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Heavy Minerals Mining

Company secures Canadian government funding for final process testwork

15th March 2019 Canadian rare earth elements (REE) exploration company Medallion Resources will receive up to $50 000 in funding from the Canadian federal government, through small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) assistance programme the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance... 

Aury Africa to add value to heavy minerals sector

By: Cameron Mackay     15th March 2019 Having initially focused on servicing the coal mining industry, screening and vibrating equipment solutions and services provider Aury Africa has diversified to offer its value-adding services to the heavy minerals market in South Africa. The company can also service the broader African heavy... 

Aury Africa to add value to heavy minerals sector
VALUE ADDING SERVICES Aury Africa can service the local and broader African heavy minerals sector with high quality services

RBM continues work on Zulti South, sees markets improve

16th March 2018 Work has continued on the feasibility study for the Zulti South mine expansion project at Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) in South Africa, which has the potential to maintain RBM’s low-cost smelting capacity and zircon production, diversified miner Rio Tinto reported in its 2017 full year results... 

Mineral sands see strengthening market conditions

16th March 2018 The pricing for the mineral sands product suite continued to improve throughout 2017 with the zircon market in particular benefitting from improving demand dynamics and emerging supply side shortfalls, says mineral sands miner Mineral Deposits (MD). Further, within the high-grade titanium dioxide... 

Mineral sands see strengthening market conditions
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SHUTDOWN SLOWDOWN A gearbox failure caused a slowdown in operations at the TiZir titanium and iron ilmenite upgrading facility, in Norway

Mine ownership, funding talks continue

16th March 2018 Mining company Premier African Minerals, which owns 49% of the RHA tungsten mine (RHA), in Zimbabwe, and is currently the only financial supporter for operations at the mine, reports that the ongoing financial discussions with the National Indigenisation and Economic Development Fund (NIEEF),... 

Mine ownership, funding talks continue
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OWNERSHIP PROSPECTS If new legislation is implemented, mines in Zimbabwe can be 100% foreign-owned

Rare earths company acquires critical metals portfolio in Namibia

16th March 2018 Heavy rare earth elements project developer Namibia Rare Earths (NRE) has completed the acquisition of a portfolio of critical metal properties from private firm Gecko Namibia, which will see NRE obtain a controlling interest in a portfolio of seven metals properties, thereby expanding its focus... 

Rare earths company  acquires critical metals portfolio in Namibia
RARE MINERALS Namibia Rare Earths has started exploring several mineral deposits across the country

Kram Engineering

16th March 2018 The study of friction, wear and lubrication is of enormous practical importance. In recent decades, this field, termed tribology, has received increasing attention, as it has become evident that the waste of resources resulting from high friction and wear is greater than 6% of South Africa’s... 

Welding Alloys South Africa

4th July 2017 To lead the market in engineered wear protection solutions and flux cored welding wire technology, Welding Alloys South Africa (WASA) is focused on responding to its customers’ needs. Part of the Welding Alloys group, which covers more than 150 countries through a network of 30 subsidiaries... 

Welding Alloys South Africa

Fungoni springboard for larger-scale projects

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th March 2017 Mineral sands company Strandline Resources intends to use the knowledge and experience gained from the development of its Fungoni heavy mineral sands (HMS) project, in Tanzania, and the operation of an active mineral sands mine to springboard the development of a succession of larger-scale... 

Fungoni springboard  for larger-scale projects
RESOURCE RICH Strandline’s high-grade, zircon-rich Fungoni project has a mineral resources estimate of 16-million tons, grading at 3.1% total heavy minerals

Mineral sands merger to facilitate next phase of growth

17th March 2017 The merger between mineral sands resources companies Sierra Rutile and Iluka demonstrates that Sierra Leone is open for business and able to attract investment from high-profile multinational companies that are keen to participate in the development and growth of the country, says former Sierra... 

Mineral sands merger to facilitate next  phase of growth
PROGRESSING OPERATIONS Iluka expects to invest about $60-million over the next two years to expand on recent improvements to Sierra Rutile’s operations

Sonic drilling represents untapped potential for mining

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th March 2017 There is huge scope in the future for the adoption of sonic drilling by mining companies in South Africa, which heavy minerals mining companies can capitalise on, says exploration drilling industry training course provider Colin Rice Exploration & Training founder Colin Rice. Local use of sonic... 

Sonic drilling represents untapped potential for mining
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ENHANCED EXPLORATION The high penetration rates of sonic drilling produce high-quality, accurate core samples

Local procurement targets achieved in 2016

17th March 2017 Heavy mineral sands extraction and refining company Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) awarded contracts to 12 local community enterprises and five joint ventures (JVs) in 2016, continuing its journey of empowering local businesses. Demonstrating that it is serious about local community empowerment, the... 

Ravene drilling programme completed at Mutamba

17th March 2017 Aim-listed diversified miner Savannah Resources has completed drilling to more precisely define the high-grade zones of total heavy minerals (THM) at its “relatively under-evaluated” Ravene deposit, in Mozambique. The deposit is part of its Mutamba mineral sands project, which it is developing... 

African mineral sands market biggest trial, logistics specialist

By: Nadine James     11th March 2016 There are limited ongoing or prospective mineral sands projects under way in Southern Africa, says heavy transport specialist Mammoet Southern Africa (SA) marketing manager Ryan Amos, but the company is still actively pursuing the regional mining market, despite the global mining industry being... 

African mineral sands market biggest trial, logistics specialist
HEAVY HAUL Mammoet is capable of transporting fully assembled mining haul trucks such as the CAT 797

Focus for 2016 on improving output, slashing costs

11th March 2016 As 2016 is also expected to be challenging for mineral sands feedstock markets, Australian heavy minerals miner Mineral Deposits Limited (MDL) will focus on production efficiencies and cost-reduction initiatives to ensure the competitiveness of its operations at all stages of the commodity price... 

Focus for 2016 on  improving output, slashing costs
DREDGING GIANT The Grand Côte mine is the largest minerals sands dredge operation in the world

Mozambique mineral sands JV progressing

11th March 2016 Aim-listed diversified miner Savannah Resources remains optimistic about finalising its joint venture (JV) with diversified mining major Rio Tinto, says CEO David Archer, noting that, “Savannah’s plan over the coming year is to conduct further resource drilling and complete a scoping study to... 

Mozambique mineral sands JV progressing
SAND SAMPLES Savannah Resources has progressed with its exploration programme at the Mutamba/Jangamo joint venture

Western Cape drilling programme to conclude in H1

By: Nadine James     11th March 2016 Australian resource development company Mineral Commodities’ (MRC’s) South African mining subsidiary, Mineral Sands Resources (MSR), expects a drilling and sampling programme on its newly acquired Western Cape prospecting right (PR) to be completed within the fist half of the year, says MRC... 

Western Cape drilling  programme to conclude in H1
SURF'S UP Mineral Sands Resources' new prospecting right allows it to conduct a drill sampling in the Surf Zone

Fungoni in position to take advantage of low-price environment

11th March 2016 The recently completed scoping study results for heavy minerals miner Strandline Resources’ Tanzania-based Fungoni project suggest that the company move immediately to conduct a definitive feasibility study (DFS) while also applying for the necessary environmental and land use approvals.... 

Fungoni in position  to take advantage of  low-price environment
FUNGONI EXPLORATION The Tanzania-based project will likely be fast-tracked through a definitive feasibility study to exploit the low-price environment

Pilot plant used to entice potential clients

By: Nadine James     11th March 2016 Chinese minerals processing equipment manufacturer Landsky believes that there is a genuine need for its processing equipment in the heavy minerals sector, as previously, not only was fine screening equipment expensive, but lead times were long, which led to projects being shelved. “However, we... 

Pilot plant used to  entice potential clients
SCREENING SYSTEM Landsky is keen to service mineral sands operations in Africa as this sector presents significant potential for future growth

Heavy minerals industry growth mostly influenced by China

By: Jonathan Rodin     13th March 2015 The potential for growth in the heavy minerals industry largely depends on China, says mining consultancy Core Consultants MD Lara Smith. She says while it is difficult to consider the outlook for the heavy minerals sector as a whole – as heavy metals encompasses many different elements – the... 

Heavy minerals industry growth mostly influenced by China
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INCREASED POTENTIAL In light of the trends of the modern world the heavy minerals sector is faring well and gaining in importance

Kenya-based project mineral resource upgraded

13th March 2015 The upgraded and increased mineral resource estimates of mineral sands producer Base Resources’ 100%-owned Kwale project, in Kenya, will form the basis for the preparation of, and reporting on, the project’s update ore reserves over the next few months, the company says. The updated mineral... 

Substantial cost-cutting programme implemented

13th March 2015 Ongoing cost-cutting efforts at mineral sands producer Kenmare Resources’ Moma titanium minerals mine, in northern Mozambique, could result in a 15% to 20% reduction of the mine’s workforce, the company says. Through its substantial cost-cutting programme Kenmare has achieved a decline in unit... 

300 t/y mixed rare-earth oxides to be sold to Chinese company

13th March 2015 Explorer and developer of rare earths Tantalus Rare Earths (TRE) has entered into an agreement to sell 300 t/y of mixed rare-earth oxides to China-based rare earths company Shenghe Resources. The ore will be provided by TRE’s project in northern Madagascar, and will make up about 30% of the... 

Mineral sands project developed

13th March 2015 Exploration company World Titanium Resources’ Ranobe mine, in south-west Madagascar, is undergoing final environmental and social permitting by the local government, the company said in November last year. The mine, which forms a part of World Titanium’s Tier 1 Toliara Sands project is projected... 

Company achieves record sales, despite Ebola outbreak

13th March 2015 West Africa-focused mineral sands miner Sierra Rutile achieved record sales during 2014, despite difficult markets conditions, the company says. Sierra Rutile also recorded its third-highest quarter of rutile production in the company’s history, during the fourth quarter of last year. 

Upgraded heavy minerals bulk materials handling feeder launched in SA

By: Pimani Baloyi     14th March 2014 As the exclusive sub-Saharan distributor for UK-based Samson Materials Handling, local bulk materials handling equipment distributor BLT South Africa (BLT SA) introduced a new Samson materials handling feeder to the region’s heavy minerals mining sector in January. BLT SA’s Samson Materials... 

Foreign demand makes local mineral sands project ‘extremely attractive’

By: Pimani Baloyi     14th March 2014 The global mineral sands sector having recently faced a significant increase in demand that it cannot match, coupled with the ever-increasing demand for zircon and rutile, has made South Africa’s newly established Tormin mineral sands mine, owned by Australia-based mineral sands company Mineral... 

Foreign demand makes local mineral sands project ‘extremely attractive’
ANDREW LASHBROOKE The Tormin project has the advantage of starting with a clean slate and not being constrained by legacy issues

Heavy minerals miner prioritises energy efficiency, invests in dry mining

14th March 2014 Sierra Leone-based heavy minerals miner Sierra Rutile in December entered into an agreement with power provider Smol Pawa Sierra Leone, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canada-based Smol Pawa Energy, which stipulates that the miner will be the cornerstone purchaser of energy for its Moyamba hydro... 

WHIMS machine offers energy efficient heavy minerals separation

14th March 2014 Mining solutions provider MBE Minerals South Africa reports that its minerals separation system, the Jones wet high intensity magnetic separator (WHIMS), has been well received locally, adding that about 200 models of varying sizes have been installed worldwide. The Jones WHIMS, which provides... 

Kenyan heavy minerals project set for success

14th March 2014 Mineral sands miner Base Resources is positive about the prospects of its Kenya-based $310-million Kwale mineral sands project, located about 50 km south of Mombasa and 10 km inland from the Indian Ocean. The miner last month received an export permit to wave off its first bulk shipment from the... 

Company signs four-year smelter service deal with pigment producer

14th March 2014 Mining maintenance services provider Outotec has signed a four-year €20-million contract with the world’s second largest titanium dioxide pigment producer, the Saudi Arabia-based National Titanium Dioxide Company, also known as Cristal Global, for the provision of operational and maintenance... 

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