integrated automation, power system order for Gold Fields' Salares Norte mine

By: Schalk Burger     27th September 2021 Industrial technologies multinational ABB will provide six electrical rooms and an integrated digital system solution based on the ABB Ability 800xA distributed control system (DCS) to  gold miner Gold Fields’ Salares Norte operation, in a remote region of northern Chile. The digital solution... 

A photo of the integrated automation and power system being installed at the Salares Norte mine in Chile

Long-term supply contracts shielding Sibanye-Stillwater from PGMs price swing 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Sibanye-Stillwater has emphasised its strong long-term supply contract positions in the face of the current spot price pendulum swinging away from the sky-high price levels of earlier this year. Most of the sales of the Johannesburg- and... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater PGM Investor Day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Chip uncertainty causing PGMs price uncertainty – chief investment officer  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2021 The general feeling is that chip capacity will slowly start coming back in the next few months, but only to return the auto industry back to where it was pre-Covid, and not to the post-Covid surge, which resulted in platinum group metals (PGMs) prices going through the roof. If the global auto... 

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Integral Asset Management Chief Investment Officer Bruce Williamson interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africa’s junior mining dearth result of unintended consequence – AmaranthCX  

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2021 South Africa’s junior mining dearth is a result of savings no longer flowing through to primary capital raising and stock exchange listings, as the Jacobs Committee expected them to do. The unintended consequence is that there are no longer small investors for small companies. This has negatively... 

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AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Biden administration moves to permanently block Pebble as new PEA outlines project's long-term potential

By: Mariaan Webb     10th September 2021 The Biden administration will relaunch a process that could permanently ban the development of the contentious Pebble mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed, which is home to North America’s most productive salmon fisheries. According to news reports, the Department of Justice asked in an Alaska... 

Biden administration moves to permanently block Pebble as new PEA outlines project's long-term potential

Australia’s biggest silver mine in two decades taps solar boom

By: Bloomberg     7th September 2021 An Australian prospector is aiming to tap into what it says is a robust long-term demand outlook for silver, a key ingredient in solar panels. Silver Mines' Bowdens project in New South Wales -- set to start operations in 2023 -- will have an initial output target of six-million ounces a year,... 

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