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Thoughts on mining in Latin America


Two weeks to go until CGS2017 and we are in full production mode. Wow! What a lot of emails, calls and bits of paper flying around the place. But that, of course, is a luxury problem for organising a successful event that has attracted an incredible amount of interest.

The exhibition and core shack area are sold out; the conference tickets are sold out and the hotel has sold out, and so it will probably mean that getting a table at the better restaurants will also be difficult as I am sure that conference delegates will effectively take over some of those for a couple of nights.

Another luxury problem was the confirmation at the last minute that Willer Guevara from the ministry of environment will come and present. This is excellent news and means we have a strong government and regulation session that includes the ANM, Minambiente, ACM and leading mining lawyers including the natural resource team that left Norton Rose Fulbright last week to join Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas. Thanks to you all for your participation.

Next week should be calmer as most of the stuff to print and be produced had to go out this week. So next week will be chasing invoices and thinking about what I will say in my opening remarks.

One high altitude observation I will make is that the amount of admin required to put on an event is incredible and the bureaucratic nature of how business is conducted makes this a real ball-ache, so I cannot imagine what it is like having to administer a mining or exploration project. Ockram’s razor anyone?

I had arranged to visit Red Eagle Mining’s San Ramon mine this week to see how the fix is going but, with this being a critical week for the CGS2017 production, I was swamped and cancelled. An investor contact—who also happens to be a structural geologist—went on the visit though. I meet with him a couple of days later and he gave a very positive report about the fix that the company is putting in please, and especially of John Durr, the mine fix-it man the company brought in to turn their fortunes around. As a result, he said he sees a better future ahead.

Durr will be presenting at CGS2017 and I think his presentation will draw a lot of attention, and Red Eagle is hosting a site visit that still has spaces available for anyone that is interested.

I am personally looking forward to many of the presentations and the ability to see some drill core, especially from the deep drilling that Gran Colombia Gold is doing at Marmato.

OK, enough of my guff; time for some noise, right Jack? That was great, give me another. By the way, Bart Simpson had a go at this one. Getting obsessive now, but this is so good. I had the pleasure of seeing The White Stripes live a couple of times and they are well worthy of a YouTube safari of some of their videos.

OK, and one to calm down with.


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