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Ascendant on the rise as team delivers on 2017 mine turnaround strategy Ascendant on the rise as team delivers on 2017 mine turnaround strategy
Published: 11 Jan 18
Investors welcomed a report by TSX-listed base metals producer Ascendant Resources on Thursday that it has beaten its maiden 2017 production guidance after successfully executing a turnaround strategy for its underperforming flagship asset. The news pushed the miner’s TSX-listed stock more than 10% higher early on Thursday, to C$0.84 apiece.
Sinopec commits to R6bn upgrade of Chevron South Africa refinery as buyout deal gathers pace Sinopec commits to R6bn upgrade of Chevron South Africa refinery as buyout deal gathers pace
Published: 11 Jan 18
Chinese oil company China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) has undertaken to invest R6-billion to upgrade and modernise Chevron South Africa’s (CSA’s) Cape Town-based oil refinery, if it succeeds in its bid to acquire control of CSA.
Alcoa locks union workers out of Canada smelter as contract expires
Published: 11 Jan 18
The tussle between Alcoa Corp and union workers escalated on Thursday after the aluminium producer locked them out of its smelter in Becancour, Quebec, as an old contract expired at midnight and talks on a new agreement failed. The collective agreement for 1 030 unionised workers expired at 11:59 EST Wednesday, which gave workers the right to strike and Alcoa the right to lock them out, the United Steelworkers had said.
Gold set to gain from retail, geopolitical risks, hedging Gold set to gain from retail, geopolitical risks, hedging
Published: 11 Jan 18
The gold price is expected to increase in the year ahead, driven by stronger interest from Asian retail investors and consistent interest in global gold exchange-traded funds, according to research firm Thomson Reuters GFMS. The firm highlighted on Thursday that the efficient frontier theory further supported additional investment in gold, as well as the desire to hedge against an equities meltdown.
Protestor killed during community uprising at RBPlat’s North shaft Protestor killed during community uprising at RBPlat’s North shaft
Published: 11 Jan 18
Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) on Thursday said a person was killed after a group of more than 100 protestors – including former employees and unknown persons – attempted to gain unlawful access to the shaft premises at its North Shaft, near Rustenburg, on Wednesday evening. The premises were locked and secured by mine security personnel. “As a last resort, and to prevent damage to property and injury to mine personnel, mine security sought to disperse the crowd, using rubber bullets and paintballs,” the miner said in a statement. During the course of the incident an individual within the crowd was shot and killed by live ammunition.
Dell to recycle gold from e-waste for use in new motherboards, jewellery Dell to recycle gold from e-waste for use in new motherboards, jewellery
Published: 11 Jan 18
Technology company Dell is piloting a project to recover gold from used electronics for use in new computer motherboards and jewellery. Dell has partnered with Wistron GreenTech, which uses an environmentally responsible extraction process to break the used electronics down into individual components.
Centamin appoints two board members, COO, as chairperson signals retirement
Published: 11 Jan 18
LSE- and TSX-listed Centamin has made several changes to its board and senior management as it transitions “into the next phase” of growth. This comes as executive chairperson Josef El-Raghy notified the company of his intention to retire by the end of this year.
Cora Gold to continue drilling at Mali projects
Published: 11 Jan 18
West Africa-focused gold exploration company Cora Gold has completed Stage 1 of its reconnaissance drilling programme at the company’s flagship Sanankoro gold discovery, in southern Mali. CEO Dr Jonathan Forster noted that the programme was encouraging, with initial assay results targeted for month-end.
Zambia sees mining revenue rising on higher copper price
Published: 11 Jan 18
Zambia expects to collect more revenue from mining companies this year compared to 2017 after copper prices rose above $7 000/t, the revenue authority (ZRA) said on Wednesday. ZRA Commissioner-General Kingsley Chanda said at a media briefing the authority was targeting a revenue-to-GDP ratio of 17% this year, higher that 16.8% in 2017.
Regency eyes larger role in EV market
Published: 11 Jan 18
London-listed Regency Mines plans to reposition itself to fully leverage the mineral resources to be used in the rising electric vehicle (EV) batteries and related energy technologies. The company on Thursday said in an update to shareholders that it aimed to rebrand its nickel/cobalt and related assets in the battery metals industry, prepare for the changes in product demand that would emerge from the development of the electric battery market and meet the growing requirement for traceability and ethical sourcing of raw materials.
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