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Minister sees plenty of opportunities for METS sector despite mining’s phase shift

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 21 minutes ago Australia’s mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector would be vital to increasing the country’s competitive strength, Industry and Science Minister Ian Macfarlane said this week. Speaking at the Austmine conference, in Brisbane, Macfarlane noted that during 2012/13, the METS... 

Zimbabwe's first-quarter gold production up 25%

By: Reuters     Updated 33 minutes ago Zimbabwe's gold production rose 25% to 4 180 kg in the January-March quarter after small gold milling companies increased output, the country's chamber of mines said on Thursday. The chamber projected gold production for the year as a whole of 16 721 kg, up 8.7% from last year. 

Zimbabwe's first-quarter gold production up 25%

From mines to hospitals to mortuaries – yet another use for SA’s Lodox scanner

By: Irma Venter     Updated 37 minutes ago Within a decade conventional invasive autopsies may be a rarity, says head of the Department of Forensic Medicine at the University of Pretoria (UP), Professor Gert Saayman. Instead, pathologists will use imaging technologies to conduct virtual post-mortems. 

 From mines to hospitals to mortuaries – yet another use for SA’s Lodox scanner

First copper from DRC-China deal due by year end – govt

By: Reuters     Updated 59 minutes ago A joint venture between Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC's) State miner and two Chinese companies, signed under a 2009 "minerals for infrastructure" deal, will begin producing copper before the end of 2015, the DRC's government said on Thursday. Under the deal Chinese companies pledged to... 

First copper from DRC-China deal due by year end – govt

Forrest vows to maintain iron-ore campaign

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 1 hour 9 minutes ago Chairperson of iron-ore major Fortescue Metals, Andrew Forrest, has vowed to continue with his campaign against multinational companies operating in the Pilbara, despite the government taking a decision not to pursue an inquiry into the iron-ore sector. Treasurer Joe Hockey on Thursday... 

Venturex to sell Pilbara copper/zinc mine for A$14m

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 1 hour 15 minutes ago ASX-listed Venturex Resources has executed a conditional term sheet to divest of its Pilbara copper/zinc mine in a transaction worth A$14-million. The transaction would see Venturex divest of its three wholly-owned subsidiaries that hold the Pilbara mine to Orion Mine Finance Group. 

QCLNG declared operational, APA deal approved

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 1 hour 19 minutes ago Natural gas major BG Group has taken operational control of Train 1 of the Queensland Curtis liquefied natural gas (QCLNG) project, after the project reached commercial completion. The transfer of operational control of Train 1 marked the start of commercial operations at QCLNG, and followed... 

NUM union wants 84% pay increase for gold workers

By: Reuters     Updated 1 hour 22 minutes ago South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will push for an 84% rise in basic pay for entry-level gold mining workers, a near 10 percentage-point increase on previous demands, according to documents obtained by Reuters on Thursday. They show that the NUM, which represents 57% of the... 

NUM union wants 84% pay increase for gold workers

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