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BHP facing uncertain future as  shareholders push for strategic change BHP facing uncertain future as shareholders push for strategic change
Published: 17 Nov 17
Rating agencies and analysts have raised concerns about the future of mining major BHP in the wake of actions taken by so-called activist shareholders. The mining giant’s second-largest holder of its London-listed shares, fund manager Elliot Associates and Elliot International, has been picking at BHP since August last year and, in April this year, made public its demands for strategy changes, arguing that nearly $40-billion in shareholder value had been lost by the miner.
AngloGold’s capex project progressing as planned, within budget AngloGold’s capex project progressing as planned, within budget
Published: 17 Nov 17
JSE- and New York-listed AngloGold Ashanti says its high-return and low-capital projects in its international portfolio to extend mine lives and improve margins remain on track and within budget. “We expect . . . continued delivery to tight timelines and budgets on our portfolio-improvement projects,” AngloGold CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan noted in the company’s market update earlier this month.
Financial provisioning regulations a game changer – law firm Financial provisioning regulations a game changer – law firm
Published: 17 Nov 17
The National Environmental Management Act’s (Nema’s) Financial Provisioning Regulations are a game changer because of the level of detail they require from mining companies, as well as the increased levels of liability they have established, says mining law firm Webber Wentzel. Webber Wentzel partner and environmental law expert Garyn Rapson explains that the new laws have changed the rules surrounding mine closure in three fundamental ways. Firstly, mining companies now need to produce two plans and a report covering annual rehabilitation, final rehabilitation and an assessment of residual risk. 
Consultancy looks to reduce cost of complying with new regulations Consultancy looks to reduce cost of complying with new regulations
Published: 17 Nov 17
Mining consultancy The MSA Group is liaising with various industry players including mining companies, insurers, law and auditing firms to establish a consistent approach to assessing and reviewing mine closure liability. They believe that this collaboration will result in greater understanding of the process by all parties and through this, streamlining of efforts and therefore reduced costs to mining companies. MSA senior environmental project manager Stephan Herb says the consultancy is in the process of developing a methodology that is aligned with the local legislative framework and industry good practice that can be replicated regardless of the commodity and mining method.
Regulatory uncertainty results in inability  to comply Regulatory uncertainty results in inability to comply
Published: 17 Nov 17
Given the uncertainty surrounding the interpretation of the National Environmental Management Act’s (Nema’s) Financial Provision Regulations, most mining companies have decided to wait until the regulations have been finalised before allocating resources to become compliant, says underwriting managing agent Cenviro Solutions (underwritten by its parent company Centriq Insurance Company). Cenviro MD Leentie Smit says compliance with the regulations in their current form could result in significant cost, hence the “wait-and-see” approach. They may also incur additional costs if existing financial structures have to be amended in future to ensure compliance with the financial provisioning regulations.
'A good number of investors' considering countries offering better return-on-investment prospects than SA 'A good number of investors' considering countries offering better return-on-investment prospects than SA
Published: 17 Nov 17
Mining policies imposed by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) on local industry are creating increased uncertainty for investors, a growing number of whom are considering investing in mining projects and exploration in other countries, with a greater chance of a healthier return on investment, posits Nedbank mining finance principal Paul Miller.
Zambian mining sector edging closer to ‘zero harm’ Zambian mining sector edging closer to ‘zero harm’
Published: 17 Nov 17
The atmosphere at the Zambian mining industry’s third annual Health and Safety Conference, held in Ndola on November 2 and 3, was particularly positive as, at the time, the industry was firmly on course for a fatality-free year, the Zambia Chamber of Mines (ZCM) reports. This was significant, as there had been 13 fatalities in 2016, according to figures from the Zambian Mines Safety Department. In various presentations, mines highlighted progress made in recent years in improving health and ...
Need for collaboration in CSR initiatives emphasised
Published: 17 Nov 17
With the mining industry now recovering from the downturn in commodity prices, and a new balance emerging in the global demand and supply of minerals, now is the time to reflect, innovate and plan for a more resilient industry in the future, says Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant. Speaking at the Implementing CSR Strategies in Mining conference, in Johannesburg, earlier this month, Oliphant noted that the industry needs to review its business models to ensure that they are sustainable, efficient and more able to withstand challenges. 
Mkango shares jump on Talaxis investments Mkango shares jump on Talaxis investments
Published: 16 Nov 17
The share price of Mkango Resources on the LSE surged by up to 135% on Thursday afternoon after the company reported securing a £12-million direct investment that will enable the funding of a bankable feasibility study (BFS) for its Songwe Hill rare-earth project, in Malawi. The company’s shares peaked at 10.88p on Thursday afternoon, compared with the 3.88p at closing on Wednesday.
Geomysore’s Jonnagiri has potential to be India’s first private gold mine
Published: 16 Nov 17
Gold firm Geomysore Services India, in which Aim-listed Lionsgold has a 21.15% shareholding, has completed a feasibility study for the Jonnagiri gold project, demonstrating the project’s potential to be developed into India’s first privately-owned gold mine. The Jonnagiri project, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, is forecast to produce about 25 000 oz/y of gold, contributing more than a quarter to India’s gold production based on current domestic output.
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