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Harmony, Amplats report fatalities

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 6 hours ago Precious metals miners Harmony Gold and Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) both reported fatalities on Friday. A Harmony employee died after falling from a height, while working in the shaft bottom at the Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville.  

Organisations raise objections to the draft IRP

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2018 Industry bodies and organisations have welcomed aspects of the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2018 but have also raised concerns during public hearings held in Parliament on Wednesday. They are hoping that their suggestions will be included in a final plan for South Africa’s energy future. 

Jubilee reports solid Q3 performance, growing demand

By: Simone Liedtke     17th October 2018 AltX- and Aim-listed Jubilee Metals has seen a growing demand from both small and global mining companies wanting to work with Jubilee to access the metals available in mine waste, CEO Leon Coetzer said on Wednesday. This statement comes amid the diversified metals recovery company having... 

Anglo American Platinum brings two Kom-Vision equipped vehicles into production at Mogalakwena Complex

17th October 2018 Technology will boost safety at operations and integrated systems that will deliver significant operational improvements Anglo American Platinum recently bought two Kom-Vision-equipped Komatsu 930E earthmoving vehicles into production at the Mogalakwena Complex. The Kom-Vision technology is a... 

Amplats sets new benchmark with two Kom-Vision equipped vehicles at Mogalakwena complex 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th October 2018 Platinum mining major Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has acquired two Kom-Vision-equipped Komatsu 930E earthmoving vehicles that have entered into production at the Mogalakwena Complex, setting a new benchmark for the miner. Amplats’ safety strategy is based on four pillars, namely systems,... 

South African company building new smelter in Zimbabwe

By: Victor Moolman     17th October 2018 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is working in the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, close to the town of Shurungwi, where it is helping to construct the Unki platinum smelter, adjacent to a mining operation owned by platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). Thos Begbie was... 

Sibanye, Lonmin merger hearing postponed to November 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th October 2018 The Competition Tribunal's hearing into the proposed merger between precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater and platinum miner Lonmin has been postponed to November, the tribunal reported on Wednesday. The hearing was meant to start on October 18 but has been "postponed in agreement with all... 

Court to hear MFSA’s application against DMR 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th October 2018 The Mining Forum of South Africa (MFSA) says the Mafikeng High Court will, on October 26, hold a hearing into an application lodged by the MFSA against the Mineral Resources Minister over allegations that platinum miner Lonmin is not complying with its social and labour plans (SLPs). The... 

URU Metals completes geophysics survey at Zebediela project

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2018 The ground-based geophysics survey over a portion of Aim-listed exploration and development group URU Metals’ Zebediela nickel/sulphide project, in Limpopo, has been completed. The purpose of the programme was to assist with the accurate placement of further planned exploration drill holes and to... 

On-The-Air (12/10/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2018 The Mining Indaba this week pledged to give South Africa more access than ever to global investors who will be attending the upcoming international event. The government was this week urged to go all out to pull the struggling South African mining industry out of its unnecessary slump. South... 

MSA Africa launches new Workman® tripods for confined-space entry

10th October 2018 A leading manufacturer of high-quality safety solutions for hazardous environments such as mining, MSA Africa used Electra Mining Africa 2018 to display some of its latest products. These included the Workman® range of tripods, which are used specifically to facilitate confined-space entry via... 

DMR accepts Waterberg mining right application – PTM

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th October 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has accepted TSX- and NYSE-listed Platinum Group Metals’ (PTM’s) mining right application for the large-scale Waterberg platinum group metals (PGMs) project. The application comprises a mining work programme, social and labour plan, and associated... 

Commission recommends tribunal approve RPM buyout of Mototolo

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th October 2018 The Competition Commission has recommended to the Competition Tribunal that it approve Rustenburg Platinum Mines’ (RPM’s) acquisition of the Mototolo Joint Venture (Mototolo JV) and the movable assets of the Mototolo chrome recovery circuit. The commission found that the proposed transaction... 

Dollar shortage 'short-term problem' for miners in Zimbabwe – Minister

By: Reuters     10th October 2018 A dollar shortage that has sparked outrage from mining companies operating in Zimbabwe is a "short-term problem" that will be remedied by a stronger economy, the mines minister told Reuters. Zimbabwe is suffering acute shortages of US dollars, deterring foreign capital from helping the ailing... 

Platreef Shaft 1 intersects Flatreef deposit at 780 m below surface

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2018 Shaft 1 at Ivanplats’ Platreef project has reached the top of the high-grade Flatreef deposit at 780.2 m below surface. This is the first time that the Platreef – a strongly mineralised, polymetallic belt that extends northward from the town of Mokopane for more than 30 km – has been intercepted... 

The real cash cow in mining isn't metals. It's bad old coal

By: Bloomberg     10th October 2018 For all the bullish talk about metals of the future, miners are making some of their biggest profits from heavy-industry stalwart coal. Base metals from copper to zinc have tumbled this year, caught up as a proxy for trade fears and emerging market jitters. Meanwhile, coal has ground steadily... 

Tribunal to consider Sibanye, Lonmin merger at Oct 18 hearing

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th October 2018 The Competition Tribunal will hold hearings into the proposed merger between Sibanye-Stillwater and Lonmin on October 18 and 19. Precious metals miner Sibanye in December made an all-share offer to acquire platinum group metals producer Lonmin, with the offer valuing Lonmin at about R5.15-billion. 

Astron Energy appoints chair, CEO

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th October 2018 Astron Energy, previously Chevron South Africa (CSA), has appointed Mashudu Ramano chairperson and Jonathan Molapo CEO, with immediate effect. CSA was, last month, acquired by black economic empowerment consortium Off The Shelf Investments, which is chaired by Ramano, for $1-billion. 

Gold nudges up on risk aversion amid China worries

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 Gold prices edged higher on Tuesday as risk appetite fell, with Asian stocks slipping to 17-month lows amid concerns over a potential slowdown in China's economic growth. Spot gold was up 0.2% at $1 189.58/oz at 07:15 GMT. On Monday, it fell 1.2%, its biggest one-day percentage fall since August... 

Chinese delegation to witness proudly South African logging system 

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2018 The high-ranking delegation from China, which is due to arrive in South Africa next Monday to undertake a three-week study of South Africa’s globally recognised mineral reporting codes, will be given insight during their visit into a South African borehole logging system that is poised to go... 

Mitak's capacity, technology and local manufacture underpins the quality of its high chrome white iron mill liners

8th October 2018 The Johannesburg-based company Mitak, which exhibited for the first time at this year’s Electra Mining 2018, ranks among the world's majors in terms of high chrome white iron (HCWI) foundries. Since its founding in 1973, the company has developed and capitalised on its extensive experience in... 

Tharisa on track to meet 2020 targets after record FY18 production

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th October 2018 The financial year ended September 30 bode well for JSE- and LSE-listed platinum group metals (PGMs) and chrome miner Tharisa Minerals, with record production from its Tharisa mine, in South Africa’s Bushveld Complex, record high recovery rates and a best-in-class safety accolade. “The... 

MCSA hopes Mandela Platinum Coin will rival Krugerrand

By: News24Wire      5th October 2018 CEO of the Minerals Council South Africa, Roger Baxter, was upbeat following the first day of the Jobs Summit, saying the industry has a proposal to improve platinum demand, a potential growth area. The sector has been in talks with government to develop a Mandela Platinum Rand in honour of the... 

South Africa researching hydrogen storage for platinum-using fuel cells

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2018 South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is researching innovative hydrogen storage technologies that have the potential to be key enablers of platinum-catalysed fuel cells, which generate clean electricity using hydrogen as a fuel and platinum as a catalyst. The... 

On-The-Air (05/10/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2018 Minerals Minister Gwede Mantashe this week made a strong call for price-hit platinum to be vigorously marketed; Desperately needed mineral exploration has received a major boost by being freed from regulatory red tape; and China is so impressed with South Africa’s mining investment codes that it... 

BC market regulator settles with Nickel One president

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th October 2018 The British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) has reached a settlement agreement with the president of a junior mineral exploration company that filed a deficient technical report. Carl Vance Loeber is the president and a director of Nickel One Resources, a junior mineral exploration company... 

Greater beneficiation in South Africa not feasible yet

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th October 2018 Public Investment Corporation mining, beneficiation and energy sector specialist Heidi Sternberg says it is widely believed that South Africa should be beneficiating, since it has much of the world’s gold and platinum resources. “It is a key node for job creation; however, beneficiation requires... 

International investment in South Africa’s mining industry lagging  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th October 2018 Although international mining funds are choosing to invest in other jurisdictions, rather than in South Africa’s mining sector, there is still hope for the local mining sector, Anglo American nonexecutive director and Joburg Indaba international investment panel chair Jim Rutherford said on... 

Zimplats held up as mine safety benchmark at Joburg Indaba

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2018 Zimplats platinum mine in Zimbabwe was held up as a safety benchmark at the Joburg Indaba, which on Thursday observed a minute’s silence for mining colleagues fatally injured at work. Opening the second day of the well-attended event, Gold Fields, Kumba Iron Ore and AfriTin director Terence... 

Charter a stepping stone towards mining industry recovery, but tech adoption needed

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd October 2018 Exxaro Resources CEO and Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA) president Mxolisi Mgojo said 2018 was a second watershed moment for South Africa’s mining industry, following the finalisation of Mining Charter 3. The first moment of this magnitude, he noted, was in 2004, when the Minerals and... 

Mantashe calls for marketing of platinum

By: Martin Creamer     3rd October 2018 A platinum Mandela coin should be minted and marketed and platinum-catalysed fuel cells used to power off-grid areas, Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Wednesday. In his opening speech to the well-attended Joburg Indaba, Mantashe, who is seven months into the job, said he had... 

2018 ‘challenging’ for South African mining companies – PwC

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd October 2018 The 12 months to June 30 proved to be a challenging year for South African mining companies, in contrast with the global mining industry, which achieved a considerable improvement in financial performance compared with the prior year. PwC on Tuesday released the tenth edition of its ‘SA Mine... 

Northam, NUM sign three-year wage deal

By: Reuters     2nd October 2018 South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has signed a three-year wage deal with platinum producer Northam Platinum that secures wage hikes of more than double the inflation rate for its members, the union said on Tuesday. Depressed prices and rising costs mean South African mining... 

Lonmin sells stake in Canadian junior Wallbridge to Eric Sprott

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd October 2018 Platinum miner Lonmin, which is being bought over by Sibanye-Stillwater, has agreed to sell its 6.8% interest in Canadian explorer and developer Wallbridge Mining to billionaire investor Eric Sprott for $3.97-million. The acquisition of Lonmin’s 24 042 895 shares in Wallbridge increased Sprott’s... 

Jangada gains enviro approval for trial mining

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st October 2018 South America-focused platinum group metals (PGM) project developer Jangada Mines on Monday announced that it had been issued an environmental licence for trial mining at the Pedra Branca project, in north-eastern Brazil. The environmental licence is the final requirement before the company can... 

Wesizwe proceeds with development despite interim losses

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th September 2018 JSE-listed Wesizwe Platinum swung to a R14.9-million loss for the six months ended June 30, from a R19-million profit in the first half of the prior year. The basic loss a share for the period was 0.92c, compared with earnings a share of 1.17c in the prior comparable period.  

Bezant pitching Philippines copper/gold project to large miners

By: Mariaan Webb     28th September 2018 Aim-listed copper/gold explorer Bezant Resources is actively marketing its Mankayan copper project, in the Philippines, to large mining groups and institutions that recognise the strength of copper fundamental, executive chairperson Colin Bird said on Friday. The project, which is now Bezant’s... 

Post-Mugabe policies raising expectations for Zim platinum-sector growth

By: Nadine James     28th September 2018 Amid Zimbabwe’s policy changes after former President Robert Mugabe’s removal in November 2017 and the subsequent air of expectation, the country’s platinum sector is poised for positive growth, if not for the challenges presented by the depressed global platinum market.  The Zimbabwe Geological... 

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