R/€ = 14.59 Change: 0.06
R/$ = 11.82 Change: 0.15
Au 1333.77 $/oz Change: 19.20
Pt 959.50 $/oz Change: 7.49


Pallinghurst shifts focus to gemstones; Frandsen, Willis to manage Sedibelo interest

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2018 Its decreasing exposure to steelmaking materials, is prompting natural resources investment company Pallinghurst Resources to focus on coloured gemstones and the company plans to change its name to Gemfields Group, pending shareholder approval. 

Amur to position Russia project as ready source for EV battery market

By: Mariaan Webb     20th March 2018 London-listed Amur Metals is gearing up for an aggressive marketing programme in large nickel consuming nations China, Korea and Japan, as the Kun-Manie nickel sulphide project, in the far east of Russia, is shaping up to be potentially a ready source for the electric vehicle (EV) battery... 

US Congressional action underscores strong desire to establish domestic REE supply chains

By: Henry Lazenby     19th March 2018 Recent US Congressional actions point to a strong desire to establish domestic rare earth element (REE) supply chains, as the industry seeks to diversify away from dominant producer and consumer – China. Congress continues to work on the development of REE separation technologies, as evidenced by... 

Zimbabwe changes empowerment law limiting majority ownership to diamond and platinum

By: Reuters     19th March 2018 Zimbabwe has changed its empowerment law to limit majority ownership by state entities to only diamond and platinum mines and not the entire mining sector as in previous legislation, according to a government notice. The Indigenisation and Econmic Empowerment Act was designed to increase black... 

Lonmin transaction filed with South Africa’s competition body

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater has filed a submission with the South African competition authorities regarding the proposed R5.15-billion acquisition of platinum group metals (PGMs) producer Lonmin.  

On-The-Air (16/03/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2018 London analysts this week stopped discounting South African share prices thanks to South Africa’s improved political outlook; A mine in the Northern Cape will be the initial beneficiary of yet another Fourth Industrial Revolution partnership clinched this week; and Hydrogen transport was this... 

African Rainbow Minerals ups earnings, declares dividend

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2018 Diversified black-led mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) on Friday announced a 15% increase in headline earnings for the six months to December 31 to R1 945 million. This increase was mainly as a result of improved headline earnings from the manganese division, ARM Coal, Modikwa... 

Iron-ore gives South Africa’s January mining output a boost

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Mining production increased by 2.4% year-on-year in January, bolstered by strong growth in iron-ore production and “other” non-metallic minerals, Statistics South Africa figures how. The January growth compares with a contraction of 0.5% in December. 

Russian-Zimbabwean firm to invest $400m in Zimbabwe platinum

By: Reuters     15th March 2018 Great Dyke Investments (GDI) said on Thursday it would invest around $400-million to build a precious metals mine and smelter in Zimbabwe, as the country opens up to international business. The joint venture between Russia's Afromet and Zimbabwe's Pen East expects to produce up to 855 000 oz (27... 

Zimbabwe's coal output set to quadruple as investors arrive

By: Reuters     15th March 2018 Zimbabwe has attracted around $300-million in its coal industry that will quadruple production next year versus 2017, its Mining Minister told an investment conference in London on Thursday. The country, which says its abundant mineral resources include more than 40 exploitable minerals, is... 

Resources Watch  

     15th March 2018 This week: Exxaro negotiating new business opportunities beyond mining German ruling likely blessing in disguise for platinum And, Implats harvests loss shafts, mulls more investment in profitable shafts 

S African foundry aims to expand footprint in North America 

By: Donald Makhafola     14th March 2018 The capacity of some aspects of the smelting industry in North America, such as the steel sector, has significantly deteriorated in the past 25 years, as a result of Chinese companies dominating the market and supplying cheaper products, says South Africa-based foundry and engineering company... 

Energy-intensive firms say carbon tax wrong tool for reducing power emissions

By: Terence Creamer     14th March 2018 The Industry Task Team on Climate Change (ITTCC), which includes many of South Africa’s largest mining and industrial companies, says the proposed carbon tax will have no material impact on reducing carbon emissions from the electricity sector, which is responsible for around half of the... 

Afarak secures new-order mining right for Vlakpoort mine

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th March 2018 LSE-listed Afarak has secured a new-order mining right for its Vlakpoort mine, in the western limb of South Africa’s Bushveld complex. The preparatory work on the mine, which has a minimum of 6.6-million tonnes of proven chrome reserves and 330 314 oz of platinum group metals, will start during... 

Hydrogen transport proposed for opencast mines

By: Martin Creamer     13th March 2018 Hydrogen transportation technology would be useful in large opencast mines, where a number of haul trucks operate in a limited radius, says RTS Africa Engineering MD Ian Fraser. Such an application could serve as a stepping stone to the realisation of the value of hydrogen technology in... 

New orders for RTS Africa principal Nel’s hydrogen filling stations internationally ‘fuelling’ hydrogen-powered vehicle trend

     13th March 2018 The era of fossil-fuelled transportation is drawing to a close. Climate change concerns and dwindling liquid hydrocarbon reserves will undoubtedly change the patterns of personal and commercial transportation in the future. While there are sound cases to be made for the adoption of transportation... 

Growthpoint lists first local green bonds

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th March 2018 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Growthpoint Properties has issued a Green Bond on the JSE, the first local company to do so. The Growthpoint Green Bonds will be available in terms of five, seven and ten years and are aimed at raising capital solely allocated for funding projects that... 

Battle to keep Lonmin platinum deal alive hinges on the rand

By: Bloomberg     9th March 2018 When Lonmin CEO Ben Magara announced in December that Sibanye Gold had agreed to buy the platinum miner, he was visibly relieved. He can’t relax just yet. 

New contractor starts 2018 mining season at Eurasia’s West Kytlim

By: Mariaan Webb     9th March 2018 London-listed precious metals producer Eurasia has appointed alluvial mining contractor Techstroy to mine the West Kytlim project, which contains the world’s second-largest alluvial platinum reserve. The new contractor has hit the ground running, starting site work in the first week of March,... 

Hanwa to join PTM, Jogmec in Waterberg JV

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2018 Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (Jogmec) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with global trading company Hanwa for the transfer of a part of Jogmec’s interest in the Waterberg Joint Venture (JV) project, in the Bushveld Complex, to Hanwa 

On-The-Air (09/03/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     9th March 2018 Black-led mining company Exxaro is negotiating the launch of a Fourth Industrial Revolution technology business with a global know-how partner; Germany's tough court ruling against diesel pollution looks like being a blessing in disguise for South Africa's struggling platinum industry. Palladium... 

Resources Watch  

     8th March 2018 This week: Sasol expects to realise $1-billion from noncore asset disposals And, Northam Platinum to create 6 500 new jobs in growth thrust 

Global platinum demand expected to increase marginally in 2018

By: Nadine James     8th March 2018 Global platinum demand is expected to increase marginally this year, based on a 2% recovery in jewellery demand in Asian markets, as well as a 6% demand increase for industrial applications. This combined with a 2% decline in supply, owed to mine closures in South Africa, will have resulted in a... 

Palladium dubbed 'unobtainium', rhodium 'next palladium'

By: Martin Creamer     7th March 2018 While diesel demonisation continues to the detriment of platinum, several key steps that will benefit platinum are poised to be taken in the next 18 to 24 months. The first of these key steps is the substitution of platinum for palladium in gasoline systems, against the backdrop of palladium... 

Jubilee delivers positive results in final six months of 2017

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th March 2018 Aim- and AltX-listed Jubilee has pushed its earnings into positive territory during the six months ended December 31, following the inclusion of the low-cost Hernic ferrochrome platinum and chrome tailings operations for a full six months. The group on Wednesday posted an increase in earnings... 

German ruling likely blessing in disguise for platinum - RBPlat  

     7th March 2018 The German Federal Court ruling on diesel car emissions, which could cost transgressors eight-billion euros in fines a year, is seen as a likely blessing in disguise for platinum, Royal Bafokeng Platinum. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer has the details. 

Anglo American Platinum and Yokogawa Forging a New Way Forward

     7th March 2018 Mining Opportunities with new local business entity Yokogawa South Africa is proud to announce the signing of a distributor agreement with 3E Control and Instrumentation (3E C&I) to support local business development by the supply of their wide range of instrumentation products in the North West... 

German ruling likely blessing in disguise for platinum - RBPlat 

By: Martin Creamer     6th March 2018 The German Federal Court ruling on diesel car emissions, which could cost transgressors eight-billion euros in fines a year, is seen as a likely blessing in disguise for platinum, Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) CEO Steve Phiri said on Tuesday. The global backlash against diesel-engine cars,... 

Nornickel profit falls 16%, palladium now largest revenue contributor

By: Mariaan Webb     6th March 2018 Nickel and palladium producer Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel) has posted a 16% drop in full-year net profit, as the miner realised a smaller foreign exchange gain. Nornickel's net profit declined to $2.12-billion in the year ended December 2017, from $2.53-billion in 2016, the company reported on... 

Bluejay scoops Greenland prospector and developer award

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th March 2018 Dual-listed Bluejay Mining has been awarded the ‘Prospector and Developer of the Year 2017’ award by the Greenland government. The award is given to companies or individuals who have demonstrated initiative and innovation within Greenland's mineral industry, robust environmental practices and... 

thyssenkrupp committed to strengthening partnerships and driving industrialisation processes in Africa

     5th March 2018 thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions is proud of its time-honoured history as a leading partner of engineering, equipment, technology, plant and service solutions to mining, cement, chemical, fertilizer and oil & gas industries across the African continent.  In a bid to further strengthen its... 

Eastplats secures financing deal for Crocodile River Mine retreatment project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th March 2018 Dual-listed Eastern Platinum (Eastplats) and its subsidiary Barplats Mines have entered into an agreement with Union Goal Offshore Solution for the construction, mining and processing of the tailings resource, and the subsequent offtake of chrome concentrate from the Barplats Zandfontein Upper... 

Booyco Leads The Pack As PDS #5,000 Goes Into Witbank Coal Mine

     5th March 2018 As South Africa’s leader in terms of the largest deployment of proximity detection systems (PDS) in the mining sector, Booyco Electronics has celebrated another massive landmark: its 5,000th PDS installation. Getting to this point has taken years of commitment to customers, and a dedication to... 

Study reveals why magmas produced South Africa’s chromium

By: Nadine James     2nd March 2018 The University of the Witwatersrand School of Geosciences' Professor Rais Latypov and his team may have discovered how the country’s chromite layers were formed.  In a statement released on Friday, the School of Geosciences noted that the scientific community still does not possess a complete... 

New study reveals the secret of magmas that produce South Africa’s national treasures

     2nd March 2018 South Africa’s history and economy has been built on its rich natural treasures of a number of precious metals, stones and minerals.   The country’s mineral deposits have been created over hundreds of millions of years through processes that are still not completely understood.   One of these... 

On-The-Air (02/03/2018) 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd March 2018 Independent consultants today presented a six-point plan to the government to revive mining exploration, which is at a virtual standstill; Top mining analysts this week called for major structuring change to save South Africa's gold-mining industy; and Northam Platinum has surprised on the upside... 

Implats harvests loss shafts, mulls more investment in profitable shafts 

By: Martin Creamer     1st March 2018 The 40 000-employee Impala Platinum Mine in Rustenburg, which is 'harvesting' unprofitable shafts while studying additional investment opportunities in the many profit-making shafts within its well-endowed, long-life lease area, has set in motion a process to cut costs by R1-billion. Harvesting,... 

Amplats CEO seeks friendlier Zimbabwe mining laws to lift investment

By: Reuters     1st March 2018 Zimbabwe must offer foreign miners a consistent legal framework, the right to keep a controlling stake in operations and a greater share of profits to encourage investment, the head of Anglo American Platinum said. The country, home to the world's second largest reserves of platinum after South... 

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