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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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22nd March 2012 This week: Merafe says raw ore exports are smashing ferrochrome production. CoAL confirms hard coking coal at Makhado, with eyes on the Indian market. And, Aveng consolidates its mining businesses into one Africa-focused unit.  

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th March 2012 This week: Patrice Motsepe says the ANC document’s on mining tax are a worry. The Saldanha manganese rail study is presented to Transnet. And, there’s a strong economic case for lifting the shale exploration ban. 

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8th March 2012 This week: Coal miner Exxaro will submit five renewable energy bids. Pan African Resources reports record earnings. And, South Africa should be extremely concerned about Implats’ strike, says Northam. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st March 2012 This week: Power and labour costs make South Africa an expensive mining destination. Tenova will give Bateman a wider market presence in Chile and Australia. And, mines are doing far too little in safety-critical testing. 

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23rd February 2012 This week: Government-enforced stoppages deny Amplats 109 000 nonfatal ounces. DRDGold looks forward to being a ‘gold factory’. And, expected strong fundamentals augur well for Rockwell Diamonds’ future growth. 

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16th February 2012 This week: Kumba’s financial year earnings climb 19% to R17-billion. The long-term iron-ore outlook remains positive. And, a new range of slurry pumps provides extended wear life. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th February 2012 This week: Eskom is still pursuing a mandatory savings ‘safety net’. Pan African Resources and Wits Gold bid R1.7-billion for Harmony’s Evander mine. And, platinum junior Sable Platinum explores new opportunities along the Bushveld Complex. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd February 2012 This week: Joy Global Africa invests in a new distribution facility. Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba says a power price review is geared towards protecting South Africa from shocks. And, a mining icon is brought to Johannesburg’s inner city. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th January 2012 This week: A R17-billion Swaziland-South Africa rail link will open up new coal capacity. Amplats hopes to test a fuel-cell powered mine locomotive by March/April. And, the DTI considers a special economic zone for platinum. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2011 Creamer Media’s Resources Watch highlights some major events that took place during the year. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th December 2011 This week: More than 6 000 worker shareholders become half millionaires overnight. Pan African sends off its first PGM concentrate. And, Kumba says there’s more iron-ore supply than demand.  

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1st December 2011 This week: Renova may build a manganese sinter plant in South Africa. Eskom initiates talks with Exxaro on the Medupi delay. And, Wescoal is bullish about its 2012 inland coal market 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th November 2011 This week: Platinum market to end 2011 in modest oversupply Mining companies urged to be ready for beneficiation framework Platinum demand forecast to grow by 5.8% each year to 2020 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th November 2011 This week: AngloGold is using its multi-continent discovery strategy to hit its 5.5-million ounces a year target. Nationalisation could conribute to social transformation if managed well. And, Gold Fields spurns the novel gold-linked dividend idea and rejects quarterly dividends. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th November 2011 This week: Harmony Gold says South Africa could learn from the ‘transparent’ Papua New Guinea mining industry. Bobby Godsell says South Africa needs to debate the money source for the next 100 years of mining. And, South Africa’s Chamber of Mines says nationalisation is like a ‘scarecrow’, with... 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd November 2011 This week: A Mining for Change meeting hears that a diamond community is worse off post-1994. LontohCoal enters the export market with its first shipment to Ethiopia. And, DRDGold is considering Blyvoor offers with plans to name the buyer in December. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th October 2011 This week: Coloured gemstones are frequently worth more than the finest diamonds, says Brian Gilbertson. Alexkor to restructure, and eyes new ventures in Southern Africa. And, a former banker says BEE is like a casino. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th October 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: Creamer Media Reporter      6th October 2011 This week: Wits professor Dick Stacey says there’s a worrying fall off in South African mining research. And, a new milestone is reached at the Kalagadi manganese mine. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th September 2011 This week: Coal of Africa Limited says Southern Africa’s coking coal could rival Australia’s. TB, hearing loss and silicosis are still big problems facing the South African mining industry. And, focusing on the project sponsorship perspective is essential for success.  

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th September 2011 This week: The CSIR Robotics department has a project for hard rock mining. And, there’s no sign of South Africa’s pledged infrastructure, as Aveng gets a R19-billion Australasian orders boost.  

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th September 2011 This week: Cost pressures are being felt throughout the mining sector, says Xstrata-Merafe. DRDGold is seeking the ‘right’ investors for the Blyvoor mine. And, ARM earmarks R10-billion for growth. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st September 2011 This week: Impala Platinum sheds light on key issues in the PGM market. A sovereign wealth fund could quell nationalisation talk. And, a Transnet rail split would be ‘disastrous’ and is ‘not on the cards’. 

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25th August 2011 This week: Cost bites see Harmony profits fall. RBPlat says Styldrift 2 may need a R10-billion investment. And, Exxaro to step up capex to R7.1-billion next year. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th August 2011 This week: Gold Fields expects to complete feasibility studies on its current projects by the end of 2012. AngloGold parries nationalisation. And, Metmar is keen to expand its chrome business in South Africa and Zimbabwe. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th August 2011 This week: Minerals Minister Susan Shabangu says mine nationalisation is a wrong and dangerous question to ask. Merafe Resources says rising costs put South African ferrochrome producers under pressure. And, Forbes Coal starts trading on the JSE. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th August 2011 This week: Rockwell Diamonds trims its capital raising down to C$20-million. Kumba Iron Ore requires R20-billion to R30-billion capex for 70-million tons a year. And, Amplats pursues shallow reef and delays its deep capital-intensive projects. 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th July 2011 This week: Hodges Resources embarks on a drilling programme at a Botswana prospect. The first metallic iron from the Palabora pilot project is expected in June 2012. And, Wesizwe has been fully funded to develop its flagship platinum mine. 

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21st July 2011 This week: A slower nuclear uptake could lead to a surge in demand for coal and gas, says the IEA. Cyril Ramaphosa says that industry failures sow ‘terrible’ nationalisation seeds. And, nationalisation is unlikely to pass as ANC policy in 2012. 

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14th July 2011 This week: Barclays Capital says it’s the right time to get into commodities. Randgold Resources starts relocations to make way for the new Kibali gold mine. And, the IDC says R22-billion is to be invested in mining over five years. 

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7th July 2011 This week: The failure of BEE fuels the nationalisation debate. Transnet expects its study on the new Richards Bay line by October. And, South Africa’s mine taxing beats Botswana’s mine ownership. 

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30th June 2011 This week: A coal road map is to be released by mid-2012. Richards Bay Coal Terminal sees 2011 coal exports in line with last year’s 63-million tons. And, Eskom says 15 new Mpumalanga coal mines are needed by 2015. 

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