SA may help build new steel mill

[img:Steel%20Mill%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|An ArcelorMittal
steel mill
]Pretoria, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 16 April 2008 - South Africa may decide in September on the feasibility of helping to build a steel plant to compete with the country's biggest steelmaker.

Bloomberg News quotes trade and industry minister Mandisi Mpahlwa as telling reporters here that the government is considering ‘several initiatives’ – including a plant in Mozambique – to expand its manufacturing industry by making steel available at prices below those charged by ArcelorMittal South Africa.

Another two furnaces start up at Cato Ridge smelter

[img:Cato%20Ridge_0.jpg|The furnace building
at Assmang’s Cato
Ridge works
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 15 April 2008 - Another two furnaces have resumed ferromanganese production at leading iron ore producer Assmang Limited’s Cato Ridge Works, about 60 km from Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. The smelter has been shut down since mid-February when a blast killed six workers.

Drilling for coal in Botswana

[img:Aviva%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|The drill camp at the
Mmamantswe project
]Perth, Australia ---- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 14 April 2008 - Australian and Botswana-listed energy company Aviva Corporation Limited has commenced a US$3 million (R24 million) reserve upgrade drilling programme at its 1.3 billion-tonne Mmamantswe coal project in Botswana.
 
Two drill rigs have been mobilised on site for a 16 600m drilling programme designed to upgrade 50% of the deposit to measured resources. The drilling campaign is expected to be completed by the end of August, with final coal quality test results expected by the end of October.

S.A. mining production drops

[img:Mining2%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Power – a key factor
behind the drop in
SA mining production
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 11 April 2008 - Total mining production in South Africa – the world’s biggest precious metals producer – is continuing its downward trend.

Releasing the latest production figures here yesterday, Statistics South Africa revealed that the country’s overall mining output in February had dropped 7.3% below its level in February 2007. This was due mainly to a 28.2% decline in local gold production, while non-gold production had fallen only 3.2%.

Second furnace starts up at Cato Ridge smelter

[img:Cato%20Ridge_0.jpg|The furnace building
at Assmang’s Cato
Ridge works
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 11 April 2008 - Ferro-manganese production has resumed at a second furnace at the Cato Ridge works of leading iron ore producer Assmang Limited, about 60 km from Durban in KwaZulu-Natal.  The smelter has been shut down since mid-February when a blast killed six workers.

Paladin’s Africa uranium projects well underway

[img:Paladin%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|The Langer Heinrich
uranium mine
in Namibia
]Perth, Australia --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 11 April, 2008 - Paladin Energy Limited – the Toronto and Australian-listed exploration and development company focusing on uranium in Australia and Africa – expects to achieve close to a three-fold increase in production at its two southern Africa uranium projects in the next two years.

Palabora’s possible R8 billion investment

[img:Palabora%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Construction of the
twin head-frames for
the underground mine
at Palabora
]Singapore --- MININGREVIEW.COM – 10 April 2008 - Palabora Mining Company – operator of South Africa's largest copper mine – may invest as much as US$1 billion (R8 billion) to develop a five-fold increase in its output of iron-rich magnetite.

Great Basin Gold takes over Rusaf

[img:Rusaf_0.jpg|Trenching on the
Rusaf Properties
]Vancouver, Canada --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 10 April 2008 - Great Basin Gold Limited (GBG) – an emerging mid-tier gold producer listed on the Toronto and American stock exchanges – has acquired the remaining 63% of the fully diluted equity shares of Vancouver-based Rusaf Gold Limited (Rusaf), which owns and operates properties in East Africa.

More power for Eskom

[img:Eskom%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Eskom is importing
more power from
Mozambique
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 10 April, 2008 - In a development which will hopefully ease the demand pressures it is experiencing, state-owned power utility Eskom Holdings Ltd (Eskom) has concluded a five-year agreement to receive an additional 250MW of power from Mozambique’s Cahora Bassa hydro-electric power station.

New CEO for Anglo Coal

[img:Ian%20Cockerill.thumbnail.JPG| ]Anglo American plc – a global leader in mining and natural resources – has announced three senior appointments in South Africa.

Ian Cockerill has been appointed as chief executive officer of Anglo Coal and a member of the executive committee of Anglo American. He has been a senior executive with Gold Fields Limited for nine years, the last six as chief executive officer. His primary focus will be to drive the further strategic development of Anglo American's global coal business, and to execute its considerable growth ambition, in addition to pursuing developments in clean coal and associated technologies. Ian will take up his position on 1 June 2008.

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