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Esmarie Swanepoel


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


Received BTech degree in Journalism from the Tshwane University of Technology

Australia govt report highlights India thermal coal opportunities

3rd June 2015 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed the federal government’s report on the use of coal in India, saying it provided additional opportunities for Australian producers to become more involved in that country. The MCA’s executive director of coal, Greg Evans, stated that while... 

BHP’s Mackenzie urges Australia to remain competitive, warns against iron-ore cuts

3rd June 2015 Mining giant BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie on Wednesday said that Australia’s share of the global commodities market would grow in the long term, if the country could remain competitive. Speaking at Minerals Week in Canberra, Mackenzie noted that while prices for most commodities were... 

Atlas Iron to resume mining at Mt Webber next month

3rd June 2015 Iron-ore miner Atlas Iron has struck a deal with contractor BGC Contracting that would allow mining to resume at the Mt Webber mine, in the Pilbara, in July. The Mt Webber operation was expected to ramp-up to a rate of six-million tonnes a year by the December quarter, and operate for about... 

Potash West doubles Dinner Hill resource

3rd June 2015 ASX-listed Potash West has doubled the indicated resource estimate at its Dinner Hill phosphate and potash project, in Western Australia, while grades increased by 4%. Drilling carried out in 2014 and 2015 has now pushed the Dinner Hill indicated resource to 250-million tonnes, grading 2.9%... 

Kvanefjeld gets maiden reserve

3rd June 2015 Dual-listed Greenland Minerals and Energy has reported a maiden ore reserve of 108-million tonnes for its Kvanefjeld rare earths/uranium project, in Greenland. “An initial ore reserve of 108-million tonnes is an outstanding result, and is another really important project milestone,” said... 

ECU study sees higher depression among Fifo workers

3rd June 2015 New research by Edith Cowen University (ECU) has revealed that fly-in, fly-out (Fifo) workers were twice as likely to suffer from depression, compared with the general Australian population. In a survey of 629 Western Australian Fifo workers, some 28% exhibited significant signs of depression,... 

Exterra cancels Linden sale

3rd June 2015 ASX-listed Exterra Resources has terminated the sale of its Linden gold project, in Western Australia, after buyer Fortuna SL Mining failed to deliver a milestone payment. In April this year, Exterra agreed to divest of its Linden project to Fortuna in a deal valued at A$7-million. The cash... 

Australia's miners an innovative lot – govt

3rd June 2015 A new report commissioned by the commonwealth government has revealed that Australia’s resources sector has delivered more than just commodities. The report, titled the 'Australian Mining Industry: more than just shovels and being the lucky country', found that between 1994 and 2011, 6 539... 

Arafura lowers Nolans operating costs

3rd June 2015 Rare earths developer Arafura Resources has reduced the operating costs at its Nolans project, in the Northern Territory, by some 7.4%, following a review of an optimisation programme. At nameplate production, the Nolans project was expected to produce at an operating cost of A$14.51/kg,... 

Industry, govt welcome Great Barrier Reef’s exclusion from ‘in danger’ list

2nd June 2015 The Queensland government at the end of last week welcomed the World Heritage Committee’s recommendation to not list the Great Barrier Reef as “in danger”. Minister for the Great Barrier Reef, Dr Steven Miles, said the draft decision was a vote of confidence in the measures introduced by the... 

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