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Mineral Sands News

Hopes rise as top firms arrive at potential flow-through share model to stimulate mining exploration  

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2020 A flow-through share model has been drawn up with the help of top firms to stimulate badly neglected mining exploration in South Africa, Minerals Council South Africa junior and emerging miners leadership forum chairperson Errol Smart said on Tuesday. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom... 

Kenmare starts production at Pilivili ahead of schedule

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th October 2020 Minerals producer Kenmare Resources has announced that the wet concentrator plant (WCP) B at Kenmare Resources’ Moma titanium minerals mine, in northern Mozambique, has started production at the Pilivili orezone, ahead of schedule. WCP B and its dredge were relocated 23 km from their previous... 

Covid has highlighted the value of operating remotely – mining editor 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd October 2020 The extraction of data from machinery to improve decision-making is a key benefit of the digital mine and has changed the way that mines manage their assets and perform machine maintenance, Australia Mining managing editor Ben Creagh said on Wednesday. Creagh was speaking during a virtual... 

Covid has highlighted the value of operating remotely – mining editor
ifm Australia’s Freddie Coertze and Aditya Kunder.

Navigational safety investigation accepted for Dundas

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd October 2020 Exploration and development company Bluejay Mining has ticked another prerequisite for an exploitation licence for its Dundas project, in Greenland, with the acceptance of its navigational safety investigation (NSI) study. The purpose of the NSI was to verify that navigation can be carried out... 

Iluka shareholders agree to demerger

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th October 2020 The shareholders of mineral sands miner Iluka have voted in favour of the demerger of Deterra Royalties. The company in September announced plans to demerge the royalty business, which will result in two independently listed ASX companies. Iluka would retain its portfolio of mineral sands... 

Iluka shareholders agree to demerger

Mining committed to doing all it takes to improve worker health – Matlala 

By: Martin Creamer     15th October 2020 Minerals Council South Africa VP and Masoyise Health Programme chairperson Zanele Matlala on Thursday committed the South African mining industry to doing all it takes to ensure that employee lives are saved and health is improved. Speaking at a global virtual health seminar to reprioritise... 

Mining committed to doing all it takes to improve worker health – Matlala
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Minerals Council South Africa VP and Masoyise Health Programme chairperson Zanele Matlala

Iluka's sales improved in Sept quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th October 2020 Mineral sands miner Iluka has reported a solid quarter of production during the three months to September, with sales for both zircon and rutile products increasing. Total zircon, rutile and synthetic rutile production in the September quarter reached 135 000 t, which was on par with production... 

Grande Côte operation achieves ‘excellent’ results

9th October 2020 Multinational mining and metallurgy company Eramet 2020 half-year results, released on July 29, noted that its Grande Côte Operation (GCO) built on the “excellent operating performance” of 2019, producing 371 000 t  of mineral sands over the period. Notably, GCO is the largest single dredge... 

Grande Côte operation achieves ‘excellent’ results
NOT SCRAPING THE BOTTOM The dredging operation at Eramet's Grande Côte operation reported an excellent operating performance for the first half of 2020

Exploration strategy in three months, hydrogen under scrutiny – DMRE  

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2020 A comprehensive exploration strategy will be developed in the next three months and engagement on the potential of the platinum group metals-linked hydrogen economy is taking place, Department of Mineral Resources and Energy director-general Advocate Thabo Mokoena said on Thursday. In a keynote... 

Exploration strategy in three months, hydrogen under scrutiny – DMRE
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reporting on DMRE DG Advocate Thabo Mokoena. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Flow-through must form part of overall exploration strategy – Minerals Council  

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2020 The introduction of a flow-through share scheme must form part of a full suite and package of measures tailored for a comprehensive exploration strategy for South Africa, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter said on Wednesday. Speaking during question time on day one of the Joburg... 

Flow-through must form part of overall exploration strategy – Minerals Council
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer putting a question at Joburg Indaba. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Tajiri proves up for Strandline

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th October 2020 A scoping study into the Tajiri mineral sands project, in Tanzinia, has estimated that the project could support a mine life of some 23-years, based on a mining rate of eight-million tonnes a year. ASX-listed Strandline Resources on Wednesday reported that the scoping study estimate a pre-tax... 

Virtual symposium pending for wet processing industry

2nd October 2020 Wet processing equipment manufacturer CDE has announced plans to host a virtual trade event for the global materials wet processing industry. Continuing its engineering insights education series, the major two-day virtual event will take place on October 14 and 15. 

Virtual symposium pending for wet processing industry
ALL PART OF THE PROCESS At the symposium, topics covered will include improving operating economics and profits across various minerals

Cabinless, emissionless vehicle foretelling underground’s autonomous future  

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2020 Mining Weekly on Wednesday watched a cabinless emission-free next-generation mining vehicle autonomously load, haul and dump in an underground mine, without a human in sight. The cabinless design places emphasis on the extent to which traditional human operation at the rockface is becoming a... 

Cabinless, emissionless vehicle foretelling underground’s autonomous future
Sandvik’s virtual event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Drilling to start at Browns Range

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th September 2020 Mineral sands developer Northern Minerals has set a A$5-million exploration budget for the 2021/21 financial year at its Browns Range project, in Western Australia. Drill rigs are expected on site in mid October, the company said on Tuesday, with the exploration programme focused on increasing... 

Kenmare safely relocates WCP B plant to Pilivili

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th September 2020 Mineral sands producer Kenmare Resources has safely relocated the wet concentrator plant (WCP) B to Pilivili at its Moma titanium minerals mine, in northern Mozambique. Kenmare previously announced three development projects that together have the objective of increasing ilmenite production to... 

Kenmare safely relocates dredge as part of WCP B move

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th September 2020 LSE-listed Kenmare Resources has safely completed relocation of the dredge that forms part of the wet concentrator plant (WCP) B mining operation and its Moma titanium minerals mine, in northern Mozambique. Kenmare previously announced three development projects that together have the objective... 

Kenmare safely relocates dredge as part of WCP B move
Kenmare Resources WCP B Move

Sheffield moves ahead with Thunderbird work

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th September 2020 Mineral sands miner Sheffield Resources on Wednesday told shareholders that a work programme has started to ensure the completion of a bankable feasibility study (BFS) on the revised scope of its Thunderbird project, in Western Australia, to assure a final investment decision is reached ahead of... 

Mkango's Malawi exploration unearths interesting grades of rutile

By: Donna Slater     15th September 2020 Aim- and TSX-V-listed Malawi-focused rare earth element explorer Mkango Resources reports that the reconnaissance shallow soil sampling and auger programme at its Mchinji licence area has returned interesting grades of rutile plus anatase. The results demonstrate the presence of... 

Kenmare WCP B relocation under way in Mozambique

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th September 2020 The relocation of the Wet Concentrator Plant (WCP) B at Kenmare Resources' Moma titanium minerals mine, in northern Mozambique, is under way. Kenmare previously announced three development projects that, together, have the objective of increasing yearly ilmenite production to 1.2-million tonnes... 

Another contract awarded at Coburn

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th September 2020 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources has awarded a A$21-million fixed price contract to supply in-pit dozer mining units for its Coburn mineral sands project, in Western Australia. The contract, which was awarded to Piacentini & Son, includes the design and construction of three mobile... 

Mayur puts a price tag on Orokolo Bay

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th September 2020 A definitive feasibility study (DFS) into the Orokolo Bay industrial sands project, in Papua New Guinea, has estimated that the project would require a capital investment of $20.48-million. Project owner Mayur Resources on Friday said that the DFS estimated that the project would generate... 

Mineral Commodities starts mining at Western Strandline

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th September 2020 Mining has started at the Western Strandline mineral sands project, adjacent to the existing Tormin mining operations, in South Africa’s Western Cape. ASX-listed Mineral Commodities on Friday reported that conventional openpit mining has commenced, accessing mineralisation from near surface,... 

Iluka announces royalty demerger

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th September 2020 The shareholders of mineral sands miner Iluka are expected to meet on October 16 to vote on the demerger of the company’s royalty business Deterra Royalties. The directors of Iluka have unanimously recommended that shareholder vote in favour of the proposed demerger, which would result in two... 

ASM produces first sample from Korean ops

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th September 2020 ASX-listed Australian Strategic Materials (ASM) has produced 9 kg of key permanent magnet alloy neodymium praeseodymiium (NdPr) at its commercial plant in South Korea. The company told shareholders on Tuesday that following this success, the company, through Zircon Tech, was now progressing an... 

South Africa’s green revolution gathering momentum 

2nd September 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has presented countries around the world with immense challenges, as the impact of the virus has affected every aspect of everyday life as we know it, write Dr Cosmas Chiteme, Dr Rebecca Maserumule and Prof Dmitri Bessarabov. (Chiteme and Maserumule are senior managers at... 

South Africa’s green revolution gathering momentum
Hydrogen fuel and containerised fuel cell installations at One Military Hospital in Pretoria.

Employee dies in accident at Kenmare’s Moma mine

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st September 2020 An employee died in an accident at mineral sands miner Kenmare Resources' Moma titanium minerals mine in northern Mozambique on August 31. Initial investigations found that the employee, a front-end loader operator, suffered a fatal crush injury during the night shift at wet concentrator plant... 

Fingerboards opens for public comment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st September 2020 The Victorian government has placed the proposed Fingerboards mineral sands project up for public comment. Project developer Kalbar Operations is required to prepare an environmental effects statement (EES) for the mineral mining facility proposed to be located 20km northwest of Bairnsdale. 

Accommodation for Aus SoP mine on track

28th August 2020 Work on the Beyondie sulphate of potash (SoP) project’s non-process infrastructure, which includes 60 additional rooms for construction accommodation, has continued apace, notes a press release by ASX-listed exploration and development company Kalium Lakes. The Beyondie SoP project initially... 

Accommodation for  Aus SoP mine on track
NO POT LUCK A Beyondie SoP bankable feasibility study was completed prior to the company’s board approving full development of the project

Pandemic prevents further engagement on housing draft

28th August 2020 A call for further engagement with the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) regarding the 2019 Draft Review of Housing and Living Conditions Standard has stalled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown in South Africa. The draft standard requires that mines... 

Pandemic prevents further engagement  on housing draft
NICO PIENAAR The surface mining sector represents a large part of the overall mining community

Master Drilling aligning with opencast mines going underground in changing world  

By: Martin Creamer     26th August 2020 South Africa-based drilling company Master Drilling, which is active in 23 countries, is aligning itself with the transitioning global requirement of opencast mines going underground. “As the world is changing, so are the mines,” said Master Drilling technology director Koos Jordaan at the... 

Master Drilling aligning with opencast mines going underground in changing world
Master Drilling technology director Koos Jordaan’s presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Base reports strong finish to financial year

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th August 2020 Mineral sands miner Base Resources has reported higher revenues and higher net profit after tax for the financial year ended June, despite a fall in production. Net profits after tax for the full year increased from the $39.2-million reported in 2019, to $39.6-million, with sales revenue for the... 

Electra Mining Africa 2020 going digital with Connect – and it’s free of charge 

By: Martin Creamer     20th August 2020 The Electra Mining Africa Connect week will enable exhibitors to promote their products and services free of charge alongside industry-related informative webinars, media activations and product showcase opportunities from September 7 to 11. For the first time in 48 years, Electra Mining Africa... 

Electra Mining Africa 2020 going digital with Connect – and it’s free of charge
Specialised Exhibitions MD Gary Corin outlines Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect plans to Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Iluka reports tough first half

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th August 2020 Mineral sands miner Iluka has seen revenues and profits decline in the six months ending June, as sales volumes for the interim period were impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. “Iluka has reported a solid first half result given the impact of Covid-19 on zircon and titanium markets, and the global... 

Awesome new proudly South African face mask kindling international interest   

By: Martin Creamer     13th August 2020 An awesome new proudly South African face mask, with a replaceable filtration system at its heart, is attracting international interest. The innovative and timely Hudaco Air Mask is a lockdown-period product of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Hudaco Industries group. (Also watch attached... 

Awesome new proudly South African face mask kindling international interest
Hudaco CEO Graham Dunford and Hudaco’s executive consultant Mike Allnutt discuss the new Hudaco face mask innovation with Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Exxaro pays dividend on 40%-higher half-year earnings 

By: Martin Creamer     13th August 2020 Black-empowered diversified resources group Exxaro Resources on Thursday declared an interim dividend on posting a 40% increase in earnings before interest tax depreciation and amortisation of R3.9-billion for the six months to June 30. In the face of global trade tensions, a challenging local... 

Exxaro pays dividend on 40%-higher half-year earnings
Photo by Creamer Media
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo

Sheffield inks A$130m JV deal for Thunderbird

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th August 2020 Mineral sands miner Sheffield Resources has inked a non-binding term sheet with Yansteel to form a joint venture (JV) at its Thunderbird project, in Western Australia. Under the terms of the agreement, Yansteel will invest A$130.1-million to acquire a 50% stake in the project, with the... 

Sheffield inks A$130m JV deal for Thunderbird

Strandline raises cash for Coburn

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th August 2020 Mineral sands miner Strandline Resources will raise A$18.5-million in a share placement to accelerate the development of its Coburn project, in Western Australia. Strandline told shareholders that it had received firm commitments for a share placement of more than 85.8-million shares, at a price... 

Greenland's Dundas has considerable support from govt, locals

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd August 2020 The final face-to-face consultation meeting for the Dundas ilmenite project, in Greenland, concluded on Friday, and judging by London-listed junior Bluejay Mining’s latest statement, the project has received strong support from local citizens. According to a company announcement, Greenland... 

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