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Ferrous Metals

Investors shift focus to adequate infrastructure, higher-grade deposits

SRK Consulting South Africa expects investor emphasis to shift to higher-grade iron-ore deposits
The upsurge in iron-ore exports from South Africa and Africa in the past five years, largely driven by Chinese demand, has not only gradually diminished in the past year but has also caused a slowdown in African exploration and project development...
25th July 2014

Nordgold H1 production up 14%, on track to meet forecast target

LSE-listed Nordgold on Wednesday said refined gold output of 476 100 oz was achieved during the first half of the year – a 14% increase on the prior corresponding period as eight of the gold producer’s nine mines achieved a year-on-year...
18th July 2014

Corruption a major risk for international miners in South Africa

South Africa is underperforming in its fight against bribery and corruption, with potential knock-on effects for the mining industry, Canadian risk mitigation firm CKR Global’s Adam Ross, a senior consultant with the firm’s corruption...
11th July 2014

Russia's Rusal starts Dian-Dian bauxite project in Guinea

Russia's Rusal, the world's largest aluminium producer, has launched the Dian-Dian bauxite project in Guinea, the company said in a statement on Thursday. The decision to start the project comes amid continuing talks between Rusal, whose net debt...
11th July 2014
Legislative Environment

African governments misjudge impact of volatile global commodity prices

African countries that host mining projects have often sought to renegotiate contracts during periods of high commodity prices, when they should have seized those opportunities to develop the capital intensive projects that only high price...
11th July 2014

Explorer optimistic about Guinea

Drake Resources has decided to fast-track its work on the project 
Drilling is under way at Australian gold and base metals explorer Drake Resources’ Seimana gold project, in the Siguiri province of northern Guinea. CEO Jason Stirbinskis tells Mining Weekly that the company expects results that reflect the...
11th July 2014
Legislative Environment

Infrastructure deficit thwarting investment

A lack of infrastructure in several African countries continues to hinder investment in new mining projects and efficient operations at existing mining operations, says multidisciplinary mining and engineering consulting firm SRK Consulting....
11th July 2014

New Gabon mining code in effect by year-end

MANGANESE DEVELOPMENT Nouvelle Gabon Mining is developing a 60-million-ton, 40%-grade manganese project in the City of Franceville  Gabon will soon adopt a new mining code, which will include provisions for the protection of the environment, corporate responsibility, a new ‘investor- friendly’ tax regime, simplified procedures for the granting of exploration permits and...
11th July 2014

Kalia iron-ore project, Guinea Restricted

Bellzone is confident of meeting a 2016 deadline to export the first iron-ore from its Kalia mine, provided that full funding for the project is secured this year.
4th July 2014

Aveng announces R830m of impairments for 2014 FY

Following financial losses at Aveng Grinaker-LTA for the financial years 2012 through 2014, allied to prolonged weakness within the local infrastructure environment and the limited evidence of near-term market improvement, construction major Aveng...
2nd July 2014

Bellzone confident of Kalia potential despite funding delays

Aim-listed Bellzone Mining on Monday said it was confident of meeting a 2016 deadline to export the first iron-ore from its flagship Guinea-based Kalia mine, provided that full funding was secured this year. “Although we have not been immune to...
30th June 2014

Glencore denies Simandou rumours

Diversified miner Glencore on Monday denied a media report that it had expressed an interest to the Guinea government in developing the Simandou North iron-ore project. The Australian reported on Monday that the company had sent a team of...
30th June 2014
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