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Brazil iron-ore tragedy brings home reality of mining risk – Kumba  

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2019 Following 58 mineworkers suffering fatal occupational accidents in South Africa in 2018, Kumba Iron Ore CE Themba Mkhwanazi on Tuesday drew attention to 2019 beginning globally with the tragic loss of life at Brumadinho, in Brazil, as a result of an iron-ore tailings dam collapse that killed 170... 

Price premiums boosting quality-focused Kumba Iron Ore  

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2019 South Africa’s Kumba Iron Ore, which stands head and shoulders above its peers when it comes to iron-ore quality, is achieving major price premiums well above historical heights. Structural change and strong growth in particularly the China steel market has placed the Anglo American group company... 

Balwin Rentals to acquire 4 544 rental apartments

By: Nadine James     19th February 2019 JSE-listed Balwin Properties’ subsidiary Balwin Rentals has secured a right of first refusal to acquire 4 544 rental apartments that will be developed by Balwin. The developments are Greenpark, comprising 1 056 apartments, in Boksburg, which is expected to be completed by December 2021; Greenlee,... 

BHP half-year underlying profit down 8% to $3.7bn

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th February 2019 Diversified major BHP reported an 8% decrease in half-year underlying profit and said its earnings from its copper division fell sharply in the six months. Underlying attributable profit fell from $4.1-billion in the half-year ended December 2017, to $3.7-billion in the half-year ended December... 

Senex output continues to grow

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th February 2019 ASX-listed Senex Energy has swung back into black during the six months ending December, after reporting an underlying net profit of A$1.4-million, compared with an underlying net loss of A$2.8-million after tax, compared with the first half of 2018. Production was up 49% over the same period,... 

Improved margins drive growth in AngloGold's free cash flow generation 

By: Simone Liedtke     19th February 2019 Gold miner AngloGold Ashanti achieved its guidance for the sixth consecutive year, with improved margins driving significant growth in free cash flow generation, the company announced on Tuesday morning.   The gold miner further declared a dividend of 95c a share, equal to about $0.07.   During... 

High-flying Amplats sets ‘next wave of strategy’ in motion 

By: Martin Creamer     18th February 2019 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), which shot the lights out with a set of stupendous cash-splurging, debt-negating, high-dividend-yielding 2018 results, on Monday set its “next new wave of strategy” in motion, which involves extracting the full potential from its operations through people and... 

Copper Mountain posts Q4 and FY loss

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th February 2019 Vancouver-based Copper Mountain has reported a fourth-quarter and full-year net loss, despite a strong operational performance, which saw the miner increasing quarterly output by 9.7% and meeting its 2018 production guidance. Fourth-quarter production increased to 24.5-million pounds of copper... 

Lower South Deep output dents Gold Fields’ FY18 profit 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th February 2019 Dual-listed Gold Fields achieved normalised profit from continuing operations of $27-million for the year ended December 31, 2018, compared with the $154-million posted for 2017.   The company’s profit was dented by a decline in output, led by its South Deep mine in South Africa. 

Petropavlovsk says IRC facility refinanced

By: Simone Liedtke     15th February 2019 Russian miner Petropavlovsk announced on Friday that it had reached an important step in concluding the refinancing of a $240-million facility that Hong Kong-based IRC, in which it is a large shareholder, has with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC). Petropavlovsk is the guarantor... 

Brucejack to ramp up to 3 800 t/d this year

By: Simone Liedtke     15th February 2019 In its first full year of production, dual-listed Pretium Resources has generated almost $200-million in cash from operations, while producing 376 012 oz of gold, president and CEO Joseph Ovsenek reported on Thursday. The intermediate gold producer’s all-in sustaining costs (AISC) for the second... 

Weaker prices hit Silvercorp Q3 performance

By: Nadine James     15th February 2019 TSX-listed Silvercorp Metals, which owns and operates mines in China, on Thursday reported a net income of $8.7-million for the third quarter ended December 31 – representing a 31% year-on-year decline with the company achieving a net income of  $12.7-million in the third quarter of 2018. The... 

Event set to dissect the future of African energy

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 The eleventh edition of the Africa Energy Indaba – which will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, from February 19 to 20 this year – will focus on the future prospects and direction of energy on the African continent from an energy provision and investment point of view.... 

Transport projects in Africa provide fillip for infrastructure development

By: Schalk Burger     15th February 2019 Transport infrastructure projects comprise 40% of the 482 infrastructure development projects surveyed in Africa, and represent a critical element for supporting further infrastructure development, says Deloitte Infrastructure and Capital Projects East and West leader J-P Labuschagne. The... 

Local manufacturers to benefit from Mining Charter 3's implementation 

By: Nadine James     14th February 2019 Mining Charter 3 and its Implementation Guidelines have created an environment where it is possible for local manufacturers to leverage procurement capacity to drive transformation, Department of Mineral Resources representative Xolile Mbonambi said at a breakfast held at the Industrial... 

South32 finalising preferred list of coal mine bidders 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2019 The complete preferred list of bidders for South32’s energy coal interests is still being finalised, South32 CEO Graham Kerr told Mining Weekly Online on Thursday, when he also provided three reasons why the company’s Australian manganese operations are doing better than its South African... 

GoldStone expects definitive economic plan for Ghana mine to be completed in Q2

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2019 Aim-listed GoldStone Resources expects the definitive economic plan (DEP) for its Akrokeri-Homase gold project, in Ghana, to be completed during the second quarter. The DEP assesses the capital requirements, operating costs and timelines in respect of developing an operational mine on the... 

Newcrest profits soar in first half

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th February 2019 Gold miner Newcrest Mining has reported a 142% surge in profits for the first half of 2019, while underlying profits increased by 104% on the previous corresponding period. Newcrest on Thursday reported a statutory profit of $237-million and an underlying profit of $237-million, while cash flow... 

Liontown raises cash for lithium plays

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th February 2019 Lithium hopeful Liontown Resources was hoping to raise up to A$7.9-million through a share placement to fast-track exploration and development activities at its Austarlian lithium projects. The ASX-listed company on Thursday said that it would undertake a one-for-five non-renounceable pro-rata... 

Famed Cullinan mine banks on big diamonds to drive down debt

By: Reuters     14th February 2019 The owner of one of the world's most famous diamond mines could be about a decade away from clearing its multi-million-dollar debts, in a sign of the struggles facing an industry assailed by synthetic rivals and uncertain demand. Petra Diamonds bought Cullinan in 2008, aiming to breathe new life... 

Jemena wins licence for 40 TJ/d gas plant

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th February 2019 The Queensland government has issued infrastructure provider Jemena a licence to start construction of a domestic-only gas processing plant. The plant is part of Jemena’s A$140-million Atlas gas pipeline project, which will create 150 jobs and connect Project Atlas to the Wallumbilla Gas Hub in... 

Alaska mine boosts Northern Star financials

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th February 2019 Gold miner Northern Star has reported increased revenue and profit for the half-year ended December on the back of the acquisition of the Pogo gold mine, in Alaska. Revenue for the six months under review was reported at A$633.5-million, up 43% on the previous corresponding period, while... 

Noncash items brings down Evolution H1 profit

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th February 2019 Gold miner Evolution Mining is expecting a stronger financial result in the second half of the 2019 financial year, after reporting a 26% fall in after-tax net profit during the six months to December. Evolution on Wednesday reported a net profit of A$91.1-million, compared with the... 

Desoutter Industrial Tools Benchmarks with the Delta Cart II

13th February 2019 Desoutter Industrial Tools recently sold a Delta Cart II precision tool bench, to a key customer in the automotive manufacturing industry. The first one of its kind in Africa, places tool management, verification and calibration at the customer’s fingertips. “Efficient tool management,... 

Using your financial year end as a planning tool

12th February 2019 The trick, according to Suran Moodley, Ariston Global’s group managing director, strategy and organisational capacity, is not to see your financial year end as a looming tax burden, but rather as an opportune time to plan for the new business year.  “The end of a financial year for most... 

Harmony’s Steenkamp rising to President Ramaphosa’s ten-point challenge  

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2019 Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp is rising to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ten point mining challenge by striving to pay meaningful social dividends across a broad front and answering the call to beneficiate, which is no mean feat when it comes to gold. The executive head of the million-ounce-plus... 

Mandalay raises C$60m to stabilise liquidity position

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2019 TSX-listed Mandalay Resources has announced plans to raise C$60-million to address its short-term liquidity requirements. The financing will be raised through a marketed public offering of up to about C$50-million of subscription receipts and an $8-million convertible bridge loan from a CE Mining... 

Rothsay expected to deliver more gold

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th February 2019 An updated definitive feasibility study (DFS) on the Rothsay gold project, in Western Australia, has increased the project’s projected gold production from 250 000 oz to 289 000 oz. ASX-listed EganStreet Resources on Tuesday told shareholders that the forecast increase in production, which came... 

Harmony Gold net profit plunges, operational cash soars

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2019 The net profit of Harmony Gold plunged in the six months to December 31, dropping from R897-million for the corresponding period of last year to R75-million. However, production soared by 34% and operations generated R1.1-billion in free cash flow on the inclusion of the acquired Moab Khotsong... 

Vale's rout lures locals while foreigners remain wary, UBS says

By: Bloomberg     11th February 2019 Local investors are starting to see value in Vale SA shares after a fatal accident last month wiped out nearly a quarter of its market value, while global investors remain skeptical, according to UBS Group. Approximately 80% of Brazilian investors are showing interest in buying Vale after the... 

What to Expect at 2019’s Africa Energy Indaba

11th February 2019 The Africa Energy Indaba conference is the definitive energy event for the continent providing an annual programme that influences energy policy for Africa. Key issues that impact the African energy sector will be debated together with solutions to best mitigate these concerns. Focused on... 

Acacia maintains strong cost discipline in FY18  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th February 2019 Gold miner Acacia Mining maintained strong cost discipline in the financial year ended December 31, achieving an all-in sustaining cost (AISC) of $905/oz, well below the guidance range of $935/oz to $985/oz, interim CEO Peter Geleta said in a statement on Monday. He added that the company had... 

Polyus reports jump in profit on rising gold sales

By: Reuters     11th February 2019 Russia's largest gold producer, Polyus, on Monday reported a 20% jump in fourth-quarter adjusted net profit to $291-million compared with last year, lifted by increased production and rising sales of the metal. Adjusted net profit for the full year rose to $1.33-billion, Polyus said, up from... 

Peru's environmental watchdog reports tailings spill from Southern Copper mine

By: Reuters     11th February 2019 Peru's environmental watchdog said on Sunday it was investigating a tailings spill from a unit of Southern Copper Corp, one of the world's largest copper producers, into a river in an area that has been inundated by heavy rains. The Agency of Evaluation and Environmental Enforcement (OEFA) said... 

City of Cape Town proposes R800m transport infrastructure project for Wynberg

By: African News Agency      8th February 2019 The City of Cape Town’s portfolio committee for transport on Friday morning approved a project for the further roll-out of the MyCity bus service in the greater Wynberg area, which if given council approval, will see new infrastructure investment of around R800-million. The two proposed transport... 

Hidden Valley supports Harmony’s H1 production, but drags down HEPS

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th February 2019 Leading up to the release of its interim results for the six months ended December 31, on February 12, Harmony Gold on Friday said its headline earnings per share (HEPS) would be up to 97% lower year-on-year. Harmony reported gold production for the period of 751 000 oz, which is a 34%... 

Era faces higher closure/rehab costs for Ranger

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th February 2019 Uranium miner Energy Resources of Australia (Era) has completed a feasibility study for the closure of its Ranger project, in the Northern Territory. The closure and rehabilitation feasibility study has increased the rehabilitation provision from the A$526-million estimated at the end of 2017,... 

New paint process leads to greater flux stability

By: Thabi Madiba     8th February 2019 Converting to potted Koch KPAK ultrafiltration (UF) membrane in the automotive electrodeposition paint process from the drop-in style process can lead to greater flux stability over time and lower system downtime, says filtration and water purification solutions company Sagisa sales engineer... 

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