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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... 

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... 

Mining firms with higher ESG ratings outperform market – PwC
PwC Mine 2021 Report covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd

Sheffield adjusts zircon contracts

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th June 2021 Mineral sands developer Sheffield Resources has amended three zircon/zircon concentrate offtake agreements with Kimberley Mineral Sands (KMS) over its Thunderbird project, in Western Australia. The amended agreements combined account for the sale of 170 000 t/y of zircon concentrate from the... 

Miners due better year in 2021 - report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th June 2021 New research from PwC has found that the world’s top 40 miners could report record high revenues and earnings in 2021, and the second highest net profits in 18 years. In its Mine 2021 report, PwC noted that strong commodity prices propelled market capitalisation to rise by 64% on 2019 figures to... 

Miners due better year in 2021 - report

Union says latest unrest at RBM may be final nail in the coffin

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th June 2021 Trade union Uasa has expressed concern about the dangerous situation prevailing at Richards Bay Minerals (RBM), in KwaZulu-Natal, calling for decisive action from President Cyril Ramaphosa, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, the police and provincial government. The union... 

Sustainability report shows positive progress

4th June 2021 Mineral sands miner Kenmare’s 2020 Sustainability Report, published in April, shows the company met its first public sustainability targets last year and provides illuminating information on its sustainability actions. The company, which operates the Moma titanium minerals mine in Mozambique,... 

Sustainability report shows positive progress
MICHAEL CARVILL The sustainability report is a natural progression for Kenmare

Resource statement released to tempt new investment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd June 2021 The federal government on Thursday released its first Global Resources Statement as part of its efforts to attract foreign investment and partnerships to develop Australia’s natural resources. The Global Resources Statement is the first milestone under the government’s Global Resources Strategy,... 

Resource statement released to tempt new investment

Australia poised to benefit from increased commodity demand - MCA

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd June 2021 A new report by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has shown that Australia was poised to take advantage of the predicted increase in global demand for commodities. The MCA’s Commodity Demand Outlook 2030 has predicted that seaborne iron-ore demand would rise moderately, from 1.5-billion... 

Australia poised to benefit from increased commodity demand - MCA

Pitt congratulates miners on perseverance

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd June 2021 Federal Resources Minister Keith Pitt has congratulated the resources sector on its performance during the Covid-19 pandemic and for supporting the recovery of the Australian economy while building on its reputation as a stable and reliable global supplier of minerals and energy throughout the... 

Council for Geoscience goes live with digital geoscience data

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2021 South Africa’s Council for Geoscience went live on Tuesday with making geoscience data digitally available. During a panel discussion on the first day of the Junior Indaba, Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza invited all to go on to the council’s website to find this data, the bulk of which,... 

Council for Geoscience goes live with digital geoscience data
Photo by Creamer Media
From top clockwise, ENSafrica COO Otsile Matlou, Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart, DMRE DG Advocate Thabo Mokoena and AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.

Tender for new modern cadastre system to be invited next week   

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2021 A tender for a new modern cadastre system to provide exploration information will be invited by the end of next week, Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) director-general Advocate Thabo Mokoena said on Tuesday. In his opening keynote address on initiatives to ignite the exploration... 

Tender for new modern cadastre system to be invited next week
Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Govt-Minerals Council team established to promote exploration – Mgojo  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2021 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMRE) and Minerals Council South Africa have established a task team to promote exploration, outgoing Minerals Council president Mxolisi Mgojo said on Wednesday. The exploration task team, Mgojo said during his address to the council’s 131st annual general... 

Govt-Minerals Council team established to promote exploration – Mgojo
Minerals Council South Africa AGM covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Nolitha Fakude first woman mining industry president in 131 years 

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2021 The board members of Minerals Council South Africa on Wednesday elected the first female president in 131 years. New president Nolitha Fakude, a former Minerals Council VP who is the chairperson of Anglo American South Africa, said she would be focusing on ensuring that mining contributes... 

Nolitha Fakude first woman mining industry president in 131 years
Top right, clockwise are Nolitha Fakude, Paul Dunne, Peter Steenkamp and Themba Mkhwanazi.

RBM confirms death of GM

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th May 2021 Mineral sands producer Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) has confirmed that its operational services GM Nico Swart was fatally shot on his way to work on May 24. The company says Swart sustained injuries after the shooting incident, and it is offering all the necessary support, counselling and... 

Bluejay says Greenland Minister reaffirmed support for mining

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st May 2021 Aim-, FSE-listed and QTCQB-traded Bluejay Mining CEO Bo Stensgard said on Friday that he had held a positive meeting with Greenland’s mining Minister, who was appointed following the recent general election in that country. Housing, Infrastructure, Mineral Resources and Gender Equality Minister... 

Iluka looks at suspending ops in Sierra Leone

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th May 2021 Mineral sands miner Iluka Resources has announced plans to temporarily suspend its Sierra Rutile operations, in Sierra Leone. The ASX-listed miner on Thursday told shareholders that it had provided the government of Sierra Leone with six months notice of its intention to suspend operations,... 

Hire jobless geologists to capture much-needed exploration data – LEI   

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2021 A strong call for unemployed geology graduates to be contracted to capture historic exploration data electronically has been made by Letaba Elihle Investments (LEI) principal geology consultant Siphelele (Siphe) Ntshangase. In a Zoom interview with Mining Weekly Ntshangase also called on South... 

Hire jobless geologists to capture much-needed exploration data – LEI
LEI Principal Geology Consultant Siphelele Ntshangase interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

PPC Lime’s new owners to focus on developing markets, community wellbeing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th May 2021 The new owner of PPC Lime, Kgatelopele Lime, will focus on developing new markets for its product and expanding its customer base. Kgatelopele is a consortium made up of mineral resources trader IMR Resources South Africa, mining-focused investment holding companies Kolobe Nala Investment Lime... 

PPC Lime’s new owners to focus on developing markets, community wellbeing
PPC Lime manufacturing facility, in the Northern Cape

Offtake eyed at Beharra

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th May 2021 Silica Sand explorer Perpetual Resources has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China’s Guangdong Qinyin New Material Technology Co over the purchase of some 400 000 t/y of high grade silica sand from the Beharra project, in Western Australia. Under the MoU the parties would... 

Aus working on resource export strategy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th May 2021 The federal government has announced a A$20-million investment into a Global Resources Strategy, to help diversify exports and find new markets for Australia’s resources and Technology. Resources, Water and Northern Australia Minister Keith Pitt on Friday said that the aim of the new strategy is... 

Northern Australia targeted for economic growth

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th May 2021 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the federal government’s intentions to invest A$190-million over the next five years as part of its growth plans for the region. Minsiter for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, Keith Pitt, announced the major investment package which was... 

Strandline pulls the trigger at Coburn

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th May 2021 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources has taken a final investment decision on it’s a$338-million Coburn project, in Western Australia. Construction on the project will start immediately, and first production is scheduled for the second half of 2022. Construction is expected to create... 

Coburn EPC contract awarded

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th April 2021 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources has appointed fellow-listed NRW Holdings Group’s subsidiary, Primero, to build the processing facilities at its Coburn mineral sands project, in Western Australia. The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract is worth some... 

Mining policy should be hugely supportive of exploration’s multiplier magic – investor  

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2021 Mining, preceded by exploration, is the greatest economic multiplier of all business activities, including government expenditure, says Integral Asset Management chief investment officer Bruce Williamson. It therefore makes huge sense for government to enact attractive investment-friendly... 

Mining policy should be hugely supportive of exploration’s multiplier magic – investor
Integral Asset Management CIO Bruce Williamson interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Strandline puts LNG in place for Coburn

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th April 2021 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources has finalised a liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply agreement for its Coburn project, in Western Australia. The ASX-listed company on Tuesday announced that it had inked a ten-year LNG supply agreement with a joint venture (JV) between energy major... 

Mine safety key to higher copper production, says First Quantum

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th April 2021 Strong safety guidelines and training at mines across Zambia must be implemented with the seriousness they deserve to avoid workplace accidents, says global metals and mining company First Quantum Minerals (FQM) government relations specialist Dr Godwin Beene. Speaking ahead of World Day for... 

Nova taking steps to acquire outstanding KAZ Minerals shares

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th April 2021 Aim-listed Nova Resources (Bidco) has announced that, as at April 23, it had received valid acceptances of the final increased offer in respect of a total of 266.7-million KAZ Minerals shares, representing about 56.43% of the existing issued share capital of KAZ Minerals and about 93.07% of the... 

Kenmare settles into higher output numbers after plant relocation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th April 2021 London-listed Kenmare Resources says it is seeing an uptick in production as the relocated Wet Concentrator Plant B settles into operation at the Pilivili site, at the Moma titanium minerals mine, in Mozambique. The move of the plant started from the Namalope orezone to Pilivili in the third... 

Exploration industry has tight deadline to comment on controversial draft regulations  

By: Martin Creamer     9th April 2021 South Africa’s exploration industry has until April 19 to comment on controversial regulations still in draft form. “They’ve never consulted industry about it and what they are requesting is impractical,” says Allan Saad, a consulting exploration geologist, who formerly represented the now... 

Exploration industry has tight deadline to comment on controversial draft regulations
Consulting exploration geologist Allan Saad interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Trilogy Metals to undertake more than 14 000 m of drilling at its UKMP this year

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th April 2021 TSX-listed Trilogy Metals reports that activities at its Upper Kobuk Mineral Projects (UKMP) for the 2021 field season will include 7 600 m of drilling at the Arctic project, with the focus on extracting additional material for metallurgical work and for the conversion of mineral resources into... 

Value of iridium in electrolysis could top R90bn mark in years ahead – HySA 

By: Martin Creamer     7th April 2021 The value of iridium for proton exchange membrane (PEM) water electrolysis technology alone could exceed R90-billion in the next ten to 20 years. This is the view of Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence: Hydrogen... 

Value of iridium in electrolysis could top R90bn mark in years ahead – HySA
Value chain as outlined by Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence.

Canadian underground mining likely to take hydrogen ventilation lead – HySA 

By: Martin Creamer     6th April 2021 Canadian and Australian mines are big on wanting hydrogen ventilation in underground mining operations, and Canada will likely lead in the use of hydrogen underground. This is the view of Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of... 

Canadian underground mining likely to take hydrogen ventilation lead – HySA
Hydrogen South Africa hydrogen ventilation research site in North West.

Strandline settles bond issue

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th April 2021 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources has completed the settlement of a $60-million bond issue to partly fund the development of its Coburn mineral sands project, in Western Australia. The bond proceeds, along with a A$150-million loan facility from the Northern Australia Infrastructure... 

How South Africa can unlock its exploration potential ­– Adrian Reynolds   

By: Martin Creamer     1st April 2021 Of four factors required to attract investment in exploration, economic and fiscal stability is the most important, says highly experienced geological and mining consultant and nonexecutive company director Adrian Reynolds. Reynolds spoke to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview about the factors... 

How South Africa can unlock its exploration potential ­– Adrian Reynolds
Geological and mining consultant Adrian Reynolds interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

PFS concludes Kwale North is not viable, Base reports

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st April 2021 African mineral sands producer Base Resources is assessing the potential of mining only a subset of the North Dune and Bumamani deposits at its mineral sands operations in Kenya, after a prefeasibility study (PFS) concluded that it is not viable to mine the entirety of these deposits. This is... 

Strandline raises its first A$89m

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st March 2021 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources has successfully completed the share placement and institutional component of its entitlement offer. The company on Wednesday said that the institutional component of its 1-for-1.3 fully underwritten pro-rata accelerated non-renounceable entitlement... 

Aus resource exports strong despite Covid

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th March 2021 Despite the restrictions brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, Australian resource exports are expected to reach a record A$296-billion in 2020/21, and will remain strong over the next five years, the latest Resources and Energy Quarterly from the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and... 

Aus resource exports strong despite Covid

Strandline sets cap for A$122m raise

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th March 2021 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources has launched a 1-for-1.3 pro-rata accelerated non-renounceable entitlement offer and institutional placement with the aim of raising A$122-million. The ASX-listed company on Monday said that up to 402-million ordinary shares would be up for offer... 

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