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Sasol nears tail end of R15.3bn mine replacement project in Secunda

By: Natalie Greve     Updated 10 minutes ago A sweeping R15.3-billion project that will replace three of petrochemical group Sasol’s ageing coal mines across the Secunda coalfields of Mpumalanga continues to advance within budget and will, once fully completed in 2016, supply the group’s nearby Synfuels complex with 42-million tons of coal... 

Sasol nears tail end of R15.3bn mine replacement project in Secunda
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Sasol Mining senior VP Peter Steenkamp

S African blackouts, soaring Indian imports lift thermal coal prices

By: Reuters     Updated 4 hours ago Power blackouts in South Africa and soaring Indian imports in anticipation of an El Nino climatic event have pushed thermal coal prices in the Indian and Pacific Ocean basin up since the beginning of May, raising their premium over European cargoes. Prompt cargoes from South Africa's Richards Bay... 

Acacia gets go-ahead for underground mining at North Mara

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 4 hours ago LSE-listed Acacia Mining has received the final approval from the Tanzanian Vice-President’s Office to start mining at the Gokona underground project, which formed part of the larger North Mara mine. Commercial production at the Gokona underground project was expected to start late in the second... 

Acacia gets go-ahead for underground mining at North Mara

Rio Tinto tipped to stick to no-output cut mantra on iron ore

By: Reuters     Updated 4 hours ago Rio Tinto, the most profitable iron-ore producer, is in a strong position to keep its mines running at full tilt, even as rivals BHP Billiton and Brazil's Vale apply the brakes in a market suffering a supply glut. Despite a plunge in ore prices, Rio Tinto is not expected to face pressure from... 

Indian consortium struggles to find buyer for Benga coal

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 5 hours ago Fears have been raised that mining consortium Indian Coal Ventures Limited’s (ICVL’s) strategic objective for its Mozambique coal investments was going awry, as production from the Benga mine have now been earmarked for domestic sales, rather than exports to India. According to an ICVL... 

Guinea Bissau reviews contracts from mining to timber – PM

By: Reuters     Updated 5 hours ago Guinea Bissau is reviewing contracts signed by previous governments as the West African country seeks to ensure miners have sufficient means to kick-start its $2-billion economy, its prime minister told Reuters. Domingos Simoes Pereira, elected at polls a year ago that sealed a transition back to... 

PanAust blames Gram offer for low share price

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 5 hours ago Takeover target PanAust on Wednesday blamed a takeover offer from shareholder Guangdong Rising Asset Management (Gram) for the company’s shares remaining fairly stagnant since early April. In a communication to shareholders, PanAust pointed out that the share price of other listed copper miners... 

Phosphate Australia spurns improved offer

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 6 hours ago The directors of ASX-listed Phosphate Australia have rejected an increased offer from suitor Mercantile Investment, saying the revised offer still undervalued the company. Mercantile on Wednesday upped its offer price for Phosphate Australia shares from 2c each, to 2.2c each. 

Phosphate Australia spurns improved offer

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