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Mineral Sands News

European Metals starts beneficiation of Cinovec bulk sample

By: Anine Kilian     6th June 2018 Aim-listed European Metals has started the beneficiation process and magnetic separation of a 15 t bulk sample at its Cinovec lithium/tin project, in the Czech Republic. The beneficiation and magnetic separation of a lithium-rich concentrate will provide pilot plant feed for planned downstream... 

Current mining ‘boom’ very different to last one – CRU

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2018 A return of capital expenditure (capex) and inorganic sources of growth are seen as a key corporate priority for 2018 and beyond, CRU Group senior consultant Aleksander Popovic said on Wednesday. The provider of marketing intelligence to mining told the Junior Indaba that the company’s... 

Current mining ‘boom’ very different to last one – CRU
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CRU Group senior consultant Aleksander Popovic

Premier African secures $300 000 loan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th June 2018 Aim-listed Premier African Minerals (Pam) has entered into a loan agreement with a company, owned by a trust of which its CEO George Roach is a beneficiary, for a gross value of $300 000. The loan will provide additional general working capital, while the company looks to bring finality to the... 

Oil & gas, mining industries anxious about top brass succession planning

By: Henry Lazenby     31st May 2018 There is real anxiety in the oil and gas and mining industries regarding the lack of aptitude to replace an ageing top-level management talent pool, Stephen Diotte, partner and head of leadership services for Odgers Berndtson tells Mining Weekly Online. He recently joined the executive search... 

Oil & gas, mining industries anxious about top brass succession planning

Dundas vying to be the next large-scale Greenland mine

By: Mariaan Webb     31st May 2018 London- and Frankfurt-listed Bluejay Mining is set to bring into production the world’s highest-grade ilmenite project in 2019, feeding into the Greenland government’s target of opening five large-scale mines in the near term. The first of these five mines, Aappaluttoq, opened last year and is... 

Dundas vying to be the next large-scale Greenland mine
The Dundas project, in Greenland.

DRA consolidates West African footprint with Sierra Leone EPC project

By: Anine Kilian     28th May 2018 Global engineering firm DRA has secured a contract with Iluka Resources subsidiary Sierra Rutile for the expansion of its mineral sands operations in the Bonthe district of Sierra Leone. Sierra Rutile’s Gangama plant, which was originally built by DRA in 2016, will double its capacity to between... 

Vedanta reports fatality at Gamsberg project

By: Anine Kilian     28th May 2018 An employee was killed in a mining related accident at Vedanta Zinc International’s Gamsberg project, in the Northern Cape, on Friday. All work at the Gamsberg project has been halted while investigations involving the local emergency services and South African Police Service, the Department of... 

Bluejay targets 100Mt resource at Greenland prospect

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd May 2018 Aim-listed Bluejay is gearing up for an exploration programme to get under way at the Iterlak discovery, which forms part of its Dundas ilmenite project, in Greenland. Bluejay has set itself a target of delivering a maiden resource at Iterlak of more than 100-million tonnes of material at an... 

Bluejay targets 100Mt resource at Greenland prospect

Sheffield secures port allocation for Thunderbird

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th May 2018 Mineral sands developer Sheffield Resources has signed a port access agreement with the Shire of Derby-West Kimberly, allowing the company access to a bulk handling facility and infrastructure at the port of Derby. Sheffield is hoping to export its mineral sands project from the Thunderbird... 

Boonanarring fully funded - Image

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th May 2018 The Boonanarring mineral sands project, in Western Australia, is poised for development after ASX-listed Image Resources satisfied all conditions precedent for the drawdown of a A$50-million loan facility. The loan funds will be drawn down in a single tranche for the full amount, on or before... 

Strandline finds buyer for Fungoni ilmenite

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd May 2018 ASX-listed Strandline Resources has signed a binding sales contract with China’s Maoming Ubridge Group Mineral Industry Company for all the ilmenite to be produced at its Fungoni project, in Tanzania, over the life of the project. MD Luke Graham said on Tuesday that establishing this strategic... 

Eramet launches A$291m takeover offer for MDL

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th April 2018 Base metals producer Eramet has launched an off market takeover offer for joint venture (JV) partner Mineral Deposits Limited (MDL). Eramet, which holds a 50% interest in the TiZir titanium and iron JV, in Norway, was offering MDL shareholders A$1.46 a share in cash for their holding in the... 

N American oil & gas, mining sectors released a third of total 2013 pollution – report

By: Henry Lazenby     25th April 2018 A new report that fine-combed the national pollutant release and transfer registers (PRTRs) of Canada, the US and Mexico to explore pollutant data reported by industrial facilities, has pointed to the critical need to standardise the way information is collected across the three jurisdictions,... 

N American oil & gas, mining sectors released a third of total 2013 pollution – report

Iluka faces class action suit over 2012 disclosures

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th April 2018 Mineral sands miner Iluka on Tuesday said that it would defend itself against a class action launched by shareholders. The company said that a number of shareholders have launched a class action in the Federal Court of Australia, claiming breaches of continuous disclosure obligations, as well... 

Fivefold resource increase at Bluejay’s Dundas project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd April 2018 The mineral resource estimate of the Dundas project in Greenland has increased by 400% to 96-million tonnes at 6.9% ilmenite. Bluejay reported on Monday that the indicated resource at Moriusaq was estimated to be 81-million tonnes at 6.1% ilmenite. 

Iluka increases output and revenue

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th April 2018 Mineral sands miner Iluka has reported increased in both production and revenue for the three months to March. The company on Thursday reported that total zircon, rutile and synthetic rutile production increased by 8% during the quarter, compared with the December quarter, to 182 000 t. 

Base production declines as KP2 readies

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th April 2018 Mineral sands producer Base Resources has reported a slight decline in production for the March quarter, as a month-long mining and wet concentrator plant shut-down was initiated at its Kwale operations, in Kenya. The shut-down was part of the final equipment installation and piping tie-ins for... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 The Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018) is scheduled to make its debut on the Canadian resource conference circuit between June 16 and 21, in Vancouver, and is shaping up to be an event unlike the myriad of competing forums held in Canada throughout the year. RFG2018 chairperson... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver
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RFG2018 chairperson John Thompson

Savannah to incentivise senior management as it expedites mining projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th April 2018 Aim-listed resource development company Savannah Resources has implemented a long-term incentive plan (LTIP) to incentivise executive directors and certain senior management as the company continues to expedite its projects to tap into the growing market for energy metals.  

Kenmare maintains FY18 guidance, despite lower Q1 output

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th April 2018 Titanium and zircon producer Kenmare Resources still expects to meet the mid-range of its 2018 full-year production guidance, despite a 12% year-on-year decrease in heavy minerals concentrate (HMC) output at its Moma mine, in Mozambique, in the first quarter of the year.  

Aftan progresses plant upgrades at Namibia mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2018 African Tantalum (Aftan), in which Aim-listed investment company Kazera Global holds an interest, has started the tendering process for the laying of pipework for the newly approved Orange River water project at its Namibia Tantalise Investment mine.  

Aftan secures clearance to abstract water from Orange river

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2018 The Environmental Commissioner of Namibia has issued a clearance certificate to allow for the abstraction of water from the Orange river for African Tantalum’s (Aftan’s) Namibia Tantalite Investment (NTI) mine.  

Premier appoints financial adviser for Zimbabwe mine

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd March 2018 Emerging tungsten producer Premier African Minerals has appointed London-based financial consultant Brandon Hill Capital as financial adviser to assist the company with regards to the funding and development of the Zimbabwe-based RHA tungsten mine, in which Premier has a 49% interest and is the... 

RBM continues work on Zulti South, sees markets improve

16th March 2018 Work has continued on the feasibility study for the Zulti South mine expansion project at Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) in South Africa, which has the potential to maintain RBM’s low-cost smelting capacity and zircon production, diversified miner Rio Tinto reported in its 2017 full year results... 

Mineral sands see strengthening market conditions

16th March 2018 The pricing for the mineral sands product suite continued to improve throughout 2017 with the zircon market in particular benefitting from improving demand dynamics and emerging supply side shortfalls, says mineral sands miner Mineral Deposits (MD). Further, within the high-grade titanium dioxide... 

Mineral sands see strengthening market conditions
Photo by Bloomberg
SHUTDOWN SLOWDOWN A gearbox failure caused a slowdown in operations at the TiZir titanium and iron ilmenite upgrading facility, in Norway

Mine ownership, funding talks continue

16th March 2018 Mining company Premier African Minerals, which owns 49% of the RHA tungsten mine (RHA), in Zimbabwe, and is currently the only financial supporter for operations at the mine, reports that the ongoing financial discussions with the National Indigenisation and Economic Development Fund (NIEEF),... 

Mine ownership, funding talks continue
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OWNERSHIP PROSPECTS If new legislation is implemented, mines in Zimbabwe can be 100% foreign-owned

Rare earths company acquires critical metals portfolio in Namibia

16th March 2018 Heavy rare earth elements project developer Namibia Rare Earths (NRE) has completed the acquisition of a portfolio of critical metal properties from private firm Gecko Namibia, which will see NRE obtain a controlling interest in a portfolio of seven metals properties, thereby expanding its focus... 

Rare earths company  acquires critical metals portfolio in Namibia
RARE MINERALS Namibia Rare Earths has started exploring several mineral deposits across the country

South Africa discount no longer warranted, say analysts

By: Martin Creamer     15th March 2018 The so-called 'South Africa discount' that has dogged and diminished the share prices of mining companies operating in South Africa for decades, has been declared "unwarranted" by Goldman Sachs Europe Metals & Mining Equity Research analysts, against the backdrop of the winds of political change... 

South Africa discount no longer warranted, say analysts
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Share prices of Glencore and Anglo at 2013 levels, despite higher earnings, lower debt

Image completes A$25m raising

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th March 2018 ASX-listed Image Resources has raised A$25-million through a share placement to fund the Boonanarring mineral sands project, in Western Australia. The company had previously entered into two equity subscription deeds to fully underwrite the issue of 250-million fully paid ordinary shares, at an... 

Kenmare returns to profitability, achieves record production

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th March 2018 LSE-listed Kenmare Resources has made significant strides as it returned to profitability and delivered record production from its Moma titanium minerals mine, in northern Mozambique, during the year ended December 31. The titanium minerals and zircon producer on Wednesday reported robust... 

State revenues from extractive industries increasing in Mozambique

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th March 2018 The extractive industry – oil, gas and mining – now provides the Mozambican State with 4.1% of its revenues from taxation. This figure was released by the country’s Director General of Tax, Augusto Tacarindua, at a recent seminar in Maputo on taxing extractive industries. In the past, the sector... 

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2018 The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada's (PDAC's) 2018 convention, in Toronto, drew an international crowd of 25 606 people, in what is widely considered as a clear sign that optimism is returning to the mineral exploration and mining industry following several years of turmoil.... 

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

Mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed 

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th March 2018 To refine and improve the execution of recruitment within the mining industry, mining and engineering professionals recruiter TrueVine Consulting has developed a new, innovative online recruitment platform, called Digger. “Digger is a digital recruitment, talent management and staff retention... 

Mining-specific staff recruitment,  management app developed
Innovative mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed. Editing: Darlene Creamer and Christo Greyling.

Bluejay scoops Greenland prospector and developer award

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th March 2018 Dual-listed Bluejay Mining has been awarded the ‘Prospector and Developer of the Year 2017’ award by the Greenland government. The award is given to companies or individuals who have demonstrated initiative and innovation within Greenland's mineral industry, robust environmental practices and... 

Global metals exploration likely to rise 20% in 2018 – S&P Global

By: Henry Lazenby     5th March 2018 Global mining exploration budgets are expected to swell about 20% in 2018, bolstered by the generally positive trend in metals prices extending into early 2018, a new report by S&P Global Market Intelligence has found. Global spending on the search for nonferrous metals rose 15% year-on-year in... 

Global metals exploration likely to rise 20% in 2018 – S&P Global

Testwork confirms prospects for new silica sand mine at Cape Bedford

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd March 2018 Prospects for a new silica sand mine in North Queensland have received a boost, with ASX-listed Diatreme Resources announcing that results from initial metallurgical testwork show that the project is capable of producing high-quality glass-grade silica sand. Six bulk samples were wet tabled to... 

Testwork confirms prospects for new silica sand mine at Cape Bedford
Cape Bedford Drilling

Iluka declares dividend, sees growth on price increases

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th February 2018 ASX-listed Iluka Resources has recorded a 140% increase in its underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation to $361-million for the year ended December 2017, with strengthened mineral sands markets throughout 2017 underpinning strong free cash flow of $322-million, up... 

Resounding welcome for Gwede, who declines opportunity to comment

By: Martin Creamer     27th February 2018 New South African Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has received a resounding welcome from the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) and mining luminaries. The Chamber of Mines of South Africa has welcomed the appointment of Mantashe, 62, describing him... 

Resounding welcome for Gwede, who declines opportunity to comment
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Incoming Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

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