Frik Els

Frik is editor and writer for MINING.com. Frik has worked as a financial journalist for 15 years appearing in a number of business and consumer publications including British Airways in-flight magazine, Business Insider, Investment.com, Driving.ca, YCharts and Business in Vancouver. Frik was a speaker at the 2014 Global Mining Summit in Las Vegas, the Mine Lifecycle Management conference in Salt Lake City and the 2015 Canada Investment Conference in Vancouver. (DISCLAIMER: Frik Els does not own shares or hold positions in any of the equities he writes about. Nothing written should be construed as a solicitation to buy or sell any securities. Seek the advice of a broker/dealer first.)

No rapid rebound for African mining

Despite continued investment in copper assets on the continent from China and India hunting for coal mines.

Will Anglo stick to radical restructuring plans?

A credit upgrade, a rocketing share price and rally in coal and iron ore call into question downsizing strategy of world's number five miner.

Lacklustre gold price entering make or break territory

Drifting towards support levels.

Lundin poised for mega Congo copper deal

Lundin was outplayed in its last major deal, but now looks ready to pull the trigger on $1 billion-plus acquisition of one of Africa's richest copper mines.

Obstacles for Freeport's $2 billion oil deal

Bondholders want more from sale of top copper miner's oil and gas assets.

Iron ore price: High cost miners face bloodbath

Increased supply from Brazil and Australia will results in 300 million tonnes of price-induced curtailments through 2020 says new report.

Giant arctic gold mine takes one step closer

Amended impact review for TMAC's 3.2 million ounce Hope Bay project in Canada's Nunavut territory completed.

Acacia back up to speed in Tanzania

African miner sticking to full year guidance of 780,000 ounces following plant shutdown amid majority owner Barrick's divestment talks.

Stunning coking coal rally wreaks havoc in steel, iron ore

Coking coal/iron ore ratio at 16-year low.

Royal Nickel's move into gold gathers pace

Now called RNC Minerals, the Toronto-based miner raises $9.2m to ramp up Australian gold mine acquired in May as Eric Sprott takes 10% stake.

Gold price: Hedge funds, ETF investors show buying fatigue

Gold's lacklustre trading since the start of summer sees $1.7 billion pulled out of top gold ETF as hedge funds slash bullish bets to lowest since May.

Nord Gold to join 1 million ounce club

After a difficult first half, Nord Gold's now set up for over 1.2moz per year after start-up at Bouly mine in West Africa and major Russian development.

No end to uranium price plunge

"Some producers need to move material for cash flow purposes and we have seen some pretty aggressive selling in the past few weeks."

Flashback Friday: The world's scariest mining chart

One year ago the most popular post at MINING.com examined how much longer the bear market in mining would last – compare and contrast.

Newcastle Gold up fourfold in 2016 after latest assays

Vancouver junior finds high-grade gold mineralization 100m below currently modelled pit at past-producing California project.

Fed-induced gold price rally building

Déjà vu for the gold market as rate rise is pushed out to December – the last Fed hike marked the end of the bear run and gold started to gain immediately.

Canada-US gold mining revenues fall behind

Asia-Pacific, Africa top tables with revenues of $20 billion and $16 billon annually.

Africa gold reserves now worth $1.5 TRILLION

In situ gold reported by explorers and mining companies active on the continent.

Healthy gold price dampens M&A

Mergers and acquisitions in gold mining industry continues to decline as juniors and mid-tier companies make a go of gold price rally.

BHP: No copper price pick-up soon

Longer term prospects are brighter due to lack of high-quality future development opportunities.

Trevali continues to ride zinc wave

Extended mineralization and new zone discovered at its Santander mine in Peru.

BHP CEO pay cut in half over Brazil disaster

Deadly November tailings dam burst at Samarco iron ore mine and commodity downturn key considerations to slash executive pay.

Lundin's agonizing Congo decision

Toronto miner has first dibs on controlling share of Tenke Fungurume which if contemplated expansion goes ahead would catapult mine into global top 5.

Five years of deficits will keep zinc price on the boil

New report forecasts very tight market conditions as stocks drop to below 5% of consumption by the end of the decade compared to more than 11% this year.

Newmont's aggressive expansion plans

One million ounces at all-in cost below $700 by mid-2017.