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Esmarie Swanepoel


Esmarie Swanepoel is Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor: Australasia for Mining Weekly.


Received BTech degree in Journalism from the Tshwane University of Technology

MinRes eyes spodumene concentrate at Wodgina

20th October 2017 Lithium miner Mineral Resources (MinRes) is hoping to start the construction of a spodumene concentrate plant at its Wodgina lithium operation, in Western Australia, by the fourth quarter of this year. The company on Friday announced plans to instal three modules capable of producing 250 000 t/y... 

Silver Lake reports solid quarter

20th October 2017 Gold miner Silver Lake Resources has reported another quarter of solid production during the period ended September, with the miner producing 34 692 oz of gold. The performance compares with 38 366 oz produced in the June quarter. Production in the September quarter affected by lower grades and... 

Pioneer raises cash for exploration

20th October 2017 ASX-listed Pioneer Resources has raised A$5.6-million through a share placement to sophisticated investors and a share purchase plan. The company on Friday said that it had raised an initial A$4.3-million through the SPP issuing about 312.3-million shares at a price of 1.4c each. 

WPG output falls in line with plan to lower costs

20th October 2017 Gold miner WPG Resources has reported a decline in production for the September quarter, as the company implemented a new mine and mill plan aimed at reducing all-in sustaining costs (AISC) to about A$1 200/oz by the June quarter of next year. The strategy, which was finalised in May this year,... 

Bald Hill fully funded - Tawana

20th October 2017 Lithium developer Tawana Resources on Friday told shareholders that the company was fully funded to start production in the first quarter of 2018 from its Bald Hill project, in Western Australia, after securing A$25-million in funding. The funding package comprises a A$20-million share placement... 

Atlas Iron turns cash positive as turnaround bears fruit

20th October 2017 Iron-ore miner Atlas Iron on Friday announced that it had become net cash positive following the end of the September quarter with some A$93-million cash on hand and a further A$21-million in its reserve account. MD Cliff Lawrenson told shareholders that the transition to a net cash status... 

Santos upgrades full-year expectations

19th October 2017 Oil and gas major Santos has increased its full-year production expectations following another stellar quarter of production. Santos on Thursday upgraded its 2017 sales volume guidance from between 77-million and 82-million barrels of oil equivalent, to between 79-million and 82-million barrels... 

Sandfire holds steady in September quarter

19th October 2017 Copper/gold miner Sandfire Resources has reported a slight decline in copper production for the three months to September, compared with the June quarter, following planned maintenance shutdowns at its DeGrussa mill, in Western Australia. Copper production for the quarter under review reached 15... 

Sheffield to spin-out gold and base metal assets

19th October 2017 Mineral sands developer Sheffield Resources has announced plans to demerge its gold and base metals assets into an ASX-listed company. The assets, which are currently held by subsidiary Carawine Resources, include the Jamieson gold-copper-silver-zinc project, in Victoria, and the Oakover and... 

Dugald River zinc project likely to come in 8% under budget – MMG

19th October 2017 Metals miner MMG on Thursday reported that its Dugald River zinc project, in Queensland, was likely to come in under budget. The company told shareholders that total capital costs to completion was now expected to be between $550-million to $570-million, compared with a previous guidance of... 

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