Mining Yearbook 2018

Northam’s Dunne undaunted by ‘surprising’ platinum price

Platinum prices, which continue to languish near decade lows, have done little to dampen the confidence of Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne, who is...

Predatory Mining Charter draft a major negative for junior miners

South African mining companies say that the new iteration of the Mining Charter will have a greater dilutory impact on capital providers’ returns than...

Mantashe, the Mining Charter, and the power of balance: Part 2

For Part 1 click here. Mantashe’s Mining Charter redraft, published June 15, is not without its problems. Far from it. While the draft charter was “…...

Mantashe, the Mining Charter, and the power of balance: Part 1

One commentator described South African mines minister, Gwede Mantashe, as "a brawler" on news of his appointment in February. While that may be, what’s...

Glencore’s Congo handbrake proves a poser for investors

Glencore is in the pound seats when it comes to supplying cobalt to the electric battery market and all the other transistor-powered tools of...

Reluctant boss, Venkat, was AngloGold’s change agent provocateur

For a person with an avowed dislike for change, it’s astonishing how much of it Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan (Venkat) has brought about at AngloGold Ashanti,...

Seabed mining the next frontier as DeepGreen trawls Pacific for copper

DeepGreen Metals, which plans to extract copper, cobalt, zinc and manganese from the seabed in the Pacific Ocean, says it is making steady progress...

Sibanye-Stillwater’s five-year glitch

Neal Froneman emerges from his office looking worse for wear. I remark so. "I’ve got a lot on my shoulders at the moment," he replies....

The day South32 put M&A firmly back on the industry’s radar

SOUTH32's $1.3bn cash offer for Arizona Mining, a base metals exploration firm, feels like a significant moment for the Perth-listed company which, no matter...

Harmony’s in race against time as suns sets over SA gold

HARMONY Gold CEO, Peter Steenkamp, has done better than many believed possible since he took over the troubled gold group in January 2016 with...