Africa Mining News

London diamond sorting, sales moved to Botswana

Botswana aims to transform itself into an international hub of the world diamond industry, boosted by a deal in which the De Beers mining and sales empire will transfer the sorting, valuing and selling of rough diamonds from London to Gaborone by the end of 2013. The agreement also provides for Botswana to sell 10 percent of its diamonds independently of De Beers, rising to 15 percent in five years' time. Gaborone's Mmegi newspaper reported Tuesday that all 66 of De Beers' sightholders from around the world are expected to travel to Gaborone at least ten times a year. Africa's failure to add value to resources within their countries of production has long been identified as a major hindrance to the continent's growth.

Striking uranium workers 'defeat logic'

A strike appears imminent at Rio Tinto's Rssing Uranium Mine in the Namibian-Naukluft Park (pictured) after workers unhappy over production bonuses on Wednesday voted unanimously in favour of industrial action that could cripple operations at the mine responsible for some 5% of world production. Management said the demands were unreasonable and defeat logic. The industrial action takes place at a difficult time for the uranium industry with the spot price recently falling below $50 – levels last seen immediately after the nuclear accident at Fukushima. The sector has lost some 40% of its value since the Japan disaster and the first deal of what is expected to be widespread consolidation in the industry is already shaping up to be a classic David and Goliath fight.

African Eagle up after JV partner reveals substantial find at Miyabi gold project

Shares in African Eagle (LON:AFE) rose after its joint venture partner BrightStar Resources discovered a substantial additional gold mineralised system at the Miyabi project in Tanzania.

Namibia union, Rossing meet in bid to avoid strike

WINDHOEK, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Management at Rio Tinto (Berlin: CRA1.BE - news) 's Rossing Uranium mine in Namibia will meet with unions on Tuesday in a bid to avoid a strike over production incentives that could hurt output at one of the world's largest

Shelron Group signs MOU for African gold project

A Memorandum of understanding was signed between Shelron Group and a Tanzanian company that owns a gold prospecting license in the Republic of Tanzania.

CBG restarts Guinea bauxite exports: source

Guinea's CBG restarted bauxite exports early on Sunday after a one-week halt that was caused by damage to a conveyor belt used to load ships, a source at the company told Reuters.

Guinea asks China to build 340 MW power plant

The project is part of ongoing negotiations between Guinea and CPI over the potential development of a bauxite mine in Boffa and construction of an alumina refinery and deepwater port, sources have said.

South Africa mine union says wage talks with Implats falter

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Friday separate wage talks with Exxaro Resources and Impala Platinum had deadlocked but strike action was not imminent.

Africa trade blocs to meets over joint infrastructure projects

The African blocks which include Tripartite and Igad are planning to hold a three days joint high level conference in Kenya starting on September 28th 2011 to discuss ways of financing key regional infrastructure projects.

Mbada overtakes Murowa as Zimbabwe's biggest producer

Mbada Mines (Pvt) Ltd, which operates in Zimbabwe's Marange diamond area, is producing more than 150,000 carats a month, surpassing Rio Tinto's Murowa mine as the country's largest diamond producer, according to the firm's chairman, Robert Mhlanga. Rio Tinto's Murowa diamond mine produced 178,000 carats in 2010 and 125,000 in the first half of 2011.

High grade nickel concentrates and recoveries confirmed for Nachingwea Ni-Cu JV, Tanzania

IMX Resources Limited (ASX:IXR) is pleased to announce that initial metallurgical testwork has confirmed that high grade nickel concentrates with high recoveries can be produced from the multiple Ntaka Hill ore zones at the Nachingwea Ni-Cu joint venture in Tanzania. The Project is a joint venture between IMX Resources Limited (25%) and Continental Nickel Limited (75%).

Mwana Africa's Zimbabwe mine gold output tops target

Gold miner Mwana Africa's Zimbabwe mine output has risen to a monthly average of 4,500 ounces, outstripping its targeted annual production rate, company executives said on Friday

De Beers inks new 10-year deal with Botswana

Diamond producer De Beers said on Friday it had signed a new 10-year contract for the sorting, vaulting and sales of the diamond production of Debswana, its joint venture with the government of Botswana. De Beers, 45 percent-owned by global miner Anglo

Beneficiation to be incorporated in new Zimbabwe diamond policy

HARARE (miningweekly.com) Zimbabwe wants 10% of all diamonds mined in the country to be cut and polished locally, Mines Minister Obert Mpofu said in Harare this week. A diamond policy is currently being drafted and will incorporate a beneficiation

Production halted at platinum mine

Platinum Australia shares fell after production was halted at the miner's flagship Smokey Hills operation in South Africa, amid community dissent.

Perseus Mining progresses Edikan gold mine start up

Perseus Mining Ltd in an update on commissioning at its Edikan gold mine in Ghana said the process plant is currently achieving increasing rates of utilisation (87%) and mill throughput rates have recently been tested to 730t/hr for short periods on fresh/transition ore blends.

De Beers, Botswana deal agreed

Nine months overdue, the diamond marketing contract between the Government of Botswana and De Beers will finally be signed tomorrow in Gaborone, Mmegi reported on Thursday.

Zimbabwe softens tone on foreign mining companies

A Zimbabwe government official says a law forcing foreign companies to surrender 51 percent stakes to local people was "an aspiration," not a hard target, Reuters is reporting: "This is a negotiated process, it is not an issue that is dictated to companies. It is more to deal with evaluating and negotiating with each company," Prince Mupazviriho, the permanent secretary in the mines ministry, said during a mining conference on Thursday. The new position by the government is a change from the previous hard-line edict suggesting the 51% requirement was set in stone.

400 firms apply for diamond licences as Zimbabwe softens ownership blow

Zimbabwe's mines minister on Thursday told delegates at a conference in the capital Harare that the government has received 400 applications from companies interested in mining diamonds, despite an international ban on the export of gems from the rich Chiadzwa alluvial fields. The news comes as Zimbabwe appears to scale back its ambition to force foreign miners to hand over majority ownership with the minister saying the country would not suspend any mining permits and that exceptions may be made to the so-called indigenization laws.

Anvil Mining reins in $1 billion takeover rumours

Anvil Mining (TSE:AVM), a copper miner based in the central Africa, tamped down speculation that it may be acquired for $1 billion. Australian Finance Review reported that it was in serious discussion with a Chinese firm about some sort of business tie up. Last month, Anvil announced that it started a strategic review process and the company had formed a special transaction committee to ". . . review and consider the value maximizing alternatives available to the Corporation. BMO Capital Markets has been retained to assist in this regard," said the company in a statement.

Antimony tops metals and minerals risk list, China controls 50% of 52 critical chemicals

The British Geological Survey (BGS) on Wednesday published the latest list of the 52 elements, minerals and metals most at risk of supply disruption because global production is concentrated in a few countries, many with unstable governments. Surprisingly rare earths used in green technology and defence do not top the list but comes in at number five. Antimony, extracted mainly from stibnite (pictured), widely used for fireproofing is most at risk. The platinum group metals (auto catalysts) hold the second spot while niobium used in touch screens and scanners and tungsten for cutting tools are also at risk of supply disruption as a result of increased competition among the world's growing economies, political instability, resource nationalism, along with events such as strikes and accidents. China is the number one producer of 50% of the 52 chemicals on the list and produces 75% of the world's antimony.

Rössing will not agree to MUNs demands

While Rio Tinto’s Rössing Uranium Limited is committed to solving the dispute over employee bonus payments with the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN), it would not agree to the union’s “unreasonable demands”, said the company’s Managing

Abzu Gold Commences Nangodi Drilling Program, Ghana

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 12, 2011) - Abzu Gold Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:ABS)(OTCQX:ABZUF) ("Abzu") is pleased to announce commencement of drilling at its Nangodi concession, Bole-Nangodi Gold Belt, Ghana (Figure 1: http://media3....

Diamond miners in Zimbabwe to set up independent power line

The companies in question mine diamonds in the Chiadzwa region (illustrative photo) A number of diamond mining companies operating in Zimbabwe intend to set up their own power line after a series of power outages have affected operations, the News 24

Paladin Energy Ltd.- Langer Heinrich Mine, Namibia US$141M project finance facility drawdown

PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 12, 2011) - Paladin Energy Ltd ("Paladin" or "the Company") (TSX:PDN) (ASX:PDN)wishes to note that the Company's Board of Directors advise that financial close has been reached under the Langer Heinrich Project Finance Facility ("Facility"), and Paladin has submitted a drawdown notice for US$127.2M.