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Hope Downs will not reveal potential partners

By: Martin Czernowalow     13th January 2004 Shareholders have yet to finalise a shortlist of potential partners for the Hope Downs iron-ore project, but the list would not be made public once completed, a top official told Mining Weekly Online. 

Contractual issues delay Hope Downs’ search for partners

By: Martin Czernowalow     9th January 2004 The search for partners for the Australian Hope Downs iron-ore project is being delayed by ‘contractual issues’ between Kumba Resources and Hancock Prospecting, a Kumba spokesperson told Mining Weekly Online. 

Furnace construction more than a month ahead of schedule

By: renay de     12th December 2003 The expansion project at ASA Metals works in Steelpoort, Limpopo, involves the design, construction and commissioning of an additional submerged-arc furnace at the ferrochrome smelter. 

Construction work finished in September

By: renay de     12th December 2003 The civil construction of the Steelpoort ferrochrome smelter was awarded as a joint venture to a black empowerment subsidiary of Peter Mellor, Afro Projects, and Peter Mellor. 

Steel-hungry China may demand third smelter at Steelpoort

By: renay de     12th December 2003 The first furnace at ASA Metals’ Steelpoort Ferrochrome Smelter, in Steelpoort, Limpopo, which was commissioned in 1999, enabled the smelter to achieve production of 50 000 t/y. 

Hydraulic piping work completed

By: renay de     12th December 2003 The contract for the hydraulic installation at ASA Metals Steelpoort ferrochrome smelter, in Steelpoort, Limpopo, was awarded to Alberton Hydraulics, by Pyromet Technologies, in September. 

New ferrochrome smelter approved for SA

10th December 2003 London-listed miner Xstrata said yesterday it has given approval for the construction of a 330 000 t ferrochrome smelter in South Africa. 

Anglo raises Kumba stake to 66,6%

9th December 2003 Mining giant Anglo American said yesterday it had raised its stake in South African iron-ore firm Kumba Resources to 66,6%, after an offer to shareholders, well above a limit agreed with the government. 

Brazil giant consolidates manganese interests

By: Keith Campbell     5th December 2003 BRAZILIAN mining, logistics, and energy group CVRD has announced that it has simplified the structure of its manganese ferro-alloy business. 

Consolidated Murchison mine, South Africa

28th November 2003 Limpopo Province 

Court ruling boosts Hope Downs project

By: Martin Czernowalow     21st November 2003 South Africa’s biggest iron producer and its Australian partner received a major boost earlier this month week, when a court ruled that their Hope Downs iron-ore project was entitled to enter into negotiations about third-party access to BHP Billiton’s Pilbara railway line. 

Court ruling boosts Hope Downs project

By: Martin Czernowalow     11th November 2003 South Africa’s biggest iron producer and its Australian partner received a major boost last week, when a court ruled that their Hope Downs iron-ore project was entitled to enter into negotiations about third-party access to BHP Billiton’s Pilbara railway line. 

Search for Hope Downs partner delayed as Anglo lurks

By: Martin Czernowalow     4th November 2003 The release of an information memorandum, calling for offers for part of the Hope Downs iron-ore project, has been delayed due to minor regulatory glitches – at a time when mining giant Anglo American said it would make a cash offer to Kumba Resources’ shareholders, after its stake in... 

‘Global iron-ore boom continues’ – Unctad

27th October 2003 The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) Iron-Ore Trust Fund said that the global iron-ore boom is continuing. In the first half of 2003, global production reached over 540-million tons. 

Mining group invests in new school

By: elizabeth rebelo     17th October 2003 A 24-classroom primary school has been officially handed over to the Majakaneng community in the Mooinooi area, situated between Rustenburg and Brits – one of the latest examples of the mining industry’s investment in the social development of people who live in the vicinity of the... 

Other Western Chrome Mine projects

17th October 2003 Over the last three years Western Chrome Mines (WCM) have supported winter-schools aimed at assisting 50 matriculants of surrounding schools to prepare for their year-end examinations. 

BHP undecided on Escondida output

10th October 2003 BPH Billition, the world's largest diversified miner, said on Wednesday it had not yet decided whether to resume shuttered capacity at its Escondida copper mine in Chile despite higher copper prices. 

Search for Hope Downs partner to start this month

By: Martin Czernowalow     10th October 2003 South African iron-ore giant Kumba Resources last week confirmed that it is in the final stages of drawing up an information memorandum calling for offers for part of the Hope Downs project in Western Australia. 

Three producers account for 70% of iron-ore – study

9th October 2003 The global iron-ore landscape has become the domain of giants, with the top three producers now accounting for over 70% of world seaborne iron-ore trade, says AME Mineral Economics in its latest study. 

New board members appointed at junior miner

8th October 2003 Canadian mining company America Mineral Fields announced yesterday the appointment of Bernard Pryor and John Bentley to its board of directors. 

Coal sector leads the way in safety

By: Zonika Botha     6th October 2003 South Africa’s mining industry last year claimed 288 lives. 

SA could benefit from robust ferrochrome market . . .

By: Zonika Botha     3rd October 2003 South Africa dominates the world’s prime ferrochrome sector and will subsequently have the major share of any future expansions undertaken by the world’s second-largest ferrochrome producer, BHP Billiton. 

Safety scorecard

By: Zonika Botha     3rd October 2003 South Africa’s mining industry last year claimed 288 lives. And, while all accept that mining is, by its very nature, a hazardous profession, work-related deaths remain a serious blemish on its reputation. 

. . . but new laws could have negative effect

By: Martin Czernowalow     3rd October 2003 The world’s largest diversified miner, BHP Billiton, said that while it was looking for ‘creative’ ways to bring on board a black economic empowerment (BEE) partner for its chrome operation in South Africa, it was also wary of what the country’s imminent mining legislation... 

Search for Hope Downs partner to start this month

By: Martin Czernowalow     3rd October 2003 South African iron-ore giant Kumba Resources this week confirmed that it is in the final stages of drawing up an information memorandum calling for offers for part of the Hope Downs project in Western Australia. 

Kenya awards titanium mining lease

1st October 2003 Canadian mining company Tiomin Resources announced this week that Kenya's Commissioner of Mines had awarded the long-awaited special mining lease for the Kwale titanium-bearing mineral sands project, located 50 km south of Mombasa. 

Canico eyes $500m cost to build nickel mine

1st October 2003 Canadian mining junior Canico Resource Corporation, which owns one of the world's prized nickel deposits, said on Monday it expects to sink $500-million to $600-million into building a mine and plant at the site in Brazil. 

BHP Billiton wary about impact of SA’s new laws

By: Martin Czernowalow     26th September 2003 The world’s largest diversified miner, BHP Billiton, said that while it was looking for ‘creative’ ways to bring on board a black economic empowerment (BEE) partner for its chrome operation in South Africa, it was also wary of what the country’s imminent mining legislation... 

‘Anglo must now deliver on iron-ore promises’

By: Terence Creamer     26th September 2003 State-owned development financier the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) believes it is now time for mining giant Anglo American to deliver on its promises for the expansion and empowerment of the Northern Cape iron-ore industry. 

Kumba is a core IDC asset - Ngqula

By: Terence Creamer     18th September 2003 State-owned development financier the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) insisted yesterday that it viewed its 14% stake in diversified miner Kumba Resources as a core investment and that it would not be selling any of its shares at this stage. 

Samancor on track with Metalloys plant repair

17th September 2003 South Africa's major ferro-alloys producer Samancor said yesterday it was on schedule to reopen its Metalloys silicomanganese plant this month. 

Search on for iron-ore project partners

By: Martin Czernowalow     12th September 2003 An information memorandum calling for offers for part of the Hope Downs iron-ore project, in Western Australia, could be sent out before the end of this month. 

Eramet to close manganese unit by end-2003

9th September 2003 French ferro-manganese producer Comilog, a subsidiary of Eramet, will close its Boulogne-based plant by the end of the year, the company said on at the weekend. 

Mining-for-development action plan

By: Jill Stanford     5th September 2003 THE Northern Cape Government and six of the province’s mining companies, known collectively as the Northern Cape Mine Manager’s Association (NCMMA) have forged a public–private partnership to translate and implement the Mining Charter. 

Anglo wins bitter Tribunal battle

5th September 2003 South Africa gave the green light on Thursday for Anglo American Plc to acquire nearly 35 percent in the country's biggest iron-ore producer, Kumba Resources , worth about R4 billion rand ($549.4 million). 

Hope Downs’ search for partner could start this month

By: Martin Czernowalow     3rd September 2003 An information memorandum calling for offers for part of the Hope Downs iron-ore project, in Western Australia, could be sent out before the end of this month. 

Competition Tribunal's iron-ore ruling imminent

By: Martin Czernowalow     2nd September 2003 A Competition Tribunal decision that could significantly affect the future of the South African iron-ore industry is expected to be announced within a week. 

Rio Tinto in steel-technology deal

2nd September 2003 A Rio Tinto subsidiary last week signed a HIsmelt Process Licence with the Laiwu Steel Group of China to allow for the development of an iron-making facility using world leading HIsmelt technology. 

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