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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

SA govt compiling coal inventory – official

8th September 2008 South Africa’s Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) has started a study to draw up an inventory of the country’s coal resources, a government official said Deputy director general of mining policy and promotion Futhi Zikalala told delegates at the seventh Coaltrans conference, in... 

SA mines agree to regular safety assessments – COM

5th September 2008 At Friday’s Tripartite Leadership summit, the South African Chamber of Mines (COM) stated that its members would willingly undergo regular assessments of their effectiveness as health and safety leaders. COM president Sipo Nkosi said the mining industry was mindful of the harm brought by... 

BRC DiamondCore nets $1,36m in sixth tender

4th September 2008 Diamond-miner BRC DiamondCore sold 1 351,13 ct from three of its South African operations at the company’s sixth tender for an estimated $1,36-million. This latest tender included, for the first time, stones produced from the De Kalk alluvial trail, which was the site of the first diamond... 

Two more workers killed in SA gold mine accidents

4th September 2008 Two more deaths were reported in South African gold mines on Thursday, after a worker was killed at DRDGold’s Blyvooruitzicht mine, and another at Pamodzi Gold’s Orkney operation. This follows Monday’s announcement by Simmer & Jack Mines that a seismic event had claimed a life at its... 

SA Q2 gold output down 10,4% on power constraints – Chamber

4th September 2008 South Africa’s total gold production increased by 9% to 56 933 kg in the second quarter of 2008, when compared with the first quarter of this year, however, year-on-year, gold production was down by 10,4%. The South African Chamber of Mines said the lower gold production illustrated the... 

SA mining sector falls behind in BEE ownership, employment equity compliance

4th September 2008 The mining and quarrying sector was lagging behind in implementing the black economic empowerment (BEE) scorecard measurements, said financial services firm KPMG on Thursday. The third annual KPMG BEE survey reflected seven categories in accordance with the Department of Trade and Industry’s... 

Rockwell settles wage negotiations with SA workers

3rd September 2008 Diamond-miner Rockwell Diamonds reported on Wednesday that it had settled industrial action at its Wouterspan mine, in South Africa, and that it had finalised wage negotiations with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). Rockwell has agreed on a 13,5% increase on the basic wage paid, in line... 

Harmony’s Elandsrand to reach full output by Friday after accident

3rd September 2008 In discussions with the Department of Minerals and Energy, it was decided that gold producer Harmony Gold could once again resume operations at its Elandsrand mine on Tuesday night shift, after two workers were killed in a seismic event on Saturday. Harmony COO for the north region Alwyn... 

Deadline set for Xstrata to make formal offer for Lonmin

3rd September 2008 The UK Takeover panel has given diversified miner Xstrata until October 2 to announce a “firm intention” to make an offer for platinum-miner Lonmin. Xstrata would be prohibited from making another offer for up to six months if it failed to do so by the close of business that day, the panel said... 

Australian miner starts prefeasibility study at Kanyika in Malawi

3rd September 2008 Africa-focused uranium resource company Globe Metals & Mining has started a prefeasibility study on its wholly owned multicommodity Kanyika project, in Malawi. The prefeasibility study followed the positive results of the scoping study, which indicated that the Kanyika project had the potential... 


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