Africa Mining News

Randgold Resources Limited: An African gold play

Randgold Resources Limited (GOLD) is an African focused gold play engaged in gold mining, exploration and related activities in Africa with the company listing on both the London Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. Major discoveries to date include the 7.5 million ounce Morila deposit in southern Mali, the 7 million ounce Yalea deposit and the 5 million ounce Gounkoto deposit, both in western Mali, the 4 million ounce Tongon deposit in the Côte d’Ivoire and the 3 million ounce Massawa deposit in eastern Senegal.

Reuters: China interested in building nuclear plant in East Africa

Reuters reports: China wants to help build nuclear power generation in East Africa, uranium mining and investment company IBI Corp said in a statement after meeting Chinese officials in Beijing, revealing China's undimmed appetite for overseas nuclear expansion despite the Japanese nuclear crisis this year. IBI, which has uranium-prospective land in Uganda, said its director, A.J. Coffman, held an "encouraging meeting... with the relatively new umbrella organization overseeing China's research and development of Generation 3 and Generation 4 nuclear power plant designs."

BHP Billiton pulls out of Zambian mine partnership: The Post Online

BHP Billiton has dissolved a partnership with Blackthorn Resources to develop a mine in Zambia, according to a report in The Post Online: World's largest mining company BHP Billiton has finally withdrawn from the Mumbwa Iron Oxide Copper Gold project, aborting expectations that Zambia was to herald a new era of top tier miners. Its joint venture partner, Blackthorn Resources, announced that BHP Billiton had pulled out of a copper venture but would retain the right to a two per cent production royalty on any metal mined from the area.

West Africa opens its doors to Fordia

Canadian manufacturer Fordia is strengthening its presence on the African continent with the inauguration of its first office in Ghana as a hub to handle its West African operations, covering nine countries, namely: Mali, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Guinea and Ghana. Read the full press release

Exxaro seeks bids for zinc assets

Reuters Africa reports Exxaro (JNB:EXX) has invited bids for the company’s stake in a zinc and lead mine in Namibia. The market news is quoted as saying: The assets up for sale include Exxaro’s 50.04 percent stake in the Rosh Pinah mine and its wholly owned Zincor refinery.

DR Congo army leaves Bisie tin mine

The ITRI reports that the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government has withdrawn its troops from the Bisie mine, which has until recently been the largest tin mining operation in the country. The Wall Street Journal reported that military units have been withdrawing from the mine over the past six weeks to allow the North Kivu provincial mining department to assume control of the mine.

Pan Terra clinches African gold and copper deal

Mitchell Adam, President and CEO of Vancouver-based Pan Terra Industries announced on Thursday it has entered into a deal to acquire 80% of Namibia’s Congo Namibia Trading, a private gold and copper exploration company. Under Thursday's letter of intent, TSX-Venture listed Pan Terra will pay C$300,000 in cash and issue 3m shares as well as 3m share purchase warrants priced at C$0.73. Congo Namibia Trading holds 100% interest in five exclusive prospecting licenses in the Tsumeb Copper Belt in Namibia as well the rights to acquire 51% stake in an Angolan and a Zimbabwean gold joint venture.

Mining reform needed in Guinea but risks abound

Reforms by Guinea's first freely elected government are needed to clean up a mining sector in disarray after decades of political turmoil, but they risk scaring off investors if they go too far too fast. The world's top bauxite supplier and a new frontier for iron ore, Guinea is rewriting its mining code, probing joint venture deals, and has dealt tough blows to major firms since the election of President Alpha Conde last November.

How a Joburg "gold mine" ate USD 200m in cash

During 2010, London- and Johannesburg-listed Central Rand Gold (CRG) produced 9,321 ounces of gold. This is the company that categorically stated in its 2007 annual report that it is "intended that CRG will begin gold production in early 2009 at an annualized rate of 100,000 ounces. This production rate is forecast to increase to around one million ounces a year by 2012."

Continuous mining machine attracts interest from South African coal miners

International mining equipment manufacturer Bucyrus reports that its latest development, the 35M continuous miner, has attracted a lot of attention from South African colliery operators constantly on the lookout for machines that mine coal more cost effectively and efficiently. Read more

Profit doubles and gold production increases by 17% during Caledonia Mining's Q1

Caledonia Mining increased gold production by 17% and nearly doubled its profit to $5,248,000 compared to $2,815,000 in the fourth quarter 2010. Announcing its Q1 results on Wednesday, the company also said that its average cash cost per ounce of gold produced decreased by 18% to US$648 compared to the fourth quarter 2010. As of March 31, 2011 the company had net cash and cash equivalents of $1,406,000.

Afferro Mining: metallurgical testwork indicates potential for sinter fines product

Preliminary metallurgical test work was conducted on a composite sample of the haematitic saprolite ore from the Nkout Centre area of the deposit. The sample consisted of drill hole intersections from the central part of the deposit and had a head grade of 43.6% Fe. The aim of the test work was to determine the potential to produce a suitable blast furnace feed. The test work was conducted at SGS Mineral Services, Truro, UK.

Newcrest to restart Ivory coast operations

Newcrest Mining , one of the world's biggest listed gold miners, expects to resume gold production at its Bonikro mine in the Ivory Coast after a stabilisation of political and security situation in the country, it said on Tuesday. The miner said the production impact had been around 8,000 ounces of gold per month. Newcrest suspended operations at Bonikro in late March.

Swaziland in KP, delegation seeking rough diamond sales to Israel

The small African kingdom of Swaziland is about to become a diamond producer once again and is considering how to approach this opportunity. As an old open-pit mine was recently re-commissioned, the kingdom took another important step and became a member of the Kimberley Process. For the second time within a week, a high level delegation from Swaziland headed by Minister of Commerce, Industry and Trade, Jabulile Mashwama visited the Israeli diamond center.

Booyco Electronics releases new environmental sensing instruments

Electronic safety equipment specialist Booyco Electronics has recently released two next-generation environmental sensing instruments developed specifically for the South African mining industry. Read more

African Barrick could lose 10,000 oz gold in quarter on Buzwagi mill breakdown

African Barrick Gold (ABGL.L) said a malfunction in a mill motor at its Buzwagi mine in Tanzania would hit production in the quarter, sending its shares down as much as 9 percent in early trade on Monday. It estimated the replacement of the motor, which failed after a power outage and attempted restart, would take two weeks, during which time the plant would run at reduced capacity.

Aureus Mining enters into a Can$35.1 million underwriting agreement

Aureus Mining announced that it has entered into an underwriting agreement for C$35.1 million with a syndicate of underwriters led by RBC Capital Markets and GMP Securities L.P. and including Clarus Securities Inc., Jennings Capital Inc. and Raymond James Ltd., with respect to its previously announced offering of the company’s common shares. Pursuant to the Offering, the Company will issue 27,000,000 common shares at a price of C$1.30 (c.£0.83) per common share and receive aggregate net proceeds of C$32,994,000.

High copper prices lift First Quantum profits

Canada's First Quantum Minerals (FM.TO:Quote) reported a 37 percent rise in its first-quarter profit, as declines in copper production were more than offset by gains in the price of the metal. The Africa-focused miner said […]

Rio Tinto Mining and Exploration Ltd. and First Bauxite Corporation terminate their option and joint venture agreement over the Essequibo-Demerara bauxite project in Guyana

FIRST BAUXITE CORP. (TSX VENTURE:FBX)(FRANKFURT:FBI)(BERLIN:FBI) ("First Bauxite" or the "Company") First Bauxite Corporation is announcing that the Letter of Understanding between the Company and Rio Tinto Mining and Exploration Ltd. ("Rio Tinto") was terminated on February 17, 2011 with immediate effect. On May 23, 2008, Rio Tinto Exploration signed a Letter of Understanding with First Bauxite Corporation, in order to form a four-year joint venture with the purpose of exploring the northern portion of the coastal bauxite belt of Guyana for economic metallurgical bauxite resources.

Vaaldiam Investment Flemish Gold Corp. raises $10 million for gold exploration in Africa

Vaaldiam Mining Inc. (TSX:VAA) is pleased to report that Flemish Gold Corp. has closed a private placement of $10 million through BMO Capital Markets on May 3, 2011. Vaaldiam owns 10,625,000 common shares of Flemish. The private placement consisted of 10 million units priced at C$1.00. Each unit included one common share and one warrant to buy one share at $1.20 for 24 months. Flemish expects to go public in 2011 and now has 57.3 million common shares issued. Image by Valldiam Resources Ltd.

Costs weigh on African Barrick Gold numbers

African Barrick Gold (ABGL.L: Quote) said its net profit declined in the first quarter as lower production and higher costs offset rising gold prices. Net profit fell 5 percent to $50.4 million as the miner's production dipped 2 percent to 173,907 ounces. Cash costs jumped 28 percent to $658 an ounce.

SEC delays adoption of new conflict mineral regulations

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has postponed the adoption of rules governing sourcing of minerals from conflict areas around Central Africa, the SEC said on its website. The regulation, aimed at cutting the flow of money to armed rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo and neighbouring countries, is part of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill. The rules were expected to be adopted in April.

China’s Equinox play part of deeper strategy in Africa: Globe and Mail

Rita Trichur, writing in Saturday's Globe and Mail, goes behind the headlines in discussing the $6.3 billion bid by China Minmetals to take over TSX-listed Equinox Minerals. The bid, Trichur writes is emblematic of an emboldened, more savvy China, as the country seeks to gain control over mineral resources in Africa.

DRDGold expects march quarter gold production to decline

South African gold miner DRDGold (DRDJ.J: Quote) said on Wednesday that it expected gold production for March quarter to be about three percent lower than the previous quarter at around 67,400 ounces. It also said in a guidance for investors that cash operating costs were expected to be about six percent higher as a result of the lower production.

General Director of MMC Norilsk Nickel meets South African President

Vladimir Strzhalkovsky, the General Director and Chairman of the Management Board of MMC Norilsk Nickel (the Company) met with the President of the Republic of South Africa Jakob Zuma in RSA. The meeting was held as part of the General Director's business visit to the Republic of South Africa. The parties discussed further development of the Company's projects in RSA.