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New mining waste dam rules should not be retroactive, says review chief

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Mining reform needed in Guinea but risks abound

Reforms by Guinea's first freely elected government are needed to clean up a mining sector in disarray after decades of political turmoil, but they risk scaring off investors if they go too far too fast. The world's top bauxite supplier and a new frontier for iron ore, Guinea is rewriting its mining code, probing joint venture deals, and has dealt tough blows to major firms since the election of President Alpha Conde last November.

How a Joburg “gold mine” ate USD 200m in cash

During 2010, London- and Johannesburg-listed Central Rand Gold (CRG) produced 9,321 ounces of gold. This is the company that categorically stated in its 2007 annual report that it is "intended that CRG will begin gold production in early 2009 at an annualized rate of 100,000 ounces. This production rate is forecast to increase to around one million ounces a year by 2012."

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Profit doubles and gold production increases by 17% during Caledonia Mining’s Q1

Caledonia Mining increased gold production by 17% and nearly doubled its profit to $5,248,000 compared to $2,815,000 in the fourth quarter 2010. Announcing its Q1 results on Wednesday, the company also said that its average cash cost per ounce of gold produced decreased by 18% to US$648 compared to the fourth quarter 2010. As of March 31, 2011 the company had net cash and cash equivalents of $1,406,000.

Afferro Mining: metallurgical testwork indicates potential for sinter fines product

Preliminary metallurgical test work was conducted on a composite sample of the haematitic saprolite ore from the Nkout Centre area of the deposit. The sample consisted of drill hole intersections from the central part of the deposit and had a head grade of 43.6% Fe. The aim of the test work was to determine the potential to produce a suitable blast furnace feed. The test work was conducted at SGS Mineral Services, Truro, UK.

Newcrest to restart Ivory coast operations

Newcrest Mining , one of the world's biggest listed gold miners, expects to resume gold production at its Bonikro mine in the Ivory Coast after a stabilisation of political and security situation in the country, it said on Tuesday. The miner said the production impact had been around 8,000 ounces of gold per month. Newcrest suspended operations at Bonikro in late March.

Time for South Deep to sweat gold

A gold explorer finding a million-ounce deposit is quick to say "world class", but when an established gold miner promises single-mine production of 750,000 ounces a year, eyebrows may rise. That's the production target for the Gold Fields South Deep mine in South Africa, an ongoing saga which was given further details by Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland at the recent Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Metals & Mining Conference, in Barcelona.

African Barrick could lose 10,000 oz gold in quarter on Buzwagi mill breakdown

African Barrick Gold (ABGL.L) said a malfunction in a mill motor at its Buzwagi mine in Tanzania would hit production in the quarter, sending its shares down as much as 9 percent in early trade on Monday. It estimated the replacement of the motor, which failed after a power outage and attempted restart, would take two weeks, during which time the plant would run at reduced capacity.

Paladin enjoys record revenues, sees no impact from Fukushima

In results released on Friday, Australia’s Paladin Energy showed a 47% increase in production from its Namibian and Malawian operations and record revenues of $208.7m on the back of a 31% increase in sales volumes for the nine months to March. The company said despite the concerns about the nuclear energy market following the tsunami damage to Japan’s Fukushima plant, it believes supply and demand imbalances will only widen in future as more plants, such as the 25 under construction in China, come on stream. Paladin is on an aggressive growth drive. Stage 3 of the expansion of its Langer Heinrich mine that would bring capacity to 5.2m lb is 92% complete and in February 2011 the company announced that it completed its acquisition of the uranium assets of Aurora Energy in Labrador, Canada for C$260.8m.