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Daily podcast – January 22, 2010 

By: Jacqueline Holman     22nd January 2010 DRDGold agrees to buy the 50% interest in Ergo Mining that it doesn't already own from Mintails; and BHP Billiton could revive billions of dollars worth of projects in Chile that it froze during the worst of the global crisis. 

Kebble R1bn unlocked as JCI/R&E/Investec/Letseng settle 

By: Martin Creamer     21st January 2010 It's been an irritating marathon dispute in which minority shareholders of mining companies JCI and Randgold & Exploration (R&E) have had to be ultra patient as the bigger fish negotiated terms. But, finally, in the early hours of last Thursday, those bigger fish settled, unlocking close to... 

Daily podcast – January 21, 2010 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     21st January 2010 Vale Inco restarts partial production at its Copper Cliff nickel smelter in Sudbury, Ontario; and workers at Two Rivers platinum mine refuse to come up from underground over pay grievances. 

Daily podcast – January 20, 2010 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     20th January 2010 BHP Billiton approves $240-million for early-stage development of the Jansen potash project, in Saskatchewan; and Anooraq Resources completes the R118-million upgrade of its concentrator plant at the Bokoni mine, in South Africa. 

Daily podcast – January 19, 2010 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     19th January 2010 The discovery of five-billion tons of new iron-ore reserves in 2009 could give China an edge during this year's benchmark price talks; and Tahera Diamond Corp puts its Jericho diamond mine up for sale. 

SA gold-miners shouldn't give up on being world's best – consultancy 

By: Martin Creamer     19th January 2010 South Africans should not give up on being the world's best gold-miners even though they have lost their position as being the world's largest gold producer, says Fever Tree Consulting head Simon Davies. While it is unclear whether South Africa will ever get back to being the world's number-one... 

Daily podcast – January 18, 2010 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     18th January 2010 The process begins to ensure the separating out of the operations of Simmer & Jack Mines and First Uranium; and there's no disruption to production at Harmony Gold's Kalgold mine. 

Simmers, First Uranium separation under way – Khanyile 

By: Martin Creamer     15th January 2010 Processes had begun to ensure the separating out of the operations of Simmer & Jack Mines (Simmers) and First Uranium, new Simmers nonexecutive chairperson Vusi Khanyile told Mining Weekly Online at the weekend. Khanyile described the need to "reconfigure" the relationship between Simmers and... 

Daily podcast – January 15, 2010 

By: Eleanor Seggie     15th January 2010 The South Australian government gives final approval for the joint venture development of the Bungalow magnetite project; and Uranium One reports a fourth-quarter production of 1,2-million pounds. 

Daily podcast – January 14, 2010 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     14th January 2010 Rockwell Diamonds recovers several large stones; and Adamus Resources starts construction at its flagship Southern Ashanti project, in Ghana. 

Daily podcast – January 13, 2010 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     13th January 2010 Eastern Platinum restarts the Crocette mine development at its Crocodile River Mine; and Eldorado Gold receives approval to reopen the White Mountain mine, in Jilin province, China. 

Daily podcast – January 12, 2010 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     12th January 2010 Riversdale Mining receives environmental approval for its Benga coal project; and Quadra Mining expects to produce 250-million pounds of copper this year. 

Daily podcast – January 11, 2010 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     11th January 2010 Chinese authorities are expected to say today whether four Rio Tinto employees will have their cases referred to prosecutors; and Homeland Energy concludes a loan arrangement with GMR Energy. 

Daily podcast – January 8, 2010 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     8th January 2010 Zimbabwe halts the sale of diamonds from its controversial Marange fields; and Perseus Mining receives takeover approaches. 

Daily podcast – January 7, 2010 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     7th January 2010 African Minerals plans to sell a 12,5% stake to the China Railway Materials Commercial Corporation; and Australia and China show a united front in a bid to improve investment ties. 

Daily podcast – January 6, 2010 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     6th January 2010 Underground activities at Petra Diamonds' Koffiefontein mine resume; and NovaGold will publish a new mine plan for its 50%-owned Galore Creek project in the first quarter of this year. 

Daily podcast – January 5, 2010 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     5th January 2010 Full output at Allied Gold's Simberi mine, in Papua New Guinea, resumes; and no end to the Voisey's Bay nickel mine strike is in sight. 

Daily podcast – January 4, 2010 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     4th January 2010 Jinshan Gold Mines signs a memorandum of understanding with Monnis International; and Rio Tinto's Yandicoogina operation achieves annual production of more than 50-million tons for the first time. 

Daily podcast – December 11, 2009 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     11th December 2009 Oryx Investment Management calls for an EGM of shareholders of Simmer & Jack Mines gold company; and SA's mining production for October decreased by 8,5%. 

Coal majors cut us off at the knees – Wescoal 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2009 There is angst in South Africa’s inland coal market, where traditional coal exporters have become active. Some coal majors turned their attention to the local South African market when rand export prices tanked. “We got ourselves cut off at the knees,” says the JSE’s AltX coal junior Wescoal,... 

Daily podcast – December 10, 2009 

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     10th December 2009 Vulisango will make its second formal call for an EGM of the shareholders of Simmer & Jack as soon as possible; and the body of the missing miner at Driefontein mine has been recovered. 

Daily podcast – December 9, 2009 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     9th December 2009 Driefontein mine remains suspended for the third day, as rescue teams continue to search for a missing miner; and Eskom's proposed tariff increases will harm South Africa's mining industry. 

Daily podcast – December 8, 2009 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     8th December 2009 Eskom requests a review of a coal supply and offtake agreement for the new Medupi power station; and the body of one of the trapped miners at Driefontein mine, near Carletonville, has been recovered. 

Daily podcast – December 7, 2009 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     7th December 2009 Lonmin reaches a two-year wage agreement with the National Union of Mineworkers with regard to workers at its Marikana operation; and the commodity corridors in South Africa are likely to be the main beneficiaries of Transnet's expanded five-year capital investment programme. 

IFC wants to get in early on exploration projects 

By: Liezel Hill     4th December 2009 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is looking to take more equity positions in the early stages of mining companies and projects, officials said at a mining investment seminar this week in Toronto. “We like to come in after project discovery. And then we can come in and start working on... 

South African commodity lines at heart of Transnet's enlarged investment plan 

By: Terence Creamer     4th December 2009 Transnet's commodity corridors were likely to be the main beneficiaries of the State-owned transport utility's expanded five-year capital investment programme, acting CEO Chris Wells reported on Friday. He confirmed that the new plan, which would be unveiled in February, would probably involve a... 

Daily podcast – December 4, 2009 

By: Eleanor Seggie     4th December 2009 Copper supply will fall up to one-million tons short in 2009; and South Africa's inland coal pricing is down 34% year-on-year in severely depressed coal-trading conditions.  

Zircon market glides through recession 
‘without much of a speed bump’ 

By: Loni Prinsloo     4th December 2009 The mineral sands industry has proven a constant performer through even the onerous economic conditions experienced in past months, and Exxaro executive GM for the mineral sands and base metals commodity division Trevor Arran has predicted a positive future for the industry.  

Expansion project achieves safety milestone 

By: Carla Thomaz     4th December 2009 Iron, chrome and manganese-miner Assmang’s Khumani iron ore expansion project in the Northern Cape has achieved one million lost time injury free shifts. 

Daily podcast – December 3, 2009 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     3rd December 2009 Xstrata Copper will invest $542-million to extend the life-of-mine of its Ernest Henry Mining operations to at least 2024; and Aurora Empowerment Systems secures its fourth gold-mining asset. 

Daily podcast – December 2, 2009 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     2nd December 2009 Anglo American agrees, in principle, to invest another $450-million in De Beers; and Alpha Natural Resources resumes production at its Emerald longwall coal mine. 

Daily podcast – December 1, 2009 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     1st December 2009 The construction of the power infrastructure necessary to supply the Burnstone mine will start in January 2010; and Teck Resources expects to restart the lead production line at its Trail, British Columbia, refinery on Wednesday. 

Coal-fired Kusile project to be delayed a year – Eskom   

By: Terence Creamer     1st December 2009 South Africa's Kusile power station will be phased in one year later than initially planned to help accommodate Eskom's lower requested tariff increases of 35% a year between 2010 and 2013, the utility confirmed on Tuesday. The group's initial application, submitted on September 30, 2009, sought... 

Daily podcast – November 30, 2009 

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     30th November 2009 Petra Diamonds sells a 168 ct white diamond for $6,28-million; and the request for an extraordinary general meeting at Simmer & Jack is withdrawn. 

Daily podcast – November 27, 2009 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     27th November 2009 Canadian mining executives come out strongly against the contentious Bill C-300; and Namibia's proposed law to force mining companies to yield 25% of their shareholding to black investors poses a risk to the industry. 

Training, skills development critical for minerals beneficiation 

By: Loni Prinsloo     27th November 2009 The Intsika mineral beneficiation project recently celebrated the graduation of 21 learners, at Rand Refinery in Johannesburg.  

Rand-denominated gold, platinum and 
crude oil commodities now being traded 
on local bourse 

By: Loni Prinsloo     27th November 2009 The JSE has recently announced that it had extended its licencing agreement with the world’s largest commodity derivatives marketplace, the CME group, to offer South Africans the opportunity to trade rand-denominated platinum, gold, and crude oil futures. 

Randgold's Bristow promises Kibali 'road map' in Q1  

By: Liezel Hill     26th November 2009 LSE- and Nasdaq-listed Randgold Resources will outline the way forward at its Kibali gold project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, early next year, CEO Mark Bristow said on Thursday. Speaking in Toronto, Bristow said Randgold will likely surpass its production forecast of 600 000 oz of gold... 

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