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Mineral Sands News

Mayur’s Orokolo Bay partner faces ‘sudden financial difficulties’

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st February 2024 Australia-based Mayur Resources said on Wednesday that its partner in the Orokolo Bay vanadium, titanium and iron sands project, in Papua New Guinea, had pulled out, citing “sudden financial difficulties” related to the depressed state of the global nickel market. Mayur and Indonesia-based PT... 

Iluka confirms cost blowout at Australian rare earths refinery

By: Mariaan Webb     21st February 2024 Critical minerals company Iluka Resources on Wednesday confirmed a major cost overrun at its Eneabba rare earths refinery, stating that the project would cost between A$1.7-billion and A$1.8-billion. This is at the top-end of the A$1.5-billion to A$1.8-billion guidance range provided in... 

Iluka MD Tom O'Leary says the Eneabba refinery project has not been immune to inflation
Iluka MD Tom O'Leary says the Eneabba refinery project has not been immune to inflation

Tormin Mineral Sands faces production delays

By: Sabrina Jardim     19th February 2024 Mining and development company Mineral Commodities’ (MRC’s) operations at the Tormin mine, in South Africa – held by the company’s 50%-owned subsidiary Mineral Sands Resources – has, so far, performed below expectations in the March quarter of this year. While production in the December 2023... 

Sovereign brings seasoned ESG officer on board for Kasiya development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th February 2024 ASX- and Aim-listed titanium and graphite miner Sovereign Metals has appointed Marco Da Cunha as lead environmental, social and governance (ESG) officer. Da Cunha has almost 20 years’ experience in environmental and social management, including preparing environmental- and social-impact... 

Power aggregators seen as key accelerators of South African mining’s energy transition  

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2024 Many energy projects selling to one buyer, who in turn sells to many mines – this procurement model is seen as a key financial tool to accelerate the energy transition of South Africa’s mining industry. “We think the aggregator model can really accelerate the requirements of the mines to get... 

Nedbank CIB) Energy Finance Co-Head Amith Singh.
Nedbank CIB Energy Finance Co-Head Amith Singh interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Kenmare receives commitments for new $200m credit facility

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th February 2024 London-listed Kenmare Resources, which operates the Moma titanium minerals mine in northern Mozambique, has received commitments in respect of a new $200-million revolving credit facility (RCF). “The new $200-million RCF supports our planned capital programmes in the coming years. It removes the... 

An image showing the Moma titanium minerals mine in northern Mozambique
The Moma titanium minerals mine

Noise-induced hearing loss now highest priority mining health condition, Indaba hears 

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2024 Noise-induced hearing loss has displaced tuberculosis (TB) and silicosis as the top priority health threat in the South African mining industry. “I’m emphasising noise-induced hearing loss because the other diseases have gone down markedly whereas noise-induced hearing loss has not gone down as... 

From left Minerals Council South Africa’s Sietse van der Woude, Dr Thuthula Balfour, Japie Fullard, Mzila Mthenjane and Dushendra Naidoo.
From left Minerals Council South Africa’s Sietse van der Woude, Dr Thuthula Balfour, Japie Fullard, Mzila Mthenjane and Dushendra Naidoo.

WiMSA has strong presence at Mining Indaba 

5th February 2024 Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA) provides a free platform that supports and guides women's personal growth, leadership and career development in the South African mining industry. WiMSA was established in 2010 as a completely independent, volunteer-run non-profit organisation and exist... 

WiMSA has strong presence at Mining Indaba

South Africa’s mining industry now 39% black-owned, Mining Indaba hears 

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2024 In 2004, the year South Africa’s far-reaching Mining Charter was first introduced, black ownership in South Africa’s globally recognised mining industry stood at a negligible 2%. This has now leapt nearly 20 times higher to approximately 39%, South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa highlighted in... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Mining Indaba.
President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Mining Indaba.

Kwale titanium mine to close at end of year

By: Darren Parker     30th January 2024 African mineral sands producer Base Resources has confirmed that its Kwale titanium mining operation in Kenya will come to an end at the end of the year. In an operational, development and corporate update for the quarter ended December 31, 2023, the company said that, upon completion of an... 

kwale mineral sands mining operation

Processing solutions manufacturer optimistic for African mining

By: Halima Frost     26th January 2024 Despite economic challenges globally, international minerals processing specialist Multotec Group remains optimistic about the future of mining in Africa and the company is looking forward to a productive and insightful Investing in African Mining Indaba this year, says Multotec Africa MD Peter... 

A Multotec pulping chute being manufactured with a woman in PPE looking through the centre of the Chute
CHUTING FOR THE STARS A Multotec pulping chute which embraces new technology to maximise efficacy being manufactured

Mayur secures investment for PNG mineral sands project

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd January 2024 The share price of Mayur Resources rose 17% on the ASX on Tuesday as the company finalised the funding structure for its Orokolo Bay mineral sands project, in Papua New Guinea. Mayur has executed a series of legally binding contractual agreements with Indonesia-based PT SEA First Nickel Industry... 

Cadastre imminent, 2024 to be used as year to clear backlogs, says Minerals Minister 

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2024 The introduction of an electronic cadastral system to record and enable online access to mining data is imminent, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe emphasised in an interview with Radio 702 host Clement Manyathela on Thursday. Mantashe disclosed to Manyathela that agreement had... 

Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Gwede Mantashe

Global mining commits to nature-positive future 

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2024 Global mining and metals companies have committed at Davos to take urgent action to support a nature-positive future by 2030 that promotes the health, diversity and resilience of species, ecosystems and natural processes. International Council of Metals and Minerals (ICMM) members have pledged... 

ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan
ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan

South Africa-linked mining luminaries advising on metals industry greening 

By: Martin Creamer     17th January 2024 South Africa-linked mining luminaries are playing roles in an initiative to transform the metals industry with clean technology. Being targeted for metals is the elimination of energy-intensive smelters, toxic chemicals and strong acids. 

Ian Cockerill, Mark Cutifani and Tony O'Neill
Photo by Creamer Media
Ian Cockerill, Mark Cutifani and Tony O'Neill

Smart wristwatches to uplift mineworker well-being at Copper 360  

By: Martin Creamer     16th January 2024 Computer programmes that use artificial intelligence (AI) to model orebodies and plan mines optimally have already been introduced by Copper 360, says the JSE AltX-listed Northern Cape copper mining company, which is developing the Rietberg copper mine, the first of a dozen copper mining assets... 

Copper 360 CEO Jan Nelson
Copper 360 CEO Jan Nelson interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

JSE presents opportunity for critical mineral miners to access capital  

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2024 Critical mineral demand is growing significantly at a time when South Africa has a pressing need to reawaken its public markets – two crucial needs that can be fulfilled in one go by companies raising capital on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) to fund their entry into the critical minerals... 

JSE business development manager Patrycja Kula-Verster
JSE Business Development Manager Patrycja Kula-Verster interviewed by Engineering News & Mining Weekly.

Sheffield reports maiden Thunderbird shipment

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th January 2024 The first shipment of zircon concentrate from the Thunderbird mineral sands project, in Western Australia, has set sail, ASX-listed Sheffield Resources reported on Monday. With production starting ahead of schedule in the fourth quarter, subsidiary Kimberley Mineral Sands took advantage of its... 

Sheffield reports maiden Thunderbird shipment

Sierra Rutile lowers FY guidance, says demand remains soft

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th December 2023 ASX-listed Sierra Rutile on Thursday lowered its guidance for 2023 to between 111 000 t and 113 000 t, from the previous guidance of 115 000 to 120 000 t. The fourth quarter production will be lower than previously anticipated, owing to in-country disruptions, including fuel shortages arising... 

Additional critical minerals stream doubles Toliara NPV

By: Mariaan Webb     14th December 2023 Mineral sands producer Base Resources is setting up its Toliara project, in Madagascar, as potentially one of the biggest and most cost-competitive sources of rare earth oxides globally by exploiting the project's contained monazite. A prefeasibility study (PFS) focusing on monazite demonstrates... 

Mining urged to embrace international council’s new Scope 3 emissions guidance 

By: Martin Creamer     13th December 2023 All mining and metals companies are being urged to embrace new guidance on reducing Scope 3 emissions, which was published by the International Council for Mining and Metals (ICMM) on Wednesday. The guidance is a tool to assist mining companies in their engagement with the financial sector,... 

ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan.
ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan.

Orion appoints two nonexecutive directors

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th December 2023 JSE- and ASX-listed Orion Minerals has appointed Anthony Lennox and Patience Mpofu as nonexecutive directors. Lennox has 40 years of resource sector experience in operations, project development and corporate management. This includes 35 years of leading people and 20 years of board experience. 

Marula completes drilling programmes at South African project ahead of schedule

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th December 2023 Africa-focused mining and development company Marula Mining has completed Phase 1 and 2 diamond drilling programmes at the Blesberg lithium and tantalum mine in South Africa, ahead of schedule, with 42 holes completed for a total of 2 386.67 m. The Phase 2 drilling programme has now been... 

Greenfield investment lagging badly, mining’s contribution to economy halved 

By: Martin Creamer     1st December 2023 The growth of investment in fresh new greenfield mining projects is lagging badly and the contribution of the South African mining industry to the national economy has more than halved in the last two decades, Minerals Council South Africa’s latest Facts and Figures 2022 points out. Net fixed... 

Mining's net fixed capital formation, shown in blue, must be boosted.
Mining's net fixed capital formation, shown in blue, must be boosted.

Image paid for final Boonanarring shipment

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th November 2023 ASX-listed Image Resources has received A$22-million from the sale of its final bulk shipment of heavy mineral concentrate (HMC) from its Boonanarring mineral sands project, in Western Australia. Mining and processing at Boonanarring were completed in August. 

Base turns focus to Toliara project as Kwale comes to an end

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th November 2023 Mineral sands producer Base Resources describes the 2023 financial year as one of operational and financial success in which the company delivered robust results at its Kwale Operations, in Kenya, where operations are due to cease in December 2024. Chairperson Michael Stirzaker says tight control... 

New Utshalo has potential to boost mining IPOs, enliven public markets 

By: Martin Creamer     24th November 2023 South Africa has a pressing need to reawaken its public markets and the new Utshalo must be complimented for setting out to do just that. New mining capital raisings have become too few and far between, liquidity is drying up, and the delisting trend on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) must... 

Former Nedbank investment banker Paul Miller.
Former Nedbank investment banker Paul Miller.

Strandline makes several management changes

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd November 2023 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources on Thursday announced a slew of executive and management changes, including the appointment of a new COO and the resignation of its CFO. Strandline, which owns the Coburn mineral sands project in Tanzania, appointed Belinda Murray as COO. She... 

African Rainbow Minerals provides R20-million for Wits University research 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd November 2023 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) is supporting postdoctoral research into water, energy and digitalisation at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg. The investment is firmly located within the university’s mining precinct and dovetails with the... 

ARM founder and executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe and Wits ARM Building.
ARM founder and executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe and Wits ARM Building.

Imperative that exploration plan be implemented as matter of urgency – Khoza

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2023 If South Africa is not to be left out of the exploration boom, spurred by the immense mineral resources required to develop technologies needed to achieve net zero, it is imperative that the recommendations of South Africa’s Exploration Implementation Plan be implemented in full as a matter of... 

Integrated Geoscience Solutions Technical Director Dr David Khoza.
Integrated Geoscience Solutions Technical Director Dr David Khoza.

Andrada renews tin, tantalum offtake agreements

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th November 2023 African technology metals mining company Andrada Mining has renewed its offtake agreements with Thailand Smelting and Refining Co (Thaisarco) and AfriMet Resources for tin concentrate and tantalum concentrate, respectively. The offtake agreement with Thaisarco, for at least 90 t a month of tin... 

The Uis tin mine
The Uis tin mine

South Africa’s ilmenite poised for huge value boost following China signing 

By: Martin Creamer     15th November 2023 South African ilmenite used to manufacture titanium dioxide pigment in KwaZulu-Natal has received a major value boost with the signing of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the long-awaited sulphuric acid titanium dioxide project that has been championed over many... 

From left ECEC deputy marketing director  Xia Lungang, Nyanza CEO Donovan Chimhandamba, ECEC chairperson Li Lixin, Nyanza chairperson William Mathamela.
From left ECEC deputy marketing director Xia Lungang, Nyanza CEO Donovan Chimhandamba, ECEC chairperson Li Lixin, Nyanza chairperson William Mathamela.

Renewables now critical part of metal mining thinking, says Sibanye-Stillwater 

By: Martin Creamer     14th November 2023 Renewables have become a critical part of metal mining thinking, the Sibanye-Stillwater Battery Metals Investor Day 2023 audience heard on Tuesday. “If you look at electricity, renewables are expected to account for between 80% and 90% of global power generation. So, renewables have become a very... 

Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman.
Sibanye-Stillwater Battery Metals Investor Day covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

UEC presents economic study for Paraguay titanium project

By: Mariaan Webb     14th November 2023 NYSE American-listed Uranium Energy Corp (UEC) has filed an initial economic evaluation for the Alto Paraná titanium project, in Paraguay, upgrading the resource, refining the technical approach to development and showing robust financial returns. The base case design of 150 000 t/y of high... 

Appian picks up US mineral sands assets from Illuka

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd November 2023 UK-based mining and metals investment adviser Appian Capital Advisory is expanding its US presence, announcing the acquisition of near-production-ready mineral sands deposits and processing facilities in Virginia. The mineral sands investment follows Appian’s US graphite investment, announced... 

Mintek’s AMAZEMET acquisition to support SA’s additive manufacturing ambitions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd November 2023 Mintek’s latest technological acquisition, the AMAZEMET rePowder ultrasonic atomisation and alloy development machine, is an extremely advanced piece of equipment that is expected to strengthen and bolster the country’s minerals-based and three-dimensional (3D) printing industries. The machine... 

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Base to close down Kwale operations in December 2024

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th October 2023 Dual-listed mineral sands producer Base Resources has advised that its mining operations at the Kwale project, in Kenya, will cease in December 2024 as per the mine plan. Although the company undertook an exhaustive exploration programme on two surrounding areas to the Kwale mine, being the... 

MRC seeks to raise up to A$15m

By: Mariaan Webb     26th October 2023 ASX-listed Mineral Commodities (MRC) has announced plans for a A$15-million capital raise to invest in its South Africa mineral sands operation and to fund the funds its battery minerals division. The company on Thursday launch an accelerated nonrenounceable entitlement offer under which up to... 

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