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Workers reject latest wage offer by South African gold producers

By: African News Agency      16th August 2018 Workers unions on Wednesday rejected the revised three-year wage offers of up to 7.2% salary increases made by South African gold producers at the a centralised collective bargaining forum. This as the fourth round of wage negotiations between four unions – the  Association of Mineworkers and... 

Jaguar Mining lowers guidance, CEO resigns

By: Mariaan Webb     15th August 2018 The TSX-listed stock of Jaguar Mining on Wednesday fell by 25% after the Brazil-focused company released its second quarter results announcement, which contained a revised production guidance and news that Rodney Lamond is leaving his position as CEO and director. Jaguar lowered its production... 

Gold Road reveals sucession plans

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th August 2018 ASX-listed Gold Road Resources has flagged the impending retirement of MD and CEO Ian Murray, with the company saying that Duncan Gibbs will be appointed as his successor. “Gold Road owes enormous gratitude to Murray, who’s leadership of this company has been inspirational and transformative,”... 

AngloGold terminates Brazil earn-in JV with Equinox Gold

By: Mariaan Webb     13th August 2018 Aurizona greenfields concessions in Brazil, the Canada-based junior reported on Monday. AngloGold has spent about $9-million at the greenfields concession since exploration started in August 2016, completing more than 43 000 line kilometres of high-resolution aeromagnetic radiomagnetic surveying... 

Barrick says China partner for copper 'makes all kinds of sense'

By: Bloomberg     10th August 2018 Barrick Gold executive chairman John Thornton says the Canadian miner is looking at its copper assets “very seriously” to see if it makes sense to form a copper company with one or two partners, most likely from China. “The question for us on copper is, ‘Can you take the copper assets, combine... 

MICROMINE Africa showcases its solutions at WAMPEX 2018 in Ghana

8th August 2018 Leading mining software solutions and services provider MICROMINE Africa attended the West African Mining & Power Expo (WAMPEX) at the Accra International Convention Centre in Ghana from 30 May to 1 June. WAMPEX is a major expo in the region, attracting over 1 400 industry professionals from over... 

AngloGold to swing to H1 profit on higher output, lower costs

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd August 2018 Gold miner AngloGold Ashanti expects to report headline earnings of between $91-million and $108-million for the six months ended June 30, compared with a headline loss of $89-million in the first half of 2017. Headline earnings a share for the six months under review are expected to be between... 

Barrick Gold cuts jobs and offices in decentralisation push

By: Bloomberg     26th July 2018 Barrick Gold, the world’s largest gold producer, cut jobs and closed offices in the second quarter as part of its strategy to decentraliSe operations. “We completed an extensive review of all positions sitting above operations, reallocating roles where appropriate, eliminating those no longer... 

Huge developments for Amplats, AngloGold, Kumba 

26th July 2018 Amplats is taking steps to reverse what it calls unjustified investor bearishness, AngloGold Ashanti is getting a new CEO and Kumba Iron-Ore is receiving strong premiums for high-grade ore. Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the headlines. 

Barrick exit raises power questions at biggest gold miner

By: Bloomberg     23rd July 2018 Kelvin Dushnisky’s departure as president of Barrick Gold raises the question of whether his replacement will get more, or less, power at the world’s largest gold producer under executive chairman John Thornton. Dushnisky, 54, is set to take over as CEO of Johannesburg-based AngloGold Ashanti as... 

Dushnisky resigns as Barrick president to take over the reins at AngloGold

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd July 2018 Gold miner AngloGold Ashanti has appointed outgoing Barrick Gold president Kelvin Dushnisky as CEO and executive director, effective September 1. “Following a competitive global search, we are pleased to [appoint] someone of Dushnisky’s calibre to lead this organisation,” AngloGold chairperson... 

AngloGold says there's no escaping demise of South African gold

By: Bloomberg     23rd July 2018 South Africa’s gold industry, once the world’s largest, faces an inevitable decline, according to the chairperson of the country’s biggest producer of the metal by market value. Output will continue to shrink as miners chase ever-deeper ore bodies while struggling to keep costs down, said... 

AngloGold chairperson warns South Africa on 'reckless' mining rules

By: Bloomberg     20th July 2018 South Africa risks driving away new investment and crippling its mining sector if “reckless” new rules are implemented, according to AngloGold Ashanti chairperson Sipho Pityana. The latest Mining Charter, which is aimed at sharing the benefits of the country’s mineral wealth more equally among... 

Solidarity, NUM rejects gold producers wage offer

By: African News Agency      19th July 2018 Solidarity has become the second workers union to reject the latest three-year wage offer tabled by South African gold producers even though it admitted that the mining companies have presented a gloomy picture of the industry. Solidarity joins the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) which... 

South Africa gold producers offer single-digit hikes 

By: Reuters     18th July 2018 South African gold producers have offered annual wage increases of around 5% to 6% over three years to most rank and file miners and up to 4.5% for more skilled workers, according to a document seen by Reuters. Gold producers have been giving above-inflation wage hikes for years, adding to the... 

Minerals Council says gold sector is facing 'serious challenges' 

By: African News Agency      18th July 2018 The Minerals Council South Africa, formerly the Chamber of Mines, said on Wednesday that the mining industry continued to face major challenges despite the gold sector remaining a significant contributor to the South African economy and its people. This as wage negotiations between four of the... 

Gold sector wage negotiations to resume on July 18

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th July 2018 The primary focus of proceedings during the first day of wage negotiations between unions and gold producers, on Wednesday, was for the four representative unions to present and motivate their demands for consideration by the gold producers.  

Gold wage negotiations to start on Wednesday

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th July 2018 Wage talks between mining sector unions and gold producers are expected to start on Wednesday. In a statement released on Tuesday, the Minerals Council South Africa, representing gold miners AngloGold Ashanti, Harmony Gold, Sibanye-Stillwater and Village Main Reef, said the talks would take place... 

AngloGold starts development of Vogue orebody to increase Sunrise Dam production

By: Simone Liedtke     5th July 2018 Development of the large, high-grade Vogue orebody at gold miner AngloGold Ashanti’s Sunrise Dam gold mine, in Western Australia, is now under way, with production expected to increase by 25% this year to about 300 000 oz. This development follows the commissioning of the miner’s Recovery Enhance... 

AngloGold says no production impact from Guinea power protests

By: Reuters     28th June 2018 AngloGold Ashanti said on Thursday that there has been no production impact at its Siguiri gold mine in Guinea despite two days of violent protests over prolonged electricity outages by communities around the mine. Youths barricaded roads, clashed with security forces and tried to force through... 

AngloGold gets environmental go-ahead for Obuasi redevelopment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th June 2018 Gold miner AngloGold Ashanti has received environmental permits for its Obuasi gold mine, in Ghana, paving the way for the redevelopment of the large and high-grade orebody.  

Ghana Parliament ratifies AngloGold’s Obuasi agreements

By: Anine Kilian     22nd June 2018 Ghana’s Parliament has ratified regulatory and fiscal agreements that cover the redevelopment of AngloGold Ashanti’s Obuasi gold mine into a modern, productive mining operation. The ratification, on Thursday, of the development agreement, together with the tax concession agreement, is an... 

New mechanisms launched to help former mineworkers claim in landmark silicosis case

By: African News Agency      20th June 2018 A new website and a Facebook page was launched on Tuesday in a bid to assist former mineworkers and their dependents who may be entitled to compensation that have made provisions for a Trust Fund to pay mineworkers who contracted silicosis or TB at work. The historic R5 billion settlement was... 

On-The-Air (15/06/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2018 Mining companies are going all out to combat the deadly scourge of malaria in Africa in compliance with United Nations wishes. South Africa’s meticulous mineral codes are rapidly emerging as global world beaters. De Beers has concluded a R600-million black economic empowerment deal at... 

Illegal mining worth R7bn a year – PwC

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2018 The value of illegal mining and dealing of metals and diamonds in South Africa is estimated to be more than R7-billion a year, says PwC. In its latest edition of SA Mine, the professional services firm equates this to revenue generated from 430 000 oz of gold at the current market price. 

Mining companies combating malaria scourge – ICMM

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2018 Mining companies are taking firm steps to help combat the scourge of malaria, which affects 3.3-billion people worldwide and kills a child every 30 seconds. International Council for Mining and Metals (ICMM) health, safety and product stewardship director John Atherton reports that: 

AngloGold maintains option for Nevada earn-in

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th June 2018 TSX-V-listed Renaissance Gold, which has based is business model on joint ventures, has received a $200 0000 payment from gold major AngloGold Ashanti to maintain an option to earn into the Silicon gold project in the Bare Mountains of Nevada, US. In its first year of exploration, AngloGold has... 

AMCU seeks R12 500 minimum for gold miners

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2018 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union plans to demand a R12 500 ($956) monthly minimum wage from some of the country’s top gold producers in upcoming wage negotiations. The labor group decided on its demands on Sunday at a mass meeting near Carletonville, about 90 km west of... 

Harmony Gold raises R1.05bn to help settle Moab Khotsong loan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 Gold miner Harmony Gold has raised R1.05-billion, or $82-million, through the placing of 55-million new ordinary shares with existing and new institutional investors at a price of R19.12 apiece.  

Ghana gold output up 10.2% to 2.81Moz in 2017 – Chamber of Mines

By: Reuters     1st June 2018 Ghana's gold output rose to 2.81-million ounces in 2017, up 10.2% from the previous year, data from the Ghana Chamber of Mines showed on Friday. The growth reflected a general increase in output across most of the 12 mining firms operating in the West African country, the chamber said. 

Ghana gold miners say welcome new government export tests

By: Reuters     31st May 2018 Gold mining giants in Ghana such as Newmont, Gold Fields and AngloGold Ashanti welcome new government tests to certify the value of their exports, the main industry association said on Wednesday. The tests that come in addition to customs checks and internal company tests are part of an attempt... 

Agarwal wants to build Indian commodity giant to rival majors

By: Bloomberg     25th May 2018 Billionaire industrialist Anil Agarwal plans to leave behind a legacy: an Indian resources group to rival the world’s biggest. The founder and owner of Vedanta Resources wants to keep building the company into a giant producer of the commodities that India needs to curb its reliance on imports,... 

Newly named Minerals Council South Africa welcomes board members

By: Nadine James     23rd May 2018 Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA) president Mxolisi Mgojo noted that all of the council’s previous office bearers had been re-elected at the 128th annual general meeting. During his address, Mgojo thanked Kalagadi Manganese chairperson Daphne Mashile-Nkosi, who retired from MCSA board duties... 

AngloGold says plans 2 000 job cuts in South Africa

By: Reuters     23rd May 2018 South African gold miner AngloGold Ashanti plans to cut 2 000 jobs at its domestic operations, it said on Wednesday, as part of plans to cut costs. AngloGold employs roughly 8 200 people in South Africa, where mining companies have had to deal with the risk of volatile labour relations, rising... 

Gamsberg producing by mid-year – Vedanta

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2018 The Gamsberg zinc project in South Africa’s Northern Cape is on track with production expected by the middle of this year, the London-listed, India-rooted Vedanta Resources said on Wednesday, when it reported higher revenue and profits and lifted its dividend yield for the year to 6%. Current... 

Harmony poised to hit 1.5m oz target – CEO 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd May 2018 Gold mining company Harmony Gold is well on track to hit its target of 1.5-million ounces of gold a year. The two big steps needed to ensure this – the acquisition and recapitalisation of the Hidden Valley gold mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and the acquisition of the Moab Khotsong in South... 

Paulson keeps stake in gold investments during Q1 – filing

By: Reuters     16th May 2018 New York-based Paulson & Co, led by longtime gold bull John Paulson, kept its stake in gold investments during the first quarter of 2018, while other heavyweights including Soros Fund Management, Jana Partners and Caxton Corp all remained unexposed to the metal. The timing for Paulson appeared... 

DRC Mining Code draft regulations complete, but industry still hopes for changes

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th May 2018 Major mining companies operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) remain hopeful that meaningful changes can still be made to the 2018 Mining Code.  

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