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By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th February 2013 This week: Bakubung is ‘absolutely viable’ despite a challenging market. Angloplat’s Chris Griffith says business has a right to profit. And, a Northern Cape iron-ore drilling campaign is at an advanced stage. 

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31st January 2013 This week: Discounted prices for iron-ore will give local manufacturing the edge. And, labour law and the JSE regulations narrowed consultation with government, says Amplats. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th January 2013 This week: Amplats says the increased recycled platinum supply is hobbling mining. Diamond market sentiment is 'cautiously positive', says Rockwell. And, Amplats offers new non-mining jobs for every mining job lost. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th January 2013 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: Harmony keeps the Kusasalethu mine shut, but hopes to resume production by July. Amplats strike impacts on 2013 supply. And, the distressed... 

Resources Watch 2012 roundup 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th December 2012 Creamer Media’s Resources Watch highlights some major events that took place during the year. Exxaro renewable energy bids (RW 87) 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th December 2012 This week: Nick Holland says change is needed to sustain South Africa’s gold-mining industry. A new R200-million platinum, iron-ore and vanadium explorer lists on the JSE. And, an industry stalwart predicts the impact of the US shale gas revolution on Africa. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th November 2012 This week: PriceWaterhouseCoopers says the post-Marikana risk landscape requires an integrated stakeholder solution. Mine risk company Eunomix says the ANC’s shunning of South Africa’s private sector is a 'huge mistake'. And, more obstacles need to be cleared following the lifting of the fracking... 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd November 2012 This week: Webber Wentzel’s Peter Leon proposes employee codetermination at board level. South Africa’s platinum supply will likely hit an 11-year low in 2012. And, the mining strikes fallout is likely to haunt South African manufacturers into 2013. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th November 2012 This week: AngloGold hopes to ‘course correct’ its struggling South African operations. Wescoal suffers a R10-million revenue loss during the transport strike. And, the new president of the Chamber of Mines says the chamber and industry will turn the sector around together. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th November 2012 This week: Capex culling is a ‘last resort’ as Transnet reviews the impact of a soft economy on its R300-billion plan. South Africa moves to procure 7 761 MW of baseload IPP power by 2025. And, the oft-cited South African mining skills dearth may be a myth as workplace skills plans show a paltry... 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st November 2012 This week: Global mining risks are holding back projects. The Chamber of Mines and traditional leaders set up committee to tackle mining problems. And, DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius says South Africa needs ‘job creators’. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th October 2012 This week: South Africa’s Labour Relations Act needs radical reform, says labour lawyer John Brand. The 'mine of future' launch is set for November. And, new smelterless technology is set to monetise stranded copper. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th October 2012 This week: AngloGold CEO Mark Cutifani warns that continued strikes could lead to premature downsizing. Pan African sees further consolidation, but not immediately. And, IMBS’ Limpopo iron plant is on track for year-end cold commissioning. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th October 2012 This week: Science Minister Naledi Pandor says pilot plants are on the way for platinum and titanium value-addition. Data shows that gold has rewarded the State and shareholders equally over 60 years. And, workers union AMCU is still a wild card as platinum producers and mining unions consider... 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th September 2012 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: Gemcom Software increases the productivity of 4 000 mine sites. Zest WEG Group offers a full spectrum of products to industry. And, SEW... 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2012 This week: Glencore tells Xstrata investors its bid is final. Court rulings may alter the way in which unions exercise their right to strike. And, Noise Clipper launches its new Sonomax Self-Fit custom hearing protection. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th September 2012 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: Patrice Motsepe says a line has to be drawn on union demands. Eskom is asked to integrate any additional new-build options into its tariff... 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th September 2012 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: Fuzzy social obligations render South Africa less competitive than Australia. Analysts warn that Harmony is taking the ‘tiger by the tail’ in... 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th August 2012 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: RBPlat calls for the commission of enquiry to be broader than Lonmin. Gold Fields is adopting ‘private equity’ rigour to boost gold equities’... 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2012 This week: Cash-gushing Harmony levers an 80% profit rise off a 36% gold price hike. PTM’s WBJV project is progressing despite the challenging market. And, production-safety equilibrium is urged at a rescue station launch. 

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By: Shannon de Ryhove     16th August 2012 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: New gold-mining technology ‘absolutely critical’ – AngloGold Merafe expects chrome export duty decision by February First iron-ore exports... 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th August 2012 Tronox reflects on the performance of the Exxaro mineral sands operations. Wesizwe initiates the first blast at its new platinum mine. And, AngloGold Ashanti becomes the forty-ninth partner of 49M. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd August 2012 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: Amplats moves headlong into market development and overhead stripping. Kumba Iron Ore gets cracking on expanding its just-built Kolomela... 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th July 2012 Black economic empowerment gets a R16-billion Kumba boost. Eskom will finalise its tariff application by August. And, Transnet expects to haul up to 75-million tons of export coal in 2012. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th July 2012 This week: Mintek CEO calls for a State-owned exploration company. Omnia’s new plant will raise South Africa’s nitric acid production to 1.4-million tons a year. And, a 120 ton excavator is introduced to the South African mining industry. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th July 2012 This week: Mincon and Western Star hand over a 35 ton truck to Booysen Bore Drilling. Kumba is ‘well on the way’ to reaching its 70-million tons a year iron-ore target. And, the ANC mining policy should focus on ‘capturing rents’, not on nationalisation. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st June 2012 This week: South Africa’s diamond industry no longer sparkling, says African Romance. Capital raising is under way for a Limpopo iron plant. And, Barclays says commodity prices are currently in ‘no mans land’. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2012 This week: ‘Mining magic’ will flow from a ‘South Africa first’ strategy. Trans Hex says South African diamond beneficiation is profitable. And, the emerging AMCU mine union favours a competitive coexistence. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th June 2012 This week: Soaring Keaton Energy pursues vigorous coal growth. Seafloor phosphate mining in prospect off the coast of Namibia. And, a new fluorspar start-up is the third miner to fly the beneficiation flag.  

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31st May 2012 This week: Sasol opens its new R3.5-billion coal shaft in Mpumalanga. Gold Fields says a higher gold price is needed to sustain mining. And, Eskom calls for urgent ‘guidance’ on its role in the energy plan. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th May 2012 This week: Fraser Alexander celebrates 100 years of service to the mining industry. There’s a call for clarity on the setup of the State mining company as conflict of interest concerns persist. And, the maturity level of middle managers is a safety concern for mines. 

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17th May 2012 This week: Amplats tests a fuel cell-powered locomotive at its Rustenburg mine. AngloGold Ashanti says policies are on the way to support a robust South African mining industry. And, Caterpillar’s boss is upbeat about Africa’s future. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th May 2012 This week: DRDGold lifts output from its consolidated surface operations. The cost of Wesizwe’s new platinum mine will rise to R12-billion. And, ultrafiltration technology will be used at a new water treatment plant in Sierra Leone. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd May 2012 This week: Mining industry doyen Brian Gilbertson is bullish on platinum-group metals. The shortage of rock engineers is an increasing problem. And, steel specialist VR Laser Services moves to its new 22 000 m2 premises. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th April 2012 This week: Investors are continuing to drive the gold market. A new process opens the way for full-spectrum platinum beneficiation. And, commodity lines to receive a boost from Transnet’s R300-billion plan. 

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12th April 2012 This week: Keaton Energy seeks to expand its portfolio, targeting 5-million tons a year. Anglo launches the R4.2-billion Zibulo coal mine. And, the IDC invests big in a new-look platinum integration.  

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th April 2012 This week: South Africa may turn to the private sector for help with mine-water pollution. Petmin mulls a TSX listing for its low-cost pig iron venture. And, greater intervention is needed to tackle acid mine drainage. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th March 2012 This week: Kalagadi Manganese secures R7-billion debt as the final shaft blast goes off at its Northern Cape project. The Section 54 safety stoppage issue dominates Minister Susan Shabangu’s media conference. And, Xylem Water Solution’s new product ensures cost-effective slurry removal. 

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