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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... 

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... 

Creamer Media screenshot of AmaranthCX director Paul Miller taken during Zoom interview.
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,... 

Botswana copper miner Khoemacau giving attention to ESG silver lining  

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2021 Khoemacau Copper Mining of Botswana, which is ramping up to nameplate throughput of 3.65-million tonnes a year, is also giving attention to environmental social and governance (ESG) matters that include considerable renewable energy generation and promising community development initiatives. In... 

Picture from Cupric Canyon Capital and Khoemacau Copper Mining CEO Johan Ferreira
Cupric Canyon Capital CEO Johan Ferreira interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

American Pacific receives drilling permit for Gooseberry

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st August 2021 Exploration company American Pacific Mining has received final permits to start a drill programme at the past-producing Gooseberry silver project, in Nevada. With final drill permits in hand, a 15-hole combination reverse circulation (RC) and diamond drill programme is expected to start later... 

Sibanye-Stillwater shoots lights out with super record performance 

By: Martin Creamer     26th August 2021 Precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater  on Thursday delivered another record financial performance for the six months ended June 30. The JSE- and New York-listed company headed by Neal Froneman reported significantly higher production year-on-year from the South African platinum group... 

Creamer Media picture taken of Neal Froneman
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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Polymetal hikes 2021 capex guidance, brings forward new silver mine

By: Mariaan Webb     26th August 2021 Russia-focused Polymetal on Thursday announced a new capital expenditure (capex) guidance for 2021, on the back inflationary cost pressures and the acceleration of a new silver project to take advantage of the favourable market. The company increased its capex guidance from $560-million to... 

An image of the Prognoz project site in Russia.

Altus begins survey at Morocco project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th August 2021 Aim- and TSX-V-listed mining royalty generator Altus Strategies has started a 135 line kilometre induced polarisation (IP) and gradient array geophysical survey at its 100%-owned Agdz copper and silver project, in the eastern Anti-Atlas of Morocco. The survey is designed to identify and... 

Kootenay Silver to spin out Canadian exploration assets

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2021 The board of exploration company Kootenay Silver has approved a spin-out of 80% of the company’s Canadian assets to shareholders, leaving the company to continue with the development of its Mexican assets. Kootenay believes that having a separately funded early-exploration business will... 

IDC in discussion on the introduction of an exploration fund – Demana   

By: Martin Creamer     23rd August 2021 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is in discussion on the introduction of a fund to underpin much-needed exploration in South Africa. This was stated by Reginald Demana, the IDC’s head of mining and metals, infrastructure and energy, in a wide-ranging Zoom interview with Mining Weekly.... 

Reginald Demana picture from files
IDC Mining, Metals, Infrastructure & Energy Head Reginald Demana interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Costs lower for Vares silver project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th August 2021 An updated definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the Vares silver project, in Bosnia & Herzegovina, has seen capital costs decline while the project’s net present value and internal rate of return has increased. ASX-listed Adriatic Metals this week reported that an updated capital cost estimate... 

Costs lower for Vares silver project

Vizsla to restart Panuco drilling next month

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th August 2021 TSX-V-listed Vizsla Silver will restart drilling programmes at its Panuco silver/gold property, in Sinaloa, Mexico, next month, and intends to report a maiden resource by the end of the first quarter next year. Vizsla imposed a voluntary pause of on-site work last month and continued with the... 

KGHM optimistic on 2022 dividend, says CEO

By: Reuters     18th August 2021 Poland's KGHM, one of the world's biggest copper and silver producers, is optimistic about paying a dividend in 2022, its CEO said on Wednesday. "Keeping results in the trend we have allows us to be optimistic about it," Marcin Chludzinski said when asked about the 2022 dividend, adding that the... 

An image of copper cathodes.

Hochschild on track to deliver 2021 production target

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th August 2021 London-listed Hochschild Mining remains on track to deliver its 2021 production, it said on Wednesday, reporting that its first half output was in line with its expectations and substantially higher than the pandemic-impacted 2020 figure. The precious metals miner reported attributable... 

Orvana reports legacy openpit wall failure in Spain

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th August 2021 Toronto-listed Orvana Minerals’ share price fell 9% on Monday morning after the company reported a temporary stoppage at its El Valle plant, in Spain, following an openpit wall failure that impacted on the tailings storage facility (TSF). The rock fall occurred at a legacy openpit wall at El... 

Wheaton Precious Metals revenue hits record, dividend increased

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th August 2021 Streaming company Wheaton Precious Metals has posted record revenue and cash flow of $655-million and $449-million, respectively, for the first half of 2021, resulting in an increase to its dividend. During the second quarter, operating cash flow increased 43% to $216-million and revenue jumped... 

Booming industry results in project delays

By: Nadine Ramdass     13th August 2021 The Australian mining industry is flourishing and is the core of the Australian economy, despite the ongoing pandemic. However, the sheer amount of work being done in Australia’s exploration and mining industries has impacted on laboratory processing times, resulting in long turnarounds.... 

An image of contract workers at Alien Metals Hancock project
DRILLERS REDUCED Current productivity has halved in some cases owing to Covid restrictions

Friendly South African face could quickly attract exploration investment – Bristow 

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2021 South Africa looks a lot like the global gold mining industry in that it has not encouraged reinvestment in its mining industry’s future, says Barrick Gold president and CE Dr Mark Bristow. "In fact, if anything, South Africa has harvested what it received back in 1994," adds Bristow, a hugely... 

A picture of Mark Bristow, taken from quarterly Barrick presentation on August 9, 2021
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Barrick president and CE Dr Mark Bristow.

Excellon stock falls on Mexico court decision

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th August 2021 The share price of Toronto-listed Excellon Resources fell by 9% on Tuesday, on news that San Pedro subsidiary, in Mexico, had been ordered to pay $23-million for failing to operate the Miguel Auza mine. The company was taken to court in 2019 by the owner of the La Antigua concession that forms... 

Fresnillo reports sharp increase in profitability

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd August 2021 Precious metals miner Fresnillo has reported a sharp increase in profitability during the first half of the year, on the back of higher precious metals prices and its improved production performance. The London-listed miner, which is the world’s largest producer of silver from ore and Mexico’s... 

An image of a mine processing facility at night.

Orla reports PFS results for Panama gold project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th July 2021 Vancouver-based Orla Mining has released prefeasibility study (PFS) results for its Cerro Quema oxide gold project, which delivered an aftertax net present value of $176-million and an internal rate of return of 38%. The study considers a 10 000 t/d operation, which will produce an average of 81... 

Vizsla takes drilling break amid Covid wave

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th July 2021 Junior explorer and developer Vizsla Silver has suspended drilling at its Panuco project, in Mexico, for two weeks in response to an increase in Covid-19 cases in the region where it operates. “The current wave of the Covid-19 virus is the most significant experienced to date in southern... 

Metals make climate change mitigation possible – Citi Research 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd July 2021 In a rapid electrification scenario, metals have the ability to bring about the reduction of close to 1 000 gigatonnes (Gt) of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, Citi Research states in a note that examines the metals industry’s potential contribution to climate change mitigation over... 

A graphic compiled the Citi Research on the fast and moderate way of meeting the Paris climate change accord.
Complying with the Paris agreement on climate change mitigation.

Altus granted new silver, copper projects in Morocco

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd July 2021 Mining royalty company Altus Strategies has been granted four new exploration projects, as well as an extension to the Agdz project, totalling 148.5 km2 in Morocco. The projects were awarded to the company's 100% owned subsidiary Aterian Resources as part of a competitive tender process. 

First concentrate produced at Khoemacau’s copper/silver project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd July 2021 NYSE-listed Fluor reports that Khoemacau Copper Mining recently achieved first copper and silver concentrate production at its starter project, near Toteng, in Botswana. The project is in the Kalahari Copper Belt and is expected to produce about 62 000 t/y of payable copper and 1.9-million ounces... 

An image of the Boseto Processing Facility
Boseto Processing Facility

Australian firm sells Myanmar project in wake of coup

By: Reuters     21st July 2021 Myanmar Metals said on Wednesday it planned to sell its 51% stake in Bawdwin silver, lead, and zinc project in Myanmar, citing difficulties in securing financing for the $300-million project after a coup led to social unrest earlier this year. Businesses have collapsed in the Southeast Asian... 

Exploration trailblazer Orion cracks retail investor code with 14 000-plus SA backers  

By: Martin Creamer     21st July 2021 More than 14 000 South Africans now own shares in the discovery and development mining company Orion Minerals, which is reflective of retail investment that can be stimulated in South Africa to support essential local minerals exploration. What is also extremely promising is that the dual listed... 

This is a picture of Errol Smart, CEO of Orion Minerals, who is also chair of Minerals Council junior miner leadership forum.
Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Endeavour Silver picks up Nevada exploration property

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th July 2021 Mid-tier miner Endeavour Silver on Monday announced the acquisition of a precious metals exploration property in Nye, Nevada, for $10-million in cash. Endeavour CEO Dan Dickson said the Bruner property represented a good start on building an attractive gold/silver portfolio in Nevada. “It... 

Mine achieves massive earnings boost after employing four more people  

By: Martin Creamer     19th July 2021 Guided by a value driver tree (VDT) study, an opencast mine increased its earnings massively after employing four additional operators at comparatively negligible cost. The operation’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) soared hugely from $634.3-million to... 

Gary Lane is also a director of SiMine
Value Driver Tree case study covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Life in mining-dependent countries significantly improved – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2021 Life in mining-dependent countries has improved significantly in the 23 years leading up to 2018, with strong governance the key to improving socio-economic well-being, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) said on Wednesday. A report that analysed 41 social metrics grouped under... 

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ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan

Zombie mines are coming back to life on soaring metals prices

By: Bloomberg     14th July 2021 A silver mine in Bosnia and Herzegovina that sat derelict through the years of civil strife that gripped the region from the early 1990s may soon be taken out of mothballs to benefit from an optimistic price outlook. Adriatic Metals’ Vares project could resume production by the end of 2022... 

An image showing a mountain and trees.

After months of union talks, San Rafael mine in Mexico to reopen

By: Reuters     7th July 2021 The San Rafael mine in northern Mexico operated by Canada's Americas Gold and Silver Corp will reopen following months of talks with the country's main mining union, the Economy Ministry said on Tuesday. San Rafael primarily produces silver, zinc and lead in the town of Cosala in Sinaloa state,... 

Fortuna to build on Roxgold’s solid West Africa foundation – CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th July 2021 Canadian miners Fortuna Silver Mines and Roxgold have successfully completed their business combination, creating a global intermediate gold and silver with four operating mines and a permitted development project. Commenting on its acquisition of Roxgold, Fortuna CEO Jorge Ganoza said on Friday... 

Mining vital to economy, can help guide country's path – President 

By: Martin Creamer     5th July 2021 Mining is vital to the South African economy and the opportunities that exist in mining can help guide the country’s path to a more inclusive and equitable economy, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated on Monday. Writing in his From the Desk of the President column, Ramaphosa placed mineral and... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Khoemacau produces first concentrate

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st July 2021 Khoemacau Copper Mines on June 30 achieved a milestone at its Khoemacau copper/silver project, in Botswana, with the production of the first copper/silver concentrate from its Boseto process plant. This milestone was achieved safely, within schedule and the overall project remains within 3% of... 

Altus discovers high-grade copper, silver at three projects in Morocco

By: Donna Slater     1st July 2021 Aim- and TSX-V-listed African mining royalty generator Altus Strategies has discovered high-grade copper and silver from reconnaissance exploration at its recently granted Azrar, Izougza and Tata projects, in Morocco. The projects are located in established current and historic copper and silver... 

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