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Wow! There are so many things I want to share with you in my column this month that I’m not quite sure where to start.

There is, of course, our commodity feature on ferrous metals, which is filled with great reads and interesting projects from South Africa all the way up to the Republic of Congo, Togo and Gabon. The West African region in general is swarming with juniors hungry to get their hands on iron ore property, develop a mine and tap into the high-demand export market. Could this lead to an over-supply in years to come? Highly likely according to a variety of sources, but let’s wait and see. For now, it is giving me plenty of great stories to tell.

What I am most excited about, however, are the exciting developments that are taking place across the 3SMedia mining brands – both the magazine and its sister online website, miningne.ws.

I am extremely proud to introduce to you an entirely new website – rebranded, relaunched and better than ever. I promise an experience like none other for all those who take the time to visit it. Consider miningne.ws your multi-platform mining information home. Of course you can find the latest mining industry news from across the entire African continent, but what you will also discover is the latest in mining services and equipment, opinions, technical papers and more. I personally don’t believe there is another mining website out there that is as attractive and information-rich as ours! Don’t believe me, see for yourself.

I am also happy to inform our readers that we have officially implemented an African distribution strategy, which aims to ensure Inside Mining is distributed across the major mining areas in Africa – reaching the right people and landing on the right desks. This is, of course, best suited to our advertising clients who are looking to promote their businesses beyond South African borders. This is a massive development for the magazine, which I expect will deliver returns for our clients and enable me to offer you great editorial features from across the continent.

But, just as a reminder, or for those who didn’t know, a digital version of Inside Mining is also available. For months I have examined the popularity of consumer digital magazines. Everyone is downloading them onto their tablets these days. Why not try it with Inside Mining? The magazine looks fantastic in digital format – it’s clear, easy to read and navigate, makes the photos look fantastic and weighs… well… less than a magazine does anyway. I find myself going through previous issues online, just to enjoy what technology has to offer. Enough said,although I really do enjoy sharing my passion for Inside Mining and miningne.ws with you. I hope you feel the same about sharing it with me!

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