Volume 100 Number 46 Dec 29 - Jan 4, 2015

A stockpile at BHP Billiton's Illawarra metallurgical coal-mining complex in New South Wales, Australia. Illawarra will be part of the South32 spinoff. Credit: BHP Billiton

BHP spinoff South32 to launch in mid-2015

BHP Billiton’s (LSE: BLT) spinoff company will be named South32, a nod to the location of its assets  in the southern hemisphere and a more cryptic salute to the location of its main offices in Australia and South Africa.

Mark Bristow, chief executive officer of Randgold Resources, during a motorcycle charity tour that raised US$1.6 million for orphanages and other charities in Africa. Credit: Randgold Resources

Randgold’s Mark Bristow dreams big

Mark Bristow was a 24-year-old university student when he attended a party on the eve of the Midmar Triathalon — a gruelling canoe-cycle-run event held at the Midmar Dam north of Pietermaritzburg in South Africa.

The carbon-in-leach and detox circuts under construction in October 2014 at Aureus Mining's New Liberty gold project in Liberia. Credit: Aureus Mining

Aureus Mining ‘not a one-horse show’

Aureus Mining (TSX: AUE; LSE: AUE) has doubled the size of the aggregate resource at its Ndablama deposit in Liberia, just 40 km northeast of where the company is building its flagship New Liberty gold mine.

David Palmer (left), president and CEO of Probe Mines, is the winner of this year's Bill Dennis Award for a Canadian mineral discovery or prospecting success. Matt Manson (right), president and CEO of Stornoway Diamonds, is the winner of this year's Viola R. MacMillan Award for company or mine development.

PDAC announces 2015 award recipients

The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) has named the six winners of it annual awards. The recipients will be feted during the annual PDAC convention at an evening gala on March 2, 2015, in Toronto.

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