In South Africa, a Friedland-backed mine is told to stop exhuming historic graves – by Geoffrey York (Globe and Mail – December 5, 2016)

JOHANNESBURG — A court has ordered Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. to stop exhuming and relocating dozens of historic graves at the site of its planned $1.6-billion platinum mine in South Africa.

The Vancouver-based company says it is complying with the interim order, but will fight it in a court hearing in late January. It says the court order hasn’t affected construction at the site, where its first shaft has reached a depth of more than 120 metres underground.

The court order is the latest sign of tensions between Ivanhoe and some community members near the mining site in Limpopo province, about 280 kilometres northeast of Johannesburg. Continue Reading →

Philippines third quarter nickel ore output drops 16 percent as Duterte’s green clampdown bites – by Manolo Serapio Jr (Reuters U.S. – December 5, 2016)

MANILA – The Philippines’ output of nickel ore fell 16 percent in the third quarter from a year earlier, government data showed on Monday, after the world’s top supplier of the metal suspended some mines in a clampdown on environmental violations.

The Southeast Asian nation has already stopped work at 10 of its 41 mines in a campaign, backed by President Rodrigo Duterte, against what the government says is irresponsible mining. A group of a further 20 more faces possible suspension.

Output of nickel ore for direct shipping fell to 9.34 million tonnes in July-September from 11.09 million tonnes in the same period last year, data from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau showed. Continue Reading →

Canada’s carbon-tax plan will have little impact in new political reality – by Gwyn Morgan (Globe and Mail – December 5, 2016)

So, who’s left to save the planet from the predicted global warming
Armageddon? Just the European Union, Japan and Australia, with a
combined global emission share of 15 per cent. And, of course, Canada,
with our minuscule 1.6 per cent. The reality is that wiping Canada
off the map would make an imperceptible difference.

The 22nd Conference of the Parties climate-change meeting began in Marrakesh on Nov. 7. The American official party was, of course, from the administration of Barack Obama, which favours emissions reductions. In keeping with our Prime Minister’s passionate embrace of the cause, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna led a delegation of 225, one of the largest of the 100 countries assembled at COP 22.

Imagine their shock when, just 24 hours after the conference opened, they learned that the next U.S. president will be a person who believes human-made global warming is a “hoax” promulgated by China and other countries wanting to steal American jobs. Continue Reading →

C$5.5m invested in research to minimise mining’s environmental impact – by Anine Kilian (Mining – December 5, 2016)

JOHANNESBURG ( – A strategic partnership grants programme administered by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has raised $5.5-million in funding for a research network, based at the University of Waterloo, in Ontario, Canada, which is researching new ways for mining companies to reduce the impact of their operations on the environment.

The University of Waterloo-led network, which is one of four across the country that received a total of nearly C$22-million in funding, is investigating new ways to stabilise mine waste and to prevent future environmental contamination.

Scientists and business leaders have joined together in these networks to tackle pressing challenges by targeting pollution, exploring enhanced manufacturing technology, developing sustainable natural resource extraction methods and modernising the stewardship of Canadian lakes. Continue Reading →

[14th annual Mining Journal awards night] Canada takes top gongs – by Staff (Mining Journal – December 5, 2016)

Toronto-listed companies and Canada itself picked up the top awards at the prestigious 14th annual Mining Journal awards night. The Outstanding Achievement Awards and Gala Dinner capped off a successful annual Mines & Money London conference on December 1.

Neil Woodyer won the coveted CEO of the Year Award for his tenure at the helm of Toronto-listed Endeavour Mining. Woodyer, who has since taken over the reins at Leagold Mining Corp, was responsible for driving Endeavour’s strategic growth and ensuring a platform for his successor to build on.

Awards co-host Amanda Van Dyke, a mining equity specialist with Peterhouse Asset Management, and a member of the Mines & Money advisory board, said great mining companies needed great CEOs and the hotly contested shortlist represented the best of the best. Continue Reading →

Goodman wins Lifetime Achievement award – by Staff (Mining Journal – December 5, 2016)

Judges have awarded the 2016 Mining Journal Lifetime Achievement Award to leading industry financial and corporate figure, Ned Goodman. Jonathan Goodman accepted the award on his father’s behalf at the gala dinner ending the 2016 Mines and Money London event last Thursday.

Event co-host Amanda Van Dyk, a mining equity specialist with Peterhouse Asset Management and a member of the 11-member Mines and Money advisory board, said the vote for Goodman was unanimous due to his stellar achievements.

“This year’s winner has made transformative and enduring contributions to Canada’s minerals industry and capital markets as a company-builder, merchant banker and investment advisor during a dynamic career spanning almost half a century,” she said. Continue Reading →


Members of Miners for Cancer alongside G-Rant from Newcap Radio’s Hot 93.5FM seen here holding a $20,000 cheque that will go towards renovating the chemotherapy suites at the Northeast Cancer Centre in Sudbury, Ontario.

Members of Miners for Cancer alongside G-Rant from Newcap Radio’s Hot 93.5FM seen here holding a $20,000 cheque that will go towards renovating the chemotherapy suites at the Northeast Cancer Centre in Sudbury, Ontario.

Sudbury, December 4th, 2016 – On Friday night, at the sixth annual Miners for Cancer Christmas Gala, local radio host and guest speaker G-Rant, from Newcap Radio’s Hot 93.5FM morning show, announced on behalf of Miners for Cancer a $20,000 donation towards the Northeast Cancer Centre’s Chemotherapy Suites.

In a bid to say thank you for bringing so much cancer awareness to the community through his willingness to share his own personal story, Miners for Cancer not only invited G-Rant to be the guest speaker at the sold out event, but also consulted with him on where the twenty thousand dollar donation should go. Continue Reading →

Aboriginal job losses are worth a protest – by Chris Nelson (Calgary Herald – December 3, 2016)

But it’s not just the environmental lobby that fails to understand this
— our current provincial government has no clue either. In fact, they’re
actively going to make a bad situation even worse. What industry is the
largest employer of native people in Canada? Mining. And what industry
is the NDP hell bent on destroying in our province? Coal mining.

As though we don’t have enough homegrown protests over our own pipelines, it appears Alberta is now a prime venue on the Standing Rock world tour of indigenous indignation.

In the past week, so-called flash mobs have popped up in Calgary’s Chinook Centre and Edmonton’s West Edmonton Mall, merrily protesting the goings-on in North Dakota, where native groups and supporters are trying to halt construction of yet another pipeline, this one south of the 49th parallel. Continue Reading →

Mining industry electrifying for MacLean – by Ella Myers (Northern Ontario Business – December 2, 2016)

Don MacLean has always felt there is a “continual sense of change and renewal” in mining. After 60-plus years in the industry, the founder of MacLean Engineering should know. The mining technology engineer saw the beginnings of the diesel age, putting the first diesel scoops in Sudbury’s Creighton mine in 1964.

Now, over 50 years later and involved as ever, MacLean is experiencing the “electrification of the mining industry,” as he works on introducing electric mining equipment at Goldcorp’s Borden mine site near Chapleau.

The shifts have “just been a rush,” he said. “I’ve never worked a day in my life,” is MacLean’s oft-shared trademark sentiment on the industry. Continue Reading →

Cobalt is king for Vancouver developer – by Ian Ross (Northern Ontario Business – December 2, 2016)

The namesake metal of the town of Cobalt is the focus of a Vancouver company which has acquired a former silver mine property near the historic northeastern Ontario community. CobalTech Mining, formerly known as Big North Graphite, closed the acquisition of the former Duncan Kerr property from Trio Resources of Toronto on Nov. 23.

The company has plans to dig into the leftover piles of mineralized material on the surface to source cobalt.

Their 32-hectare property, located three kilometres southeast of the town in Coleman Township, contains the underground remnants of the former Kerr and Lawson silver mines, which operated intermittently from the mid-1900s through to the 1960s. Continue Reading →

Bloody diamonds entering the market now only 0.2% of global supply – by Dylan Slater ( – December 2, 2016)

JOHANNESBURG ( – The ban on diamond exports from conflict zones is proving successful in curbing so-called ‘conflict diamonds’ from being sold into official and black markets, thereby reducing their use as a potential source of finance for rebel groups.

This is according to nonprofit diamond industry representative organisation World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) president Ernie Blom.

He tells Mining Weekly that the Kimberley Process (KP), which has an interest in both domestic and international issues related to the mining and marketing of diamonds, has been “totally successful” in rooting out the international supply chain areas that are a source of conflict diamonds and blocking those channels. This has eliminated the appeal of operating directly, or by proxy, with those involved in sourcing diamonds from conflict zones. Continue Reading →

China slaps new fees on Mongolian exporters amid Dalai Lama row (Reuters U.S. – December 1, 2016)

A major border crossing between China and Mongolia has imposed new fees on commodity shipments between the two countries, amid a diplomatic row sparked by the visit to Ulaanbaatar of the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama last week.

The Dalai Lama is cherished as a spiritual leader in predominantly Buddhist Mongolia, but China regards him as a dangerous separatist and warned the visit could damage bilateral relations.

The crossing at Gashuun Sukhait is used to export copper from the giant Oyu Tolgoi mine run by Rio Tinto, as well as coal from the Tavan Tolgoi mine, which China’s state-owned Shenhua Group is currently in the running to develop. Continue Reading →

Why Land Use in Mining Is Key to Reconciliation – by Staff (The – December 2, 2016)

Every aspect of mining that involves First Nations has the potential to infringe upon their rights and title, according to the Fair Mining Collaborative (FMC).

The B.C.-based non-profit is working to make sure Indigenous communities have the skills and tools to ensure mining deals are done right, especially as Canada pursues truth and reconciliation. “The history of mining in B.C. is paired with the history of colonization in the province, legally and socially,” said Glenn Grande, the collaborative’s senior researcher and writer.

Grande is of Cree ancestry and a former teacher who taught at all grade levels in First Nations communities throughout B.C. He graduated with a juris doctorate from the University of British Columbia’s Allard School of Law in 2014. Continue Reading →

China Warns of Safety Risks as Rally in Coal Price Spurs Mining – by Chuin -Wei Yap (Wall Street Journal – November 30, 2016)

BEIJING—A deadly quarry collapse in northeast China this week reflects a surge in dangerous mining activity across the country as coal prices soar, following a government warning that the rally poses increased casualty risks.

The warning, in a report in early November, came as informal data have shown sharp increases in colliery casualties this year, with November the deadliest month so far.

On Tuesday, 22 workers were trapped when a shaft caved in at Qitaihe City Jingyou Coal Mine, a desolate outpost in China’s northeast, state-run Xinhua News Agency quoted rescue workers as saying on Wednesday. The cause wasn’t immediately known, nor was it clear whether any of those trapped had survived. Continue Reading →

UPDATE 2-Chile to capitalize copper producer Codelco with $975 mln (Reuters Latin America – December 1, 2016)

SANTIAGO Dec 1 (Reuters) – Chile’s government will give state-owned copper miner Codelco $975 million in capitalization so the cash-strapped firm can finance its ambitious investment plans, Finance Minister Rodrigo Valdes said on Thursday.

World no.1 copper producer Codelco returns all its profits to the state and is funded by a mix of capitalization and debt.

“This year the government has decided to capitalize Codelco with $975 million … this money will allow the company to continue developing its investment program,” Valdes said at a news conference. Last year, the government handed Codelco $600 million. Continue Reading →