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Mineral Sands News

Global gold mining major highlights academic partnership with South Africa’s Fort Hare 

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2024 The University of Fort Hare, where the offspring of mineworkers were the first graduates, has agreed a R12.5-million, initial ten-year academic partnership with gold mining major AngloGold Ashanti, which no longer mines in this country and is now domiciled in London. Fort Hare is the university... 

Orion, Thungela, Richards Bay Minerals make headlines   

21st June 2024 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses South Africa becoming one of the world’s most compelling short-term investment stories, which is good news for Orion Minerals; Thungela Resources being poised to spend R3.9-billion worth of capital in South Africa going forward; and Richards Bay... 

Orion, Thungela, Richards Bay Minerals make headlines
Orion, Thungela, Richards Bay Minerals make headlines

Marula finalising arrangement for first sales from Blesberg project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th June 2024 Africa-focused battery metals investment and exploration company Marula Mining’s executive management team is finalising the outstanding logistics and export arrangements for the initial 500 t of spodumene to be sold from the Blesberg project, in South Africa. This initial sale and the receipt of... 

Fast-greening Richards Bay Minerals now eyeing on-site renewables, storage, aggregation  

By: Martin Creamer     19th June 2024 Energy-intensive Richards Bay Minerals (RBM), which consumes an average of 1.8 terawatts of power a year, was able to secure its latest 140 MW wind energy power purchase agreement (PPA) in six months. When operating at full capacity, RBMs, power consumption across its mining and smelting... 

Richards Bay Minerals GM for Growth Strategy Bradley Reddy.
Richards Bay Minerals' Bradley Reddy interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Cereamer.

Sierra Rutile reports Area 1 fatality

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th June 2024 ASX-listed Sierra Rutile has suspended operations at a part of Area 1, Sierra Leone, to conduct a review into the death of a worker on site on Monday. Expressing the company’s condolences, MD and CEO Theuns de Bruyn said that it was a sad day for Sierra Rutile and its people. 

MRG enters into JV with Sinowin to develop mineral sands projects in Mozambique

By: Darren Parker     13th June 2024 ASX-listed MRG Metals has entered into a binding joint venture (JV) agreement with Chinese mineral investment companies Sinowin Lithium and Sinowin Lithium Cobalt (SLC) to develop its Mozambique Corridor Sands projects, including Corridor Central and Corridor South, as well as other heavy mineral... 

Reserve Bank concern about decline of public markets welcome development – Miller  

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2024 The concern that South Africa’s Reserve Bank expressed last week on the state of this country’s public markets is seen as a welcome development by AmaranthCX director and public market promoter Paul Miller. Everything the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) has done has not been enough to change... 

AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Image kicks off preliminary works at WA mineral sands project

By: Mariaan Webb     11th June 2024 ASX-listed Image Resources has started minor, or preliminary work activities at its Atlas mineral sands project, north of Perth in Western Australia. Preliminary works include the construction of the Atlas accommodation camp and deconstruction of the wet concentration plant (WCP) at Boonanarring... 

Minerals Council calls for collaborative relationship among govt, labour, civil society and the private sector

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th June 2024 As political parties discuss the way forward in establishing a government of national unity, the Minerals Council South Africa says it and its members are advocating for a constructive, collaborative and trusting relationship among government, labour, civil society and the private sector to... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane

Ironveld assessing options amid financing hiccup

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th June 2024 London-listed Ironveld, which owns a high-purity iron, vanadium and titanium project on the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex, in Limpopo, South Africa, says it is assessing its options as it may not be able to secure the funding it was previously expecting to close by the first half of this... 

Richards Bay Minerals signs agreement for additional 140 MW of renewable energy   

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2024 A second renewable-energy project has been announced for heavy mineral sands extraction and refining company Richards Bay Minerals (RBM), which mines in northern KwaZulu-Natal and produces materials used in a wide range of everyday products, from paints to smartphones. In 2022, the Rio Tinto... 

From left Werner Duvenhage, James Cumming and Michael Wickins.
Richards Bay Minerals latest renewable energy announcement covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd.

NOA helps Tronox decarbonise its South African operations with 25-yr energy supply agreement

By: Sabrina Jardim     6th June 2024 Local integrated energy company NOA Group Holdings has entered into a 25-year energy supply agreement with NYSE-listed titanium dioxide pigment manufacturer Tronox Holdings for its South African operating sites. Under the terms of the agreement, NOA will supply Tronox’s operations in... 

NOA Trading CEO Andrew Taylor
NOA Trading CEO Andrew Taylor

First call applications for R400m junior mining exploration fund close July 12

By: Martin Creamer     4th June 2024 The first call applications for the R400-million junior mining exploration fund (JMEF) close on July 12. This was stated on Tuesday in a media release issued by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), in partnership with the Council for Geoscience (CGS) and the Industrial... 

Need for quick exploration activity.
Unless exploration increases fast, the vital mining economy will shrink.

Contractor employee dies at Kenmare’s Moma mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd June 2024 London-listed Kenmare Resources has reported the death of an excavator operator, who was employed by a contractor at the Moma titanium minerals mine, in Mozambique. The operator was involved in a fatal incident during the night shift on June 1, when a team of employees were establishing a new... 

Moma mine, in Mozambique
Moma mine, in Mozambique

Mintek titanium production technology set to improve efficiencies

By: Darren Parker     31st May 2024 National mineral research organisation Mintek’s innovative Impril process technology has achieved crucial efficiencies in titanium production, the organisation reports. Titanium oxide (TiO2) is a key ingredient in creating white pigments. Its versatility makes it an essential compound in many... 

Mintek CEO Dr Molefi Motuku
Mintek CEO Dr Molefi Motuku

New power contract facilitates Sierra Rutile's Area 1 restart

By: Mariaan Webb     30th May 2024 Mineral sands miner Sierra Rutile has restarted operations at Area 1 in Sierra Leone, facilitated by a new contract for additional power generation capacity. The ASX-listed company has entered into an 18-month contract with Himoinsa Southern Africa for the provision of 7 MW of power supply. The... 

New power contract facilitates Sierra Rutile's Area 1 restart

Sheffield ramps up production at new WA mineral sands mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th May 2024 Ramp up activities at the Thunderbird mineral sands mine, in Western Australia, are progressing well, with the new mine moving towards nameplate capacity, ASX-listed executive chairperson Bruce Griffin reported on Wednesday. For the quarter to date, Thunderbird has achieved mine production... 

Sheffield ramps up production at new WA mineral sands mine

Metallica puts Cape Flattery development works on hold amid takeover

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd May 2024 Takeover target Metallica Minerals has suspended the majority of the planned project development works at its Cape Flattery silica project, in Queensland, citing the unsolicited, offmarket takeover offer by Diatreme Resources. The company said that it had engaged with the Office of the... 

Metallica puts Cape Flattery development works on hold amid takeover

Enviro thumbs-up for Image’s mineral sands mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd May 2024 The Atlas mineral sands project, north of Perth in Western Australia, has received environmental approval, ASX-listed Image Resources reported on Thursday. The approval from Energy, Environment and Climate Action Minister Reece Whitby to develop the Atlas project moved the company one step... 

Congo lawyers say received new evidence on Apple's minerals supply chain

By: Reuters     22nd May 2024 International lawyers representing the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo said on Wednesday new evidence gathered from whistleblowers indicates that Apple is sourcing minerals from conflict areas in the east of the country. In a statement, the lawyers urged Apple to answer questions... 

A laptop with the Apple logo

Latest cadastre agreement excites South Africa’s Junior Indaba panel  

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2024 There were expressions of excitement at the South Africa’s Junior Indaba on Tuesday when attendees at the important mining event learnt of the signing of the service-level agreement (SLA) for South Africa's long-awaited mining cadastral system, a key tool for orderly mineral exploration... 

Opening Junior Indaba panel (from left) Lili Nupen, Tseliso Maqubela, Errol Smart, Mosa Mabuza, Bernard Swanepoel.
Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Premier raises £1.25m for use at its Zulu lithium, tantalum project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st May 2024 London-listed Premier African Minerals is raising about £1.25-million through the issue of about 781.25-million shares at 0.16p each. It will use the funds raised for the ongoing mining operations at its Zulu lithium and tantalum project, in Zimbabwe, as well as for working capital purposes. 

Strandline to sell Tanzania mineral sands asset

By: Mariaan Webb     20th May 2024 Australia’s Strandline Resources has agreed to sell its Tanzania mineral sands assets to a subsidiary of rare earths and mineral sands miner Shenghe Resources. Strandline will receive a total of $43-million, comprising A$27.2-million for the sale of Strandline’s shares in the Tanzania projects... 

Diatreme’s Metallica takeover offer period extended

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th May 2024 The new closing date for mineral sands miner Diatreme Resources’ offmarket takeover of fellow ASX-listed Metallica Minerals has been extended to June 3. Following acceptances from the two biggest Metallica shareholders and many other shareholders, Diatreme currently has a relevant interest of... 

Congo demands international embargo on Rwandan mineral exports

By: Bloomberg     16th May 2024 The Democratic Republic of Congo called for an international embargo of metal exports from neighboring Rwanda, whose government it accuses of using rebel groups to steal its natural resources. All mining products from Rwanda should be considered “blood minerals,” because their sale allegedly... 

MRC plans to sell SA mineral sands mine as focus shifts to graphite

By: Mariaan Webb     10th May 2024 ASX-listed Mineral Commodities (MRC) has announced a decision to divest its interest in the Tormin mineral sands mine in South Africa to allow the company to focus its efforts on graphite assets and downstream active anode material projects. The company entered into a proceed deed with... 

MRC plans to sell SA mineral sands mine as focus shifts to graphite

Kenmare paid Moz govt $30m in taxes, royalties and fees for 2023  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th May 2024 London-listed Kenmare Resources paid the Mozambique government $30.56-million – made up of  $19.8-million, $10.26-million in royalties and $504 000 in fees – in 2023, the company reports in its ‘Payments to Governments 2023’ report. Kenmare operates the Moma titanium minerals mine in northern... 

An image showing the Moma titanium minerals mine
The Moma titanium minerals mine

Sierra Rutile to restart Area 1 operations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th May 2024 ASX-listed Sierra Rutile on Tuesday announced the planned to restart of Area 1 mining operations, pending a contract for additional power generation capacity and assuming that a new fiscal regime would be in place. Earlier this week, the government instructed Sierra Rutile to restart operations... 

Sierra Rutile to restart Area 1 operations

Sierra Rutile directed to resume mining operations

By: Mariaan Webb     6th May 2024 The government of Sierra Leone has instructed ASX-listed Sierra Rutile to recommence mining activities in Area 1 by the end of the month. Government views Sierra Rutile’s suspension of mining at Area 1 as a violation of the Mines and Minerals Development Act and has given the company until May... 

Sierra Rutile directed to resume mining operations

Kazera nuclear permit delayed over additional requirements

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd May 2024 Aim-listed Kazera Global has completed all the mechanical commissioning work required for the Whale Head Minerals heavy mineral sands project in Alexander Bay, South Africa, to proceed with final electrical commissioning. The electrical commissioning is expected to be completed within the next... 

Ironveld appoints Kristoffer Andersson CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd May 2024 London-listed Ironveld, which owns a high-purity iron, vanadium and titanium project on the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex, in Limpopo, South Africa, has appointed Kristoffer Andersson CEO. He succeeds Martin Eales, who stepped down as CEO in February. 

A smelter owned and operated by Ironveld

How 30 years of democracy has transformed South Africa's mining industry  

By: Martin Creamer     25th April 2024 South Africa’s 30 years of democracy has changed the character of this country’s mining industry profoundly, Minerals Council South Africa emphasised in a report that highlights the industry’s significant advance since the dawning of democracy in 1994. Importantly, South Africa’s highly regarded... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane.
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane.

Congo questions Apple on concerns about use of conflict minerals

By: Bloomberg     25th April 2024 The Democratic Republic of Congo’s government notified Apple of concerns that the company’s supply chain may be tainted by conflict minerals sourced from the central African nation. A group of international lawyers engaged on behalf of the Congolese State sent a list of questions to the US tech... 

An Apple computer

Base Resources, Energy Fuels to merge, create enhanced critical minerals company

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd April 2024 ASX- and Aim-listed Base Resources and US-based uranium and critical minerals producer Energy Fuels have reached a binding agreement for Energy Fuels to acquire 100% of the issued shares in Base Resources by way of scheme of arrangement. Base shareholders are to receive 0.0260 Energy Fuels common... 

Exploration drilling at the Toliara project
Exploration drilling at the Toliara project

Iluka posts lower first-quarter volumes as planned

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th April 2024 Australia-focused mineral sands and rare earths miner Iluka Resources has reported lower year-on-year production of most of its commodities owing to inventory management and a major maintenance outage in the quarter ended March 31. The company’s zircon/rutile/synthetic rutile production totalled... 

Whitehaven expects newly acquired mines to add up to 5Mt a quarter to production

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th April 2024 Australia-based coal producer Whitehaven Coal continues to deliver strong operational performances at its Maules Creek and Gunnedah openpit mines, having produced 4.4-million tonnes of run-of-mine (RoM) coal in the quarter ended March 31. Production at the Narrabri project, however, was lower... 

A Whitehaven Coal operation

Minerals Council South Africa setting out to boost local demand for green hydrogen 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2024 Minerals Council South Africa is focused on increasing the domestic demand for green hydrogen, which it sees as contributing to the kickstarting of the hydrogen economy in South Africa. “The applications that we’re looking at are stationary as well as mobility applications of using hydrogen... 

From left, Dr Rebecca Maserumule, Sietse van der Woude, Zanele Mavusa Mbatha
From left, Dr Rebecca Maserumule, Sietse van der Woude, Zanele Mavusa Mbatha.

Sierra Rutile unveils DFS for Sembehun project

By: Mariaan Webb     12th April 2024 Takeover target Sierra Rutile has unveiled the results of its definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the Sembehun project, underscoring the transformative impact of the rutile project, located in Sierra Leone. Sembehun stands out as one of the biggest and highest-grade natural rutile deposits... 

Sierra Rutile unveils DFS for Sembehun project
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