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Mineworkers to down tools over safety

THE National Union of Mineworkers will hold a one-day protest over safety in the North-West this weekend, followed by a national day-long strike later this year.

State to appeal mining rights ruling

The state will appeal a judgment by the North Gauteng High Court that the holder of an expropriated older order mineral right has to be compensated.

Miners fear Namibia’s rights proposal

Plans by the Namibian government for legislation that will assign almost all mining and exploration rights to a state-owned company will hurt the vital sector, say industry officials.

Landmark rights ruling to hit state coffers

The North Gauteng High Court has ruled that the holder of an old order mineral right is entitled to compensation, paving the way to millions of rands in claims against the state.

BHP keen on liquefied natural gas market

BHP Billiton will be interested in becoming a liquefied natural gas operator in the long term, says CEO Marius Kloppers, amid speculation the top global miner is eyeing Woodside Petroleum.

Guinea eyes bigger mines stakes, tougher rules

Guinea's new mining code will give the state a free 15% stake in projects with an option to acquire another 20%, according to a draft report.

Another obligation to hit Zim miners

Zimbabwe is considering legislation to force miners to fund development in local communities, reports a local newspaper.

Namibia’s state miner pockets key rights

Namibia's government has awarded its state-owned mining company "exclusive exploration and mining' rights to a host of strategic minerals, according to a news report.

Rains hit Anglo hard

Anglo American has stuck to its production targets despite a first quarter that saw floods and heavy rains hampering output, with coal output from its Australian operations down by over a third.

Miners to submit regular safety reports

The department of mineral resources will require boards of mining companies to submit quarterly reports on health and safety, parliament hears.