SA mine production decline

[img:Mining%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|A typical SA mining
operation – plant in the
foreground and open pit
in the background
]Pretoria, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 14 March, 2008 - Mining output in South Africa – the world’s biggest precious metals producer – fell by close to 11% year-on-year in January 2008, and by almost 4% in the three months ended 31 January 2008, compared with the previous quarter.

Central Rand identifies mining targets

[img:Central%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|A Central Rand Gold
drill team at work
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM ---14 March, 2008 - London and Johannesburg-listed Central Rand Gold Limited (CRG) has announced a 1.76 million ounce upgrade in its mineral resources, and has identified the first three probable surface targets it intends to mine.
 
CRG lodged its environmental impact assessment report with the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) early last month, thereby initiating the 120-day review period by the DME for a New Order Mining Right application.

Mining giants support new Zimbabwe act

[img:Zimbabwe%20Update%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Mimosa– a shallow
underground Zimbabwean
mine extending
to a depth of 300m
]Harare, Zimbabwe --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 14 March, 2008 - Leading international mining groups Anglo Platinum and Rio Tinto have reaffirmed their commitment to continue operating in Zimbabwe, despite the uncertain passage into law of the Economic Empowerment and Indigenisation Bill 2007.

New WGC chairman

[img:Wilkins%20-%20Pic%201_0.gif| ]London, England --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 13 March, 2008 - The World Gold Council (WGC) has announced that the appointment of Barrick Gold Corporation President and CEO Greg Wilkins as its new chairman.

In  a media announcement here yesterday the WGC said Mr. Wilkins would succeed Pierre Lassonde with immediate effect.

Founded in 1987, the WGC is an organisation formed and funded by the world's leading gold mining companies with the aim of stimulating and maximising the demand for gold. Its membership base represents 23 companies and more than 60% of obtainable global gold production.

Implats prepared for new Zimbabwe law

[img:Impala%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Underground at
Zimplats, in
Zimbabwe
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM ---13 March, 2008 - Leading international platinum producer Impala Platinum Holdings Limited (Implats) says it has agreements in place which will be taken into account when looking at overall compliance to the new Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Bill signed into law by the President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe last week.

Pangea’s DRC plant commissioned

[img:Pangea%20%28New%29%20-%20Pic%201_0.JPG|Pangea geologists
evaluating potential bulk
sampling sites on the
Longatshimo River project
]London, England --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 13 March, 2008 - Pangea DiamondFields plc – a mid-tier diamond producer and exploration company with a portfolio of ten projects in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South Africa and Angola – reports that the bulk sampling plant delivered to its Longatshimo River project in the DRC late last year has been successfully constructed and commissioned.

Simmers resumes operations at Buffelsfontein

[img:New%20Simmers%20-%20Pic%201_0.JPG|The upgraded
Buffelsfontein gold
plant
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 12 March, 2008 - Tramming operations have been resumed at Simmer& Jack's Buffelsfontein Mine in the North West Province, following a weekend locomotive accident which claimed the life of one mineworker.

All tramming had been halted pending an investigation of  the incident, which took place at the mine's number two shaft. Chief operating officer Deon van der Mescht says tramming resumed late on Monday night, allowing the mine to resume loading and transporting of underground ore.

Massive generators for Smokey Hills

[img:Smokey%20-%20Pic%201_0.JPG|Diamond drill rig at
Platinum Australia’s
Smokey Hills project
]Perth, Australia --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 12 March, 2008 - Australian-based Platinum Australia Limited (PLA) – listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and the London AIM – has moved to make its Smokey Hills platinum mine, on the eastern limb of the Bushveld Complex in South Africa totally independent of state-owned power utility Eskom’s national power grid if necessary.

Mining industry future in Zimbabwe unclear

[img:Zimbabwe%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|The Mimosa mine
concentrator in Zimbabwe
]Harare, Zimbabwe --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 12 March, 2008 - The mining industry in Zimbabwe is seeking clarification on whether or not a new law will compel foreign-owned companies to sell majority stakes in their assets in the southern African country.

“It is unclear whether the nation's mining industry is covered by the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act,” said Zimbabwean Chamber of Mines chief executive Joseph Malaba in an interview with Bloomberg News from here. The policy – signed into law by President Robert Mugabe on March 7 – requires foreign-owned companies to offer 51 percent of their shares to black Zimbabweans.

Buffelsfontein mine fatality

[img:Simmers2%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|The upgraded plant
at Simmer & Jack’s
Buffelsfontein gold
mine
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 11 March, 2008 - A locomotive accident at Simmer & Jack Mines Limited’s Buffelsfontein Mine in the North- West Province has claimed the life of one mineworker.

A company news release issued here says the incident took place at the Number Two shaft at the weekend.  “All tramming has been stopped pending an investigation into the accident,” the release added.

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