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Call for three-year renewal of Canada’s exploration tax scheme to arrest signs of decline Call for three-year renewal of Canada’s exploration tax scheme to arrest signs of decline
Published: 15 Aug 18
The Mineral Exploration Tax Credit (METC), which incentivises exploration financing by providing individuals investing in companies exploring for minerals in Canada with a 15% tax credit on eligible expenditures, has to be renewed for at least three years to provide greater certainty and boost confidence for investors in Canadian projects. This is the view of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), which on Wednesday published a document containing its recommendations for the 2019 federal Budget.
Russian miners explore payment schemes eschewing dollar
Published: 15 Aug 18
Two of Russia's biggest mining companies said on Wednesday they were investigating rouble-based payments schemes, amid calls from Moscow to reduce the role of the US dollar in Russian trade and so limit the impact of US sanctions. The Kremlin said on Monday that Russia favoured bilateral trade with all countries in their national currencies, rather than the dollar, but that the idea needed detailed work before being implemented.
India to bring in new mineral policy to align exploration and development projects
Published: 15 Aug 18
The Indian government is expected to put into play a new mineral policy, possibly before the end of August, aimed at a more investor-friendly alignment of exploration and development projects. The Mines Ministry, which is the driver of the proposed policy changes, is expected to suggest amendments to the Mines, Minerals Development and Regulation Act (MMDRA) 2015 to align it with the new framework, ensuring a level playing field between investors in mineral exploration and mineral development projects.
Orion turbocharges Prieska study Orion turbocharges Prieska study
Published: 15 Aug 18
The Sydney- and Johannesburg-listed exploration and development company Orion Minerals, which is developing a zinc and copper project at Prieska in the Northern Cape, on Wednesday announced the second tranche of its two-tranche share issuance to raise $7.86-million. The total $11-million capital raise will progress the Prieska project’s bankable feasibility study, which is scheduled for completion in early 2019, as well as support the exploration programmes under way on the company’s Northern Cape tenements.
Jaguar Mining lowers guidance, CEO resigns
Published: 15 Aug 18
The TSX-listed stock of Jaguar Mining on Wednesday fell by 25% after the Brazil-focused company released its second quarter results announcement, which contained a revised production guidance and news that Rodney Lamond is leaving his position as CEO and director. Jaguar lowered its production guidance from between 90 000 oz and 105 000 oz, to a range of 80 000 oz to 85 000 oz and warned that its Turmalina operation’s 2018 output would lower than initially thought.
Leagold updates FY guidance after Brio Gold buy
Published: 15 Aug 18
Midtier gold miner Leagold has updated its production guidance to reflect the recent completion of its Brio Gold acquisition, which added three mines in Brazil to its portfolio. The company said this week that it expects to produce between 325 000 oz and 350 000 oz of gold at an all-in sustaining cost (AISC) of between $940/oz and $975/oz.
Roxgold says 2018 output may be at upper-end of guidance
Published: 15 Aug 18
Burkina Faso-focused Roxgold has delivered strong second-quarter production and cash flow results, standing the company in good stead to achieve the upper end of its 2018 production guidance. For the three months to June 30, TSX-listed Roxgold achieved gold production of 35 828 oz of gold, compared with 27 970 ounces during the same period last year.  
We made significant progress in Marikana, says Lonmin We made significant progress in Marikana, says Lonmin
Published: 15 Aug 18
Platinum producer Lonmin has made significant progress in delivering on its commitment to the Marikana community, the company said on Wednesday. "Housing has been a key focus of the company’s social and labour plans, with modern housing developments being built for many of its employees," said Khaya Ngcwembe, Lonmin human resources executive.
Gordhan announces whistleblower hotline to boost fight against corruption Gordhan announces whistleblower hotline to boost fight against corruption
Published: 15 Aug 18
Stabilising State-owned enterprises could take six months or longer, depending on the extent of corruption, said Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. The minister on Wednesday briefed the portfolio committee on public enterprises on the progress made in addressing governance challenges at State-owned enterprises (SOEs) in his portfolio. Overall revenue generated by the six entities, Eskom, Denel, Transnet, SA Exress, Safcol and Alexkor amounted to R284-billion. The assets are worth ...
Vast creates new subsidiary and expands Romania footprint
Published: 15 Aug 18
Aim-listed Vast Resources has acquired an indirect interest in a prospective polymetallic mineralisation in the so-called ‘golden quadrilateral’ in the Metaliferi mountains of Romania, through a newly formed subsidiary, EMA Resources, which it intends to list separately. The company announced on Wednesday that it had acquired an indirect 29.41% interest in the Blueberry project – a 7.285 km2 brownfield perimeter project adjacent to the previously producing Baia de Aries mine, which operated until 2004 and is reported to have produced 20% of the historical gold production from the golden quadrilateral.
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