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Mineral Sands News

Exxaro completes Tronox divestment

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 5 hours ago Diversified miner Exxaro Resources on Monday confirmed that NYSE-listed mining and inorganic chemicals company Tronox has completed the first stage of its redomiciliation, whereby it has acquired Exxaro’s remaining ownership interest in Tronox Sands for just over R2.06-billion, or about... 

Xolobeni judgment continues to confound 

By: Martin Creamer     11th February 2019 Mining must take place with a strong focus on the interests of those who live in mining areas, says Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, a standpoint that supports the notion that a mining right and a land right can co-exist, without pleasing one party at the expense of the other.  But the... 

Xolobeni judgment continues to confound
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Sort out Eskom or beneficiation will suffer, warns Mantashe

By: Kim Cloete     7th February 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has expressed concern about progress in beneficiating minerals, while Eskom is still battling. “If we don’t sort out Eskom problems, we are going to be in trouble with beneficiation. There must be an arrangement for certain categories of customers for an... 

Purvis resigns as Keysbrook goes on the block

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th January 2019 Martin Purvis has tendered his resignation as MD and CEO of ASX-listed MZI Resources effective immediately, as the company started the process to explore options to realise value at its Keysbrook mineral sands project, in Western Australia. An interim CEO is expected to be appointed shortly, MZI... 

Iluka revenue jumps on higher zircon prices

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th January 2019 Mineral sands miner Iluka Resources has reported a 22% increase in revenue for 2018, as zircon prices increased by 41% on the previous year. Iluka on Friday announced that zircon, rutile and synthetic rutile revenue reached more than A$1.24-billion in 2018, despite sales volumes being down by... 

Sheffield secures LNG for Thunderbird

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd January 2019 Mineral sands miner Sheffield Resources has struck a liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply agreement with ASX-listed Woodside Energy and Energy Developments (EDL) at is Thunderbird project, in Western Australia. The 15-year supply agreement will see Woodside and EDL deliver 1 950 TJ/y of LNG to the... 

Macua, Wamua warn of looming protest around Xolobeni consultation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2019 Community rights bodies Mining Affected Communities United in Action (Macua) and Women Affected by Mining United in Action (Wamua) on Thursday announced plans to picket at the offices of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). This would be to serve notice that, should Minister Gwede... 

Base adjusts outlook for 2019

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th January 2019 Mineral sands miner Base Resources has adjusted its full-year production guidance at the Kwale project, in Kenya, as the company adjusts for lower ore densities in the remaining Central Dune orebody. Rutile production expectations for the full year has remained fairly unchanged at between 88 000... 

Xolobeni community survey to confirm whether mining can proceed

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th January 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Wednesday announced the imminent start of an independent survey to be undertaken in Xolobeni, in the Eastern Cape. This follows the Minister’s visit to the community on Tuesday in efforts to gain “full consent” to planned mining and economic activity... 

South African faith communities back Xolobeni community's resistance against mining exploration

By: African News Agency      16th January 2019 The Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute (Safcei) on Tuesday came out in support of the Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) action group and called on Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe to stay away from Xolobeni. Mantashe is set to visit the volatile Xolobeni community in... 

Boonanarring delivers first revenue

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th January 2019 ASX-listed Image Resources has received the first revenue from its Boonanarring mineral sands project, in Western Australia, after loading its first bulk shipment of 10 000 t of heavy mineral concentrate. The concentrate will be shipped to China s part of an offtake agreement with Shantou... 

Mantashe to engage Xolobeni community  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th January 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe will once again engage with the Xolobeni community on Wednesday to try to find suitable solutions to an impasse over the awarding of mining rights in the Xolobeni area of the Eastern Cape. Following the Minister’s last meeting with the Amadiba Crisis... 

Mantashe to engage Xolobeni community
Photo by Dylan Slater
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Sheffield starts search for Thunderbird partner

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th January 2019 Mineral sands developer Sheffield Resources has started the hunt for a development partner for its Thunderbird project, in Western Australia. The company on Monday announced the appointment of global investment bank UBS AG, which will assist Sheffield in considering third party strategic... 

Kenmare meets production guidance for third consecutive year

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th January 2019 London-listed Kenmare Resources, which operates the Moma titanium minerals mine, in Mozambique, achieved its production guidance for a third consecutive year in 2018 – delivering 1.37-million tonnes of heavy minerals concentrate. The company produced 958 500 t of ilmenite and 48 400 t of primary... 

Xolobeni youth distances itself from Mantashe ban, wants Minister to visit the village 

By: African News Agency      10th January 2019 Xolobeni youths have distanced themselves from the Amadiba Crisis Committee's (ACC's) announcement that mineral resources minister, Gwede Mantashe, was not welcome at the volatile Eastern Cape village.  On Tuesday the ACC reiterated that Mantashe was not welcome in Xolobeni after the minister... 

Nautilus, Deep Sea Mining Finance extend loan facility maturity date

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th January 2019 Nautilus Minerals and Deep Sea Mining Finance have agreed to extend the maturity date of the existing secured loan facility, which is currently due on January 8, for 30 days to February 8. Nautilus is currently in discussions with an arm’s length party to secure a $5-million loan. 

Athabasca appoints new COO

By: Simone Liedtke     8th January 2019 Dana Archibald has been appointed COO of TSX-V-listed Athabasca Minerals, pending approval by the TSX-V. He joins Athabasca as a key executive leader, supporting CEO Robert Beekhuizen in managing the performance of existing operations and realising the corporation’s growth in its project... 

Mayur finds funding for Orokolo Bay

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th January 2019 ASX-listed Mayur Resources has secured up to $25-million in funding from China Titanium Resources Holdings to develop its Orokolo Bay industrial mineral sands project, in the Gulf of Papua. In exchange for the funding, China Titanium Resources will be given a 49% stake in Mayur subsidiary MR... 

Strandline appoints Fungoni financier

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd January 2019 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources has selected African mining financier Nedbank CIB as the lead arranger and underwriter for a $26-million project finance facility for its Fungoni project, in Tanzania. The facility will account for the majority of the $32-million required to develop... 

Xolobeni community bans Mantashe for appealing right to say no to mining

By: African News Agency      13th December 2018 The Amadiba Crisis Committee said on Thursday that Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe was not welcome at the Xolobeni community anymore after it received his application for leave to appeal the court's judgement for the community's right to say no to mining in their area.  Last month, the... 

Enable meaningful participation, pleads Women in Mining chair  

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2018 The Mining Charter has significant room for improvement to enable meaningful participation of women in mining, says Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA) chairperson Lindiwe Nakedi. Soweto-born Nakedi, who owns Gubhani Exploration – a surface exploration drilling company that is currently the only... 

Enable meaningful participation, pleads Women in Mining chair
Women in Mining chairperson and Gubhani Exploration MD Lindiwe Nakedi talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater.

Xolobeni judgment to be appealed 

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th December 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe confirmed on Wednesday that he was going to appeal the Xolobeni judgment of the Pretoria High Court. That judgment, in November, held that the Mineral Resources Minister could not award a mining right at Xolobeni (in the Wild Coast region of the Eastern... 

Xolobeni judgment to be appealed
Photo by Creamer Media
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Opinion: More conversations needed to confront the violence of mining in South Africa

6th December 2018 In this opinion article Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection’s Dr Salimah Valiani argues that only in identifying, embracing and engaging in the heated debates underlying the tensions in South African mining can the country move on collectively from violence to a shared vision of the... 

Opinion: More conversations needed to confront the violence of mining in South Africa
Mistra senior researcher Dr Salimah Valiani

Innovate and generate cash at same time – Dassault Systèmes Geovia  

By: Martin Creamer     5th December 2018 The objectives of innovating and generating cash are not mutually incompatible and can be achieved at multiple levels simultaneously, says Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand, who was in Johannesburg to showcase the French company’s suite of advanced three-dimensional (3D) software.... 

Innovate and generate cash at same time – Dassault Systèmes Geovia
Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand spoke to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on new mining technology. Video: Christo Greyling. Photogaphs: Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater.

Production ramp-up at Boonanarring starts

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th December 2018 Production ramp-up at the Boonanarring mineral sands project, in Western Australia, has started. ASX-listed Image Resources said on Tuesday that the completion of wet commissioning and the start of production ramp-up at Boonanarring presented another development milestone for the project. 

Iluka resumes operations at Sierra Leone rutile mine as strike ends

By: Reuters     3rd December 2018 Mineral sands miner Iluka Resources resumed operations at its Sierra Leone project, Sierra Rutile, on Friday, after workers ended a strike that had stalled work for the last eight days, a senior union official told Reuters. The strike was the second in the past month to hit Sierra Rutile, one of... 

Iluka hopeful of resolving Sierra Leone strike as President intervenes

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th November 2018 Mineral sands miner Iluka on Wednesday reported a second strike at its Sierra Leone operations in as many months, but said that it was hopeful of restarting mining within the next few days, after the country’s President intervened to find a solution. President Julius Maada Bio has established a... 

Image starts stockpiling at port

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th November 2018 ASX-listed Image Resources has started the transport of heavy mineral concentrate from its Boonanarirng mineral sands project, in Western Australia, to the Bnbury port area for storage, prior to ship loading. The Boonanarring project produced its first heavy mineral concentrate earlier this... 

Exxaro grants Tronox option to buy 24% stake 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th November 2018 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources has granted NYSE-listed mining and inorganic chemicals company Tronox the option to buy Exxaro's remaining 24% interest in Tronox. Exxaro in 2012 merged its mineral sands operations with those of Tronox. It held about 38.5% of Tronox following the merger but... 

Permitting for Dundas now in final stretch – Bluejay

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd November 2018 The permitting phase of the world’s highest grade ilmenite sands project has entered its final phase, with an environmental impact assessment (EIA) having been submitted and a social-impact assessment (SIA) nearing completion. The optimised prefeasibility study (PFS) for the Dundas project would... 

High Court rules in favour of Eastern Cape community in historic mining rights case

By: News24Wire      22nd November 2018 The Mineral Resources Minister will have to obtain full and formal consent from the Xolobeni community prior to granting mining rights, the North Gauteng High Court ordered on Thursday. The Amadiba Crisis Committee launched a court battle against the Department of Mineral Resources and Australian... 

Mantashe to engage Amadiba Crisis Committee around Xolobeni mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th November 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe will, on Saturday, host a meeting, in Mbizana, in the Eastern Cape, with the Amadiba Crisis Committee and its legal representatives to discuss the Xolobeni matter. During a previous engagement with the Minister, Amadiba made a presentation against... 

Major milestones struck at Thunderbird

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th November 2018 Mineral sands developer Sheffield Resources has awarded a A$336-million fixed-price, lump sum engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to fellow-listed GR Engineering to design and construct its Thunderbird mineral processing plant, as well as the supporting infrastructure, in... 

Chinese heavy mineral sands project in Mozambique will soon start production

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th November 2018 The start of the exploitation of heavy mineral sands in the Chibuto district, in Mozambique’s south-western province of Gaza, was now a certainty, Mineral Resources and Energy Provincial Director Castro Elias told the Mozambican news agency AIM at the end of last month. It would, he added,... 

Strandline raises funds for project advancement

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th November 2018 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources will raise A$3-million through a share placement to institutional and sophisticated investors to fund its Fungoni project, in Tanzania, and complete a definitive feasibility study (DFS) for its Coburn project, in Western Australia. The company on... 

Fungoni economics improve on updated DFS

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st November 2018 An updated definitive feasibility study (DFS) into the Fungoni heavy mineral sands project, in Tanzania, has improved project economics. ASX-listed Strandline Resources on Thursday reported that the updated DFS estimated a pre-tax net present value of $48.7-million, up from the initial estimate... 

Sierra Rutile resumes operations

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st October 2018 Mineral sands miner Iluka Resources has restarted mining operations at its Sierra Rutile project, in Sierra Leone, following illegal strike actions at the operation. Iluka told shareholders that that the company had engaged with the United Mineworkers’ Union and the government of Sierra Leone,... 

Sierra Rutile resumes operations

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st October 2018 Mineral sands miner Iluka Resources has restarted mining operations at its Sierra Rutile project, in Sierra Leone, following illegal strike actions at the operation. Iluka told shareholders that that the company had engaged with the United Mineworkers’ Union and the government of Sierra Leone,... 

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