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MINE digital magazine: Issue 33
20 May, 2015
In this issue: Sized for success in today’s market, heavyweights return looking for new deals, the rise and fall of iron ore, South Australia catches up, Indonesia turns former mine into...
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Uncovering Africa’s 'looting machine' with author Tom Burgis 20 May, 2015 by Heidi Vella Financial Times journalist Tom Burgis has written a book detailing what he calls "the systematic theft" of Africa’s natural resources and connected wealth. Speaking to Heidi Vella-Starr, he...

A call for mining reform in NSW, Australia – a miner’s perspective 15 May, 2015 by Heidi Vella A trade body for miners in New South Wales, Australia, has called for reform to ‘anti-investment’ legislation, outlining 13 key policies its members would like implemented to drive up...

Digging in: Australia’s mergers and acquisitions outlook 11 May, 2015 by Adam Leach Mining mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in Australia hit a ten-year low last year as investor confidence deflated in line with the sector’s ongoing downturn. With Australian gold mining expected...

April's top stories: Mongolia approves Oyu Tolgoi mine expansion 08 May, 2015 by Byomakesh Biswal Mongolia gave 'in principle' approval for Rio Tinto's Oyu Tolgoi phase two, Codelco announced plans to extend the life of its oldest mines with a $4bn investment, while three of France's...

Not too hot, not too cold – what it means to be a ‘Goldilocks’ mining company 05 May, 2015 by Adam Leach Bill Beament, chief exec of Northern Star, one of Australia’s star mining companies in 2014, described the company as occupying “that sweet spot in the middle. We are the goldilocks gold...

Resurrecting Maluku steel plant in the DRC – is it possible? 27 April, 2015 by Heidi Vella A US-based businessman has a dream to reboot a steel mill in the chaotic and investor-averse environment of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Against all the odds, can he succeed?...

MINE digital magazine: Issue 32 22 April, 2015 In this issue: Electric vehicles draw increased interest, turning methane gas into electricity in South Africa, corporate social responsibility in Canada, increased M&A activity expected...

Liberating trade: Japan-Australia partnership is good news for mining 20 April, 2015 by Gary Peters The Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement has been hailed as a landmark trade liberator, strengthening ties between the economies and increasing two-way trade in...

Sharing the wealth: the evolution of resource nationalism 16 April, 2015 by Chris Lo Resource nationalism means more than states simply demanding project ownership and levying heavy taxes on foreign companies. Dr Robert Besseling of IHS Economics & Country Risk describes the...

Managing Australia’s 50,000 abandoned mines 13 April, 2015 by Heidi Vella Australia has a legacy of abandoned mines which, due to fragmented initiatives and a lack of funds, are not being rehabilitated. These emblems of mining past serve to denigrate the...

March's top stories: Robotic subsea mining prototype, Rio Tinto automated trains 01 April, 2015 by Byomakesh Biswal Damen Shipyards launched a research and development project to design and build a robotic underwater mining prototype, US lunar mining company Shackleton Energy (SEC) and Zaptec signed a MoU...

Corruption, CSR and the miners - what is needed to create change? 31 March, 2015 by Heidi Vella Canadian mining companies are under pressure to improve their corporate social responsibility (CSR) record in developing countries. But, as consultant Bonnie Lyn de Bartok of...

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