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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

Metro responds to Moly Mines offer

23rd September 2016 ASX-listed Metro Mining has responded to fellow-listed Moly Mines’ offer for Gulf Alumina, in which Metro holds a 39% interest, saying that some of the conditions of the transaction will be difficult to satisfy. Metro pointed out on Friday that Moly Mines is a controlled subsidiary of the... 

GRE gets contract at Davyhurst

23rd September 2016 Gold developer Eastern Goldfields has awarded a A$12.5-million contract to project house GR Engineering Services to refurbish the 1.2-million-tonne-a-year Davyhurst gold processing plant, in Western Australia. The processing facilities have been on care-and-maintenance since 2008, and are being... 

Greens group appeals to Qld govt as Blair Athol sale proceeds

23rd September 2016 Environmental group Lock the Gate Alliance has again appealed to the Queensland government to intervene in the $1 sale of the Blair Athol coal mine, saying the deal exposed the Queensland taxpayer to an "unacceptable risk" of having to pay for the mine’s rehabilitation. Mining major Rio Tinto... 

Tawana buys Namibia lithium project

23rd September 2016 Dual listed Tawana Resources has moved to acquire a second lithium project, with the company entering into an agreement to acquire the mining rights to a Uis pegmatite tailing stockpile in Namibia. The Uis project consists of some 20-million tonnes of stockpile derived from one of the largest... 

TiZir could have more damage - MDL

23rd September 2016 ASX-listed Mineral Deposits Limited (MDL) has restarted operations at its TiZir titanium and iron ilmenite upgrading facility, in Norway, but has warned that the full extent of damages incurred during an August incident was not yet known. MDL in August halted operations at TiZir following an... 

Alliance to earn a stake on Wilcherry Hill

23rd September 2016 Juniors Tyranna Resources and Alliance Resources have formed a strategic joint venture over the Wilcherry Hill project, in South Australia. Under the agreement, Alliance would pay A$2-million in cash for a 51% stake in the project, and would also subscribe for shares in Tyranna in order to... 

Vimy raises cash for Mulga Rock

23rd September 2016 Uranium hopeful Vimy Resources plans raise A$20-million to assist in the development of its Mulga Rock project, in Western Australia. An initial A$4.6-million will be raised through a two tranche placement to new and existing institutional and sophisticated investors. 

Ulysses on track to start next week

22nd September 2016 Mining at the Ulysses gold project, in Western Australia, is on track to start next week, owner Genesis Minerals has reported. Shareholders on Thursday approved a A$2.5-million share placement to mining contractor SMS Innovative Mining, allowing for openpit mining to start. 

Nolans granted major project status

22nd September 2016 The Nolans rare earths project, in the Northern Territory, has been granted major project status by the Australian government, providing the project with a tailored facilitation service to support a timely and efficient approvals process. Owner Arafura Resources said on Thursday that the major... 

Oz abandons Jamaica plans

22nd September 2016 Metals miner Oz Minerals has withdrawn from its Jamaica joint venture (JV), transferring its interest in the exploration assets to Canada-based Carube Copper Corporation. “After a comprehensive review of exploration results, we determined that while copper porphyry style mineralisation was... 

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