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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... 

Australian Potash raises funds for Lake Wells

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st May 2020 ASX-listed Australian Potash has raised an initial A$2-million through a share placement, and was hoping to raise a further A$3.15-million though a pro rata renounceable rights issue. The company placed an initial 40-million shares, at a price of 5c each to sophisticated and professional... 

Danakali going ahead with East Africa project’s development

By: Simone Liedtke     30th April 2020 ASX-listed Danakali is proceeding with Phase 2 of the engineering, procurement, construction and management (EPCM) at its Colluli potash project, in Eritrea. The Colluli project is 100% owned by the Colluli Mining Share Company (CMSC), a joint venture between Danakali and the Eritrean National... 

Kore strikes high-grade potash mineralisation at Dougou Extension

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th April 2020 JSE- and Aim-listed Kore Potash has announced results from a drill programme that was conducted on the Dougou Extension project, which forms part of the company’s 70%-owned Sintoukola potash project, in Congo-Brazzaville, in the first quarter of this year. The company plans to publish a... 

Highfield finds buyer for Muga salt

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th April 2020 Potash developer Highfield Resources has inked a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with salt distribution company Maxisalt-Paradira Premium for up to 500 000 t/y of salt from the Muga potash mine, in Spain. The MoU covered 400 000 t/y of vacuum salt, a higher value product, and 100... 

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... 

Morale high as Covid-masked South African miners get back to work
Mineworkers with personal protective equipment.

Kore to publish study for Dougou Extension project in May

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2020 JSE-listed Kore Potash continues with detailed work on the Dougou Extension prefeasibility study, with publication envisioned in May. The Dougou Extension forms part of the company’s 97%-owned Sintoukola potash project, based in Congo-Brazzaville.  

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... 

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

Learning curve still too steep to define ‘best practice’ mining response
ICMM CEO Tom Butler

Danakali appoints two AFC directors to its board

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd April 2020 Dual-listed Danakali has appointed Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) president and CEO Samaila Zubairu and Taiwo Adeniji  AFC senior director for investment operations and execution as nonexecutive directors of its board. Danakali says they will bring significant experience to the board and... 

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)... 

Firm directive to ensure safe mining resumption
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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe.

Emmerson’s finalised decline design confirms low capex mine access at Khemisset

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th April 2020 Morocco-focused potash development company Emmerson has finalised the feasibility study components for the mine access design and costing for its Khemisset potash project, in northern Morocco. The project is advantaged by industry leading capital costs and bottom quartile all-in delivered cost to... 

Orosur CEO leaves for top job at Highfield

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th April 2020 South American-focused gold developer Orosur Mining on Monday announced that CEO Ignacio Salazar will be stepping down and leave the company on July 17, to take up a new position as CEO of Highfield Resources – an Australia-listed mining company with assets in Spain. Salazar has been the CEO of... 

Impala CE granted bail after appearance on Covid-19 charge 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2020 The arrest of the chief executive of Implats' Implala Platinum Rustenburg mining operations was on Friday welcomed by the Mineral Resources and Energy Parliamentary chairperson Sahlulele Luzipo, who on Thursday called on law enforcement agencies to act decisively against mining executives who... 

Impala CE granted bail after appearance on Covid-19 charge
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Impala Platinum Rustenburg CE Mark Munroe

Enlarged Fort Cady a winner for ABR

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th April 2020 An enhanced definitive feasibility study (DFS) into the Fort Cady borate mine, in Southern California, has established an increased production capacity, ASX-listed American Pacific Borates (ABR) said on Friday. The initial DFS, completed in late 2018, was modified in 2019 to include a low... 

Salt Lake to raise A$20m for Lake Way

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th April 2020 Potash developer Salt Lake Potash has received binding commitments to raise A$20-million through a share placement to new and existing institutional investors. The company on Friday announced that it would issue 58.8-million shares at a price of 34c each, to raise the cash, enabling Salt Lake to... 

Mechanised shaft-boring feasibility studies under way

By: Darren Parker     17th April 2020 Shaft sinking original-equipment manufacturer Herrenknecht is engaged in numerous feasibility studies with mining contractors in South Africa and other African countries, such as Zambia, for the potential use of the company’s mechanised shaft-boring machines. Herrenknecht business development... 

Mechanised shaft-boring feasibility studies under way
HITTING ROCK BOTTOM The Jansen project was the first time globally that mining shafts have been sunk successfully using only mechanical excavation

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 welcomes revised Covid-19 regulations
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,... 

Mining may resume at 50% capacity – Minister
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Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Matashe during virtual media conference.

Australian Potash inks supply agreement

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th April 2020 ASX-listed Australian Potash has inked a second binding term sheet with Migao International to supply 50 000 t/y of premium sulphate of potash (SOP) from its Lake Wells project, in Western Australia. The offtake agreement will span an initial ten-year term, and would include K-Brite (SOP) sales... 

Too early to comment on when mining will resume – Minerals Council

By: Martin Creamer     9th April 2020 Comment on when mining industry operations will resume is premature but what is certain is that when resumption does occur, it will not be business as usual, Minerals Council South Africa said on Thursday. Noting reports on the resumption of mining operations after 16 April, Minerals Council... 

Emmerson to apply for mining permit in Morocco before year-end

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2020 London-listed potash developer Emmerson started this year with a great deal of purpose, making progress on its feasibility study and a clear plan for the future to further de-risk the Khemisset project, in Morocco. Following a rigorous site selection trade-off study, the company has selected two... 

Fertoz eyes US JV

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th April 2020 ASX-listed Fertoz has inked a letter of intent and supply agreement with US based PhoSul, a subsidiary of diversified commercial fertilizer provider Propeat. Under the agreement, Fertoz would supply rock phosphate for use in PhoSul for a patented fertilizer blend of phosphate and speciality... 

Kore gets extended enviro compliance certificate for two Congo licences

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2020 ASX-, Aim- and JSE-listed Kore Potash has been granted 25-year certificates of environmental compliance by the Congo-Brazzaville government for the Dougou and Kola mining licences. The environmental- and social-impact assessments (ESIAs) for both licences previously required reapproval on a... 

Lake Way on track for 2020 commissioning

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd April 2020 The Lake Way potash project, in Western Australia, is on track for commissioning in December this year, with owner Salt Lake Potash reporting that civil earthworks for the process plant and non-process infrastructure has been completed. The completed work includes pad preparation for... 

Standard Bank meeting all capital and liquidity requirements 

By: Martin Creamer     1st April 2020 Capital and liquidity requirements across all the markets in which it operates are continuing to be met, Standard Bank Group FD Dr Arno Daehnke said during an investor call. Daehnke disclosed that the bank was benefitting from building up increased capital levels over the last few years in line... 

Standard Bank meeting all capital and liquidity requirements
Sim Tshabalala

Anglo pushes pause button on newly acquired UK project

By: Mariaan Webb     27th March 2020 Construction and development activity at the Woodsmith polyhalite project, which Anglo American acquired earlier this month, is being paused, the diversified major announced on Friday. This is in line with the British government’s measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, which by Friday has... 

Anglo pushes pause button on newly acquired UK project

Foskor clarifies it will continue with operations amid lockdown

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th March 2020 Phosphates and phosphoric acid producer Foskor has advised that it will continue with mining activities in Phalaborwa and its processing operations in Richards Bay, owing to it being an essential service in providing products to the agriculture and food sectors in South Africa, during the... 

Kropz expects tribunal hearing to be rescheduled after national lockdown

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th March 2020 Aim-listed Kropz has advised that all its employees based in South Africa will be working from home during the national lockdown declared from March 26 midnight to April 16. Kropz does not anticipate its Elandsfontein phosphate mine, in the Western Cape, to be adversely impacted on by the... 

Emmerson progressing feasibility study at Morocco potash project

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd March 2020 Progress on finalising the feasibility study at potash-focused development company Emmerson’s Khemisset potash project, in Northern Morocco, continues, with only minor, if any, delays to the delivery timetable expected. Emmerson on Monday said that it still expects to be able to meet the... 

Anglo takes companywide measures to limit spread, mitigate impacts of Covid-19 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2020 Global diversified miner Anglo American has announced the measures that it is taking in light of the Covid-19 outbreak across its mining and corporate operations. CE Mark Cutifani says the measures are often tailored to the specific nature and location of a particular site to protect the... 

Anglo takes companywide measures to limit spread, mitigate impacts of Covid-19

Agrimin gains potash project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th March 2020 ASX-listed Agrimin has acquired the Lake Auld potash project, in Western Australia, in exchange for shares. The company told shareholders that it would issue project owner Zinfadel Exploration with 250 000 fully paid ordinary shares as part of the consideration to acquire the exploration... 

Geotechnical drilling improves safety at phosphate mine

By: Darren Parker     20th March 2020 Drilling company Geomech Africa, part of geotechnical services holding company GeoGroup, has completed its geotechnical investigation at phosphate product producer and distributor Foskor’s phosphate mining operation in Phalaborwa, Limpopo. The Foskor phosphate mine comprises the North and South... 

Geotechnical drilling improves safety at phosphate mine
DOING THE HOLE JOB The geotechnical investigations required the drilling of two holes in the North pit and five in the South pit at depths of between 300 m and 500 m

New chapter for Woodsmith as Anglo American takes control

By: Mariaan Webb     17th March 2020 As a new chapter arrived for the Woodsmith polyhalite project, with diversified miner Anglo American on Tuesday officially taking control, Sirius Minerals chairperson Russell Scrimshaw has expressed his hopes for the project and apologised to shareholders for the value that the takeover has... 

New chapter for Woodsmith as Anglo American takes control

Infinity sells Gabon potash assets

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th March 2020 ASX-listed Infinity Lithium Corporation has struck a binding sales agreement to divest of its potash assets in Gabon, allowing the company to focus on its San Jose lithium project, in Spain. Infinity told shareholders that the divestment of its subsidiary Equatorial Potash would remove costs... 

Kropz appeal hearing postponed owing to self-quarantine measures 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2020 Aim-listed emerging phosphate producer Kropz on Monday announced that its appeal hearing before the Water Tribunal, regarding the Elandsfontein project’s integrated water-use licence, had been postponed. The appeal hearing was supposed to convene on Monday, but has been postponed owing to... 

Kropz appeal hearing postponed owing to self-quarantine measures
Elandsfontein mine, in the Western Cape

Sirius wins shareholders' backing for Anglo American takeover

By: Mariaan Webb     4th March 2020 The shareholders of London-listed Sirius Minerals have approved a takeover by global mining major Anglo American. Almost 62% of the shareholders who voted at a general meeting in London on Tuesday voted for the deal. These shareholders represented 80% of the shares. The approval now paves the... 

Sirius wins shareholders' backing for Anglo American takeover
The Woodsmith mine, in North Yorkshire.

Danakali subsidiary completes first phase of potash project development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd March 2020 LSE- and ASX-listed Danakali’s subsidiary Colluli Mining Share Company has made progress with the engineering, procurement, construction and management (EPCM) programme for the Colluli sulphate of potash project, in Eritrea. The company has successfully executed Phase 1 of the EPCM programme,... 

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