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Mineral Sands News

Dual-purpose building solution benefits mines

By: Halima Frost     27th March 2020 Formwork solution provider Moladi not only offers a fast and effective housing solution to African and South African mines but also uses mining slag as construction material sustainably. The solution entails a reusable, patented, recyclable, lightweight plastic injection moulded formwork system.... 

Kenmare declares first full dividend, says major virus-related market issues unlikely

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th March 2020 London-listed mineral sands miner Kenmare Resources has declared a maiden full-year dividend of $0.08 for the year ended December 31. The dividend comprised a $0.026 apiece interim dividend paid in October last year, and a final dividend of $0.052 apiece to be paid in May.  

Kenmare declares first full dividend, says major virus-related market issues unlikely
Kenmare Resources MD Michael Carvill

Exxaro lifts dividend, creates jobs, supports enterprises 

By: Martin Creamer     12th March 2020 Black-controlled diversified resources group Exxaro, which created 746 jobs and supported 30 small, medium-sized and microenterprises in the twelve months to December 31, reported a R235-million top-line 2019 increase, raised its dividend payout and lifted headline earnings a share. Core earnings... 

Exxaro lifts dividend, creates jobs, supports enterprises
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo.

Operations resume after safety threat

6th March 2020 Diversified major Rio Tinto initiated processes to resume operations at South Africa-based Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) at the end of December. This followed discussions, led by KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala, which included all stakeholders and focused on securing stability so as to address... 

Operations resume after safety threat
MUDDY WATERS Rio Tinto has announced its return to operation it its Richards Bay Minerals operations after the dirt has settled on community grievances

Lining solutions increase plant availability

6th March 2020 Two African mines are achieving increased production time and plant availability after converting to engineering solutions provider Weir Minerals’ Linatex and Linard rubber lining solutions. A mineral sands operation in Mozambique approached Weir Minerals just over two years ago, after... 

Lining solutions increase plant availability
BOOSTING AVAILABILITY The rubber lining provided by Weir Minerals has allowed for increased production time and plant availability

Monitoring system’s African launch imminent

By: Halima Frost     6th March 2020 Monitoring solutions provider MineWare this month announced the launch of its Argus wheel loader monitoring system in Australia and the US, with a global roll-out to follow this year to meet industry demand. “The omnipresent wheel loader plays an important role in heavy minerals mining and its... 

Monitoring system’s African launch imminent
WATCH IT The ARGUS WL monitoring system enables wheel loaders to accurately and safely monitor their load

JV looks to expand rare earths mining

6th March 2020 Rare earth miner Namibia Critical Metals (NCM) announced details of the Term 1 planned work programme for the Lofdal Heavy Rare Earths Project in northern Namibia last month. While heavy mineral sands projects tend to be associated with titanium and zirconium minerals such as rutile, ilmenite and... 

JV looks to expand  rare earths mining
TERMS OF AGREEMENT The mining of rare earth minerals in Namibia will be complimented by the joint venture signed last month

Critical mineral stocks rising in Aus

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th March 2020 New data collected by Geoscience Australia has shown dramatic increases in critical minerals resources in Australia, including tantalum, lithium and rare earths. The data was collected from the mining industry in 2018, and also shows that Australia continues to be a global leader in mineral... 

Critical mineral stocks rising in Aus

Northern Minerals open to more funding

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd March 2020 ASX-listed Northern Minerals on Tuesday told shareholders that the company could seek further funding in the form of debt, equity or both to progress its Browns project, on the border of Western Australia and the Northern Territory. The announcement comes as Northern Minerals announced that... 

Kenmare's ilmenite production growth strategy on track

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd March 2020 The Wet Concentrator Plant (WCP) C at titanium minerals and zircon producer Kenmare Resources' Moma mine, in Mozambique, produced its first heavy mineral concentrate at the end of February. WCP C was developed as part of the company's growth strategy of increasing ilmenite production to... 

Base profits fall in the first half

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th February 2020 Mineral sands miner Base Resources has reported a 48% fall in profits after tax for the six months ended December, as its Kwale operations, in Kenya, underwent a period of transition. The ASX and Aim-listed Base on Thursday reported that the first half of 2020 saw the transition of mining... 

Iluka halts Sierra Rutile, mulls royalty spin-off

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th February 2020 Mineral sands miner Iluka has temporarily suspended operations at its Sierra Rutile operation, in Sierra Leone, following a community disruption overnight. The company said that the disruption is expected to be resolved shortly, with operations to resume over the coming days. 

Sheffield rethinks Thunderbird plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th February 2020 The share price of mineral sands developer Sheffield Resources dropped by nearly 15% on Monday after the company announced a re-think at its Thunderbird project, in Western Australia. Sheffield told shareholders that following a strategic business review, the company has decided to pause the... 

Sheffield rethinks Thunderbird plans

Premier African Minerals ropes in MN Holdings to supply equipment, services

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th January 2020 Aim-listed diversified miner Premier African Minerals has signed a cooperation agreement with MN Holdings (MNH) for the supply of mining and exploration machinery, as well as professional assistance with optimising Premier’s operations at the RHA tungsten mine, in Zimbabwe. This partnership is... 

Premier African Minerals ropes in MN Holdings to supply equipment, services
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Premier African Minerals CEO George Roach

Minerals Council creates voice for small surface miners

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th January 2020 The Minerals Council South Africa has established the Associations Leadership Forum to serve the needs of the council’s association members. These members include the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa, the Clay Brick Association and the South African Diamonds Producers... 

Bluejay ‘frustrated’ by slow Dundas EIA assessment

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th January 2020 Aim- and FSE-listed Bluejay Mining says the slow assessment of its Dundas environmental impact assessment (EIA) from the Greenland authorities is “frustrating”, but it remains confident that the process is nearing conclusion and that it could expect a response in the first week of February. The... 

Demand, commitments position Canada’s mining sector for success – MAC

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th January 2020 Recent commitments to mining, particularly the new Canada-US Joint Action Plan on Critical Minerals Collaboration and the Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan (CMMP), show great promise for the country’s mining sector, Mining Association of Canada (MAC) CEO and president Pierre Gratton said last... 

Savannah’s Moz subsidiary granted final mining licence over Mutamba prospect

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th January 2020 Aim-listed Savannah Resources’ subsidiary, Matilda Minerals, has been granted a third mining licence over the Mutamba heavy mineral sands project area, in Mozambique. This licence covers 11 807 ha and is valid until September 2044, with a 25-year extension option. 

Base increases output expectations

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th January 2020 Mineral sands miner Base Resources has flagged higher output expectations from its Kwale mineral sands operation, in Kenya, for the full 2020. The ASX-listed company on Monday announced that the guidance for rutile production for the full year has now been adjusted to between 75 000 t and 81... 

Kenmare expects lower full-year finished products output

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th January 2020 London-listed Kenmare Resources expects the production of all its finished products to be lower in the 2020 financial year than in the 2019 financial year, primarily owing to the wet concentrator plant (WCP) B at its Moma titanium minerals mine, in Mozambique, mining lower-grade ore and being due... 

Australian exports forecast for record year in 2019/20

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th December 2019 Australia’s resource and energy export earnings are forecast to set a record A$281-billion in 2019-20, up from A$279-billion in 2018-19, new data from the Office of the Chief Economist has revealed. Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan noted that the record earnings are... 

Australian exports forecast for record year in 2019/20

Kenmare to miss ilmenite production guidance

By: Mariaan Webb     17th December 2019 The stock London-listed Kenmare Resources traded lower on Tuesday, after it said in an announced that it would fail to meet its ilmenite production guidance of 900 000 t to 960 000 t this year. The operator of the Moma titanium minerals mine, in northern Mozambique, said its ilmenite production... 

Sierra Rutile not delivering for Iluka

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th December 2019 Mineral sands miner Iluka Resources on Tuesday announced an impairment charge of $290-million in the 2019 full year for the carrying value of the assets associated with its Sierra Rutile operation, in Sierra Leone. Iluka has also announced a write-down of some $115-million of deferred tax... 

EAIF supporting Kenmare’s Moma expansion

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th December 2019 The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) is lending $30-million to London-listed Kenmare Resources as part of the financing announced on Friday for the $145-million expansion at the Moma mine, in Mozambique. Kenmare is repaying all previous loans from EAIF. 

Glencore joins blockchain network to ensure responsible cobalt supply

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th December 2019 Global miner Glencore has joined the Responsible Sourcing Blockchain Network (RSBN) – an industry collaboration using blockchain technology to support responsible sourcing and production practices from mine to market. The network’s blockchain has moved beyond proof of concept and is on track to... 

DFS proves Toliara a hit

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th December 2019 The Toliara mineral sands project, in Madagascar, is expected to generate annual revenues of $248.2-million, a definitive feasibility study (DFS) has found. ASX- and Aim-listed Base Resources on Thursday stated that the DFS was based on a Stage 1 operation, that would cost $442-million to... 

Premier raises funds through online investment platform

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th December 2019 Aim-listed Premier African Minerals successfully completed an offer through online investment platform PrimaryBid on Wednesday, raising £262 293. The company issued about 262-million new ordinary shares to satisfy the fundraising, which will be admitted to trading on December 18.  

Savannah’s Moz subsidiary granted second mining licence over Mutamba prospect

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th December 2019 Aim-listed Savannah Resources’ subsidiary Matilda Minerals has been granted a second mining licence over the Mutamba heavy mineral sands project area, in Mozambique. This licence covers 16 126 ha and is valid until May 2044, with a 25-year extension option.  

NUM to march this week over Richards Bay Minerals unrest  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th December 2019 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has bemoaned the unresolved road blockages in the area of KwaMbonambi, which the union says had resulted in the Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) mine being put under care and maintenance for an indefinite period. The union called for citizens to join in its... 

Savannah’s Moz subsidiary granted first of three mining licences over Mutamba prospect

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th December 2019 Aim-listed Savannah Resources’ subsidiary Matilda Minerals has been granted a mining licence for part of the Mutamba heavy mineral sands project, in Mozambique. This licence is the first of three contiguous concessions to be issued, which will result in the full tenement permitting of Mutamba. 

Richards Bay Minerals wins top employer award for fourth year straight

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd December 2019 Mineral sands producer Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) has won the Top Employers Institute’s Top Employer of the Year award for the fourth year in a row. The top employer certification recognises organisations that successfully demonstrate an exceptional human resources (HR) environment and employee... 

Strandline selects Woodside, EDL for Coburn renewable energy project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd December 2019 ASX-listed Strandline Resources has selected Woodside and EDL to provide a fully integrated energy solution for the Coburn mineral sands project, in Western Australia. Australian natural gas producer Woodside and global sustainable energy producer EDL will, in a joint venture, develop a 27 MW... 

Kenmare gets go-ahead for road to Pilivili for plant-moving strategy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th November 2019 The Mozambique government has approved London-listed Kenmare Resources’ environmental, social and health impact assessment for the road to the Pilivili ore zone, near its Moma titanium mine, in Mozambique. Kenmare plans to increase its production to 1.2-million tonnes a year of ilmenite from... 

Greenlandic and Danish funds invest in Bluejay

By: Mariaan Webb     20th November 2019 Dual-listed Bluejay Mining has conditionally raised £11.5-million by way of issuing shares at 10p each to further the development of its projects in Greenland. The fundraising will take place in two phases, with a £7.5-million firm placing and a £4-million subscription by Greenlandic and Danish... 

Solar reducing electricity costs, lowering diesel use   

By: Martin Creamer     20th November 2019 Solar power is playing a major role in reducing daytime electricity bills and lowering diesel use in off-grid diesel consuming areas, says SunRanch.Solar, whose clients are benefiting from below grid power costs and major diesel savings. “We reduce people’s daytime power costs by 60% to 70%,”... 

Solar reducing electricity costs, lowering diesel use
SunRanch.Solar talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd

Third concession award helps Savannah progress to PFS stage for Mutamba

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th November 2019 A third mining concession over an 11 807 ha area around the Mutamba mineral sands project, in Mozambique, has been awarded to Mutamba Mineral Sands, a subsidiary of London-listed Savannah Resources. The concession is valid until September 2044 and brings the total awarded mining concessions... 

Image secures zircon prices for Dec quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th November 2019 Mineral sands miner Image Resources has struck sales agreements for 65 000 t of heavy mineral concentrate (HMC) for the December quarter, with no reduction in zircon pricing. Image told shareholders that while the benchmark pricing for premium grade zircon decreased by 2.5% in November, Image’s... 

Madagascar suspends Base’s project pending talks, DFS on track for December

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th November 2019 ASX- and Aim-listed mineral sands producer Base Resources on Thursday announced that some activity at its Toliara project had been suspended by the government of Madagascar, pending the finalisation of discussions on fiscal terms applying to the project. Base confirmed that the suspension... 

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