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Kenmare Q2 production in line with expectations, reduces debt

By: Simone Liedtke     17th July 2018 LSE-listed mineral sands producer Kenmare Resources produced 377 900 t of heavy mineral concentrate (HMC) in the second quarter ended June 30, a 5% increase on the 359 200 t produced in the first quarter of the year, in line with expectations. Ilmenite production for the second quarter was 238... 

Rio says workers return at South Africa's Richards Bay Minerals

By: Bloomberg     16th July 2018 Rio Tinto’s Richards Bay Minerals in South Africa said workers are reporting for duty after violence and protests that started more than a week ago shut the operations. “Following a significant improvement in the security situation, employees are returning to work today and we will safely ramp up... 

Bluejay's Dundas may be attractive to Rio Tinto – analysts

By: Mariaan Webb     12th July 2018 The closure of Rio Tinto's South African subsidiary Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) as a result of violent protests this week, may play into the hand of London- and Frankfurt-listed Bluejay Mining, which is developing the Dundas ilmenite project, in Greenland. The project is said to be the... 

Bluejay's Dundas may be attractive to Rio Tinto – analysts
Bluejay Mining is developing the high-grade Dundas ilmenite project, in Greenland.

Eramet to replace MDL board after gaining major share

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th July 2018 French firm Eramet has extended the takeover offer period for its joint venture (JV) partner Mineral Deposits (MDL) until July 24, flaunting a 63.87% interest in the ASX-listed company. The directors of MDL this week unanimously recommended the revised takeover offer from Eramet, after the... 

Rio Tinto says minerals sands operation in South Africa shut by protests

By: Reuters     11th July 2018 A mineral sands operation on the South African coast run by Rio Tinto has been closed since Friday due to violent community protests which saw a security guard killed earlier this week, the company and a union said on Wednesday. Community unrest is a common feature of South Africa's social... 

Rio Tinto says minerals sands operation in South Africa shut by protests

Sheffield opens Derby office

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th July 2018 Mineral sands developer Sheffield Resources has officially opened a new office facility in Derby, Western Australia, which will play an important role in supporting the proposed Thunderbird project. “Thunderbird offers enormous opportunities, and we’ve pledged to the Kimberley community to... 

Boonanarring economics improve on higher prices

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th June 2018 Higher zircon prices have enhanced the economics of the proposed Boonanarring and Altas mineral sands deposits, in Western Australia, owner Image Resources said on Thursday. The company reported that the higher mineral resources prices had pushed up the project’s pre-tax net present value from... 

Kenmare appoints new independent nonexec director

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th June 2018 In line with LSE-listed Kenmare Resources’ aim of continually improving governance, it has appointed Clever Fonseca as an independent nonexecutive director, effective July 1.  

Sheffield finds buyer for Thunderbird ilmenite

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st June 2018 Mineral sands developer Sheffield Resources has inked a maiden ilmenite offtake agreement for its Thunderbird project, in Western Australia. The company on Thursday told shareholders that the five-year agreement with Bengbu Zhongheng New Materials will see the company supply 150 000 t of... 

Minerals Council, water dept collaborate on water conservation, demand management project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th June 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and the Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA) have reached a significant milestone in a collaborative exercise on water conservation and water demand management aimed at driving water savings and usage improvements in the mining industry. The... 

Minerals Council, water dept collaborate on water conservation, demand management project

Strandline reconsiders Coburn development

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th June 2018 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources will start a full definitive feasibility study (DFS) on its Coburn project, in Western Australia, after an upswing in mineral sands prices. The company said on Thursday that the new DFS was driven by positive results from an internal project review,... 

MDL rejects revised offer

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th June 2018 Takeover target Mineral Deposits (MDL) have urged shareholders to reject the improved offer from joint venture (JV) partner Eramet, saying that it was still below the independent expert’s valuation. Eramet this week increased its offer for MDL from A$1.46 a share to A$1.75 a share, increasing... 

South Africa’s ‘Samcodes way’ a world-beater – Mullins

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2018 South Africa has succeeded in creating a meticulous set of mineral reporting codes that continue to gain international recognition. The South African Mineral Reporting Codes (Samcodes), which protect investors, are currently so highly regarded that in October South Africa will host a large... 

South Africa’s ‘Samcodes way’ a world-beater – Mullins
Photo by Dylan Slater
Samcodes standards committee chairperson Matt Mullins (left) and Mining Weekly Online's Martin Creamer

Mineral Deposits investor says won't take Eramet bid as market eyes better offer

By: Reuters     8th June 2018 The second-largest investor in Australia's Mineral Deposits said it would not accept a takeover bid by Eramet SA, as Mineral Deposits' shares surged, signalling investors expect the French miner to make a higher offer. Eramet made an all-cash takeover bid for its joint venture partner in a mine... 

Mineral Deposits investor says won't take Eramet bid as market eyes better offer

Resources company on target for PFS completion

By: Melissa Zisengwe     8th June 2018 Diversified resources company Savannah Resources says the company is well on target to complete the Mutamba prefeasibility study (PFS) in early 2019, as stage one of the PFS is well advanced and includes a gap analysis, an options review, project planning and budget finalisation for stage two of... 

Resources company on target for PFS completion
ON TARGET The prefeasibility study assesses the Mutamba project’s potential development and the economic aspects

Mandela Mining Precinct partner boasts simulation capabilities, serves as ‘test-bed’ for Mining 4.0 technologies 

By: Nadine James     7th June 2018 SiMINE @ Mandela Mining Precinct, located at Carlow Road in Johannesburg, effectively offers two core services – experiential mining simulation as well as a “test bed” for Mining 4.0 principles and systems – for the betterment of the industry, says SiMINE director Gary Lane. He explains that... 

Mandela Mining Precinct partner boasts simulation capabilities, serves as ‘test-bed’ for Mining 4.0 technologies
Gary Lane, Harry Sinko and Antony Mello discuss SiMINE's official launch.

European Metals starts beneficiation of Cinovec bulk sample

By: Anine Kilian     6th June 2018 Aim-listed European Metals has started the beneficiation process and magnetic separation of a 15 t bulk sample at its Cinovec lithium/tin project, in the Czech Republic. The beneficiation and magnetic separation of a lithium-rich concentrate will provide pilot plant feed for planned downstream... 

Current mining ‘boom’ very different to last one – CRU

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2018 A return of capital expenditure (capex) and inorganic sources of growth are seen as a key corporate priority for 2018 and beyond, CRU Group senior consultant Aleksander Popovic said on Wednesday. The provider of marketing intelligence to mining told the Junior Indaba that the company’s... 

Current mining ‘boom’ very different to last one – CRU
Photo by Dylan Slater
CRU Group senior consultant Aleksander Popovic

Premier African secures $300 000 loan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th June 2018 Aim-listed Premier African Minerals (Pam) has entered into a loan agreement with a company, owned by a trust of which its CEO George Roach is a beneficiary, for a gross value of $300 000. The loan will provide additional general working capital, while the company looks to bring finality to the... 

Oil & gas, mining industries anxious about top brass succession planning

By: Henry Lazenby     31st May 2018 There is real anxiety in the oil and gas and mining industries regarding the lack of aptitude to replace an ageing top-level management talent pool, Stephen Diotte, partner and head of leadership services for Odgers Berndtson tells Mining Weekly Online. He recently joined the executive search... 

Oil & gas, mining industries anxious about top brass succession planning

Dundas vying to be the next large-scale Greenland mine

By: Mariaan Webb     31st May 2018 London- and Frankfurt-listed Bluejay Mining is set to bring into production the world’s highest-grade ilmenite project in 2019, feeding into the Greenland government’s target of opening five large-scale mines in the near term. The first of these five mines, Aappaluttoq, opened last year and is... 

Dundas vying to be the next large-scale Greenland mine
The Dundas project, in Greenland.

DRA consolidates West African footprint with Sierra Leone EPC project

By: Anine Kilian     28th May 2018 Global engineering firm DRA has secured a contract with Iluka Resources subsidiary Sierra Rutile for the expansion of its mineral sands operations in the Bonthe district of Sierra Leone. Sierra Rutile’s Gangama plant, which was originally built by DRA in 2016, will double its capacity to between... 

Vedanta reports fatality at Gamsberg project

By: Anine Kilian     28th May 2018 An employee was killed in a mining related accident at Vedanta Zinc International’s Gamsberg project, in the Northern Cape, on Friday. All work at the Gamsberg project has been halted while investigations involving the local emergency services and South African Police Service, the Department of... 

Bluejay targets 100Mt resource at Greenland prospect

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd May 2018 Aim-listed Bluejay is gearing up for an exploration programme to get under way at the Iterlak discovery, which forms part of its Dundas ilmenite project, in Greenland. Bluejay has set itself a target of delivering a maiden resource at Iterlak of more than 100-million tonnes of material at an... 

Bluejay targets 100Mt resource at Greenland prospect

Sheffield secures port allocation for Thunderbird

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th May 2018 Mineral sands developer Sheffield Resources has signed a port access agreement with the Shire of Derby-West Kimberly, allowing the company access to a bulk handling facility and infrastructure at the port of Derby. Sheffield is hoping to export its mineral sands project from the Thunderbird... 

Boonanarring fully funded - Image

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th May 2018 The Boonanarring mineral sands project, in Western Australia, is poised for development after ASX-listed Image Resources satisfied all conditions precedent for the drawdown of a A$50-million loan facility. The loan funds will be drawn down in a single tranche for the full amount, on or before... 

Strandline finds buyer for Fungoni ilmenite

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     2nd May 2018 ASX-listed Strandline Resources has signed a binding sales contract with China’s Maoming Ubridge Group Mineral Industry Company for all the ilmenite to be produced at its Fungoni project, in Tanzania, over the life of the project. MD Luke Graham said on Tuesday that establishing this strategic... 

Eramet launches A$291m takeover offer for MDL

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th April 2018 Base metals producer Eramet has launched an off market takeover offer for joint venture (JV) partner Mineral Deposits Limited (MDL). Eramet, which holds a 50% interest in the TiZir titanium and iron JV, in Norway, was offering MDL shareholders A$1.46 a share in cash for their holding in the... 

N American oil & gas, mining sectors released a third of total 2013 pollution – report

By: Henry Lazenby     25th April 2018 A new report that fine-combed the national pollutant release and transfer registers (PRTRs) of Canada, the US and Mexico to explore pollutant data reported by industrial facilities, has pointed to the critical need to standardise the way information is collected across the three jurisdictions,... 

N American oil & gas, mining sectors released a third of total 2013 pollution – report

Iluka faces class action suit over 2012 disclosures

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th April 2018 Mineral sands miner Iluka on Tuesday said that it would defend itself against a class action launched by shareholders. The company said that a number of shareholders have launched a class action in the Federal Court of Australia, claiming breaches of continuous disclosure obligations, as well... 

Fivefold resource increase at Bluejay’s Dundas project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd April 2018 The mineral resource estimate of the Dundas project in Greenland has increased by 400% to 96-million tonnes at 6.9% ilmenite. Bluejay reported on Monday that the indicated resource at Moriusaq was estimated to be 81-million tonnes at 6.1% ilmenite. 

Iluka increases output and revenue

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th April 2018 Mineral sands miner Iluka has reported increased in both production and revenue for the three months to March. The company on Thursday reported that total zircon, rutile and synthetic rutile production increased by 8% during the quarter, compared with the December quarter, to 182 000 t. 

Base production declines as KP2 readies

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2018 Mineral sands producer Base Resources has reported a slight decline in production for the March quarter, as a month-long mining and wet concentrator plant shut-down was initiated at its Kwale operations, in Kenya. The shut-down was part of the final equipment installation and piping tie-ins for... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 The Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018) is scheduled to make its debut on the Canadian resource conference circuit between June 16 and 21, in Vancouver, and is shaping up to be an event unlike the myriad of competing forums held in Canada throughout the year. RFG2018 chairperson... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver
Photo by Resources for Future Generations Conference
RFG2018 chairperson John Thompson

Savannah to incentivise senior management as it expedites mining projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th April 2018 Aim-listed resource development company Savannah Resources has implemented a long-term incentive plan (LTIP) to incentivise executive directors and certain senior management as the company continues to expedite its projects to tap into the growing market for energy metals.  

Kenmare maintains FY18 guidance, despite lower Q1 output

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th April 2018 Titanium and zircon producer Kenmare Resources still expects to meet the mid-range of its 2018 full-year production guidance, despite a 12% year-on-year decrease in heavy minerals concentrate (HMC) output at its Moma mine, in Mozambique, in the first quarter of the year.  

Aftan progresses plant upgrades at Namibia mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2018 African Tantalum (Aftan), in which Aim-listed investment company Kazera Global holds an interest, has started the tendering process for the laying of pipework for the newly approved Orange River water project at its Namibia Tantalise Investment mine.  

Aftan secures clearance to abstract water from Orange river

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2018 The Environmental Commissioner of Namibia has issued a clearance certificate to allow for the abstraction of water from the Orange river for African Tantalum’s (Aftan’s) Namibia Tantalite Investment (NTI) mine.  

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