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University of Fort Hare Vice-Chancellor Professor Sakhela Buhlungu (left) and South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Global gold mining major highlights academic partnership with South Africa’s Fort Hare
21st June 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The University of Fort Hare, where the offspring of mineworkers were the first graduates, has agreed a R12.5-million, initial ten-year academic partnership with gold mining major AngloGold Ashanti,... 


Orion, Thungela, Richards Bay Minerals make headlines
Orion, Thungela, Richards Bay Minerals make headlines
21st June 2024

Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses South Africa becoming one of the world’s most compelling short-term investment stories, which is good news for Orion Minerals; Thungela Resources being... 


Marula finalising arrangement for first sales from Blesberg project
20th June 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Africa-focused battery metals investment and exploration company Marula Mining’s executive management team is finalising the outstanding logistics and export arrangements for the initial 500 t of... 


Richards Bay Minerals GM for Growth Strategy Bradley Reddy.
Fast-greening Richards Bay Minerals now eyeing on-site renewables, storage, aggregation
19th June 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Energy-intensive Richards Bay Minerals (RBM), which consumes an average of 1.8 terawatts of power a year, was able to secure its latest 140 MW wind energy power purchase agreement (PPA) in six... 


Sierra Rutile reports Area 1 fatality
19th June 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

ASX-listed Sierra Rutile has suspended operations at a part of Area 1, Sierra Leone, to conduct a review into the death of a worker on site on Monday. Expressing the company’s condolences, MD... 


MRG enters into JV with Sinowin to develop mineral sands projects in Mozambique
13th June 2024 By: Darren Parker

ASX-listed MRG Metals has entered into a binding joint venture (JV) agreement with Chinese mineral investment companies Sinowin Lithium and Sinowin Lithium Cobalt (SLC) to develop its Mozambique... 


AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.
Reserve Bank concern about decline of public markets welcome development – Miller
12th June 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The concern that South Africa’s Reserve Bank expressed last week on the state of this country’s public markets is seen as a welcome development by AmaranthCX director and public market promoter... 


Image kicks off preliminary works at WA mineral sands project
11th June 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

ASX-listed Image Resources has started minor, or preliminary work activities at its Atlas mineral sands project, north of Perth in Western Australia. Preliminary works include the construction of... 


Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane
Minerals Council calls for collaborative relationship among govt, labour, civil society and the private sector
10th June 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

As political parties discuss the way forward in establishing a government of national unity, the Minerals Council South Africa says it and its members are advocating for a constructive,... 


Ironveld assessing options amid financing hiccup
6th June 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

London-listed Ironveld, which owns a high-purity iron, vanadium and titanium project on the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex, in Limpopo, South Africa, says it is assessing its options as it... 


From left Werner Duvenhage, James Cumming and Michael Wickins.
Richards Bay Minerals signs agreement for additional 140 MW of renewable energy
6th June 2024 By: Martin Creamer

A second renewable-energy project has been announced for heavy mineral sands extraction and refining company Richards Bay Minerals (RBM), which mines in northern KwaZulu-Natal and produces... 


NOA Trading CEO Andrew Taylor
NOA helps Tronox decarbonise its South African operations with 25-yr energy supply agreement
6th June 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Local integrated energy company NOA Group Holdings has entered into a 25-year energy supply agreement with NYSE-listed titanium dioxide pigment manufacturer Tronox Holdings for its South African... 


Need for quick exploration activity.
First call applications for R400m junior mining exploration fund close July 12
4th June 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The first call applications for the R400-million junior mining exploration fund (JMEF) close on July 12. This was stated on Tuesday in a media release issued by the Department of Mineral Resources... 


Moma mine, in Mozambique
Contractor employee dies at Kenmare’s Moma mine
3rd June 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

London-listed Kenmare Resources has reported the death of an excavator operator, who was employed by a contractor at the Moma titanium minerals mine, in Mozambique. The operator was involved in a... 


Mintek CEO Dr Molefi Motuku
Mintek titanium production technology set to improve efficiencies
31st May 2024 By: Darren Parker

National mineral research organisation Mintek’s innovative Impril process technology has achieved crucial efficiencies in titanium production, the organisation reports. Titanium oxide (TiO2) is a... 


New power contract facilitates Sierra Rutile's Area 1 restart
New power contract facilitates Sierra Rutile's Area 1 restart
30th May 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Mineral sands miner Sierra Rutile has restarted operations at Area 1 in Sierra Leone, facilitated by a new contract for additional power generation capacity. The ASX-listed company has entered... 


Sheffield ramps up production at new WA mineral sands mine
Sheffield ramps up production at new WA mineral sands mine
29th May 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Ramp up activities at the Thunderbird mineral sands mine, in Western Australia, are progressing well, with the new mine moving towards nameplate capacity, ASX-listed executive chairperson Bruce... 


Metallica puts Cape Flattery development works on hold amid takeover
Metallica puts Cape Flattery development works on hold amid takeover
23rd May 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Takeover target Metallica Minerals has suspended the majority of the planned project development works at its Cape Flattery silica project, in Queensland, citing the unsolicited, offmarket takeover... 


Enviro thumbs-up for Image’s mineral sands mine
23rd May 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

The Atlas mineral sands project, north of Perth in Western Australia, has received environmental approval, ASX-listed Image Resources reported on Thursday. The approval from Energy, Environment... 


A laptop with the Apple logo
Congo lawyers say received new evidence on Apple's minerals supply chain
22nd May 2024 By: Reuters

International lawyers representing the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo said on Wednesday new evidence gathered from whistleblowers indicates that Apple is sourcing minerals from... 


Opening Junior Indaba panel (from left) Lili Nupen, Tseliso Maqubela, Errol Smart, Mosa Mabuza, Bernard Swanepoel.
Latest cadastre agreement excites South Africa’s Junior Indaba panel
21st May 2024 By: Martin Creamer

There were expressions of excitement at the South Africa’s Junior Indaba on Tuesday when attendees at the important mining event learnt of the signing of the service-level agreement (SLA) for South... 


Premier raises £1.25m for use at its Zulu lithium, tantalum project
21st May 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

London-listed Premier African Minerals is raising about £1.25-million through the issue of about 781.25-million shares at 0.16p each. It will use the funds raised for the ongoing mining operations... 


Strandline to sell Tanzania mineral sands asset
20th May 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Australia’s Strandline Resources has agreed to sell its Tanzania mineral sands assets to a subsidiary of rare earths and mineral sands miner Shenghe Resources. Strandline will receive a total of... 


Diatreme’s Metallica takeover offer period extended
17th May 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

The new closing date for mineral sands miner Diatreme Resources’ offmarket takeover of fellow ASX-listed Metallica Minerals has been extended to June 3. Following acceptances from the two biggest... 


Congo demands international embargo on Rwandan mineral exports
16th May 2024 By: Bloomberg

The Democratic Republic of Congo called for an international embargo of metal exports from neighboring Rwanda, whose government it accuses of using rebel groups to steal its natural resources. All... 


MRC plans to sell SA mineral sands mine as focus shifts to graphite
MRC plans to sell SA mineral sands mine as focus shifts to graphite
10th May 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

ASX-listed Mineral Commodities (MRC) has announced a decision to divest its interest in the Tormin mineral sands mine in South Africa to allow the company to focus its efforts on graphite assets... 


An image showing the Moma titanium minerals mine
Kenmare paid Moz govt $30m in taxes, royalties and fees for 2023
10th May 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

London-listed Kenmare Resources paid the Mozambique government $30.56-million – made up of  $19.8-million, $10.26-million in royalties and $504 000 in fees – in 2023, the company reports in its... 


Sierra Rutile to restart Area 1 operations
Sierra Rutile to restart Area 1 operations
8th May 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

ASX-listed Sierra Rutile on Tuesday announced the planned to restart of Area 1 mining operations, pending a contract for additional power generation capacity and assuming that a new fiscal regime... 


Sierra Rutile directed to resume mining operations
Sierra Rutile directed to resume mining operations
6th May 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

The government of Sierra Leone has instructed ASX-listed Sierra Rutile to recommence mining activities in Area 1 by the end of the month. Government views Sierra Rutile’s suspension of mining at... 


Kazera nuclear permit delayed over additional requirements
2nd May 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Aim-listed Kazera Global has completed all the mechanical commissioning work required for the Whale Head Minerals heavy mineral sands project in Alexander Bay, South Africa, to proceed with final... 


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