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First-half diamond sales down 16% at Botswana's Okavango
Published: 15 Aug 18
Sales at Botswana's State-owned Okavango Diamond Company (ODC) fell 16% in the first half of 2018 to $260-million, its managing director said, citing a high comparison base against last year's record growth. Marcus ter Haar said the company sold 1.778-million carats in the first half of 2018 compared with 1.808 million carats in the same period last year.
Kibo to acquire 60% stake in UK energy company
Published: 15 Aug 18
Africa-focussed energy company Kibo Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the acquisition of a 60% equity interest in UK company Mast Energy Developments (MED). Under the terms of the MoU, Kibo can acquire a 60% shareholding in MED for £300 000 payable to existing MED shareholders in new Kibo shares and a share of future project revenue royalties, which will be reinvested in the company in the short term to an amount of £2.2-million.
Keras advances testwork at Togo manganese project
Published: 15 Aug 18
Aim-listed Keras Resources has made a number of appointments to advance the 10 000 t bulk sampling metallurgical test work programme at the Nayega manganese project, in northern Togo. Keras has appointed Graham Stacey as project manager, Carriere Mines Travaux Public (CMTP) as the turnkey mining and logistics contractor and Appropriate Process Technologies to undertake the bulk sampling plant contract.
Metals poisoned by Turkey contagion as copper nears bear market Metals poisoned by Turkey contagion as copper nears bear market
Published: 15 Aug 18
From Turkey’s financial crisis to China’s trade war, the emerging-market contagion is infecting metal markets. Base metals markets tumbled on Wednesday, with most contracts falling more than 2% in London. Copper sank below $6 000 a metric ton and is now approaching a bear market. Not even gold, the usual safe haven, was spared from the selloff. Bullion prices sank 0.5% to $1 188/oz. Natural resource shares were also in the red.
Hochschild H1 pre-tax profit jumps 90% on higher grade ores
Published: 15 Aug 18
Britain's Hochschild Mining reported on Wednesday a 90% jump in pre-tax profit for the first half, helped in part by higher grade ores from its Peruvian mines Inmaculada and Pallancata. The century-old miner, which has been spending heavily on land around existing mines, or brownfield exploration, stuck to its 2018 output target of 514 000 gold equivalent ounces.
Gem Diamonds recovers 12th diamond of over 100 ct for 2018 Gem Diamonds recovers 12th diamond of over 100 ct for 2018
Published: 15 Aug 18
LSE-listed Gem Diamonds has recovered a 138 ct top white colour and Type IIa diamond, at its Letšeng mine, in Lesotho. This diamond, the miner said on Wednesday, is the highest dollar per carat kimberlite diamond in the world.
Eastplats’ chrome circuit completion targeted for Q3
Published: 15 Aug 18
Construction of Vancouver-based Eastern Platinum’s (Eastplats’) retreatment project, at its Crocodile River mine, in South Africa’s North West, is progressing well and all significant items required for the chrome circuit’s completion and commissioning are on site. Completion of the form structures continues.
Ausdrill adds underground expertise with Barminco deal Ausdrill adds underground expertise with Barminco deal
Published: 15 Aug 18
Mining services provider Ausdrill has made a takeover offer for joint specialist underground hard-rock mining contractor Barminco in a deal valued at A$271.5-million. The transaction will create Australia’s second-largest mining services company.
Ghana President to address delegates at Mining Indaba 2019 Ghana President to address delegates at Mining Indaba 2019
Published: 15 Aug 18
Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo will speak at the 2019 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 4 to 7. Ghana is considered one of the major mining centres on the African continent; therefore, with Akufo-Addo speaking, it presents delegates with the opportunity to hear about the future of mining in Ghana.
Woodside posts A$541m half-year profit
Published: 15 Aug 18
Oil and gas producer Woodside has reported an interim net profit after tax of A$541-million for the six months to June, with operating cash flows for the period up by 25% on the first half of 2017. Woodside said on Wednesday that the increased operating cash flows was driven by higher production and higher sales revenue.
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