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Mineral Sands News

Boonanarring delivers first revenue

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th January 2019 ASX-listed Image Resources has received the first revenue from its Boonanarring mineral sands project, in Western Australia, after loading its first bulk shipment of 10 000 t of heavy mineral concentrate. The concentrate will be shipped to China s part of an offtake agreement with Shantou... 

Mantashe to engage Xolobeni community  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th January 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe will once again engage with the Xolobeni community on Wednesday to try to find suitable solutions to an impasse over the awarding of mining rights in the Xolobeni area of the Eastern Cape. Following the Minister’s last meeting with the Amadiba Crisis... 

Mantashe to engage Xolobeni community
Photo by Dylan Slater
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Sheffield starts search for Thunderbird partner

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th January 2019 Mineral sands developer Sheffield Resources has started the hunt for a development partner for its Thunderbird project, in Western Australia. The company on Monday announced the appointment of global investment bank UBS AG, which will assist Sheffield in considering third party strategic... 

Kenmare meets production guidance for third consecutive year

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th January 2019 London-listed Kenmare Resources, which operates the Moma titanium minerals mine, in Mozambique, achieved its production guidance for a third consecutive year in 2018 – delivering 1.37-million tonnes of heavy minerals concentrate. The company produced 958 500 t of ilmenite and 48 400 t of primary... 

Xolobeni youth distances itself from Mantashe ban, wants Minister to visit the village 

By: African News Agency      10th January 2019 Xolobeni youths have distanced themselves from the Amadiba Crisis Committee's (ACC's) announcement that mineral resources minister, Gwede Mantashe, was not welcome at the volatile Eastern Cape village.  On Tuesday the ACC reiterated that Mantashe was not welcome in Xolobeni after the minister... 

Nautilus, Deep Sea Mining Finance extend loan facility maturity date

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th January 2019 Nautilus Minerals and Deep Sea Mining Finance have agreed to extend the maturity date of the existing secured loan facility, which is currently due on January 8, for 30 days to February 8. Nautilus is currently in discussions with an arm’s length party to secure a $5-million loan. 

Athabasca appoints new COO

By: Simone Liedtke     8th January 2019 Dana Archibald has been appointed COO of TSX-V-listed Athabasca Minerals, pending approval by the TSX-V. He joins Athabasca as a key executive leader, supporting CEO Robert Beekhuizen in managing the performance of existing operations and realising the corporation’s growth in its project... 

Mayur finds funding for Orokolo Bay

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th January 2019 ASX-listed Mayur Resources has secured up to $25-million in funding from China Titanium Resources Holdings to develop its Orokolo Bay industrial mineral sands project, in the Gulf of Papua. In exchange for the funding, China Titanium Resources will be given a 49% stake in Mayur subsidiary MR... 

Strandline appoints Fungoni financier

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd January 2019 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources has selected African mining financier Nedbank CIB as the lead arranger and underwriter for a $26-million project finance facility for its Fungoni project, in Tanzania. The facility will account for the majority of the $32-million required to develop... 

Xolobeni community bans Mantashe for appealing right to say no to mining

By: African News Agency      13th December 2018 The Amadiba Crisis Committee said on Thursday that Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe was not welcome at the Xolobeni community anymore after it received his application for leave to appeal the court's judgement for the community's right to say no to mining in their area.  Last month, the... 

Enable meaningful participation, pleads Women in Mining chair  

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2018 The Mining Charter has significant room for improvement to enable meaningful participation of women in mining, says Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA) chairperson Lindiwe Nakedi. Soweto-born Nakedi, who owns Gubhani Exploration – a surface exploration drilling company that is currently the only... 

Enable meaningful participation, pleads Women in Mining chair
Women in Mining chairperson and Gubhani Exploration MD Lindiwe Nakedi talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater.

Xolobeni judgment to be appealed 

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th December 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe confirmed on Wednesday that he was going to appeal the Xolobeni judgment of the Pretoria High Court. That judgment, in November, held that the Mineral Resources Minister could not award a mining right at Xolobeni (in the Wild Coast region of the Eastern... 

Xolobeni judgment to be appealed
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Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Opinion: More conversations needed to confront the violence of mining in South Africa

6th December 2018 In this opinion article Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection’s Dr Salimah Valiani argues that only in identifying, embracing and engaging in the heated debates underlying the tensions in South African mining can the country move on collectively from violence to a shared vision of the... 

Opinion: More conversations needed to confront the violence of mining in South Africa
Mistra senior researcher Dr Salimah Valiani

Innovate and generate cash at same time – Dassault Systèmes Geovia  

By: Martin Creamer     5th December 2018 The objectives of innovating and generating cash are not mutually incompatible and can be achieved at multiple levels simultaneously, says Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand, who was in Johannesburg to showcase the French company’s suite of advanced three-dimensional (3D) software.... 

Innovate and generate cash at same time – Dassault Systèmes Geovia
Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand spoke to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on new mining technology. Video: Christo Greyling. Photogaphs: Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater.

Production ramp-up at Boonanarring starts

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th December 2018 Production ramp-up at the Boonanarring mineral sands project, in Western Australia, has started. ASX-listed Image Resources said on Tuesday that the completion of wet commissioning and the start of production ramp-up at Boonanarring presented another development milestone for the project. 

Iluka resumes operations at Sierra Leone rutile mine as strike ends

By: Reuters     3rd December 2018 Mineral sands miner Iluka Resources resumed operations at its Sierra Leone project, Sierra Rutile, on Friday, after workers ended a strike that had stalled work for the last eight days, a senior union official told Reuters. The strike was the second in the past month to hit Sierra Rutile, one of... 

Iluka hopeful of resolving Sierra Leone strike as President intervenes

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th November 2018 Mineral sands miner Iluka on Wednesday reported a second strike at its Sierra Leone operations in as many months, but said that it was hopeful of restarting mining within the next few days, after the country’s President intervened to find a solution. President Julius Maada Bio has established a... 

Image starts stockpiling at port

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th November 2018 ASX-listed Image Resources has started the transport of heavy mineral concentrate from its Boonanarirng mineral sands project, in Western Australia, to the Bnbury port area for storage, prior to ship loading. The Boonanarring project produced its first heavy mineral concentrate earlier this... 

Exxaro grants Tronox option to buy 24% stake 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th November 2018 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources has granted NYSE-listed mining and inorganic chemicals company Tronox the option to buy Exxaro's remaining 24% interest in Tronox. Exxaro in 2012 merged its mineral sands operations with those of Tronox. It held about 38.5% of Tronox following the merger but... 

Permitting for Dundas now in final stretch – Bluejay

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd November 2018 The permitting phase of the world’s highest grade ilmenite sands project has entered its final phase, with an environmental impact assessment (EIA) having been submitted and a social-impact assessment (SIA) nearing completion. The optimised prefeasibility study (PFS) for the Dundas project would... 

High Court rules in favour of Eastern Cape community in historic mining rights case

By: News24Wire      22nd November 2018 The Mineral Resources Minister will have to obtain full and formal consent from the Xolobeni community prior to granting mining rights, the North Gauteng High Court ordered on Thursday. The Amadiba Crisis Committee launched a court battle against the Department of Mineral Resources and Australian... 

Mantashe to engage Amadiba Crisis Committee around Xolobeni mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th November 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe will, on Saturday, host a meeting, in Mbizana, in the Eastern Cape, with the Amadiba Crisis Committee and its legal representatives to discuss the Xolobeni matter. During a previous engagement with the Minister, Amadiba made a presentation against... 

Major milestones struck at Thunderbird

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th November 2018 Mineral sands developer Sheffield Resources has awarded a A$336-million fixed-price, lump sum engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to fellow-listed GR Engineering to design and construct its Thunderbird mineral processing plant, as well as the supporting infrastructure, in... 

Chinese heavy mineral sands project in Mozambique will soon start production

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th November 2018 The start of the exploitation of heavy mineral sands in the Chibuto district, in Mozambique’s south-western province of Gaza, was now a certainty, Mineral Resources and Energy Provincial Director Castro Elias told the Mozambican news agency AIM at the end of last month. It would, he added,... 

Strandline raises funds for project advancement

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th November 2018 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources will raise A$3-million through a share placement to institutional and sophisticated investors to fund its Fungoni project, in Tanzania, and complete a definitive feasibility study (DFS) for its Coburn project, in Western Australia. The company on... 

Fungoni economics improve on updated DFS

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st November 2018 An updated definitive feasibility study (DFS) into the Fungoni heavy mineral sands project, in Tanzania, has improved project economics. ASX-listed Strandline Resources on Thursday reported that the updated DFS estimated a pre-tax net present value of $48.7-million, up from the initial estimate... 

Sierra Rutile resumes operations

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st October 2018 Mineral sands miner Iluka Resources has restarted mining operations at its Sierra Rutile project, in Sierra Leone, following illegal strike actions at the operation. Iluka told shareholders that that the company had engaged with the United Mineworkers’ Union and the government of Sierra Leone,... 

Sierra Rutile resumes operations

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st October 2018 Mineral sands miner Iluka Resources has restarted mining operations at its Sierra Rutile project, in Sierra Leone, following illegal strike actions at the operation. Iluka told shareholders that that the company had engaged with the United Mineworkers’ Union and the government of Sierra Leone,... 

Pathfinder raises £150k

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd October 2018 London-listed Pathfinder Minerals, which seeks to mine heavy mineral sands in Mozambique, has conditionally raised £150 000 through a share subscription with new and existing investors, including nonexecutive cochairperson Simon Farrell and CEO Scott Brown. The proceeds from the subscription... 

Strike halts mining at Iluka's Sierra Leone operations

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd October 2018 Mineral sands miner Iluka has been forced to temporarily suspend mining operations at its Siera Rutile operations, in Sierra Leone, following a strike at the operation. The ASX-listed company reported on Tuesday that the unlawful strike action had been peaceful, but the decision was taken to... 

GR Engineering wins Fungoni EPC contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd October 2018 ASX-listed junior Strandline Resources has awarded fellow-listed GR Engineering Services the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the Fungoni mineral sands project, in Tanzania. The EPC contract, valued at $17.6-million, will cover a two-million-tonne-a-year processing... 

Kwale expansion delivering results for Base

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th October 2018 Minerals sands miner Base Resources has reported a 35% increase in mined tonnes during the three months to September, following the successful implementation of the Kwale Phase 2 mine optimisation project, at its operation in Kenya. The Kwale project produced a record 25 125 t of rutile and 9 683... 

Kenmare to declare maiden dividend for H1 2019; reports strong Q3 ilmenite, zircon production  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th October 2018 LSE-listed mineral sands producer Kenmare Resources on Tuesday announced its dividend policy, a watershed moment for the company, with dividends to be based on a minimum of 20% of profits after tax. Kenmare will start with an interim dividend for the first half of 2019, which will be paid in the... 

Kenmare to declare maiden dividend for H1 2019; reports strong Q3 ilmenite, zircon production
Kenmare MD Michael Carvill

Strandline to decide Coburn fate in 2019

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th October 2018 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources is expecting to take a development decision on its Coburn project, in Western Australian, during the first half of 2019, with the project potentially starting production by the second half of 2020. Strandline is in the midst of conducting a definitive... 

Potential to expand mineral sands project

12th October 2018 The latest drilling results from Australian mineral exploration and development company Strandline Resources show there is significant potential to expand its 100% owned Tanga South Tajiri mineral sands project in Tanzania. The reconnaissance drilling returned multiple intersections of high-grade... 

Potential to expand  mineral sands project
LUKE GRAHAM The latest drilling results will strengthen the economic outlook of Tajiri

Encouraging results from maiden drill

12th October 2018 The assay results from Australian mineral exploration and development company Strandline Resources maiden air-core (AC) drill programme and the second round of auger drilling at the Bagamoyo (BG) mineral sands project in Tanzania have provided the company with encouraging results. The BG-2... 

Encouraging results  from maiden drill
MINERAL RICH The Bagamoyo project is rich in various minerals, including zircon

Plea for govt to awaken to massive economic potential of mining  

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2018 A plea for the government to awaken to the massive real potential of the South African mining sector was made on Wednesday by Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac, who decried the disincentivising of South African mining over the past 20 years as an inexplicable paradox and a massive mineral policy... 

Plea for govt to awaken to massive economic potential of mining
Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on South Africa’s massive mining opportunity loss. Video, Video Editing and Photographs: Christo Greyling.

Strandline signs another offtake agreement

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd October 2018 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources has signed an offtake agreement with commodity trader Industrial Minerals and Metals (IMMCO) covering all the rutile to be produced at its Fungoni project, in Tanzania. The sale price for the rutile is based on the prevailing US-dollar market price... 

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