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15th June 2011 This week: Trade union the National Union of Mineworkes opposes Vale’s Metorex takeover Gold and coal wage talks to start soon, with a strike at Exxaro to go ahead And, the NUM’s James Motlatsi may head the global union federation. 

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9th June 2011 This week: Trans Hex says its Namaqua diamond buy has a marine upside Esorfranki is keen to secure more work in the resources sector And, Merafe spurns equity raising to keep its 20.5% Lion Two stake. 

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2nd June 2011 This week: Gold Fields says its fatality trend ‘concerning’ The local unit of a US giant launches news materials handling products And, we discover how to mine and shine environmentally. 

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By: Shannon de Ryhove     26th May 2011 This week: South Africa aims to unlock funds for commodity export corridors Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland says nationalisation will strip South Africa of skills And, the platinum price could soar beyond the predicted $1 900/oz, says GFMS. 

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By: Shannon de Ryhove     19th May 2011 This week: AngloGold urges quick action on silicosis compensation MSA to launch new safety products this year And, Harmony to use its hard-fought R333-million tax bonanza to sweeten its Free State projects. 

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By: Shannon de Ryhove     12th May 2011 This week: Harmony Gold says South Africa needs to nurture gold mining’s future The NUM resolves to take up the cudgels against Anglo in the silicosis battle And, the DMR says there’s an ‘exciting’ new South African mining era ahead.  

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By: Shannon de Ryhove     5th May 2011 DRDGold plans to sell Blyvoor and ERPM to focus on surface reclamation GFMS sees the gold price topping $1 600/oz by year-end An avalanche of interest as South Africa’s minerals cadastre goes live on the Internet And, old gold fundamentals are ‘passe’ says Barrick Gold’s Peter Munk. 

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By: Shannon de Ryhove     21st April 2011 This week: The next iron-ore export expansion is set for a ‘flawless transition’, A large volume of Gold Fields’ gold is accessible from paid-for shafts, And, accelerated mining at South Deep may buck the declining South African gold trend. 

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By: Shannon de Ryhove     14th April 2011 This week: Anglo Platinum’s Vishnu Pillay says its joint venture platinum profile is poised for growth; Kumba opens automated iron-ore sampling plant; And, South Africa is Eickhoff’s base for its global continuous coal miner lift off. 

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By: Shannon de Ryhove     7th April 2011 This week: Pan African breaks ground on its Phoenix platinum project; A decision on a $2,1-billion titanium and ziconium project is pending; And, new think tank Mistra will probe the potential benefits of fuel cells for South Africa. 

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By: Shannon de Ryhove     24th March 2011 Welcome to Creamer Media’s Resources Watch, a weekly video round-up of the events and people making and shaping the news in the mining industry. 

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By: Shannon de Ryhove     17th March 2011 This week: Metals Economics Group says that grassroots exploration spending still lags; Cash-gushing RBPlat speeds capital expenditure and inks another Implats deal; And, Colombia rules out royalty increases on miners. 

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By: Shannon de Ryhove     10th March 2011 Welcome to Creamer Media’s Resources Watch, a weekly video round-up of the events and people making and shaping the news in the mining industry. This week: The launch of State mining company reopens divisions; Merafe is lobbying for a 2011 curb on raw chrome exports; And, the repositioned... 

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By: Shannon de Ryhove     3rd March 2011 This week: Implats sees further hefty wage increases this year; Exxaro expresses frustration with service levels on coal line; And, Patrice Motsepe says that the State acting as mining ‘player and referee’ raises governance issues. 

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By: Shannon de Ryhove     24th February 2011 This week: Kumba sees an end to its legal battles; AngloGold Ashanti is all set for a vigorous ,unhedged new-era liftoff; And, Pan African says that Barberton has another 100 years of gold mining ahead. 

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By: Shannon de Ryhove     10th February 2011 This week: Anglo Platinum is adamant that its capex plan is sufficient to meet growth goals; Great Basin Gold discusses the cash conundrum of a strong rand on the gold price; And, Optimum Coal says that its coal output is adequate to supply Eskom and the export markets.  

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By: Shannon de Ryhove     3rd February 2011 This week: AngloGold Ashanti broaches the concept of non-blast automation to mine gold 5 km below the surface; South Africa’s acid mine drainage and wastewater is ‘mineable’; And gold mine output hits a record in 2010. 

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By: Shannon de Ryhove     9th December 2010 From the dusty streets of Soweto to the skyscrapers of Toronto, Mining Weekly’s Resources Watch covered it all. Join us as we highlight the most watched shows of 2010.  

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By: Shannon de Ryhove     2nd December 2010 This week: platinum analyst Johnson Matthey says that platinum may peak at $1 900/oz in next 6 months; International Energy Agency says it will be the end of coal power in Western Europe if carbon capture fails; and strategic mine planning software is launched in Johannesburg. 

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By: Shannon de Ryhove     25th November 2010 This week: South Africa's Mineral Resources Minister says a State mining company won't be privileged; unions will take legal action against Aurora; and a new institute will boost the mining sector's research and development capacity. 

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By: Shannon de Ryhove     18th November 2010 This week: Foreigners snap up Royal Bafokeng Platinum shares; African Barrick looking in west, north-east Africa for potential M&A; and, AngloGold Ashanti CEO says it's 'on the cusp of a 100-year mining change'. 

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By: Shannon de Ryhove     11th November 2010 This week: Harmony Gold says the power price risk is stopping projects. Sipho Nkosi says a R67-billion mine deficit would have hit the State. And, the South African gold industry is facing significant 'headwinds'. 

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By: Shannon de Ryhove     4th November 2010 This week: mining could drive reconstruction in Africa if it is managed correctly; South African mining needs more regulatory clarity and certainty; and crushing equipment company Pilot Crushtec celebrates 20 years. 

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28th October 2010 This week: the onerous Eskom winter surcharge may be illegal, says DRDGold; Gold Fields opens a new housing complex; and the CSIR's Phil Hobbs talks about acid mine drainage. 

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By: Shannon de Ryhove     14th October 2010 This week, we highlight some of the exhibitors at the Electra Mining Africa show, which is recognised as a gateway into Africa for local and global investors looking for new business opportunities in the mining, construction, industrial and power generation industries.  

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7th October 2010 This week: Russia's Severstal swoops on South African minnow's ‘revolutionary' iron alternative; Xstrata says that mining has a major role to play to grow South Africa's economy. And, black-owned Optimum Coal is to invest R3billion over the next three years. 

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30th September 2010 This week: Bauba Platinum to raise R45m for more exploration; Tasiast one of world's ‘great new gold mines' - Kinross chief; and Labrador Iron wants plant finished by Christmas, first output in April. 

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By: Shannon de Ryhove     23rd September 2010 This week: Black-owned Optimum's coal spat with Eskom spills over to 2011 DRDGold starts R300m Ergo pipeline project to save Crown And, a dual focus is needed in the South African mining industry. 

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16th September 2010 This week: Sasol decelerates its coal-to-liquids project pending clarity on carbon capture and refinery; slow transformation in South Africa fuels the nationalisation debate; and Aveng talks to us about its acid-mine-drainage solutions. 

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By: Shannon de Ryhove     8th September 2010 This week: A new rock drill reduces electricity and water use in mines. The South African mining industry's 2013 zero-harm attainment is unlikely. And, JSE-listed coal miner Keaton Energy eyes a high metallurgical coal profit. 

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By: Shannon de Ryhove     2nd September 2010 This week: platinum miner Implats says that the strong rand is ‘unceremoniously' eroding the platinum basket; Coal of Africa Limited says that the Vele mine rehab will take place concurrently with mining; and, business leaders say South Africa is undermined by the mining-rights controversy. 

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By: Shannon de Ryhove     26th August 2010 Harmony Gold sets a 1,7-million ounce target for 2011, Anooraq plans to double the profit from its Bokoni mine by 2011, and Russia's ARMZ targets the Uranium One rerating. 

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By: Mariaan Webb     19th August 2010 South African miner Gold Fields wants a 20% profit margin irrespective of the gold price; AngloGold Ashanti is studying projects worth $2-billion in South Africa; And, diversified miner Exxaro is exploring iron-ore options on three continents.  

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By: Shannon de Ryhove     12th August 2010 This week: JSE-listed AECI sees volumes grow by 15%; Minera IRL would consider a merger of equals; and Merafe/Xstrata will build a R1-billion chrome-fines plant in Rustenburg. 

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By: Shannon de Ryhove     5th August 2010 This week: Kumba says a study beyond-60-million tons a year of iron-ore is imminent; Eskom is positioned to power Angloplat's growth; and ArcelorMittal South Africa scraps the steel surcharge, but higher ore prices are to be reflected in a new all-in price. 

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By: Shannon de Ryhove     22nd July 2010 This week: the historic joint declaration aims to grow and transform South African mining; Australia's Resources Generation seeks to raise R4,5-billion for its Waterberg coal mine; and golden treasure arises beneath the skirt of the old Agnes mine. 

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8th July 2010 This week: Simmers will close two Buffelsfontein gold-mine shafts; the mining declaration is seen as a ‘very important step in right direction'; and Rio Tinto is ‘under-invested' in Africa. 

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1st July 2010 This week: the mining industry eyes the Colombian policy under a post-Uribe government, Optimum Coal launches a R600-million water treatment plant, and we take a look at a 50-t rock breaker. 

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