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Mineral Sands News

MRC reports maiden reserve at Tormin Island

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th February 2022 A maiden ore reserve of 21.8-million tonnes, at 31% total heavy minerals, containing some 6.7-million tonnes of heavy minerals, has been estimated for the Tormin mineral sands operation, in South Africa. ASX-listed Mineral Commodities (MRC) on Friday said the Tormin Inland Strand deposits... 

Red tape delaying R90bn investment in ready-to-go projects – Minerals Council 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2022 Red tape is delaying investment worth R90-billion in ready-to-go mining-related projects, at a time when the South African economy is in desperate need of such projects proceeding, to create jobs and to stimulate economic growth. Projects worth R30-billion would be able to proceed if the 4... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Directors face potential liability for climate change risks – Webber Wentzel 

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2022 Directors face potential liability if they fail to carry out their fiduciary duties to curb climate change risks and do not make complete disclosures about climate-related risks, Webber Wentzel partner Merlita Kennedy and associate Tobia Serongoane stated on Tuesday. In a release to Mining... 

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Webber Wentzel associate Tobia Serongoane (left) and partner Merlita Kennedy.

Australian resource exports rise in 2021 - ABS

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th February 2022 New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has shown that Australia’s resources and energy exports in 2021 were up almost one-third on the previous year. The ABS’ International Trade in Goods and Services data for December 2021 shows total resources and energy exports were worth... 

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South Africa urges Rio Tinto workers to report cases of discrimination

By: Reuters     3rd February 2022 South Africa's labour ministry on Thursday urged Rio Tinto workers to report instances of discrimination after the Anglo-Australian miner released an internal report detailing sexual assault, racism, and bullying across its mines. The report, which sparked calls from investors for the entire... 

South Africa needs to embrace Ubuntu principles in going green, webinar hears 

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2022 In decarbonising and going green, South Africa needs to embrace the principles of Ubuntu and show humanity towards others. That view was expressed by Gold Fields South Africa executive VP Martin Preece during the 'Decarbonisation & Going Green in the Mining Sector' webinar hosted by Creamer Media... 

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From top left, clockwise, are Abel Sakhau, Martin Preece, Jevon Martin, Nikisi Lesufi and James Mackay.

Kavango identifies strong gravity anomaly in Botswana

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st January 2022 London-listed Kavango Resources has completed a ground gravity survey over the Great Red Spot (GRS), in Target Area B of the company's Kalahari Suture Zone (KSZ) project, in Botswana, which has identified a strong gravity anomaly that is coincident with the roughly 2 250 nanoTesla positive... 

Metso Outotec to start next phase in the development of its Metals business

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th January 2022 Metso Outotec will take the next structural development steps in its business portfolio, following the completed integration of its Minerals business and the successful turnaround of its Metals business. Metso is a process technology, equipment and services company serving the minerals, metals... 

Kenmare sets new records with 2021 production, injury rate, shipments

By: Donna Slater     13th January 2022 LSE-listed titanium minerals and zircon producer Kenmare Resources increased its 2021 production by 30% year-on-year, owing to a record 1.55-million tonnes being mined, and a 19% increase in ore grades to 4.63% as a result of wet concentrator plant (WCP) B’s relocation to the high-grade Pilivili... 

UFS Centre for Mineral Biogeochemistry to host Mineral BIOGRIP Node

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th January 2022 The establishment of a Mineral Biogeochemistry Research Infrastructure Platform on the Bloemfontein Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS) will expose UFS students to equipment and industry partners through applied research opportunities in the field of biogeochemistry and... 

Report states Bluejay Mining undervalued

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th January 2022 A report produced by Independent Investment Research (IIR) states that Aim-listed Bluejay Mining is trading at a significantly discounted rate and that there is upside to its sum-of-the-parts valuation of $301-million as its projects progress with development. The company’s Dundas ilmenite... 

Minerals Council backs State capture commission’s recommendations 

By: Martin Creamer     6th January 2022 Minerals Council South Africa on Thursday endorsed the recommendations of the first report of the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture. The Minerals Council said these recommendations, aimed at preventing endemic and corrosive corruption in organs of the state and within the private sector,... 

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Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter

Hyperion to pursue US listing, name change

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th January 2022 ASX-listed Hyperion Metals Limited plans to pursue a listing on a national securities exchange in the US and will change its name to IperionX. Listing on a national securities exchange in the US is expected to enhance the visibility and accessibility of Hyperion to the extensive US market of... 

Strandline and Black Rock strike deal with Tanzania govt

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th December 2021 The Tanzanian government has inked to framework agreements with Australian resource developers. ASX-listed graphite developer Black Rock Mining has signed a framework agreement for the development of its Mahenge project. 

Junior miners Strandline, Black Rock, OreCorp sign agreements with Tanzania

By: Reuters     13th December 2021 Australia's Strandline Resources, Black Rock Mining and Orecorp on Monday signed framework agreements with the government of Tanzania, a step towards the development of their mineral sands, graphite and gold projects. Details of the agreements were not immediately available. 

Construction starts on renewable energy project for Rio Tinto's Madagascar mine 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     10th December 2021 The government of Madagascar and Rio Tinto QIT Madagascar Minerals (QMM) on December 10 celebrated the start of construction of a solar and wind energy project that will supply the ilmenite mine operations in Fort Dauphin, in southern Madagascar. The renewable energy project is vital to the... 

Leading mining companies commit to contract transparency 

By: Martin Creamer     9th December 2021 Members of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) on Thursday announced their commitment to disclose all mineral development contracts from the start of January this year, wherever they operate, marking a significant step by about a third of the global mining and metals industry to... 

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ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan

Exploration debate highlights Nema challenge  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd December 2021 The withdrawal of a portion of the National Environmental Management Act (Nema) has created a major challenge for mineral exploration in South Africa, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) co-sponsored exploration webinar heard on Thursday. Taking part in the panel discussion under... 

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IDC co-sponsored webinar covered by Mining Weekly.

Kenmare appoints Andrew Webb as chairperson designate

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd December 2021 LSE-listed Kenmare Resources has appointed Andrew Webb nonexecutive director and chairperson designate. Webb was appointed to the board on December 2 and is expected to succeed Steven McTiernan as chairperson. McTiernan will step down from the board following the company’s 2022 annual general... 

Use renewables to cut carbon and create hydrogen, use hydrogen to cut diesel – Cutifani   

By: Martin Creamer     2nd December 2021 Use renewables to cut carbon and create hydrogen, and then use the hydrogen that has been created to replace diesel. Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani proposed this climate blueprint while also outlining his London- and Johannesburg-listed mining company’s entry into crop nutrients that can free up... 

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GlobeScan climate event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sheffield sells Eneabba to Image

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th November 2021 ASX-listed Sheffield Resources has struck a A$24-million deal with fellow-listed Image Resources to divest of its Eneabba mineral sands project, in Western Australia. A cash consideration of A$23-million will be payable subject to customary conditions associated with the transfer of exploration... 

Law firm creates outsourced compliance solution for mining industry 

By: Martin Creamer     25th November 2021 A specialist mining law firm, which prefers people to paper, has created an outsourced compliance solution for Africa’s mining industry. NSDV will not simply rely on the paper trail when a client calls with an issue, but instead phone, WhatsApp, or drive there and chat to the officials. 

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Miners welcome draft resources plan in Qld

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th November 2021 The resources sector has welcomed the release of the draft Queensland Resources Industry Development Plan (QRIDP). The QRIDP identifies the biggest global trends affecting the industry now and over the next three decades, and presents actions that will enable industry and government to respond... 

Kenmare proposes 13.5% share buyback

By: Donna Slater     16th November 2021 LSE-listed titanium minerals and zircon producer Kenmare Resources has launched a proposed tender offer to buy back up to 13.5% of its issued ordinary shares in an effort to increase shareholder returns. This follows the successful completion of its major capital projects and is supported by the... 

Expect to be unemployed from age 40, Miller warns graduates entering mining   

By: Martin Creamer     15th November 2021 Because of the collapse of investment in greenfields exploration in South Africa, any mining graduate entering the profession today can expect to be unemployed from the age of 40, said AmaranthCX director and founder Paul Miller on Monday, when he pointed out that South Africa is now at an... 

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AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer

Mineral exploration should be incentivised, says IDC’s Thabiso Sekano  

By: Martin Creamer     12th November 2021 Mineral exploration should be incentivised so that South Africa’s great mineral endowment can be optimally leveraged to lower unemployment, improve export revenues, and strengthen this country’s gross domestic product (GDP). That is the view of Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) mining,... 

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IDC Mining Metals Beneficiation Head interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

US adds nickel, zinc to draft critical minerals list, drops potash

By: Mariaan Webb     11th November 2021 The US Geological Survey (USGS) has added nickel and zinc to its proposed list of 50 ‘critical minerals’ – defined as those essential to economic or national security and have a supply chain vulnerable to disruption – while four others, including potash, have fallen off the draft 2021 list. The... 

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The Biden Administration's 100 day supply chain review states that there is an 'urgency' to develop a strategy around Class 1 nickel.

Company showcases tech innovations on new forum

By: Halima Frost     29th October 2021 Industrial equipment multinational Siemens launched its inaugural Smart Mining Forum as an online event from August 3 to 5. The event highlighted Siemens’ technical expertise and showcased real examples of its software and technology solutions while current and future trends in sustainable mining... 

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DRIVING TECHNOLOGY Siemens offers numerous new technologies aimed at the mining sector which it highlighted its Smart Mining Forum

Illegal sand mines continue to profit

By: Claire O'Reilly     22nd October 2021 Statistics released by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) inaccurately reflect the volume of illegal mining operations in South Africa, says mining industry body Aspasa (formerly Aggregate and Sand Producers of Southern Africa).  

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DIRTY DEALINGS Illegal sand and aggregate mining threatens the financial sustainability of legal operations

No zero carbon without green hydrogen, US pledging $1/kg coal-parity price 

By: Martin Creamer     21st October 2021 The world will be unable to meet its zero-carbon targets without the introduction of green hydrogen solutions, says Plug Power chief strategy officer Sanjay Shrestha, at a time when the US has launched a programme to cut the cost of clean hydrogen by 80%. Nasdaq-listed Plug Power, a pure play... 

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Plug Power chief strategy officer Sanjay Shrestha

Policy-not-law charter judgment going long way towards providing certainty – NSDV 

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2021 The court judgement that the mining charter is policy and not law goes a long way towards providing regulatory certainty, says NSDV mining law senior associate Muhammed Khan ­– but it is not the end of the road, he cautions in a 1 500-word analysis entitled The Great Mining Charter Debate. Khan... 

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NSDV mining law senior associate Muhammed Khan.

Incentive needed for smaller end of stock exchange to survive – Miller  

By: Martin Creamer     18th October 2021 An incentive is needed for the listing of companies on the smaller end of the stock exchange, which is facing an existential crisis, said AmaranthCX director and owner Paul Miller on Monday. Reacting to the groundswell of headlines about delistings and lack of listings on the Johannesburg Stock... 

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AmaranthCX director and owner Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Kenmare reiterates guidance, benefits from strong demand

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th October 2021 Mineral sands producer Kenmare Resources MD Michael Carvill says the third quarter, ended September 30, represented the first quarter of ilmenite production at nameplate capacity of 1.2-million tonnes a year, which was an 87% increase on the production achieved in the previous year’s... 

Company increases local exploration activity

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     15th October 2021 Mining investment company Menar, through its subsidiaries, has committed to ensuring its continued growth through several investment and development projects. “Exploration allows for the development of new projects and the establishment of new mines. Menar has R7-billion worth of new investment... 

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AERIAL VIEW While exploration does present multiple financial and economic benefits, the economic viability has to be assessed over a long-term period

South Africa’s exploration investment lowest since democracy began, Joburg Indaba hears  

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2021 South Africa’s mining industry is at its lowest level of exploration investment since democracy began in 1994, the Joburg Indaba heard on Thursday. “Never have we spent less – and this is a pity because significant promises were made about an exploration plan for the country,” Joburg Indaba... 

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Joburg Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africa in danger of missing out on commodity boom, Joburg Indaba hears  

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2021 A much more enabling environment is needed to ensure that South Africa does not miss out on yet another commodity boom, the Joburg Indaba heard on Wednesday. “We know that we’ve missed at least one commodity boom,” Foskor chairperson, Industrial Development Corporation director and founding... 

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Joburg Indaba opening session covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Innovative wireless sensor approach could make exploration cheaper – Prof  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2021 An innovative wireless sensor method of mapping the subsurface of the earth could make exploration cheaper and mining safer, says Professor Musa Manzi, the award-winning director of the Seismic Research Centre of the School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand. The method, which... 

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Wits Professor Musa Manzi interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Giant private mining companies getting away with no obligation to report anything publicly   

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2021 A globally significant chrome producer operating six chrome mines and employing 7 000 people inside South Africa – with a social labour plan obligation on every mine, with tax and royalty obligations paid to the State – is permitted to operate in this country with no ongoing public disclosure... 

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AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed on transparency by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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