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Cabinless, emissionless vehicle foretelling underground’s autonomous future  

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2020 Mining Weekly on Wednesday watched a cabinless emission-free next-generation mining vehicle autonomously load, haul and dump in an underground mine, without a human in sight. The cabinless design places emphasis on the extent to which traditional human operation at the rockface is becoming a... 

MD of Kropz's Elandsfontein project resigns, remains adviser to the project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th September 2020 Jan Steenkamp has resigned as MD of Aim-listed emerging phosphate miner Kropz's Elandsfontein project, in South Africa. He will, however, remain on the board of Kropz Elandsfontein as a nonexecutive director, as well as in a technical advisory capacity for the ongoing development of the... 

Kore starts Phase 1 of DFS for DX project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th September 2020 Potash development company Kore Potash has started work on the first phase of a definitive feasibility study (DFS) for its 97%-owned DX Potash project in the Sintoukola basin of Congo-Brazzaville, following a recent equity fundraise. Phase 1 of the DFS is scheduled for completion in May 2021. 

Kropz makes second equity draw down

By: Donna Slater     25th September 2020 Phosphate explorer and developer Kropz has made its second quarterly drawdown request of $4-million under the equity facility with its major shareholder, the African Rainbow Capital (ARC) Fund. The second drawdown will be paid through the issuing of 50.96-million new ordinary shares at the issue... 

Lake Wells FID targeted for early 2021

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th September 2020 ASX-listed Australian Potash on Friday said it was on schedule to take a final investment decision on its Lake Wells sulphate of potash (SOP) project, in Western Australia, by the first quarter of next year. MD and CEO Matt Shackelton said on Friday that the company has made great progress... 

Renewables eyed at Lake Wells

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd September 2020 he Lake Wells sulphate of potash (SOP) project, in Western Australia, has been positioned as the lowest carbon dioxide emitting potash project development in Australia, following the completion of a front-end engineering and design (FEED) study for the engineering, procurement and construction... 

Emmerson’s Khemisset potash project a step closer to construction

By: Donna Slater     15th September 2020 Morocco-focused potash development company Emmerson’s 100%-owned Khemisset potash project in Northern Morocco is a step closer to construction with a detailed risk analysis having been completed to identify the areas that need further work to mitigate the risks and prepare the project for funding... 

BCI raises cash for Mardie work

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th September 2020 Potash developer BCI Minerals on Monday announced a A$48-million capital raise to allow for the start of early construction at the Mardie salt and potash project, in Western Australia, and to order long lead items. The junior company is undertaking a one-for-two fully underwritten, accelerated a... 

Minbos finds funding for DFS

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th September 2020 ASX-listed Minbos Resources will raise A$2.2-million in a two tranche share placement, having received commitments from sophisticated investors. Minbos will issue 848-million new shares, at a price of 0.15c each, in the fist tranche under its existing placement capacity. A further 662-million... 

Cantopex potash sales fully committed to end-2020

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th September 2020 Canada’s Canpotex, a joint venture between Mosaic and Nutrien, said on Wednesday that it was fully committed on volumes for potash sales for shipment through to December 31. The company said there was continued strong demand for potash in key offshore markets, supported by solid fundamentals for... 

Farmer appointed Davenport chairperson

By: Donna Slater     7th September 2020 ASX-listed potash miner Davenport Resources has appointed former Lonmin CEO Ian Farmer as nonexecutive chairperson as it continues the development of its portfolio of potash projects in Germany. Interim chairperson Dr Reinout Koopmans will step down with immediate effect, but will remain on the... 

Lake Wells gets EPA backing

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th September 2020 ASX-listed Australian Potash has been granted Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) approval for its Lake Wells potash project, in Western Australia. “We are very pleased to advise shareholders of the EPA board’s recommendation to the Minister that the Lake Wells project be approved for... 

New reagent increases recovery of phosphate

By: Theresa Bhowan     4th September 2020 Chemical reagents supplier and distributor Axis House has launched an extension to its phosphate range to include defoamer and decadmiation products in addition to the existing Rinkalore collector range for phosphate flotation. 

New reagent increases recovery of phosphate
PHOSPHATE SPECIALISED Axis House has launched an extension to its phosphate range to include defoamer and decadmiation products

South Africa’s green revolution gathering momentum 

2nd September 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has presented countries around the world with immense challenges, as the impact of the virus has affected every aspect of everyday life as we know it, write Dr Cosmas Chiteme, Dr Rebecca Maserumule and Prof Dmitri Bessarabov. (Chiteme and Maserumule are senior managers at... 

South Africa’s green revolution gathering momentum
Hydrogen fuel and containerised fuel cell installations at One Military Hospital in Pretoria.

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... 

Accommodation for  Aus SoP mine on track
NO POT LUCK A Beyondie SoP bankable feasibility study was completed prior to the company’s board approving full development of the project

Danakali starts with detailed design of Colluli potash project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th August 2020 ASX- and LSE-listed Danakali has confirmed that Phase 1 and 2 of its engineering, procurement, construction and management (EPCM) has been completed on budget, with all vendor and contractor packages received from DRA Global. This now allows for the completion of the tender evaluation process... 

Danakali starts with detailed design of Colluli potash project
Colluli potash site

Belarus unrest to potentially temper potash market, empower other stakeholders

By: Donna Slater     27th August 2020 Amid political unrest in Belarus, which has impacted on many industries with strike action and with as many as 200 000 people having taken to the streets in protest, comes the possibility for new and upcoming potash miners to contribute more greatly and play a bigger role in contributing to... 

Belarus unrest to potentially temper potash market, empower other stakeholders

Resources added at Beyondie

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th August 2020 Potash developer Kalium Lakes has reported a six-million-tonne increase in the sulphate of potash (SoP) resource at its Beyondie project, in Western Australia. Kalium Lakes on Thursday reported a 200% increase in the measured and indicated resource at the Lake Sunshine deposit, following... 

Socioeconomic study confirms benefits of Khemisset, says Emmerson

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th August 2020 A socioeconomic study into the Khemisset potash project, in Morocco, has provided measurable and verifiable confirmation of the significant benefits that the project will deliver at a local, regional and national level, says project owner Emmerson. The study indicates that 2 385 direct and... 

Kropz says Elandsfontein advancing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th August 2020 Aim-listed Kropz says development on the Elandsfontein project continues to advance, despite ongoing restrictions related to Covid-19. As previously reported, the company’s hearing with the Water Tribunal regarding Elandsfontein’s integrated water-use licence has been scheduled for September 3... 

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... 

Master Drilling aligning with opencast mines going underground in changing world
Master Drilling technology director Koos Jordaan’s presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Kore raises A$7m for DFS

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th August 2020 ASX, Aim and JSE-listed Kore Potash on Wednesday announced a $7-million capital raise to fund the first phase of a definitive feasibility study (DFS) for its Dougou extension sylvenite project, in the Republic of Congo. The placement is being conducted via an accelerated bookbuild, with the... 

Minbos scoping proves true for Cabinda

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th August 2020 A scoping study in the Cabinda phosphate project, in Angola, has estimated that the project could cost between $27.9-million and $22.4-million to develop. ASX-listed Minbos Resources noted that the scoping study is based on an initial nameplate capacity of 150 000 t/y of enhanced phosphate rock,... 

Western Australian salt project gets federal backing

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th August 2020 The federal government has awarded ASX-listed BCI Minerals Major Project status for its Mardie salt and potash project, in Western Australia. Major Project status provides companies with extra support from the Major Projects Facilitation Agency, including a single entry point for Commonwealth... 

Danakali appoints accommodation, support services contractor for Colluli project

By: Simone Liedtke     20th August 2020 ASX- and LSE-listed Danakali’s Colluli Mining Share Company has appointed UK company RA International Group as its preferred contractor for the supply of accommodation, support services and other infrastructure buildings in support of the Colluli sulphate of potash project's development, in... 

Kropz to present Elandsfontein water-use licence case

By: Donna Slater     20th August 2020 The Water Tribunal has given Aim-listed phosphate explorer and developer Kropz three days, starting on September 3, to present its case in an appeal against the integrated water-use licence (WUL) for its Elandsfontein mine on South Africa's West Coast. The miner’s Elandsfontein WUL came into... 

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... 

Electra Mining Africa 2020 going digital with Connect – and it’s free of charge
Specialised Exhibitions MD Gary Corin outlines Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect plans to Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

BHP pushes out Jansen investment decision to mid-2021

By: Mariaan Webb     18th August 2020 The Jansen Stage 1 potash project, in Canada, will be presented to the BHP board for a final investment decision by the middle of next year, diversified major BHP CEO Mike Henry said on Tuesday. The company previously planned to present the project, east of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, to its board... 

BHP pushes out Jansen investment decision to mid-2021
The Jansen shaft in Saskatoon, Canada.

Fort Cady ‘less than 12 months from production’ – American Pacific Borates

By: Mariaan Webb     17th August 2020 US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Fort Cady borate mine, in southern California, an underground injection control permit, owner American Pacific Borates (ABR) announced on Monday. With the award of the permit, the ASX-listed company now had all substantive operational... 

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... 

Awesome new proudly South African face mask kindling international interest
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.

Another offtake agreement at Lake Wells

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th August 2020 ASX-listed Australian Potash has inked its fourth offtake agreement at its Lake Wells project, in Western Australia. The company on Wednesday announced that it had signed a binding term sheet with partner HELM AG for the supply of 30 000 t/y of premium sulphate of potash (SOP) from the Lake... 

Salt Lake completes first part of raising

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th August 2020 Potash developer Salt Lake has successfully completed the institutional component of it’s a$98.5-million equity raise, with ASX-listed Equatorial Resources taking a A$6-million stake. Equatorial’s subscription for a further 12-million shares in Salt Lake followed on from an original A$10-million... 

Mine export values back but volumes need boosting – Minerals Council 

By: Martin Creamer     10th August 2020 South Africa’s mine export values have bounced back encouragingly but volumes still need boosting. June’s export value was 13% up on May. 

Mine export values back but volumes need boosting – Minerals Council
Production and export volumes compared with export values.

Kropz appoints Hatch for Hinda logistics study

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th August 2020 Aim-listed Kropz has appointed global engineering and construction firm Hatch to conduct a focussed assessment on the export logistics capacity at its proposed port site in Pointe-Noir, which is 50 km from its Hinda phosphate project in Congo-Brazzaville. The results of the study will confirm the... 

Beyondie construction more than halfway

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th August 2020 The Beyondie sulphate of potash (SoP) project, in Western Australia, is more than 50% complete, ASX-listed Kalium Lakes said on Wednesday. The project is tracking ahead of schedule, the company told shareholders. Following a recent capital raise, construction has started on a number of project... 

Lake Way fully financed

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th August 2020 The Lake Way potash project, in Western Australia, is fully funded after owner Salt Lake Potash executed a $138-million debt financing package and a fully underwritten equity placement and accelerated non-renounceable entitlement offer to raise A$98.5-million. The ASX-listed Salt Lake on... 

Kropz appoints Summers as CEO

By: Donna Slater     4th August 2020 Aim-listed African phosphate explorer and developer Kropz has appointed Mark Summers CEO with effect from August 4. He had been serving as interim CEO since February 26.  

Exchange control lifting sends strong growth message – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     4th August 2020 The lifting of exchange control by South Africa sends a really strong message about the country’s desire to promote investment and growth, says Anglo American finance director Stephen Pearce. He gave South Africa a pat on the back during Anglo’s virtual presentation of half-year results last... 

Exchange control lifting sends strong growth message – Anglo
Anglo American finance director Stephen Pearce
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