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Esmarie Iannucci


Esmarie Iannucci is Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor: Australasia for Mining Weekly.


Received BTech degree in Journalism from the Tshwane University of Technology

BHP extends Mincor nickel offtake agreement to 2019

14th August 2009 Australian nickel-miner Mincor Resources on Friday reported that BHP Billiton had exercised its option to extend the ore tolling and concentrate purchase (OTCP) agreements for a further nine years, to February 2019. The OTCP agreements provide for the toll treatment of Mincor’s ore through the... 

Merafe expects short- to medium-term 
ferrochrome demand to recover

14th August 2009 South African miner Merafe Resources expects the demand for ferrochrome to recover in the short to medium-term, CEO Steve Phiri said.

Speaking at the company’s interim financial results presentation in Johannesburg, Phiri said that it was still “early days”, but noted that several industry... 

DiamondCorp expects plan for new Lace underground mine by month-end

14th August 2009 Emerging diamond producer DiamondCorp has reported it had engaged Snowden Group to design and cost a new mine plan for the underground development at Lace. 

Assore expects to report higher FY earnings

12th August 2009 JSE-listed mining holding company Assore on Wednesday advised shareholders that attributable earnings for the year ended June were anticipated to increase by between 12% and 22%. Attributable earnings would be between R128 and R140 a share, compared with the R114,06 a share recorded in 2008. 

Harmony confirms death at Elandsrand gold mine

12th August 2009 JSE-listed gold producer Harmony Gold on Wednesday reported a fatality at its Elandsrand mine, near Carletonville. The company said in a statement that the mineworker had succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday, after being injured during a scraper cleaning operation on Friday morning. 

Nkwe raises A$7,5m for bankable study on SA platinum project

12th August 2009 South Africa-focused platinum explorer Nkwe Platinum has successfully raised A$7,5-million through a share sale to institutional and sophisticated investors. The funds raised would be used to expedite the bankable feasibility study with diversified miner Xstrata, and to continue to examine for... 

Ramelius declares offer for Dioro unconditional

11th August 2009 ASX-listed Ramelius Resources on Tuesday declared its A$93-million all share take over offer for Western Australian Dioro Exploration, unconditional. This excluded the conditions of regulatory approval that would allow Ramelius to seek approval from the Foreign Investment Board. 

Worker killed at AngloGold’s Mponeng mine

11th August 2009 A worker was killed in a locomotive accident at AngloGold Ashanti’s Mponeng mine, near Carletonville, on Tuesday. The South African gold company said that the accident took place at 83 level, some 2 500 m below surface. 

Shield raises A$2,1m to advance Mauritania exploration

11th August 2009 Africa-focused gold and base metals explorer Shield Mining has raised A$2,1-million through a rights issue and private share placement to further explore the Tijirit prospect, in Mauritania. A total of 15,9-million shares and 15,9-million free attaching options, each with an exercise price of... 

Sino halts mining at White Mountain over water dispute

11th August 2009 ASX-listed Sino Gold on Tuesday reported that it had suspended operations at its White Mountain mine, in China, as road access to the operation had been blocked. The company said in a statement that a group of farmers had blocked the mine’s main access road, seeking compensation on the basis... 


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