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South Africa’s junior mining dearth result of unintended consequence – AmaranthCX  

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2021 South Africa’s junior mining dearth is a result of savings no longer flowing through to primary capital raising and stock exchange listings, as the Jacobs Committee expected them to do. The unintended consequence is that there are no longer small investors for small companies. This has negatively... 

Sovereign confirms logistics for Malawi rutile

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th September 2021 An independent study on the logistics and infrastructure solution for the Kasiya rutile project, in Malawi, has confirmed owner Sovereign Metals’ proffered logistics route through the Nacala logistics corridor (NCL) and exporting from the deep-water port of Nacala. The study pointed out that... 

Coburn tracking on target for late 2022 start

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th September 2021 First heavy mineral concentrate (HMC) production from the Coburn mineral sands project, in Western Australia, is on track for the December quarter of 2022. ASX-listed Strandline Resources on Monday told shareholders that all major construction contracts for the project had now been awarded,... 

New study extends Kwale mine life

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd September 2021 A prefeasibility study (PFS) into the Bumamani and Kwale North Dune deposits has confirmed that the mine life at the Kwale mineral sands operation, in Kenya, could be extended until mid-2024. Dual listed Base Resources said on Friday that the Bumamani PFS concluded that it is economically... 

Base still committed to Madagascar mineral sands project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st September 2021 Mineral sands miner Base Resources told delegates at Paydirt’s Africa Downunder conference, in Perth, that the company was still committed to the development of the Toliara project, in Madagascar. Base in 2020 announced plans to delay a final investment decision (FID) on the Toliara project,... 

Ukraine to again try to sell titanium and zirconium miner

By: Reuters     30th August 2021 Ukraine will try, in a second attempt, to sell state-run United Mining and Chemical Company (UMCC), Europe's largest titanium and zirconium miner, on October 29, the state property fund said on Monday. On Friday, the fund said it had been forced to cancel a previous auction scheduled for August... 

Ukraine cancels privatisation tender on titanium and zirconium miner

By: Reuters     30th August 2021 Ukraine has cancelled the privatisation auction for the sale of Europe's largest titanium and zirconium miner, United Mining and Chemical Company (UMCC), due to the lack of participants, the state property fund said on Friday. The fund said in June the auction was due to take place on August 31... 

Zulti South project delay is already having negative impact – RBM 

By: Martin Creamer     30th August 2021 The fact that the Zulti South mineral sands project is not being developed is already having a real impact, says Richards Bay Minerals (RMB) MD Werner Duvenhage. This is because RMB is already unable to fully utilise its smelting complex from a capacity perspective because ore grades in Zulti... 

Pic of RBM furnaces
Richards Bay Minerals smelting facility.

Machine learning reaches mineral prospecting

By: Halima Frost     27th August 2021 The partnership between mining consulting services provider The MSA Group and Canadian mining software developer Koan Analytics has resulted in machine learning being available to minerals explorers in South Africa and throughout the world. “The partnership offers access to the most advanced... 

A map of ore deposits in a x-ray type image Ontario Canada for MSA Group and Koan
MINERAL MAP Clients will be able to use machine learning technology to map mineral resources across the globe

Independent auditing of community trust funds will now be enforced – RBM  

By: Martin Creamer     25th August 2021 External auditing of community trust funds by independent auditors will now be enforced and transparency optimised, said Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) MD Werner Duvenhage on Wednesday. While the auditing by independent auditors of the trust funds has always been a requirement, enforcement has been... 

Pic of MD Duvenhage supplied by RBM
Richards Bay Minerals MD Werner Duvenhage

Iluka reports strong first half, defers suspension of ops

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th August 2021 Mineral sands miner Iluka has reported a 61% increase in sales revenue for the half-year to June, with net profit after tax up 14%. Iluka on Wednesday reported that revenue for the half year reached A$735.6-million, up from the A$456.6-million reported in the previous corresponding period, with... 

With Richards Bay Minerals operations resuming is there still hope for Zulti South? 

By: Martin Creamer     24th August 2021 Diversified mining company Rio Tinto announced on Tuesday that it had commenced the process of restarting operations at Richards Bay Minerals, in KwaZulu-Natal. This follows a stabilisation of the security situation around the mine, supported by the national and provincial government, as well as... 

A picture showing flaming mineral sands metals at Richards Bay Minerals in KwaZulu-Natal.
Activity at Richards Bay Minerals.

IDC in discussion on the introduction of an exploration fund – Demana   

By: Martin Creamer     23rd August 2021 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is in discussion on the introduction of a fund to underpin much-needed exploration in South Africa. This was stated by Reginald Demana, the IDC’s head of mining and metals, infrastructure and energy, in a wide-ranging Zoom interview with Mining Weekly.... 

Reginald Demana picture from files
IDC Mining, Metals, Infrastructure & Energy Head Reginald Demana interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Kenmare continues to generate significant production increases, profitability

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2021 Continued capital investment and hard work has continued to generate significant increases in production and sales volumes for LSE-listed Kenmare Resources, translating into higher profitability for the mineral sands producer. This was evidenced by the company having achieved, for the six-month... 

South Africa on verge of nice breakthroughs in hydrogen, says new SAIMM president  

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2021 South Africa is on verge of nice breakthroughs in hydrogen, says newly elected Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) president Isabel Geldenhuys. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, Geldenhuys expressed the view that all the big mines with big moving machinery... 

An image of new SAIMM president Isabel Geldenhuys
South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy president Isabel Geldenhuys interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Friendly South African face could quickly attract exploration investment – Bristow 

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2021 South Africa looks a lot like the global gold mining industry in that it has not encouraged reinvestment in its mining industry’s future, says Barrick Gold president and CE Dr Mark Bristow. "In fact, if anything, South Africa has harvested what it received back in 1994," adds Bristow, a hugely... 

A picture of Mark Bristow, taken from quarterly Barrick presentation on August 9, 2021
Photo by Creamer Media
Barrick president and CE Dr Mark Bristow.

Iluka production increases in June quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd July 2021 Mineral sands miner Iluka has seen production increase in the three months to June, as full production resumed at its Synthetic Rutile 2 (SR2) kiln at Capel. Total zircon/rutile and synthetic rutile production for the June quarter reached 175 300 t, up from the 125 300 t produced in the previous... 

Exploration trailblazer Orion cracks retail investor code with 14 000-plus SA backers  

By: Martin Creamer     21st July 2021 More than 14 000 South Africans now own shares in the discovery and development mining company Orion Minerals, which is reflective of retail investment that can be stimulated in South Africa to support essential local minerals exploration. What is also extremely promising is that the dual listed... 

This is a picture of Errol Smart, CEO of Orion Minerals, who is also chair of Minerals Council junior miner leadership forum.
Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mine achieves massive earnings boost after employing four more people  

By: Martin Creamer     19th July 2021 Guided by a value driver tree (VDT) study, an opencast mine increased its earnings massively after employing four additional operators at comparatively negligible cost. The operation’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) soared hugely from $634.3-million to... 

Gary Lane is also a director of SiMine
Value Driver Tree case study covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Miners draw the short straw with govt assistance

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th July 2021 The Productivity Commission’s latest Trade and Assistance Review has shown that Australian mining had received the least assistance during 2019-20 of all industries. The Australian industry received A$12.1-billion in government assistance during 2019-20, to help prevent job losses and maintain... 

Kenmare lifts production on back of strong ilmenite, titanium demand

By: Donna Slater     14th July 2021 LSE-listed titanium minerals and zircon producer Kenmare Resources produced 43% more heavy mineral concentrate (HMC) year-on-year during the first half of this year, at 798 500 t. HMC production was 436 600 t in the second quarter, representing a 41% increase compared with the corresponding... 

Life in mining-dependent countries significantly improved – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2021 Life in mining-dependent countries has improved significantly in the 23 years leading up to 2018, with strong governance the key to improving socio-economic well-being, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) said on Wednesday. A report that analysed 41 social metrics grouped under... 

A picture of the CEO of the International Coiuncil on Mining and Metals
ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan

Caerus, Jubilee decide to start immediate pilot sampling programme

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th July 2021 London-listed firms Caerus Mineral Resources and Jubilee Metals Group have committed to an immediate pilot sampling and investigation programme guided by Jubilee’s protocols and delivered initially by Caerus staff in the coming weeks. This is being undertaken under the terms of a previously... 

Rio Tinto says RBM mine to remain closed as some concerns yet to be resolved

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th July 2021 Diversified miner Rio Tinto’s South African subsidiary Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) has confirmed there are still “fundamental milestones” that must be met before its operations, in KwaZulu-Natal, can be resumed. This follows after the mineral sands mining company suspended operations on June... 

WA miners contributed A$83bn to economy in 2019/20 - survey

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th July 2021 A new survey by the Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) for Western Australia has found that the state’s mining, oil and gas, energy and contractor industries contributed a direct A$83-billion to Australia’s economy in 2019-20 and directly provided more than 94 000 full-time jobs. The survey... 

RBM to resume operations, to reserve 50% of general worker jobs for community members 

By: Yvonne Silaule     9th July 2021 Mineral sands miner Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) has agreed to reserve 50% of its currently available general worker jobs for members of the Sokhulu community. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala on July 8 said RBM would resume operations on July 12. 

An image of Richards Bay Minerals' operations in South Africa

Detection device useful in African exploration

By: Darren Parker     9th July 2021 German environmental technology company InterEnviroCon’s spectrometric device for the detection of rare-earth oxides is useful in African mining and exploration because it can be successfully operated by less qualified personnel while relaying detailed information for expert analysts. Samples... 

SPECTOMETRIC DETECTION The special design of the device features a bendable measuring head with a diameter of 15 cm
SPECTOMETRIC DETECTION The special design of the device features a bendable measuring head with a diameter of 15 cm

MRC raises funds for SA and Norwegian projects

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th July 2021 ASX-listed Mineral Commodities (MRC) will raise A$10.6-million through a share placement and fully underwritten non-renounceable rights issue to fund work at its Tormin mineral sands project, in South Africa, and at its Skaland graphite operation, in Norway. The company said on Monday that it... 

Mining vital to economy, can help guide country's path – President 

By: Martin Creamer     5th July 2021 Mining is vital to the South African economy and the opportunities that exist in mining can help guide the country’s path to a more inclusive and equitable economy, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated on Monday. Writing in his From the Desk of the President column, Ramaphosa placed mineral and... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Manufacturer invests in autonomy research

By: Halima Frost     2nd July 2021 As part of a continuous effort to optimise payload and improve customers’ profit margins, while decreasing emissions and impact on the environment, South African earthmoving equipment provider Bell Equipment has invested heavily in research and development in its drive toward realising full... 

GOLDEN MACHINES
Bell Equipment aims to maximise the efficacy of its articulated dump trucks to eventually attain a 'golden lap'
GOLDEN MACHINES Bell Equipment aims to maximise the efficacy of its articulated dump trucks to eventually attain a 'golden lap'

Trommels, feeders for surface mining available

By: Halima Frost     2nd July 2021 The MDS static and mobile trommels, as well as the apron feeders, of South Africa-based equipment supplier BLT World are compatible with the crushers, feeders, recycling and other screening plants in South African surface mining operations. “Our customers in the mining sector have shown a... 

BEAT THE DRUM
The MDS trommels offered by BLT World have drums which can accommodate three different screen sizes
BEAT THE DRUM The MDS trommels offered by BLT World have drums which can accommodate three different screen sizes

Iron-ore drives Aus exports to record highs

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th June 2021 New data from the Office of the Chief Economist has estimated that Australia’s resources and energy exports would reach a record A$310-billion in 2020-21, with nearly half of the earnings coming from iron-ore alone. Exports are expected to increase further to A$334-billion in 2021-22, before... 

Iron-ore drives Aus exports to record highs

Ukraine to auction titanium and zirconium miner in August

By: Reuters     22nd June 2021 Ukraine plans to auction Europe's largest titanium and zirconium miner, United Mining and Chemical Company (UMCC), on August 31, the head of its state property fund said on Tuesday. If UMCC is sold, it will be the first successful privatisation auction of a large state-owned enterprise since a... 

Commodity price risk a top concern - KPMG

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd June 2021 A risk assessment for the Australian mining sector has placed commodity price risk as the major concern faced by miners, advisory firm KPMG said on Tuesday. In its latest Australian Mining Risk Forecast, KPMG Australia’s newly appointed head of mining, Nick Harridge said that the rise in demand... 

Commodity price risk a top concern - KPMG

Greenland’s Dundas mine jumps final regulatory hurdle

By: Mariaan Webb     17th June 2021 The Dundas ilmenite project, in Greenland, has been received its final government-level approval required before construction can start, with the approval of its exploitation and closure plan. The government in December awarded an exploitation licence for the project, which London-listed Bluejay... 

Greenland’s Dundas mine jumps final regulatory hurdle

300-plus vehicle fleets assessed for cleaner, safer mine mobility in five regions – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2021 As part of the cleaner, safer vehicles initiative of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), more than 300 vehicle fleets have been assessed for cleaner, safer mobility on more than 300 mines in five regions globally, ICMM health, safety and product stewardship director Sarah Bell... 

ICMM health, safety and product stewardship director Sarah Bell
International Council on Mining and Metals’ Sarah Bell interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Allow geologists from surrounding African countries to boost SA's exploration rebirth, top explorer advises  

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2021 Exploration geologists from surrounding countries should be allowed into South Africa to boost exploration. That is the view of Exploration Geology Consultants exploration manager Thinus Jordaan, who believes that South Africa’s planned exploration thrust should focus on commodities required in... 

Exploration Geology Consultants exploration manager Thinus Jordaan
Exploration manager Thinus Jordaan interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mining firms with higher ESG ratings outperform market – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2021 Mining companies with higher environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings outperformed the broader market during the peak of the Covid-19 crisis, delivering 34% average total shareholder return over the past three years — ten percentage points higher than the general market index,  PwC... 

PwC Africa mining leader Andries Rossouw
PwC Mine 2021 Report covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd
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