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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

New Australia PM begs to differ with those calling for coal mine ban, citing economic and job implications

27th November 2015 Australias newest Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has taken a practical stance on Australias coal future, despite mounting turmoil in the sector as new mines face severe environmental resistance and producers are cutting output in an effort to fight rising costs and decreased prices.   

Enviro groups slam Qld for rehabilitation bond tax reprieve

26th November 2015 Environmental groups have lashed out at the Queensland government’s decision to reduce the fees that resource companies have to pay to guarantee that mines were rehabilitated. The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection has announced that miners would no longer have to pay a 10% goods... 

CoAL launches A$126.4m competing bid for Universal Coal

26th November 2015 South Africa-focused coal miner Universal Coal on Thursday revealed that Coal of Africa (CoAL) is the suitor offering a competing bid to that of IchorCoal. CoAL has formally launched its takeover offer, which values Universal at about A$126.4-million. 

Coal and gas to remain part of Australia’s energy mix – report

26th November 2015 An independent report into Australia’s electricity future has assured that both coal and natural gas would maintain a foothold in the country’s energy generation mix. The Australian Power Generation Technology Report released on Thursday measured a broad range of technologies, their... 

Australia set for uranium exports to India, UAE

26th November 2015 The Australian government has finalised two agreements to expand its global uranium exports with India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which are investing in nuclear programmes. The Australia-India nuclear cooperation agreement would permit Australian companies to start commercial uranium... 

Elemental eyes quicker start at Congo mine

26th November 2015 Potash hopeful Elemental Minerals is contemplating the accelerated construction of its Kola sylvenite project, in the Republic of Congo, after receiving an investment proposal from Summit Private Equity. Summit is looking to invest at least $40-million into ASX-listed Elemental, taking up shares... 

Evolution won't up bid for Phoenix

26th November 2015 Gold miner Evolution Mining has warned the remaining shareholders in takeover target Phoenix Gold that it would not increase its offer for the ASX-listed company. Earlier this month, the directors of Phoenix Gold advised shareholders to accept the revised takeover offer from Evolution Mining,... 

Fortescue pushes back at debt

26th November 2015 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals this week completed a $750-million debt tender for 2019 and 2022 notes. The company told shareholders that the purchase of the notes, which would settle at the end of November, had resulted in Fortescue recognizing a $124-million pre-tax gain and a saving of some... 

MMG to list on ASX by December

26th November 2015 Base metals miner MMG has been approved for a secondary listing on the ASX, to compliment its current listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx). “Australia is an attractive market for the mining and metals sector with dedicated research coverage and strong understanding of the sector by the... 

Worker killed at Alcoa refinery

26th November 2015 Aluminium major Alcoa has suspended all nonessential work activities at its Kwinana refinery, in Western Australia, following the death of a contract worker. The worker was killed on Wednesday following a fall at the refinery. 

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