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Small is the new black in the mining sector
Bizcommunity

The general sentiment is that a recovery is underway in the resources sector and for the mining sector to secure a sustainable future, smaller projects are the way forward. “The bottom line is we are in a new ‘bull’ market that is just moving into the second innings and will this time likely be hot for the next eight to 10 years” says Alan Clegg, chairman, Shumba Energy. Junior mining companies are well placed to take advantage of the better-performing commodities in 2016/17, among which are gold, copper silver, nickel, tin and zinc, as well as lithium and graphite. However, on a continent that is in desperate need of strong growth in its infrastructure, building materials are looking to be the shining gem in the commodity market. http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/355/161181.html


The Junior Indaba

Construction Review

The Junior Indaba The third edition of the Junior Indaba will take place on 7th & 8th June 2017 in Johannesburg, a lively gathering that has become known for its stimulating discussions, interactive conversations and constructive outcomes Come and join leading CEOs, entrepreneurs, investors and analysts for lively debates and discussions, gain valuable snapshots of projects and.companies as well as insights into.commodity market prospects, exploration hot spots and investment opportunities_ The Junior Indaba, for explorers, developers and investors in junior mining, is brought to you by Resources 4 Africa, the organisers of the Joburg Indaba. Date: 7& 8 June 2017 Venue: The Country Club, Auckland Park, Johannesburg.https://www.gate5.co.za/read/92781/qv/48828404/139757091/5931/t

 


Time for junior miners to rise
The New Age (Bokone Bophirima), Inside 1 - 4 May 2017

Shumba Energy bigwig says 'smaller projects' are the way forward as industry gets set to stage a recovery FOR the mining sector to secure a sustainable future, "smaller projects" are the way forward, as the general sentiment is that a recovery is under way in the resources sector, Alan Clegg, chairperson of Shumba Energy, said yesterday. After several years of a downturn in the mining and mineral resources sector, green shoots continue to appear off the back of a recovery in.commodity prices which began in 2016, with a corresponding improvement in investor sentiment, Clegg said. "The bottom line is we are in a new bull market that is just moving into the second innings and will this time likely be hot for the next eight to 10 years." Junior mining.companies are well placed to take advantage of the betterperforming.commodities in 201617, among which are gold, copper silver, nickel, tin and zinc, as well as lithium and graphite. https://www.gate5.co.za/read/92781/qv/48715839/139709291/5931/t


Platinum Optimism
Mining Weekly - 21 Apr 2017

Platinum has best price improvement prospects, says Major MARTIN CREAMER I CREAMER MEDIA EDITOR JOBURG INDABA platinum has better price improvement prospects than virtually any other.commodity, Cadiz Corporate Solutions mining director Peter Major said earlier this month. Speaking at a breakfast to publicise the upcoming Junior Indaba on June 7 and 8, Major cast doubt on gold going much higher said iron ore was heading for a fall and forecast a lower thermal coal price by year end. "I think platinum has a better chance of going up than almost any other.commodity," Major said, positioning the currently low-priced precious metal as being "very close to its mean". "I've got a lot of my pension fund in platinum, as opposed to gold," he added at the function, which was hosted by Junior Indaba chairperson Bernard Swanepoel, who is also president of AHI, the small and medium-sized enterprise representative organisation.
https://www.gate5.co.za/read/92781/qv/48423698/139607465/5931/t


Bulk Handling Today Elephant Country that Needs Dung Beetles!
Bulk Handling Today - 1 Apr 2017

MINING South Africa is anSouth Africa is truly 'elephant country' when it.comes to mining. It has been endowed with some of the best ore bodies in the world and stands out as the country with the world's deepest mines. In addition, nearly all the mining.companies in the world have roots in South Africa. But there is a shortage of 'dung beetles' or junior miners born from elephant droppings in South Africa because it is easier to run big.companies in the local business environment than small ones. There are as many as 214 pieces of legislation that apply to small listed mining.companies here, which implies that junior miners either break the law or go out of business In order to make the South African mining space favourable for junior miners, ten regulations need to be scrapped for everyone that is contemplated. https://www.gate5.co.za/read/92781/qv/48547595/139640264/5931/t


Platinum firms will opt for quality ounces: RBPlat’s Phiri
David McKay 

Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) CEO, Steve Phiri, has joined the growing number who believe primary platinum production from South Africa will be cut, a development that would contribute towards widening the supply deficit. “Well, if it is not planned, it is forced on us,” said Phiri of production cuts. “Circumstances force us into that direction. You cannot just produce for the sake of volumes,” he said. “To say I’m a Number One producer, and I’m a Number Two producer, I’m producing two million ounces or more, that doesn’t fly,” he said. “You need to produce more quality and less volumes,” he said in an interview. Read the full article here: http://www.miningmx.com/top-story/27408-platinum-firms-will-opt-quality-ounces-rbplats-phiri/


Culture of ethical behaviour to minimise corruption – Dlamini-Zuma
Prinesha Naidoo

The first step in tackling corruption across the African continent is acknowledging that there is a problem and then doing something about it, says African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Speaking on the sidelines of The Junior Indaba in Johannesburg last week, she addressed the perception that corruption is seemingly isolated to Africa and praised leaders of the African Union and various African countries for their readiness to discuss and deal with corruption. “It is true that there is corruption in the world and Africa is part of that world. It is also true that the AU and African leaders have identified corruption as a problem that needs to be dealt with…We believe that there must be a culture of ethical behaviour to minimise corruption, besides catching the people who are corrupt and dealing with them decisively,” she said. Dlamini-Zuma also shared her views – in line with Agenda 2063, the African Union’s vision for an “integrated, prosperous and peaceful” continent – on how African leaders can make the most of the continent’s advantages to boost economic development. Read the full article here: http://www.moneyweb.co.za/news/africa/culture-ethical-behaviour-minimise-corruption-dlamini-zuma/ 

 


Expedite platinum fuel cells to boost  economy- Deputy Minister

Martin Creamer

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Deputy Minerals Minister Godfrey Oliphant has called for an acceleration of minerals beneficiation in general and the development of a platinum fuel cell economy in particular. Oliphant said that engagement with the platinum sector had taken place on one of its outputs, being the fuel cell, which had the ability to generate clean electricity. The fuel cell-using pilot electricity generation project in Kroonstad had already provided important lessons, said Oliphant, who was speaking to journalists during a media conference in which Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly Online participated at last week’s Junior Indaba. Read the full article here: http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/expedite-platinum-fuel-cells-to-boost-economy-deputy-minister-2016-06-06


Coal will be part of Africa’s energy mix – African Union

Martin Creamer

 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Coal will be part of Africa’s energy mix owing to its availability, cost advantage and ability to generate much-needed electricity, says African Union (AU) chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. Zuma, who was speaking to journalists during a media conference in which Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly Online participated at last week’s Junior Indaba, makes it clear that coal will play its part on the continent, in spite of the global trend to move to alternative sources of energy, given its cost. Read the full article here : http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/coal-will-be-part-of-africas-energy-mix-african-union-2016-06-06


No more resources supercycles, say analysts
Allan Seccombe

THE abnormal demand-driven commodity price supercycle between 2005 and 2011 was unlikely to be repeated, with the market returning to a more normal environment, analysts said on Thursday. Speaking at the Junior Indaba mining conference, Kieran Daly, the co-head of Europe, Middle East, and Africa metals & mining at UBS Investment Bank, told delegates China was unlikely to repeat its extraordinary levels of commodity demand that pushed prices higher for minerals such as iron ore, copper and coal. Read the full article here: http://www.bdlive.co.za/markets/2016/06/03/no-more-resources-supercycles-say-analysts


Synthetics pose most significant risk to natural diamonds
Prinesha Naidoo / mineweb.com

Stakeholders in the natural diamond industry must react to growing interest and marketing campaigns in synthetic diamonds, the most significant risk to the industry, says James Campbell, CEO of Rockwell Diamonds. “Do you really want to start your engagement or your wedding on the back of an artificial or a synthetic rather than something that is natural and has been born in the earth’s crust for over three million years? The industry needs to work together to get this right, to make sure that the consumer has that impression and buys according to that impression,” he said. Read the full article here: http://www.mineweb.com/news/diamonds-and-gems/synthetics-pose-significant-risk-natural-diamonds/


Entitlement, greed and extortion
Sungula Nkabinde

JOHANNESBURG: Exploration company Tranter Resources CEO Humphrey Mathe offered a scathing criticism of inherent corruption in the junior mining and exploration space at the Junior Indaba at the Johannesburg Country Club on Thursday. His stories depicted an industry held hostage to the whims of unscrupulous politicians and their associates.“The three evil monsters of entitlement, greed and extortion have taken over in Africa, and probably in South Africa as well,” said Mathe. “We had what we thought were reasonable expectations that, in our own country, it should be easy to operate, but we found it very difficult. Read the full article here: http://www.mineweb.com/news/mining-finance-and-investment/entitlement-greed-extortion/


AU commission chair calls for beneficiation of African minerals
Mpinane Senkhane

The African Union Commission Chair, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma delivered the keynote address at the Junior Indaba in Johannesburg yesterday. In her address Dlamini-Zuma urged junior miners to make concerted efforts to ensure there is beneficiation of mineral resources within the region. In her address,the AU Chair said current weakening in commodities was being felt by Africans as more effects were hitting those exporting raw minerals and not value added goods. Read the full articles here: http://www.miningne.ws/2016/06/02/au-commission-chair-calls-for-beneficiation-of-african-minerals/


Gold will outperform, iron-ore to be avoided – Junior Indaba

Martin Creamer

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Gold will be the commodity that will outperform in the next 12 months and iron-ore is the commodity investors should avoid at all costs during that period, junior miners voted on Thursday. The 220-strong audience at the Junior Indaba, also gave a thumbs down to manganese, as the second commodity to be avoided at all costs by investors in the next 12 months. Read the full article here: http://www.polity.org.za/article/gold-will-outperform-iron-ore-to-be-avoided-junior-indaba-2016-06-02


Five pearls of wisdom Mining industry leaders share lessons with junior miners.
Mineweb / Sungula Nkabinde

With gold the only commodity seemingly immune to the perils of a price decline, miners are keen to share ideas on how to survive the storm. Junior miners, possibly feeling the most pressure, had a rare opportunity to get advice from experienced industry players on how to survive the downturn at the Junior Indaba, held at the Johannesburg Country Club, on Wednesday. Read the full article here: http://www.moneyweb.co.za/news/south-africa/five-pearls-wisdom/


Sibanye chief draws hard line on strike
Dineo Faku

Johannesburg - Sibanye Gold chief executive Neal Froneman has thrown down the gauntlet at unions, charging that the industry would no longer tolerate strikes as a means to push it into making compromises during negotiations. Froneman took a hard line against organised labour when he said Sibanye, South Africa’s biggest gold producer, would not be bullied into meeting what he called unsustainable demands. Read the full article here: http://www.iol.co.za/business/companies/sibanye-chief-draws-hard-line-on-strike-2029374


Junior miner warns of three evil monsters in the mining sector
Trust Matsilele / CNBC Africa

"The three evil monsters have taken root in South Africa and these are extortion, greed and entitlement,” said Humphrey Mathe, chief executive of Tranter Resources. Mathe made the comments addressing delegates attending the second edition of the Junior Indaba taking place in Johannesburg. Junior miners, in what has been described as one of the toughest years the industry will ever face, are exploring various opportunities. Mathe called for a more responsive action to ensure everyone receives a piece in South Africa’s bigger pie, and also in the region. “It is imperative to have inclusive institutions which create economic expansion and more widely held wealth," he said. Read the full article here: http://www.cnbcafrica.com/news/mining/2016/06/02/junior-miners-evil-monsters-mining-sector/

 

 


Are junior miners on life support?
Trust Matsilele / CNBC Africa

Junior miners are to some extent on life support - this is the analogy that was used to describe the challenges facing them, especially when it comes to funding. Funding has been muted and worsened by a slump in commodity prices and a slowdown in China. Abubekir Salim, Managing Director of Vunani Resources, said the company had evaluated over 20 projects in the recent history and had invested in only two. Salim made the comments at the Junior Indaba taking place in Johannesburg. The indaba is looking at strategic thinking and interactive conversations about the junior mining sector in Africa, with the intention of aiding the advancement and development of this sector. Read the full article here: http://www.cnbcafrica.com/news/mining/2016/06/02/junior-mining-life-support-harwood/


SA platinum sector set to cut unprofitable output
David McKay

SOUTH Africa’s platinum sector would deal more proactively with unprofitable production in the coming months as it was in a stronger position to do so, said Justin Froneman, CFO of Sibanye Gold’s platinum division. Speaking as part of a panel at the Junior Indaba, a conference being held at Johannesburg Country Club, Froneman said that in the past, the platinum sector kept production high in an effort to manage costs. “I can understand why miners kept the foot on the pedal to manage cost of supply, but it kept us back for longer than it should have. It’s the one commodity where we haven’t seen the kind of discipline that we should have seen,” he told the conference. Read the full article here: http://www.miningmx.com/top-story/27379-sa-platinum-sector-set-cut-unprofitable-output/

 


Deputy Minister calls for junior mining Migdett
Martin Creamer

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – South Africa needed to establish a Migdett – a mining industry growth, development and employment task team – for the junior mining industry, which was crucial for future exploration success, Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant said on Wednesday. Read the full article here: http://www.miningweekly.com/article/deputy-minister-calls-for-junior-mining-migdett-2016-06-01 


Now is time for Africa to take charge of mining destiny – Dlamini-Zuma
Martin Creamer

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Now is the time for Africa to take charge of its mining destiny, African Union (AU) Commission chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told junior miners on Wednesday. Speaking at the Junior Indaba, the AU head drew repeated attention to the need for a new win-win approach to ensure that Africans benefited from the exploitation of natural resources by the private sector. Read the full article here: http://www.miningweekly.com/article/now-is-time-for-africa-to-take-charge-of-mining-destiny-dlamini-zuma-2016-06-01


Nigeria targeting 30% coal-based electricity
Martin Creamer

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Nigeria is targeting 30% of its electricity generation to be coal based. Speaking at the Junior Indaba in Johannesburg, Nigeria’s Solid Minerals Development Minister Dr Kayode Fayemi, represented by stand-in Alex Nwengbu, invited South African companies to invest in Nigeria to help the country achieve its coal-based power generation target. Read the full article here: http://www.miningweekly.com/article/nigeria-targeting-30-coal-based-electricity-2016-06-01


DMR satisfied with charter talks as industry meetings close
www.miningmx.com

SOUTH African deputy mines minister, Godfrey Oliphant, said it was unlikely the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) would extend the consultation period with the country’s mining sector regarding proposals for a new mining charter. The mining sector, led by the Chamber of Mines (CoM), met with the DMR for about a from the beginning of this month to discuss changes to the mining charter gazetted in South Africa’s parliament on April 14. The consultation period was set for a month. Read the full article here: http://www.miningmx.com/top-story/27368-dmr-satisfied-charter-talks-industry-meetings-close/


Junior mining needs innovation
www.miningreview.com

The junior mining sector has become dependent on innovation across the board to have any chance of being operationally successful in the long run. Innovation in the junior mining space has become dependent on how quickly the sector can implement innovative technologies, develop new investment strategies, adapt in virgin territories and communicate clearly with community stakeholders. Read the full article here: http://www.miningreview.com/news/junior-mining-needs-innovation/

 


Sibanye hunting 300,000 oz/year African gold miner

David McKay

 

SIBANYE Gold was targeting a 200,000 ounce to 300,000 oz/year African (non-South African) gold mine or producing company as it sought to bolster its dividends first strategy.“If you are going to move into a new region it can’t be small,” said Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye Gold regarding his firm’s growth by acquisition strategy. “We can’t buy projects,” he said. Read the full article here: http://www.miningmx.com/top-story/27371-sibanye-hunting-300000-ozyear-african-gold-producer/


Burden of compliance hurting juniors: Petra’s Dippenaar
David McKay 

PETRA Diamonds CEO, Johan Dippenaar, said it would be “very difficult” to develop a junior mining firm like his in the current regulatory environment in South Africa. “These days there is no flexibility in applying the regulations,” said Dippenaar. “I don’t think there is much chance for companies like Petra to operate small assets and then get the expertise and grow into a larger company,” he said. Read the full article here: http://www.miningmx.com/top-story/27376-27376/


Wind of change in govt – Froneman

Martin Creamer

A positive wind of change was blowing through government in South Africa, Sibanye Gold CEO Neal Froneman said on Wednesday. Sibanye, which is mining gold and platinum and taking steps to generate its own coal-fired power at prices below the going rate, is showing faith in platinum while looking to benefit from a broader revival of commodities. Read the full article here: http://www.miningweekly.com/article/wind-of-change-in-govt-froneman-2016-06-01/rep_id:3650


Vital documents to mining industry will be finalised by November, Oliphant says

Allan Seccombe

TWO key documents for the South African mining industry are nearing completion, bringing certainty to the sector, Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant says.The long-awaited amendments to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act will be finalised by November, Oliphant said at the Junior Indaba mining conference in Johannesburg on Wednesday.The draft amendments were returned to Parliament early in 2015 by President Jacob Zuma, highlighting a number of areas of concern that were unlikely to pass constitutional muster. Read the full article here: http://www.bdlive.co.za/business/mining/2016/06/01/vital-documents-to-mining-industry-will-be-finalised-by-november-oliphant-says


AU commission chair calls for beneficiation of African minerals
Trust Matsilele

The African Union Commission Chair, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma urged miners attending the Junior Indaba in Johannesburg, to make concerted efforts to ensure there is beneficiation of mineral resources within the region.She said the current weakening in commodities was being felt by Africans as more effects were hitting those exporting raw minerals and not value added goods. Read the full article here: http://www.cnbcafrica.com/news/mining/2016/06/01/au-commission-beneficiation-african-minerals/

 


Government aims to finalise Mining Charter, MPRDA by year end – Oliphant

Prinesha Naidoo

The Department of Mineral Resources feels as though it has “sufficiently consulted” on the draft Mining Charter and is unlikely to extend the consultation period any further, says Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources Godfrey Oliphant.“We’d love to stick to the deadlines so that there is certainty because we don’t want to keep the industry guessing all the time. We haven’t discussed it internally as to whether there might be an extension. It is unlikely, but if there is a need the minister can make that determination,” Oliphant told reporters on the sidelines of the Junior Mining Indaba. Read the full article here: http://www.moneyweb.co.za/news/industry/government-aims-finalise-mining-charter-mprda-year-end-oliphant/

 


Nigeria targeting 30% coal-based electricity

Martin Creamer

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Nigeria is targeting 30% of its electricity generation to be coal based. Speaking at the Junior Indaba in Johannesburg, Nigeria’s Solid Minerals Development Minister Dr Kayode Fayemi, represented by stand-in Alex Nwengbu, invited South African companies to invest in Nigeria to help the country achieve its coal-based power generation target. Read the full article here: http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/nigeria-targeting-30-coal-based-electricity-2016-06-01/rep_id:4136

 


The African continent must industrialise to create jobs: Dlamini-Zuma

http://www.southcoastnews.co.za/

African Union Commission chair, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma says its time the African continent does things differently, with regard to enhancing its resources and taking charge of its mining destiny. Addressing the Junior Mining Indaba held in Johannesburg, Dlamini Zuma also called for more investment in what she called the continents most precious resources – its young people. Read the full article here: http://www.southcoastnews.co.za/the-african-continent-must-industrialise-to-create-jobs-dlamini-zuma.../


Junior mining needs innovation

http://www.miningreview.com/

The junior mining sector has become dependent on innovation across the board to have any chance of being operationally successful in the long run. Innovation in the junior mining space has become dependent on how quickly the sector can implement innovative technologies, develop new investment strategies, adapt in virgin territories and communicate clearly with community stakeholders. Read the full article here: http://www.miningreview.com/news/junior-mining-needs-innovation


Amendments to mineral resources act near completion
Allan Seccombe

TWO key documents for the South African mining industry were nearing completion, bringing certainty to the sector, said Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant. The amendments to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act would be finalised by November, Oliphant said at the Junior Indaba mining conference in Johannesburg. President Jacob Zuma returned the draft amendments to Parliament in January 2015, highlighting concerns unlikely to pass constitutional muster. Read the full article here: http://www.southcoastnews.co.za/the-african-continent-must-industrialise-to-create-jobs-dlamini-zuma.../

 


THE INSIDER: Taking the donkey work out of street cleaning
THE INSIDER / BD Live

RESIDENTS of the northeastern Kenyan town of Wajir are so proud of their new tarred road that they want donkeys, an important component of the town’s transport economy, to wear nappies so they don’t defecate on it. The BBC reported that the town’s faeces-management project was explained in a letter to donkey-cart owners aimed at "avoiding poop all over the tarmac road, creating nuisance". Wajir’s donkeys will henceforth wear nappies — not the Huggies or Pampers varieties made for human babies, but a much bigger sort which, judging from a picture, the owners themselves make from plastic sheeting. Read the full article here:http://www.bdlive.co.za/opinion/columnists/2016/06/02/the-insider-taking-the-donkey-work-out-of-street-cleaning


Junior mining indaba: Jumping through hoops
Financial Mail

THE regulatory and funding environment for junior mining and exploration companies operating in SA should be changed to encourage the development of minerals to ensure the country’s mining future. Speaker after speaker at the Junior Mining Indaba last week spoke of the difficulties not only in the global environment of mineral exploration and running a small mining company but of how these difficulties are compounded in SA. Read the full article here: http://www.financialmail.co.za/moneyinvesting/2015/06/18/junior-mining-indaba-jumping-through-hoops


Junior miners should find strength in numbers – consultant
Mining Weekly

JOHANNESBURG – Emerging miners should join associations, share information and facilities and jointly procure the services they needed to enable them to remain competitive and sustainable, a Chamber of Mines (CoM) consultant suggests. During a presentation at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Mining’s Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry, CoM techno-economics consultant Dick Kruger said the chamber engaged in a number of projects to assist junior miners, including an emerging miner mentorship programme that provided financial and marketing support. Read the full article here: http://www.miningweekly.com/article/junior-miners-should-find-strength-in-numbers-consultant-2015-06-11


THE INSIDER: Questions and answers all in a spin
The Insider / BD Live

The recent Junior Indaba focusing on junior mining and exploration companies delivered some notable gems under the chairmanship of Bernard Swanepoel, the well-known funny man of mining. Peter Major, the outspoken fund manager from Cadiz, asked Swanepoel to rephrase his question of "where the juniors screw up". Without missing a beat, Swanepoel said, "Why don’t you rephrase it for me and then I’ll rephrase your answer." Read the full article here: http://www.bdlive.co.za/opinion/columnists/2015/06/10/the-insider-questions-and-answers-all-in-a-spin


What South Africa can copy to stimulate junior mining
Mineweb

A few examples, from other nations, of how regulations can be improved to secure the future of the country’s mining sector. South Africa could learn a thing or two from other countries when it comes to creating an enabling environment for junior miners. This was one of the themes that emerged from the Junior Mining Indaba, held last week. Read the full article here: http://www.mineweb.com/regions/africa/south-african-junior-miners-hamstrung-by-red-tape/


Jobless mining engineering graduates plead for look in
Mining Weekly

JOHANNESBURG – Jobless mining engineering graduates are pleading for inclusion in South Africa’s mining industry in preparation for the sector’s inevitable upturn in the future. Speaking to Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly Online in a video interview on the sidelines of the Junior Indaba in Johannesburg, Society of Mining Engineering Students independent presidential adviser Smangaliso Musawenkosi outlined the current difficulty mining engineering graduates have in finding employment in mining. Read more here: http://www.miningweekly.com/article/jobless-mining-engineering-graduates-plead-for-look-in-2015-06-08


Room for junior miners in the SA mining space
Chantelle Kotze / Mining Review

“We need to be aggressive in developing a junior mining sector in South Africa,” Chamber of Mines of South Africa (CoM) president Mike Teke told mining industry delegates on the first day of the Junior Indaba in Johannesburg. In his keynote address on the importance and future of the exploration and junior sectors in the mining industry, he said there is sufficient room for juniors among the majors in South Africa’s mining industry. Read the full article here: http://www.miningreview.com/room-for-junior-miners-in-the-sa-mining-space/


Lack of Capital for all Junior Mining Companies
Business Day TV

Keith Scott, MD of MSA Group and co-founder of The Junior Indaba, discusses the outlook for smaller mining companies in the face of weak commodity prices and changing regulations. Watch the video here: http://www.businessdaytv.co.za/shows/newsleader/2015/06/04/lack-of-capital-for-all-junior-mining-companies


The Junior Indaba
Engineering News

Creamer Media's Shannon de Ryhove speaks to Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer about the Junior Mining Indaba. Watch the video here: http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/the-junior-mining-indaba-2015-06-04


South Africa's geoscience 'desperately' underfunded - Nedbank Capital
Mining Weekly

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Government geoscientists are desperately underfunded, which is depriving South Africa of the geological potential that is essential for minerals exploration. There is an absence of investment in large, regional geological exercises and masters students are not being trained in the countercyclical times, when the industry is not doing well. Read the full article here: http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/south-africas-geoscience-desperately-underfunded-nedbank-capital-2015-06-05


Ibhubesi gas supply deal with Eskom expected before year-end
Mining Weekly

JOHANNESBURG – ASX-listed Sunbird Energy, which is developing the Ibhubesi natural gas project offshore of the Western Cape, expects to sign a gas supply agreement with State power utility Eskom before the end of this year and to bring on a volume of gas earlier than originally planned. Read the full article here: http://www.miningweekly.com/article/ibhubesi-gas-supply-deal-with-eskom-expected-before-year-end-2015-06-04


Junior miners ruined funding prospects during the boom
Mineweb

Money wasn’t put to good use when it was readily available. The last resources boom covered up the frailties of South Africa’s junior mining and exploration sector. This was a recurring theme at the inaugural Junior Mining Indaba held at Turbine Hall in Newton, Johannesburg, on Wednesday. Keith Scott, managing director of The MSA Group, said that as a result of the peak of the commodities cycle, which saw commodity prices rising rapidly, the market turned a blind eye to the quality of the project and the quality of management. Read the full article here: http://www.moneyweb.co.za/news/industry/junior-miners-ruined-funding-prospects-during-the-boom/


Dishonest DMR view "regrettable", says Govt
David McKay / Mining Mx

South Africa's chief inspector of mines, said it was "regrettable" junior mining companies operating in the country thought honest discussions with the government were not possible, at least some of the time. Msiza was responding to a live poll at The Junior Indaba conference in Johannesburg today in which 31% of some 200 delegates said they could not do "honest business" with the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR).

Read the full article here: http://www.miningmx.com/page/news/markets/1652067-Dishonest-DMR-view-regrettable-says-Govt#.VXB-R42JhYd 


Chamber president calls for junior consolidation
Engineering News

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – The fragmentation of junior mining in South Africa should be brought to an end through consolidation, Chamber of Mines of South Africa president Mike Teke urged on Wednesday.  Addressing the Junior Indaba conference on the strategic importance of exploration and the junior sectors of the mining industry, Teke encouraged junior miners to become members of the chamber. Read the full article here: http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/chamber-president-calls-for-junior-consolidation-2015-06-03


Survey reveals distrust between miners and department
Allan Seccombe / BD Live

AN ANONYMOUS survey done among 200 delegates attending a junior mining conference on Wednesday showed that a third thought they could not do “honest business” with the Department of Mineral Resources. Another 45% of delegates from junior mining and exploration companies, financiers and service providers thought it was possible “sometimes” to do honest business with the department that regulates the industry and issues mining and prospecting rights. Read the full article here: http://www.bdlive.co.za/business/mining/2015/06/03/survey-reveals-distrust-between-miners-and-department


Junior miners perceive Botswana as best investment destination
Mining Weekly

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Botswana is the easiest country in which to carry out junior mining activities, a digital vote declared on the first day of the Junior Indaba here on Wednesday. Botswana received the highest vote from the 160 people attending the conference. Botswana at 42% of the digital vote had double South Africa’s 21%, with Namibia coming in at 16%. Read full article here: http://www.miningweekly.com/article/junior-miners-perceive-botswana-as-best-investment-destination-2015-06-03


Investment conference organiser Resources 4 Africa’s inaugural Junior Indaba aims to serve as a platform to highlight all the crucial issues faced by junior mining companies in Africa.
Mining Weekly

The conference will take place at the Turbine Hall, in Newtown,Johannesburg, from June 3 to 4 and bookings for the event have already opened. Resources 4 Africa says the strategic importance of exploration and junior mining in Africa will be given centre stage at the Junior Indaba. “High on the agenda will be the global capital crisis and the much-needed new and innovative global solutions.” Read full article here: http://www.miningweekly.com/article/inaugural-junior-indaba-set-for-june-2015-03-20


Seize opportunity to improve mining tax, pleads KPMG’s Saloojee

Mining Weekly


JOHANNESBURG – South Africa should seize the current timely opportunity to amend its mining taxation in a manner that encourages foreign investment, stimulates prospecting, gets mining companies to start dealing with marginal mines and gives enough back to the fiscus for the benefit of this country's people, KPMG corporate tax head Muhammad Saloojee pleaded on Tuesday. “That’s the model we’ve got to start working on, bringing all those factors into account,” said Saloojee, who spoke to Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly Online on the sidelines of the 2015 Breakfast Conversation, which was staged as a prelude to the upcoming Junior Indaba, in Johannesburg, on June 3 and 4. He pleaded for taxation thought leadership to be expounded widely ahead of the imminent publication of the first draft report of the Davis Committee on Tax. Read full article here: http://www.miningweekly.com/article/seize-opportunity-to-improve-mining-tax-pleads-kpmgs-saloojee-2015-03-24 


Mining Indaba still 'relevant as ever' - analyst
Mineweb

Bernard Swanepoel, Village Main Reef chairman and chairman of the Johannesburg Mining Indaba, says the size of the Cape Town showcase (more than 7 000 delegates expected to attend this year) makes it “a fantastic money spinner for the owners” and for the City of Cape Town from a tourism perspective. But he maintains that very little will come of it in terms of dealing with critical issues facing the industry. Read the full article here: http://www.mineweb.com/mining-indaba-analysis/mining-indaba-still-relevant-ever-analyst/#.VNe0Sq4MNuh.linkedin


Swanepoel on BEE and lack of juniors
Giulietta Talevi

The state of the nation address and the Investing in Africa Mining Indaba, which took place in Cape Town earlier this month, have dominated headlines. Bernard Swanepoel, former Harmony Gold CEO and chairman of The Joburg Indaba, which takes place in October, shares his thoughts. Read the full article here:  http://www.timeslive.co.za/businesstimes/2015/02/22/swanepoel-on-bee-and-lack-of-juniors



Make Juniors great again!
Johannesburg (25 May 2017)

Junior mining companies have certainly been through a tough time of late. Some of the pain has been self-inflicted, some has been a long-time coming and some of it has been pure bad luck! That’s the way cycles go and the world will hopefully soon discover that it cannot do without Junior miners. So how do we make Juniors great again?


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Junior mining set to benefit from resurgence in sector
Johannesburg (2 May 2017)

After several years of a downturn in the mining and mineral resources sector, green shoots continue to appear off the back of a recovery in commodity prices which began in 2016, with a corresponding improvement in investor sentiment. 
The general sentiment is that a recovery is underway in the resources sector and for the mining sector to secure a sustainable future, smaller projects are the way forward. “The bottom line is we are in a new ‘bull’ market that is just moving into the second innings and will this time likely be hot for the next 8 to 10 years” states Alan Clegg, Chairman, Shumba Energy.


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