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De Beers helping ex-workers become wind, abalone farmers, prison wardens and undersea gold miners

Mining Weekly reports De Beers is going all out to create 5,000 non-mining jobs in Namaqualand over the next five years as it exits a region on the South African west coast where it has mined for the past 90 years. Projects include a wind farm, abalone culturing for export to China where it is a highly prized delicacy, a prison warden training facility and a joint venture with sister company Anglogold for undersea gold mining. The company has recently come under fire over plans to sell the properties including two towns to a much smaller outfit that will have to take responsibility for rehabilitation over a 970 square km area pockmarked by open pits.

Commodities and markets up higher on Eurozone resolution

After sensing that Europe's economic tailspin may have been halted, the markets and commodities opened higher. The S&P/TSX Composite index was up 2%, and the Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index was up 1.59%. Spot gold was largely unchanged from yesterday's price at $1725/oz. Oil was up sharply. ICE North Sea Brent crude was up three percent to $112.23 a barrel, and the Dow Jones U.S. Oil & Gas Index was up 2.45%

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Argentina orders foreign mining, oil companies to repatriate funds

In a move that seems certain to slow foreign investment, the government of Argentinian President Fernandez de Kirchner has passed a law requiring oil, gas and mining companies to repatriate future export revenue. The Vancouver Sun reports: "President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, in her first move since being re-elected Oct. 23, changed a 2002 decree requiring companies such as Repsol YPF SA, Total SA, Petroleo Brasileiro SA and Pan American Energy LLC to to keep at least 30 percent of their export revenue in the country." Effective immediately, resource companies will have to repatriate (convert into pesos) all of their export revenues.

Nice margin if you can get it: Goldcorp keeps costs between $258 – $551 per oz

Vancouver-based Goldcorp on Wednesday reported record third-quarter net income on an adjusted, non-GAAP basis of $459 million or $0.57 per share from $244 million or $0.33 per share in the third quarter last year. Revenues for the quarter grew 48% to $1.31 billion from $885 million in 2010 on gold sales of 571,500 ounces. Average realized gold price surged 39% over 2010 to $1,719 per ounce. Cash costs at Goldcorp now amount to $258 per ounce on a by-product basis and $551 per ounce on a co-product basis.

IAMGOLD acquires 10.2 percent stake in Bellhaven Copper and Gold

Bellhaven Copper & Gold (CVE:BHV), a Canadian exploration company operating in Panama and Colombia, received a 10.2% equity interest investment by IAMGOLD Corporation which will subscribe for eleven million units of Bellhaven at C$0.55 per unit. In mid-October, IAMGOLD (TSE:IMG) said it was going start buying new companies that would complement its core strengths, established relationships with foreign governments and working experience in Africa and the Americas. "The private placement will build our treasury to approximately $9.6 million, allowing us to ramp-up the exploration programs at La Mina," said Paul Zweng, Bellhaven's interim CEO and director.

$1,700 level breaks bullion’s momentum

Gold climbed to a month high on Tuesday, briefly breaching the psychologically important $1,700 level, but the rally quickly ran out of steam. Gold for December delivery settled up $48, or just under 3%, at $1,700.40 an ounce in New York but in after hours trade the precious metal pulled back to change hands at $1,696. Earlier in the day the CEO of world no.3 gold producer AngloGold Ashanti, Mark Cutifani told Reuters he sees sees no bubble in gold and prices could easily go higher. Gold reached a record high of $1,920 in September and at $1,700 is still up about a quarter from a year ago.

Mining in British Columbia contributes $8.9 billion to the economy

According to a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), direct mining expenditures in British Columbia mining crested $5.2 billion in 2010. An additional $3.7 billion was spent in secondary and support industries and services resulting in a total of $8.9 billion of economic activity across British Columbia. The Economic Impact Analysis report commissioned by the Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC) and compiled by PwC measures direct, indirect and induced economic impacts of mining in terms of output, Gross Domestic Product, employment and government tax revenues.