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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 swings back to profit

22nd February 2017 Nickel miner Western Areas has swung back to profit in the half-year ended December 31, as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (Ebitda) improved by 58% over the previous corresponding period. Ebitda for the half-year reached A$29.5-million, resulting in net profit of... 

Kipoi hit by disruptions, output affected – Tiger

22nd February 2017 A number of disruptive events at the Kipoi copper project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, have resulted in ASX-listed Tiger Resources warning of a "material negative impact" on cash flows, as well as reduced revenues from lower copper production. The miner in October 2016 reported that heap... 

Altura gets approval for Pilgangoora

22nd February 2017 The West Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum has approved the mining proposal and mine closure plan for the Pilgangoora lithium project being developed by Altura Mining. The company said on Wednesday that the mining proposal, the mine closure plan, and the native vegetation clearing... 

Fortescue profits surge on higher iron-ore prices

22nd February 2017 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals has more than tripled its net profit for the half-year ending December 31, as revenue and underlying earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) increased. Net profits increased by 283% from the $319-million reported at the end of... 

Doray warns of impairments

22nd February 2017 Gold miner Doray Minerals has warned of a noncash impairment of between A$40-million and A$45-million for the half-year ending December. The miner told shareholders on Wednesday that the impairment at the Andy Well gold mine, in Western Australia, resulted from lower production levels and mine... 

Dacian raises A$110m for Mt Morgans development

22nd February 2017 Gold developer Dacian Gold has launched a A$110-million equity raising, comprising a A$15.4-million institutional placement and a 1-for-3.1 accelerated nonrenounceable entitlement offer to complete the construction of its Mt Morgans project, in Western Australia. Dacian on Wednesday told... 

Woodside boosts profits, expected output

22nd February 2017 Oil and gas producer Woodside Petroleum has reported a significant upswing in profits for the full 2016, as the company exceeded its production targets and reduced its operating costs. Net profit for the 2016 financial year reached $868-million, compared with the $26-million reported for 2015. 

Independence swings to H1 profit, warns of Nova ramp-up delay

21st February 2017 Diversified metals miner Independence Group has swung back to a profit in the six months ended December 31, on the back of higher underlying earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) and revenue. Profit for the half-year reached A$202-milion, compared with a loss of... 

Senex commits A$50m to Western Surat gas project

21st February 2017 ASX-listed Senex Energy will invest some A$50-million in a 30-well drilling campaign in the Western Surat gas project, marking its first major investment in the project. MD and CEO Ian Davies on Tuesday said the work programme would result in significant gas volumes from drill-ready acreage, with... 

CuDeco gives MD walking papers

21st February 2017 The board of copper miner CuDeco has demanded the immediate resignation of MD Dr Dianmin Chen, after the suspension of operations at the company's flagship Rocklands project. The Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines temporarily suspended operations at Rocklands pending the... 

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