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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

Gold Road earmarks A$22m for exploration, including A$5m for Gruyere JV

17th January 2017 ASX-listed Gold Road Resources has set aside up to A$22-million to focus on exploration in the Yamarna belt, in Western Australia. The company plans to spend between A$12-million and A$15-million on exploration in its North Yamarna tenements, while more than A$5-million will be spent to further... 

Western Australia approves Cameco uranium mine for development

17th January 2017 The Western Australian government has approved Canada-based uranium major Cameco’s Yeelirrie uranium project, subject to 17 conditions. Considered one of Australia's largest undeveloped uranium deposits, the Yeelirrie project has an estimated resource of 127.3-million pounds.  Cameco is proposing... 

Base reports higher mining volumes at Kenya mine, updates FY17 guidance

17th January 2017 Mineral sands miner Base Resources reported a strong operational performance at its Kwale project, in Kenya, with the mine producing a record three-million tonnes of ore on the back of the successful commissioning of a 400 t/h hydraulic mining unit. Combined with the existing dozer trap mining... 

Anti-iron-ore-tax campaign blazes a trail – CME

17th January 2017 The Western Australian Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) is revelling in the success of its anti-mining-tax campaign, after recent polling showed that support for the proposed iron-ore tax has dropped from nearly 50% to 34.8%. The CME in November launched a campaign to stop the Western... 

Fortescue appoints new CFO

17th January 2017 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals has appointed Elizabeth Gaines to the position of CFO, replacing Stephen Pearce, who will join diversified miner Anglo American on January 30. Gaines will take up the position of CFO from February 6. 

S Australian magnetite consortium signs Chinese offtake deal

17th January 2017 The South Australian Magnetite Consortium, which consists of ASX-listed Magnetite Mines and Lodestone Equities, has signed a sale and purchase letter of intent (LoI) with Chinese company Ningbo Iron & Steel for the purchase of one-million tonnes a year of iron-ore concentrate. Ningbo will... 

Vector reports maiden resource at DRC gold prospect

17th January 2017 ASX-listed junior Vector Resources has reported a maiden inferred Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant resource of 6.96-million tonnes at its Kabotshome gold prospect, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Grading 1.9 g/t gold, the prospect, which forms part of the greater Maniema gold project,... 

White Rock launches DFS at Mt Carrington

17th January 2017 Metals hopeful White Rock Minerals has launched a definitive feasibility study (DFS) and environmental-impact statement (EIS) at its Mt Carrington gold/silver project, in New South Wales. White Rock MD and CEO Matt Gill said on Tuesday that initial priorities would be on community consultation... 

Rio Tinto hits 2016 production target, keeps 2017 guidance

17th January 2017 Mining giant Rio Tinto has delivered a strong production quarter in the three months to December, helping the group to achieve its targeted iron-ore shipments for 2016. Australia’s largest iron-ore miner produced 85.5-million tonnes in the fourth quarter, taking 2016’s production to 329.5-million... 

Victoria expects ‘positive outcome’ on Alcoa Portland talks soon

16th January 2017 Aluminium major Alcoa and the federal and Victorian governments are continuing discussions over the future of the Portland smelter, with the state government saying that significant progress has been made. “All parties are committed to working towards finalising a positive outcome in the very... 

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