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Mia Breytenbach

Mia Breytenbach

Mia Breytenbach is Deputy Editor: Features for Mining Weekly.

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Eskom sees opportunity for emerging coal miners to improve utility’s security of supply, logistics

1st February 2018 State-owned power utility Eskom’s demand for about 750-million tonnes of coal between now and about 2040, has seen the utility identify opportunities arising for emerging coal miners in respect of two of its strategic objectives – the security of supply and logistics optimisation. Speaking at the... 

Gold expected to peak at $1 500/oz this year – Thomson Reuters

25th January 2018 Gold prices are expected to average $1 360/oz and hit a 2018 peak of more than $1 500/oz later this year, according to research firm Thomson Reuters GFMS, which published its fourth-quarter Gold Survey on Thursday. The firm noted that the survey’s forecast discounts three federal fund rate hikes... 

Oyu Tolgoi reaches milestone with shaft completion, maintains force majeure

23rd January 2018 Rio Tinto subsidiary Turquoise Hill said that Oyu Tolgoi, a copper and gold mine in the southern Gobi desert, in Mongolia, has marked an early development milestone at the Hugo North Lift 1, with the completion of the sinking of Shaft 2, including reaching final depth, shaft bottom mass... 

Banro starts court-approved sales, investment solicitation process

23rd January 2018 Following the start of restructuring proceedings last month, Democratic Republic of Congo- (DRC-) focused miner Banro Corporation and its Barbados subsidiaries have initiated a sale and investment solicitation process (Sisp). The company, which in December filed for bankruptcy protection in... 

Sula to pursue DRC cobalt opportunities as it changes name to African Battery Metals

19th January 2018 Multicommodity exploration and development company Sula Iron & Gold, which has changed its name to African Battery Metals (ABM), will now focus on developing its cobalt exploration licences in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Trading in the company’s shares under the new name started on... 

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over South Africa amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

19th January 2018 The South African mining industry has had a tumultuous time because of the controversial Reviewed Draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, also known as Mining Charter III, which, amid lingering political uncertainty, led to low... 

Solar energy body launches five-point plan for industrialisation, job creation and growth

19th January 2018 The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has announced a “bold” five-point plan for the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry to drive industrialisation, create jobs, and contribute to economic growth. Speaking at the Energy Indaba held at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, on Friday,... 

Up to ten midtier mineral deposits can still be discovered in South Africa – resources consultant

19th January 2018 There is no reason why South Africa cannot build an exploration and junior mining sector, says resources consultant Dr John Bristow, who notes that while the country has vestiges of this sector, it is hampered by regulatory policy, and a preoccupation with a “Sunset” mining industry. Speaking at... 

OceanaGold achieves record yearly production

18th January 2018 Dual-listed gold miner OceanaGold has ended 2017 on a high note, with the company on Thursday reporting record full year and fourth-quarter gold production of 574 606 oz, and 166 211 oz, respectively. The record quarterly production led to OceanaGold achieving its yearly guidance for the sixth... 

Tyranna to start surface drilling at Eureka gold mine

18th January 2018 ASX-listed Tyranna Resources will next week start surface drilling at its Eureka gold mine, north of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, to follow up a compelling surface lateritic gold target discovered during a recent field mapping exercise. The mine, which Tyranna is acquiring from Canada-listed... 

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