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Loni Prinsloo

Loni Prinsloo



Loni Prinsloo is a former contributing editor for Engineering News Online and Mining Weekly Online.

NUM wants restrictions on chrome exports to China

7th October 2011 JOHANNESBURG ( - South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Friday called for “urgent” restrictions on chrome exports, particularly to China. 

Petra expects Finsch to add at least 1m carats to total production in 2012

30th September 2011 JOHANNESBURG ( − Africa-focused Petra Diamonds expects the Finsch mine, which it bought from De Beers for R1.43-billion, to add at least one-million carats to its production in the 2012 financial year. 

Alexkor explores new opportunities as it posts R84m profit

30th September 2011 JOHANNESBURG ( − State diamond miner Alexkor has reached a turning point, CEO Khetiwe McClain said on Monday, as the company reported its first operating profit in five years. 

Wesizwe prepares new strategy, reports loss

29th September 2011 JSE-listed Wesizwe Platinum on Thursday reported a loss of R393-million for the half-year ended June 30, 2011, compared with a profit of R335-million for the same period last year. Basic loss a share for the six months was 36.97c a share, compared with earnings 50.47c a share in 2010. Headline... 

Wage negotiations continue at Northam Platinum

28th September 2011 JSE-listed Northam Platinum and organised labour would enter a fourth round of wage negotiations on October 12, trade union Solidarity said on Wednesday. The union on Tuesday rejected the platinum miner’s two-year wage offer of a 5.9%, which it improved from a previous offer of 4.6%.  

Harmony resumes operations at Evander

28th September 2011 South African gold miner Harmony Gold on Wednesday restarted operations at its Evander mine in Mpumalanga. Harmony Gold spokesperson Marian van der Walt confirmed that operations had been resumed, except for the area where an accident resulted in the death of three people on Monday.  

Zimbabwean coal miner Hwange narrows loss

28th September 2011 Zimbabwean coal miner Hwange Colliery reduced its losses for six-months ended June 30, to $1.5-million, from $4.5-million the previous year. Revenue was up to $48.6-million in the first half of 2011, from $45.2-million a year earlier. The JSE-listed company attributed the interim loss to an... 

NUM to ‘vigorously’ oppose Blyvoor retrenchments

28th September 2011 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday called on the Department of Mineral Resources to blacklist DRDGold and its directors from continuing with any mining business in South Africa. This comes after DRDGold announced it may retrench some 500 workers at its subsidiary... 

CRG to approach High Court over mining licence

28th September 2011 Beleaguered gold miner Central Rand Gold (CRG) said on Wednesday that it would approach a South African High Court to set aside Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu’s decision to cancel its mining licence. The company contravened the mining laws regarding the implementation of a mining work... 

ArcelorMittal starts commercial iron-ore production in Liberia

27th September 2011 Steel and mining group ArcelorMittal on Tuesday started commercial iron-ore production from its mining operations in Liberia. ArcelorMittal aims to ship four-million tons a year of iron-ore from Buchanan in Liberia by 2012. A test shipment took place last week.  

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