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Zinc rally to slow in H2 as headwinds mount – BofAML
Published: 24 Jun 17
Headwinds to the current zinc price rally are expected to mount during the second half of the year as consumption slows, undermining the base metal’s strong fundamentals, new analysis by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) has found. The banking group’s Global Commodities Research team said in its latest ‘Global Metals Weekly’ report that a rebalancing of the zinc market has been visible in the usual indicators in China: mine supply has remained subdued partially because the government made restarts difficult; smelters are running at capacity utilisation rates of lower than70%; and refined zinc prices on the Shangai Futures Exchange (SHFE) have outperformed those on the London Metals Exchange (LME), opening the import arbitrage and as a result, refined zinc shipments to China have rebounded.
Santacruz to consolidate ownership of Veta Grande, Minillas properties
Published: 24 Jun 17
Canadian junior Santacruz Silver Mining has signed an option agreement with certain private Mexican companies known as Contracuña under which Santacruz aquired an option to buy a 100% interest in the Veta Grande and Minillas properties, for $15.5-million, the company announced on Wednesday. The TSX-V-listed company currently operates the properties on a 60%/40% net profits interest basis under an exclusive thirty-year right granted by Contracuña.
Sisson tungsten/moly play gets federal nod
Published: 24 Jun 17
TSX-listed Northcliff Resources’ majority owned Sisson Mines has received Canadian federal approval for the Sisson tungsten/molybdenum mine, in New Brunswick, following an environmental assessment under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. The federal Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Dominic LeBlanc said in a statement posted to the New Brunswick website that the Sisson project “will bring about significant new economic opportunities to the people of New Brunswick”.
Shore Gold consolidates Star-Orion South diamond project, inks earn-in with Rio Tinto Shore Gold consolidates Star-Orion South diamond project, inks earn-in with Rio Tinto
Published: 24 Jun 17
TSX-listed project developer Shore Gold has consolidated its ownership in the Star-Orion South diamond project, in Saskatchewan, after buying Newmont Canada FN Holdings’ 31% interest in the Fort à la Corne joint venture (FalC JV), the company announced on Friday. With a resulting 100% ownership of the Star-Orion South project in hand, the company has also in parallel entered an option to joint venture agreement with Rio Tinto Exploration Canada (RTEC), under which RTEC can earn up to a 60% interest in the project.
Guatemala police clears protesters, access to Tahoe’s blocked Escobal mine
Published: 23 Jun 17
Police have used teargas to clear a public road near the town of Casillas, in south-east Guatemala, of protesters blocking access to Canadian miner Tahoe resources’ controversial Escobal mine, the third-largest silver mine in the world. The TSX- and NYSE-listed miner said in a statement on Friday that the Guatemalan government has taken legal action to disburse protestors and open the primary road that connects Guatemala City to San Rafael las Flores, near the Escobal mine, after locals blocked access early this week in protests relating to a variety of issues, including claims that mining at Escobal is causing seismic activity 16 km away in Casillas.
Cobalt 27 aims to tap electric car revolution with $150m IPO
Published: 23 Jun 17
Minerals company Cobalt 27 Capital made its debut on Canada's Venture Exchange on Friday, raising C$200-million in a listing that offers investors exposure to cobalt, a key metal for batteries in electric cars. Cobalt 27's initial public offering highlights the burgeoning market for cobalt as the car industry's push towards electric vehicles gathers pace.
Eskom refuses to provide information on Tegeta claim settlement – AfriBusiness
Published: 23 Jun 17
Business rights watchdog AfriBusiness will consult with its legal team to determine the way forward after State-owned Eskom reportedly refused to provide it with information on the R2-billion fine imposed on Tegeta Resources’ Optimum coal mine. Following a period of arbitration, Eskom and Tegeta in April agreed to a settlement regarding a R2.2-billion penalty claim against Optimum, which had arisen in a dispute over coal quality when Glencore was still the owner of Optimum.
Randgold keen on DRC mining code review, partnerships to develop young industry
Published: 23 Jun 17
LSE-listed Randgold Resources on Friday said the mining industry would welcome a review of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC’s) existing mining code in a “young” industry still open to development. However, this review needs to be subject to an inclusive debate, with government and the mining companies agreeing on their needs and objectives and committing to a long-term growth strategy where the main criterion was the “profitability of the mines and not their size”.
Glencore increases offer for Rio Tinto’s C&A assets
Published: 23 Jun 17
In light of reports on Tuesday that diversified miner Rio Tinto urged its shareholders to vote in favour of the sale of its wholly-owned subsidiary Coal & Allied Industries (C&A) to Yancoal Australia, as opposed to electing the counter offer from Glencore, the latter has raised its offer to $2.67-billion, including a coal price-linked royalty. Earlier this month, Glencore offered to acquire the C&A assets for $2.55-billion, comprising an initial $2.05-billion in cash and $500-million in deferred cash payments payable as annual instalments of $100-million over five years. The offer also included the coal price-linked royalty.
Zwane forced to beat a hasty retreat from community engagement imbizo Zwane forced to beat a hasty retreat from community engagement imbizo
Published: 23 Jun 17
Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane was, on Friday, forced to leave a community engagement imbizo in the Steve Tshwete local municipality, in Mpumalanga, without addressing the meeting. The Minister, who was meant to hear the views of affected communities following the release of the third iteration of the Mining Charter last week, left the meeting after being heckled by sections of the audience.
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