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Esmarie Iannucci


Esmarie Iannucci is Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor: Australasia for Mining Weekly.


Received BTech degree in Journalism from the Tshwane University of Technology

BRC, Diamondcore to separate SA, DRC operations

14th December 2007 The planned merger between Canada-based BRC Diamonds and South Africa's Diamondcore, which is set for January 2008, will see the company divide its operations between South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

Motor distributor says will consider complementary takeover targets

7th December 2007 Local electric motor distributor Zest Electric Motors (Zest) says that there is still capacity for new acquisitions, should a suitable and complementary company come its way. 

Diamond producer to spend R100m in two years on second phase of Lace project

7th December 2007 Diamond producer DiamondCorp plans to spend about R100-million over the next two years on the second phase of the company’s Lace mine development plan. 

Japan helping South Africa towards creating technology-based economy

30th November 2007 South Africa and Japan this month signed a joint statement on minerals.  

Canadian gold company Banro opens community offices in DRC

30th November 2007 Canadian-based gold exploration company Banro officially opened its new community office at the most advanced site of the company's exploration activities, Twangiza, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

Mining women falling behind at senior levels, says Minister

23rd November 2007 About 5% of employees in the formal mining sector are women, most of whom hold clerical positions says Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) Minister Buyelwa Sonjica. Of the women employed in mining, about 32% are working as clerks, with service workers accounting for another 11%, and... 

Banro's DRC gold studies moving to feasibility phase

23rd November 2007 Canadian based exploration company Banro reports that its prefeasibility phase for two of its exploration sites in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will be moving to feasibility by the first quarter of 2008. 

Substantial investment in skills development for Richards Bay Minerals

16th November 2007 Richards Bay Minerals (RBM), which is jointly owned by diversified miners Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton, has committed R2,7-million to skills development, in an effort to empower unemployed youths from the surrounding communities. 

Mining Charter's women requirements may be long way off

16th November 2007 The Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry (CSMI) reports that although not all the figures from the mining companies in South Africa have been accounted for, operators in the industry have made some progress in recruiting and employing women. 

Banro to start feasibility study on DRC projects early next year

13th November 2007 Canadian-based gold explorer Banro plans to move two of its exploration projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to feasibility study stage by the first quarter of 2008. 


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