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Reinvestment in South Africa needed to ‘plant the seeds’ for a better future, says Exxaro Reinvestment in South Africa needed to ‘plant the seeds’ for a better future, says Exxaro
Published: 15 Jun 21
Reinvestment is needed to “plant the seeds” and create a better future for South Africa, says diversified miner Exxaro Resources projects and technology executive head Johan Meyer. This is especially critical considering that Covid-19 has made it more challenging to secure investments, but also when taking South Africa’s energy and electricity supply challenges into account.
PIC says it is not involved in SAA deal
Published: 15 Jun 21
The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has clarified that its funds will not be used by a private sector consortium to acquire a 51% private equity stake in South African Airways (SAA). The State-owned investment manager says it is not involved in the acquisition, nor are the assets it manages on behalf of clients.
NT approves Vista's plans for Mt Todd NT approves Vista's plans for Mt Todd
Published: 15 Jun 21
The Northern Territory government has approved US-based Vista Gold Corp’s mining management plan (MMP) for its Mt Todd gold project, marking the final major authorization required for the development of the gold mine. Vista Gold said this week that the receipt of this approval marked the achievement of a significant de-risking milestone that has been the focus of the company for the last three years.
New petroleum exploration acreage released
Published: 15 Jun 21
The federal government has released 80 000 km2 of new acreage in Commonwealth waters under its 2021 Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release. Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt said the release comprises 21 areas across the Bonaparte, Browse, Carnarvon, Otway, Sorell and Gippsland basins off Western Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and the Ashmore and Cartier Islands.
Regis reports new resource estimates
Published: 15 Jun 21
Gold miner Regis Resource’s mineral resource estimate has now been estimated at 10.4-million, with the company reporting an ore reserve of 4.8-million, following the acquisition of a 30% interest in the Tropicana gold mine. Regis earlier this month settled the A$903-million purchase of fellow listed Independence Group’s stake in the Western Australian gold mine. “We are pleased to have incorporated Tropicana into our portfolio increasing our total resource to 10.4-million ounces and total reserves to 4.8-million ounces. The Tropicana joint venture (JV) delivers on our strategic objective to grow as a safe, responsible, reliable, long life, low cost gold producer, generating strong financial returns,” said Regis MD and CEO Jim Beyer.
Argonaut raises cash
Published: 15 Jun 21
Junior Argonaut Resources has completed a A$5.2-million private placement to professional and sophisticated investors to fund drilling work in Zambia. The company on Tuesday announced that it placed 693.3-million shares, at a price of 0.75c a share under its existing placement capacity.
New Century hedges its bets
Published: 15 Jun 21
Base metals miner New Century Resources has executed a zinc hedging transaction with Macquarie Bank, representing some 25% of the annual production from its Century zinc mine, in Queensland. The company has hedged 90 000 t of payble zinc over a three year period, in equal monthly proportions, from July 2021 to June 2024, at a weighted average price of A$3 717/t, valuing the total transaction at A$335-million in future expected sales.
Aus firms up zero-carbon partnership with Japan
Published: 15 Jun 21
Australia and Japan have jointly committed to support initiatives to help drive a transition to net zero emissions, Australian Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor announced this week. “Japan and Australia consider a technology-led response is critical to reducing greenhouse gas emissions while also ensuring economic growth and job creation. We share an ambition to accelerate the development and commercialisation of low and zero emissions technologies as soon as possible, as achieving cost parity with high emitting alternatives is vital for decarbonisation efforts,” Taylor said.
Members of Vale Sudbury nickel miners' union reject new offer Members of Vale Sudbury nickel miners' union reject new offer
Published: 14 Jun 21
Members of a union representing striking workers from Vale's Sudbury, Canada, nickel mine have rejected the Brazilian company's latest offer, urging it to commit to "good-faith" talks to settle the strike. USW Local 6500 members voted by an 87% majority to reject Vale's second offer in two weeks, the union said. The offer was not that different to the earlier one that had sparked the strike on June 1, it said.
Centerra CEO weighs ‘divorce’ with Kyrgyzstan on seized mine Centerra CEO weighs ‘divorce’ with Kyrgyzstan on seized mine
Published: 14 Jun 21
Centerra Gold could part ways with Kyrgyzstan’s government over its seized flagship mine in the Central Asian nation, but the company’s top executive would like to discuss it first. Relations between Centerra and the Kyrgyz Republic have soured so much since the government took control of Kumtor gold mine that it would be difficult to go back to the way things were, said CEO Scott Perry. Still, the Canadian company -- which hasn’t had high-level talks with senior management since President Sadyr Japarov assumed power last October -- wants to talk things over and find options to break the impasse.
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