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Corridor Sands proves up for MRG
3rd November 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

A scoping study and preliminary economic assessment (PEA) into the Corridor Sands project, in Mozambique, has estimated that the project would require a capital investment of $239-million.... 


Sovereign finds offtake partner for Malawi rutile
2nd November 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

ASX-listed Sovereign Metals has started offtake talks with titanium dioxide pigment producer The Chemours Company over a potential 20 000 t/y of natural rutile from the Kasiya project, Malawi. The... 


Australian minerals critical to net zero - King
2nd November 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Australia’s critical mineral resource could be a lynchpin for global net zero ambitions. Federal Resources Minister Madeleine King said this week that in order to reach net zero emissions, the... 


Commissioning starts at Coburn
2nd November 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

First ore has been processed in the wet concentrator at the Coburn mineral sands project, in Western Australia. ASX-listed Strandline Resources on Wednesday said that while commissioning of the... 


Clockwise from top left are Duncan Wanblad, Tony O’Neill, Stephen Pearce and Hilton Ingram.
Green hydrogen truck trials going well – Anglo
1st November 2022 By: Martin Creamer

The 500 t world-first haulage truck powered by green hydrogen last week underwent fully loaded trialling that included tipping into the crusher at Anglo American Platinum's Mogalakwena platinum... 


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Miners spending big locally - QRC
1st November 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Resources companies in Queensland reportedly spent some A$27.7-billion on local goods and services in 2020-21, a new report from the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has shown. Spending in the... 


Responsible Minerals Initiative cuts ITSCI from approved traceability list
1st November 2022 By: Reuters

The Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) removed ITSCI from its list of approved traceability schemes on Monday, meaning smelters sourcing minerals through ITSCI will have to do additional due... 


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Iluka production falls
28th October 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The demerger of the Sierra Rutile and constraints in the Chinese ceramics market has seen mineral sands miner Iluka Resources report a decline in both production and sales for the third quarter... 


Dr Cosmas Chiteme, Director of Hydrogen and Energy, Department of Science and Innovation.
Make green hydrogen part of official economic recovery plan, Dept of Science and Innovation urges
26th October 2022 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa should leverage the hydrogen opportunity as part of its official economic reconstruction and economic recovery plan. Dr Cosmas Chiteme, the director of hydrogen and energy at... 


Miners welcome Budget outcomes
26th October 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The resources sector has welcomed the federal government’s Budget, but has warned that policy changes could have a negative impact on future investments. The Budget papers point out that higher... 


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Aus/Japan strike critical minerals partnership
24th October 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Just days after announcing the development of a Critical Minerals Strategy, the Australian government signed a new critical minerals partnership with Japan to help build secure supply chains. The... 


Freeport Saldanha CEO Kaashifah Beukes.
Sasol/Saldanha sign MoU for green hydrogen hub in Western Cape
18th October 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol, already a seasoned grey hydrogen producer, and Freeport Saldanha Industrial Development Zone on Tuesday announced the signing of a memorandum of... 


Botswana Diamonds CEO James Campbell.
Enabling exploration is urgently needed to put South African mining back in ‘sunrise’ mode
17th October 2022 By: Martin Creamer

High on the list of the steps that must be taken to stop South African mining from fading further into sunset mode is free access to geological information from State institutions such as the... 


Rain falls on the Sierra Rutile parade
17th October 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Africa-focused Sierra Rutile has flagged lower production from its Sierra Leone operations for the September quarter, ahead of its results announcement later this month. The ASX-listed company... 


Kenmare positioned to build on strong third quarter
13th October 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Ilmenite production from London-listed Kenmare Resources’ Moma titanium minerals mine, in northern Mozambique, increased by 25% quarter-on-quarter in the third quarter and returned to an annualised... 


Shell VP Sectoral Decarbonisation & Innovation Grischa Sauerberg.
Shell consortium accelerating electrification of mine haul trucks
12th October 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Transitioning oil, gas, fuels and lubricants company Shell has established a nine-member consortium to create electrification solutions for mining sites. The electrification offers a shift away... 


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Sheffield green-lights Thunderbird
7th October 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

A final investment decision (FID) on the Stage 1 development of the Thunderbird mineral sands project, in Western Australia, has been taken by ASX-listed Sheffield Resources. The FID comes just... 


Former Anglo America CEO, director and consulting business executive Mark Cutifani.
Development is only conversation South Africa should be having, Cutifani tells Joburg Indaba
6th October 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Development is the only conversation that South Africa should be having, former Anglo American CEO, director and consulting business executive Mark Cutifani said amid strong applause at the Joburg... 


Richards Bay Minerals operations
Decarbonisation underpins RBM’s move to buy solar electricity from 148 MW project
6th October 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Leading South African mineral sands producer Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with independent power producer Voltalia for the supply of wheeled... 


Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.
South Africa’s geological prospectivity fantastic, says Minerals Council CEO
5th October 2022 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa’s geological prospectivity is fantastic, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter told the Joburg Indaba on Wednesday. This is so even though only 15% of South Africa's surface... 


Minerals Council South Africa president Nolitha Fakude.
Helping world transition to net-zero carbon is mining's biggest opportunity, says Minerals Council president
5th October 2022 By: Martin Creamer

The biggest opportunity mining has as an industry is to help the world to transition to a net-zero carbon world, Minerals Council South Africa president Nolitha Fakude said on Wednesday. Fakude,... 


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WA resource exports hit record high
5th October 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Western Australia's resources sector reported record sales of A$231-billion and the highest-ever employment figures in 2021-22, the state government announced on Wednesday. This was the fourth... 


Less than 5% of energy consumed by South African mining in 2020 sourced from renewables.
Investment required to meet mining’s decarbonisation, power challenges – PwC
4th October 2022 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa’s mining sector will be required to make major investments into alternative and renewable energy sources and energy planning to address the dual challenges of decarbonisation and... 


Kenmare buys back more than 90 000 shares
4th October 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

London-listed Kenmare Resources announces that, following the closure of the odd-lot offer on September 30, the company has bought back 92 419 of its ordinary shares at £4.82 each. The odd-lot... 


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Energy and battery minerals driving Australian exports to record levels
4th October 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Australia’s resources and energy exports are forecast to reach a record A$450-billion in 2022/23, with the export of battery metals, including copper, nickel and lithium, expected to more than... 


WA Kaolin completes commissioning
3rd October 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Junior WA Kaolin has completed commissioning of the processing plant at its Wickepin project, in Western Australia, and has started ore processing. The ASX-listed company on Monday said that it... 


Thunderbird financing slots into place
3rd October 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Mineral sands developer Sheffield Resources on Monday announced that its subsidiary Kimberley Mineral Sands (KMS) had secured a $110-million production-linked facility with Orion Mineral Royalty... 


Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior and Emerging Miners Desk head Grant Mitchell.
Minerals Council ‘absolutely adamant’ about need for commercially available cadastre
29th September 2022 By: Martin Creamer

The key objective of transparency in applying for prospecting rights and mining rights – and openly managing them – can be enabled by a commercially available cadastre system. While South Africa... 


Dr David Hart, E4tech.
Green hydrogen, fuel cells important part of any future energy system, says global strategist
27th September 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Green hydrogen and fuel cells will be a very important part of any future energy system, says Switzerland-based energy and sustainability consultancy strategist Dr David Hart. Among the... 


Thunderbird project secures LNG supply
26th September 2022 By: Darren Parker

ASX-listed Sheffield Resources’ 50%-owned Kimberley Mineral Sands (KMS) has secured liquefied natural gas (LNG) for the Thunderbird mineral sands project, in northern Western Australia. KMS... 


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