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Esmarie Iannucci

 

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

Email: newsdesk@engineeringnews.co.za

Received BTech degree in Journalism from the Tshwane University of Technology

Waterberg’s coal-bed methane potential could boost SA’s liquid fuel output

9th September 2008 South Africa’s Waterberg area could probably contain up to one-trillion cubic feet (tcf) of coal bed methane (CBM), which could provide for 5% of South Africa’s liquid fuel needs for the next 15 years, said honorary research fellow at the University of Cape Town, Dr Philip Lloyd at this year’s... 

Tawana says still no outcome in SA prospecting right dispute

9th September 2008 Australian diamond explorer, Tawana Resources, on Tuesday indicated that there was still no resolution on a dispute over prospecting rights near Kimberley in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. However, the company said that it had been advised by its South African lawyers that the... 

Transnet Freight Rail strives to cut accident rate

8th September 2008 State-owned freight and rail systems Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) is investing heavily in maintenance and technology to reduce the frequency of accidents on its coal-export lines, GM Fuzile Magwa said on Monday. Speaking at the seventh annual Coaltrans conference, Magwa said that, discounting a... 

RBCT looking at phase 6 expansion, despite rail capacity concerns

8th September 2008 The Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) is looking beyond its phase five expansion plan of increasing production to 91-million tons, despite lingering concerns over the ability of State-run Transnet Freight Rail's (TFR's) ability to boost its coal-carrying capacity to the port. RBCT had employed... 

Exxaro seeks to export 26Mt/y from Waterberg project

8th September 2008 Black economic empowerment mining company Exxaro was hoping to export 26-million tons Diversified miner Exxaro was hoping to export 26-million tons a year of coal from the Waterberg region in South Africa, executive GM Ernst Venter said at this year’s Coaltrans conference, in Sandton. The... 

Eskom says dependence on short-term coal supplies to increase

8th September 2008 State-owned power utility Eskom was developing an ever-increasing dependency on short-term coal supply. Eskom primary energy division acting director Chris Schutte said at the seventh annual Coaltrans conference that, in 2008, an estimated 21% of the utility’s coal supply was provided by... 

SA govt compiling coal inventory – official

8th September 2008 South Africa’s Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) has started a study to draw up an inventory of the country’s coal resources, a government official said Deputy director general of mining policy and promotion Futhi Zikalala told delegates at the seventh Coaltrans conference, in... 

SA mines agree to regular safety assessments – COM

5th September 2008 At Friday’s Tripartite Leadership summit, the South African Chamber of Mines (COM) stated that its members would willingly undergo regular assessments of their effectiveness as health and safety leaders. COM president Sipo Nkosi said the mining industry was mindful of the harm brought by... 

BRC DiamondCore nets $1,36m in sixth tender

4th September 2008 Diamond-miner BRC DiamondCore sold 1 351,13 ct from three of its South African operations at the company’s sixth tender for an estimated $1,36-million. This latest tender included, for the first time, stones produced from the De Kalk alluvial trail, which was the site of the first diamond... 

Two more workers killed in SA gold mine accidents

4th September 2008 Two more deaths were reported in South African gold mines on Thursday, after a worker was killed at DRDGold’s Blyvooruitzicht mine, and another at Pamodzi Gold’s Orkney operation. This follows Monday’s announcement by Simmer & Jack Mines that a seismic event had claimed a life at its... 

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