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Foran embarks on summer drilling at McIlvenna Bay

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th June 2014 A month after concluding its winter drilling programme, TSX-V-listed Foran Mining Corporation has started its summer exploration programme at its McIlvenna Bay, Balsam and Hanson properties. The diversified exploration and development company last month completed its winter exploration, which... 

Namib mine shows short-term payback, good economics

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th June 2014 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – With a recently completed mine development plan for the $25.2-million restart of the Namib lead and zinc project, in Namibia, demonstrating good economics and a payback period of just over a year, London-listed North River Resources said on Monday it would now... 

Namib mine shows short-term payback, good economics

Mungana switches focus to zinc with King Vol buy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th June 2014 ASX-listed Mungana Gold would switch its focus to zinc following a A$15-million deal with shareholder Kagara. The company said on Tuesday that shareholders were expected to vote on July 24 on the A$15-million acquisition of the Chillagoe base metals and gold assets, in Queensland, from Kagara,... 

Mungana switches focus to zinc with King Vol buy

Creamer Media publishes Australasian Mining Roundup for June 2014 research report

24th June 2014 The June 2014 roundup includes details of ASX-listed junior Brumby Resources’ earn-in option agreement with diversified Canadian miner Teck Resources to explore for zinc at Brumby’s McArthur River tenements, in the Northern Territory; project house Thiess’ contract at the Roy Hill iron-ore mine,... 

Creamer Media publishes Australasian Mining Roundup for June 2014 research report

Avanti Mining’s Kitsault mine gets BC nod to start construction

By: Henry Lazenby     16th June 2014 British Columbia on Monday announced that it had given TSX-V-listed Avanti Mining its Mines Act permit, allowing construction of the C$812-million Kitsault molybdenum mine, located 140 km north of Prince Rupert, to start. Targeting first production by 2017, construction was expected to start in... 

Avanti Mining’s Kitsault mine gets BC nod to start construction

RoF development likely to get C$1bn boost as Wynne takes majority

By: Henry Lazenby     13th June 2014 Infrastructure development in the prospective Ring of Fire (RoF) mining camp in Ontario’s far north is likely to get a C$1-billion boost after the Ontario Liberal Party took a majority win in provincial polls on Thursday. At the end of April, the then minority Liberal-led provincial government... 

RoF development likely to get C$1bn boost as Wynne takes majority

Trevali Mining discovers two new high-grade zones at Santander, Peru

By: Henry Lazenby     6th June 2014 Vancouver-based Trevali Mining this week announced that it had found two new zones of high-grade polymetallic mineralisation beside the Magistral Central deposit at its Santander mine, in Peru. The TSX-listed company’s shares on Friday closed up 6.25% a share for the week, boosted by Trevali’s... 

Santander, Peru.
Photo by Trevali Mining
Santander, Peru.

Teck Resources will not build Red Dog effluent pipeline in Alaska

By: Henry Lazenby     6th June 2014 Canada’s largest diversified miner Teck Resources on Thursday said that it would not build an 80-km pipeline at its Red Dog mine zinc/lead mine, near Kotzebue, Alaska, that would direct effluent from the Red Dog Creek to the Chukchi Sea. In a filing with the US District Court for Alaska outlining... 

Trevali prices $52.5m 12.5% senior secured notes

By: Henry Lazenby     28th May 2014 Canadian base metals miner Trevali this week secured a financing arrangement for $52-million in 12.5% senior secured notes, representing the final component needed to restart its Caribou mine and mill complex, in New Brunswick, by next year. The Vancouver-based miner on Tuesday said that it had... 

Trevali prices $52.5m 12.5% senior secured notes

Mines undermine workers – BUA

By: Sapa     27th May 2014 Mineworkers have long been undermined and belittled by mining companies, a social rights movement said on Tuesday. "The slave living and working conditions under which mineworkers are exposed cannot be condoned in the current South African constitutional democracy," said Bua Mining Communities... 

Mines undermine workers – BUA

Cabinet too big – Seifsa

By: Sapa     26th May 2014 President Jacob Zuma's new Cabinet is too big and will be too costly, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) said on Monday. "While we understand that Cabinet appointments offer the president an opportunity to reward his supporters and to balance the interests... 

Siefsa CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba
Siefsa CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba

1 980 workers to be ‘affected’ by Exxaro’s 2015 restructuring plan 

By: Natalie Greve     22nd May 2014 Mining major Exxaro Resources confirmed in an email to Mining Weekly Online on Thursday that it was in the throes of developing a restructuring plan that would “optimise its current operating model” and likely affect some 1 980 employees. “Exxaro has engaged with organised labour in consultations... 

1 980 workers to be ‘affected’ by Exxaro’s 2015 restructuring plan

Glencore unlocks greater synergy as AGM erases Xstrata from name

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2014 Shareholders have approved the removal of Xstrata from the name of the world’s most diversifed major, which will in future be known simply as Glencore as it heads for an unlocking of increased merger-synergy benefits by year end. The London-, Hong-Kong and now also Johannesburg-listed... 

Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Trevali reports positive metrics for New Brunswick zinc assets

By: Henry Lazenby     16th May 2014 TSX-listed Trevali Mining this week reported the positive results of a preliminary economic assessment for its Caribou zinc/lead/silver mine and mill complex, located in the Bathurst Mining Camp of New Brunswick, saying the complex has an after-tax net present value of $106 million at a 5%... 

Trevali reports positive metrics for New Brunswick zinc assets

Vietnam more welcoming to foreign miners, but constraints remain

By: Keith Campbell     16th May 2014 March saw the holding of the second ever international mining and minerals conference in Vietnam. Held at the International Centre for Exhibitions in the capital city of Hanoi, Mining Vietnam 2014 was attended by 3 581 trade delegates from 30 countries. This figure included 1 089 company CEOs,... 

Vietnam more welcoming to foreign miners, but constraints remain

Vietnam more welcoming to foreign miners, but constraints remain

By: Keith Campbell     16th May 2014 March saw the holding of the second ever international mining and minerals conference in Vietnam. Held at the International Centre for Exhibitions in the capital city of Hanoi, Mining Vietnam 2014 was attended by 3 581 trade delegates from 30 countries. This figure included 1 089 company CEOs,... 

Vietnam more welcoming to foreign miners, but constraints remain

Ivanhoe shares hit by funding uncertainty for DRC copper projects

By: Henry Lazenby     15th May 2014 Africa-focused project developer Ivanhoe Mines said on Thursday that it did not have enough money to meet certain objectives at its two base metals projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), unless it received a significant cash injection before the end of the current quarter. The... 

Ivanhoe shares hit by funding uncertainty for DRC copper projects

Despite lifting output, BC mining industry revenues, earnings dip

By: Henry Lazenby     14th May 2014 Regardless of lifting the province’s total mining output in 2013, British Columbia’s mining industry continued to deal with significant headwinds in the year, resulting in sliding revenues and earnings when compared with the record year of 2011, professional services firm PwC has found in its... 

Despite lifting output, BC mining industry revenues, earnings dip

Orosur Mining to tie the knot with explorer Waymar Resources

By: Henry Lazenby     12th May 2014 Aim- and TSX-listed precious metals producer Orosur Mining on Monday announced that it would buy junior explorer Waymar Resources in a deal that in Orosur’s words would create a “premier South American gold exploration, development and production company”. Orosur, which operates the San Gregorio... 

Mintek, eWasa set out to beneficiate metal-bearing city waste

By: Chantelle Kotze     9th May 2014 State-owned minerals research organisation Mintek and the e-Waste Association of South Africa (eWasa) will later this month start testwork on the Urban Mining Project, subsequent to their signing a five-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) late last year to jointly tackle the growing challenge... 

Mintek, eWasa set out to beneficiate metal-bearing city waste

Mintek, eWasa set out to beneficiate metal-bearing city waste

By: Chantelle Kotze     9th May 2014 State-owned minerals research organisation Mintek and the e-Waste Association of South Africa (eWasa) will soon start testwork on the Urban Mining Project, subsequent to their signing a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) late last year to jointly tackle the growing challenge of... 

Mintek, eWasa set out to beneficiate metal-bearing city waste

GlencoreXstrata posts hefty Q1 ferrochrome, oil production increases

By: Martin Creamer     6th May 2014 Multilisted global mining and marketing company GlencoreXstrata recorded substantial first-quarter (Q1) increases in its South Africa-based ferrochrome production and Africa-centred oil output. The London-, Hong Kong- and now also Johannesburg-listed company – headed by South African-born Ivan... 

Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Industry leaders reflect on evolution of SA's mining industry over last two decades

By: Jade Davenport     25th April 2014 The mining industry has, from a historical perspective, played an inherently complex and contradictory role within South Africa’s sociopolitical economy. While the industry has, for more than a century, been the main driver of phenomenal economic growth and industrialisation, it was also partly... 

Industry leaders reflect on evolution of SA's mining industry over last two decades

Teck to cut 600 from workforce, coal margins at decade lows

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd April 2014 Diversified Canadian miner Teck Resources on Tuesday announced that it would reduce its global workforce by 5%, or 600 workers, as it sought to cut costs amid sagging profit and low commodity prices. For the three months ended March 31, the net profit attributable to shareholders was... 

Teck to cut 600 from workforce, coal margins at decade lows

Base metals growth outlook positive for Africa and S America

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th April 2014 Africa will be recognised as the largest contributor to the growth of mined copper production from 2013 to 2017 in percentage terms, says research and consulting firm Wood Mackenzie base metals research head Helen Matthews, who highlights Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as key... 

MINE GROWTH
Global copper and zinc production is expected to increase, owing to new mines and mine expansions in Africa and South America
MINE GROWTH Global copper and zinc production is expected to increase, owing to new mines and mine expansions in Africa and South America

Revival imminent for African zinc, says industry body

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th April 2014 While Africa’s zinc production represents only 13.6% of global output, there appears to be a revival in zinc projects across the continent, owing to supply and demand forecasts, says International Zinc Association of Southern Africa (Izasa) regional director Rob White. “It is always difficult to... 

ZINC REVIVAL 
Owing to increased infrastructure development, access to Africa-based zinc reserves and refining opportunities is improving
ZINC REVIVAL Owing to increased infrastructure development, access to Africa-based zinc reserves and refining opportunities is improving

New copper proficiency testing scheme for mining laboratories

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th April 2014 In response to requests from mining laboratories, mining laboratory quality control services provider Qotho Laboratory Services will launch its new copper and nickel proficiency testing schemes this month, with additional plans to launch a zinc proficiency testing scheme by year-end. Qotho, a... 

TESTING PROFICIENCY
Mining industry laboratories can benchmark their analyses with Qotho’s new copper proficiency testing scheme
TESTING PROFICIENCY Mining industry laboratories can benchmark their analyses with Qotho’s new copper proficiency testing scheme

Base metals prospects attract investment across continents

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th April 2014 In addition to focusing on copper mining investment opportunities in Africa, energy-focused global private-equity firm Denham Capital Management is investing in new copper projects in South America this year, company director Caroline Donally tells Mining Weekly. As a growth-equity firm, Denham... 

PROSPECTIVE INVESTMENT
Denham Capital Management believes the outlook for copper and zinc prospects in South America is positive
PROSPECTIVE INVESTMENT Denham Capital Management believes the outlook for copper and zinc prospects in South America is positive

Worrying technical corner-cutting needs to be nipped in bud   

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2014 Worrying technical corner-cutting was sneaking into the mining industry and needed to be nipped in the bud, The Mineral Corporation MD Frank Gregory said on Thursday. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online in the attached video interview, the independent and privately owned firm, which offers... 

Worrying technical corner-cutting needs to be nipped in bud
The Mineral Corporation executives including MD Frank Gregory, David Young, Stewart Nupen and Russell Heins speak of worrying technical corner-cutting that is rearing its head in the mining industry, occupational disease and service awards from South African mines. Camerawork & Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Blackthorn sells Perkoa interest to Glencore

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th April 2014 ASX-listed Blackthorn Resources has signed an agreement with mining major GlencoreXstrata to sell its remaining 27.3% interest in the Perkoa zinc project, in Burkina Faso, for $12-million. Under the terms of the transaction, Blackthorn would receive $10-million for its equity interest in Perkoa,... 

Blackthorn sells Perkoa interest to Glencore

Ivanhoe Mines expands Kipushi zinc and copper zones

By: Henry Lazenby     15th April 2014 Africa-focused project developer Ivanhoe Mines on Tuesday reported that early results from the company's underground diamond-drilling programme at the Kipushi copper/zinc/germanium/lead/precious-metals mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), had established significant down-dip... 

Ivanhoe Mines expands Kipushi zinc and copper zones

DNI adds scandium to Alberta project’s product basket

By: Henry Lazenby     9th April 2014 Project development junior DNI Metals on Wednesday said that an initial evaluation of recovering scandium as a co-product of the polymetallic mining operations planned for its Buckton deposit, in Alberta, had concluded that by incorporating a scandium separation circuit into the flowsheets, it... 

Buckton's near-service black shales.
Photo by DNI Metals
Buckton's near-service black shales.

Mining majors prioritising value over volume as profits, valuations sag

By: Henry Lazenby     4th April 2014 Bruised and battered, the global mining industry today is undergoing a sea change. Practices and policies that might have worked wonders in the past are not as relevant today, and new approaches to running profitable mining operations need to be found. Many mining majors, across all commodity... 

Mining majors prioritising value over volume as profits, valuations sag

Ontario, First Nations ink RoF regional framework agreement

By: Henry Lazenby     26th March 2014 The province of Ontario and Matawa-member First Nations on Wednesday took an important step to move development of the province’s vast northernmost mineral wealth forward, by reaching a landmark regional framework agreement that will ensure First Nation communities benefit from the proposed Ring... 

KWG Resources' staked RoF rail corridor.
Photo by KWG Resources
KWG Resources' staked RoF rail corridor.

Ivanhoe Mines’ Platreef PGM mine to be Africa’s lowest-cost producer

By: Henry Lazenby     26th March 2014 Africa-focused project developer Ivanhoe Mines’ TSX-listed shares on Wednesday morning rose C$0.11 apiece after the company released its preliminary economic assessment (PEA) of its flagship Platreef platinum group elements project. The project is located in the heart of South Africa's Bushveld... 

Platreef
Photo by Ivanhoe Mines
Platreef

‘Unbalanced’ risk profiles stunting African infrastructure development

By: Natalie Greve     19th March 2014 An imbalance between the risk profiles of corporates active in Africa, as well as between those of African governments, has been a major driver of stalled transport infrastructure development projects on the continent, despite overwhelming support for ramped-up freight capacity. Independent... 

‘Unbalanced’ risk profiles stunting African infrastructure development

Hefty prospects for heavy-haul rail developers in Africa

By: Natalie Greve     19th March 2014 Professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) associate director Andrew Shaw has described extensive opportunities for the development of heavy-haul rail networks across Africa, citing the continent’s largely commodity-led growth as the primary driver of the need for improved rail... 

Hefty prospects for heavy-haul rail developers in Africa

Alara ups shareholding in zinc/copper project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th March 2014 Junior Alara Resources has moved to take a majority interest in the Khnaiguiyah zinc/copper project, in Saudi Arabia. The ASX-listed company reported on Friday that it had entered into a heads of agreement (HoA) with joint venture (JV) partner United Arabian Mining Company to acquire a further... 

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