Metal Heads

High Court ruling a landmark in MPRDA royalty disputes

IN a High Court decision handed down on 3 October 2017, Justice Meyer found in favour of the taxpayer, United Manganese of Kalahari Proprietary...

Gold’s on the rise, but which is best: the share or...

IT has been nearly five years now since the peak in the gold price at over $1,900 per ounce, which was followed by a...

Royalty funding set to become a low risk finance route

ROYALTY agreements, and their legal cousins, streaming agreements, are set to become an increasingly popular mine funding mechanism, especially in times of legislative uncertainty...

Zwane’s money for nothing, and his cheques for free

SOUTH Africa mines minister, Mosebenzi Zwane, today briefed the Black Business Council on his vision for the Mining Charter claiming the document was a...

World’s diamond industry momentum beginning to normalise

AFTER a very strong recovery following an industry-wide inventory buildup in 2014-2015, and again after India's demonetisation in late-2016, the diamond industry’s momentum has...

Zwane licence freeze is not in the national interest, and unlawful

ON 19 July 2017, the South African Minister of Mineral Resources published a notice in the Government Gazette inviting interested parties to make submissions...

Days of “quiet diplomacy” over as SA miners start fight back

DESPITE the steady, albeit gradual, improvement currently occurring in many sectors of the global commodities markets, the South African economy risks missing out on...

How embracing biodiversity worked for Vedanta’s Gamsberg

IT has often been said that there are two incompatible animals when it comes to mining – engineers and environmentalists. But is that true...

Sipho Pityana’s “Zuma Must Go” Speech

Good morning friends, colleagues and members of the press. There are very few among us in this room who would dispute that South Africa is...

National alignment crucial to mining project success

AMONG the bland assertions often made about what is needed to achieve success in the mining industry are that much depends on corporate size,...