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Trevali Mining declares commercial production at Peruvian mine

By: Henry Lazenby     21st February 2014 TSX-listed Trevali Mining on Thursday declared commercial production at its Santander zinc/lead/silver mine, in Peru. The Vancouver-based company started commissioning the project in the third quarter of 2013, with mill throughput ramping up to its current nameplate capacity of 2 000 t/d. 

Teck Resources’ Q4 profit falls on low prices

By: Henry Lazenby     13th February 2014 Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources on Thursday declared a narrower fourth-quarter profit, as lower prices for the commodities that it produces foiled earnings growth. For the three months ended December 31, profit attributable to shareholders was C$232-million, or C$0.40 a share, compared... 

Teck Resources president and CEO Don Lindsay
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Teck Resources president and CEO Don Lindsay

GlencoreXstrata’s ferrochrome up 32%, African copper up 43%

By: Martin Creamer     11th February 2014 LSE- and JSE-listed diversified miner GlencoreXstrata on Tuesday reported firm increases in its South African and African production of ferrochrome, copper and oil in the 12 months to December 31. Production of ferrochrome from the company, headed by CEO Ivan Glasenberg, rose 32% to 1.2 million... 

Ivan Glasenberg
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Ivan Glasenberg

TVI Pacific makes last shipment from Philippine mine

By: Henry Lazenby     5th February 2014 Calgary, Alberta-based TVI Pacific on Wednesday said that it had completed the 39th, and last shipment of copper concentrate produced at the Canatuan mine, on the island of Mindanao, in the Philippines, after the openpit had been exhausted. The TSX-listed firm said the shipment, comprised 4 118... 

TVI Pacific makes last shipment from Philippine mine

North River enters into drill-for-equity agreement at Namib

By: Leandi Kolver     29th January 2014 Aim-listed North River Resources on Wednesday announced that it had entered into a drill-for-equity agreement with the owner of the drilling and mining contractor, Shali Mining, operating at the company's flagship Namib lead-zinc project, in Namibia. Under the terms of this agreement, which also... 

North River enters into drill-for-equity agreement at Namib

Technology solutions provider exhibits full mining services range

By: Ilan Solomons     24th January 2014 Total technology solutions provider to the global mining, minerals and bulk materials handling sectors Tenova Mining & Minerals, will showcase its comprehensive offering across the mining and minerals value chain at the 2014 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will take place at the Cape... 

TOLLIE NEL
Tenova Bateman’s capabilities and track record will be on exhibition at the Mining Indaba
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TOLLIE NEL Tenova Bateman’s capabilities and track record will be on exhibition at the Mining Indaba

TVI Pacific halts milling at Philippine copper mine

By: Henry Lazenby     21st January 2014 Calgary, Alberta-based TVI Pacific on Monday announced that it had stopped milling operations at its Canatuan mine, on the island of Mindanao, in the Philippines, after having exhausted its remaining ore stockpile. The company said the mine would be shuttered pending the results of assessing... 

Canatuan
Photo by TVI Pacific
Canatuan

Early-stage explorers and prospect generators tapped for performance in 2014

By: Henry Lazenby     20th January 2014 Despite the thorny down-market the junior exploration sector has been dealing with over the past 18 months, several companies had been rewarded for their performances. The problem is, however, that the industry has not delivered a lot of performance, Sprott US Holdings chairperson Rick Rule told... 

Early-stage explorers and prospect generators tapped for performance in 2014

Junior resource investment could result in handsome profits as markets turn

By: Henry Lazenby     20th January 2014 The cyclical resources market holds ample potential to ensure the savvy investor abundant returns, and if the timing of market pullbacks and expansions could be predicted, many more investors would be rich. However, author of the Resource Opportunities newsletter, Lawrence Roulston, on Sunday... 

Junior resource investment could result in handsome profits as markets turn

Canadian juniors close merger, consolidate Back Forty interest

By: Henry Lazenby     17th January 2014 Canadian miner Hudbay Minerals on Friday announced that it had completed the sale of its 51% controlling stake in the Back Forty zinc/gold exploration property, located in Menominee county, Michigan, to its fellow TSX-listed joint venture (JV) partner, Aquila Resources. Through the deal, Hudbay... 

Canadian juniors close merger, consolidate Back Forty interest

Ivanhoe restores access to underground working level at Kipushi

By: Henry Lazenby     18th December 2013 Africa-focused project developer Ivanhoe Mines’ ongoing dewatering programme at the Kipushi copper/zinc/germanium/lead/precious-metals mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), had achieved its critical first objective of restoring access to the main underground working level before the... 

Ivanhoe restores access to underground working level at Kipushi

TVI Pacific ships 38th shipment of copper concentrate

By: Henry Lazenby     17th December 2013 TSX-listed TVI Pacific on Tuesday said its Philippine operating affiliate TVI Resource Development (TVIRD) had completed its thirty-eight shipment of copper concentrate produced at the Canatuan mine on the island of Mindanao, on December 6, and had started preparations to close and rehabilitate... 

TVI Pacific ships 38th shipment of copper concentrate

Russia’s Intergeo buys Mercator Minerals, to create new copper giant

By: Henry Lazenby     12th December 2013 Diversified Russian mineral resource company Intergeo on Thursday announced that it had agreed to acquire Vancouver-based miner Mercator Minerals, to create a new copper-focused base metals company with a strong growth profile and strong financial backing. Mercator would receive up to $14-million... 

Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov
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Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov

North River hikes resource at Namib mine

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th December 2013 London-listed North River Resources on Thursday reported a significant Joint Ore Resource Committee-compliant resource upgrade at the Namib lead/zinc/silver project. The Namibia-based project boasted 1.5-million tonnes, comprising an in-situ metal inventory of 23 700 t lead, 65 500 t of zinc and... 

North River hikes resource at Namib mine

Creamer Media publishes a review of Africa's base metals sector research report

11th December 2013 Creamer Media’s Base Metals 2013 Report examines the global base metals industry, with a particular focus on the production of copper, zinc, nickel and lead, as well as selected base metals operations and projects in Africa. 

Creamer Media publishes a review of Africa's base metals sector research report

SA's legislative interventions failed to create wealth – UK analysts

By: Henry Lazenby     6th December 2013 The passing on Thursday of former South African President Nelson Mandela – a world icon for peace and reconciliation – on Friday prompted market analysts at SP Angel, in London, to take a pensive look at how South Africa’s renewed legislative environment had helped to boost personal wealth... 

SA's legislative interventions failed to create wealth – UK analysts

Nevsun declares commercial copper production from Eritrea flagship

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd December 2013 TSX- and NYSE-listed Nevsun Resources on Monday announced that it had reached commercial production for the copper expansion at its Bisha mine, in Eritrea, after it had successfully commissioned its flotation plant. The Vancouver-based firm said that since commissioning started early in the... 

Nevsun declares commercial copper production from Eritrea flagship

Trevali completes $46m financing, shares close higher

By: Henry Lazenby     29th November 2013 Zinc-focused Trevali Mining on Thursday said it had closed a bought deal financing that had raised $46-million from an offering of 55.4-million shares priced at $0.83 apiece. The shares were offered under a short-form prospectus filed on Tuesday, and were underwritten by a syndicate of... 

South Africa’s mining sector a ‘sunrise industry’ – Motlanthe

By: Henry Lazenby     27th November 2013 Despite some of South Africa’s mining sector critics pointing out the negatives, South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who is on an official State visit to Canada, on Tuesday conversely endeavoured to lift out the positives, saying a lot of progress had been made in transforming the... 

South Africa’s Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe
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South Africa’s Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe

SA seeks closer Canadian ties as overhaul of mining sector continues

By: Simon Rees     27th November 2013 The South African government is keen to foster closer ties with Canada’s mining industry and to attract Canadian expertise, two top government officials told audience members at the Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business on November 26. The country is also committed to continue improving its... 

SA seeks closer Canadian ties as overhaul of mining sector continues

Chieftain poised to double, possibly triple BC flagship’s resources

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd November 2013 The recent release of results from the first phase of TSX-listed Chieftain Metals’ latest drilling programme at its flagship Tulsequah Chief polymetallic project, in British Columbia, had revealed the “strong prospect of doubling or tripling the resources”. President and CEO Victor Wyprysky told... 

Tulsequah Chief
Photo by Chieftain Metals
Tulsequah Chief

Bottom nears as China lays foundations for future bull run, says Mohr

By: Simon Rees     19th November 2013 Scotiabank believes the bottom for key base metals commodities is approaching, although 2014 and 2015 are likely to remain lacklustre, Scotiabank’s VP economics and commodity market specialist Patricia Mohr told delegates at the Mine Latin America conference on November 15. “I think we’re... 

Pan American Silver's toing and froing on hedging costs it dearly

By: Henry Lazenby     15th November 2013 Precious metals miner Pan American Silver on Thursday reported a narrower net profit for the three months ended September 30. The Nasdaq- and TSX-listed miner’s decision to start hedging its precious metals in August, after second-quarter earnings disappointed, and then backing away from the... 

Governments mustn’t change rules midstream – GlencoreXstrata 

By: Martin Creamer     13th November 2013 Mining and bulk commodity trading giant GlencoreXstrata, which listed highly successfully on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) on Wednesday, finds it acceptable that the South African government has stated unequivocally that it wants a 20% free-carried interest in oil and gas ventures. “I... 

South Africans snap up shares as GlencoreXstrata debuts on JSE

By: Martin Creamer     13th November 2013 South Africans have taken the opportunity to snap up the shares of global diversified major GlencoreXstrata plc, following its debut on the main board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). On Wednesday, nearly 52-million shares changed hands in more than 8 000 transactions as the... 

Canadian juniors announce merger, to consolidate Back Forty interest

By: Henry Lazenby     8th November 2013 TSX-V-listed gold juniors Aquila Resources Inc and REBgold on Thursday announced a definitive agreement to combine their businesses, after which the merged entity would buy the remaining 51% interest from Hudbay Resources in the Back Forty gold/zinc project, located in Menominee county,... 

Goldman cautions on London Metal Exchange rule proposals

By: Reuters     4th November 2013 The London Metal Exchange's (LME's) proposals to cut queues to get metal out of the warehouses could increase price volatility and reduce transparency as more metal moves off the exchange, Goldman Sachs said in a research note. The LME, the world's largest metals marketplace, has come under... 

Ivanhoe Mines’ Kipushi dewatering now 76% complete

By: Henry Lazenby     30th October 2013 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines has dewatered about 76% of the water above the 1 150 m level of the historic Kipushi mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), representing about 63% of water throughout all the levels of the mine. The company reported on Wednesday that the water level, which at... 

Friedland wows City of Gold with his dazzling platinum story 

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2013 Mining entrepreneur extraordinaire Robert Friedland came to the City of Gold on Tuesday and wowed his audience with a stirring story of the richness of the South African platinum endowment. The geological marketing wizard, whose name is associated with the Voisey’s Bay nickel development in... 

Terramin reports final production results for Angas

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th October 2013 ASX-listed Terramin Australia has produced 10 933 t of zinc during the final quarter of operations at its Angas zinc mine, which it closed on October 2. The mine, which is located in South Australia, produced 94 433 t of ore during the quarter, which was 3% lower than the June quarter, and... 

Teck’s Q3 adjusted profit falls on weak commodity prices

By: Henry Lazenby     24th October 2013 Canada’s largest diversified miner, Teck Resources, on Thursday said its third-quarter adjusted profit slid 41% year-on-year to C$252-million, or C$0.44 a share, compared with C$425-million, or C$0.73 a share in 2012, mainly as a result of lower coal, copper and zinc prices. The Vancouver-based... 

China to outweigh rest of the world for base metals demand

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th October 2013 China is expected to become a bigger market for base metals by 2017 than the rest of the world combined, accounting for 52% of global demand, advisory firm Wood Mackenzie stated in its latest base metals demand forecast. China’s demand for base metals is currently at around 46% of the 96-million... 

Perkoa ships its first zinc

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th October 2013 ASX-listed Blackthorn Resources has shipped its first zinc concentrate from the Perkoa project, in Burkina Faso. Blackthorn said on Thursday that 12 175 t of zinc concentrate sailed from the port of Abidjan, in Cote d’Ivoire. A further 16 000 t of zinc concentrate has also been trucked and... 

Excellon Resources lifts Q3 output 50%

By: Henry Lazenby     10th October 2013 High-grade, low-cost silver miner Excellon Resources on Thursday said it had lifted output from its flagship La Platosa mine, in Mexico by 50% quarter-on-quarter, boosted by higher grades. The Toronto-based miner reported silver equivalent output of 607 252 oz for the three months ended... 

Capstone reports disappointing Q3 output, could miss FY guidance

By: Henry Lazenby     10th October 2013 Canadian base metals miner Capstone Mining on Thursday reported third-quarter production results that were below analyst expectations, placing its full-year output guidance at risk. The combined output from its two copper mines totalled 18.9-million pounds, dragged down by weaker production from... 

Local black mining equipment manufacturer hitting export high-spots 

By: Martin Creamer     9th October 2013 South Africa’s 56% black-controlled Aard Mining Equipment is attracting attention internationally as an exporter of locally designed and manufactured South African equipment into the global underground mining market. Aard, which the wholly black-owned Matasis Investment Holdings and Nedbank... 

Zinc-production company mill performs above par

4th October 2013 Zinc-focused Trevali Mining Corporation (TMC) says that the ramp-up of the processing plant serving its zinc/lead/silver-producing Santander mine in west-central Peru is progressing well, having recorded a 75% use of its capacity in August, with the expectation that it will operate at full... 

Sierra Metals doubles milling capacity at Mexican mine

By: Henry Lazenby     30th September 2013 Base metals miner Sierra Metals has doubled the milling capacity at its Bolivar copper/zinc/silver mine, located in the Piedras Verdes mining district, in Mexico, to 2 000 t/d after installing a leased 1 250 kVA generator. The generator was leased to bypass delays in installing a power... 

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