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Zambia files 'notification' of plans to take over Vedanta assets

By: Bloomberg     20th May 2019 Zambia’s government filed notification of plans to take over Vedanta Resources’s domestic copper assets, President Edgar Lungu said. The move marks an escalation in tension between the government and mine owners, after Lungu last week threatened to “divorce” Vedanta and Glencore, two of the... 

Palladium boom gives South African miners only temporary reprieve

By: Reuters     17th May 2019 A surge in palladium prices has thrown struggling South African mining companies a lifeline. But it may not be enough. Besides patchy power supplies and high labour costs, South African miners are saddled with ore that typically produces twice as much platinum as palladium - just at a time a... 

An 18 000% gain is no longer a reason to abandon London's Aim

By: Bloomberg     16th May 2019 AIM, once seen as a stepping stone for hundreds of small companies wanting to list on the exchange’s main market, has been trying for years—decades even—to get past its reputation as a volatile venue where corporate blowups are commonplace. And for many investors and companies, it’s succeeded. A... 

Norsk Hydro's new CEO takes the helm pledging deeper cost cuts

By: Bloomberg     10th May 2019 Norsk Hydro needs to extend its cost cutting after a production halt in Brazil erased the benefits of previous cuts, according to its new CEO. “We’ve been heavily affected by the Brazil situation,” Hilde Merete Aasheim, who started as CEO on Wednesday, said in an interview in Oslo. “The effect... 

Platinum seen contributing as much to South Africa's economy as gold did in the 20th century 

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd May 2019 With the too-high economic cost of a lost opportunity looming, immediate measures are required to assist the platinum group metals mining sector to improve its viability and preserve employment. This is the intent behind the industry’s new South African National Platinum Strategy, with its most... 

Platinum seen contributing as much to SA economy as gold did in the 20th century

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd May 2019 With the too-high economic cost of a lost opportunity looming, immediate measures are required to assist the platinum group metals (PGMs) mining sector to improve its viability and preserve employment. This is the intent behind the industry’s new South African National Platinum Strategy, with its... 

Solutions provide mining with better water quality

3rd May 2019 An innovative new mobile water station has been developed to provide safe drinking water for remote workforces in the mining sector – improving water quality and worker satisfaction, cutting costs and spurring improved environmental performance by slashing the need for costly single-use plastic... 

Mine versus lab: how green is your diamond?

By: Reuters     2nd May 2019 Mined diamonds are less carbon-intensive than man-made, but their producers should use more green energy, according to a study commissioned by the natural diamond industry, highlighting tensions between the mined and lab-grown sectors. The US Federal Trade Commission, which investigates... 

Iamgold CEO expects more buyout deals in gold industry

By: Reuters     2nd May 2019 The gold industry is likely to see an increase in buyout deals in the near future as miners fight to attract a shrinking pool of investment capital, the chief executive of Canada's Iamgold said on Wednesday. The industry's buyout frenzy was sparked earlier this year when Barrick Gold and... 

Cost-per-tonne guarantee reducing mine development risk

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2019 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Design, build and operate project companies Evolve Mining and AMC have an approach to mine development and operation that is attracting attention. Evolve Mining designs for the lowest cost per tonne and AMC then mines at the guaranteed cost per tonne. Evolve is... 

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