Sundance Resources Limited (ASX:SDL) advises that the High Grade Ore Reserve for Stage One of the Mbalam Iron Ore Project in the Republic of Cameroon and the Republic of Congo now totals 352 million tonnes (Mt) at 62.4% Fe. All Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves have been estimated in accordance with the JORC Code. This upgraded estimate is significant because it confirms Mbalam now has sufficient Reserves to deliver Stage One of the Project. Stage One proposes the production of 35 Mt per year of High-Grade Direct Shipping Ore (DSO) for at least 10 years.
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Mining companies in Zambia may have to scale down their operations to cope with higher mining taxes recently imposed by President Michael Sata's new government. Reuters quotes the general manager of the country’s chamber of mines, Frederick Bantubonse:
Eastplats recorded earnings attributable to equity shareholders of the Company of $1,364,000 ($0.00 per share) in the quarter ended September 30, 2011 ("Q3 2011") compared to earnings of $4,039,000 ($0.01 per share) in the quarter ended September 30, 2010 ("Q3 2010").
Automation/remote control, bulk handling and storage, South African technology and services are three of the main articles currently being written by John and Paul for the January issue of International Mining. The automation/remote control article, for instance, will examine the big new orders for autonomous trucks, look at the latest in blasthole drill automation and peer underground to see the latest technologies being employed there, AND MORE. Do contact the editors, before early December, if you have contributions you wish to suggest for any of these articles.
DRC-based Boss Mining SPRL, owned by Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation PLC (ENRC), has awarded FLSmidth four different orders for equipment at its copper operation in Kakanda in the Katanga Province of the DRC. The value of this bundled equipment package makes it one of the largest orders placed with FLSmidth in South Africa for minerals processing equipment since its acquisition of Dorr-Oliver Eimco in 2007.
Business Times reports thousands of people face evacuation from greater Johannesburg in the Gauteng province – the economic heartland of South Africa – due to toxic sludge from abandoned gold mines laced with high radiation levels. Acid mine water, the result of groundwater flowing through underground shafts, is decanting from an old uranium mine and rising by half a metre a day beneath the city of 7 million people. Mass evacuation of informal settlements is one of several recommendations in a government-commissioned plan drafted in June to deal with 380 acid mine dumps – many of them radioactive – left over from more than century of underground mining. Uranium is often mined as a byproduct of gold in South Africa.
Business Live reports De Beers high-quality diamond retail arm Forevermark will not sell any diamonds from Zimbabwe's controversial Chiadzwa and fields, CEO Stephen Lussier said at the launch of the exclusive brand in South Africa. This comes after the industry regulator, the Kimberley Process, gave Zimbabwe the green light to resume diamond exports from Marange last week. The decision is already being questioned, after the country's mines minister admitted on Thursday that smuggling was still rife. International sales from Marange were banned in 2009 after hundreds were killed and thousands of local miners were driven off claims when the army seized control of the area.
The first shipment of iron ore from African Minerals' Ltd Tonkolili mine in Sierra Leone has left for China, the West African state's deputy minister for natural resources said on Friday. African Minerals started mining late last year and had since been stockpiling the ore. It expects to export about 1.2 million tonnes of iron ore during the current fourth quarter.
Mining Weekly reports Albidon’s (ASX:ALB) problems escalated on Friday after it suspended operations at its Munali nickel mine, in Zambia.
Katanga Mining announced on Friday it has secured $635.5 million in new loan facilities from parent Glencore International to fund the expansion of its Democratic Republic of Congo copper-cobalt mine. The Toronto-listed firm wants to bump copper production to 270,000 tonnes per annum and thereafter bump it up to 310,000 tonnes from cash flow. The company is already ramping up copper production with financials results also out on Friday showing year to date copper in ore mined was 157,658 tonnes, a 96% increase over 2010. Cobalt produced fell 30% to 593 tonnes, but that was in line with expectations. Katanga says with the expansion the DRC complex it could become Africa's largest producer of copper and the world's number one cobalt mine.
Reuters reports Canadian gold miner IAMGold is on the look-out for acquisitions and while it is not itself up for sale, its chief executive said on Friday the company represents good value right now. IAMGold has in the past said interested in various stage projects, from exploration through to production and just over the last fortnight has put money into three South American juniors. IAMGold produces roughly 1 million ounces per year from operations in Africa and North and South America and sees bullion topping out at $2,000 an ounce this year or next from current levels around $1,790.
Macauhub reports Australian company Southern Cross Resources said Wednesday that its concession in Xiluvo, Mozambique, some 110 kilometres from the port of Beira, had reserves of rare earth elements of 1.1 million tons.
Global commodities trader Glencore (LON:GLEN) is making inroads into South African coal. Reuters reports that Glencore has signed a deal to buy energy trader Mercuria's 15 percent stake in South Africa's Optimum Coal Holdings (OCH) in its drive to acquire the whole company worth around $1 billion, sources close to the agreement said. Completing the Optimum acquisition would make Glencore South Africa's fourth-largest coal exporter, without including Xstrata's tonnage, for which it provides advisory services.
Kenya will issue its first ever gold mining lease on Tuesday, opening the way for commercial exploitation of the precious metal whose price has peaked in recent weeks after turbulence rocked global financial markets.
Mining Review reports the decision last week to allow Zimbabwe to resume diamond exports from the controversial Chiadzwa and Marange alluvial fields is being questioned, after the country's mines minister admitted on Thursday that smuggling was still rife. The comments are in stark contrast to his previous insistence that the country's diamond industry was meeting international trade standards. Zimbabwe is set to earn over $2 billion per year from exports with current diamond output estimated to be in excess of 25% of world production. Rough diamond prices have dropped by more than 10% over the last two months and is set to fall further as the first Marange diamonds come onto the market by the end of this month.
Kilo Goldmines Ltd. (TSXV:KGL.V)(Frankfurt:02K.F) ("Kilo" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has closed its previously announced brokered and non-brokered private placement financings (the "Offerings").
- The Angolan state diamond cutting company, Angola Polishing Diamonds (APD), is producing polished diamonds at a rate of only 20% of its design capacity. This was revealed here by company managing director Miguel Bondo Júnior during a visit by milita...
Caledonia Mining, an African focused mining and exploration company with a mine in Zimbabwe, shot up 20% to 11 cents a share after announcing a six-fold increase in profits in Q3. The company said that gross profit was $9.36 million compared to $1.607 million in the comparative quarter. "This is almost a six-fold increase on the comparative quarter and is the seventh consecutive quarterly increase in gross profit," said the company in a statement.
African Metals Corporation (AFR) has reported the successful delivery of the Dense Media Separation (DMS) plant, spirals bank and ancillary equipment to the Luisha South copper project in the DRC's Katanga province. Clarification of pre-existing import documentation issues with DRC customs had caused a delay in the transfer of ownership registration to Kundelungu Mineral Resources (KMR), a subsidiary of AFR.
First Quantum Minerals (TSE:FM) is expanding its Kansanshi copper mine in Zambia. The company announced Wednesday that annual copper production will increase by 60% to 400,000 metric tons by the end of 2014, from its current 250,000 t/a, Fox Business News reported:
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA and JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2011) - Platinum Group Metals Ltd.(TSX:PTM)(NYSE Amex:PLG) ("Platinum Group") is pleased to report drill intercepts grading 3.47 g/t Platinum, Palladium and Gold (2 PGE+Au) over 3.5 meters and 7.00 g/t 2PGE +Au over 5.0 meters at vertical depth of approximately 660 meters. The high grade, thick, layered intercepts are located in an area north of the previously mapped North Limb of the Bushveld Complex. This Northern extension of the Bushveld Complex was first discovered by the Company in early 2011 under cover rocks by drilling based on detailed geophysical and geochemical work. Drilling is continuing and the drill program is being immediately expanded. The intercepts are located on the 137 square kilometer Waterberg Property and the new zone has a projected, potential strike length distance of 7 kilometers.
AngloGold Ashanti posted record quarterly adjusted headline earnings* of $457m and boosted its dividend to improve cash returns to shareholders. Payouts to shareholders will now be made quarterly, instead of twice yearly. "Our power to generate earnings and strong cash flow is clear in these numbers," Chief Executive Officer Mark Cutifani said. "The upward jump in the dividend demonstrates the fundamental strength of the business and the market, while maintaining the ability to fund our growth pipeline."
First Quantum Minerals on Tuesday said production of 265,000 tonnes of copper and 175,000 ounces of gold is forecast for 2011 reflecting lower production to date as well as lower expected sulphide ore grades in the short-term at Kansanshi and lower acid availability in Zambia. The company said its average cash cost is $1.35 per pound of copper and the revised forecast is a result of higher costs to date, lower production and higher input costs. Its Ravensthorpe nickel project in Australia is set for commercial operation before the end of the year.
China Daily reports the fifth-largest diamond producer in the world said on Tuesday that China's demand for the precious stones will steadily increase in spite of rising prices. Empresa Nacional de Diamantes (Endiama), the national diamond company based in Angola, said that the Chinese market had accounted for up to 40 percent of its exports annually on average over the past three to five years.
Timeslive reports South Africa could not afford a dramatic switch from coal to green energy, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said on Tuesday because doing so would result in an electricity price spike that would destabilise the economy.