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Mineral Sands News

Fingerboards opens for public comment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st September 2020 The Victorian government has placed the proposed Fingerboards mineral sands project up for public comment. Project developer Kalbar Operations is required to prepare an environmental effects statement (EES) for the mineral mining facility proposed to be located 20km northwest of Bairnsdale. 

Accommodation for Aus SoP mine on track

28th August 2020 Work on the Beyondie sulphate of potash (SoP) project’s non-process infrastructure, which includes 60 additional rooms for construction accommodation, has continued apace, notes a press release by ASX-listed exploration and development company Kalium Lakes. The Beyondie SoP project initially... 

NO POT LUCK
A Beyondie SoP bankable feasibility study was completed prior to the company’s board approving full development of the project
NO POT LUCK A Beyondie SoP bankable feasibility study was completed prior to the company’s board approving full development of the project

Pandemic prevents further engagement on housing draft

28th August 2020 A call for further engagement with the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) regarding the 2019 Draft Review of Housing and Living Conditions Standard has stalled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown in South Africa. The draft standard requires that mines... 

NICO PIENAAR
The surface mining sector represents a large part of the overall mining community
NICO PIENAAR The surface mining sector represents a large part of the overall mining community

Master Drilling aligning with opencast mines going underground in changing world  

By: Martin Creamer     26th August 2020 South Africa-based drilling company Master Drilling, which is active in 23 countries, is aligning itself with the transitioning global requirement of opencast mines going underground. “As the world is changing, so are the mines,” said Master Drilling technology director Koos Jordaan at the... 

Curves on the hard rock 9 ° inclination of the declining cutting face at Eland mine.
Master Drilling technology director Koos Jordaan’s presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Base reports strong finish to financial year

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th August 2020 Mineral sands miner Base Resources has reported higher revenues and higher net profit after tax for the financial year ended June, despite a fall in production. Net profits after tax for the full year increased from the $39.2-million reported in 2019, to $39.6-million, with sales revenue for the... 

Electra Mining Africa 2020 going digital with Connect – and it’s free of charge 

By: Martin Creamer     20th August 2020 The Electra Mining Africa Connect week will enable exhibitors to promote their products and services free of charge alongside industry-related informative webinars, media activations and product showcase opportunities from September 7 to 11. For the first time in 48 years, Electra Mining Africa... 

Specialised Exhibitions MD Gary Corin.
Specialised Exhibitions MD Gary Corin outlines Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect plans to Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Iluka reports tough first half

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th August 2020 Mineral sands miner Iluka has seen revenues and profits decline in the six months ending June, as sales volumes for the interim period were impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. “Iluka has reported a solid first half result given the impact of Covid-19 on zircon and titanium markets, and the global... 

Awesome new proudly South African face mask kindling international interest   

By: Martin Creamer     13th August 2020 An awesome new proudly South African face mask, with a replaceable filtration system at its heart, is attracting international interest. The innovative and timely Hudaco Air Mask is a lockdown-period product of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Hudaco Industries group. (Also watch attached... 

The Hudaco mask assembly.
Hudaco CEO Graham Dunford and Hudaco’s executive consultant Mike Allnutt discuss the new Hudaco face mask innovation with Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Exxaro pays dividend on 40%-higher half-year earnings 

By: Martin Creamer     13th August 2020 Black-empowered diversified resources group Exxaro Resources on Thursday declared an interim dividend on posting a 40% increase in earnings before interest tax depreciation and amortisation of R3.9-billion for the six months to June 30. In the face of global trade tensions, a challenging local... 

Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo
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Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo

Sheffield inks A$130m JV deal for Thunderbird

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th August 2020 Mineral sands miner Sheffield Resources has inked a non-binding term sheet with Yansteel to form a joint venture (JV) at its Thunderbird project, in Western Australia. Under the terms of the agreement, Yansteel will invest A$130.1-million to acquire a 50% stake in the project, with the... 

Sheffield inks A$130m JV deal for Thunderbird

Strandline raises cash for Coburn

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th August 2020 Mineral sands miner Strandline Resources will raise A$18.5-million in a share placement to accelerate the development of its Coburn project, in Western Australia. Strandline told shareholders that it had received firm commitments for a share placement of more than 85.8-million shares, at a price... 

Greenland's Dundas has considerable support from govt, locals

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd August 2020 The final face-to-face consultation meeting for the Dundas ilmenite project, in Greenland, concluded on Friday, and judging by London-listed junior Bluejay Mining’s latest statement, the project has received strong support from local citizens. According to a company announcement, Greenland... 

First contract awarded at Coburn

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd August 2020 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources has awarded a A$23-million contract to civil and mining contractor Macmahon for the construction of road access and bulk earthworks at the Coburn project, in Western Australia. The scope of the work will include the construction of a 43-km bitumen... 

‘Historic dumps’ do not appear to be MPRDA regulated – law firm 

By: Martin Creamer     20th July 2020 South Africa’s ‘historic dumps’­ – mine dumps created prior to the promulgation of the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) which took effect in 2004 – do not appear to be regulated under the MPRDA, and the common law owners of such dumps do not require a right under the MPRDA... 

Herbert Smith Freehills Patrick Leyden and Aobakwe Mametse.
Herbert Smith Freehills Patrick Leyden and Aobakwe Mametse.

Coburn important to gov plans - Pitt

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th July 2020 Federal Resources, Water and Northern Australia Minister Keith Pitt on Wednesday said that the Coburn mineral sands project, in Western Australia, would boost the government’s Critical Minerals agenda. A A$150-million loan from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) was recently... 

Global mining sharing knowledge in response to Covid-19  

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2020 The International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM) has been convening many knowledge-sharing sessions in response to the coronavirus. Among ICMM’s 27 mining and metals company members and 36 association members are South Africa’s African Rainbow Minerals, Anglo American, AngloGold Ashanti,... 

International Council on Mining and Metals CEO Tom Butler
International Council on Mining and Metals CEO Tom Butler talks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Kenmare achieves solid second-quarter results despite Covid-19 impact

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th July 2020 Dual-listed Kenmare Resources recorded solid results for the quarter and half year ending June 30, despite the pandemic. “I would like to thank our team at the Moma mine for how they have risen to meet the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. It is through their exemplary organisation, hard... 

Positive reaction to ANC document’s encouragement of exploration  

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2020 Reaction has been positive to the discussion document of economic transformation committee (ETC) of the African National Congress (ANC), which states that the listing of mining companies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) should be encouraged and mining exploration incentivised, as is the... 

Paul Miller...flashback to his period in coal exploration and development.
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Paul Miller...flashback to his period in coal exploration and development.

Covid opens up opportunity for more constructive, purposeful dialogue – Minsur  

By: Martin Creamer     13th July 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has allowed the mining industry to highlight and strengthen its role as a catalyst of social development in the areas in which it operates, Minsur  CEO Juan Luis Krueger said on Monday. Krueger was speaking during an  International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) online... 

Juan Luis Krueger
International Council on Mining and Metals virtual Covid event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Investors in mining exploration should be incentivised – ANC’s ETC 

By: Martin Creamer     13th July 2020 Listings of mining companies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange should be encouraged and South African retail investors willing to invest in mining exploration should be incentivised as is the case in other mining jurisdictions, the economic transformation committee (ETC) of the African National... 

ANC document says mining exploration should be incentivised.
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ANC document says mining exploration should be incentivised.

Return of foreign mineworkers taking double planned time   

By: Martin Creamer     13th July 2020 The return of the 12 500 foreign mineworkers to South Africa’s mines is taking double the time planned. The initial ten-day plan of Minerals Council South Africa has become a 20-day plan because of the need to overcome bottlenecks. 

Minerals Council South Africa Senior Executive: Environment, Health and Legacies Nikisi Lesufi
Minerals Council South Africa Covid update covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Kvanefjeld by-products profitable - Greenland Minerals

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th July 2020 By-products from the Kvanefjeld rare earths project, in Greenland, could contribute as much as $60-million in revenue annually, ASX-listed Greenland Minerals said. The company on Thursday pointed out that the Kvanefjeld deposit contained a large low-grade uranium resource, which could produce... 

Image sells 100 000 t of HMC

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th July 2020 Junior Image Resources has inked an offtake agreement for 100 000 t of heavy mineral concentrate from its current inventory at the Boonanarring mineral sands project, in Western Australia. The ASX-listed company told shareholders that the agreement with offtake partner Shantou Natford Zirconium... 

Minerals Council regrets delay of 2018 Mining Charter review 

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2020 Minerals Council South Africa on Monday expressed regret that the finalisation of the review of the contested elements of the 2018 Mining Charter had been delayed following a judgement of the full bench of the High Court in Pretoria ordering that a number of other parties be joined to the action.... 

Minerals Council South Africa.
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Minerals Council South Africa.

Keep SMB's Congo coltan mine in supply chains, says mineral tracker

By: Reuters     5th July 2020 Insecurity around Société Minière de Bisunzu's (SMB) coltan mine in Democratic Republic of Congo could get worse if it is cut out of supply chains following a deadly grenade attack there, the company running the mine's mineral tracing scheme said. Up to three people were reported killed in the... 

Moon metals discovery aids development of lunar formation theories

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd July 2020 Scientists using data from the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (Nasa’s) Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft have discovered evidence that the Moon might, underneath its surface, be richer in metals (such as iron and titanium) than had previously been believed. Nasa is... 

Moon metals discovery aids development of lunar formation theories

Coltan supply from SMB mine in Congo unaffected by clashes – mines minister

By: Reuters     2nd July 2020 Activity at Societe Miniere de Bisunzu's (SMB) coltan mine in Congo's North Kivu province is continuing as normal and supply chains were not disrupted despite violent clashes last week, the region's mines minister said on Thursday. SMB has some of Africa's biggest deposits of coltan, an ore rich... 

Covid kills 13 mineworkers, no foreigners back at work  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd July 2020 Thirteen mineworkers have now succumbed to the coronavirus, Minerals Council South Africa public affairs and transformation senior executive Tebello Chabana said on Thursday. Of the 13 who have died, seven were employed in platinum mining in North West province, which has the most cases at 1 413... 

The new normal at South Africa's mines.
Minerals Council South Africa Covid update covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

More offtake secured at Coburn

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd July 2020 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources has secured a binding offtake agreement for the zircon product from its Coburn project, in Western Australia. The company on Thursday said that the offtake agreement with Chilches Materials covers some 7 000 t/y of premium zircon product for the first... 

Fingerboards gets a A$144m push

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th June 2020 Investment adviser Appian Capital Advisory has announced a A$144-million investment into the Fingerboards mineral sands project, in Victoria. Unlisted Kalbar Operations is hoping to extract some 170-million tonnes of ore, containing 8-million tonnes of heavy mineral concentrate over a mine life... 

Synthetic rutile sales won't meet target - Iluka

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th June 2020 Mineral sands miner Iluka on Friday warned shareholders that synthetic rutile sales under its existing take-or-pay contracts for 2020 was unlikely to meet the targeted 175 000 t. The ASX-listed company noted that in the year to date, only 78 000 t of synthetic rutile has been sold under these... 

Congo's SMB says three dead in attack on its coltan mine

By: Reuters     24th June 2020 Société Minière de Bisunzu (SMB) on Wednesday said three people were killed and three others were injured in a grenade attack on its coltan mine in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday night. SMB's mine near Rubaya, North Kivu province, has seen an increase in violent clashes between... 

NAIF approves A$150m loan for Coburn

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd June 2020 The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) has approved a loan of up to A$150-million towards the development of the Coburn heavy mineral sands project, in Western Australia. Project developer Strandline Resources on Monday said that the loan would be provided in two tranches, and... 

Fort Cady borate mine construction accelerated

By: Simone Liedtke     18th June 2020 ASX-listed American Pacific Borates has accelerated construction activities at its Fort Cady borate mine, in the US. This follows the June 1 announcement of A$77-million raised to fully finance Phase 1A of the mine. 

Bluejay expects Greenland consultation decision this week

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th June 2020 Aim-listed Bluejay Mining is waiting for the Greenland Ministry of Mineral Resources to finalise how stakeholder consultation will work going forward, considering challenges brought on by Covid-19. Bluejay has to undertake these alternative methods of handling and delivering the stakeholder... 

More studies planned at Mannar Island

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th June 2020 A scoping study into the Mannar Island heavy mineral sands project, in Sri Lanka, has indicated that the project was economically robust, with owner Titanium Sands now vowing to undertake further definitive feasibility work. The ASX-listed company noted that initial production from the Mannar... 

More border openings wanted for returning workers – Minerals Council 

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2020 More border openings are wanted for returning foreign mineworkers. As of Thursday last week, not a single foreign mineworker had re-entered South Africa from neighbouring foreign countries. “Only a limited number of border posts are open,” Minerals Council South Africa environment, health and... 

Minerals Council South Africa environment, health and legacies senior executive Nikisi Lesufi
Minerals Council South Africa Covid-19 Update covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

240 000 miners back at work – Minerals Council South Africa 

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2020 An estimated 240 000 miners are back at work on 385 large and small mines across South Africa, Minerals Council South Africa public affairs and transformation senior executive Tebello Chabana said on Thursday. Each and every one of these miners was screened on their return to work after lockdown... 

Minerals Council South Africa public affairs and transformation senior executive Tebello Chabana
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Covid update by Minerals Council South Africa. Video: Darlene Creamer 11.06.2020
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