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Daily podcast – January 29, 2009
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This podcast is brought to you by Ukwazi - Bringing relevant mining engineering consultancy services to dynamic industry.

Thursday, January 29, 2009.

From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I'm Shannon O'Donnell.

Making headlines today:

On Wednesday, the world's third-largest platinum producer, Lonmin, reported lower first quarter production figures. The company also announced that its chairperson, John Craven, would retire.

Lonmin stated that the PGM pricing environment had remained challenging in the first quarter of the 2009 financial year and would remain so in the short-term.

However, the London and Johannesburg-listed miner said that it remained committed to its sales and cost guidance for the 2009 financial year.

Canada's Barrick Gold, the world's top gold producer, has closed its Kainantu mine in Papua New Guinea.

The move comes 13 months after Barrick bought the mine from Australia-listed Highlands Pacific for $141,5-million in hopes of tapping more of the South Pacific island nation's vast undeveloped mineral wealth.

The mine was being placed on care-and-maintenance pending a view of its long-term viability.

Barrick had long been disappointed with the low grading of the gold-bearing ore at the mine.

Also making headlines:

Ferrochrome producer Merafe Resources says its 2008 profit could reach R1,1-billion.
The government of Kazakhstan will offer miners tax cuts to avoid layoffs.
TSX-listed Atna Resources expects its first gold production in April at its Californian mine.
And, Australia-based Riversdale Mining appoints a law expert to its board.

That's a round up of news making headlines today. For more on these and other stories please visit


Edited by: Shannon de Ryhove


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