Africa Mining News

AngloGold Ashanti revives plans to spin off South Africa mines – Reuters

Should the spinoff happen, AngloGold would be the latest miner to reduce exposure to South Africa, where political instability, controversial new mining rules and a stronger rand have made it less attractive to operate.

Zimbabwe tightens screws on miners' export earnings in forex crunch

The country's Reserve Bank has ordered platinum and chrome miners to surrender 80 percent of their export earnings to the central bank as the country struggles to contain a crippling dollar note shortage.

S.Africa’s Harmony Gold eyes acquisitions after FY earnings rise

South African miner Harmony Gold reported a 35 percent rise in full-year profit on Thursday and said it will look at growth, exploration and acquisitions to meet its 2019 production targets.

De Beers partners with Stanford Graduate School of Business to empower youth and entrepreneurs in southern Africa

De Beers Group today announced a US$3 million investment in a three-year partnership with Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) to empower young, aspiring entrepreneurs and established business owners in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

Onerous procurement requirements of S. Africa’s 2017 Mining Charter to hit suppliers

While suppliers are not required to comply with the 2017 Charter, the procurement targets for Holders indirectly require them to meet such targets to remain competitive.

Gem Diamonds mulls sale of halted Botswana mine as half-year revenue falls

The miner said it remains cautious about the state of the global market for both rough and polished diamonds, noting that financing challenges persist.

Congo reinstates miners' VAT exemption on imports in U-turn

The government owes mining companies about $700 million in VAT reimbursements from before last year's suspension.

China's Chalco plans $500m investment in Guinea bauxite project

The deal comes after a trip by the Guinean mines minister, Abdoulaye Magassouba, to China and follows other major Chinese investments in the resource-rich West African nation.

Police detain central figure in mining's largest corruption scandal

Israeli diamond billionaire Beny Steinmetz, four others, in custody of Israeli police on suspicion of fraud, forgery, obstruction of justice and bribery.

Ross Beaty: “Trump will be forgotten”

In an exclusive Critical Resource Q&A, leading mining entrepreneur Ross Beaty gives his investment tips, puts the boot in on the Trump agenda, and calls for more renewables and less consumption to avoid ecological collapse.

First Quantum mines in Zambia also affected by power supply cuts

Zambia's state power company made the decision amid an ongoing dispute over the implementation of new electricity tariffs in the country.

ArcelorMittal South Africa considers job cuts, restructuring

ArcelorMittal South Africa is considering job cuts and restructuring to save costs in a challenging global steel market and recession at home, it said on Tuesday.

Stellar Diamonds extends sale of Guinea assets, refinances loan

The diamond miner decided to offload those units to focus on its Tongo-Tonguma project in Sierra Leone, which has the potential to generate earnings of $45 million a year.

High-grade rare earths confirmed at Burundi prospect

Total in-situ are earth oxides are estimated to be in the range of 47 to 67%.

Zambia's copper mine suspends operations after restricted power supply

Glencore's Zambian Mopani Copper Mines unit suspended operations in certain areas on Saturday after the Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) restricted power supply to its sites in both the Kitwe and Mufulira regions.

Cooking oil could help clean up mercury at mining sites, researchers say

Researchers worked out a way for a canola oil polymer to trap mercury metal, mercury vapour and organo-mercury compounds

Lonmin to sell surplus platinum capacity to raise cash

Platinum miner Lonmin Plc said on Monday it would cut costs and sell some assets, including processing capacity of up to 500,000 ounces per year, as it battles to overcome a weak market and to preserve jobs.

More than 21,000 mining jobs on the line in South Africa

Workers call the situation "a jobs bloodbath"

Mining industry can now predict opposition to projects before it's too late

Chalkstone was born out of counter-insurgency tactics used by troops in Afghanistan, but its unique methodology is now being used by miners, which can map-out power structures and counter the potentially crippling risk of strikes and political opposition.

Lucara considering partnership to sell 1,000+ carat rough diamond

The company that unearthed the world's second-largest diamond but has so far failed to sell it, is mulling a partnership to sell the giant stone if a buyers is not found within the next six to eight weeks.

South Africa’s mines minister withdraws plan to suspend rights

South Africa's mineral resources department has withdrawn its plan to impose a moratorium suspending the issuance of new mining and prospecting rights, which had drawn a court challenge by an industry group.

HMA South Africa announces exclusive Fireye distributorship

The Fireye range of flame monitoring and combustion control equipment for industries as diverse as petrochemical and power generation is now available from HMA South Africa, the newly-appointed exclusive distributor for the region.

Lucara Diamond lowers output target for the year, but pays divvy

The Canadian diamond miner now expects to produce between 265,000 carats and 285,000 carats, compared with the previously targeted 290,000-310,000 carats.

Sibanye Gold planning job cuts in S.Africa mines revamp

South Africa's Sibanye Gold will restructure operations in its domestic market, a move that could affect 7,400 of its employees, the gold and platinum miner said on Thursday.

South Africa's Gold Fields sells Darlot mine in Australia for $15 million

The buyer, Perth-based Red 5, is also acquiring Saracen Mineral Holdings' King of the Hills mine.