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Venezuelan bullion sales to dampen gold prices – CPM

By: Schalk Burger     27th October 2017 The prospect of the Venezuelan central bank disposing of more of its bullion holdings in the years to come will likely have a dampening effect on gold prices, commodities research and consulting firm CPM Group managing partner Jeffrey Christian says. The Venezuelan central bank allowed a... 

How we work at my consulting practice

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     27th October 2017 I thought I would write about how we, at my consulting practice, work. We have a fairly unique working system – perhaps the only one of its kind in South Africa. Read on. But, first, what we do. We are consulting engineers – specifically, consulting acoustics and electrical engineers. But this is... 

Barclays sued by fund for $850m for copper market abuse

By: Bloomberg     20th October 2017 Red Kite Management, the world’s largest metals hedge fund, is suing Barclays Plc for alleged market abuse in the copper market that it claims cost the firm at least $850-million between 2010 and 2013. The case pits a $2-billion hedge fund against a bank that has been hit by a number of scandals... 

New security solution effective for African banks

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th October 2017 Technology solutions providers Mint Management Technologies and Microsoft are finalising the first version of an anti-money-laundering (AML) solution to help protect African financial institutions from illegal activities without enforcing cumbersome administration processes on clients. 

As banks flee diamond trading, a startup plans to fill the gap

By: Bloomberg     18th October 2017 As major banks abandon the diamond trading world, one new lender is preparing to jump in. Dfin, a London-based corporate finance firm that specializes in the diamond sector, plans to lend $250-million to diamond polishers, cutters and traders -- known in the industry as the midstream -- over the... 

Coolgardie could deliver 65 000 oz for Primary Gold

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th October 2017 The Coolgardie gold project, in Western Australia, could yield about 65 000 oz of gold over an initial 28-month mine life, ASX-listed Primary Gold reported on Tuesday. A prefeasibility study (PFS) found that the project would require a capital investment of A$850 000 to develop a 480 000 t/y... 

Palladium tops $1 000 for first time since 2001 on auto catalysts

By: Bloomberg     16th October 2017 Palladium climbed above $1 000 an ounce for the first time since 2001 as demand grows for the metal in pollution-control devices for gasoline-powered vehicles. The metal rose as much as 1% to $1 000.84 on Monday. Prices have advanced 47% this year, outperforming other precious metals, with gold... 

Mkhwebane seeks delay in Bankorp review – report

By: News24Wire      13th October 2017 Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has requested that a review of the Bankorp-CIEX report be postponed. According to a report by EWN, the Public Protector has asked the deputy judge president of the North Gauteng High Court to delay the review of the report until January 2018, following reports... 

Bitcoins – a quick way to lose it all

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     13th October 2017 We all know that there IS a thing called a bitcoin. All over the show, there are stories about bitcoin investors who are now millionaires. What is the truth? A little story: Tim and I were working at a mining camp in the Congo. The mining camp was dry; no alcohol permitted. We followed the rules... 

Pan-European bank celebrates 45 years in SA

By: Robyn Wilkinson     13th October 2017 Pan-European banking and financial services provider UniCredit will celebrate 45 years of successful service in South Africa this year, having provided support for European companies entering African markets from its Johannesburg-based representative office since 1972. 

South Africa vulnerable to any sharp rise in global rates, World Bank warns

By: Terence Creamer     11th October 2017 A quicker and sharper-than-expected normalisation in interest rates in the US could trigger a reversal in capital flows to South Africa, the World Bank’s latest ‘Africa’s Pulse’ warns, adding that any sharp increase in global interest rates could also complicate debt dynamics for sub-Saharan... 

Bank of Baroda ordered to keep Gupta accounts open for now

By: News24Wire      9th October 2017 The high court ordered the Bank of Baroda on Monday to keep the accounts of Gupta-linked companies open, pending a final application which must be launched in 15 days. Pretoria high court judge Tati Makgoka granted the requested interdict against the bank, prohibiting the bank from deactivating... 

Sarb denies instructing banks on KPGM

By: African News Agency      6th October 2017 The South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) has denied that it told the country’s big four banks that they cannot fire KPMG, stating categorically on Friday that it had not instructed banks on what steps they should or should not take with regards to their contracts with the embattled auditing firm.... 

Gold heading for worst weekly run in '17 as higher rates loom

By: Bloomberg     6th October 2017 Gold has taken a relentless battering. Prices are poised to drop for a fourth week, the worst streak of losses this year, on prospects for higher U.S. interest rates, a rising dollar, a strong American economy and record equity markets. Fears over a potential nuclear conflict with North Korea... 

Unique financing needed for the township economy

By: Sydney Majoko     6th October 2017 One of the township economy's most crippling challenges is the lack of access to easily obtainable finance that is available at short notice. It is generally accepted that financial institutions will do proper due diligence investigations before giving their clients funds for their business... 

Supply chain management key to industry success

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th October 2017 The effective management of financial and physical supply chains is a key differentiator for South African automotive companies wanting to survive in an uncertain market, with access to technologies that can assist in streamlining these functions critical to success, says import and working... 

Public education needed to counter antinuclear drive

By: Kelvin Kemm     6th October 2017 I recently spent a week in London, attending the World Nuclear Association (WNA) yearly symposium. I stayed on the bank of the Thames, about a kilometre from the conference venue and less than a kilometre from the Houses of Parliament.  So, each day, I walked to the conference venue. I was lucky... 

BofAML updates mined commodity price forecasts as Chinese policies prop up prices

By: Henry Lazenby     4th October 2017 The Global Research team at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) has updated its price forecasts for mined commodities, saying on Wednesday that its prior price outlook had been too bearish for cyclical raw materials, while the near-term outlook for gold and silver looks less bullish than... 

Otkritie bank gets stake in Polymetal

By: Reuters     3rd October 2017 Russia's Otkritie bank has become a shareholder in Russian gold and silver producer Polymetal, the bank's MD Alexander Dmitriev said on Tuesday. The bank owns 7.56% in Polymetal and has no plans to sell the stake, Dmitriev added. He did not elaborate on how the bank had become a shareholder of... 

AfDB approves $200m to IDC to support industrialisation projects in Africa

By: Anine Kilian     2nd October 2017 The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved a private sector multicurrency line of credit of $100-million and R1.3-billion to South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). The operation will support industrialisation projects in South Africa and in other regional member... 

Financial collaboration across African borders enables Dutch construction group’s projects

28th September 2017 Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) has successfully closed a new US$20million letter of credit and performance bond facility for BAM International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Royal BAM Group, the largest construction company in the Netherlands. The facility is required to facilitate BAM’s... 

KPMG Gupta blunder could see tighter audit policy, says SARB

By: African News Agency      26th September 2017 The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) said on Tuesday recent developments involving embattled audit firm KPMG SA may compel it to consider policy changes to further strengthen governance and transparency within the auditing and accounting professions. KPMG in South Africa failed to flag monies... 

Court freezes mine rehab billions from Gupta-owned mines

By: News24Wire      26th September 2017 Anti-corruption advocacy group the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Tuesday won an urgent interim interdict to freeze some R1.75-billion in mine rehabilitation funds from two Gupta-owned coal mines. The group’s urgent application was heard in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. In a... 

Iron-ore sinks as 'peak steel' call, supply angst rattle market

By: Bloomberg     20th September 2017 Iron-ore has been dragged back into the $60s after getting hit by a barrage of bad news, with persistent concern about rising global supply, fresh questions about the outlook for demand in China, and a warning from Australia’s central bank that the top buyer may be nearing peak steel. The... 

World Bank blames lack of innovation for South Africa’s dismal productivity performance 

By: Terence Creamer     19th September 2017 The World Bank’s tenth and latest South Africa Economic Update points to serious weaknesses in the area of domestic innovation, which it says lies at the heart of a worrying divergence in the country’s productivity performance when compared with both advanced economies and the country’s Brics... 

Big fall in DBSA disbursements partly attributed to renewables stand-off 

By: Terence Creamer     19th September 2017 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) recorded a sharp fall in disbursements to R12.4-billion in 2017, from a record R17.1-billion in 2016, but has promised to "step up" its role as a catalyst of development in 2018, setting a R20-billion disbursement target for the year. The development... 

McKinsey, KPMG targeted as South Africa graft scandal widens

By: Bloomberg     15th September 2017 After helping topple one of Britain’s best known public-relations companies, South African anti-corruption groups are now targeting US consultancy McKinsey & Co. and auditing firm KPMG for doing work for businesses tied to the Gupta family and President Jacob Zuma’s son. The Guptas, originally... 

Dawn to sell stake in GDW

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th September 2017 JSE-listed Distribution and Warehousing Network’s (Dawn’s) share price rose by 21% on Thursday morning after the company confirmed that it would sell its 49% interest in Grohe Dawn Watertech (GDW) to Lixil Corporation, which owns the other 51% of GDW. The sale follows the announcement in July... 

South Africa’s export strategy aims to boost capacity for value-added goods, services trade

By: David Oliveira     8th September 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) Integrated National Export Strategy (INES) aims to help improve the global competitiveness of South African exporters and tap the export-led economic growth benefits that have flowed to other developing countries in recent decades. The strategy was... 

SA’s export strategy aims to boost capacity for value-added goods, services trade

By: David Oliveira     8th September 2017 South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI's) Integrated National Export Strategy (INES) to help improve the global competitiveness of South African exporters and tap the export-led economic growth benefits that have flowed to other developing countries in recent decades. The strategy... 

Analytical acumen of greater value than Big Data

By: Schalk Burger     8th September 2017 The acme of analytics does not depend on the size of the dataset, but on the capabilities of analysts to derive meaning and, consequently, value from the data, says Barclays Africa chief data officer (CDO) Pieter Vorster. Therefore, so-called big data analytics does not differ from typical data... 

Zambian copper production to grow by 7% this year, despite power challenges

By: Anine Kilian     4th September 2017 The Zambian government’s support for the mining industry and strong copper prices are expected to drive growth in the country’s copper production for this year, despite ongoing power shortages. BMI Research on Monday pointed out that, according to data published by the Zambian central bank,... 

On-The-Air (01/09/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     1st September 2017 Illegal mining is out of control; More money is being put into marketing to save the struggling platinum- and diamond-mining sectors; and a local mining company that has invested big in America is laughing all the way to the bank. 

Ghana officials showcase progress on international airport project

By: David Oliveira     1st September 2017 The construction of a new terminal at Ghana’s Kotoka International Airport (KIA), in Accra, is expected to transport five-million passengers a year once completed in April next year. The project, funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), with a $120-million facility, will not only improve... 

Govt urged to sell loss-making SAA

By: News24Wire      25th August 2017 Government should get out of the commercial airline space and sell the loss-making South African Airways (SAA), according to Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Janine Myburgh. “SAA has become a black hole that is simply consuming the resources of the country, and it would be... 

Infrastructure key to unlocking trade and value chains across SADC region

By: Anine Kilian     25th August 2017 It is common cause that industrialisation across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is key to diversifying the regional economy away from its current reliance on the export of raw commodities and to supporting economic growth and employment creation. There is broad... 

Infrastructure key to unlocking trade and value chains across SADC region

By: Anine Kilian     25th August 2017 It is common cause that industrialisation across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is key to diversifying the regional economy away from its current reliance on export of raw commodities and to supporting economic growth and employment creation. There is broad acceptance that SADC... 

AfDB’s sustainable energy fund to support PV project in Lesotho

By: Mia Breytenbach     25th August 2017 The African Development Bank- (AfDB-) managed Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (Sefa) has approved a $695 500 grant to NEO I SPV, a subsidiary of independent power producer OnePower Lesotho, to support the preparation of a bankable business case for the development of the winning project of the... 

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