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Vedanta commits to $1.2bn investment into South Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th January 2019 Diversified natural resources company Vedanta will in the near future have invested $1.2-billion in South Africa. It has already invested $400-million in the development of the first phase of the Gamsberg mine, in the Northern Cape. Development of the mine started in 2016 and it produced its... 

Fresnillo records strong, but lower-than-expected FY results

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd January 2019 LSE-listed, Mexico-focused miner Fresnillo achieved record silver production, and strong gold production in 2018, despite it being a challenging year for the company. Silver production for the year was 61.8-million ounces, including Silverstream, up 5.3% on 2017, mainly owing to the first full... 

First Quantum Minerals scraps plan to cut jobs in Zambia

By: Reuters     23rd January 2019 Canadian mining firm First Quantum Minerals says it has ended plans to layoff 2 500 workers in Zambia due to higher tax plans and will continue to dialogue with the government over the issue. "First Quantum will not now proceed with the planned lay-off of any Zambians involved in its production... 

To meet climate goals, world urged to reuse natural resources

By: Reuters     22nd January 2019 More of the billions of tonnes of materials the world uses each year must be recycled and reused to keep climate change in check, researchers said on Tuesday. Only about a tenth of the nearly 93 billion tonnes of materials utilised annually - including minerals, metals, fossil fuels and biomass -... 

Teck ups stake in explorer Fireweed

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st January 2019 Canada’s largest diversified mining company, Teck Resources, has increased its stake in Vancouver-based explorer Fireweed Zinc to just shy of 10%, which the junior company sees as a vote of confidence in its Macmillan Pass project, in the Yukon Territory. Teck’s participation in Fireweed Zinc’s... 

Trevali’s African operations deliver strong FY18 performance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th January 2019 Trevali Mining, in its first full year of operating in Africa, increased production at both Perkoa, in Burkina Faso, and Rosh Pinah, in Namibia, over 2017 levels. “Despite challenges faced at Caribou, [in Canada], Trevali produced 407-million pounds of payable zinc in 2018, in-line with our... 

Wear plate tests show positive results

By: Thabi Madiba     18th January 2019 Testwork on South Africa-based high-performance polymer producer Vesconite’s polymer sliding wear plates has shown promising results on a crawler drill that is employed at Vedanta zinc project, in Gamsberg, in the Northern Cape, South Africa. The wear plates were installed on the rotary head... 

Wear plate tests show positive results
PHILLIP DE VILLIERS Technical representative examines one of the stock wear plates inside the Johannesburg warehouse

Gamsberg set to trigger new wave of industrialisation in Northern Cape

By: Simone Liedtke     18th January 2019 With diversified miner Vedanta Zinc International’s (VZI’s) flagship Gamsberg project coming on stream, the Northern Cape province has the potential to become a base metals mining, processing and beneficiation hub. VZI CEO Deshnee Naidoo says Gamsberg has the potential to have a huge impact on... 

Gamsberg set to trigger new wave of industrialisation in Northern Cape

South32 delivers solid Q2 results; announces leadership shuffle 

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th January 2019 Diversified miner South32 has reported a solid production performance in the December quarter, with the miner maintaining its production guidance for the full year to June 2019. “We achieved a strong quarter of production, maintaining full-year guidance for all operations with the exception of... 

South32 delivers solid Q2 results; announces leadership shuffle
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South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Orion drilling confirms another zinc/copper VMS body near Prieska, Annex

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th January 2019 ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals’ analytical results for the Ayoba prospect, which is 5.3 km from its flagship Prieska project, have confirmed the discovery of a new volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) zinc/copper-bearing body. The new mineralisation find validated Orion’s expectation that... 

Lundin’s strong Q4 boosts full-year production results

By: Nadine James     16th January 2019 TSX-listed Lundin Mining has achieved, or exceeded, its yearly guidance at all of its operations, the diversified miner announced on Tuesday, releasing production results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018. The company produced 48 206 t of copper in the fourth quarter, taking... 

Lundin’s strong Q4 boosts full-year production results

Central Asia Metals meets production guidance for 2018

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th January 2019 Aim-listed Central Asia Metals (CAM) met its 2018 production guidance for copper, zinc and lead at the Kounrad dump leach, solvent extraction and electrowinning copper recovery plant, in Kazakhstan, as well as at the Sasa zinc/lead mine, in Macedonia. Kounrad produced 14 049 t of copper in 2018,... 

Zijin to launch compulsory acquisition for remaining Nevsun shares

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th January 2019 Chinese group Zijin Mining has acquired a further 9.5-million shares, or 3.05%, of TSX- and NYSE American-listed Nevsun Resources for $57-million. Zijin last year offered to buy out all the issued and outstanding common shares of Nevsun for C$6 apiece.  

Heron starts Woodlawn commissioning

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th December 2018 Base metals firm Heron Resources has started commissioning activities at its Woodlawn zinc/copper project, in New South Wales, the ASX-listed firm announced on Wednesday. Commissioning activities mark the start of the final phase in the construction programme for the Woodlawn project, which has... 

Orion presents case for first 10 years of Prieska mine 

By: Mariaan Webb     19th December 2018 With a resource upgrade in hand, base metals mine developer Orion Minerals on Wednesday presented the outcomes of a scoping study for its Prieska zinc/copper project in South Africa’s Northern Cape. The study investigated the economic viability of an initial ten-year phase of underground mining... 

Orion presents case for first 10 years of Prieska mine
Orion MD Errol Smart

Orion shares jump on Prieska resource upgrade

By: Mariaan Webb     18th December 2018 Orion Minerals on Tuesday announced an updated mineral resource for its Prieska project’s total deep sulphide resource, sending the company’s stock on the JSE up nearly 22%. The junior, which is also listed on the ASX, reported a mineral resource of 28.73-million tonnes, grading 3.77% zinc and... 

Orion’s flagship Prieska project to be a beacon of hope for junior miners 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th December 2018 Junior mining in South Africa will finally see a new level of growth as a result of South Africa’s newly gazetted Mining Charter 3, base metals miner Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart told Mining Weekly Online on Friday. Junior mining, which he says has been the “bottom-feeding sector” in the mining... 

Orion’s flagship Prieska project to be a beacon of hope for junior miners
Orion CEO Errol Smart

Prieska project edging closer to construction

By: Nadine James     14th December 2018 Dual-listed base metals miner Orion Minerals will release an updated Joint Ore Reserves Committee- (Jorc-) compliant resource statement for its Prieska zinc/copper project later this month. The Northern Cape project has a Jorc-defined maiden resource of 1.1-million tonnes of contained zinc... 

Prieska project edging closer to construction
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BUILDING ON FORMER GLORY Prieska produced 47-million tonnes of sulphide over 20 years and Orion can use the same processes as Prieska, but optimised through modern equipment and newer methodologies achieve greater heights

Global association aims to build sustainable future for zinc 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     14th December 2018 Global association the International Zinc Association (IZA) was created in 1991 by a group of leading zinc producers who are guided by the principle of undertaking actions that positively influence the market and the image of zinc. IZA Africa regional director Hazvinei Munjoma spoke to Mining... 

Global association  aims to build sustainable  future for zinc
IZA-Africa regional director Hazvinei Munjoma discusses the association’s initiatives. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Orion Minerals to restart Prieska production in 2021 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th December 2018 Polymetallic minerals exploration and development company Orion Minerals’ flagship Prieska zinc/copper mine, in the Northern Cape, is expected to start production by 2021. This is notwithstanding any potential challenges and delays, Orion COO Walter Shamu said during a media briefing on Thursday. 

Orion Minerals to restart Prieska production in 2021
Orion Minerals COO Walter Shamu speaks to Mining Weekly Online about the miner's flagship Prieska project, located in the Northern Cape. Video & Editing: Nicolas Boyd

Resources Watch  

13th December 2018 Global association aims to build sustainable future for zinc And, Innovate and generate cash at same time 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Enable meaningful participation, pleads Women in Mining chair  

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2018 The Mining Charter has significant room for improvement to enable meaningful participation of women in mining, says Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA) chairperson Lindiwe Nakedi. Soweto-born Nakedi, who owns Gubhani Exploration – a surface exploration drilling company that is currently the only... 

Enable meaningful participation, pleads Women in Mining chair
Women in Mining chairperson and Gubhani Exploration MD Lindiwe Nakedi talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater.

Europa to progress Toral to full feasibility study

10th December 2018 Explorer Europa Metals is progressing its Toral project to full a full feasibility study to determine the economics, technical and environmental parameters for an underground mining operation in the Castilla y León region of Spain. This follows the outcomes of a positive scoping study, which... 

Europa to progress Toral to full feasibility study

Gamsberg to trigger new wave of industrial development in Northern Cape 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th December 2018 In the lead-up to achieving its production target of 600 000 t/y, diversified miner Vedanta's Northern Cape-based Gamsberg zinc mine is ready to launch Phase 1. After having been in development for three years by Vedanta's Zinc International division, the $400-million Gamsberg development forms... 

 Gamsberg to trigger new wave of industrial development in Northern Cape

Peru rejects EIA for Sierra Metals’ Yauricocha expansion

By: Mariaan Webb     6th December 2018 Toronto-headquartered Sierra Metals is facing a delay at its Yauricocha tailings expansion project, following the rejection of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) study for the deposition facility. An approved EIA is required for a construction permit for the next three phases of the... 

Innovate and generate cash at same time – Dassault Systèmes Geovia  

By: Martin Creamer     5th December 2018 The objectives of innovating and generating cash are not mutually incompatible and can be achieved at multiple levels simultaneously, says Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand, who was in Johannesburg to showcase the French company’s suite of advanced three-dimensional (3D) software.... 

Innovate and generate cash at same time – Dassault Systèmes Geovia
Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand spoke to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on new mining technology. Video: Christo Greyling. Photogaphs: Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater.

Orion initiates airborne survey at flagship Prieska project

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd December 2018 Dual-listed Orion Minerals on Monday announced that a major SkyTEM airborne electromagnetic survey has started over its flagship Prieska zinc/copper project, in South Africa, as it continues to accelerate its near-mine exploration programme. The intensification of near-mine exploration activities... 

Todd River raises A$4.9m for Mt Hardy exploration

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th November 2018 Base metals explorer Todd River Resources has completed a A$4.9-million capital raise to fund exploration work at its Mt Hardy zinc/copper project, in the Northern Territory. The ASX-listed company said on Friday that some 57.05-million shares would now be issued, of which fellow-listed S2... 

Group Eleven announces resource estimate for Ireland zinc project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th November 2018 Canadian junior Group Eleven has announced a new mineral resource estimate for its 60%-owned Ballinalack zinc project, in Ireland. The Ballinalack project contains estimated inferred mineral resources of 5.4-million tonnes grading 8.7% zinc and lead combined (7.6% zinc and 1.1% lead) and 9.0 g/t... 

Lundin refines three-year production outlook

By: Mariaan Webb     29th November 2018 Canadian base metals miner Lundin Mining has updated its guidance for 2019 to 2010, announcing an increase to its three-year production outlook for copper, owing to a refinement to the guidance of Candelaria, in Chile, and an expected early completion of Eagle East, in the US. The group’s 2019... 

Lundin refines three-year production outlook
The Neves-Corvo mine, in Portugal.

Orion finds new copper/zinc massive sulphide body near Prieska project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th November 2018 ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals has discovered a new copper/zinc-bearing massive sulphide body located near its flagship Prieska zinc/copper project, in the Areachap Belt, in the Northern Cape.   The discovery hole, OAXD002, was drilled at the Ayoba prospect, a satellite exploration target,... 

Nigeria awards mining exploration contract to ten mining, consulting firms

By: Reuters     28th November 2018 Nigeria has awarded a mining contract to ten exploration and consulting companies as part of the country's efforts to develop the sector, the mining and steel development minister said on Tuesday. Abubakar Bawa Bwari did not say how much the contracts were worth but in July he had said eight... 

Anglesey Mining shares soar on optimisation announcement

By: Mariaan Webb     26th November 2018 Shares in the developer of the Parys Mountain base and precious metals project soared on Monday, as the company announced that a division of Irish firm QME would carry out design, engineering and optimisation studies for the future development of the project on the island of Anglesey, in north... 

Anglesey Mining shares soar on optimisation announcement
The Parys Mountain project, in north Wales.

Zinc smelter bottlenecks propping up prices, for now

By: Reuters     23rd November 2018 An expected surge in refined zinc output after a clutch of new mine openings has been derailed by bottlenecks at smelters across Asia, putting the brakes on an eye-watering price fall. Benchmark zinc tumbled over 35% in the seven months to mid-September, with prices of the metal used mainly to... 

Trafigura locks in Nyrstar with $650m rescue deal

By: , Bloomberg     21st November 2018 By handing a $650-million lifeline to Nyrstar, Trafigura Group cemented its power over the troubled zinc producer and raised its standing in a possible restructuring. Trafigura granted extra cash to keep Nyrstar running smoothly as the company, the world’s second-largest zinc producer, faced a... 

Trafigura locks in Nyrstar with $650m rescue deal

Orion clears another significant hurdle at Prieska project

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th November 2018 The receipt of the final assay results from the recently completed deep sulphide mineral resource drill-out at the Prieska zinc/copper project, in the Northern Cape, has paved way for the updated mineral resource due mid-December, says ASX-listed Orion Minerals MD and CEO Errol Smart. The... 

Nyrstar plunges as analyst warns shares will get wiped out

By: , Bloomberg     12th November 2018 “Abandon ship!” That’s the advice that ABN Amro Group is giving any remaining Nyrstar NV investors. Nyrstar, Europe’s biggest zinc smelting company, is on an inevitable path toward a debt restructuring, said ABN’s Philip Ngotho, whose bearish calls have proven profitable this year. He predicted... 

Orion equipping communities to benefit from and contribute to its Prieska project

By: Nadine James     9th November 2018 ASX and JSE listed base metals developer, Orion Minerals, has put a big focus on equipping and enabling the communities surrounding its Prieska Zinc-Copper Project, Northern Cape, to benefit from, and contribute to, the development of a modern, mechanised and productive mining operation, says... 

Orion equipping communities to benefit from and contribute to its Prieska project
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ERROL SMART Unlike Prieska, most South African mining projects are an extension of legacy mining operations and are therefore locked into a cycle of inefficient labour-intensive, unsafe operations
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