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Vale falls victim of the iron ore slump, posts $3.2bn loss

Cecilia Jamasmie | April 30, 2015
Vale falls victim of the iron ore slump, posts $3.2bn loss

Today's results are the lowest earnings Vale has reported in six years and its third straight quarterly loss.

It’s official: Zambia scales back mining royalties to 9%

Cecilia Jamasmie | April 20, 2015
It’s official: Zambia scales back mining royalties to 9%

The announced changes will be effective on July 1, once parliament has approved them.

Mick Davis first deal to land in Canada: report

Cecilia Jamasmie | April 10, 2015
Mick Davis first deal to land in Canada: report

Davis is said to be finalizing talks with a Toronto-listed miner, in a deal that could kick-off a long awaited buying spree.

Zambia goes after First Quantum over layoffs

Cecilia Jamasmie | April 3, 2015
Zambia goes after First Quantum over layoffs

Government claims it was not notified according to the law.

IMF in favour of Zambia mining tax changes

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 31, 2015
IMF in favour of Zambia mining tax changes

But the fund warned that only further tightening of fiscal and monetary polices would contain the country's large deficits.

Australia's regulator goes after Fortescue for demanding iron ore output cap

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 25, 2015
Australia's regulator goes after Fortescue for demanding iron ore output cap

The competition watchdog did not welcome chairman Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest call for rivals Rio, BHP and Vale to agree to cap production.

Mick Davies’ X2 Resources raises $5.6 billion, ready to buy up assets

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 5, 2015
Mick Davies’ X2 Resources raises $5.6 billion, ready to buy up assets

The former Xstrata boss’ new firm may soon pull the trigger on some big deals at a time of low commodity prices and willing sellers.

Zambia eases tax rules, to start refund talks on a ‘company-by-company basis’

Cecilia Jamasmie | February 23, 2015
Zambia eases tax rules, to start refund talks on a ‘company-by-company basis’

The new rules only apply to future payments and not amounts already owed.

Most copper producers in Zambia losing money — Chamber of Mines

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 19, 2015
Most copper producers in Zambia losing money — Chamber of Mines

The situation may soon change, as authorities have began talks with the country’s top miners, signalling the possibility of a compromise over the country’s new tax regime.

‘Mick the Miner’ goes after Vale's nickel assets

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 14, 2015
‘Mick the Miner’ goes after Vale's nickel assets

The 56 year old who built Xstrata into one of the world’s biggest mining firms and then sold it to Glencore, is tipped to be on the verge of landing his first big fish.

When it rains…Iron ore, gold miners the most vulnerable to Ebola risk

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 26, 2014
When it rains…Iron ore, gold miners the most vulnerable to Ebola risk

Report shows there are 39 assets in production within the Ebola-affected region.

Brazil’s Vale close to becoming world’s largest nickel producer

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 24, 2014
Brazil’s Vale close to becoming world’s largest nickel producer

The miner beat estimates after logging a 16% jump in Q3 nickel production, taking total output of the metal this year to 201,400 metric tons.

Vale to ditch 20% of its nickel assets in Indonesia

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 17, 2014
Vale to ditch 20% of its nickel assets in Indonesia

The agreement signed with Indonesia’s outgoing government also means higher royalties to be paid by the firm.

First Quantum warns Zambia tax hike will cost jobs, investment drop

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 14, 2014
First Quantum warns Zambia tax hike will cost jobs, investment drop

The miner, Zambia's largest foreign investor, operates Kansanshi mine, the eighth largest copper mine in the world, as well as the country's biggest.

Zambia launches major overhaul of mining tax, increases royalties

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 10, 2014
Zambia launches major overhaul of mining tax, increases royalties

Underground mining royalties will go up from 6% to 8%; underground taxes now 20%.

Zambia tells Glencore mine closure, lay-offs ‘illegal’

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 6, 2014
Zambia tells Glencore mine closure, lay-offs ‘illegal’

Zambia’s mines minister says the company has not officially communicated the government its intentions as required under the country's law.

Glencore now idles zinc mine in Zambia over tax refund row

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 3, 2014
Glencore now idles zinc mine in Zambia over tax refund row

The company is cutting 169 jobs at the mine.

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Gold prices hurting miners? Throw Ebola into the mix

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 3, 2014
Gold prices hurting miners? Throw Ebola into the mix

Deutsche Bank warned Friday that gold producers are the most vulnerable to a further spread of the deadly disease.

Glencore halts copper projects in Zambia over tax row

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 1, 2014
Glencore halts copper projects in Zambia over tax row

The standoff marks a major setback for the miner, which is in the process of upgrading its copper assets in Zambia hoping to increase output by at least 50% by 2017.

Zambian chamber urges gov't to speed up tax refunds for miners

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 25, 2014
Zambian chamber urges gov't to speed up tax refunds for miners

The business group argues the sector must be nurtured to generate the revenues needed for the country’s economic diversification.

China’s iron ore imports to fall in September — report

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 24, 2014
China’s iron ore imports to fall in September — report

Shanghai Metals Market warns slim profits and continuous declines in steel prices have dampened Chinese mills’ appetite for iron ore.

Zambia removes tax rules on copper exports, makes refunds easier

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 3, 2014
Zambia removes tax rules on copper exports, makes refunds easier

Rule requiring exporters to produce import certificates from destination countries in order to claim tax refunds will be waived beginning Sept. 8.

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China’s antitrust crackdown threatens BHP demerger

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 2, 2014
China’s antitrust crackdown threatens BHP demerger

Following a meeting with BHP’s China boss, Beijing issued a statement saying it believed that “BHP and other iron ore suppliers should avoid abusing dominant market positions."

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Largest iron ore miners smashing Chinese competitors

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 27, 2014
Largest iron ore miners smashing Chinese competitors

There’s a death match among iron ore producers, with the big Australian miners and Brazil's Vale increasing pressure on their high-cost Chinese rivals.

Zambia to ease tax rules on copper exports

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 26, 2014
Zambia to ease tax rules on copper exports

Good news for the country's copper miners that have been seeking more than $600 million in unpaid tax refunds.

Vale secures key licence for flagship iron ore mine expansion

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 21, 2014
Vale secures key licence for flagship iron ore mine expansion

The project is considered vital for Vale as the miner has been losing market share to Rio Tinto and BHP Biliton.

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