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Mia Breytenbach

Mia Breytenbach

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Nigerian mining’s GDP contribution seen increasing sixfold to 3%, cautious optimism takes hold in South Africa

23rd February 2018 With investors continuously scouring for new opportunities worldwide and countries scrutinised for their investment attractiveness and moni- tored in terms of economic growth, new light has been cast on the re-emerging and growing Nigerian mining sector, while South Africa’s mining industry... 

Botswana Diamonds starts exploration work at Botswana JV, maintains exploration optimism

13th February 2018 Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds has started exploration work on the Sunland Minerals joint venture (JV), which it shares with Russian diamond producer Alrosa, in Botswana. The objective of the exploration programme is to follow up on 15 previously identified priority geophysical targets in PL232-235... 

Orion to target BFS completion for Prieska project by October

8th February 2018 Following the release of the maiden mineral resource for Orion Minerals’ Prieska zinc/copper project, in the Northern Cape, the company will target the completion of a bankable feasibility study (BFS) on the project by October. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online on the sidelines of the Investing in... 

Master Drilling unveils novel mobile tunnel boring system at Indaba

6th February 2018 JSE-listed Master Drilling has launched its new South African-developed mobile tunnel boring system, which is suitable for the excavation of various types of tunnels. Master Drilling executive director Koos Jordaan explained at the unveiling of the system at the Investing in African Mining... 

Randgold Resources CE calls for gold industry to focus on assets

6th February 2018 Although the gold mining industry has largely weathered the post supercycle storm and is no longer in survival mode, the industry still remains in a kind of limbo, says Randgold Resources CE Mark Bristow. Speaking at a presentation of the company’s 2017 results, on the sidelines of the Investing... 

Randgold Resources achieves record production, reduces cost in high-performance year

5th February 2018 Randgold Resources has, for the seventh consecutive year, increased its gold production, boosting output by 5% year-on-year to 1.32-million ounces and exceeding the guidance for 2017. The miner has further reduced its total cash cost by 3% to $620/oz – the lowest level in six years. 

CoM sees resurgence in hope, green shoots in South African mining industry

5th February 2018 There is new sense of hope in the mining industry and in South Africa, says Chamber of Mines (CoM) CEO Roger Baxter. “It gives us a new confidence that a resurgence is taking place in the industry for the year ahead,” said Baxter, who spoke at a media briefing at the Investing in African Mining... 

Streaming, royalty agreements novel alternative funding structures for coal juniors

2nd February 2018 Streaming and royalty agreements are novel financing structures that are useful in medium-risk environments, says legal services provider Strata Legal director Brandon Irsigler. Speaking at the IHS Markit South African Coal Export Conference, in Cape Town, on Friday, he highlighted royalty and... 

Southern African countries, Botswana to play larger role in coal export market

2nd February 2018 Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique are beginning to play a much bigger role in the Southern African domestic and export coal market, says Botswana Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security Minister Sadique Kebonang. Speaking at the IHS Markit South African Coal Export Conference,... 

New energy to ease mining industry conflict – Scholes

1st February 2018 There appears to be new political resolve to mend the relationship between the mining industry and the Department of Mineral Resources, says specialised law firm Malan Scholes director Hulme Scholes. Speaking at the IHS Markit South African Coal Export Conference, in Cape Town, on Thursday, the... 

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