Namibia Mining News

Namibia plans to raise mining tax from 37.5% to 44%, diamonds exempt

Namibia plans to raise its mining tax to 44 percent from 37.5 percent but said the hike will not apply to diamond mining companies, the ministry of finance said in a statement on Friday. The ministry said the country is facing volatility in its key revenue sources and is looking to strengthen revenue collection.

Paladin's uranium output climbs, lowers guidance

Paladin Energy, the ASX- and TSX-quoted uranium miner, said on Wednesday that production for the year ended June rose 32% to 5.7-million pounds, but was lower than expected because of heavy rainfall at its Namibian mine and “mechanical issues” at the Kayelekera operation in Malawi.

Marenica Energy – Progress Update: Marenica Uranium Project, Namibia

International uranium company Marenica Energy (ASX: MEY) is pleased to provide an update on ongoing resource in-fill and exploration drilling programs at its flagship 75%-owned Marenica Uranium Project located in Namibia, southern Africa. Drilling was

China's Hanlong makes $1.5 billion bid for Sundance

China's Sichuan Hanlong Group made a bid to buy out the shares it doesn't already own in West African iron ore exploration company Sundance Resources, valuing the private conglomerate at A$1.4 billion ($1.5 billion). Last week, Hanlong, which is seeking to expand its reach in global resources, launched a A$144 million takeover bid for Bannerman Resources, which is looking for uranium in Namibia.

Rio workers return to work in Namibia

WINDHOEK - Workers at Rio Tinto Ltd's Rossing uranium mine in Namibia have returned to work after a three-day illegal strike, the company said, while talks to resolve the wage dispute are set to resume. "The strike is over and the workers are back at

Rio Tinto says Rossing strike in 3rd day, illegal

It also said in a statement that the strike was illegal and it was hoping to bring in measures to allow workers who wanted to return to their jobs to do so. "The situation has not normalized despite the undertaking that was made ... between the company

Strike halts output at Rio Tinto’s Namibia uranium mine

The Namibian reports 500 workers at Rio Tinto's Rossing uranium mine in Namibia downed tools on Tuesday in a dispute over production incentives. The news comes in the wake of a senior Rio Tinto executive telling Dow Jones on Monday that the mine – which accounts for over 5% of world production of uranium oxide – is losing money at the current price of under $55 per pound of U3O8. Rossing which lies partly inside the Namib-Naukluft Park (pictured) has produced uranium since 1976. Rio Tinto owns 70% while the Iranian government with 15% is the second largest shareholder.

Namibia's diamond production slides 9%

Namibia's diamond in the first five months of 2011 totaled 528,333 carats, declining 8.9% compared to last year, according to Ministry of Mines and Energy figures released by broking firm IJG on Friday and quoted by Reuters.

Horsehead to have new, efficient and sustainable zinc plant from Tecnicas Reunidas

Horsehead Holding Corp is to proceed with plans to construct a new lower-cost, environmentally-friendly zinc production facility. The new facility will replace its older smelter technology and will significantly reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and particulates into the atmosphere. The plant will utilize the ZINCEXTM SX technology.

Helio makes significant new gold-copper-silver discovery at Damara Gold Project, Namibia

Helio Resource Corp. on Monday reported the first diamond drill results from the current drill programme at the Gold Kop Target, on its 100%-owned Damara Gold Project in Namibia. The Gold Kop Target is situated 45km northeast of AngloGold Ashanti's Navachab gold mine. On Monday, Helio which also owns gold projects in Tanzania was trading up almost 5% on the TSX Venture Exchange on the news. The tightly-held company is worth some $44m with 104m shares outstanding.

Helio makes a significant new gold-copper-silver discovery at the Gold Kop target, Damara gold project, Namibia

Helio Resource Corp. (TSX-V: HRC) is very pleased to report the first diamond drill results from the current drill programme at the Gold Kop Target, on its 100%-owned Damara Gold Project (DGP) in Namibia. The Gold Kop Target is situated 45km northeast of AngloGold Ashanti's (AGA) Navachab gold mine (see map at http://www.helioresource.com/i/pdf/2011-06-13_NRM1.pdf).

Unprecedented volumes on Africa’s biggest heap leach pad project

Construction activities have reached peak intensity on the 34-month Maxi Heap Leach Pad project for French nuclear company AREVA at its Trekkopje uranium mine in Namibia, which will feature in IM’s July issue. The Trekkopje JV, comprising Concor Roads & Earthworks as lead partner, together with Grinaker-LTA and Basil Read, reports that it has been consistently achieving its present productivity targets on what is a complicated project that requires precision planning and programme scheduling.

Pan Terra Industries to acquire 90% of Mertens high grade copper mine

Mitchell Adam, President and CEO of Pan Terra Industries announcedit has entered into a Letter of Intent (the "LOI") to acquire 90% of the issued and outstanding common shares of Mertens Mining and Trading (PTY) Limited ("Mertens"), a private company incorporated under the laws of Namibia, Africa. Pursuant to the terms and conditions of the LOI, Pan Terra will acquire 90% of the issued and outstanding shares of Mertens for total consideration of $6,617,647 CDN

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.

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.

Paladin enjoys record revenues, sees no impact from Fukushima

In results released on Friday, Australia’s Paladin Energy showed a 47% increase in production from its Namibian and Malawian operations and record revenues of $208.7m on the back of a 31% increase in sales volumes for the nine months to March. The company said despite the concerns about the nuclear energy market following the tsunami damage to Japan’s Fukushima plant, it believes supply and demand imbalances will only widen in future as more plants, such as the 25 under construction in China, come on stream. Paladin is on an aggressive growth drive. Stage 3 of the expansion of its Langer Heinrich mine that would bring capacity to 5.2m lb is 92% complete and in February 2011 the company announced that it completed its acquisition of the uranium assets of Aurora Energy in Labrador, Canada for C$260.8m.

Extract confident Husab uranium project will be unaffected by policy changes

Extract Resources said on Monday it was confident that the Namibian government's proposed policy changes on strategic minerals will not affect its Husab uranium project license. The Namibian government is expected to hold a news conference this week to clarify plans to assign almost all mining and exploration rights to a state-owned company.

Auryx Otjikoto gold project not affected by govt. strategic minerals plans

Auryx reports the Namibian Minister of Mines and Energy clarified the limits of a declaration to label certain minerals strategic and to be awarded to state mining company. Auryx Gold (TSX: AYX) regained lost territory as its shareprice climbed over six

Diamond demand growth boosts Namdeb numbers

Namdeb Diamond Corp said on Thursday that it had moved back into profit as the global recovery stoked demand for its luxury product and it was cautiously optimistic about the market picking up further. Namdeb, Namibia's main diamond producer, is a 50-50 joint venture between De Beers, which is 45 percent owned by mining group Anglo American (AAL.L: Quote), and the country's government.

Otjikoto mine to produce 100,000 gold ounce per year from 2014 – Auryx

The Canadian junior gold miner said it was reasonable to expect that the Namibian operation would go into production within three years Canadian junior gold miner Auryx (AYX.TO: Quote) says its planned Namibian Otjikoto mine should be capable of

Hunt For Uranium Assets Starts To Get Heated

The global uranium market is dominated by just 10 players – companies that account for 60% of the world’s production of yellow cake. While Canada’s Athabasca Basin remains the hotspot for the highest-graded uranium coming out of the ground, other countries are pushing hard to ramp up their own uranium markets, such as Kazakhstan, Tanzania and Namibia, which is about to finalize its first nuclear policy by the middle of the year.

Deep Yellow delivers strong pre-feas results for Namibian uranium project

Proactive Investors Australia reports: Strong positive interim Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) results have been recieved by Deep Yellow (ASX: DYL) for its wholly-owned Omahola uranium project in Namibia, highlighting its economic potential.

Russia to spend $1bn on Namibian uranium exploration

The head of Russia's state nuclear corporation Rosatom said the group is ready to start investing this year.

Heavy lifting company assists with Namibian smelter

Heavy-lifting specialist Vanguard has completed a project involving the transportation and rigging into position of a cold box and exchanger for use in a smelting plant in Tsumeb, in Namibia. Read more at http://www.miningweekly.com/article/heavy-lifting-company-assists-with-namibian-smelter-2010-05-07

Sandvik cone crushers utilized for uranium mine in Namibia

Six of Sandvik’s largest CH880 cone crushers are to be installed at the greenfield Trekkopje uranium mine project in Namibia. The order follows the delivery of six similar crushers to the Tati nickel mine in […]