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Mining Weekly | Africa

The latest mining world news and project information from Africa.
  • De Beers diamond venture to lay off at least 130 in Namibia – union
    Namdeb, a joint venture between Namibia's government and Anglo American's diamond unit De Beers, is expected to lay off at least 130 of its 1,700-strong workforce, a union official said on Wednesday. Shavuka Mbidhi, from the Mineworkers Union of Namibia's Oranjemund branch, said the diamond miner had written to staff offering voluntary redundancies and at least 130 workers were expected to accept.
  • Mali annual gold production up 5% to 49.6 t
    Industrial gold production in Mali rose to 49.6 t in 2017, up 5% from the previous year, a senior Mines Ministry official said on Wednesday. The figure beat the 46.9 t that Africa's third-largest producer managed in 2016 and was well ahead a forecast of 45 t that the government had given half way through last year.
  • BHP second-quarter iron-ore output up 3%, maintains forecast
    Global miner BHP on Thursday reported a 3% rise in second-quarter iron-ore production year over year and said it expects to meet its full-year target as prices for the steelmaking ingredient outperform forecasts. BHP's iron-ore output climbed to 72-million tonnes for the three months ended December 31 versus 70-million tonnes a year ago.