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The state of Chinese commodities shows recovery taking hold

By: Bloomberg     7th April 2020 From oil to copper to coal, China’s gigantic commodities industry is signaling that the first economy to be flattened by the coronavirus is getting closer to a return to normality. Bloomberg Economics estimates that most of China was 90% to 95% back to work at the end of last week, noting... 

Global GDP to contract 1.9% this year, spark commodity oversupply, says Fitch

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2020 Owing to unprecedented lockdown in much of Europe, the US and across the globe, the world is currently experiencing considerably lower economic activity, which in turn significantly reduces commodity consumption, says ratings agency Fitch Ratings. As a result, it expects global gross domestic... 

Global GDP to contract 1.9% this year, spark commodity oversupply, says Fitch

Golden Minerals reports promising economics for Mexico project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd April 2020 Colorado-based miner Golden Minerals has reported positive findings in a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) and updated mineral resource estimate for the Velardeña Properties, which is the company’s silver and gold project located in Durango state, Mexico. Engineering company Tetra Tech was... 

Central Asia Metals’ results demonstrate company’s ‘fundamental strength’

By: Simone Liedtke     1st April 2020 Copper, zinc and lead production and exploration company Central Asia Metals’ (CAML’s) results for the year ended December 31, demonstrate the “fundamental strength” of the business, which owns two low-cost base metals operations, one in Kazakhstan and the other in North Macedonia. CEO Nigel... 

Standard Bank meeting all capital and liquidity requirements 

By: Martin Creamer     1st April 2020 Capital and liquidity requirements across all the markets in which it operates are continuing to be met, Standard Bank Group FD Dr Arno Daehnke said during an investor call. Daehnke disclosed that the bank was benefitting from building up increased capital levels over the last few years in line... 

Standard Bank meeting all capital and liquidity requirements
Sim Tshabalala

Covid-19 prompts Glencore to defer cash distribution, reinforce liquidity 

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2020 The coronavirus pandemic has prompted global diversified mining and marketing company Glencore to defer its proposed $2.6-billion distribution of cash and reinforce its $10.1- billion liquidity through the refinancing and extension of revolving credit facilities on the same commercial terms as... 

Covid-19 prompts Glencore to defer cash distribution, reinforce liquidity
Ivan Glasenberg

Zinc miners expected to restart operations on strong prices

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st March 2020 Strong zinc prices are increasingly prompting miners to bring idled capacity back online and invest in new projects. The latest ‘Global Zinc Mining Outlook’ report shows that the return of some stalled capacity and new projects in key countries will drive growth over the coming quarters, despite... 

Mining could be enormous post-virus stabiliser – Minerals Council

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2020 The mining industry could be an enormous asset in stabilising and growing the economy post the coronavirus crisis – but the right economic and regulatory circumstances would have to prevail, Minerals Council South Africa stated in a weekend media release. Post coronavirus, South Africa would... 

Vedanta CEO Venkatakrishnan resigns

By: Reuters     27th March 2020 Diversified miner Vedanta said on Friday CEO S Venkatakrishnan has resigned due to personal reasons, less than two years after he took the helm. Sunil Duggal, current head of Vedanta unit Hindustan Zinc, will take over as interim CEO. Venkatakrishnan, who was previously CEO of South African... 

Vedanta CEO Venkatakrishnan resigns
Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan

Bolivia's largest mine suspends operations as virus controls tighten

By: Reuters     27th March 2020 Bolivia's San Cristóbal mine, a huge desposit of zinc, lead and silver, has suspended operations after the country imposed tough rules to halt the spread of coronavirus, its operator Minera San Cristóbal said in a statement on Friday. The company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japana's Sumitomo... 

Glencore winds down most operations in line with Covid-19 restrictions 

By: Donna Slater     27th March 2020 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore, with operations internationally, is winding down most of its operations and putting them on temporary care and maintenance as lockdowns are enforced in various countries to slow the spread of Covid-19. The London- and Johannesburg-listed company... 

Trevali puts Caribou mine on care and maintenance amid Covid-19 outbreak

By: Simone Liedtke     26th March 2020 TSX-listed Trevali Mining Corporation has announced the temporary suspension of operating activities at its Caribou mine near Bathurst, in New Brunswick. The temporary suspensions follow the deterioration of the global zinc market, which has been exacerbated by the continued challenges presented... 

Jubilee confident the group will withstand Covid-19 disruption

By: Simone Liedtke     26th March 2020 Aim- and AltX-listed Jubilee Metals says it has a “robust business model” and is, therefore, confident that the group will be able to withstand the disruption caused by the spread of the Covid-19 virus across the globe. In anticipation of this disruption, Jubilee says it has already taken... 

ScoZinc raises C$500 000 to support Scotia mine’s prefeasibility study

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd March 2020 TSX-V-listed ScoZinc Mining plans to raise C$500 000 in a nonbrokered private placement. The offer consists of the sale of up to 1.25-million shares at a price of C$0.40 apiece, coupled with a warrant to purchase additional shares at a price of C$0.55 apiece.  

ScoZinc raises C$500 000 to support Scotia mine’s prefeasibility study

Geotechnical drilling improves safety at phosphate mine

By: Darren Parker     20th March 2020 Drilling company Geomech Africa, part of geotechnical services holding company GeoGroup, has completed its geotechnical investigation at phosphate product producer and distributor Foskor’s phosphate mining operation in Phalaborwa, Limpopo. The Foskor phosphate mine comprises the North and South... 

Geotechnical drilling improves safety at phosphate mine
DOING THE HOLE JOB The geotechnical investigations required the drilling of two holes in the North pit and five in the South pit at depths of between 300 m and 500 m

Slowing demand likely to push zinc price lower this year, says Fitch Solutions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2020 Research agency Fitch Solutions has revised its forecast for the zinc price for this year to $2 250/t, down from $2 450/t previously, as an amalgam of market forces put in motion by the Covid-19 outbreak, which has led to factory shutdowns in China and other parts of the world. The average zinc... 

Slowing demand likely to push zinc price lower this year, says Fitch Solutions

Miners step up precautions as Covid-19 numbers rise

By: Mariaan Webb     16th March 2020 As the number of global cases of the novel coronavirus, Covid-19, continues to increase, mining companies are implementing procedures to safeguard personnel and communities, with project delays and mining camp shutdowns having been announced. Several companies have also closed their head offices... 

Miners step up precautions as Covid-19 numbers rise

Lundin suspends construction at Portugal zinc project, confirms Covid-19 case in Chile

By: Mariaan Webb     16th March 2020 Toronto-headquartered Lundin Mining has suspended construction and commissioning activities at the Zinc Expansion Project (ZEP) at the Neves-Corvo operation, in Portugal, to reduce the risk of its workforce and the local community contracting the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) disease. Announcing... 

Lundin suspends construction at Portugal zinc project, confirms Covid-19 case in Chile
The Neves-Corvo operation, in Portugal.

Aurelia completes A$53m plant upgrade

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th March 2020 Diversified metals miner Aurelia Metals has completed the commissioning of a A$53-million upgrade to its Peak ore processing circuit, in New South Wales. The ASX-listed Aurelia said on Wednesday that the Peak process plant now had the flexibility to produce gold dore and separate copper, lead... 

Meet zinc, the cheap metal gunning for lithium’s battery crown

By: Bloomberg     6th March 2020 A metal best known for galvanising steel is making the jump into a developing $30-billion energy-storage market for electrical grids that’s increasingly seen as key to unleashing solar and wind power upon the world. Less than four months after Governor Andrew Cuomo vowed to produce 100% of New... 

Meet zinc, the cheap metal gunning for lithium’s battery crown

China warns metals firms not to race back from virus

By: Reuters     6th March 2020 China's Industry Ministry said on Friday metals firms should not seek to ramp up production at all costs and should "avoid vicious competition" with one another as they return to work in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Industrial production in China, the world's biggest metals consumer,... 

Bear Creek Mining engages lead arrangers for $400m facility

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd March 2020 Vancouver-headquartered Bear Creek Mining has engaged BNP Paribas and Société Générale as joint lead arrangers for a $400-million senior secured credit facility, which it plans to use for the fully permitted, Corani silver/lead/zinc project in Peru. “The BNP Paribas and Société Générale mining... 

Yukon and First Nation road agreement a ‘major step’ forward for Macmillan Pass

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd March 2020 TSX-V-listed Fireweed Zinc has hailed the agreement about road upgrades that the Yukon government and the Ross River Dena Council (RRDC) First Nation reached as a “major step” forward towards the eventual development of the Macmillan Pass zinc, lead and silver project. The agreement centres on... 

Yukon and First Nation road agreement a ‘major step’ forward for Macmillan Pass

Trevali CFO departs

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd March 2020 TSX-listed Trevali Mining will start a search for a new CFO, following the departure of Gerbrand van Heerden, who served as finance chief since June 2018. Matthew Quinlan has been appointed interim CFO, after having supported Trevali in a consulting capacity over the last five months. 

Coeur to reposition Silvertip, operations suspended

By: Mariaan Webb     21st February 2020 NYSE-listed precious metals miner Coeur has temporarily suspended operating activities at its Silvertip zinc/lead/silver mine, in British Columbia, Canada, as the mine struggles to generate positive cash flow amid deteriorating zinc and lead markets. Silvertip, which represents about 6% of... 

Coeur to reposition Silvertip, operations suspended

Vedanta’s Naidoo calls for increased female representation in mining

By: Simone Liedtke     19th February 2020 Vedanta Zinc International CEO Deshnee Naidoo has called on the South African mining industry to “change the gender narrative” and to engage in conversations about the lack of female representation in the industry. According to recently published statistics by the Minerals Council South Africa,... 

Vedanta’s Naidoo calls for increased female representation in mining
Vedanta Zinc International CEO Deshnee Naidoo

Vedanta sets sights on zinc, silver, iron-ore output growth 

By: Kim Cloete     12th February 2020 CAPE TOWN (miningweekly.com) – Natural resources company Vedanta Resources is aiming to become the world's biggest producer of zinc, as well as to double its production of silver and increase its iron-ore output from 10-million to 15-million tonnes a year.  Vedanta has a presence in steel,... 

Vedanta sets sights on zinc, silver, iron-ore output growth
Vedanta Resources executives tell Mining Weekly correspondent Kim Cloete about the group's growth plans and its corporate social investment initiatives. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

ScoZinc expects upcoming PFS to improve past Scotia assessments

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th February 2020 TSX-V-listed explorer and developer ScoZinc is hopeful that when it announces the results of a prefeasibility study (PFS) for the idled Scotia mine, near Halifax, it will be an improvement on past assessments. The company confidence levels are boosted by the recent doubling of the mineral... 

Silvercorp's third-quarter profits fall on foreign exchange loss, lower prices

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th February 2020 Canadian miner Silvercorp, which produces silver, gold, lead and zinc from its mines in China, reported income attributable to equity shareholders of $6.3-million, or $0.04 a share for the quarter ended December 31 – the third quarter of its 2020 financial year. This was lower than income... 

Nigeria sets ambitious target for mining sector growth

By: Reuters     6th February 2020 Nigeria expects its mining sector to grow to 3% of gross domestic product (GDP) within the next five years from just 0.3% currently as the government seeks to diversify the economy away from oil, the minister for mines and steel development said on Wednesday. Nigeria has been trying to boost the... 

Minerals Council South Africa lobbying strongly for junior miners   

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2020 Junior and emerging miners hold the majority of the 1 700 to 1 800 mining rights that have been issued in South Africa, Minerals Council South Africa social performance head Alex Khumalo said on Wednesday. But most of these rights are not being exercised, Khumalo revealed at a media briefing he... 

Minerals Council South Africa lobbying strongly for junior miners
Minerals Council social performance head Alex Khumalo, junior miners leadership forum chairperson Errol Smart and junior and emerging miners' desk head Grant Mitchell in a briefing at the 2020 Investing in African Mining Indaba. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Glencore reports lower full-year copper, ferrochrome output

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th February 2020 Global diversified natural resource group Glencore on Tuesday released its full-year production results, with own-sourced copper production of 1.3-million tonnes for the period 82 500 t, or 6%, lower Year-on-year. About half of this (40 800 t) related to its African copper assets, with Katanga's... 

Glencore reports lower full-year copper, ferrochrome output
Photo by Bloomberg
Kamoto

Canada’s Teck aims to be carbon neutral by 2050

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd February 2020 Canadian miner Teck Resources is chasing a goal of being carbon neutral across all its operations and activities in 30 years’ time, the diversified mining firm, focusing on copper, steelmaking coal and zinc, announced on Monday. The objective aligned with commitments by Canada and Chile – home... 

Canada’s Teck aims to be carbon neutral by 2050
Teck CEO don Lyndsay

China-focused Silvercorp extends holiday shutdown

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th January 2020 Canadian mining company Silvercorp, which produces silver, lead and zinc metals in concentrates from mines in China, is taking an extended holiday season, in line with the Chinese central government’s efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Silvercorp’s production was suspended on... 

Public comments invited on proposed Gamsberg zinc smelter 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th January 2020 Environmental consultants SLR Consulting has published, for public comment, a draft scoping report on a proposed zinc smelter to be built at Black Mountain Mining's (BMM's) Gamsberg zinc project, near Aggeneys, in the Northern Cape. BMM, which is a part of Vedanta Zinc International, is proposing... 

Public comments invited on proposed Gamsberg zinc smelter
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Gamsberg mine, in Northern Cape

Multimetal strategy paying off for Jubilee  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th January 2020 Aim- and AltX-listed Jubilee Metals Group delivered record platinum group metal (PGM) earnings for the six months ended December 31, on the back of higher output and metal prices, while its chrome operations showed their resolve, maintaining positive earnings against softer chrome prices. CEO... 

Bluejay prepares for ‘highly active’ year in Greenland

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th January 2020 Greenland-focused Bluejay Mining is preparing for a “highly active” year ahead, as it plans for a maiden drilling campaign at its newly enlarged Kangerluarsuk zinc/lead/silver project, while work continues at the advanced Dundas ilmenite project and the Disko-Nussauq project. Bluejay CEO... 

Orion Minerals lender extends loan due date to June

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th January 2020 The due date of ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals’ loan facility with Tembo Capital has been extended to June 25, from January 25. Orion secured the $3.6-million convertible loan facility with Tembo Capital last year.  

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