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Mineral Sands News

Iluka halts Sierra Rutile, mulls royalty spin-off

By: Esmarie Iannucci     Updated 3 hours ago Mineral sands miner Iluka has temporarily suspended operations at its Sierra Rutile operation, in Sierra Leone, following a community disruption overnight. The company said that the disruption is expected to be resolved shortly, with operations to resume over the coming days. 

Sheffield rethinks Thunderbird plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th February 2020 The share price of mineral sands developer Sheffield Resources dropped by nearly 15% on Monday after the company announced a re-think at its Thunderbird project, in Western Australia. Sheffield told shareholders that following a strategic business review, the company has decided to pause the... 

Sheffield rethinks Thunderbird plans

Premier African Minerals ropes in MN Holdings to supply equipment, services

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th January 2020 Aim-listed diversified miner Premier African Minerals has signed a cooperation agreement with MN Holdings (MNH) for the supply of mining and exploration machinery, as well as professional assistance with optimising Premier’s operations at the RHA tungsten mine, in Zimbabwe. This partnership is... 

Premier African Minerals ropes in MN Holdings to supply equipment, services
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Premier African Minerals CEO George Roach

Minerals Council creates voice for small surface miners

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th January 2020 The Minerals Council South Africa has established the Associations Leadership Forum to serve the needs of the council’s association members. These members include the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa, the Clay Brick Association and the South African Diamonds Producers... 

Bluejay ‘frustrated’ by slow Dundas EIA assessment

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th January 2020 Aim- and FSE-listed Bluejay Mining says the slow assessment of its Dundas environmental impact assessment (EIA) from the Greenland authorities is “frustrating”, but it remains confident that the process is nearing conclusion and that it could expect a response in the first week of February. The... 

Demand, commitments position Canada’s mining sector for success – MAC

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th January 2020 Recent commitments to mining, particularly the new Canada-US Joint Action Plan on Critical Minerals Collaboration and the Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan (CMMP), show great promise for the country’s mining sector, Mining Association of Canada (MAC) CEO and president Pierre Gratton said last... 

Savannah’s Moz subsidiary granted final mining licence over Mutamba prospect

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th January 2020 Aim-listed Savannah Resources’ subsidiary, Matilda Minerals, has been granted a third mining licence over the Mutamba heavy mineral sands project area, in Mozambique. This licence covers 11 807 ha and is valid until September 2044, with a 25-year extension option. 

Base increases output expectations

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th January 2020 Mineral sands miner Base Resources has flagged higher output expectations from its Kwale mineral sands operation, in Kenya, for the full 2020. The ASX-listed company on Monday announced that the guidance for rutile production for the full year has now been adjusted to between 75 000 t and 81... 

Kenmare expects lower full-year finished products output

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th January 2020 London-listed Kenmare Resources expects the production of all its finished products to be lower in the 2020 financial year than in the 2019 financial year, primarily owing to the wet concentrator plant (WCP) B at its Moma titanium minerals mine, in Mozambique, mining lower-grade ore and being due... 

Australian exports forecast for record year in 2019/20

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th December 2019 Australia’s resource and energy export earnings are forecast to set a record A$281-billion in 2019-20, up from A$279-billion in 2018-19, new data from the Office of the Chief Economist has revealed. Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan noted that the record earnings are... 

Australian exports forecast for record year in 2019/20

Kenmare to miss ilmenite production guidance

By: Mariaan Webb     17th December 2019 The stock London-listed Kenmare Resources traded lower on Tuesday, after it said in an announced that it would fail to meet its ilmenite production guidance of 900 000 t to 960 000 t this year. The operator of the Moma titanium minerals mine, in northern Mozambique, said its ilmenite production... 

Sierra Rutile not delivering for Iluka

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th December 2019 Mineral sands miner Iluka Resources on Tuesday announced an impairment charge of $290-million in the 2019 full year for the carrying value of the assets associated with its Sierra Rutile operation, in Sierra Leone. Iluka has also announced a write-down of some $115-million of deferred tax... 

EAIF supporting Kenmare’s Moma expansion

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th December 2019 The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) is lending $30-million to London-listed Kenmare Resources as part of the financing announced on Friday for the $145-million expansion at the Moma mine, in Mozambique. Kenmare is repaying all previous loans from EAIF. 

Glencore joins blockchain network to ensure responsible cobalt supply

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th December 2019 Global miner Glencore has joined the Responsible Sourcing Blockchain Network (RSBN) – an industry collaboration using blockchain technology to support responsible sourcing and production practices from mine to market. The network’s blockchain has moved beyond proof of concept and is on track to... 

DFS proves Toliara a hit

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th December 2019 The Toliara mineral sands project, in Madagascar, is expected to generate annual revenues of $248.2-million, a definitive feasibility study (DFS) has found. ASX- and Aim-listed Base Resources on Thursday stated that the DFS was based on a Stage 1 operation, that would cost $442-million to... 

Premier raises funds through online investment platform

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th December 2019 Aim-listed Premier African Minerals successfully completed an offer through online investment platform PrimaryBid on Wednesday, raising £262 293. The company issued about 262-million new ordinary shares to satisfy the fundraising, which will be admitted to trading on December 18.  

Savannah’s Moz subsidiary granted second mining licence over Mutamba prospect

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th December 2019 Aim-listed Savannah Resources’ subsidiary Matilda Minerals has been granted a second mining licence over the Mutamba heavy mineral sands project area, in Mozambique. This licence covers 16 126 ha and is valid until May 2044, with a 25-year extension option.  

NUM to march this week over Richards Bay Minerals unrest  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th December 2019 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has bemoaned the unresolved road blockages in the area of KwaMbonambi, which the union says had resulted in the Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) mine being put under care and maintenance for an indefinite period. The union called for citizens to join in its... 

Savannah’s Moz subsidiary granted first of three mining licences over Mutamba prospect

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th December 2019 Aim-listed Savannah Resources’ subsidiary Matilda Minerals has been granted a mining licence for part of the Mutamba heavy mineral sands project, in Mozambique. This licence is the first of three contiguous concessions to be issued, which will result in the full tenement permitting of Mutamba. 

Richards Bay Minerals wins top employer award for fourth year straight

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd December 2019 Mineral sands producer Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) has won the Top Employers Institute’s Top Employer of the Year award for the fourth year in a row. The top employer certification recognises organisations that successfully demonstrate an exceptional human resources (HR) environment and employee... 

Strandline selects Woodside, EDL for Coburn renewable energy project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd December 2019 ASX-listed Strandline Resources has selected Woodside and EDL to provide a fully integrated energy solution for the Coburn mineral sands project, in Western Australia. Australian natural gas producer Woodside and global sustainable energy producer EDL will, in a joint venture, develop a 27 MW... 

Kenmare gets go-ahead for road to Pilivili for plant-moving strategy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th November 2019 The Mozambique government has approved London-listed Kenmare Resources’ environmental, social and health impact assessment for the road to the Pilivili ore zone, near its Moma titanium mine, in Mozambique. Kenmare plans to increase its production to 1.2-million tonnes a year of ilmenite from... 

Greenlandic and Danish funds invest in Bluejay

By: Mariaan Webb     20th November 2019 Dual-listed Bluejay Mining has conditionally raised £11.5-million by way of issuing shares at 10p each to further the development of its projects in Greenland. The fundraising will take place in two phases, with a £7.5-million firm placing and a £4-million subscription by Greenlandic and Danish... 

Solar reducing electricity costs, lowering diesel use   

By: Martin Creamer     20th November 2019 Solar power is playing a major role in reducing daytime electricity bills and lowering diesel use in off-grid diesel consuming areas, says SunRanch.Solar, whose clients are benefiting from below grid power costs and major diesel savings. “We reduce people’s daytime power costs by 60% to 70%,”... 

Solar reducing electricity costs, lowering diesel use
SunRanch.Solar talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd

Third concession award helps Savannah progress to PFS stage for Mutamba

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th November 2019 A third mining concession over an 11 807 ha area around the Mutamba mineral sands project, in Mozambique, has been awarded to Mutamba Mineral Sands, a subsidiary of London-listed Savannah Resources. The concession is valid until September 2044 and brings the total awarded mining concessions... 

Image secures zircon prices for Dec quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th November 2019 Mineral sands miner Image Resources has struck sales agreements for 65 000 t of heavy mineral concentrate (HMC) for the December quarter, with no reduction in zircon pricing. Image told shareholders that while the benchmark pricing for premium grade zircon decreased by 2.5% in November, Image’s... 

Madagascar suspends Base’s project pending talks, DFS on track for December

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th November 2019 ASX- and Aim-listed mineral sands producer Base Resources on Thursday announced that some activity at its Toliara project had been suspended by the government of Madagascar, pending the finalisation of discussions on fiscal terms applying to the project. Base confirmed that the suspension... 

Kenmare appoints Dorward-King as nonexecutive director

By: Simone Liedtke     5th November 2019 LSE-listed Kenmare Resources, which operates the Moma titanium minerals mine, in northern Mozambique, has appointed Dr Elaine Dorward-King as nonexecutive director, with immediate effect. In conjunction with her appointment to the board, Dorward-King also becomes a member of Kenmare’s... 

Iluka mulls a spin-off of iron-ore royalty

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st October 2019 Mineral sands miner Iluka has flagged a possible demerger of its Mining Area (MAC) royalty, in the Pilbara, as mining major BHP moves to increase production from the project. Iluka in September launched a review of the corporate and capital structure of the company’s two principal assets, being... 

Iluka mulls a spin-off of iron-ore royalty

Base Resources exceeds planned mining rate in September quarter

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th October 2019 ASX- and Aim-listed mineral sands miner Base Resources exceeded its 18-million-tonne-a-year mine plan by achieving mining rates equivalent to an annualised 19.6-million tonnes in the quarter ended September 30. Additionally, mined ore grades improved throughout the quarter from an average of 1.8%... 

Kenmare pays maiden dividend, remains on track to increase production

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th October 2019 London-listed Kenmare Resources on Wednesday reported that its Wet Concentrator Plant C remained on track  for commissioning before the end of the year. The plant will contribute to the company increasing the ilmenite production at its Moma titanium minerals mine, in Mozambique, to 1.2-million... 

Biodiversity, climate everyone’s issues – Environment Minister  

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2019 South Africa is one of the world’s top three mega biodiverse nations along with Brazil and Indonesia, said Environment Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy in her address to the Oppenheimer Research Conference (ORC). “We are thus one of the richest countries in terms of the diversity of... 

Biodiversity, climate everyone’s issues – Environment Minister
Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy ORC presentation by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Camera Work: Darlene Creamer

Investment in climate-positive companies growing – Joburg Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2019 Asset managers globally have become the lightning rod of populist views in Western countries, with the conversation now dominated by climate-change issues within the environmental, social and governance (ESG) paradigm as well as what the prospective upheaval in the vehicle industry means for... 

Investment in climate-positive companies growing – Joburg Indaba
Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer on Joburg Indaba climate discussion. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Video: Kutlwano Matlala. Photo: Dylan Slater.

New technologies can make mining safer, sunrise industry – Mgojo  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2019 The utilisation of new technologies could make mining a sunrise industry while simultaneously addressing safety and health issues, Minerals Council South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo said on Wednesday. Responding to a question by Joburg Indaba chairperson Bernard Swanepoel following his keynote... 

New technologies can make mining safer, sunrise industry – Mgojo
Minerals Council South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo’s address to Joburg Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photograph: Dylan Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Proudly South African anti-cable theft technology already deployed on 12 sites

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2019 It has been said that entering the Elvey Security Technologies headquarters in the Greenstone Hill Office Park, in Modderfontein, Edenvale, is like boarding USS Enterprise on a Star Trek movie set. All the futuristic trappings are evident in this Hudaco company’s Pentagon demonstration room,... 

Proudly South African anti-cable theft technology already deployed on 12 sites
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
SOLVING A WORLDWIDE PROBLEM Hudaco executive director Louis Meiring (left) and Commercial ICT MD Brad Morein in futuristic demonstration room.

US-funded clean minerals project raises concerns in Congo

By: Reuters     27th September 2019 Democratic Republic of Congo plans to look into potential conflicts of interest in a US-funded project to certify mines that produce minerals such as gold and tin responsibly, a Congolese official told Reuters. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is using... 

First glimpse into Mining Indaba 2020 programme 

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2019 The twenty-sixth Investing in African Mining Indaba – scheduled to take place in Cape Town from February 3 to 6 next year – will offer delegates new insight into issues facing Africa’s resources sector. “We’re building on the success of the 2019 Mining Indaba in terms of the high level of... 

First glimpse into Mining Indaba 2020 programme
Investing in African Mining Indaba.

Thunderbird reserve increases by 10%

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th September 2019 Mineral sands developer Sheffield Resources has reported a 68-million tonne, or 10% increase in the ore reserve at its Thunderbird project, in Western Australia. The Thunderbird mineral sands project is now estimated to host a reserve of 748-million tonnes, at 11.2% heavy minerals. 

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