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ICMM members record 287 fatalities in 2019

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2020 The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) on Thursday released the 2019 safety data of its company members, who reported 287 occupational fatalities, a marked increase from the 50 fatalities recorded in 2018 and 51 fatalities recorded in 2017. ICMM said in a media release to Mining... 

Global mining forum IGF puts forward sweeping employment reforms 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2020 The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining Minerals Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) on Wednesday put forward sweeping mining employment reforms in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has, it states, exposed weak points in the global labour market. IGF emerged from the 2002 World Summit... 

Sweeping mining reforms advocated in response to Covid-19.
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Sweeping mining reforms advocated in response to Covid-19.

Thunderbird review progressing - Sheffield

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th June 2020 Mineral sands miner Sheffield Resources on Wednesday said that a project development review of the Thunderbird project, in Western Australia, had identified a small range of development strategies. Sheffield in February this year announced a re-think of the Thunderbird project, pausing the hunt... 

Northern Minerals hunting for new CEO

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th June 2020 George Bauk has resigned from his role as CEO at heavy rare earths producer Northern Minerals. Northern Minerals at the end of last week said that current non-executive chairperson Colin McCavana would temporarily assume the role of executive chairperson. 

Kazera acquires interest in diamond mine, mineral sands opportunity

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th June 2020 Aim-listed Kazera Global has announced the conditional acquisition of a controlling interest in a near-term producing diamond mine, as well as in a heavy mineral sands (HMS) opportunity in South Africa. Kazera will acquire a 90% stake in Deep Blue Minerals (DBM), for £600 000 in shares to be... 

Updated DFS at Coburn improves economics

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th June 2020 An updated definitive feasibility study (DFS) on the Coburn mineral sands project, in Western Australia, has improved the project economics, owner Strandline Resources said. The updated DFS now incorporated binding offtake agreements, technical optimisation work, an updated mineral sands... 

Minister urges mines to test without fear of mine closure 

By: Martin Creamer     29th May 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on Friday urged mines to test for Covid-19 to the full extent without fearing mine closure. The Minister was responding to a media question on the steps the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) was taking to end the backlog of... 

Gwede Mantashe
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Gwede Mantashe

Kenmare pays Mozambique nearly $8m in royalties, taxes

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2020 London-listed Kenmare Resources has paid the Mozambican government $7.9-million for 2019. This includes $5.6-million in royalties and $2.3-million in taxes.  

Richards Bay titanium dioxide plant construction awaits Level 1 to restart

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th May 2020 KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube has confirmed that the Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone will forge ahead with construction of a titanium dioxide plant as soon as the lockdown reached Level 1. Dube-Ncube says that the directors... 

Full reopening of mining from June 1 – President Ramaphosa

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2020 Subject to strict Covid-19 protocols, mining will be allowed to reopen fully from June 1, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday. In his address on South Africa’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, the President announced that South Africa would advance to level 3 from June 1, with an... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
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President Cyril Ramaphosa

Leon lists measures to attract mining investment in these challenging times  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd May 2020 South Africa should consider appointing an independent minerals regulator to speed up minerals licensing, Herbert Smith Freehills Africa co-chair Peter Leon said during a webinar this week. Responding to Patrick Leyden, who moderated the webinar entitled re-imagining the sub-Saharan mining... 

Herbert Smith Freehills Africa co-chair Peter Leon
Herbert Smith Freehills Africa Co-Chair Peter Leon spoke at a webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Mining becoming significant corporate buyer of renewable energy ­– ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2020 The mining industry has started to become a significant corporate buyer of renewable energy in regions where these technologies have become reliable and cost-competitive compared with fossil fuel-based electricity, says the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM). These regions include... 

Wind turbines at Gold Fields’ Agnew gold mine in Western Australia.
Wind turbines at Gold Fields’ Agnew gold mine in Western Australia.

Gazetted Covid guideline restates much of what mining has already adopted 

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2020 The newly gazetted guideline to prevent, mitigate and manage the Covid-19 pandemic on mines is largely a restatement of what has already been adopted by the mining industry. Most of the requirements of the code of practice (COP) mandated in the gazette already form part of the standard operating... 

ENSafrica executive consultant Willem le Roux
ENSafrica executive consultant Willem le Roux

Dubbo demerger forges ahead

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th May 2020 The share price of ASX-listed Alkane Resources rose by nearly 11% on Wednesday as plans to progress the demerger of its subsidiary Australian Strategic Materials (ASM) progressed. Alkane on Wednesday said that the company’s board has resolved to progress the demerger of ASM, which holds the... 

Dubbo demerger forges ahead

Mandatory code of Covid mining practice gazetted 

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2020 South Africa's guidelines for a mandatory Code of Practice (COP) to mitigate and manage the Covid-19 pandemic in the mining industry have been gazetted. Failure by employers to prepare and implement a mine's COP in line with the guidelines would constitute a criminal offence and a breach of the... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Maiden resource at Tormin's Northern Beaches

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th May 2020 A maiden Joint Ore Reserves Committee compliant resource of 2.5-million tonnes, at 23.5% total heavy minerals has been declared at the Northern Beaches of the Tormin mineral sands operation, in South Africa. “This represents yet another important milestone for our company. The delivery of a... 

RBM steps up Covid-19 health and safety measures for employees, nearby communities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th May 2020 In its continued efforts to defeat Covid-19, mineral sands producer Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) is issuing its permanent employees, contract workers and their immediate families with cloth masks. Employees are also being issued with personal thermometers to monitor their body temperature. 

Eramet sells Norwegian ilmenite plant Tronox

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2020 Global miner Eramet has signed a binding agreement with Tronox Holdings to sell the company’s stake in TiZir Titanium & Iron (TTI). The transaction will transfer control to Tronox of TTI’s Norwegian ilmenite transformation plant, for a consideration of $300-milllion.  

World’s top mining companies committed to climate change solutions – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     13th May 2020 Twenty seven of the world's leading mining and metals companies and 36 associations are committed to climate change solutions through their membership of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), Mining Weekly can today report. The ICMM is an international organisation dedicated to a... 

International Council on Mining and Metals  CEO Tom Butler
International Council on Mining and Metals CEO Tom Butler

Mineral sands offering an opportunity for Australia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th May 2020 Australia is poised to take advantage of global mineral sands demand, the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) said on Wednesday, pointing out that Australia hosted the world’s largest mineral sands deposits and was home to a number of active mineral sands companies. The MCA noted in a new report... 

Judgment reserved at Mining Charter review hearing 

By: Martin Creamer     7th May 2020 A full bench has heard the application for a judicial review of certain aspects of the Mining Charter gazetted in September 2018. Judge President Mlambo, judges Vally and  Van Der Schyff reserved judgment on the application lodged by the Minerals Council South Africa on March 27, 2019, when the... 

Minerals Council South Africa building in central Johannesburg.
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Minerals Council South Africa building in central Johannesburg.

Exxaro provides more Covid relief, releases ESG report plus financials 

By: Martin Creamer     4th May 2020 Diversified mining and renewable energy company Exxaro on Monday pledged a further R3.45-million aid in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, while also releasing its integrated sustainability report and making available its audited financial statements for 2019. The latest R3.45-million to assist... 

Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo
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Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo

Proper wash-bays prove beneficial

By: Halima Frost     1st May 2020 Investing in a ‘proper’ wash-bay water cannon can save money and time on vehicle upkeep and maintenance for an opencast operation, says fire protection supplier DoseTech MD Mike Feldon. He notes that operations often uses standard fire protection ‘monitors’ or water cannons, which are not fit for... 

WORKING AT THE WASH BAY
A well-equipped wash bay has multiple benefits for an opencast operation
WORKING AT THE WASH BAY A well-equipped wash bay has multiple benefits for an opencast operation

Macmahon tipped as contractor at Coburn

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th April 2020 ASX-listed Strandline Resources has tipped contractor Macmahon as the preferred contractor for its Coburn mineral sands project, in Western Australia. The two companies have inked an early contractor involvement agreement for early works associated with the contract mining services, and will now... 

Iluka trims zircon forecast

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th April 2020 Mineral sands miner Iluka Resources has announced plans to cut its zircon production by as much as 110 000 t for the 2020 financial year, on the back of the Covid-19 pandemic. The miner told shareholders that the Chinese ceramic industry went into total lockdown during February and was shut... 

RBM makes R1.5m Covid food, water pledge

By: Martin Creamer     29th April 2020 KwaZulu-Natal minerals sands mining and beneficiation company Richards Bay Minerals has committed R1.5-million towards meeting mine community food, water and health needs during the Covid-19 crisis.  RBM, which Rio Tinto manages as a 74% shareholder, produces predominantly rutile, zircon, titania... 

RBM MD Werner Duvenhage (right) and uMhlathuze Mayor Mduduzi Mhlongo in elbow shake.
RBM MD Werner Duvenhage (right) and uMhlathuze Mayor Mduduzi Mhlongo in elbow shake.

Morale high as Covid-masked South African miners get back to work 

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2020 Morale is reportedly high as Covid-masked and physically distanced South African mineworkers get back to mining underground for companies that have gone the extra mile to ensure that they have been fully remunerated and host communities generously funded during the national lockdown. In a... 

Mineworkers with personal protective equipment.
Mineworkers with personal protective equipment.

Opencast mines may return to 100% of capacity from May 1 – Patel

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2020 Opencast mines are permitted to return in phases to 100% operation from May 1 but underground mines must continue at 50% of production capacity, Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel said on Saturday. Speaking during a media briefing covered by Mining Weekly on South Africa’s easing from the... 

Openast mines like this one may return to 100% production capacity.
Openast mines like this one may return to 100% production capacity.

Learning curve still too steep to define ‘best practice’ mining response

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2020 The rapidly evolving Covid-19 crisis learning curve is still too steep to conclusively define what a ‘best practice’ response looks like from the mining industry, says the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), which is facilitating a rapid exchange of information and knowledge to... 

ICMM CEO Tom Butler
ICMM CEO Tom Butler

Firm directive to ensure safe mining resumption

By: Martin Creamer     23rd April 2020 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) on Thursday issued a firm directive to all mining operations to ensure safe start-up procedures as the sector prepares to ramp up to 50% of capacity. Mining Weekly can report that the directive is issued to ensure compliance with Section 5(1)... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe.
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe.

Strandline inks offtake at Coburn

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th April 2020 ASX-listed Strandline Resources has inked three sales contracts over its Coburn mineral sands project, in Western Australia. The agreements are forecast to have a combined value of some $400-million over the five year period, based on the pricing structures contained within each. 

Northern Minerals finds funding as Baogang deal slips

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th April 2020 ASX-listed Northern Minerals has raised A$22-million through a subscription agreement with various investors, after the federal Treasurer prohibited an earlier raising. Northern Minerals on Monday said that the Australian government would be prohibiting a A$20-million share placement to China’s... 

Minerals Council welcomes revised Covid-19 regulations

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2020 The Minerals Council South Africa on Thursday welcomed the amendments to the Disaster Management Act regulations as they pertain to mining. These regulations allow a phase-up in mining capacity to 50% during the lockdown period, but with all the preventative and mitigating controls in place to... 

Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter
Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

Mining may resume at 50% capacity – Minister 

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2020 All mining operations, excluding collieries supplying Eskom which have been permitted to operate at full capacity throughout national lockdown, may now resume at 50% capacity during the remaining lockdown days, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday. Thereafter,... 

Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Matashe during virtual media conference.
Photo by Veronica Creamer
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Matashe during virtual media conference.

Kenmare continues to ship product, but suspends guidance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th April 2020 Titanium mineral and zircon producer Kenmare Resources recorded lower-than-anticipated production from its Moma titanium minerals mine, in northern Mozambique, in the quarter ended March 31; however, the mine has not been materially affected by Covid-19 to date and the company continues to ship... 

Tormin restarts in South Africa

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th April 2020 ASX-listed Mineral Commodities (MRC) on Wednesday announced that operations at the Tormin mineral sands operation, in South Africa, will resume from April 13. The operation was placed on care-and-maintenance on March 26 as part of a nation-wide lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.  

Mintek produces own sanitisers to assist with Covid-19 response

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th April 2020 As supply of sanitisers continue to run low owing to high demand, national mineral research organisation Mintek has produced more than 600 ℓ of hand and surface sanitisers to use and distribute to staff. Sanitisers were produced in Mintek's controlled laboratory environment in the Advanced... 

Strandline arranges debt for Fungoni

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th April 2020 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources has signed a $26-million project finance facility agreement financier Nedbank CIB for its Fungoni project, in Tanzania. The facility will account for the majority of Fungoni’s $35-million capital cost, Strandline said on Monday. 

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