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Mineral Sands News

Further delay in Haib licence court case

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th April 2022 TSX-V-listed Deep-South Resources reports that the legal counsel for the Namibia Ministry of Mines and Energy has been late to file its defence affidavit and has requested an extension of ten days to file its affidavit with regard to the review of the decision of the Minister to deny the renewal... 

ITSCI says Global Witness report lacks balance, evidence

By: Schalk Burger     27th April 2022 Responsible mineral supply chains scheme ITSCI has expressed concern about a "lack of balance and evidence" in a report released this week by human rights nongovernmental organisation Global Witness. In the report, Global Witness said it had uncovered evidence that ITSCI may enable the laundering... 

RBM commits R5m to support flood relief efforts in KZN

By: Darren Parker     22nd April 2022 Titanium dioxide mining company Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) and its parent company Rio Tinto have announced the commitment of R5-million towards supporting relief efforts in KwaZulu-Natal, following the devastation caused by the recent flooding in the region that killed more than 400 people. “The... 

President Ramaphosa to deliver keynote address at Mining Indaba 2022

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver a keynote address at the 2022 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which takes place in Cape Town from May 9 to 12. The attendance of Ramaphosa, who will speak on Tuesday, May 10, signals the continued importance of mining to the South African economy as a... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Kenmare notes continuing strong demand for its products

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2022 London-listed Kenmare Resources, which operates the Moma titanium minerals mine, in northern Mozambique, saw strong market conditions for all of its products continue during the quarter ended March 31, supported by low inventories in the global supply chain, MD Michael Carvill says in a... 

Greater fuel cell adoption would be a massive boost for South Africa’s platinum group metals  

By: Martin Creamer     13th April 2022 The enactment by more governments of policies to enable greater hydrogen fuel cell mobility would be a massive boost for South Africa’s platinum group metals (PGMs) sector, Mining Weekly can today report. Adoption of hydrogen fuel cell mobility has already been significantly enabled by the German... 

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PGMs Industry Day webinar covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

WA posts bumper resource year

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th April 2022 Western Australia’s resources industry was worth a record A$230-billion in revenue in 2021, the state government revealed this week. Resources sales for 2021 were up 30%, or A$53-billion, from 2020, based on the latest annual data released by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and... 

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Iluka to spin-out Sierra Rutile

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th April 2022 Mineral sands miner Iluka on Wednesday announced plans to demerge its Sierra Rutile operations, in Sierra Leone, into a separately listed ASX-listed company. The demerger would be subject to shareholder and other approvals, Iluka said. 

Clients planning to close many renewable energy project deals this year – Nedbank CIB  

By: Martin Creamer     11th April 2022 While Africa is blessed with great natural sun and wind resources, it has about 600-million people living without access to electricity, which is one of the biggest impediments to the continent’s economic growth. Renewable energy is available to put an end to this impediment, as it can provide... 

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Nedbank CIB Group Managing Executive Anél Bosman interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Kenmare makes good progress on sustainably initiatives

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th April 2022 Aim-listed Kenmare Resources’ Climate Policy has been approved by its board and its ambition to be net-zero by 2040 is now established. Kenmare on April 8 published its Sustainability Report and its inaugural Climate Strategy Report for the year ended December 31, 2021. 

Firm looks to support mining entrants

8th April 2022 West Africa is now attracting attention for battery minerals mining with a renewed interest likely to draw in explorers and miners of various sizes and capabilities, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting Ghana country manager and principal resource geologist Ivan Doku. He adds... 

Modular treatment plant ideal for African mines

8th April 2022 Water and wastewater treatment solutions provider WEC Projects, in conjunction with its partner, minerals processing equipment manufacturer Multotec, has designed and custom engineered a wastewater treatment plant for a gold mine in Mali. The plant incorporates a modular design which simplified... 

A wastewater treatment plant for a gold mine in Mali, with large blue water tanks and pipe reticulation for the gold mine that uses the water
MODULAR MALI A modular wastewater treatment plant has been designed and commissioned for a gold mine in Mali

AfriTin publishes lithium, tantalum production targets

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2022 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining has released its five-year growth strategy, which includes enlarging its footprint in Namibia through existing operations and new mining locations. The company also plans on developing multiple technology metals concentrates, with plans to produce lithium, tantalum and... 

Strandline raises A$50m to fund growth

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th April 2022 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources will raise A$50-million through a share placement to institutional, sophisticated and professional investors to fund its growth aspirations. The ASX-listed company on Wednesday announced that it would issue some 116.3-million shares, at a price of... 

Green finance taxonomy to help investors make green project decisions – law firm 

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2022 South Africa’s first green finance taxonomy will help investors and financial institutions make more informed decisions on ‘green’ projects, say Webber Wentzel’s Patrick Heron and Joon Chong. Heron and Chong describe the taxonomy, launched by National Treasury last Friday, as an official... 

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Sovereign Metals discovers largest natural rutile deposit in Malawi

By: Donna Slater     5th April 2022 With an updated mineral resource estimate, rutile and graphite miner Sovereign Metals reports that its Malawi-based Kasiya deposit has become the largest in the world with an 1.8-billion tonnes of indicated and inferred resource at 1.01% rutile, which is more than double the contained rutile as... 

Strandline weighs bigger operation at Coburn

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th April 2022 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources has initiated a scoping study to potentially increase the production rate of its Coburn mineral sands project, in Western Australia, by 50%. The current plans would see Coburn operate at a throughput rate 23.4-million tonnes a year, over a mine life... 

Australia's energy exports on the rise - report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th April 2022 Australia’s resources and energy export earnings are forecast to surge to a record high A$425-billion for 2021-22. Minister for Resources and Water Keith Pitt said the latest forecast, from the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources’ March 2022 edition of the Resources and Energy... 

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Critical minerals, infrastructure and jobs big takers in Budget

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th March 2022 The Australian resources sector has welcomed the government’s investment initiatives unveiled in the 2022-23 Budget. The 2022-23 Budget measures include a A$200-million spend over five years for the Critical Minerals Accelerator Initiative, and a A$50.5-million spend over three years for a... 

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New study cuts Thunderbird costs

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th March 2022 A new bankable feasibility study (BFS) into the Thunderbird mineral sands project, in Western Australia, has simplified the process flowsheet, resulting in lower capital costs and reduced margins. ASX-listed Sheffield Resources on Thursday reported that joint venture vehicle Kimberley Mineral... 

Kenmare raises dividend following strong 2021 performance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd March 2022 London-listed Kenmare Resources has posted an exceptional 227% increase in its dividend for the year ended December 31, 2021, to $32-million, or $0.32 apiece. This compares with a dividend of $0.10 apiece posted in 2020.  

Kenmare's Moma Titanium Minerals mine, in Mozambique
Kenmare's Moma Titanium Minerals mine, in Mozambique

Tronox signs PPA for 200 MW of solar power for its South African operations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd March 2022 NYSE-listed titanium dioxide pigment manufacturer Tronox Holdings has entered into a long-term power purchase agreement with independent power producer SOLA Group to provide 200 MW of solar power to Tronox's mines and smelters in South Africa. The renewable energy project is expected to be... 

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Sovereign study confirms natural rutile as a low-emission titanium feedstock

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd March 2022 ASX- and Aim-listed Sovereign Metals says natural rutile used as a titanium feedstock could significantly reduce Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions for the titanium pigment industry. Titanium feedstock is a key component of various industrial and consumer products; therefore, using natural rutile as a... 

Cape Flattery to cost A$79m

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st March 2022 A prefeasibility study (PFS) into the Cape Flattery silica sands project, in North Queensland, has estimated that the project would require a capital investment of A$79.4-million. ASX-listed Metallica Minerals on Monday revealed that the project would produce some 1.35-million tonnes a year of... 

New development phase at Tronox’s Fairbreeze mine to move ahead this year 

By: Darren Parker     17th March 2022 Titanium dioxide miner Tronox KZN Sands’ Fairbreeze mine, near Richards Bay, in Kwazulu-Natal, is planning to start a new development phase to extend the mine’s life. Speaking to Mining Weekly on March 17, Tronox KZN Sands Fairbreeze mine site director Shalen Poorun said work on the new... 

Rehabilitation under way at Fairbreeze mine
Rehabilitation under way at Fairbreeze mine

Now’s the time for full energy freedom, says green hydrogen stalwart Andrew Forrest 

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2022 Let’s give energy sovereignty to the world. Renewable energy is everywhere. Every country can produce it. Now is the time to capture it, and have full energy freedom, enthused Fortescue Metals Group nonexecutive chairperson Andrew Forrest, while being interviewed by CNN anchor Christiane... 

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Fortescue Metals Group nonexecutive chairperson Andrew Forrest (right), being interviewed by CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour.

Tronox hands over LED projects to local community

By: Darren Parker     14th March 2022 Mineral sands miner Tronox South Africa last week handed over four local economic development (LED) projects to local communities surrounding its Fairbreeze project near Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal. Tronox and its partners have now completed 14 LED projects, all of which were carried out using... 

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Sheffield sells McCalls for A$12m

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th March 2022 ASX-listed Sheffield Resources has struck a A$12-million deal with fellow-listed Image Resources to divest of its McCalls mineral sands project, in Western Australia. McCalls contains mineral resources estimated at 5.8-billion tonnes at 1.4% total heavy minerals (THM) for 84-million tonnes... 

Miner celebrates record year in production, safety

By: Cameron Mackay     11th March 2022 Last year was exceptional for mineral sands miner Kenmare Resources in terms of safety, production and sales. Kenmare Resources MD Michael Carvill enthuses that many factors contributed to this success in 2021, citing the quality of the Moma titanium deposit, in Mozambique, the growth programme... 

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AFRICAN MILESTONE Moving WCP B 23 km by road in one piece represents the largest transportation of a piece of mining equipment in Africa to date

Miner capitalises on strong price environment

By: Cameron Mackay     11th March 2022 Heavy minerals miner Base Resources is aiming to maintain efficient mining at its Kwale mineral sands mining operation, in Kenya, so that it can capitalise on a strong price environment. “Our Kwale Operation has been consistent since we began mining in 2013, and this enables us and our customers... 

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AFRICAN EXPLORATION Base Resources is pursuing several near-mine and regional exploration opportunities

Company begins producing, selling rutile

By: Cameron Mackay     11th March 2022 Heavy mineral sands miner PYX Resources started production and sales activity of natural rutile from its Mandiri deposit in central Kalimantan, in Indonesia, in January. The rutile is being sold to customers in the country as a by-product of PYX’s primary zircon production operation. 

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VITAL MINERALS Rutile is being sold as a by-product of PYX’s primary zircon production, while production and sale of leucoxene and ilmenite will follow later this year

Suspect arrested for murder of Richards Bay Minerals community leader

By: News24Wire      9th March 2022 Police have made a breakthrough in the July 2020 murder of a community leader linked to the Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) company. A 40-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with the murder that took place at the Richards Bay Mall in 2020. 

Coal leading Australian resource exports - ABS

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th March 2022 The latest trade data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has shown that coal continued to lead the surge in Australia’s export earnings for January. The ABS’ International Trade in Goods and Services data for January 2022 shows total resources and energy exports were worth... 

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ESG slowing down as energy transition highlights mining as indispensable – RMF  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd March 2022 The energy transition is highlighting mining as an indispensable industry, said Responsible Mining Foundation (RMF) CEO Hélène Piaget in opening a webinar on 'Responsible Mining Index (RMI) Report 2022', which reports a slowdown in economic, environmental, social and governance (ESG). “Yet there... 

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Responsible Mining Foundation report covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Bluejay’s Greenland ilmenite project receives European backing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd March 2022 The European Raw Material Alliance (ERMA) has announced its official support for Bluejay Mining’s Dundas project, enabling it to secure supply of ilmenite from the Greenland project for end users in the European Union (EU). This, the company said on Wednesday, would aid the creation of a secure... 

Record revenues for Base

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th February 2022 ASX- and Aim-listed Base Resources has reported record first half revenues as mineral sands prices continued to rise. Revenue for the first half of 2022 was up by 44% on the previous corresponding period, reaching $104.6-million following increased production and an 18% increase in average... 

Iluka posts stellar results as demand rises

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th February 2022 Mineral sands miner Iluka has reported an increase in revenue and net profits after tax for the 2021 financial year, on the back of increased demand. Mineral sands revenue for the full year ending December was up 57% on 2020, to $1.4-billion, while underlying net profits after tax increased by... 

USGS finalises 2022 list of 50 ‘critical minerals’

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd February 2022 The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has published its final list of 50 mineral commodities critical to the US economy and national security, updating the 2018 list that contained fewer commodities. New additions to the list include nickel and zinc, while helium, potash, rhenium and... 

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