Daily Dispatches

South African gold is still prey for the British lion


Johannesburg, South Africa / Monday, February 12, 2001

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Today went extremely well.

First I met with the National Union of Mineworkers. Attending were
Mr. S. Zokwana, president: G. Mantashe, generalsSecretary; A. Palane,
deputy general secretary: and Gino Govender, co-ordinator of the
union's strategy unit.

Then, I headed off to Pretoria and a meeting in the board room at the

Murphy''s report on meetings with miners union, Reserve Bank


4:55p ET Saturday, February 10, 2001

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

GATA member Mark Lundeen has written an
essay on the prospects for gold
confiscation. You can find it at Gold-


CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer

Article on prospects for gold confiscation


By Bill Murphy, Chairman
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.
Saturday, February 10, 2001

-- Johannesburg, South Africa.

My meeting yesterday with Ms. Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka,
South Africa's minister for mines and energy, went very
well. Attending the meeting was Thabo Mafoko of the
Department of Minerals and Energy International
Relations. Ms. Ngcuka left directly from our breakfast
meeting to take her seat in Parliament to hear the

A letter from Johannesburg from GATA Chairman Bill Murphy


11:44p ET Thursday, February 8, 2001

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Congratulations to our friends and supporters
at www.Gold-Eagle.com and to the proprietors,
Messrs. Vronsky and Westerman, on the occasion
of that Internet site's reporting this week its
24 millionth visitor.

Despite the suppression of the gold price, there
is clearly growing interest in Gold-Eagle and
other gold-oriented Internet sites. People are

24 millionth visitor signifies growing interest in gold


11:20p ET Thursday, February 8, 2001

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

GATA Chairman Bill Murphy will be extending his stay in
South Africa by a few days to accommodate the many
requests he has received for meetings with participants
in the gold industry there.

Those meetings include the South African mining
minister and the president of the National Union of
Mineworkers. The union president told Murphy that the

GATA visit in South Africa extended; Afrikaans paper has big article


11:58a ET Wednesday, February 7, 2001

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

News from GATA Chairman Bill Murphy at the Indaba
2001 mining conference in Cape Town....

-- He has an appointment with South Africa's mining

-- He will be interviewed on a South African
Broadcasting Co. national radio program Thursday.

-- He had a good meeting with top officials of
Harmony Gold.

-- Gold Fields has posted at its Internet site the

Indaba conference buzzing with Gold Fields takeover speculation


12:35a ET Wednesday, February 7, 2001

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Daan Joubert, a widely read newspaper financial
columnist in South Africa, wrote the following
article about gold and GATA this week as the
GATA delegation arrived for the Indaba 2001
mining conference in Cape Town. I'm not able to
reproduce the chart that accompanies the article,
but you'll get the point without it.

Daan Joubert essay about gold price manipulation


4:45p ET Tuesday, February 6, 2001

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Today at the Indaba 2001 mining conference in Cape
Town, South Africa, Anglogold Marketing Director
Kelvin Williams delivered a thoughtful speech you
can read here:


Note particularly Williams' dismissal of GATA:

More from GATA at Indaba 2001 conference


By Stewart Bailey
South Africa Business Report
February 7, 2001

Cape Town -- The main feature of the opening day of the African
Mining Indaba yesterday was continued speculation that Gold Fields,
the country's second-largest gold producer, was to be the target of a
hostile takeover bid by rivals AngloGold and Barrick.

Mining analysts and corporate financiers from across the globe were

Full-page GATA ad tells South Africa it can prosper


8:59p ET Monday, February 5, 2001

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Thanks to GATA member J.M. for calling my attention
to the following Reuters story today about one of
the lawsuits against the Bank for International
Settlements. GATA and Reg Howe aren't the only ones
to think that something is wrong here. Some very big
people do too.

An hour ago I spoke with GATA Chairman Bill Murphy,

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