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Cobalt's price crash bottoming out, stocks to hinder quick rally

By: Reuters     12th February 2019 Cobalt's near year-long price slide is finally coming to an end, but high inventories of the battery metal will stop prices quickly re-claiming 2018's 10-year highs. London Metal Exchange prices have crashed to two-year lows of $32 000/t compared with levels near $100 000 in the first half of 2018. 

Working together can deliver mining’s massive benefits – Friedland 

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2019 Mining can and will deliver massive benefits if all stakeholders work together, Ivanhoe Mines executive co-chairperson and founder Robert Friedland said on Wednesday Speaking on the third day of the Investing in African Mining Indaba, he outlined the huge potential of collaborative government,... 

Subdued construction activity, higher imports cut PPC's sales volumes

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th February 2019 JSE-listed cement producer PPC has reported difficult trading conditions for the nine months to December 31, 2018, with cement volumes down between 2% and 3%, against a backdrop of estimated market contraction of between 4% and 5%. The company said an uncharacteristically weak December retail... 

Glencore’s FY18 copper, cobalt output up on restart of Katanga processing operations 

1st February 2019 Diversified miner Glencore on Friday reported an 11% year-on-year increase in its copper production and a 54% year-on-year increase in its cobalt output, mainly as a result of the restart of Democratic Republic of Congo- (DRC-) based subsidiary Katanga Mining’s processing operations in late 2017.... 

SA passport among Africa’s ‘strongest’

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     1st February 2019 A couple of weeks back, I mentioned in this couple that the African Union will this month be providing details of its plans to launch a pan-African passport as part of its efforts to improve the free movement of people on the continent. The benefits of such a move will be immense; they will... 

UK Minister for Africa Harriett Baldwin in SA for bilateral talks

By: African News Agency      31st January 2019 The United Kingdom (UK) Minister of State for Africa, Harriett Baldwin will arrive in Johannesburg on Thursday for a two-day visit to South Africa, the British High Commission said. Baldwin is set to hold talks with senior South African government officials, the business sector and civil society... 

Ivanhoe reports ‘unprecedented’ copper intersection in the DRC 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st January 2019 The Kamoa North prospect area has delivered an “unprecedented” 22.3-m intersection of 13.05% copper in a thick, flat-lying deposit, sending Canada’s Ivanhoe Mines share price up 10% on the TSX on Wednesday. The new drill hole at the Democratic Republic of Congo-based project includes grades of... 

Kibali achieves success across the board; above production guidance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th January 2019 The Kibali gold mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), produced 807 251 oz of gold in 2018, above its target of 750 000 oz and 35% higher than its output in the previous year. This was achieved on the back of the successful ramp-up in underground production and a steady improvement in... 

SAIIA, Brookings launch Foresight Africa report   

By: Sane Dhlamini     28th January 2019 The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and the Brookings Institution’s Africa Growth Initiative (AGI) launched the Foresight Africa report on Monday, in Johannesburg, highlighting the top priorities for the continent in 2019.  AGI senior fellow and director Brahima Coulibaly... 

On-The-Air (25/01/2019) 

By: Martin Creamer     25th January 2019 South Africa’s platinum outlook received a blow this week when cobalt was selected ahead of it for a new technology. Richards Bay Coal Terminal has again proved how well business and government can combine for the good of the South African economy. The World Economic Forum has highlighted the... 

Ivanhoe welcomes new DRC President Felix Tshisekedi

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th January 2019 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines on Thursday welcomed the inauguration of Felix Tshisekedi as President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “On behalf of everyone at Ivanhoe, we congratulate Tshisekedi and we salute the people of [the] DRC for their insistence on a peaceful and democratic... 

Growth forecast for sub-Sahara

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     25th January 2019 In last week’s instalment of this column, I took issue with African institutions’ not-so-golden silence while rogue governments on the continent ride rough-shod over their citizens. One of the examples I mentioned was the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where Presidential and Parliamentary... 

China Moly to increase stake in Congo's Tenke copper mine to 80%

By: Reuters     18th January 2019 China Molybdenum Co said on Friday it had agreed to buy a holding company for $1.14-billion in order to increase its control in Democratic Republic of Congo's massive Tenke copper mine. China Moly, already the majority owner of Tenke, will have an 80% stake in the mine after the acquisition of... 

Movement, at last, on pan-African passport

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     18th January 2019 African institutions have often been accused of being long on talk and short on action. A case in point is the deafening rhetoric about good governance by the likes of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU) while no action is taken against dictators in some... 

Multotec Brings Value Of Spirals To More Minerals

15th January 2019 Experience in the field and in its test laboratory has allowed Multotec Process Equipment to prove the economic impact of applying spiral concentration technology to high value minerals used in cellular phones and electric cars. “A number of customers mining minerals such as copper, lithium, tin... 

Armadale sells Mpokoto project to African Royalty

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th January 2019 Aim-listed Armadale Capital has entered into a final formal agreement with African Royalty Company, which intends to acquire the Mpokoto gold project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The agreement crystallises the value of the project, with a company capable of obtaining the funding... 

Vector takes major interest in DRC gold project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th January 2019 Gold developer Vector Resources was hoping to complete a definitive feasibility study (DFS) on the Adidi-Kanga gold project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, during this year, after settling the acquisition of a 60% interest in the project. The ASX-listed Vector in July last year struck a... 

Too early to bet on mining policy change: Congo vote reaction

By: Bloomberg     10th January 2019 In a surprise twist, Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi was declared the winner of last month’s Presidential election, although his victory is being marred by claims by a rival that the poll was rigged. The African country is the world’s main supplier of battery... 

Africa, South America to drive copper mine capacity growth up to 2021 – ICSG 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th January 2019 The International Copper Study Group (ICSG) expects copper mine capacity to grow at an average rate of 2.2% a year up to 2021. The ICSG notes in its biannual ‘Directory of Copper Mines and Plants’ that the average is derived from the lower growth of about 0.5% seen in 2018/19 as compared to... 

Radebe hints at possible Saudi investment to boost South Africa's oil refining capacity

By: Kim Cloete     7th November 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has called for a collaborative approach to attract investment in oil refining hubs throughout the continent and has hinted that Saudi Arabian investment in refining capacity in South Africa may soon become a reality. “In South Africa we believe the time has come for an... 

Grand Inga hydropower project, Democratic Republic of Congo

By: Sheila Barradas     26th October 2018 Government has given two groups of investors a four-week deadline to submit a joint proposal on the development of the multibillion-dollar Inga 3 hydropower plant. 

Kibali set for another record quarter

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd October 2018 The Kibali gold mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is continuing to deliver performance improvements across the board and is expected to post record results for the quarter ended September 30, Randgold Resources CE Mark Bristow said on Monday. Speaking at a briefing for local media,... 

Congo sets deadline for plan on 11 000 MW hydropower plant

By: Bloomberg     22nd October 2018 The Democratic Republic of Congo gave two groups of investors a four-week deadline to submit a joint proposal on the development of the multibillion-dollar Inga 3 hydropower plant. The government signed an accord with Chinese and Spanish consortia this week to advance the 11 000 MW facility, the... 

Containerised workshop facilitates hydraulic services

19th October 2018 Hydraulics components supplier Hytec Services Africa (HSA), part of hydraulic components supplier Hytec Group, has launched its mine site based containerised hose workshops to provide a comprehensive onsite hose and fittings service to its mining clients across Africa. Set up in refurbished and... 

Soil sampling gets under way at Red Rock’s DRC copper/cobalt licence

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th October 2018 A soil sampling programme has started at a copper/cobalt licence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) owned by Aim-listed natural resources development company Red Rock Resources. The licence was recently acquired from a private seller. 

Cavex® Hydrocyclones Expand Footprint Across Africa

16th October 2018 Weir Minerals Africa has expanded its Cavex® hydrocyclone footprint across Africa with its most two recent orders going into the Central African Copperbelt; one in Zambia and one in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Sheldon Gabriel, Product Manager – cyclones at Weir Minerals Africa, says... 

DRC, Tanzania resource nationalist measures more extreme – Leon 

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2018 The resource nationalist measures being implemented in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Tanzania are significantly more extreme than those being adopted and even considered in most other African countries. One likely reason for this is that the DRC and Tanzania both suffer from... 

ERG bets on cobalt from Congo in quest for growth

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) plans to ramp up cobalt output at its Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) facility as it expects the electric car industry to boost demand for the metal, ERG CE Benedikt Sobotka told Reuters. ERG, a global mining and metals group with Kazakh roots, aims to raise... 

Ventilation Fan Test Column At Marthinusen & Coutts A First On The Copperbelt

3rd October 2018 Access to a ventilation fan performance test column installed at Marthinusen & Coutts Zambia, a division of ACTOM (Pty) Ltd, offers a major advantage to mines on the Zambian and DRC Copperbelt. Significantly, this is the only fan test column in the region and was commissioned at the Kitwe based... 

Ivanhoe announces third major copper discovery in DRC

By: Simone Liedtke     1st October 2018 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines has made an important new discovery of high-grade copper on its 100%-owned Western Foreland licences, west of the Kamoa-Kakula mining licence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This discovery, Makoko, is the first of multiple high-potential target areas identified... 

Cranes For Tankhouses

1st October 2018 The African market for tankhouse cranes is flourishing, with strong demand in a geographical band stretching from the Equator to the Tropic of Capricorn.  For end users of this type of crane, the main concern remains the same – prompt and effective after sales service. Tankhouse cranes are... 

Randgold refutes Sokimo’s claims around Barrick merger affecting Kibali ownership

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th September 2018 Randgold Resources has refuted reported claims by Democratic Republic of Congo State miner Société de Miniere de Kilo-Moto SA (Sokimo) that the proposed merger between Barrick Gold and Randgold will introduce a new partner in the Kibali joint venture. Randgold said the proposed merger would... 

Trafigura Group helps re-establish historic African trade route

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th September 2018 Independent commodity trading group Trafigura has successfully taken the first step towards reopening one of Africa’s most historic trade routes, with a train journey that ended in the Angolan port of Lobito on Saturday, September 22. A cargo of 800 t of copper blister, bought by Trafigura from... 

Vector Resources secures $20m loan to aid Adidi-Kanga development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th September 2018 ASX-listed Vector Resources has secured a $20-million committed debt facility with resources focus fund Medea Future Materials Fund, to help reduce its indebtedness with a local Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) bank. The company needs $5-million for upfront acquisition costs, about $10-million... 

Engen operations in nine African countries transfer to Vivo Energy in March 2019

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th September 2018 Oil company Engen Holdings’ operations in nine sub-Saharan African countries will be transferred to JSE-listed downstream petroleum company Vivo Energy on March 1, 2019. The $203.9-million transaction will see Vivo’s retail service station network expand from 15 to 23 countries in Africa,... 

Imilingo making strides at Electra Mining 2018

17th September 2018 As the final day of Electra Mining Africa 2018 themed ‘Diversity Day’ drew to  a close, the Imilingo Mineral Processing team were upbeat about their diversified Electra experience. “We came into this with a great deal of enthusiasm and it hasn't disappointed in terms of our overall objectives to... 

Anglo American asks Angola for permission to explore for metals

By: Reuters     14th September 2018 Anglo American, one of the world's largest commodities miners, has asked Angola for permission to explore for base metals, the country's Ministry for Mines said on Friday. Anglo, which operates diamond, copper, platinum mines around the world, submitted a letter of intent to invest in the... 

Congo plans to build special economic zone for cobalt users

By: Bloomberg     12th September 2018 The Democratic Republic of Congo plans to establish special economic zones for companies that manufacture goods from the country’s minerals, President Joseph Kabila said. “There is a need to create special economic zones for the final users of Congolese natural resources,” Kabila said at a... 

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