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  • KAMPALA, Oct 1- Uganda plans to start offering mineral prospecting and production licences on competitive bidding rather than on first-come-first-serve basis following a surge of investor interest, a senior official said on Monday.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Oct 1- Atlatsa Resources said on Monday workers have gone on an illegal strike at its Bokoni platinum mine in South Africa, the latest in a wave of wildcat walk-outs hitting the country's mining sector.

  • The bank named Tom Willett as head of mergers and acquisitions, Europe. He will be based in London. Willett joins from Royal Bank of Scotland, where most recently he was chairman of corporate finance for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

  • MARIKANA, South Africa, Oct 1- A retired judge toured the spot where police killed 34 striking platinum miners in August as he opened a judicial inquiry on Monday into South Africa's bloodiest security incident since the end of apartheid.

  • The Supreme Court term that begins Monday holds the prospect for major rulings about affirmative action, gay marriage and voting rights. University of Texas, to be argued Oct. 10, the court will weigh Texas' limited use of race to help fill out its incoming classes.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Oct 1- World No. 3 gold bullion producer AngloGold Ashanti warned on Monday that an illegal strike could lead to cuts in its South African operations earlier than expected and raised the possibility that strikers could be sacked.

  • *Dubai lender ENBD and Morocco's Attijari among bidders. DUBAI/ CAIRO, Oct 1- Dubai's Emirates NBD. and Morocco's AttijariWafabank have bid to buy BNP Paribas' Egyptian retail arm, four banking sources said, as regional banks pick up assets being shed by European lenders.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Oct 1- Zeder Investments Ltd:.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Oct 1- Anglo American Plc's South African unit will face a hearing next year to determine if it is liable for miners who contracted the lung disease silicosis while working in its gold shafts, lawyers for the plaintiffs said on Monday.

  • NAIROBI, Oct 1- Kenya's central bank said that its official usable foreign exchange reserves. fell to $5.163 billion in the week to Friday from $5.190 billion the previous week. Here are highlights from its latest weekly bulletin:.

  • KAMPALA, Oct 1- Bank of Uganda will ignore a constitutional court order to halt the sale of assets of the National Bank of Commerce, which it seized last month, the central bank said, cementing its image as a hard-line regulatory body.

  • Oct 1- Canada's Crocodile Gold Corp said Chief Financial Officer Stephen Woodhead has resigned and will be replaced by Rob Dufour on an interim basis. Dufour has been with Crocodile Gold since July as director, finance.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Oct 1- Anglo American Plc's South African unit will face a hearing next year to determine if it is liable for miners who contracted lung disease silicosis while working in the company's gold shafts, lawyers for the plaintiffs said on Monday.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Oct 1- World No. 3 bullion producer AngloGold Ashanti on Monday cautioned that a prolonged strike could lead to the early downsizing of its South African operations. Some 35,000 employees, including contractors, at AngloGold's South African mines have been on an illegal strike since September 25.

  • MARIKANA, South Africa-- A judicial panel on Monday investigated the rocky site where South African police killed 34 striking miners in August.

  • *Price to hold steady ahead of U.S. jobs numbers* Platinum firm; unrest in South Africa continues By Amanda Cooper. LONDON, Oct 1- Gold eased on Monday, after posting its strongest quarterly gain in over two years, and looked set to hold fairly firm ahead of a U.S. report on employment later this week.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- Brent crude fell below $112 per barrel on Monday, reflecting investor concerns that a shaky global economy may hurt oil demand following fresh signs of weakness in China and Japan and evidence of a new recession in the debt-saddled euro zone.

  • The bank named Tom Willett as head of mergers and acquisitions, Europe. Willett joins from the Royal Bank of Scotland, where most recently he was chairman of corporate finance for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Murphy joins Barclays from HSBC, London, where he was a director in the project& export finance.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Oct 1- Anglo American Plc's South African unit will face a hearing next year to determine if it is liable for miners who contracted lung disease silicosis while working in the company's gold shafts, lawyers for the plaintiffs said on Monday.

  • *Price to hold steady ahead of U.S. jobs numbers* Platinum firm; unrest in South Africa continues By Amanda Cooper. LONDON, Oct 1- Gold steadied just below one-week highs on Monday, after posting its strongest quarterly gain in over two years, and looked set to hold fairly firm ahead of a key U.S. report on employment later this week.