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Mantashe, Oliphant welcome end to Sibanye-Stillwater gold strike

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 48 minutes ago Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe and Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant have welcomed the end of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union’s five-month strike at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold operations. The parties announced the resolution of their differences on Wednesday. 

Polymetal reports big jump in production

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 1 hour ago Russian gold and silver producer Polymetal on Thursday reported a 27% year-on-year increase in first-quarter gold-equivalent (GE) production, on the back of a strong performance from its Kyzyl mine and steady operational performance at its other mines. GE production increased to 374 000 oz. Gold... 

Shanta achieves strong first-quarter performance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 1 hour 2 minutes ago East Africa-focused gold producer Shanta Gold had a strong start to 2019 – with the quarter ended March 31 having been its best opening quarter in three years in terms of production. Its costs were also well below guidance. 

Weednanna proves promising for Alliance

By: Esmarie Iannucci     Updated 2 hours 11 minutes ago The Weednanna gold project, in South Australia, would likely require a capital investment of some A$44.4-million, a scoping study has found ASX-listed Alliance Resources on Thursday said that the scoping study, based on a 250 000 t/y gold processing plant and tailings storage facility, had... 

St Barbara books solid quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     Updated 2 hours 12 minutes ago Gold miner St Barbara has revised its production forecast at both its Gwalia and Simberi operations, in Western Australia and Papua New Guinea respectively. The ASX-listed miner was now expecting Gwalia to produce between 235 000 oz and 240 000 oz in the full 2019, compared with the previous... 

Sandfire ups outlook for 2019

By: Esmarie Iannucci     Updated 2 hours 13 minutes ago Copper/gold miner Sandfire Resources has reported another strong quarter at its DeGrussa mine, in Western Australia. Copper production in the three months to March reached 16 062 t, which was on par with the 16 888 t produced in the previous quarter, while gold production also remained stable at... 

Resolute inks new mining convention in Mali

By: Esmarie Iannucci     Updated 2 hours 14 minutes ago Gold miner Resolute Mining has struck a new Mining Convention with the Mali government over its Syama gold mine, lowering the income tax rate on the project from 35% to 25%. Resolute on Thursday reported that the Mali government had also granted a further ten-year extension to the Syama mining... 

Galaxy fails to find JV partner for Sal de Vida

By: Esmarie Iannucci     Updated 2 hours 15 minutes ago The share price of lithium miner Galaxy Resources fell by nearly 12% on Thursday after the company announced that it would close the joint venture (JV) process for its Sal de Vida project, without a deal. Through the second half of 2018 and early 2019, Galaxy conducted an evaluation of strategic... 

Fortescue takes a hit from Veronica

By: Esmarie Iannucci     Updated 2 hours 17 minutes ago Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals has tightened its full year export guidance following Tropical Cyclone Veronica, in late March. The company on Thursday reported that the wet weather conditions resulted in the loss of five days of shipments, equating to some 2.5-million tonnes during the three... 

South32 coking coal output down 37%, energy coal hit by community protests

By: Esmarie Iannucci     Updated 2 hours 19 minutes ago Diversified miner South32 has lowered its energy coal and alumina production expectations for the full year, following a tough March quarter. Energy coal production for the quarter declined by 1% on the previous quarter, to 6.3-million tonnes, while metallurgical coal production was down 37% to... 

South32 coking coal output down 37%, energy coal hit by community protests
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

A$1bn Winchester South coal project to boost Queensland jobs

By: Esmarie Iannucci     Updated 2 hours 22 minutes ago The A$1-billion Winchester South metallurgical coal project has been declared a Coordinated Project by the Queensland government’s independent Coordinator-General. The opencut mine, which will have a targeted run-of-mine production rate of 15-million tonnes a year of high-quality metallurgical... 

Woodside holds firm in the March quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     Updated 2 hours 24 minutes ago Oil and gas major Woodside has reported steady production in the three months to March, compared with the previous corresponding period, with revenues rising 4%. Woodside on Thursday reported a production of 21.7-million barrels of oil equivalent, compared with the 22.1-million barrels in the... 

Majority of B2Gold’s mines outperform guidance in strong first quarter

By: Nadine James     Updated 2 hours 29 minutes ago TSX-listed B2Gold exceeded its first-quarter production and sales guidance by 6%, producing 230 859 oz and selling 232 076 oz of gold. The Fekola, Masbate, Otjikoto and El Limon mines all exceeded their targeted production, with the Mali-based Fekola and the Philippines-based Masbate mines,... 

Capital Drilling poised to meet growing demand for drilling services

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 2 hours 40 minutes ago Africa-focused Capital Drilling continues to be well positioned for an anticipated uplift in demand, especially in West Africa. “At this early stage of the year, we have already seen some encouraging signs in the market, with robust metals prices, particularly gold, and improving capital markets. 

Wray to succeed Sam Coetzer as Golden Star CEO

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 2 hours 41 minutes ago TSX- and NYSE-listed Golden Star Resources on Thursday announced that Sam Coetzer will be leaving the company on April 30, and that Andrew Wray has been appointed as president and CEO, effective May 1. Golden Star chairperson Tim Baker said Wray “combines significant experience in the sector with... 

Glencore’s Jeff Gerard appointed Katanga CEO

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 2 hours 44 minutes ago TSX-listed Katanga Mining, a unit of Glencore, on Thursday announced that Glencore International’s Jeff Gerard would succeed Danny Callow as CEO of the company, effective May 2. Gerard’s appointment follows the signing of a management services agreement between Katanga and Glencore in January.... 

Ncondezi receives shareholder loan conversion notice

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 2 hours 46 minutes ago Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy has received a shareholder loan conversion notice for 764 165 shares from lenders to be converted at a conversion price of 10p a share. Admission of these shares on Aim is expected to take place on April 26. 

Sherritt sees no impact as Trump lifts ban on lawsuits against foreign firms in Cuba

By: Reuters     Updated 2 hours 56 minutes ago Canadian miner Sherritt International will not be materially impacted by the Trump administration's decision to allow lawsuits in US courts against foreign firms in Cuba, the Canadian mining firm said on Wednesday. The Trump administration will allow lawsuits in US courts for the first time... 

Sherritt sees no impact as Trump lifts ban on lawsuits against foreign firms in Cuba
US President Donald Trump

Green economy good news for copper producers – Antofagasta chairman

By: Reuters     Updated 3 hours ago The global fight against climate change will boost demand for copper, a key metal used in the production of electric vehicles, Antofagasta chairperson Jean-Paul Luksic said on Wednesday. Luksic, speaking to reporters at Antofagasta's Los Pelambres mine in north-central Chile, said the global... 

NGEx to separate Argentina and Chile projects with spin-out

By: Mariaan Webb     Updated 3 hours ago Vancouver-based copper/gold explorer and developer NGEx Resources has announced that it will spin out its Los Helados project, in Chile, into a wholly-owned subsidiary, Spinco, to allow it to focus on the more advanced Josemaría project, in Argentina, which is now advancing to the feasibility... 

Hudbay says largest shareholder to vote for its nominees

By: Mariaan Webb     Updated 3 hours ago TSX- and NYSE-listed Hudbay Minerals said on Wednesday that its largest shareholder, Letko, Brosseau & Associates, had confirmed that it would vote for the company's director nominees at the upcoming shareholders meeting. Letko, Brosseau & Associates exercises investment control or direction... 

Stornoway names new CFO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 4 hours ago TSX-listed Stornoway Diamond Corporation has a new CFO. Dino Rambidis, who Stornoway describes as a seasoned leader with extensive financial experience, has replaced Orin Baranowsky with immediate effect. 

Goldcorp and Newmont successfully create gold behemoth

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 4 hours ago Gold miners Goldcorp and Newmont have successfully closed their $10-billion merger, creating the world’s largest gold mining business with operations in the Americas, Africa and Australia. Newmont Goldcorp will continue trading on the NYSE with the ticker ‘NEM’ and will begin trading on the TSX... 

Mining sector’s pursuit of ‘zero harm’ continues

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 5 hours ago The South African mining industry has continuously recommitted to the shared aspiration of zero harm, which aims to ensure that mineworkers return home from work unharmed every day. While there was an 86% decline in the number of fatalities from 1994 to 2016, the death of 90 mineworkers marked a... 

Mining sector’s pursuit of ‘zero harm’ continues

Five-month gold strike is over 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2019 The five-month strike by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) at Sibanye-Stillwater’s South African gold operations is over. Parties have acknowledged that it is in their interest to rebase and develop a constructive relationship going forward, Sibanye-Stillwater said in a... 

Kibo appoints Wimmer as adviser for African project financing

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th April 2019 Kibo Energy has signed a corporate finance engagement letter with Wimmer Financial, which will advise Kibo on and manage all aspects related to the structuring and provision of a project finance corporate credit line facility of up to $900-million which could form part of a broader funding... 

Zimbabwe attracts two new investors to develop platinum mining projects 

By: Reuters     17th April 2019 Zimbabwe will in coming weeks name two new investors who will develop separate platinum mining projects west of the capital as the country ramps up mining output in an attempt to ease a severe dollar shortage, the mines minister said on Wednesday The southern African nation has the second largest... 

Tianqi Lithium to nominate two Chileans, US executive to SQM board

By: Reuters     17th April 2019 China's Tianqi Lithium said on Wednesday it would nominate a Chilean economist, a Chilean attorney and a US executive as candidates to the board of top Chilean lithium producer SQM, in which it owns a near-24% stake. Tianqi has nominated Chilean attorney Francisco Ugarte, who represented the... 

Eager black investors fund premium-priced opportunity in zinc, copper 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2019 Black investors have self-funded the purchase of shares at a premium price in the fast-tracked redevelopment of the Prieska zinc and copper mine in the Northern Cape, which has a three-year payback and a minimum mine life of ten years. The $8-million equity capital raising by Orion Minerals,... 

Eager black investors fund premium-priced opportunity in zinc, copper
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater
Orion Minerals’ ‘meet-the-media’ attendees were from left: Jowell Tobias, Godfrey Gomwe, Billy Mawasha, Michelle Jenkins, Errol Smart, Nelson Mosiapoa, Tom Borman, Sharon Matthews and Roger Matthews.

Royal Bafokeng boosts production despite setbacks 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2019 Black-owned platinum group metals mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum boosted its production in the three months to March 31, in spite of several setbacks in the period. Tonnes delivered to concentrators increased by 17.3% to 862 000 t and tonnes milled increasing by 11.6% to 846 000 t.... 

Moroccan miner Managem considering raising $200m in bond sales

By: Reuters     17th April 2019 Morocco's leading mining firm Managem says it is considering raising $200-million through the sale of nonconvertible bonds with a maturity of up to seven years, to fund its development plans. The terms of the issuance will have to be approved by its general assembly on May 6, Managem said in a... 

Nevada Copper details plans for Pumpkin Hollow openpit

By: Mariaan Webb     17th April 2019 TSX-listed Nevada Copper has announced the outcomes of a newly completed prefeasibility study (PFS) for a standalone openpit mine at its Pumpkin Hollow project, where it is currently constructing an underground mine. The PFS considers developing the openpit independently from the underground... 

Nevada Copper details plans for Pumpkin Hollow openpit
The Pumpkin Hollow site (December 2018)

Altus defines further prospect at Mali gold project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th April 2019 Aim- and TSX-V-listed Altus Strategies has defined a further significant prospect at its Diba gold project, in Mali. "Our detailed review of Diba's historical data, as reported on February 4, identified multiple priority drill targets including a 1.85-km-long anomalous zone adjacent to the... 

Galileo raises £500 000 for Zambia zinc project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th April 2019 Aim-listed Galileo Resources has raised £500 000 through the placing of 100-million new shares at a price of 0.5p a share. The proceeds will be used for general working capital, as well as for advancing its Star Zinc project, in Zambia. Specifically, the company plans to use the proceeds to... 

Premier terminates KME Plant, Honey Badger transactions

By: Simone Liedtke     17th April 2019 Aim-listed Premier African Minerals on Wednesday said it would not proceed with the proposed conditional acquisitions of 50% of the KME Plant and 50% of the equity in Honey Badger Resources (HBR), until there is some finality on the RHA Tungsten mine’s future. As a result, both transactions with... 

ODC unveils ‘iconic’ Okavango Blue diamond

By: Simone Liedtke     17th April 2019 Botswana-based Okavango Diamond Company on Wednesday unveiled “the biggest blue diamond discovery ever made” in Botswana – an oval-shaped blue diamond weighing in at over 20 ct. The Gemological Institute of America has graded the stone as an oval brilliant cut of 20.46 ct, with a fancy deep blue... 

ODC unveils ‘iconic’ Okavango Blue diamond

Judge revokes water-use permit for Hecla’s Montana project

By: Mariaan Webb     17th April 2019 A judge in the US state of Montana has reversed the award of a water-use permit for Idaho-based Hecla Mining subsidiary, RC Resources’ Rock Creek silver/copper mine. Montana District Court Judge Kathy Seeley sided with plaintiffs who argued that their concerns regarding the impact that the... 

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