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Bluejay Mining seeks pigment riches as Greenland's ice retreats

By: Reuters     6th February 2018 Bluejay Mining aims to achieve commercial output of the world's highest grade deposit of ilmenite, used in paint and toothpaste, in Greenland next year, now climate change has provided access to minerals once buried under snow and ice, its CEO said. The company last week said it had raised... 

Bluejay raises £17m to support Greenland project development

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd February 2018 Aim- and FSE-listed Bluejay Mining has conditionally raised £17-million through an equity raising to support the advancement of the Dundas ilmenite project, in Greenland. These funds will support the company’s objectives of starting production, resource expansion, feasibility studies, licencing... 

Savannah submits mining lease applications for Moz sands project

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd February 2018 Resource development company Savannah Resources has submitted three mining lease applications to Mozambique’s Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy for mining leases for the Mutamba heavy mineral sands project. Located in the Gaza and Inhambane provinces, Mutamba is being developed in a... 

Savannah submits mining lease applications for Moz sands project
CONSTRUCTION COMPLEMENT Savannah Resources completed the construction of the pilot plant for its bulk metallurgical test work programme at Mutamba in December

DRDGold thumbs nose at lower gold price as output ups earnings

By: Martin Creamer     1st February 2018 Gold tailings retreatment specialist DRDGold is set to report higher earnings on higher production that cocked a snook at the lower gold price in the six months to December 31. Earnings a share are poised to be between 14.16c and 14.64c for the six months ended December 31, compared with 0.6c for... 

DRDGold thumbs nose at lower gold price as output ups earnings
Gold tailings retreatment under way.

Another offtake deal for Thunderbird zircon

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st February 2018 ASX-listed Sheffield Resources has signed its fifth binding offtake agreement for the future sale of premium zircon from the Thunderbirds mineral sands project, in Western Australia. Qinqyuan Jinsheng ZR & TI Resources (Jinsheng) has agreed to a five-year minimum supply of 9 000 t/y of premium... 

MZI half-year output up, enhanced operating plan rolling out

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     31st January 2018 ASX-listed mineral sands company MZI Resources saw its heavy mineral concentrate output rise 9% to 53 239 t during the six months to December 2017, while saleable production increased by 35% to 39 251 t. Sales volumes also increased by 47% to 29 750 t compared with the prior corresponding half.... 

Diatreme to advance WA zircon project as funding is secured

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     31st January 2018 ASX-listed Diatreme Resources has completed a private placement to raise $490 000 through the issue of 24.5-million shares at $0.20 apiece. The proceeds will be used to further advance its Western Australia-based Cyclone zircon project definitive feasibility study (DFS) and working capital, where... 

Iluka production up as Sierra Rutile plays in

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th January 2018 Mineral sands producer Iluka on Monday reported a 22% increase in its yearly production of zircon, rutile and synthetic rutile, at 825 000 t. The ASX-listed company attributed the increase to the inclusion of Sierra Rutile's production of 171 000 t, following the acquisition of the Sierra... 

Exhibitor cautiously optimistic about 2018

By: Nadine James     26th January 2018 Analytical services provider African Mineral Standards (AMIS) – a subsidiary of JSE-listed industrial group Torre Industries – is a producer of mineral certified reference materials (CRMs) and has a core focus on analytical services related to mining and exploration, which they will exhibit at... 

Exhibitor cautiously optimistic about 2018
SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED AMIS’ offering of certified reference materials can be used for analytical method validation, calibration of analytical equipment and in procedural quality control programs in assay laboratories

Manhattan in merger deal with New Zealand’s Trans-Tasman

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd January 2018 ASX-listed Manhattan Corporation has entered into a binding merger implementation agreement for the acquisition of unlisted New Zealand limited company Trans-Tasman Resources (TTR). Manhattan will acquire all the issued capital in TTR through the issue of 706-million ordinary shares and... 

Strandline signs offtake deal for Tanzania mineral sands project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd January 2018 ASX-listed Strandline Resources has secured a binding offtake agreement for 100% of the zircon/monazite product to be produced at its Fungoni mineral sands project, in Tanzania. Marking it as a major step towards bringing its first mineral sands project into production, the company said on Monday... 

DRA expands Asia-Pacific footprint

By: Martin Creamer     17th January 2018 Global engineering, project delivery, contract operations specialist and asset management group DRA’s acquisition of Perth-based Minnovo expands its Australian footprint and adds depth to its metallurgical, engineering, procurement, project management, construction and commissioning capabilities... 

DRA expands Asia-Pacific footprint
Photo by Duane Daws
DRA CEO Wray Carvelas

Savannah marks 2018 start with mining lease applications for Mutamba

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th January 2018 Aim-listed Savannah Resources has submitted three applications to Mozambique’s Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy for mining leases for the Mutamba heavy mineral sands project. Located in the Gaza and Inhambane provinces, Mutamba is being developed in a consortium with diversified mining... 

Base Resources’ Toliara Sands project now unconditional

By: Anine Kilian     15th January 2018 ASX- and Aim-listed mineral sands producer Base Resources on Monday reported that the acquisition agreement pertaining to the Madagascar-based Toliara Sands project is now unconditional.  The acquisition of Base’s initial 85% interest in the wholly owned Mauritian subsidiaries of World Titane... 

Smarter mining, manufacture, agriculture needed, says IDC’s Maia 

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2018 South Africa needs to aim towards smarter mining, smarter agriculture and smarter manufacturing. “It’s about taking all the major sectors of the economy forward, with each feeding on the other,” says Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) research and information head Jorge Maia of the roles... 

Smarter mining, manufacture, agriculture needed, says IDC’s Maia
Industrial Development Corporation research and information head Jorge Maia and Unctad economic affairs officer Stefan Csordas respond to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Kenmare meets yearly production guidance

By: Anine Kilian     11th January 2018 LSE-listed mineral sands miner Kenmare Resources has reported a record yearly production of ilmenite, rutile and zircon – achieving production guidance for all products. The company said in a statement on Thursday that it mined more than 33-million tonnes of ore in 2017, up 12% from the previous... 

Congo may more than double tax on critical global cobalt supply

By: Bloomberg     10th January 2018 The Democratic Republic of Congo is preparing to more than double a tax on two-thirds of global cobalt supply, potentially increasing the cost of the critical battery metal just as the world begins to embrace electric vehicles. Congo, the world’s biggest cobalt producer, will increase the royalty... 

Base Resources looks to aquire 85% interest in Toliara project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th December 2017 Dual-listed Base Resources has reached agreement with World Titane Holdings to acquire an initial 85% interest in the wholly-owned Mauritian subsidiaries of World Titane, which hold a 100% interest in the Toliara sands project in Madagascar. This acquisition is conditional only on Base Resources... 

MRC refused mining right for West Coast mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th December 2017 South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has refused to extend Australian junior Mineral Commodities’ mining rights application for its Tormin mineral sands mine, on the West Coast near Lutzville. In an attempt to accelerate early access to identified resources to extend its mining... 

Iluka approves WA ilmenite mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th December 2017 ASX-listed Iluka Resources has approved the development of the Cataby mineral sands deposit in Western Australia, with production expected by June 2019. This follows the signing of take-or-pay offtake agreements for a minimum of 175 000 t/y of synthetic rutile, or approximately 85% of the... 

Sheffield signs 27 000 t/y offtake deal for Thunderbird zircon

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th December 2017 ASX-listed Sheffield Resources has signed a maiden binding offtake agreement with the largest mineral sands processor in China, Hainan Wensheng High-Tech Materials Company, for the future sale of zircon concentrate from its Thunderbird mineral sands project, in Western Australia. The agreement is... 

Crucial for commodity countries to build economic resilience – Unctad 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2017 Without policy change, commodity-dependent developing countries risk falling short of achieving their sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) economic affairs officer Stefan Csordas warned on Monday. Unctad and the Food and... 

Crucial for commodity countries to build economic resilience – Unctad
Unctad’s Stefan Csordas discusses commodities report with Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel de Silva.

Cyril Ramaphosa calls for mining sector action 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2017 South Africa must urgently break the ongoing deadlock on the regulation and transformation of the mining sector to ensure the proper use of this country’s world-class mineral resources, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. In an article on the CR17 Siyavuma campaign website, ahead of this... 

Cyril Ramaphosa calls for mining sector action
Photo by Duane Daws
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Change or lose another 100 000 mining jobs – Cutifani

By: Martin Creamer     4th December 2017 Without change, the South African mining industry would lose another 100 000 jobs, said Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani, who six years ago accurately predicted the recent 100 000 job demise in South African mining. “I'll say it again, absent of change, we’ll lose another 100 000 jobs,” the... 

Change or lose another 100 000 mining jobs – Cutifani
Photo by Duane Daws
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani
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