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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

Western Areas debt free as it retires convertible bonds

3rd July 2015 Nickel miner Western Areas has become debt free for the first time since 2004, after repaying some A$125-million of convertible bonds from existing cash reserves. MD Dan Lougher told shareholders on Friday that the repayment of the final convertible bonds on their maturity was an important... 

Great Barrier Reef not ‘in danger’ – Unesco

3rd July 2015 The Australian government and resources industry have welcomed a decision by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) World Heritage Committee not to place the Great Barrier Reef on the ‘in-danger’ list. The 21-member committee this week took a final decision... 

Centennial’s Springvale life extension plan receives planning approval

3rd July 2015 The mine life at the Springvale coal mine, in New South Wales, has been extended by 13 years after the state’s Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) approved owner Centennial Coal’s extension plans. The existing mine produces 4.5-million tonnes a year of run-of-mine coal from the Lithgow seam,... 

Geopacific raises cash for Cambodia exploration

3rd July 2015 Junior metals explorer Geopacific Resources would raise some A$23-million through a share placement and rights issue to fund exploration work at its Kou Sa project, in Cambodia. The ASX-listed company on Friday announced that it would raise an initial A$9-million through the placement of... 

Vogel to step down as EPA chair

3rd July 2015 The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has announced that chairperson Paul Vogel would step down from his position at the end of his term in November. Vogel, who was appointed in 2007, is the second longest serving chairperson in the EPA’s 44-year history. 

Padbury granted mining lease for Telecom Hill

3rd July 2015 ASX-listed Padbury Mining has had the mining lease over its Telecom Hill iron project, in Western Australia, approved. Over the past four years, the company has completed multiple exploration and evaluation programmes at the Telecom Hill project, defining a Joint Ore Reserves Committee... 

Universal cleared to recommission New Clydesdale

2nd July 2015 South Africa-focused coal miner Universal Coal has been given clearance to start recommissioning work of its New Clydesdale colliery (NCC) after the transfer of ownership for the project was approved. Universal Coal in February last year acquired the NCC from South African coal major Exxaro... 

Kimberley Diamonds closes WA diamond mine

2nd July 2015 Operations at the Ellendale diamond mine – the home of rare fancy yellow diamonds in Western Australia – have been suspended, and owner Kimberley Diamonds has called in administrators to the subsidiary holding the mining licence. The company said on Thursday that lower recovered grades and... 

Alliance mulls A$71m Quasar offer for Four Mile stake

2nd July 2015 The share price of ASX-listed Alliance Resources surged on Thursday after the company revealed that its joint venture partner had made another play for full ownership of the Four Mile uranium mine, in South Australia. Alliance on Thursday told shareholders that Quasar Resources had offered... 

New WA regulations ensure strong oversight for shale and tight gas industry – Minister

2nd July 2015 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) on Thursday welcomed the introduction of new resource management regulations in Western Australia, saying it should enhance community confidence in local oil and gas activities. New regulations for the petroleum and... 

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