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Shanta records maiden profit following strategy implementation

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th April 2018 Aim-listed Shanta Gold turned the profit tide in the year ended December 31, 2017, posting a maiden profit after tax of $4.2-million, compared with the 2016 loss after tax of $8-million. The East Africa-focused gold producer, developer and explorer posted an operating profit for the year of... 

AngloGold’s Venkat resigns to take top job at Vedanta Resources

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th April 2018 Srinivasan Venkatakrishan (Venkat) will step down as CEO of gold miner AngloGold Ashanti on August 31 to take up the CEO position at diversified miner Vedanta Resources.  

AngloGold’s Venkat resigns to take top job at Vedanta Resources
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AngloGold Ashanti CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishan

South Africa set to play significant role in Congo potash project 

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2018 South Africa is likely to play a significant role in the development and construction of the large new potash mine and processing plant that is being planned in the Republic of Congo (RoC) at an expected capital cost of $2-billion. Potentially one of the lowest operational cost potash projects in... 

South Africa set to play significant role in Congo potash project
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer interviewing Kore Potash’s Sean Bennett and Gavin Chamberlain. Photograph: Dylan Slater. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Rio to call force majeure on some Rusal-linked contracts

By: Reuters     14th April 2018 Rio Tinto said it will declare force majeure on certain customer contracts after the US imposed sanctions on its partner Russian aluminium producer Rusal. The mining group said on Friday it was working with its customers to minimise disruptions to supply and would fully comply with US sanctions. 

Gensource offtake MoUs signal supply malaise in N American potash market

By: Henry Lazenby     14th April 2018 The fact that junior Canadian start-up Gensource Potash has been able to secure two memoranda of understanding (MoUs) from separate US offtake partners that support the establishment of a new and independent supply of potash, speaks to a certain malaise in the continent’s crop nutrient market.... 

Gensource offtake MoUs signal supply malaise in N American potash market

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 The Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018) is scheduled to make its debut on the Canadian resource conference circuit between June 16 and 21, in Vancouver, and is shaping up to be an event unlike the myriad of competing forums held in Canada throughout the year. RFG2018 chairperson... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver
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RFG2018 chairperson John Thompson

Stornoway's lower Q1 output belies Renard's large diamond potential

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 Quebec’s sole diamond mine owner and operator Stornoway Diamond Corp has reported higher prices during the first quarter ended March 31 for diamonds produced from its Renard mine, which is increasingly showing a tendency to produce large diamonds. A stronger diamond market in general and the sale... 

Stornoway's lower Q1 output belies Renard's large diamond potential
Photo by Stornoway Diamond Corp
Renard, Quebec

BMI raises 2018 aluminium price forecast on Chinese supply constraints

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th April 2018 The aluminium price is forecast to strengthen this year, as the demand outlook continues to improve and prices are kept elevated owing to the expectations of Chinese supply constraints, says Fitch Group-affiliated BMI Research.  

Zimbabwe to sell shares in State-owned firms as part of reforms

By: Reuters     13th April 2018 Zimbabwe is looking to sell shares in 35 State-owned firms, including telecoms and mining entities in the latest step to revive the economy under new political leadership, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said on Friday. President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who came to power in November after a de... 

Global tin mine production growth to slow – BMI

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2018 Global tin mine production growth will decelerate between 2018 and 2026, compared with 2009 to 2017, owing to stricter environment regulations and declining ore grades in major producers, such as China, Indonesia and Myanmar. However, the market researcher BMI expects that absolute production... 

Lionsgold moves to buy out other TRAC shareholders

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2018 Aim-quoted Lionsgold on Friday announced its £1.35m share-for-share offer to the remaining shareholders of TRAC Technology with a view to increasing Lionsgold's shareholding in Goldbloc from 55% to 100%. “Lionsgold intends to significantly increase its ownership from the current 55% of its... 

Anglo American, department launch ambitious education programme

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th April 2018 Diversified miner Anglo American on Friday launched a new education programme, in partnership with the Department of Basic Education (DBE), which will improve outcomes for learners in 100 early childhood development sites and 100 primary and secondary schools that are local to the company’s... 

Savannah to incentivise senior management as it expedites mining projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th April 2018 Aim-listed resource development company Savannah Resources has implemented a long-term incentive plan (LTIP) to incentivise executive directors and certain senior management as the company continues to expedite its projects to tap into the growing market for energy metals.  

Kun-Manie field engineering campaign to start soon

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2018 Exploration and resources company Amur Minerals has completed the restocking and mobilisation of all machinery, spares and supplies needed to complete the 2018 field season at its Kun-Manie nickel/copper sulphide project, in Far East, Russia. The resupply transport effort began on February 15 and... 

Atalaya acquires Proyecto Riotinto royalty for $4.75m

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th April 2018 Copper miner Atalaya Mining has agreed to acquire a royalty over the Proyecto Riotinto project, in Spain, from Rumbo 5-Cero for $4.75-million.  

Mkango’s feasibility for Songwe Hill under way

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th April 2018 TSX- and Aim-listed Mkango Resources is well positioned to advance its projects following investments by Noble Group subsidiary Talaxis, the exploration and development company outlined in a management discussion and analysis report for the year ended December 31, published on Friday. Mkango is... 

New Zealand bans new permits for offshore oil and gas exploration

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th April 2018 The New Zealand government has announced that no new future offshore oil or gas exploration permits would be granted, in a bid to address climate change. “All three of the parties in this government are agreed that we must take this step as part of our package of measures to tackle climate... 

New Zealand bans new permits for offshore oil and gas exploration

ExxonMobil restarts quake-hit PNG LNG ops ahead of schedule

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th April 2018 The Papua New Guinea liquefied natural gas (PNG LNG) project has restarted production ahead of schedule, following the 7.5 magnitude earthquake in the country’s highlands in February. Project operator ExxonMobil reported on Friday that one train was currently operating at the LNG plant near Port... 

Bassari secures funding for Makabingui

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th April 2018 ASX-listed Bassari Resources is poised to develop the Makabingui gold project, in Senegal, after securing project financing. The company on Friday told shareholders that it had received approval of a credit facility requested from Coris Bank International for the Makabingui project, following... 

Genesis raises A$5m for exploration

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th April 2018 Junior Genesis Minerals will raise A$5-million through the placement of some 156.2-million shares, at an issue price of 3.2c each. The placement will be made to institutional and sophisticated investors, and will be undertaken under Genesis’ existing placement capacity. The new shares will rank... 

Merafe’s attributable ferrochrome production decreases 7% in Q1

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2018 JSE-listed Merafe Resources’ attributable ferrochrome production from the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture, in Rustenburg, decreased by 7% year-on-year in the first quarter ended March 31. This decrease was as a result of downtime for additional maintenance requirements at the Lion and Rustenburg... 

Cazaly proceeds with Kaoko buy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th April 2018 Metals developer Cazaly Resources on Friday confirmed that it would proceed with the acquisition of the Kaoko cobalt project, in northern Namibia. The ASX-listed company in March announced an option over the project. A due diligence has now confirmed the potential of the project, with Cazaly... 

Aspire hopes to finalise rail FS

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th April 2018 Coal developer Aspire Mining and its rail subsidiary Northern Railways have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China Gezhouba Group International Engineering Company (CGGC) to advnce the Erdenet to Ovoot rail project. The parties have agreed to work quickly to finalise the... 

Alta signs strategic alliance to progress Gorno project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th April 2018 ASX-listed Alta Zinc has executed a strategic alliance agreement and mandate with private equity group Areta Capital Partners to progress the Gorno zinc project, in northern Italy. Arete has introduced a consortium of investors who have committed to provide a cornerstone funding package of... 

Excitement as ‘Wits-style’ gold is discovered in iron-ore hub, but geologist urges caution

By: Nadine James     13th April 2018 While there is no doubt that conglomerate gold has been discovered in the Pilbara, the broader understanding of this style of gold mineralisation in the Pilbara remains incomplete and, therefore, any comparisons with the Witwatersrand (Wits) basin are premature, states SRK Consulting geologist... 

Excitement as ‘Wits-style’ gold is discovered in iron-ore hub, but geologist urges caution

International Frontier partnership spuds first hole at Mexican Tecolutla block

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 Calgary-based oil and gas developer International Frontier Resources (IFR) announced on Thursday that the first evaluation well, TEC-10, has been spudded at its onshore Tecolutla block, in Mexico, which it is developing in partnership with Mexican joint venture (JV) partner Tonalli Energia. The... 

Shareholders give thumbs up for Leagold/Brio merger

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 The shareholders of both Leagold Mining and Brio Gold have voted in favour of a friendly $264-million all-scrip offer by Leagold to acquire Brio. Brio now intends to seek a final order approving the transaction from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice by next Tuesday. Assuming all other... 

Trevali Q1 output a mixed bag but in line with expectations

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 Zinc-focused miner Trevali Mining has reported first-quarter production that was generally in line with expectations as previous guidance had indicated a light quarter relative to the rest of the year, owing to the impact of seasonal winter conditions on Caribou’s zinc recoveries, in New... 

Global silver output falls 4.1% in 2017, as industrial demand ramps up – GFMS

By: Henry Lazenby     12th April 2018 A new survey by the GFMS team at Thomson Reuters has found that global silver output had fallen 4.1% in 2017 to 852.1-million ounces. Prepared by GFMS, the report found that total physical demand of 1.02-billion ounces was 25% lower year-on-year, signalling that the tightening of the... 

Global silver output falls 4.1% in 2017, as industrial demand ramps up – GFMS
Photo by Reuters
Workers pour molten silver into moulds

Tsodilo recovers 101 diamonds during independent diamond classifier

By: Simone Liedtke     12th April 2018 TSX-listed Tsodilo Resources has recovered 101 diamonds, representing 18.57 ct, from samples by an independent and experienced diamond classifier at its BK16 kimberlite project, in the Orapa Kimberlite Field (OKF), in Botswana. The diamondiferous BK16 kimberlite pipe is approximately 6 ha in size... 

Tsodilo recovers 101 diamonds during independent diamond classifier
sodilo Resources has recovered 101 diamonds, representing 18.57 ct, AT ITS BK16 kimberlite project, in the Orapa Kimberlite Field, in Botswana

Forevermark launches in Indonesia

By: Anine Kilian     12th April 2018 The De Beers Group has launched its Forevermark diamond brand in Indonesia. For the market launch, Forevermark will partner with Indonesia’s premier jewellery company, Central Mega Kencana (CMK).  

Eskom outlines case for R67bn clawback amid tariff-hike hostility

By: Terence Creamer     12th April 2018 State-owned electricity group Eskom has expressed confidence that its three applications to recoup nearly R67-billion through the Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) mechanism will succeed, stressing that its submissions are fully aligned to the most recent RCA decision made in 2016 for the 2013/14... 

Eskom outlines case for R67bn clawback amid tariff-hike hostility

Vedanta chairperson upbeat on Zambia’s growth prospects

By: Simone Liedtke     12th April 2018 Vedanta Resources chairperson Anil Agarwal on Thursday shared his views on a path to growth for subsidiary Konkola Copper Mines (KCM). He expressed confidence in what he sees as the start of an “African economic resurgence driven by various metals”. 

Vedanta chairperson upbeat on Zambia’s growth prospects
Vedanta Resources Chairperson Agarwal Presents a Bouquet to Zambian President Edgar Lungu at the Zambia-India Business Forum in Lusaka; Looking on is India President Ram Nath Kovind

Lucara recovers 472 ct diamond at Karowe

By: Anine Kilian     12th April 2018 TSX-listed Lucara Diamonds has recovered a 472 ct, top light brown gem diamond in Botswana. It is the third largest diamond recovered from the company’s 100%-owned Karowe diamond mine. 

Fuel cell dozer expected to make game-changing 2019 debut

By: Martin Creamer     12th April 2018 A fuel cell dozer that runs on hydrogen carried in liquid is expected to make a game-changing debut underground next year, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) CEO Chris Griffith said last night. Speaking at the fortieth African Mining Network dinner, Griffith said third generation development had... 

Fuel cell dozer expected to make game-changing 2019 debut
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Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith

South Africa mining production up 3.1% in February

By: Anine Kilian     12th April 2018 South Africa’s mining production increased by 3.1% year-on-year in February, bolstered by a strong contribution from diamonds and iron-ore, according to the latest figures published by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) on Wednesday. The February production growth, which exceeded consensus... 

NWF to raise A$3m through share placement

By: Anine Kilian     12th April 2018 ASX-listed Newfield Resources (NWF), which plans to acquire the entire issued and to-be-issued share capital of Africa-focused Stellar Diamonds for £7.74-million, will raise A$3-million through the issue of 15-million new shares. The shares will be sold at A$0.20 a share. 

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