Transnet is looking closely at switching manganese ore exports from the Northern Cape to Saldanha Bay, instead of using Port Elizabeth or the new port of Coega.
BHP Billiton plans to invest about $10bn in capital and exploration expenditure during 2010.
China's refined copper imports rise strongly in September, while primary aluminiuum remains steady.
Exxaro Resources is evaluating its own zinc assets before possibly taking a look at those of Anglo American, which has put them up for sale.
BHP Billiton's copper output slides on Olympic Dam woes, but its South African businesses show improved output compared to the June quarter.
Finalising funding for the Pering lead/zinc mine has been delayed by conditions in the credit markets according to Metmar.
BHP Billiton fails to shine in its September quarter and declares force majeure at its Olympic Dam uranium and copper mine.
Palabora Mining's third quarter copper concentrate output is down 19 percent quarter-on-quarter.
Zambia's long-term copper output seen at one million tonnes a year. The country is seeing cobalt output falling after the closure of major producer.
As Freeport awaits news on its Tenke project in Congo, the company said idled capacity can be restarted quickly if needed. It's long-term copper price outlook is strong.