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Podcast - October 3, 2007 

By: Christy van der Merwe     3rd October 2007 In this Podcast: Anglo cuts stake in AngloGold Ashanti by more than half; African Eagle in talks with possible partners for its uranium assets; Centra Rand Gold heads for JHB & London bourses. 

State, diamond cutters at odds over gem supply 

By: Matthew Hill     3rd October 2007 A storm is brewing between government and small diamond cutters and polishers over a reported lack of supply of the gems because of slow progress by the State in its efforts to boost beneficiation of diamonds in South Africa. Department of Minerals and Energy director-general Sandile Nogxina said... 

African Eagle open to talks with SA firms on potential uranium partnerships 

By: Matthew Hill     1st October 2007 Junior explorer African Eagle Resources, which listed on Johannesburg's AltX on Aug 24, called on South African companies that could be interested in partnering it to develop its early-stage uranium prospects to approach it. 

On-The-Air (28/09/2007) 

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2007 In this broadcast: World's quietest most powerful current revolution - 'Chinafication' of Africa; De Beers' zeppelin airship; Two new wind farms in SA, on here another across our border. 

Podcast - September 26, 2007 

By: Liezel Hill     26th September 2007 In this podcast: Arm & Norilsk approve a three point R2-bn expansion at Nkomati; De Beers' zeppelin is damaged in crash; Independence Platinum starts platinum productio using Mintek's ConRoast smelting technology. 

On-The-Air (21/09/2007) 

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2007 In this broadcast: SA enters huge infrastructural growth phase; Brazil poised to throw its weight behind unique pilotless aircraft; Gaborone's new diamond technology park. 

Podcast - September 19, 2007 

By: Irma Venter     19th September 2007 In this podcast: DRDGold heads back to South Africa; An end in sight to the Randgold and Exploration – JCI saga, and De Beers sells its Kimberley underground operations . 

Emperor, Canada's Intrepid to merge as DRDGold packs its bags for SA 

By: Matthew Hill     18th September 2007 Refocused gold producer DRDGold has hopes to sell its 78,5% stake in Australasian subsidiary Emperor Mines "as soon as possible", and will embark on a road show to this end after it has released a prospectus for the sale, a director said on Tuesday. It would then be solely centered on... 

SA mining laws impede exploration - Oppenheimer 

By: Mariaan Webb     14th September 2007 South Africa's mining legislation was holding back exploration in the country and, given the global commodities boom, it should be easier for mining companies to do prospecting work, De Beers group chairperson Nicky Oppenheimer said on Friday. 

New owner Petra targets 120 000 ct/y at Kimberley mine 

By: Mariaan Webb     14th September 2007 Junior miner Petra Diamonds, which bought the Kimberley underground operations from De Beers, the largest diamond miner, for R78,5-million, said on Friday that it aimed to have the mine back in production in the next six to twelve months. The historic operation had been closed in 2005, after its... 

On-The-Air (14/09/2007) 

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2007 In this broadcast: SA singled out as an ideal country to set up carbon-capture project; World Bank trying to put an end to gas flaring; Important oil & gas discovery in Zamibia. 

Sasol targets coal-rich China for synthetic-fuels investment 

By: Matthew Hill     13th September 2007 The world's biggest producer of liquid fuels from coal, Sasol, is conducting feasibility studies into the possible construction of two such plants in China, where it was currently in "hard-nosed" commercial negotiations, its head said on Thursday. 

Podcast - September 12, 2007 

By: Shona Kohler     12th September 2007 In this podcast: Xstrata to decide on a second phase for its Lion ferrochrome project; Sasol narrows down sites for its new coal-to-liquids plant; and DRDGold’s Emperor Mines puts Tolukuma up for sale . 

Nikanor to secure outstanding finance in 2008 for DRC project 

By: Mariaan Webb     12th September 2007 LSE-listed copper-miner Nikanor had secured funding for two-thirds of its flagship KOV project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and plans were in place to arrange the last stretch of debt funding next year, the company said on Wednesday. Nikanor planned to fund the balance of finance... 

Podcast - September 5, 2007  

By: Sheila Barradas     5th September 2007 In this podcast: Anglo Platinum seals much anticipated empowerment deals; African Rainbow Minerals announces its maiden dividend payment; and DRDGold sets its sights on increased production in South Africa 

Angloplat looks forward to improved relations with SA govt after BEE sales 

By: Mariaan Webb     4th September 2007 Anglo Platinum, which made headlines by threatening to take legal action against the South African government for not awarding its new prospecting licences, said that it hoped that the series of empowerment transactions announced on Tuesday would assist in progressing the company's... 

Angloplat deals shake up SA platinum hierarchy 

By: Mariaan Webb     4th September 2007 Platinum giant Anglo Platinum's plans, announced on Tuesday, to sell assets valued at around R10,9-billion in a series of empowerment transactions, would fundamentally change the platinum group-metal (PGM) industry in South Africa, the company said. As a result of the deals, Toronto- and... 

'No intention to leave SA coal market' - BHP Billiton 

By: Matthew Hill     4th September 2007 Mining giant BHP Billiton has 'no intention to leave the South African coal market', BHP Billiton Energy Coal South Africa COO Wayne Isaacs said on Tuesday.  

Eyebrows go up as Arm pays maiden dividend, plans big capex roll-out 

By: Matthew Hill     3rd September 2007 Black-owned diversified miner African Rainbow Minerals (Arm) announced its first dividend payment on Monday, amounting to R315-million. However, a local mining analyst questioned the prudence of the timing of the payout, when viewed in light of the company's planned capital spend of... 

Harmony's a buy at current price, says Motsepe 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd September 2007 The depressed Harmony Gold share price was a clear buy at the current price, African Rainbow Minerals (Arm) chairperson Patrice Motsepe said on Monday. 

Refocused DRDGold a 'whole new kettle of fish' 

By: Matthew Hill     31st August 2007 Embattled gold producer DRDGold, which has almost completely swung its focus to South Africa, said on Friday that it was a very different company and, for the first time in a long while, could set its eyes on 'serious growth options'. 'It's a whole new kettle of fish,'... 

On-The-Air (31/08/2007) 

By: Martin Creamer     31st August 2007 In this broadcast: Norilsk from Russia investment in SA; Rio Tinto investing in Rossing Uranium mine in Namibia; Trillion-rand company in the form of BHP Billiton.  

Implats sees platinum deficit widening further by year-end 

By: Matthew Hill     30th August 2007 The deficit in global platinum supply would widen to some 200 000 oz in 2007, with demand for the white precious metal growing at 3% to 4% a year, number-two producer Impala Platinum (Implats) said on Thursday. 

Podcast - August 29, 2007 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     29th August 2007 In this podcast: BHP Billiton sees Indian demand playing an increasingly important role; Harmony tackles rising costs; and African Eagle joins the AltX 

Claims of huge diamond find met with sceptism by industry insiders 

By: Matthew Hill     28th August 2007 A diamond reportedly twice as big as the Cullinan diamond has allegedly been found in the North West province, but the validity of the claims were questioned by some industry pundits on Tuesday. "If it is a real diamond it's an amazing freak...but it all sounds very strange," James... 

'Definite' uranium mining potential in Randfontein - Harmony 

By: Martin Creamer     27th August 2007 Definite uranium mining potential existed at the company's Randfontein shafts, especially Cooke Three, acting Harmony CEO Graham Briggs said on Monday. 

We'll cut cloth to wallet size, says new acting Harmony CEO 

By: Martin Creamer     27th August 2007 Embattled gold company Harmony would in future be cutting its cloth to its wallet size, new acting CEO Graham Briggs said on Monday. 

On-The-Air (24/08/2007) 

By: Martin Creamer     24th August 2007 In this broadcast: SA's breakthrough in solar-power technology will make its debut in Germany; Billion-rand contract to supply armoured cars; Anglo American buying copper deposits in icy Alaska. 

Metorex could spend up to R1,45bn to restart production at new DRC copper assets 

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd August 2007 The proposed acquisition of Copper Resource Corporation (CRC) would boost diversified miner Metorex' yearly copper output by a further 42 000 t/y from two Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) mines, CEO Charles Needham said on Thursday.  

DRC govt 'shortsighted' if it stops concentrate export, says Metorex CEO 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd August 2007 The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government would be "shortsighted" if it disallowed the export of concentrate while it had insufficient smelter capacity, Metorex CEO Charles Needham said on Thursday. Needham said that Metorex currently had a dispensation to move its concentrates... 

BHP looks beyond massive $20,9bn pipeline as fundamentals point to further growth 

By: Matthew Hill     22nd August 2007 The world's biggest mining group, BHP Billiton, said on Wednesday that it had 33 projects in its pipeline worth $20,9-billion, or some R154-billion, and that it could potentially increase this to about $50-billion, around R370-billion. Speaking in a media video conference after a... 

Podcast - August 22, 2007 

By: Christy van der Merwe     22nd August 2007 In this podcast: Norilsk Nickel mulls a new plant to more than quadruple output at Nkomati; Yomhlaba Resources changes its name on rejoining the JSE; and KimCor agrees to buy fellow gem-miner Dwyka’s subsidiary DDH 

On-The-Air (17/08/2007) 

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2007 In this broadcast: SA largest steel producer attempt at being 'proudly South African' went horribly wrong; R400-m agreement with a Brazilian helicopter refurbisher; Global mining tyre shortage biting hard. 

Podcast - August 15, 2007 

By: Keith Campbell     15th August 2007 In this podcast: South Africa mulls over incentives for uranium value addition; DRDGold and Mintails aim to produce two point four million pounds a year of uranium from mine dumps west of Johannesburg; and First Uranium moves towards production 

On-The-Air (10/08/2007) 

By: Martin Creamer     10th August 2007 In this broadcast: SA's highest-ever rand gold price; Cynthia Carroll "brought up 30 000 people out of the ground" for safety training; Sasol Four is back in contention. 

Podcast - August 08, 2007 

By: Matthew Hill     8th August 2007 In this podcast: Harmony takes a beating on a poor earnings forecast and the surprise exit of chief Bernard Swanepoel; Xstrata bids seven point five billion rand for South Africa�s Eland Platinum; and Cash flush Anglo American plans to repurchase a further four billion dollars worth of shares 

On-The-Air (03/08/2007) 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2007 In this broadcast: President Mbeki and his Cabinet have identified large-scale local manufacture; South Africans sparked off an unexpected gold rush; Landlocked Malawi's ambitious quest to build waterway. 

Podcast - August 1, 2007 

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     1st August 2007 In this podcast: Two top mining chiefs announce their retirements; JCI and Randgold and Exploration agree to sell mining rights to Gold Fields; and De Beers averts a strike 

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