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LEGISLATIVE ENVIRONMENT

Mineral beneficiation, industrialisation key to development – Finance Minister

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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene The key to the development of South Africa lay in mineral beneficiation and industrialisation in joint development with its regional neighbours, South Africa’s new Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene told the Centre for Education In Economics and...
29th August 2014
 
 
PLATINUM

Implats defers production target, reviews capex, ups new technology plans Video Available

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Terence Goodlace and Martin Creamer Strike-impacted platinum-mining company Impala Platinum (Implats) has deferred its 850 000 oz Rustenburg production target, is reviewing its capital expenditure (capex) programme intensively and is going all out to ramp up its post-strike restart...
28th August 2014
 
 
GOLD

Absolute change needed to mine Wits basin’s stranded 1.1bn gold ounces

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Shaun Newberry and Martin Creamer South Africa’s Witwatersrand basin contains another 1.3-billion ounces of gold, almost as much gold as has been mined there since 1886 – but miners can only get to another 200-million ounces of it using today’s mining methods. If the industry...
27th August 2014
 
 
ALUMINIUM

Alcoa to close Italian smelter

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US aluminium and related products producer Alcoa on Monday announced that it would close its Portovesme (Carbonia-Iglesias, Italy) primary aluminium smelter, where production had been curtailed since November 2012. The closure would reduce Alcoa’s...
25th August 2014
 
 
ZINC

Energia signs mandate for A$8m funding

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ASX-listed Energia Minerals has signed a mandate for an A$8-million funding package to advance its Gorno zinc project, in Italy. The company reported on Monday that it had signed a mandate with Euroz Securities to undertake the funding package,...
25th August 2014
 
 
CRITICAL METALS

Next generation of graphite producers to partake in transformed market

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A wave of new graphite producers that have recently started or will start production in the coming years will participate in a significantly different market than that witnessed over the last several decades, as new technology is set to turn the...
22nd August 2014
 
 
DIVERSIFIED MINERS

BHP Billiton’s Newco poised to benefit South Africa

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Newco CEO-designate Graham Kerr (right) and Martin Creamer The assets that BHP Billiton plans to hive off into a new standalone global diversified metals and mining company generated sales revenue last year of close to $10-billion. In the last ten years, the commodities of the proposed new company...
22nd August 2014
 
 
COAL

Transnet, Eskom coal boost for black-controlled Exxaro Video Available

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Exxaro CEO Sipho Nkosi State enterprises Transnet and Eskom have come to the party for black-controlled Exxaro Resources in the half-year to June 30. More coal trains from State rail company Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) to the Waterberg coalfield and a coal supply...
21st August 2014
 
 
COAL

Exxaro earnings rise 11%, dividend increased, coal exports soar

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Exxaro CEO Sipho Nkosi The headline earnings per share (HEPS) of the black-controlled diversified mining company Exxaro Resources increased 11% in the six months to June 30, for which it has declared an 11% higher interim dividend. The JSE-listed company, headed by CEO...
21st August 2014
 
 
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

Alamos Gold takes a step forward with Turkish project

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TSX- and NYSE-listed gold producer Alamos Gold on Wednesday announced that it had received the final signatures approving the environmental-impact assessment (EIA) for its Agi Dagi gold project. The Turkish Environment and Urbanisation Ministry...
20th August 2014
 
 
PRECIOUS METALS

Americas-focused Hochschild narrows H1 loss

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Despite lower realised precious metals prices, Central and South America-focused Hochschild Mining on Wednesday reported a narrowed net loss for the six months ended June 30, as the company’s cost-cutting initiatives gained traction and silver...
20th August 2014
 
 
COAL

Chinese firm expresses interest in acquiring CoAL shares

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Junior miner Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) has acknowledged that a subsidiary of Beijing Haohua Energy Resource Company, which is listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, intends to acquire up to 215-million shares in CoAL at 5.5p a share. The coal...
20th August 2014
 
 
 
 
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