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Xstrata to fork out R4.9bn on smelter

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UK-based Xstrata has dusted off plans to expand its Lion ferrochrome operation, saying it is confident electricity supply will be guaranteed.

Nationalisation of SA mines already underway

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Mining law expert Hulme Scholes believes SA mining companies are not focused on the very real danger of their operations being nationalised.

BHP ups output of 11 commodities

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BHP Billiton says it is running most of its assets at full capacity as suppliers struggle to keep pace with the global appetite of raw materials.

Rio Tinto bids to be top iron ore producer

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Global miner Rio Tinto has approved a $3.1bn iron ore expansion, staking a claim to become the world's leading producer and defying industry concerns over a new Australian mining tax.

Fight heats up over KZN mine deal

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IFP general secretary Musa Zondi has dismissed reports that "BEE fat cats" will benefit from a R4.5bn mining deal at the expense of local communities in KwaZulu-Natal.

Kalahari ‘hijackers’ arrested

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The alleged hijackers of mining firm Kalahari Resources have been arrested and will appear in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court on fraud charges.

Supply crunch signals uranium boom

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Gold is justifiably hogging investors' attention, but the uranium market is looking interesting, judging from presentations made by producers at recent conferences.

More extensions for Debswana’s Jwaneng

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Debswana has commenced with prefeasibility studies to extend the lifespan of its flagship Jwaneng mine beyond 2024.

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.

Harmony to close Merriespruit shaft

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Harmony Gold says it will be closing its Merriespruit 1 shaft in Virginia after the failure of a productivity-linked deal with unions.