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Mine rights: ANC threatens constitutional change

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An ANC MP has warned that government will change the constitution if courts do not find in the state's favour in cases over mining rights.

BHP, Rio call off iron ore venture

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BHP BILLITON and Rio Tinto ditched plans to form the world's biggest iron-ore joint venture, in a victory for steel makers and a move that could prompt both miners to step up competing expansion plans.

Steel unmoved by ditched Rio/BHP venture

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News that global miners Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton have abandoned plans for an iron ore joint venture is unlikely to hit the steel market, analysts say.

Grupo Carso hedges gold production

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MEXICAN billionaire Carlos Slim's Grupo Carso has bought protection from volatile metals prices through 2013 as the company expands its mining business.

Strong rand no excuse, says analyst

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South African miners cannot hide behind the stronger rand if their earnings fall below forecasts, says a sector analyst.

The Bafokeng blasts Glencore and Xstrata

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RBH CEO Niall Carroll was in a combative mood at the recent Sun City platinum conference taking a go at Glencore, Xstrata and Brian Gilbertson as well as Anglo Platinum.

BHP, Rio in final stand to save JV

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BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto are expected to pursue last-ditch talks with regulators in a bid to save a proposed iron ore joint venture after the project suffered a new blow.

Rio Tinto in overdrive on commodities surge

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Rio Tinto has maintained its 2010 production guidance for iron ore, and says it is driving all its divisions near or above capacity to cash in on strong mineral prices.

Germany to block BHP, Rio Tinto JV

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The German Federal Cartel Office intends to prohibit BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto's proposed iron ore production joint venture in Western Australia.

Silver shines as growth outpaces gold

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Long called "the poor man's gold", silver is likely to outperform its pricey counterpart this year, a trend that makes it an attractive option for investors looking to diversify their portfolios.