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Ramaphosa moves to revitalise mining, create certainty

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2018 It is imperative that South Africa restores investment and exploration levels in the mining sector as mining and mineral beneficiation activities have significant potential to drive long term growth, exports and job growth, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his economic stimulus and recovery plan... 

Kalium completes BFS for Beyondie SoP project

By: Mariaan Webb     18th September 2018 ASX-listed Kalium Lakes has completed a “compelling” bankable feasibility study (BFS) for the Beyondie sulphate of potash (SoP) project, in Western Australia, prompting the board to approve early works and front-end engineering and design work ahead of a final investment decision. The BFS... 

Australian Potash gets licence for Lake Wells

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th September 2018 ASX-listed Australian Potash has been granted a mining lease at its Lake Wells sulphate of potash (SOP) project, in Western Australia. “This is a major milestone on the approvals pathway and a significant step towards completion of the definitive feasibility study,” said Australian potash MD... 

Dedicated offshore transshipment area licensed at Sintoukola

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th September 2018 Potash project development company Kore Potash has received approval for a licence for the transshipment of potash and the discharge of waste brine in a dedicated offshore area at its flagship 97%-owned Sintoukola potash project in the Republic of Congo. The Maritime Authorisation licence – one... 

Severe drought halts production at second K+S site in Germany

By: Reuters     11th September 2018 An ongoing severe drought in Germany has prompted minerals miner K+S on Tuesday to shut down production at a second site at its Werra mine network in central Germany. K+S shut down production at its Wintershall site two weeks ago and has now temporarily halted output at is Hattorf site, as... 

Danakali banks on new investor mood to fund Eritrean mine

By: Reuters     7th September 2018 Fertiliser miner Danakali aims to raise $322-million this year to develop giant potash reserves in Eritrea, industry sources say, banking on Asmara's warmer ties with Ethiopia to help lure investors. The project will test the changing mood in the West towards the isolated nation, sandwiched... 

Danakali banks on new investor mood to fund Eritrean mine
Danakali's potash site in Eritrea.

Kalium Lakes adds to Beyondie resource

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th September 2018 Potash hopeful Kalium Lakes has reported a 150% increase in the measured and indicated resources at its Beyondie sulpate of potash (SoP) project, in Western Australia. The project is now estimated to host a measured and indicated resource of 1.72-million tonnes, and an indicated resource of... 

Beyondie inching closer - Kalium Lakes

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     31st August 2018 ASX-listed Kalium Lakes’ mining proposal and mine closure plan for its Beyondie sulphate of potash (SoP) project, in Western Australia, has been approved by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, allowing the company to start early works at the project site. The approval comes... 

Kore gets Esia approval for Dougou, Kola DFS under way

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th August 2018 Potash developer Kore Potash has received environmental- and social-impact assessment (Esia) approval for its Dougou mining licence in the Republic of Congo (RoC). Approval of the assessment is a prerequisite to start construction of a mining project in the RoC.  

Danakali ticks another milestone in Eritrea

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd August 2018 Potash developer Danakali has reached another milestone at its Colluli project, in Eritrea, with the Eritrean Ministry of Land, Water & Environment accepting the finalised social and environmental management plans for the project. Danakali said on Wednesday that the acceptance followed extensive... 

Nutrien steers potash recovery as BHP waits in the wings

By: Reuters     20th August 2018 Canada's Nutrien, the world's biggest potash miner by capacity, has helped engineer a surprising price rebound for the fertilizer by idling capacity. Now the trick will be keeping prices from appreciating too much to ensure a major would-be competitor, BHP Billiton, stays on the sidelines. 

Nutrien steers potash recovery as BHP waits in the wings

Kore announces maiden sylvinite mineral resource estimate for Dougou extension

By: Simone Liedtke     20th August 2018 Potash development company Kore Potash has declared a maiden sylvinite mineral resource estimate for its Dougou extension deposit, at the flagship 97%-owned Sintoukola (Kola) potash project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Sylvinite is a rock type comprised primarily of the potash... 

Israel seeks early re-tender of mining rights to shore up Dead Sea

By: Reuters     13th August 2018 The Dead Sea is shrinking at the rate of about a meter a year, leaving behind deserted beaches and sinkholes in a slow-motion environmental disaster. The main culprit is the drying up of the Jordan river, its main tributary, as communities upstream draw on it for farming and drinking. But... 

Mosaic reports Q2 earnings, increases FY Ebitda guidance

By: Mariaan Webb     7th August 2018 NYSE-listed fertiliser company Mosaic on Monday reported second-quarter earnings of $97.9-million, on net sales of $2.2-billion and increased its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) range on strong underlying business performance and lower full-year taxes. The... 

Carnegie advances to PFS

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th July 2018 A scoping study into the Carnegie potash project, in Western Australia, has confirmed the project had the potential to be technically and economically viable, prompting joint venture partners BCI Minerals and Kalium Lakes to green light a prefeasibility study. With the completion of the scoping... 

Danakali shares admitted to trading on LSE

By: Simone Liedtke     24th July 2018 Just over 264-million shares of potash company Danakali have been admitted to trading on the LSE. Executive chairperson Seamus Cornelius on Tuesday said that the company was “delighted to deliver on another of its strategic goals for 2018”, adding that the LSE listing should increase its profile,... 

Canada’s Nutrien sells equity position in Arab Potash

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd July 2018 Canada’s Nutrien, created through the merger of Agrium and Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, on Monday announced the sale of its 28% interest in Arab Potash (APC) to China’s SDIC Mining and Investment for $502-million. The sale followed last month’s auctioning of its remaining stake in Chile... 

BHP beats production expectations; warns of $650m Samarco charge

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th July 2018 Diversified giant BHP on Wednesday announced that the company had met or exceeded the production expectations for its commodities during the 2018 financial year, but warned of a $650-million financial impact related to the Samarco dam failure, in Brazil. “We have delivered a strong finish to the... 

BHP beats production expectations; warns of $650m Samarco charge
BHP CEO Andrew Mackenzie

New mining fund raising R750m to co-finance ancillary mine projects 

By: Martin Creamer     16th July 2018 In an economic environment of tight capital allocation and bank pull back from mining finance, the new tax-incentivised CCP 12J Mining Fund is going all out to raise R750-million for co-investment in ancillary project opportunities on existing mine sites. On the list of targeted project... 

New mining fund raising R750m to co-finance ancillary mine projects
CCP 12J MD Paul Miller talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on new tax incentives to boost mining investment. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater.

Danakali seeks secondary listing on LSE

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th July 2018 ASX-listed potash project developer Danakali intends to list on the LSE on July 24. The company’s ordinary shares will remain listed on the ASX. Danakali is developing the low-cost, shallow and advanced greenfield sulphate of potash (SoP) Coluli project, in Eritrea.  

Danakali seeks secondary listing on LSE
Danakali's Colluli potash site

Agrimin raises A$10m for Mackay

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th July 2018 ASX-listed Agrimin has raised A$10-million through a share placement to institutional and sophisticated investors to fund the definitive feasibility study for its Mackay sulphate of potash (SOP) project, in Western Australia. The company on Thursday said that it placed 12.5-million shares at a... 

Kropz eyeing dual listing

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2018 Emerging plant nutrient producer Kropz is eyeing a dual listing on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange in addition to seeking admission to trade on the Aim in London, where it intends raising equity capital to fund the completion of its advanced-stage phosphates project in South Africa, cut debt... 

Kropz eyeing dual listing
Photo by Creamer Media
Kropz CEO Ian Harebottle

Kropz to list on London’s Aim to fund South African project

By: Martin Creamer     2nd July 2018 Emerging plant nutrient producer Kropz will seek admission to trade on the Aim in London, where it intends raising the funds required to complete the upgrading and commissioning of its advanced-stage phosphate project in South Africa, as well as cut debt and develop a wider African asset base.... 

Kropz to list on London’s Aim to fund South African project
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Kropz CEO Ian Harebottle

Brazilian uranium miner seeks help in going underground

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th June 2018 Brazilian media have reported that the State-owned uranium company, Indústrias Nucleares do Brasil (INB – Nuclear Industries of Brazil) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a subsidiary of the Russian State-owned nuclear group Rosatom. The subsidiary is the U1 Group, better known... 

Danakali CEO resigns; Colluli offtake agreement signed

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th June 2018 Potash developer Danakali has reported the resignation of CEO Danny Goeman. Goeman has accepted an offer from a leading Perth-based mining company and is expected to leave Danakali on August 3. He joined Danakali in 2016 as head of marketing, before assuming the role of CEO in 2017.  

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

Harvest to raise £9m for Brazil project

By: Simone Liedtke     11th June 2018 Aim-listed Harvest Minerals on Monday launched an accelerated bookbuild to raise about £9-million. The gross proceeds of the placing, if fully subscribed, will be substantially applied to the development of production expansion at the Arapua fertiliser project, in Brazil, and product marketing,... 

No let up on calls for flow-through model to boost exploration

By: Martin Creamer     7th June 2018 The failure to raise risk capital for greenfields exploration in South Africa was highlighted at this week’s Junior Indaba, where there was no let up on calls for the adoption of a proven Canada-type flow-through share scheme, and ongoing criticism of the unintended consequences of South Africa’s... 

No let up on calls for flow-through model to boost exploration
Photo by Wynand van der Merwe
JSE business development manager Patrycja Kula-Verster

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

Govt creating junior miners’ fund, boosting geoscience, legitimising zama-zamas 

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2018 The government is partnering the State-owed Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to establish a junior miners’ fund that will provide exploration investment capital to black-owned emerging miners; it is also investing R20-billion in the Council for Geoscience to boost exploration as well as... 

Govt creating junior miners’ fund, boosting geoscience, legitimising zama-zamas
Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant announces junior funding at Junior Indaba, covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Emmerson raises cash for Moroccan potash project

By: Reuters     4th June 2018 Shares in Emmerson jumped more than 60% on their return to trade on Monday after the London-listed miner raised 6-million pounds ($8.04-million) by issuing 200-million new shares. The shares were halted last October when Emmerson became 100% owner of the Khemisset Potash Project in northern Morocco. 

Nutrien auctions remaining shares in lithium miner SQM for nearly $1bn

By: Reuters     1st June 2018 Canadian fertiliser company Nutrien auctioned its remaining stake in Chile lithium miner SQM on Friday for nearly $1-billion, the last step in meeting regulatory commitments after the company was formed in January by the merger of Agrium and Potash Corp of Saskatchewan. The nearly 20.17-million... 

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

Kore Potash appoints new CEO

By: Anine Kilian     30th May 2018 Stuart Bradley (Brad) Sampson, once employed by Gold Fields in South Africa and Australia, has been appointed CEO of potash development company Kore Potash, taking over from outgoing CEO Sean Bennett, effective from June 4. Sampson was most recently CEO of ASX-listed Tiger Resources and held... 

Kore Potash appoints new CEO
Incoming Kore Potash CEO Brad Sampson

Indian potash imports to fall this year

By: Ajoy K Das     23rd May 2018 Indian imports of potash during the current financial year are expected to fall by 5% to 6% in the wake of a government cut in subsidies and the rapid depreciation of the local currency. According to government officials in the Agriculture Department monitoring fertiliser demand and availability... 

Unpacking Kropz’s Elandsfontein project 

22nd May 2018 Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks the developments around Kropz’s Elandsfontein project. 

Unpacking Kropz’s Elandsfontein project
Unpacking Kropz’s Elandsfontein project

Kropz clinches offtake from phosphates project

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2018 Plant nutrient minerals development company Kropz, which is developing the Elandfontein phosphates mining and processing project in the Western Cape, has secured several offtake agreements ahead of production. The cornerstone offtake agreement, for about a third of its production at market prices... 

Kropz clinches offtake from phosphates project
Photo by Creamer Media
Kropz CEO Ian Harebottle

Gensource project development secured as formal offtake accord is signed

By: Henry Lazenby     19th May 2018 The development of Gensource Potash’s first 250 000 t/y production module at its Vanguard project, in Saskatchewan, is another step closer to realisation after the company announced on Friday that it has signed a definitive offtake agreement with a major North American agriculture industry... 

Gensource project development secured as formal offtake accord is signed
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