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Chile minister looks for reform boost

Hailing from Antofagasta, Chile’s northern mining heartland, naturally Aurora Williams always felt a certain draw towards the sector. Seven months into her term as the country’s mining minister, she tells Mining Journal how Michelle Bachelet’s government is working to reignite investor interest and dispel uncertainty in the country’s mining sector. Full story...

Good Khama

Preliminary results from Botswana’s election show former army general, Ian Khama has been elected to a second and final five-year term as president while his Botswana Democratic Party secured its 11th straight election victory. Full story...

A hollow victory

In months which have seen some dramatic twists and turns in the run-up to the Brazilian presidential election the biggest surprise came when incumbent Dilma Rousseff clawed back the lead from her main rival to the dismay of Brazil’s business community. Full story...

Armadale sees golden opportunity in Katanga

Katanga in the Democratic Republic of Congo is famous for producing cobalt and copper, but fresh exploration results from a project in the south-western corner of the province suggest a cameo appearance from gold is in the offing. Full story...

Sierra Leone card dealt; Greenland in limbo

London Mining’s administrators are on the verge of finalising the sale of the Marampa iron ore mine in Sierra Leone, but the future of the Isua project in Greenland is less clear given the simultaneous downfall of company and government. Full story...

Nickel price will go higher

Hardly any new nickel smelters are being built by Chinese operators in Indonesia, raising the spectre of supply shortages for Chinese stainless steel producers and a price spike to US$20,000/t, research firm Wood Mackenzie told Mining Journal. Full story...

Ilovitza streams with confidence

A streaming deal covering a third of the capital requirement for TSX-listed Euromax Resources’ Ilovitza gold-copper development in Macedonia has shown a rare confidence on behalf of financiers at a time when faith in the resources sector is thin on the ground. Full story...

Moving right along

After publishing less-than-impressive numbers from its Los Helados preliminary economic assessment (PEA), NGEx Resources has moved onto not necessarily bigger, but possibly better things with consolidation of its ownership of the Filo del Sol copper project. Full story...

Weighing up the risks

Despite long-standing claims of sub-Saharan Africa’s mineral potential, the mining industry has historically been somewhat short-sighted and risk averse in its approach to the continent. Full story...

Enter the Turk

A Turkish billionaire has shaken up the US$11 billion global soda ash (soda carbonate NA2CO3) market by producing low-cost soda from deposits in his native country, opening up a source of cheap imports for customers in Europe where his rivals have been driven out of business, Mining Journal can reveal. Full story...

Mutiny’s bounty

In keeping tune with its company name, the last managing director of Mutiny Gold was forcibly removed earlier this year by a fellow director and shareholders. But while the vanquished John Greeve may have had to be metaphorically dragged out of the company kicking and screaming, the good news is the shares held by him and his fellow shareholders may again be in demand given development plans and corporate action. Full story...

Copper North looks east

Many North American investors would have been scratching their heads over Copper North Mining’s decision to employ a Chinese firm for the feasibility study on its Carmacks copper project in the Yukon. But it could be just what the doctor ordered. Full story...
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Professional PlacementsProfessional Placements: Executive Director - PDAC

The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) is seeking an Executive Director (ED) to oversee its operations from its headquarters in Toronto, Ontario

Russian precious metals company Polymetal International plc’s commitment to establishing an extensive pipeline of growth projects has continued with the acquisition of the Kyzyl gold project.
Russian precious-metals company Polymetal International plc has made significant progress at the Semcha platinum-group metals (PGM) property in the past year as it moves the project towards a preliminary economic assessment
The Republic of Guinea intends to launch, pursuant to the mining Code, a competitive and transparent invitation to tender for three bauxite mining blocks located in the prefectures of Boffa, Boké and Télimélé.
Indochine Mining Limited is developing a high-grade gold project at Mt Kare in PNG by rapidly developing wide, high-grade gold zones
Sarama Resources is a West Africa-focused gold explorer with substantial landholdings in Burkina Faso, Liberia and Mali.

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