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Christy van der Merwe

Christy van der Merwe

Christy van der Merwe is a former contributing editor for Engineering News Online and Mining Weekly Online. She graduated from Rhodes University.

Village plans to fire 840 striking Cons Murch workers

22nd September 2011 JSE-listed Village Main on Thursday stated that it had started a process to dismiss members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) who took part in an unprotected strike in the form of a go-slow at its Cons Murch mine in Limpopo. Thus, Village could dismiss as much as 88% of its workforce at... 

IFM widens loss, new CEO upbeat about outlook

19th September 2011 London-listed International Ferro Metals (IFM) on Monday reported an increased loss of 24c a share for the year ended June 2011, but newly appointed CEO Chris Jordaan remained confident that the company was “better positioned than it has been for a long time”. The results compared with a loss of... 

MRC vows to address enviro concerns as govt formally notifies of Xolobeni mining rights annulment

22nd July 2011 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) − ASX-listed Mineral Commodities (MRC) said on Monday that its subsidiary Transworld Energy and Minerals (TEM) had received formal notification from the South African Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) that its mining right at Xolobeni had been revoked. 

MRC says SA subsidiary to respond to Xolobeni enviro concerns

11th July 2011 ASX-listed Mineral Commodities (MRC) said on Monday that its subsidiary Transworld Energy and Minerals (TEM) had received formal notification from the South African Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) that its mining right at Xolobeni had been revoked. The notification stated that TEM had 90... 

Shabangu withdraws Xolobeni mining licence

17th June 2011 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) − South African Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu has withdrawn the mining licence granted to Transworld Energy and Minerals (TEM) in 2008, to mine for titanium-bearing minerals near Xolobeni on the Eastern Cape Wild Coast. 

Shabangu withdraws Xolobeni mining licence

7th June 2011 South African Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu has withdrawn the mining licence granted to Transworld Energy and Minerals (TEM) in 2008, to mine for titanium-bearing minerals near Xolobeni on the Eastern Cape Wild Coast. The Minister issued a letter stating that the licence was... 

Amadiba Crisis Committee turns to Public Protector over Xolobeni

2nd June 2011 The Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC), which is opposed to mining of the mineral sands near Xolobeni on the Wild Coast, has called for the intervention of the Public Protector, owing to the Department of Mineral Resources’ (DMR’s) failure to make a decision on whether or not mining would proceed in... 

Shabangu delays Xolobeni decision by one month to April 25

6th April 2011 A decision on whether or not heavy mineral mining would proceed at Xolobeni on the Wild Coast was further delayed as the Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu failed to meet a previously stipulated decision deadline of March 25. The Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) first lodged an objection to... 

Shabangu to decide fate of Xolobeni in next 30 days

24th February 2011 Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu would make a decision, within 30 days, on whether or not mining of heavy minerals, at the Xolobeni mine on the Wild Coast of South Africa, could proceed. This followed the Amadiba Crisis Committee’s (ACC’s) appeal of the granting of the licence, which... 

AMD report stresses ‘urgent’ intervention to avert crisis

24th February 2011 The Department of Water Affairs (DWA) on Thursday released the long-awaited 146-page acid mine drainage (AMD) report, which was compiled by a team of water and geology experts, and presented to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on AMD in December. After assessing the situation in the Witwatersrand... 

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