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Gibela factory on track for March completion, says new CEO

By: Irma Venter     Updated 4 hours ago Construction of the Gibela plant, in Dunnottar on the far East Rand, is on track for completion in March next year, says Gibela Rail Transport Consortium CEO Thierry Darthout. Darthout, former Gibela operations VP, took over the reins from Marc Granger on August 1. The 53-year-old is a mechanical... 

Vale sells last two Valemax vessels

By: Henry Lazenby     8th December 2017 Global iron-ore leader Vale has sold the last two of its former fleet of 19 Valemax vessels of 400 000 t capacity. The transaction with the nominees of the Bank of Communications Finance Leasing, netted Vale about $178-million. 

Battling threat of sugar tax, excessive imports and low price

By: Victor Moolman     8th December 2017 The large amount of sugar being imported into South Africa has caused the country’s sugar industry, which may soon be further compromised by the introduction of a sugar tax, to start exporting sugar at world market prices to offload excess sugar, which it is unable to sell locally. While opposing... 

Paragon celebrates 20 years of design excellence

     7th December 2017 Leading architecture, interior design, and space-planning practice Paragon of Sandton, Johannesburg celebrates 20 years of design excellence this year. The company was established in October 1997 by Founding Directors Anthony Orelowitz and Henning Rasmuss. Since then, Paragon has grown into one... 

Top iron-ore miner threatens to flood market if prices jump

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2017 Vale SA has a somber message for anyone betting on iron-ore prices returning to the heady days of 2011. The world’s biggest producer of the steel-making ingredient is prepared to unleash as much as 50 -million metric tons of spare capacity to balance the market if prices get too high, CEO Fabio... 

Vale to use cash flow to pay dividends, reduce debt – CEO

By: Reuters     4th December 2017 Brazil's Vale, the world's top iron-ore producer, will use cash flow, which could reach $14-billion or $15-billion this year, to cut debt and pay dividends, CEO Fabio Schvartsman said on Monday. Speaking at an event in Rio de Janeiro, Schvartsman said the miner tended to generate $14-billion or... 

Iron-ore enters bull market as China's curbs supercharge steel

By: Bloomberg     4th December 2017 Iron-ore has rallied back into a bull market. Prices are surging as China’s crackdown on steel output this winter runs down inventories, helping mills’ profitability and stoking demand for high-grade ore even as investors discount signs of ample supply. Spot ore with 62% iron content jumped 3.7%... 

Playing Games At Work Pays Off For South African Team In Global Challenge

     1st December 2017 A team of South African supply chain professionals recently proved that playing games at work can get you far; in this case, as far as Lisbon, Portugal, for the global finals of “The Fresh Connection Challenge”, an innovative business simulation game that is delivering big benefits for companies... 

Orford to capitalise on ‘district-scale’ Qiqavik gold discovery, near-term catalysts in Carolina

By: Henry Lazenby     30th November 2017 Planning is under way for another summer drill campaign at recently-gone-public explorer Orford Mining’s Qiqavik project, in the remote emerging gold belt of Cape Smith, in Northern Quebec. “We’ve discovered a new gold district in Canada. This is like walking into the Timmins Belt for the first... 

Centaurus intersects cobalt at Brazil's Serendipidade prospect

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th November 2017 ASX-listed exploration company Centaurus Metals has discovered copper and cobalt mineralisation at the Serendipidade prospect of the Salobo West copper/gold project, in Brazil. Announcing the new exploration opportunity on Wednesday, Centaurus said that near-surface drill intersections had... 

Goldman sees iron-ore sinking to $50/t as supply expands again

By: Bloomberg     29th November 2017 Iron-ore will weaken next year as global supplies increase including from a new mine in Brazil at the same time that steel production risks topping out in China, according to Goldman Sachs Group, which expects prices to decline back toward $50 a metric ton. Futures fell. The raw material may... 

Brazil Senate approves creation of mining regulatory agency

By: Reuters     28th November 2017 Brazil's Senate on Tuesday approved a bill creating an autonomous regulatory agency for the mining sector, a move aimed at accelerating slow licencing approvals in the country. The bill will return to President Michel Temer for a signature, creating a permanent law based on a temporary decree... 

BAIC’s investment into South African vehicle assembly project bolstering bilateral investment

By: Anine Kilian     28th November 2017 Chinese vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group’s (BAIC’s) decision to invest in a vehicle assembly plant, in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), near Port Elizabeth, could help drive further investment by Chinese firms in South Africa. This is according to South African Embassy in... 

Vale, partner Mitsui ink $2.7bn Nacala coal corridor funding

By: Henry Lazenby     28th November 2017 Brazil’s largest diversified miner Vale has announced that it, together with its Japanese partner Mitsui & Co, has signed a $2.73-billion funding deal to finance the Nacala Logistics Corridor (NLC), that will connect the Mozambique-based Moatize coal mine, to the Nacala port. Vale said in a press... 

Vale says Brazil iron royalty hike could hurt high-cost mines

By: Reuters     23rd November 2017 Brazil's Vale, the world's largest iron ore producer, said on Thursday that a hike in the country's royalty rates for the mineral could compromise its ability to maintain high-cost mines and would hurt its ability to compete. Congress passed the higher royalties in votes on Wednesday with the... 

South32 bullish on aluminium, manganese, energy coal prospects

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd November 2017 With the price of various commodities having improved during the 2017 financial year, diversified miner South32 remains optimistic about the aluminium, manganese and energy coal sectors for the year ahead. “Manganese led the way [in terms of price increases], and metallurgical coal, energy coal,... 

Brazil lower house okays higher mining royalties, new regulator

By: Reuters     22nd November 2017 Brazil's lower house of Congress on Wednesday passed a bill that would boost royalty rates on iron ore by 75% - instead of doubling the rates as had been proposed - and later voted to approve the creation of a new mining regulator. Under the revised plan, gold mining royalties would rise 50%,... 

Nornickel sees capex rising by 2019-2020

By: Reuters     20th November 2017 Russia's Norilsk Nickel plans to increase capital expenditure to an average of $2.3-billion to $2.5-billion a year in 2019 and 2020 from about $2-billion in 2018 due to an environmental project and infrastructure modernisation, it said on Monday. Nornickel, part-owned by Russian businessman... 

Crusader appoints former Stratex MD, plans London listing

By: Mariaan Webb     20th November 2017 ASX-listed gold play Crusader Resources on Monday announced the appointment of Marcus Engelbrecht as MD and said a planned secondary listing on the Aim to capture the benefits of the thwarted merger with Stratex International. Engelbrecht left the employment of Aim-listed Stratex earlier this... 

Brazil's Vale denies postponing sale of New Caledonia mine stake

By: Reuters     20th November 2017 Brazil's Vale SA in a securities exchange filing on Monday denied that it had decided to postpone the sale of a stake in the New Caledonia nickel mine, saying it is continuing to look for a partner. Reuters reported on Friday, citing sources, that the mining major would postpone the sale for up... 

BHP-Vale deal distances Brazil mine from $53bn in lawsuits

By: Bloomberg     19th November 2017 It came down to the wire, but BHP Billiton, Vale SA and their Samarco joint venture managed to close a deal with prosecutors that distances the companies from 175-billion reais ($53-billion) in lawsuits. Their lawyers filed documents late Thursday requesting that the presiding judge suspend two... 

Brazil's Samarco mine sees need to cut staff by 600

By: Reuters     17th November 2017 Brazilian iron-ore miner Samarco has told unions it needs to cut 600 workers by December, the joint venture between Brazil's Vale and Anglo-Australian miner BHP Billiton said in a statement on Friday. Samarco said it would resume talks with unions Metabase Mariana and Sindimental on Friday... 

Paragon sponsors UJ’s Graduate School of Architecture

     17th November 2017 The main sponsor of the Summer Show 2017 at the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) Graduate School of Architecture (GSA) in November is leading architecture, interior design, and space-planning practice Paragon of Sandton, Johannesburg. Paragon has a long association with UJ’s Graduate School of... 

Global wind power continues to propel forward in 2017

By: Kim Cloete     16th November 2017 China is surging ahead in wind power, blowing away the US – the world’s second-largest wind power market – by a long margin, while African countries are making more inroads despite facing challenges, delegates attending the yearly Windaba conference and exhibition, in Cape Town, have heard.... 

Better regulations needed to prevent tailings dam failures – UNEP

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th November 2017 In the last decade, there have been over 40 mining waste failures, killing some 341 people and damaging hundreds of kilometers of waterways, affecting drinking water sources and the livelihood of communities, a new report entitled ‘Mine Tailings Storage: Safety Is No Accident’, reveals. The... 

Brazil-focused Serabi to bolt-on Anfield’s Coringa gold project for $22m

By: Henry Lazenby     14th November 2017 Dual-listed mining and development company Serabi Gold is looking to double output with the acquisition of the Coringa gold project, located in the Tapajos gold province of Para state, in Brazil. The LSE Aim- and TSX-listed miner announced early on Tuesday morning that it will acquire the... 

Afritin targets Africa tin champion title, Namibia project upscaled to commercial production 

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th November 2017 Following the demerger of Afritin Mining from Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals – and its subsequent listing as the only pure - play tin platform on the Aim last week – the company, which has assets in Namibia and South Africa, will focus on becoming “The Africa tin champion” by bringing its flagship... 

Avanco ups gold resource by 45%

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th November 2017 ASX-listed Avanco Copper has reported a 45% increase in the resource estimate at its Centro gold project in, Brazil. The company on Monday reported a maiden resource estimate of 11.3-million tonnes, grading 1.6 g/t gold for 577 000 oz of gold at the Chega Tudo deposit, taking the combined... 

400 emergency shutdown valves supplied to Oman petrochemicals project

     10th November 2017 Industrial product supplier Metso supplied 400 industry-leading Neles emergency shutdown (ESD) valves for an ethylene cracker as part of the new Liwa Plastics Industrial Complex (LPIC) project in Oman. The new complex will process light ends produced in State-owned oil company Oman Oil Refineries... 

Competence Centre promotes energy efficiency awareness in Africa

By: Nica Schreuder     10th November 2017 The South African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Competence Centre for Sustainable Energies (CC:SE), in Cape Town plays an important role in creating awareness and fostering conversations among African stakeholders in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector. CC:SE manager... 

Kinross reports 35% dip in Q3 earnings on lower sales

By: Henry Lazenby     9th November 2017 Canadian major Kinross Gold has reported a 35% dip in third-quarter profit as metal sales fell, the company advised on Wednesday. The Toronto company reported adjusted net earnings attributable to common shareholders for the three months ended September of $84.1-million, or $0.07 a share,... 

PotashCorp, Agrium 'merger of equals' gains Chinese competition consent

By: Henry Lazenby     7th November 2017 The merger of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan and Agrium Inc has received the thumbs up from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. Billed as a 'merger of equals', the business combination will create a new $36-billion entity, to be named Nutrien. The transaction is working its way through the... 

Horizonte submits Araguaia mine plan to authorities

By: Mariaan Webb     7th November 2017 Nickel explorer and developer Horizonte Minerals has marked another permitting milestone for its Araguaia project with the submission of a mine plan Brazil’s National Mining Agency (ANM). ANM approval of the mine plan, together with approval of the mine construction licence, the permit of which... 

Stratex terminates CEO employment following blocked Crusader deal

By: Mariaan Webb     7th November 2017 Aim-listed Stratex International has confirmed that Marcus Engelbrecht is no longer CEO. In an update to shareholders following the results of last week’s general meeting where shareholders passed a resolution to remove Engelbrecht from the junior miner’s board, Stratex confirmed on Monday that... 

AngloGold achieves strong Q3 performance, on track to meet FY guidance

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th November 2017 Johannesburg- and New York-listed AngloGold Ashanti generated free cash flow of $88-million in the third quarter of this year, following strong production and cost containment across its portfolio, and remains on track to meet its full-year guidance.  The free cash flow for the quarter, compared... 

Converting From Steel To Aluminium Beverage Cans Bears Fruit For Sa’s Metals Packaging And Recycling Industries

     6th November 2017 Since 2013, more than $94-million (ZAR1.258 billion) in capital investments have been made by industry heavyweights such as ABInbev, Coca-Cola Southern Africa, Nampak Bevcan and Hulamin to convert the beverage can industry from steel to aluminium.  Not only did this step bring the region in line... 

Barra dos Coqueiros combined-cycle power plant, Brazil

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd November 2017 The project aims to build a combined-cycle power plant using three gas turbines with corresponding heat recovery steam generators and one steam turbine. 

Brio stock soars despite Q3 earnings miss

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd November 2017 TSX-listed Brio Gold saw its equity rise an impressive 12.36% to C$2 apiece on Wednesday, despite the Brazil-focused miner reporting a third-quarter headline loss of $6.8-million, or $0.07 a share, lower than average analyst forecasts calling for adjusted earnings of nil per share. Production at... 

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