Speciality Minerals

Speciality Minerals include rare earth elements, or rare earths, (including lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, neodymium, promethium, samarium, europium, gadolinium, terbium, dysprosium, holmium, erbium, thulium, ytterbium, and lutetium), fluorspar, phosphate, potash, graphite, lithium, mineral sands (including titatinum, ilmenite, zircon, leucoxene, and rutile)

Worker loses life in steel plant

[img:Arcelor%20burn_0.jpg|An Arcelor electric
arc furnace in
operation
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 23 September 2008 - ArcelorMittal – the world's number one steel company, with over 320 000 employees in more than 60 countries – has announced that a worker has been killed at one of its plants in South Africa.

Revealing this in an interview with Reuters, the company pointed out that this was the first fatality the group has experienced in South Africa this year.

Impressive profits and production

[img:IFM1%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|The IFM ferrochrome
processing facility at
Buffelsfontein in the
North West Province
]London, England --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 22 September 2008 - Integrated ferrochrome producer International Ferro Metals Limited (IFM) – listed on the London Stock Exchange – has completed an impressive first full year of production in South Africa, posted a substantial turnaround in net profit, and expects both production and profits to increase further in the current financial year.

Sallies turns loss into profit

[img:Sallies%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|The flotation plant
at Sallies’ Witkop
Fluorspar Mine, in
North-West Province
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 10 September 2008 - Sallies Limited has reported an operating profit of R7.8 million for the year ended 30 June 2008 – a R28.8 million turnaround in its operating results from a loss of R20.9 million in the previous year.

International agreement to develop Kalagadi manganese

[img:Kalagadi%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|The Ulgine ALZ
production site in
Genk, Belgium – one
of ArcelorMittal’s
production operations
in 20 countries
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 03 September 2008 - ArcelorMittal – the world’s largest steelmaker – has finalised an agreement with Kalagadi Manganese to develop its managanese deposits in the Northern Cape.

DRC tin exports to resume

[img:Tin%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Mining for tin
ore or the DRC
]Kinshasa, DRC --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 04 September 2008 - Tin exports from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – Africa's biggest producer of the metal – are expected to resume in the wake of a tax dispute which has halted shipments of the product for two months.
 
“Most probably we'll be starting exportation today,” John Kanyoni, president of the Association of Traders of Minerals of North Kivu – told Bloomberg News in a telephone interview from the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

Gippsland doubles Abu Dabbab reserves

[img:Gippsland%20bomb_0.jpg|Drilling underway
at Gippsland’s Abu
Dabbab project in
Egypt
]Perth, Australia --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 03 September 2008 - Gippsland Limited – an Australian-based international resource company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and the AIM – has doubled the ore reserves at its US$90 million (R675 million) Abu Dabbab tantalum-tin-feldspar project in Egypt.

Guinea seeks foreign investment

[img:Guinea%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Rusal – a major
company mining
bauxite in Guinea
]Conakry, Guinea --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 02 September 2008 - Guinea – the world’s biggest exporter of aluminium ore bauxite – is prepared to work with foreign investors in the mineral-rich West African country as long as they comply with its mining code.

Reporting from here, Reuters quoted Guinea’s new mines minister Louncency Nabe as giving this undertaking. Guinea has the resources to be a major supplier of steelmaking raw material iron ore, the agency reports, but questions have recently been raised about the status of some deals.

DRC tin strike over

[img:Tin%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Mining for tin
ore or the DRC
]Kinshasa, DRC --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 25 August 2008 - Dealers in tin dioxide ore – known as cassiterite – will resume exports from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today, following settlement of a dispute over raising taxes on the tin ore, bringing to an end a seven-week strike in the country.

Sharp rise in ArcelorMittal earnings

[img:Arcelor1_0.jpg|Production in progress
at the world’s top
steel producer
]Luxembourg, Luxembourg --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 31 July 2008 - ArcelorMittal SA – the South African unit of the world's top steel-maker with an industrial presence in over 20 countries spanning four continents – has posted a 45% rise in first-half earnings per share on buoyant global steel prices and a weaker rand.

Richards Bay Minerals in BEE deal

[img:New%20Richards%20Bay%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Aerial view of
Richards Bay Minerals
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW. COM --- 30 July 2008 - South Africa's Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) – an unlisted 50/50 joint venture between Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton – has agreed to sell a 26% stake in the company to black investors, but did not disclose the cost.

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