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Lackluster commodity prices weigh on WA-listed miners

The market capitalisation of Western Australian listed companies, which made up the Deloitte Index, decreased by 1.6% during March, to close at A$151.2-billion. The advisory firm reported this week that Australian markets suffered in March,...
4th April 2014
 
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COPPER COMES A CROPPER

The fall in the price of copper is being linked to China’s alleged use of it as a blunt instrument to help Chinese authorities restore balance in the Chinese economy. According to the Financial Times of London, copper has been used in the...
4th April 2014
 
TIN

Tin mining set to return to South Africa after quarter-century break Video Available

Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo Tin mining is poised to be resuscitated in South Africa 25 years after the tin price collapsed and forced South Africa’s once resplendent Zaaiplaats and Rooiberg tin flagships to close. Currently, no tin is mined in South Africa, but a restart...
2nd April 2014
 
LABOUR

SA deputy president to meet mining firms, unions as platinum strike drags on

Kgalema Motlanthe South Africa's deputy president will meet with the mining industry and unions on Thursday for a regularly scheduled forum aimed at bringing stability to the sector, as a crippling platinum strike approaches its ninth week. Deputy President Kgalema...
24th March 2014
 
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CHINESE WRECKERS

The ferrochrome industry’s plea for South African government help has fallen on deaf ears, allowing China to wrest South Africa’s top world ferrochrome spot, ironically with the overwhelming use of South Africa’s very own raw chromite ore....
21st March 2014
 
GOLD/PLATINUM/PALLADIUM

Standard Bank to launch three new ETFs

Banking group Standard bank on Wednesday announced that it would launch three exchange traded funds (ETFs), with an estimated value of R60-billion, on the JSE. The AfricaGold ETF, AfricaPlatinum ETF and the AfricaPalladium ETF would give investors...
19th March 2014
 
COPPER

Copper prices below $5 000 could threaten Zambian mines - Minister

Zambian mines are still operating profitably, despite the fall in copper prices, but could be threatened if the price dropped below $5 000/t, Mines Minister Christopher Yaluma said on Saturday. Copper markets had been edgy over slowing Chinese...
17th March 2014
 
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Saskatchewan metals processing plant project, Canada Restricted

The Minister of Environment for the Province of Saskatchewan has accepted the Environmental Assessment Branch’s recommendation and approved the project, subject to certain conditions.
7th March 2014
 
PDAC

Europe’s manufacturing powerhouse scouts for ‘critical’ minerals to maintain technological edge

Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce mining and mineral resources manager Christopher Schmidt As a nation heavily reliant on commodity imports to sustain its industrial output, Germany is seeking closer ties with the Canadian mining industry to maintain its pole position as Europe’s manufacturing powerhouse.
28th February 2014
 
PDAC

Finding the true value in resource statements

ROBERT FRIEDLAND The best junior CEO is someone like Ivanhoe CEO Robert Friedland, who comes in and sells out – the  reality is you do not want them to build their own mines By Benjamin Cox At the time of the Voisey’s Bay nickel project discovery in Canada, an industry legend – I cannot remember who it was – said that the rocks do not know that Friedland owns them. Rocks don’t care about management and,...
28th February 2014
 
Coal

Fortune Minerals pursuing strategic partnership strategy to finance projects

As the mining world struggles to raise financing on global capital markets, Toronto-listed diversified junior Fortune Minerals is pursuing a financing strategy based on securing strategic partnerships with companies that need the product it plans...
28th February 2014
 
PLATINUM

‘Catastrophic’ R12 500 pay would shut Rustenburg mine Video Available

Implats CEO Terence Goodlace Merely implementing the R12 500 a month minimum basic wage demand of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) would be “catastrophic” and leave the company with no alternative but to close the entire Impala Rustenburg,...
27th February 2014
 
 
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