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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 company tax cuts won't benefit US – Minerals Council

17th May 2016 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has refuted claims by researcher the Australia Institute that cuts to the Australian company tax rate would benefit the US Treasury. In its recent Budget, the federal government announced plans to lower company tax rate over the medium term, which was... 

South Australia magnetite strategy targets 50Mt/y output

17th May 2016 The South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (Sacome) has welcomed the state government's magnetite strategy, which aims to secure A$10-billion of investment in iron-ore mining projects over the next five years. The state government last week revealed the strategy that was aimed at... 

Palmer seeks A$1.2bn from Qld Nickel administrators

17th May 2016 Mining personality Clive Palmer on Tuesday announced that he was seeking A$1.2-billion in damages from the administrators of Queensland Nickel, alleging “illegal diversion” of the company’s funds and assets. The creditors of Queensland Nickel last month voted in support of a recommendation by... 

Commodity price slump creates opportunities for resource cooperation

17th May 2016 Weaker global commodity prices were creating opportunities for resource-rich nations to find shared solutions, Western Australia’s Mines and Energy Minister Sean L’Estrange said on Tuesday. Speaking at the first day of the Latin America Downunder conference, L’Estrange noted that an agreement... 

Excelsior and Norton agree on grades

17th May 2016 Gold miners Excelsior Gold and Norton Gold Fields have struck an agreement on suitable grade determinations to resolve long-standing delays in finalising ore batch payments at the Paddington mill, in Western Australia. Excelsior has been delivering ore batches from its Kalgoorlie North project... 

Pura Vida's cost cuts continue

17th May 2016 ASX-listed Pura Vida Energy has continued with its cost cutting measures, as the company attempted to battle falling oil prices. The oil explorer on Tuesday told shareholders that each of its non-executive directors have agreed to reduce their base fee from A$100 000 to A$25 000 a year, while... 

Volt's Tanzanian project could be economical

17th May 2016 An initial prefeasibility study (PFS) into the development of the Namangale graphite project, in Tanzania, has proven positive for Volt Resources, the company said on Tuesday. The Stage 1 PFS considered various production scenarios ranging from 60 000 t/y to 240 000 t/y of graphite concentrate,... 

Monax makes a break for lithium

17th May 2016 Junior explorer Monax Mining has signed a binding term sheet to acquire a prospective lithium project in Queensland. The company told shareholders on Tuesday that it would earn an 80% interest on an exploration permit by spending A$500 000 over an 18-month period. 

Azure buys gold-silver project in Mexico

17th May 2016 Explorer Azure Minerals has acquired the San Agustin gold-silver project, in Mexico, and would start exploration at the project later this year. “It’s very exciting that we were approached and offered this exciting new prospect. While our focus is clearly in advancing our Alacran silver and gold... 

Mining deal activity falls in Q1, but private capital foray signals rebound

16th May 2016 Global merger and acquisition (M&A) deal value in the mining and metals sector fell by 45% during the first quarter of 2016, to $3.3-billion, compared with the previous corresponding period. Advisory firm EY revealed in its latest global capital raising and M&A report on Monday that global deal... 

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