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Oct 31, 2014
Harmony CEO Graham Briggs
Gold miner Harmony Gold has closed its Kusasalethu mine for two weeks, as it takes a stance against the scourge of illegal miners after a fire – the third this month – threatened the safety and health of mineworkers. The fire, believed to have been started on...
Oct 31, 2014
Gold recovery company Goldplat, the South African operations of which generated an operating profit in the three months to September 30, is taking steps to diversify into platinum group metal (PGM) recovery. The London-AIM-listed company, which serves companies...
Oct 31, 2014
Coal junior Wescoal has secured R200-million in funding from Investec Bank to be used primarily for the commissioning of its Elandspruit colliery. The financing facility includes a R180-million five-year term loan and a R20-million five-year working capital facility.
Oct 31, 2014
The stability of the diamond sector has always been a slave to the fine balance between supply and demand. Over the last century, the industry has had to contend with various crises of oversupply, largely spurred by conflict, global economic instability and the...
Oct 31, 2014
Dual-listed Nevsun Resources has posted a 19% quarter-on quarter increase in copper production, delivering 56.4-million pounds of the yellow metal in the quarter ended September 30. Cash costs at the group’s Bisha mine, in Eritrea, remained relatively flat, at...
Oct 31, 2014
North River Resources has completed several “key operational objectives” at its flagship Namib lead and silver project in Namibia and has, therefore, satisfied the conditions precedent to draw down the second tranche of equity funds from a $12-million investment...
Oct 31, 2014
Senegal-focused gold miner Teranga Gold has downgraded its full-year production expectations by 8 000 oz, after deferring the mining of high-grad ounces and after failing to meet production expectations in the three months to September. The ASX- and TSX-listed miner...
Oct 31, 2014
A definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the Waterberg Coal Company’s (WCC’s) standalone export project has been commissioned, as discussions for the funding of the project get under way, the ASX- and JSE-listed group announced on Friday. WCC, which was still in...
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Oct 31, 2014
Canadian gold miners with operations in Burkina Faso on Thursday said despite the declared state of emergency, their operations were continuing uninterrupted. Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore had declared a state of emergency following violent protests in the...
Oct 31, 2014
Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore said on Thursday he would stay in power at the head of a transitional government until after elections, rejecting opposition calls for him to step down immediately following a day of violent protests. The head of the armed...
Oct 31, 2014
Gold option volatility soared to its highest level since early this year on Friday, as investors scrambled to protect their positions against a prolonged rout after bullion tumbled to its lowest in four years. The 2% drop in gold December futures, its biggest...
Oct 31, 2014
TSX-V-listed American Vanadium this week reported that the CellCube vanadium flow energy storage systems it sells in North America had received Underwriters Laboratories (UL) 508A certification, considered the single most-accepted product accreditation in the US and...
Oct 31, 2014
TSX- and NYSE-listed Eldorado Gold this week reported a 45% decline in third-quarter net profit, as it booked an inventory write-down at the Vila Nova iron-ore mine, in northern Brazil. The Vancouver-based company, which has operations in Brazil, China, Greece,...
Oct 31, 2014
TSX-V-listed TomaGold and TSX-listed Iamgold on Friday announced that the companies had revised the terms of their agreement dated November 12, 2013, through which Iamgold would acquire a 50% interest in each of the Monster Lake, Winchester and Lac-a-l'Eau-Jaune...
Oct 31, 2014
The outcomes of two ongoing court cases in Russia and Ontario could potentially have a significant impact on the restructuring negotiations between Canadian miner Centerra Gold and the Kyrgyz Republic government over the ownership of the Kumtor gold mine. Centerra’s...
Oct 31, 2014
Twelve miners were killed in a flooded underground coal mine in northeastern Colombia, the world's fourth-largest exporter of the mineral, local officials and rescue workers said on Friday. Flooding in the mine, located in the Amaga municipality in Antioquia, a...
Oct 31, 2014
Stung by a five-fold rise in gold imports during September, the Indian government has started considering options to tighten inward shipment of the precious metal. According to a government official, the Commerce Ministry has started consultations with various wings...
Oct 31, 2014
Diversified miner BHP Billiton on Friday said that the company would look at cost-cutting efficiencies at its Olympic Dam copper and uranium operation, in South Australia, before considering an expansion. “Once we are able to run our existing operation at full...
 
 
 
 
Oct 31, 2014
The Australia-Africa Mining Industry Group (AAMIG) on Friday defended Australian miners operating outside of the country’s borders, following the introduction of the Australian Greens party’s Corporations Amendment Bill 2014. “Australian companies operating in...
Oct 31, 2014
The CEO and MD of gold miner Newcrest Mining, Sandeep Biswas, on Friday outlined plans to bring the errant Lihir operation, in Papua New Guinea, under control. “I’ve spent a lot of time understanding the challenges of Lihir and have come to the conclusion that the...
Oct 31, 2014
Despite reporting a slight decline in production during the three months to September, ASX- and TSX-listed gold miner Troy Resources has maintained its production expectations for the financial year to the end of June 2015. During the quarter under review, group...
Oct 31, 2014
Despite a fatality at the Barbrook mine, in South Africa, which resulted in a week’s loss of production, gold miner Vantage Goldfields on Friday reported higher September quarter production. Gold production during the quarter reached 8 466, which was well above the...
Oct 31, 2014
Dual-listed gold miner OceanaGold on Friday reported that its Didipio project, in the Philippines, was on track to beat full-year expectations, after a stellar third quarter. During the three months to September, the company produced 67 352 oz of gold and 7 978 t of...
Oct 31, 2014
Graphite miner and manufacturer Valence Industries has short-listed term sheets from a number of debt providers for a A$35-million finance facility to fund the Phase 2 expansion of its operations in South Australia. The short-listing of debt financiers followed a...
Oct 31, 2014
Gold producer Newmont Mining has reported lower earnings for the three months ended September 30, as lower sales and metals prices weighed on its balance sheet. However, the Denver, Colorado-based company’s financial results beat analyst forecasts, helped, in part,...
Oct 30, 2014
The NYSE-listed stock of coal miner Walter Energy in early trading on Thursday morning fell by as much as 13%, despite the company reporting better-than-expected results for the quarter ended September 30. Birmingham, Alabama-based Walter reported a net loss of...
Oct 30, 2014
Mosaic Co on Thursday forecast record-high global phosphate and potash shipments in 2015 despite concerns that weak crop prices would reduce farmers' fertiliser purchases. The Plymouth, Minnesota-based company's quarterly profit jumped 63% as it sold more phosphate...
Oct 30, 2014
Vale posted a surprise $1.44-billion loss, and its shares tumbled to a five-and-a-half-year low as investors worried about the cost of the Brazilian miner's expansion plans and a possible cut to its dividend in a new era of lower iron-ore prices. Vale cited low...
 
 
 
 
Oct 30, 2014
US coal producer Alpha Natural Resources has narrowed its net loss for the third-quarter to $185-million, or $0.84 a share, compared with a net loss of $458-million, or $2.07 a share, in the comparable quarter of 2013, when it booked a $253-million goodwill...
Oct 30, 2014
The NYSE-listed stock of miner Goldcorp on Thursday fell 10% after the world’s largest gold producer by market capitalisation swung to a net loss for the three months ended September 30. Vancouver-based Goldcorp had a loss for the third quarter of $44-million, or...
Oct 30, 2014
There are indications that Zambia may be backing away from plans to impose a 20% royalty rate on open pit mining in the country, a top executive with Barrick Gold Corp said on Thursday. "Our sense is that the government realizes that the numbers they have imposed...
Oct 30, 2014
Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) would, in future, focus more strongly on the trends of long-term unemployment in its quarterly labour force surveys (QLFSs), statistician-general Pali Lehohla said on Thursday. Releasing the QLFS for the three months ended September...
Oct 30, 2014
The shareholders of Aim-listed explorer GoldStone Resources have passed a resolution approving the waiver of obligations on Stratex in connection with Stratex's proposed subscription of £1.25-million worth of shares in GoldStone. As at October 31, Stratex would hold...
Oct 30, 2014
Patrice Motsepe’s African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and three unions this week settled drawn-out negotiations over an employee participation fund (EPF). The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa inked a...
Oct 30, 2014
Oct 30, 2014
Sephaku Holdings, which is in the process of finalising its interim results for the six months ended September 30, expects to swing to a basic loss a share of between 1.9c and 2c for the half-year, from basic earnings a share of 3.32c in the first half of the prior...
Oct 30, 2014
Mine Restoration Investments (MRI) has appointed FD Anthon Meyer as nonexecutive director and named former Jubilee Platinum group financial manager Carl-Heinz Gernandt as his successor. Gernandt, whose appointment would be effective from December 1, previously held...
Oct 30, 2014
ASX-listed Lemur Resources continued to advance its three-ponged growth strategy by developing its planned flagship Imaloto coal mine, in Madagascar, exploiting its cash balance to acquire additional assets and leveraging its geoservices equipment and geological...
 
 
 
 
Oct 30, 2014
The $24.7-billion Australia Pacific liquefied natural gas (APLNG) was on track to produce its first LNG by mid-2015, project developer Origin Energy’s LNG CEO, David Baldwin, said on Thursday. Full production from both trains were expected by the end of 2016.
Oct 30, 2014
Australian companies were spending about A$250-billion each year on efforts to comply with rules and regulations, advisory firm Deloitte reported on Thursday. In its fourth edition of the Building the Lucky Country series, Deloitte noted that about A$95-billion was...
Oct 30, 2014
Development work and tailings retreatment activities at Southern African diamond developer and explorer DiamondCorp’s Lace diamond mine, in the Free State, is continuing despite a protected strike by members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union...
Oct 30, 2014
Tungsten miner Hazelwood Resources is initiating a four-part change management plan aimed at driving down cost and providing a pipeline of further growth opportunities. Executive chairperson Mark Warren said in a letter to shareholders on Thursday that the first...
Oct 30, 2014
Copper/gold miner PanAust on Thursday told shareholders that the company was on track to meet its full-year production guidance, after reporting a solid quarter in the three months to September. During the quarter under review, the Phu Kham mine, in Laos, produced...
 
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