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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

West African updates Sanbrado feasibility study

22nd June 2018 An updated feasibility study (FS) into the Sanbrado gold project, in Burkina Faso, has increased the project’s production expectations and the mine life, owner West African Resources reported on Friday. Sanbrado is expected to produce an average of 211 000 oz/y of gold over the first five years... 

Board spill a delaying tactic to repay A$1m – Empire

22nd June 2018 The directors of gold junior Empire Resources have urged shareholders to vote against a proposed board spill at the company’s general meeting on July 24, saying that the requisition is a delaying tactic by parties owning the company A$1.02-million. The Supreme Court of Western Australia earlier... 

Qld mining jobs on the rise

22nd June 2018 New data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has shown that the Queensland resources industry created more than 8 400 additional jobs over the last 12 months. The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said that the latest ABS labour force data reaffirmed the resources sector was a key... 

Thiess wins A$225m Nickel West contract

22nd June 2018 ASX-listed Cimic’s mining services provider Thiess has been awarded a A$225-million contract at the Rocky’s Reward nickel mine, in Western Australia. The 34-month contract with the Nickel West division of mining major BHP, incorporated a further cutback at the Rocky’s Reward pit and works at a... 

Victoria reveals changes to EPA

22nd June 2018 Victorian Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio has introduced the Environment Protection Amendment Bill 2018 into Parliament, which will give the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) the powers and tools it needs to stop pollution. The Bill was part of the Victorian government’s A$180-million... 

Beadell terminates Tucano contract

22nd June 2018 Gold miner Beadell Resources and contract miner MACA have mutually terminated the openpit mining contract for the Tucano gold mine, in Brazil Beadell said on Friday that MACA and its Brazilian subsidiaries will cease mining services immediately, with mining at Tucano to be conducted by a... 

AEMO sees no gas supply gaps to 2030

22nd June 2018 The latest Gas Statement of Opportunities (GSOO) by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has found that market intervention, new supply and lower demand have avoided a potential energy shortfall. The AEMO in late 2017, warned of a substantial shortfall in gas for the east coast of... 

Kalium Lakes finds SOP takers

21st June 2018 PERTH ( – ASX-listed Kalium Lakes has executed an offtake term sheet with German fertilizer producer K+S for all of the Stage 1 sulphate of potash (SOP) production from the Beyondie project, in Western Australia. Kalium MD Brett Hazelden said that the term sheet brought the... 

Matador raises funds for Cape Ray buy

21st June 2018 Junior Matador Mining has completed a A$5-million capital raise to complete the acquisition of the Cape Ray gold project, in Canada. Matador in April acquired the project from TSX-V listed Benton for a total cash consideration of A$3.5-million and eight-million fully paid ordinary shares, as... 

Marindi makes plans to sell Pilbara conglomerate gold project

21st June 2018 ASX-listed Marindi Metals has signed a letter of intent (LoI) to divest of its Bellary Dome conglomerate gold project, in the Pilbara, to TSX-V-listed Pacton Gold. Under the LoI, the two companies have agreed to a ten-day exclusivity period in which time the Canadian company would complete a... 

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