South Africa

Anglo American set for commodity slump-triggered charge

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 28, 2015
Anglo American set for commodity slump-triggered charge

The firm became the first major mining company to openly accept the toll that slumping commodity prices are taking on the global industry.

Amplats Q4 production drops by 17 pct after strike

Reuters | January 28, 2015

Anglo American Platinum's production fell by 17% in the fourth quarter compared with a year ago due to a strike at its South African operation.

Glencore mulls shutting down South African coal mines, lay offs

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 28, 2015
Glencore mulls shutting down South African coal mines, lay offs

The miner, one of the biggest exporters of South African coal, may re-open those operations if economic conditions improve.

Undisclosed number of diamonds stolen from South African mine

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 26, 2015
Undisclosed number of diamonds stolen from South African mine

Sixteen men, who failed to access a safe, broke into a room used for sorting diamonds near Prieska Monday morning.

Anglo American mulls sale of more coal mines in Australia

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 23, 2015
Anglo American mulls sale of more coal mines in Australia

The operations that may be added to the list of assets for sale are Dawson and Foxleigh, in Queensland.

Anglo hit by platinum, iron ore units lower earnings outlooks

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 23, 2015
Anglo hit by platinum, iron ore units lower earnings outlooks

The miner shed over 3.7% after two of its business divisions — Amplats and Kumba — warned they expected full-year earnings to shrink more than previously flagged.

South Africa Commodity Stocks Fall Most Since ’08 as Metals Drop

Bloomberg | January 14, 2015

South African commodity stocks fell the most in more than six years, with Anglo American (AGL) Plc leading declines, as global metal prices slumped.

Ivanhoe Mines excoriates Globe and Mail over Platreef report

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 12, 2015
Ivanhoe Mines backlashes report on its Platreef platinum mine

Article implies that the company engaged in illicit practices to obtain the necessary permits for its Platreef mine in South Africa.

Wife of Ivanhoe Mines CEO charged after throwing a water bottle at a flight attendant

Andrew Topf | January 11, 2015
Plane window view

Ivanhoe Mines  (TSE:IVN) received a bit of unwanted publicity on Sunday when it was revealed that the wife of CEO Lars-Eric Johansson is facing criminal charges for throwing a water bottle at a flight attendant on an Air Canada flight.

Robert Friedland’s mining showdown in South Africa

Globe and Mail | January 11, 2015

The two men took the cash from an envelope, counted it carefully and spread it on the table in front of Raesetsa Makgabo in her village home.

Coal of Africa extends date on Mooiplaats sale

Cecilia Jamasmie | December 17, 2014
Coal of Africa extends date on Mooiplaats sale

The transaction is now expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2015.

Anglo American Platinum offered $385 million for stake in Bokoni mine

Cecilia Jamasmie | December 17, 2014
Anglo American Platinum offered $385 million for stake in Bokoni mine

The potential buyer — community-owned firm Baroka Tribal Mining— will also acquire Amplats' 22.5% percent indirect stake in its joint venture partner, Atlatsa Resources.

Newcrest, Harmony set to build one of the world's lowest-cost gold mines

Cecilia Jamasmie | December 15, 2014
Newcrest, Harmony set build one of the world's lowest-cost gold mines

The revised plan for their jointly-owned Wafi-Golpu in PNG will require an initial capital spending cost of $2.3 billion.

South Africa may sell iron ore, BHP stakes worth $3bn

Frik Els | December 13, 2014
South Africa may sell iron ore and BHP shares worth $3bn

The country needs funds to keep the lights on, but buyers may be hard to come by.

Glencore’s Glasenberg slams top iron ore producers once again

Cecilia Jamasmie | December 10, 2014
Glencore’s Glasenberg slams top iron producers once again

In his first investor day since buying Xstrata last year, Glencore’s boss highlighted his company’s spread of commodities and took aim at the expansion strategies of Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton.

SA’s biggest gold producers battle against loan sharks

Bloomberg | December 7, 2014

South Africa’s gold mining companies have started a fightback against money lenders who they say are preying on employees and damaging labor relations.

South Africa's Bell Equipment to restructure and shed jobs

Reuters | December 3, 2014

South African earthmover manufacturer Bell Equipment announced plans on Wednesday to restructure and shed jobs, as mining industry customers delay spending in the face of falling commodity prices.

Harmony Gold cutting jobs at S. African mine to turn around operation

Cecilia Jamasmie | December 2, 2014
Harmony Gold cutting jobs at S. African mine to turn around operation

The company has begun a 60-day consultation with unions at Kusasalethu mine, its largest operation.

Meet South Africa’s 'gold slaves'

Equal Times | December 2, 2014
Over 200 miners trapped underground in illegal South African mine

Illegal gold excavation and scrapping, worth about six billion rands per year (about US$550 million), is today the lifeblood of Johannesburg’s informal economy.

Mining equipment suppliers need to improve local support in Africa

Suppliers and Equipment Editor | December 1, 2014
Driverless Trucks

Suppliers to the African mining industry need to improve their on-site support and product delivery capabilities, finds new survey by Timetric’s Mining Intelligence Center.

New low in oil prices drags BHP Billiton stock below 2009 levels

Cecilia Jamasmie | December 1, 2014
New low in oil prices drags BHP Billiton stock below 2009 levels

The stock closed in Sydney below the $30 mark, which is the lowest it has traded in the last five years.

Rio Tinto cuts spending, defers capex, keeps dividend

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 28, 2014
Rio Tinto cuts spending, defers capex, keeps dividend

The mining giant said it was committed to giving significantly more money back to shareholders in 2015 despite a severe drop in iron ore prices.

Price fixing lawsuits come to platinum, palladium market

Frik Els | November 26, 2014
Platinum, palladium price-setting technology ‘optimum’ for gold: LME

Goldman, BASF, HSBC and Standard Bank accused of front-running and spoof orders while in charge of the London PGM Fix since 1989.

Police and protestors clash at Ivanhoe mine in South Africa

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 26, 2014
Police and protestors clash at Ivanhoe mine in South Africa

Locals were protesting the imminent construction of Platreef platinum mine.

Ivanhoe jumps on exploration results at African mine

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 24, 2014
Ivanhoe jumps on exploration results at African mine

The miner has hit exceptionally high-grade silver, zinc and copper at its Kipushi mine in the DRC.

BHP warns more cost cuts, management shake up before demerger

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 24, 2014
BHP warns more cost cuts, management shake up before demerger

The world's largest miner has stepped up its cost-cutting plans as it battles a sharp slide in iron ore, coal and oil prices.

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