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Mergers and acquisitions reach unprecedented levels

[img:Mining%20deals%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|One of some 100
BHP Billiton
operations in
20 countries
]Johannesburg, South Africa – MININGREVIEW.COM --- 25 March, 2008 - Mergers and acquisitions levels have reached unprecedented levels heralding a new era of super-consolidation in the global mining industry.

This is the key finding of ‘Mining Deals’, a report from PricewaterhouseCoopers reviewing international deal-making in the mining sector. It shows a huge surge in mining company mergers and acquisitions, emphasising the following highlights:

DRC seeks changes in mining contracts

[img:Congo%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Anvil’s HMS plant at
Kulu, in the Kolwezi
area of the DRC
]Kinshasa, DRC --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 25 March, 2008 - The Mines Review Commission of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – tasked with overhauling the industry after years of war and neglect in the central African country – has published its long-awaited report reviewing contracts between foreign mining organisations and its state-owned companies, reports Reuters.

Mana’s first gold pour this month

[img:Semafo%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|On site at Semafo’s
Mana gold project in
Burkina Faso
]Montreal, Canada --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 25 March, 2008 - Semafo – a Canadian mining company conducting exploration, development and production activities in West Africa – expects the first gold pour at its Mana project in Burkina Faso to take place before the end of this month.

Full power back for Easter weekend

[img:Power%20%28Latest%29%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Power – the situation
improves for Easter
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 20 March, 2008 - State-owned power utility Eskom Holdings Ltd says South Africa's power situation has improved after a two-day crisis that threatened supplies to mines, and adds that while load-shedding would continue today, there is likely to be full power for the Easter weekend from tomorrow.

Cluff’s first gold in Cote d’Ivoire

[img:Cluff_0.jpg|Cluff’s Kalsaka operation
in Burkina Faso
]London, England --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 20 March, 2008 - Cluff Gold Plc - a British-based and AIM-listed company focused on the identification and acquisition of mining deposits in West Africa – has made significant progress with its two main projects in the region.

A production, construction and drilling update published here late yesterday says pouring of the first gold bar earlier this week marked the end of the commissioning phase of Cluff’s Angovia gold mine in Cote d’Ivoire. Production is now expected to be ramped up to the planned annualised level of 750 000 tpa yielding 40 000 oz pa of gold.

Risk remains high for new power cuts to mines

[img:Power%20%28New%29%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Power – fear of more
cuts to the mining industry
is strong this week
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 19 March, 2008 - While the threat of a new power cut to South Africa's vital gold and platinum mines receded yesterday, State-owned power utility Eskom Holdings Ltd warned that it was still load-shedding, and that the risk would remain high until at least tomorrow.

Tailings re- treatment project to produce next year

[img:Ergo%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Slimes reclamation – one
of DRD GOLD’s tailings
treatment operations
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 19 March, 2008 - Ergo Mining (Pty) Limited’s current Phase 1 refurbishment of the Ergo tailings retreatment operation at Brakpan – previously owned and operated by AngloGold Ashanti Limited – is targeted to produce 75 000 ounces of gold a year by mid-2009, and to provide jobs for 200 people.

DRC mines report due this week

[img:DRC%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|A DRC project ready
for action - the 40-
and 100-tonne mining
fleet at Frontier Mine
]Kinshasa, DRC --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 19 March, 2008 - The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will publish the long-awaited final report of its mines contract review commission tomorrow, reports Reuters, citing Mines Minister Martin Kabwelulu.

African mining awards

[img:Nedbank%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|A view of the 8 km
overland conveyor system
installed Anglo Coal's
Goedehoop Colliery
]Johannesburg, South AFRICA --- --- 18 March, 2008 - Entries have been invited from across Africa for the third annual Nedbank Capital Green Mining Awards, to be held on 9 October 2008.

A Nedbank media release issued here today explains that the purpose of the awards is to honour African mining and mineral beneficiation operations that have made a significant effort to promote sustainability, either in terms of the integrated approach encapsulated in the concept, or the individual components. Given the broadness of this field, the awards recognising different aspects of sustainability include: the sustainability, environmental, socio-economic and limited resources awards.

Gold Fields to re-plan future at Kloof and Driefontein

[img:Gold%20Fields%20%28Latest%29%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Driefontein gold mine’s
Number Eight
Shaft headgear
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 18 March, 2008 - Yesterday’s granting of additional power means leading international producer Gold Fields Limited is now in a position to re-plan and reconsider future strategy at its Kloof and West Driefontein mines.

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