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Mining Yearbook 2017

SepFluor bets R1.7bn on notoriously difficult fluorspar

"WHAT have these guys been smoking and where can I get some?" has been the default reaction to the news that Sephaku Fluoride (SepFluor)...

CER ups ante with new court challenge against coal-fired power

BUOYED by a landmark judgment that halted the construction of a new coal-fired power station in Limpopo earlier this year, the Centre for Environmental...

Cleaver aims to return De Beers to new mine development

DE BEERS is reviewing its approach to the development of smaller mining projects as the diamond giant considers its future strategy in a situation...

Magara adamant Lonmin can continue to find levers to pull

BEN Magara hasn't had many opportunities to crack a smile during his two years as Lonmin CEO, but at a recent breakfast meeting he...

Pallinghurst set about restoring Gemfields to profitability

WHEN Pallinghurst Resources CEO, Arne Frandsen, announced to the market in May that the equity group was moving to buy out its 75%-owned coloured...

Power drain: How Eskom is sliding towards bankruptcy

The rosy picture that Eskom’s executives painted recently of the power utility’s financial position could create the impression that reports of hardship were exaggerations,...

Swanepoel revelling in comedian with a conscience role

IN his heyday – when he ran Harmony Gold during its expansion phase before the train smash with Gold Fields – one of the...

Sibanye Bold*

NEAL Froneman has never been known for reticence. At a time when the mining industry was debt-shy, Sibanye Gold moved in the opposite direction...

Anglo SA deputy Norman Mbazima calls time on tickbox BEE

TWENTY years ago, in a tightly packed auditorium at Anglo American, the group’s financial results ended in banner fashion. After months of speculation, the...

All eyes on Implats’ Muller as sets about time in charge

NICO Muller is taking over the reins as CEO at Impala Platinum (Implats) at arguably the worst time in its corporate history, but that...