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Savannah applies for new mining lease in Mozambique

By: Mariaan Webb     21st September 2018 London- and Frankfurt-listed Savannah Resources has lodged the last outstanding mining lease application for the Mutumba heavy mineral sands joint venture project with Rio Tinto, the company said on Friday, while also announcing its half-year results. The application has been submitted by... 

Taskforce outcomes to set basis of Australia’s first resources plan in 20 years

By: Nadine James     21st September 2018 Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan on Friday welcomed a report by the federal government’s Resources 2030 Taskforce, which he convened in March to ensure that the Australian resource sector remains globally competitive and sustainable The Minister will use the work of the... 

Poseidon signs Black Swan ore tolling agreements

By: Mariaan Webb     21st September 2018 Base metals firm Poseidon Nickel has found two potential sources of third-party feed for its Black Swan concentrator, which the company is touting as an alternative processing facility for stranded nickel miners following the closure of BHP Billiton’s Nickel West Kambalda concentrator. Private... 

Wesizwe subsidiary institutes legal action, wants Maseve transaction declared unlawful

By: Nadine James     21st September 2018 Wesizwe Platinum subsidiary Africa Wide Mineral Prospecting and Exploration has instituted legal action against TSX-listed Platinum Group Metals’ (PTM’s) wholly-owned South African subsidiary, as well as Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat), seeking to have the Maseve transaction declared unlawful.... 

Centaurus resumes Salobo West licensing process

By: Mariaan Webb     21st September 2018 ASX-listed Centaurus Metals will resume the environmental licencing process for its maiden drilling programme at the Salobo West copper/gold project, in Brazil, after an earlier decision to deny the company a drilling and clearing licence was overturned. The key environmental agency responsible... 

Ramaphosa moves to revitalise mining, create certainty

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2018 It is imperative that South Africa restores investment and exploration levels in the mining sector as mining and mineral beneficiation activities have significant potential to drive long term growth, exports and job growth, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his economic stimulus and recovery plan... 

Pacton receives regulatory approval to buy rest of Arrow

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st September 2018 Canadian junior Pacton Gold hunting conglomerate-style gold in Australia’s Pilbara has received approval from the TSX Venture Exchange to buy the remaining 49% interest in Arrow Minerals. The transaction, announced last month, gives the company full ownership of a strategic landholding of 609... 

Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies

By: Dylan Slater     21st September 2018 The South African mining industry, once the backbone of economic growth, intensive job creation and development, is declining constantly, owing to the slow rates of research and development into newer, safer, modernised, mechanised and continuous mining methods. A key pillar of improving mining... 

Aury Africa enters into empowerment deal with Nkomose Consulting

20th September 2018 Screening and vibrating equipment solutions and services provider Aury Africa has concluded a Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) agreement with 100% black-owned local services company Nkomose Consulting Engineers & Projects. The B-BBEE deal aims to align Aury Africa with the... 

Cabinet’s approval of new Mining Charter a ‘positive’ step – law firm

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th September 2018 Multinational law firm Herbert Smith Freehills on Thursday welcomed Cabinet’s approval of the new Mining Charter, as well as of the withdrawal of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill, as proposed by Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe earlier this... 

Serabi fills new COO position with Brazilian national

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2018 Brazil-focused gold mining and development company Serabi on Thursday announced the appointment of Roney Almeida to the newly established position of COO. Almeida, a Brazilian national and resident in Belo Horizonte, will report to Serabi CEO Mike Hodgson. 

‘Take no action’ Dampier tells shareholders

By: Mariaan Webb     20th September 2018 ASX-listed Dampier Gold has urged shareholders not to take any action in relation to the conditional scrip takeover offer from joint venture (JV) partner Vango Mining, arguing that the timing of the bid is a direct response to an unresolved dispute between the two companies over the K2 gold mine... 

Axiom fully permitted for Isabel nickel project

By: Mariaan Webb     20th September 2018 Solomon Islands has formally granted Axiom Mining a lease over the San Jorge nickel deposit, paving the way for the ASX-listed company to start construction of the Isabel mine – one of the last known undeveloped world-class nickel laterite deposits. The news sent Axiom’s stock surging 44% to... 

Wallbridge up on high-grade drilling results

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2018 Shares in Toronto-listed Wallbridge Mining soared 21% on Wednesday as the company announced positive results from its underground drilling programme and an update on the ongoing development of the 35 000-t bulk sample at the Fenelon gold property, in Quebec. Wallbridge said that, in the newly... 

Anglo Asian declares first dividend, reports strong H1 results

By: Simone Liedtke     19th September 2018 Aim-listed Anglo Asian has declared a maiden interim dividend, following the company’s move into a net cash position subsequent to June 30. The gold and copper miner, which operates in Azerbaijan, would pay a 3c a share dividend, it said on Wednesday, releasing a strong set of half-year results. 

Rainbow sees positive outcomes in FY18

By: Simone Liedtke     19th September 2018 Following years of planning and preparation, LSE-listed Rainbow Rare Earths’ Gakara project, in Burundi, entered production in the 2018 financial year, ended June 30, and exported 575 t of rare earths concentrate. In a market dominated by Chinese producers, Rainbow chairperson Adonis Pouroulis... 

Pan African’s rapid turnaround removes false notions on doing business in SA 

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2018 South Africa was on Wednesday reaffirmed as a country where business is able to do what is required, when London- and Johannesburg-listed gold mining company Pan African Resources outlined the remarkably efficient manner in which this country’s regulatory environment facilitated the closure of a... 

ASX-hopeful Montem to develop Canada coking coal projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2018 Montem Resources, a company with coking coal development projects in Canada, has announced its planned initial public offering (IPO) and listing on the ASX as it seeks to shore up funding for its brownfield projects in Alberta and British Columbia. The company has lodged its prospectus the... 

Excelsior shareholders give thumbs up to Spitfire merger

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2018 The takeover of Excelsior Gold by Spitfire Materials has received shareholder backing, paving the way for the merger implementation to proceed. Excelsior shareholders approved the transaction on Wednesday. The Federal Court approval will be sought next week and, should that be given, the scheme... 

Hummingbird to raise processing throughput, confirms good gold intercepts

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th September 2018 Aim-listed gold miner Hummingbird Resources will build a second ball mill at the Yanfolila gold mine, in Mali, that will increase plant throughput from 1.2-million to 1.4-million tonnes a year, based on a blend of ore types. Based on 100% fresh ore types, the throughput capacity will increase... 

DRA to conduct feasibility study for Guinea graphite project

By: Schalk Burger     19th September 2018 Engineering services multinational DRA has been appointed to conduct the feasibility study for Canada-based Guinea-focused mining company SRG’s Lola graphite project, in Guinea. DRA said in a statement on Wednesday that the project will be executed through the DRA Met-Chem office, in Montreal,... 

Metminco buys Solomon Islands nickel project, to delist from Aim

By: Mariaan Webb     19th September 2018 Share trading in Metminco resumed on the ASX on Wednesday as the miner announced the acquisition of the Jejevo nickel project, in the Solomon Islands, giving it exposure to the nickel market at a time of rising demand from the battery market. Metminco will buy Sunshine Metals in a scrip... 

Velocity completes Rozino PEA, earns 70% stake

By: Mariaan Webb     19th September 2018 Eastern Europe-focused Velocity Minerals has completed a positive preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for the Rozino openpit gold project, paving the way for the TSX-V-listed company to earn its 70% in Bulgaria project. The assessment is based on an openpit mining operation, which recovers... 

Kirkland invests in Urban Barry explorer Osisko Mining

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2018 Midtier gold producer Kirkland Lake has increased its shareholding in TSX-listed Osisko Mining, through which it has exposure to the Urban Barry area of north-western Quebec. The company acquired 14 705 882 common shares of Osisko by way of private placement at C$1.70 a share, for a total cash... 

Lulo kimberlite investment contract gazetted

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th September 2018 Tphe Angolan Ministry of Mineral Resources and Petroleum has gazetted a new mineral investment contract for the Lulo kimberlite exploration licence, covering a five-year period through to April 30, 2023. Lucapa Diamond Company co-owns and operates the kimberlite  exploration programme on the... 

Orion nears drilling completion at Prieska project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th September 2018 ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals’ Prieska project drill-out programme is nearing completion, with continued high-grade results being returned at the deep sulphide target. The company has drilled more than 83 000 m since May 2017, across 94 intersections, including 15 intersections drilled for... 

Sitatunga Resources branches out into manganese

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th September 2018 Exploration and mining project development company Sitatunga Resources has bought the East Manganese project, in Hozatel, Northern Cape, from Southern Ambition, marking the first step in the company’s strategy to build a manganese portfolio in the province. The deal, which was signed on August... 

Tharisa to embark on £3.2m exploration programme prior to Salene acquisition decision

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th September 2018 JSE- and LSE-listed platinum-group metals (PGMs) and chrome producer Tharisa Minerals has restructured its transaction with Leto Settlement Trust for the acquisition of 90% of the Salene Chrome Zimbabwe prospect. Tharisa has been granted a call option to acquire a 90% shareholding in Salene,... 

Gladiator raises cash to fast-track North Arunta project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th September 2018 Gladiator has received firm commitment to raise up to A$625 000 to further the North Arunta project, in the Northern Territory. The capital raising entails commitments for a placement of 105-million shares at 0.2c apiece to raise up to A$210 000 placements before costs to sophisticated and... 

‘Major’ drilling programme approved for Torrens

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 The management committee of the Torrens joint venture – a 70:30 Aeris Resources and Argonaut partnership – has approved Stage 1 of a “major” drilling programme the iron-oxide/copper/gold project, in South Australia. Stage 1 will involve eight to ten drill holes to depths of between 700 m and 1... 

Vango makes offmarket bid for Dampier Gold

By: Mariaan Webb     17th September 2018 ASX-listed Vango Mining on Monday announced an all-scrip offmarket takeover offer for fellow-listed Dampier Gold, valuing the explorer and developer at 5.6c a share. The offer is a near 87% premium on Dampier’s share price on Friday and also 98% above the company’s one-month volume weighted... 

Encounter/Newcrest JV granted new Tamani licences

By: Simone Liedtke     17th September 2018 ASX-listed Encounter Resources has been granted seven new exploration licences in the Tanami gold province of Western Australia as part of its joint venture (JV) with major Newcrest Mining. The JV now controls a granted exploration tenure covering about 3 500 km2 in the province, representing... 

Egypt signs oil, gas exploration deal with Shell, Petronas worth about $1bn – statement 

By: Reuters     17th September 2018 Egypt has signed a deep-water oil and gas exploration deal with Royal Dutch Shell and Malaysia's Petronas worth around $1-billion for 8 wells in the country's West Nile Delta, the petroleum ministry said on Saturday. The country also signed a second $10-million deal with Rockhopper, Kuwait Energy... 

Eskom has coal shortages at ten power plants – spokesperson

By: Reuters     17th September 2018 South African power utility Eskom said on Monday that it had fewer than 20 days of coal supplies at 10 of its 15 coal-fired power stations, posing a threat to national power supplies. A company spokesman said a major supplier, owned by the Gupta family, had cut supplies as it seeks insolvency... 

Beaufield CEO resigns

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 Quebec- and Ontario-focused explorer Beaufield Resources has announced the resignation of its president and CEO, Ronald Stewart, who is leaving the company to “pursue other opportunities”. His resignation is effective with immediate effect, the TSX-V-listed exploration firm said on Friday. 

Sprott takes stake in Wallbridge

By: Mariaan Webb     17th September 2018 Precious metals investor Eric Sprott has increased its shareholding in TSX-listed Wallbridge Mining through a nonbrokered private placement raising C$3.9-million. "We are pleased to have a gold investor such as Eric Sprott as one of our large shareholders. Eric is very familiar with high-grade... 

Pan African expects lower earnings

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2018 Gold mining company Pan African on Friday advised shareholders that earnings in the 12 months to June 30 are expected to be lower than for the corresponding period last year. But the challenging operational environment has been ameliorated by the pouring last month of the first gold at the newly... 

Cradle Arc renews prospecting licences near flagship Mowana copper mine

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2018 Africa-focused base and precious metals exploration and production company Cradle Arc on Friday announced that it had renewed prospecting licences to the north of its flagship Mowana copper mine, in Botswana, along the same Bushman Lineament that hosts the current resource estimate for Mowana.... 

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