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MINE digital magazine: Issue 7

20 March 2013




In this issue: We find out if innovative drilling technology could revolutionise operations at AngloGold’s South African mines, compare gold commodities with silver, examine the race for rare earth metals, delve into Greek’s troubled mining industry, plus more.


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Despite the broad variety of uses for platinum, investment in the precious metal has largely lagged behind gold. But as platinum prices are on the point of achieving parity with gold, we ask experts what investors and miners can expect for these two precious metals.

We ask Anglo Gold Ashanti how it aims to revolutionise gold mining operations in South Africa with raise bore drilling and other projects. China is dominating the market for rare earth metals, but the US has plans to catch up with a $120m investment. We find out how resources around the world compare.

We also investigate Australia's plans to expand the mining tax, and take a look at the Greek mining industry caught between environmental opposition, economic woes and a new 'fast-track' approval programme which could provide hope. Finally, we take a look at the ups, downs and big issues the industry can expect for the year ahead.

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In this issue

Trends to Watch
Low commodity prices and high operating costs dented profits last year, but will business improve in 2013? MINE charts the ups and downs that the industry can expect for the year ahead.
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A Reversal of Fortune
Platinum has reclaimed its price premium over gold, but what will 2013 have in store for the two precious metals? CPM Group commodity analyst and precious metals specialist Erica Rannestad gives an expert view.
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Raising the Stakes
Rare plans are afoot to catapult South Africa back to the top of the global gold mining industry and raise bore drilling could be the way forward for revolutionising local mining operations.
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The Rare Earth Race
China is dominating the market for rare earth metals, but the US has plans to catch up with a massive investment in research. MINE charts a world map of rare earth minerals and exploration plans
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A Flawed Policy
Australia's goal to raise $2bn from the mineral resource rent tax was missed by a clear mile in 2012. What could the future hold for the policy after the 2013 federal elections?
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Trouble in Greece
Armed attacks, protests and legal battles have left Greece's gold mining industry in a precarious position, but a controversial new mine may change the fate of the Greek economy.
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The ups, downs and big issues the industry can expect for the year ahead.
As platinum prices rise above gold again, what’s next for the two precious metals?
How raise bore drilling technology could make gold production more efficient.
We chart a world map of rare earth metal deposits and exploration plans.
Where the Australian mining tax policy went wrong and what the future holds.
Can a controversial new gold mine help revive the Greek industry and economy?