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Darren Parker

Darren Parker

Darren Parker is a Creamer Media Senior Online Writer for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Localisation strategies must identify, remove constraints for local producers

1st July 2022 Effective localisation strategies must start by identifying the constraints on local producers that make it harder for them to compete with foreign suppliers, a report issued by economic research firm Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (Tips) on June 10 states. Tips identified several... 

Motsepe Foundation, partners invest in projects to uplift farmers, communities

1st July 2022 Nonprofit organisation the Motsepe Foundation has launched two large-scale agricultural and farming projects involving rural and traditional communities in Limpopo and Mpumalanga, in partnership with agriculture industry association Agri SA and established commercial farmers and agribusinesses.... 

Coburn mineral sands mine expedited

29th June 2022 The rapid construction of ASX-listed Strandline Resources’ Coburn mineral sands project in Western Australia has facilitated the start of openpit mine development two months ahead of schedule, the company said on Wednesday. After the successful early mobilisation of the mining contractor in... 

Pilbara pushes button on A$300m Pilgangoora expansion

29th June 2022 ASX-listed lithium group Pilbara Minerals on Wednesday announced a near A$300-million expansion of its Pilgangoora operation, in Western Australia, bolstering output by 100 000 t/y from late 2023. The board has made the final investment decision (FID) to go ahead with the P680 project, which will... 

Metro to expand Bauxite Hills operation

29th June 2022 ASX-listed Metro Mining’s board has approved a final investment decision (FID), subject to financing, to expand the capacity of its Bauxite Hills mine, in Queensland, to 7-million wet metric tonnes a year for a capital expenditure (capex) of A$28.3-million. The expansion will be financed from a... 

Satrix launches smart city infrastructure feeder ETF

28th June 2022 South African index investment business Satrix, a division of Sanlam Investment Management, has announced that its new smart city infrastructure feeder exchange-traded fund (ETF) will offer investors access to the rapidly growing investment opportunity of smart cities. The fund’s initial public... 

Nova reports 1 330 g/t gold discovery in Alaska

28th June 2022 Ongoing resource drilling at Nova Minerals RPM gold project’s North deposit, in Alaska, has delivered a “bonanza” gold grade discovery of 1 330 g/t from selective sampling of mineralised veins in drill core, resulting in a 13% boost in the ASX-listed company’s share price on Tuesday. The drilling... 

Northern Star considers three mill expansion options at KCGM

28th June 2022 Gold mining company Northern Star Resources is mulling over three potential mill expansion options that were put forward in a recently completed Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM) mill optimisation prefeasibility study (PFS). The PFS formed part of an investigation into opportunities for... 

Panther announces large nickel/cobalt resource increase at Coglia

27th June 2022 ASX-listed Panther Metals has released its maiden nickel/cobalt mineral resource estimate (MRE) for its Coglia project in Western Australia, which exceeds the upper limit of the former Joint Ore Reserves Committee- (Jorc) exploration target (JET) by 20-million tonnes, constituting a 40% increase... 

OZ Minerals lowers its yearly copper production guidance

27th June 2022 ASX-listed OZ Minerals has lowered its total yearly copper production guidance for 2022 to reflect a softer start to the year. The guidance was lowered from between 127 000 t and 149 000 t to between 120 000 t and 135 000 t. The company attributed this to Covid-19-related absenteeism and adverse... 

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