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Strikes hit BHP, Anglo, De Beers and Xstrata across three continents

Bloomberg reports BHP workers in Chile voted Sunday to extend their strike at the world’s largest copper mine. Stoppages at BHP’s Australian coal operations may resume this week. Thirty thousand South African coal mine workers including Anglo American and Xstrata employees walked off the job Sunday and may be joined by 160,000 gold industry workers. Strikes that started over the weekend are impacting output from mines of diamond giant De Beers. Workers are seeking a larger slice as global producers report record earnings: Melbourne-based BHP, the world’s biggest mining company, is expected to report full-year profits of $22.5 billion next month, almost double 2010’s net income. Xstrata may report record 2011 profit of $7.3 billion and Anglo American $7.4 billion, estimates show.

SA braces for massive coal strike

About 150 000 South African coal workers seeking 14% wage increases plan to walk off the job from Sunday in a strike that could dent exports and hurt power supplies in Africa's largest economy. Hundreds of thousands of union workers have downed tools in recent weeks, or are threatening to do so, seeking raises double or triple the 5% inflation rate in the mid-year bargaining session known locally as "strike season".

AngloGold to spend $30m on 19.79% stake in First Uranium

Africa's biggest gold miner AngloGold Ashanti said on Friday it would acquire a 19.79 percent stake in Canadian gold and uranium producer First Uranium Corp for $30 million. AngloGold said it would buy the stake, which consists of 47 million shares and priced at $0.64 a share, from South Africa's Village Main Reef Gold Mining.

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Namibia plans to raise mining tax from 37.5% to 44%, diamonds exempt

Namibia plans to raise its mining tax to 44 percent from 37.5 percent but said the hike will not apply to diamond mining companies, the ministry of finance said in a statement on Friday. The ministry said the country is facing volatility in its key revenue sources and is looking to strengthen revenue collection.

Pre-Qualified Firms to Tender for Coal Power Projects

Eleven firms have been pre-qualified for a concession to manage the Mui Basin coal deposits in Kitui and construct coal-fired power plants as the government steps up efforts to reduce the country's reliance on hydro electricity. The investors, drawn from South Africa, Japan and China are expected to submit proposals to explore and develop the coal resources in four blocks covering an area of 500 square km in parts of Eastern Kenya.

Lonmin reaffirms platinum sales target; upgrades unit costs

Lonmin PLC (LMI.LN), the world's third largest primary platinum producer, Thursday said it expects to meet its annual platinum sales target, provided there are no work stoppages, and raised its annual unit cost guidance to reflect reduced output in previous quarters. The U.K.-listed, South African miner expects to sell 720,000 troy ounces of platinum in the financial year ending Sept. 30 and expects annual unit costs to rise 11%, up from a previously forecast 8%, due to production setbacks stemming from industrial action and six fatalities during the first six months of the financial year.

Relocation of 15,000 villagers paves way for huge African gold mine

In today's operating environment, a mining company is as likely to be judged on its environmental and social performance as its ability to pull minerals out of the ground. Randgold Resources has taken on an ambitious project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to build one of the largest gold mines in Africa.

Paladin’s uranium output climbs, lowers guidance

Paladin Energy, the ASX- and TSX-quoted uranium miner, said on Wednesday that production for the year ended June rose 32% to 5.7-million pounds, but was lower than expected because of heavy rainfall at its Namibian mine and “mechanical issues” at the Kayelekera operation in Malawi.

Diamond workers strike adds to South Africa mining woes

Employees of diamond mining company De Beers are set to go on strike on Friday after wage talks broke down on Wednesday. The workers follow tens of thousands of others in South Africa's coal, metals and petroleum industries who have been on strike for weeks. The strikes come at a time when the country's mining output is slowing and new investment in the industry is drying up amid uncertainty about state ownership, taxation, an ever-changing regulatory environment and corruption. A recent ranking of top global mining investment destinations that puts Alberta at the top relegates South Africa to number 63 alongside Zimbabwe, Guatamala and Venezuela.