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A process to review and amend South Africa’s mining charter “has been concluded” and Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane will hold a press briefing at 10:00 am in Pretoria, the capital, on Thursday, the Department of Mineral Resources said in an emailed statement on Wednesday.
The Chamber of Mines, which represents the nation’s biggest operators including Anglo American Plc and Sibanye Gold Ltd., received an invitation on Wednesday afternoon for a meeting with the ministry that is scheduled for an hour before the start of the press briefing, the industry lobby said in an emailed statement.
The chamber “will not be co-opted into participating in an attempt by the department to provide any support into what we believe has been a flawed process,” it said in the statement. The ministry has “not seen fit” to engage properly with stakeholders about the content of the charter, the chamber said.
(Bloomberg) – South African Mines Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has proposed raising the mandatory black ownership of mining assets to 30 percent from 26 percent, drawing opposition from some ruling-party officials who fear it will deter investment, two people familiar with the situation said.
The proposal is part of a long-delayed draft mining charter outlined by Zwane, an ally of President Jacob Zuma, to the African National Congress’ economic policy committee on May 13.
Senior party policy officials warned of the potential negative consequences of his plans, said the people, who asked not to be identified because Zwane hasn’t formally proposed the changes for public comment before they become binding.
Zuma’s cabinet on Wednesday approved the draft mining charter, which will be released for public comment once it has been gazetted. ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa didn’t answer calls seeking comment. It’s unclear whether the cabinet demanded changes.
South Africa’s Chamber of Mines said this week that the government needs to finalise its mining regulations if falling investment in the industry is to be reversed. Zuma, who’s due to step down as leader of the ANC in December and as the nation’s president in 2019, has called for “radical economic transformation” to more fairly distribute the benefits of South Africa’s economy among the black majority.
“The mining industry has been the bedrock of the South African economy for over 100 years. The sector has made many positive contributions to the development of our economy, and some of the infrastructure and industries thriving today are as a direct resulting of mining.
“We cannot deny, however, that there have been some undesirable effects, brought on by decades of colonialism and apartheid.
“Unemployment, inequality and poverty have been growing over the years, creating an untenable situation.
“Of course, people like to blame the ANC for the widespread unemployment. They say we lack ideas, are anti-business, don’t know what we are doing, etc. But we’ve been in power for, what is it, just under a quarter of a century—that isn’t long, is it?
“What is comforting is that today a poor rural shack dweller visiting the city can see many blacks who are rich, indeed some who are very rich. So, even though it is taking a little bit longer than we wish, we are getting there, aren’t we? Anyway, we’d like to spread this type of wealth around a little more. And that’s the purpose of this Mining Charter.
“The birth of South Africa’s democracy in 1994 brought about political freedom for all. Vast economic imbalances remain a challenge, particularly when the majority of South Africans have yet to see meaningful economic participation or ownership of these minerals.
“Naturally, I am not discounting the 40% of earnings the mining industry contributes to government in tax, a rate which many say is among the highest in the world. And I am not denigrating the mining industry’s contributions by way of licenses or its royalty payments to communities. Or that mining employs half a million people who in turn pay taxes to the government. I am also not unmindful of the dividends the mining companies pay to the state’s Industrial Development Corporation and to the government employees’ pension fund. Or even the R200 billion that has already been transferred to black individuals or organisations in empowerment deals. We, as government, see none of these contributions as a problem.
“We encourage the young people who are the future of this country to embrace the Mining Charter by exploiting the opportunities to be unleashed by this instrument of change,” Zwane said.
“We will be embarking on provincial roadshows in the next two weeks to raise awareness and to take the Charter to the people.”
Zwane said this when he was tabling the R1.779 billion Budget Vote of the Mineral Resources Department in the National Council of Provinces on Wednesday.
The reviewed Mining Charter has caused a lot of uncertainty for stakeholders and the markets by setting new black ownership targets for the industry.
The Chamber of Mines vehemently rejected it, saying that the department had not held meaningful consultations before the introduction of some of the items, and thus it would approach the courts to interdict its implementation.
The targets include new mining rights, holders having 30 percent black ownership to be shared among employees, communities and black entrepreneurs. Mining rights holders who have complied with the previous target of 26 percent have to “top up” to 30 percent within 12 months.
Those applying for prospecting rights would be required to have a “minimum of 50 percent plus one black person shareholding”. These shareholders must have voting rights.
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), on the other hand, welcomed the reviewed Mining Charter, saying that it appreciated the increase from the initial 26 percent to the 30 percent minimum BEE shareholding in the industry.
Zwane said the majority of the people of South Africa who make up 90 percent of the population remained excluded from the economy. He said the economy remained lopsided, unequal and non-inclusive because of the legislative framework.
Zwane said this was a huge detriment to South Africa’s socio-economic growth efforts, adding that the need for radical economic
transformation was more imperative than ever before because it sought to redress the institutionalised monopoly of the economy.
“Economic reforms are needed to ensure broader and inclusive participation to enable the attainment of a far more inclusive and competitive economy,” Zwane said. Read More ….
Latest mining news in Botswana February 2017
MAC and its members launched TSM in 2004. Implementation of the program is mandatory for all MAC members’ Canadian operations, but many voluntarily apply it to their international sites. MAC freely shares TSM with other countries seeking tools to improve the environmental and social performance of their mining industries, including engagement with civil society and enhanced transparency and accountability.
TSM requires mining companies to annually assess their facilities’ performance across six important areas, including tailings management, community outreach, safety and health, biodiversity conservation, crisis management, and energy use and greenhouse gas emissions management. The results are freely available to the public and are externally-verified every three years to ensure what has been reported is accurate. While BCM will tailor its performance areas so that they reflect the unique aspects of its domestic mining sector, they will be at a similar level to those of Canada’s.
To ensure TSM reflects the expectations of civil society and industry stakeholders, it was designed and continues to be shaped by an independent, multi-interest advisory panel. As part of its implementation, BCM will implement a similar advisory body to provide this valuable oversight function.
While the lawyers declined to name the company making the offer, a source close to the process told Reuters a company from the United Arab Emirates had put forward an offer for the three companies under the BCL group.
“The minister is currently in the UAE negotiating for the sale of the BCL group,” said the source, who declined to be named as the matter was confidential.
The Minister of Minerals, Energy and Green Technology Sadique Kebonang posted on his Facebook page on Monday a picture of himself captioned: “In the UAE trying to save BCL.”
In a briefing in January, Nigel Dixon-Warren of KPMG said he would recommend to the courts that BCL be placed under final liquidation as its three subsidiaries were insolvent and the government had no money to finance operations.
Following the placement of BCL group under provisional liquidation in October 2016, Russia’s Norilsk took legal action against the mining group to recover $271.3 million it says it is owed for the sale of a 50 percent stake in the Nkomati JV in South Africa.
Apart from the Norilsk claim, BCL owes creditors including suppliers and banks around $85.41 million. ($1 = 10.5374 pulas) (Reporting by Johannesburg Newsroom, editing by David Evans)
The Morupule South Coal project is located within the central eastern district of Botswana, directly to the south of the Morupule Colliery. The project has a resource of 2,45bn tons of Joint Ore Reserves Committee (JORC) compliant resources of which 380m tons are in the measured and indicated categories.
The Morupule main seam represents 83% of the resources, and 1,2bn tons are amenable to open cut mining with initial waste to coal strip ratios of under 2 to 1.
Study results confirm robust economics across all Morupule South development scenarios. Wood Mackenzie benchmarked Morupule South’s mining costs and coal quality against other southern African domestic mines and the project is expected to be one of the lowest cost in the region.
Morupule South’s mining costs and coal quality were benchmarked against other south African domestic mines. The energy adjusted benchmarking graph supports the viability of the project’s development.
Shumba Energy’s managing director, Mashale Phumaphi, comments, “The Morupule South acquisition elevates Shumba Energy to be able to take advantage of the domestic and regional industrial market.
“The project is located five kilometres from an operating rail siding and can be brought into production within a very short timeframe. These factors set the Morupule South project ahead of other coal development projects in Botswana.”
Managing Director of Gem Diamonds Botswana, Haile Mphusu, confirmed to this publication that retrenchment will ensue as a result of halting of production at the mine. “We are starting process of putting the mine on care and maintenance,” Mphusu pointed out while adding that in a lay man’s view, “it means that production has stopped.” “The only work that will take place is the one aimed at preserving the assets. By all intends and purposes production has ceased,” the MD stressed.
The reasons for closing the mine he said is that the price of the type of diamonds that is mined at Ghaghoo has weakened and “we are continuing to lose money.” He pointed out that most employees will be cut but of course not all will lose jobs, others will remain to keep the asset in state so that when prices of diamonds recovers, mining can start.
“We have around 183 employees in Botswana who work for Gem Diamonds Botswana that owns Ghaghoo mine. We also have around 115 that we outsourced to other companies. In the process of care and maintenance, only around 30 to 40 employees will remain to take care of the assets. Therefore around 250 will lose jobs,” he highlighted to this publication.
According to Mphusu, shareholders cannot continue to subsidies the mine. Gem Diamonds, the leading producer of high-value diamonds, owns both the Letšeng mine in Lesotho, and the Ghaghoo mine in Botswana. Its client base comprises of prominent diamantaires and manufacturers from the world’s major diamond centers which are New York, Belgium, Israel, India, China, South Africa, the United Kingdom, the Middle East and Switzerland.
Latest mining news in Botswana May Week 4 2016
Four BCL miners perished Sunday evening as preliminary information suggests that a rope snapped while a cage was transporting workers at end of shift. The weekend incident has shattered the fatality-prone BCL mine safety priorities which have been questionable as for the past two years (2014/2015) the mine recorded the highest number of fatalities in the sector, with 11 deaths.
Addressing the Botswana Mine Workers Union (BMWU) congress in Tlokweng last year, the union president, Jack Tlhagale blasted the BCL mine for recording the highest casualties out of 17 miners.
In recent time, 11 miners died at BCL mine, two at the Tati Nickel’s Phoenix mine where Moolmans did mining, one miner was run over by a front end loader at Boseto mine, two died from a ground fall at Ghaghoo mine in the CKGR and at the Jwaneng mine a miner died from a slope failure.
Tlhagale had even called on BCL mine management to change their strategies if they wished to turn around the fortunes of the mine currently grappling with collapsed metal prices. The BCL mine has confirmed the fatality and investigations into the real cause of the accident are ongoing.
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired - May 31, 2016) - Pangolin Diamonds Corp. (TSX VENTURE:PAN) (the “Company” or “Pangolin”) is pleased to provide an update for the Company’s wholly-owned Motloutse Diamond Project (“Motloutse”), located 150 km east of the Orapa Diamond Mine in Botswana. Several aeromagnetic anomalies have been selected for follow-up with soil sampling, ground magnetic and gravity surveys to identify kimberlite drill targets. This program is nearing completion.
The AGA-01 kimberlite target was confirmed on the ground to be associated with a gravity anomaly which coincides with positive kimberlitic indicator minerals. Sub-angular kimberlite indicator garnets with sculptured surfaces, denoting proximity to source, were optically identified from five soil samples collected directly over the gravity anomaly associated with the AGA-01 aeromagnetic anomaly. Both the gravity and soil sampling surveys at AGA-01 are being expanded to cover a larger area.
Additional kimberlite targets are being further developed using detailed gravity surveys expected to be completed by mid-June. Once the gravity results have been interpreted, the drill program will commence and include the additional targets identified. It is anticipated that the percussion drill program will be completed before the end of July 2016.
The Motloutse Diamond Project covers the area where the first diamonds in Botswana were recovered in 1959. It also includes the location where De Beers discovered its first diamonds in Botswana in 1962. The kimberlite source(s) of these diamonds have never been located.
The indicators were recovered at AGA-01 from unscreened 100-litre samples collected on a 50 m x 50 m square grid within a 10 square metre area of a GPS-controlled sample site. The material was dry screened in the field to recover the +0.425-2.0 millimetre size fraction, then transported to Francistown, Botswana and processed through Pangolin’s 1-tph DMS plant. The concentrates were subsequently delivered to an independent mineral specialist in Gaborone, Botswana who examined the concentrate and recovered the indicators.
This was said by the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources Mr Kgomotso Abi before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) adding that the situation called for rehabilitation of the infrastructure to avoid the leakages.
He however said rehabilitation had already commenced in Mahalapye and WUC was looking to rehabilitate the borehole in Maun to help the water situation in Maun.
Mr Abi denied allegations that the water crisis was caused by low capacities following the transfer of services from Water Affairs noting that WUC had adequate staff capacity because they retained people from water affairs and council.
Responding to questions from MP for Nata Gweta Mr Polson Majaga who asked for an update with regard to underground water drilling, the he stated that work was undergoing as they have teams doing site seeing for underground water drilling to augment the water crises.
Answering a question from MP for Francistown West Mr Ignatius Moswaane who wanted to know how true were the reports that there are people who had dug private dams along the rivers that supply Gaborone dam Mr Abi admitted this was true however said these were small dams that had a capacity less that 400 million cubic litres all combined.
Zambia approves price-based royalties for copper mines
Zambia’s cabinet has approved a new royalty system that varies depending on the copper price as Africa’s second-biggest producer seeks to keep struggling mines open and limit job losses, government said on Wednesday. Mining companies operating in Zambia including Vedanta Resources and Glencore have cut thousands of jobs and closed copper shafts in recent months with prices near six-year lows.
Mining companies operating in Zambia including Vedanta Resources and Glencore have cut thousands of jobs and closed copper shafts in recent months with prices near six-year lows.
Zambia, officially called the Republic of Zambia is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, Africa, and the 39th largest country in the world after Chile. The capital of Zambia is Lusaka. Population is mainly around Lusaka, and also the Copperbelt province. On 24 October 1964, Zambia declared independence from British colonial rule. Zambia was also named the world’s fastest economically reformed country in 2010. Interestingly the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is headquartered in the capital Lusaka. It is no secret that the mining industry is the economic backbone of Zambia. Although Zambia is such a large producer of copper and cobalt in the world, 68% of the population live below the recognized poverty line.
Zambia is one of the major producers of Copper and Cobalt in the world. It is the seventh largest producer of Copper and generates around 3.3% of the world’s total production of copper. Zambia is the second largest producer of Copper in Africa. Zambia is the second largest producer of Cobalt coming in at 19.7% of total cobalt mined in the world. Not only does it have large quantities of CI-CO (Copper) deposits but also a wide variety of other metalliferous and non-metalliferous resources.
Exploration of copper started as early as the 1930’s, but since then other commodities have been explored and mined. As a byproduct of the mining, and production of copper significant quantities of selenium, silver, gold and platinum are produced. Lead, and Zinc was found in the carbonate-hosted deposits in Kabwe, it ranks as one of the highest zink, and lead deposits in the world.
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