South Africa's NUM says coal strike to begin on Nov. 19

South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers will begin a strike over wages in the coal sector on November 19, the union’s spokesman said on Friday. A protracted strike in the coal sector could affect power supply in Africa’s most industrialised economy, as about 85 percent of electricity is generated from the fossil fuel. According to[…]

CHARTS: Mining's 2017 rally forecast to fizzle out

Gold’s retreat during September may be hurting sentiment and iron ore and coking coal prices have come in for renewed punishment, but so far in 2017 the mining sector has been able to build on last year’s strong gains. Gold and silver prices were just hanging onto double digit year-to-date gains at the end of Q3 while[…]

Luxembourg shoots for the stars with fresh space mining deal

Luxembourg seems to be in a rush to achieve its goal of becoming Europe’s hub for space mining, as it announced Monday a deal with a newly created company specializing in geolocation services and developing space infrastructure. Kleos Space, 100% owned by UK-based Magna Parva, is one of dozens of firms to have either settled[…]

Anglo American appoints takeovers expert as new chairman

Anglo American (LON:AAL), the world’s fifth largest diversified miner, has appointed Stuart Chambers to succeed Sir John Parker as chairman of the group. Chambers, 61 and former chairman of UK chip designer Arm, will join Anglo as a non-executive director in September, replacing Parker in November. Stuart Chambers is known for his active participation in the sale of several[…]

CHART: Commodity prices slump to 50-year low against US stocks

The Dow Jones, S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed at record highs on Friday despite signs that US jobs growth is slowing down and that expansion of the world’s largest economy remains stuck around the 1% level.“Following the notion of mean reversion, we should be seeing attractive investment opportunities” In contrast the S&P GSCI All Commodities index is[…]

Iron ore, copper price plunge brings carnage to mining stocks

Mining and metals investors were offloading the sector’s big names on Wednesday after sharp drops in iron ore and copper prices over worries about the robustness of the Chinese economy and heightened tensions surrounding North Korea with President Trump sending an “armada” of US warships to the region. While gold was setting fresh 2017 highs on the back of safe[…]

Top 50 biggest mining companies

Less red ink more blue sky MINING.com and sister company IntelligenceMine‘s ranking of the world’s 50 largest mining companies based on market value continues to show an industry in recovery. At the end of the first quarter this year the top 50 companies had a combined worth of $842 billion. In total these companies’ added $258[…]

Mining industry leaders meet again at PDAC 2017

The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) International Convention, one of the world’s leading minerals and mining events, kicked off Sunday amid increased optimism in the global industry. Now in its 85th year, this annual event brings together the industry from around the world to downtown Toronto. More than 22,000 attendees from 125 countries were[…]

Human activity creates 208 new mineral species

Nealite [Pb4Fe(AsO3)2Cl4·2H2O] From an ancient slag site in Greece, formed by slag meeting seawater. Credit RRUFF. For the first time more than 200 mineral species has been identified that originated either principally or exclusively due to human activities – primarily as a result of mining. The study led by Robert Hazen of the Carnegie Institution[…]

South Africa blames AngloGod, Sibanye of refusing to comply with safety laws

The South African government has singled out two of the country’s biggest gold miners, Sibanye Gold (JSE:SGL) (NYSE:SBGL) and AngloGold Ashanti (JSE:ANG) (NYSE:AU), as responsible for risking workers lives by refusing to comply with mining laws. “If companies cannot mine safely, they should not be mining at all, and should allow other potential holders,” the Department of[…]