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US gives rare earths reprieve in revised $200bn China tariff list

By: Reuters     18th September 2018 The United States did not include rare earth elements, metals used in magnets, radars and consumer electronics, from its final list of tariffs on $200-billion of Chinese goods, underscoring its reliance on China for the strategic minerals. China is the world's largest producer of rare earths and... 

Chile's lithium miner SQM asks court to reject Tianqi agreement

By: Reuters     14th September 2018 Chilean lithium miner SQM objected to the terms of a deal drawn up between the country's anti-trust regulator and the Chinese miner Tianqi which hopes to buy almost a quarter of SQM, its lawyers told the country's anti-trust court on Thursday. An attorney representing SQM told Chile’s anti-trust... 

Nickel price to benefit from short supply, strong steel demand through 2019

By: Reuters     12th September 2018 Slower production increases in leading supplier Indonesia and continued growth in stainless steel demand are forecast to extend a supply shortage in the global nickel market, supporting price gains through 2019. Nickel, which recently hit its lowest since December, could climb as high as $16 000... 

Gold slips amid US-China trade war concerns

By: Reuters     12th September 2018 Gold fell on Wednesday, but remained stuck in a narrow trading range as investors worry about a simmering trade war between the United States and China. Spot gold was down 0.3% to $1 193.61 an ounce at 1200 GMT, after hitting its lowest since Aug. 24 at $1 187.21 on Tuesday. US gold futures eased... 

Ramaphosa calls for consolidation between SA companies and continent

By: African News Agency      6th September 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on South African companies to work in partnership, consolidate South African interests on the African continent and to collaborate with China on projects in line with the country's development and integration objectives. Ramaphosa made the call on Thursday... 

China says African countries don't think cooperation adds to debt

By: Reuters     6th September 2018 African leaders attending this week's summit with China don't think that cooperation between the continent and Beijing has added to their debt burden, the Chinese government's top diplomat said on Thursday. Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged $60-billion to African nations at Monday's opening of... 

Ramaphosa says South Africa to recover from recession soon

By: Reuters     6th September 2018 South Africa will soon recover from recession, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday in his first reaction to news that undermines his effort to revive the economy and attract investment after a decade of stagnation. Ramaphosa staked his reputation on economic revival when he took over in... 

ANC calls for immediate stimulus package as economy dips into recession

By: News24Wire      5th September 2018 The African National Congress (ANC) has called for ‘aggressiveness’ in implementing an economic recovery package after Stats SA announced on Tuesday that South Africa had slipped into its first technical recession since 2009.  In a statement on Wednesday, the party’s subcommittee on economic... 

At China-Africa summit, officials dismiss debt criticism

By: News24Wire      5th September 2018 Chinese and African officials have rejected criticism of Beijing's development projects on the continent as they ended a summit that included a $60-billion pledge for more aid to the continent. President Xi Jinping hosted leaders from across Africa  amid questions whether his country's Belt and... 

China not Africa's new colonial power – Ramaphosa

By: African News Agency      3rd September 2018 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa used his address at the opening ceremony of the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing on Monday to rebut claims that China was becoming Africa's new colonial power. "In the values that it promotes, in the manner that it operates and in the... 

China's Xi offers another $60bn to Africa, but says no to 'vanity' projects

By: Reuters     3rd September 2018 Chinese President Xi Jinping offered another $60-billion in financing for Africa on Monday and said Chinese companies will be encouraged to invest no less than $10-billion over the next three years, but he also warned against "vanity projects". Speaking at the opening of a major summit with... 

China's TBEA to invest in €180m Gabon hydropower project – Gabon official

By: Reuters     3rd September 2018 Chinese energy firm TBEA will invest in a €180-million ($209-million) hydropower project in Gabon alongside the West African country's sovereign wealth fund, a Gabonese official said on Saturday. Construction will begin "pretty soon" on the project, which will have a power generation capacity of... 

China's Xi says no strings attached to funds for Africa

By: Reuters     3rd September 2018 Chinese funds are not for "vanity projects" in Africa but are to build infrastructure that can remove development bottlenecks, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday, telling Chinese firms they also had to respect local people and the environment. Xi said at a business forum before the start... 

President Ramaphosa jetting off to China for State visit and multilateral summit

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st August 2018 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa departs for Beijing on Friday for both a State visit to China and to co-Chair the 2018 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), which will take place immediately afterwards. The State visit will take place on September 2 and FOCAC will be held on... 

US–China trade tensions to shackle copper prices

By: Reuters     29th August 2018 Copper prices have recovered from a recent rout, but the possibility of the trade dispute between the Washington and Beijing escalating and its potential to crimp demand in China, the world's top consumer, is expected to cap gains. Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange at $6 100 has... 

China says projects not to blame for majority of Africa debt

By: Reuters     28th August 2018 Chinese development projects do not account for a majority of the debt on African countries, a senior Chinese official said on Tuesday ahead of a summit with African leaders in Beijing next week. China's "Belt and Road" initiative has been praised by supporters for providing vital financing to... 

Five killed in explosion at aluminium plant in China's Jiangsu - state media

By: Reuters     28th August 2018 Five people were killed by an explosion at an aluminium plant in eastern China's Jiangsu province on Tuesday morning, state-run China News reported, citing local authorities. The blast occurred at around 2 a.m. (1800 GMT) in the city of Jiangyin, at a plant belonging to a company named as Yize... 

International research team discovers two new Chinese dinosaurs

By: African News Agency      24th August 2018 An international research team on Thursday, announced the discovery of two new Chinese dinosaurs – the Bannykus and the Xiyunykus – both alvarezsaurs, an enigmatic group of theropod (meat-eating) dinosaurs. “Alvarezsaurs are weird animals,” said Professor Jonah Choiniere from the University of... 

New Asia market manager appointed for South African wines body

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2018 Winemaker industry body Wines of South Africa (WoSA) has appointed Marcus Ford as its new Asia market manager, effective August 20. He will be based in Shanghai, China, and responsible for running all marketing activities throughout mainland China, Hong Kong and Japan, the organisation said on... 

Sweden's Granges halts plans for US aluminium joint venture

By: Reuters     17th August 2018 Sweden's Granges put on ice on Friday plans to form an aluminium manufacturing joint venture in the United States with Japan's Mitsubishi Aluminum Co, saying that the project was less attractive in "current circumstances". It did not specify what circumstances it was referring to though a Granges... 

Threat of contagion in emerging markets deepens commodity risk

By: Bloomberg     13th August 2018 When Thailand devalued its currency two decades ago, few in global commodity markets took note. Within a year, the crisis morphed into an emerging-market rout that eviscerated the price of everything from crude oil to copper. Fast forward to today and Turkey is presenting a similar challenge. The... 

Copper shorts exposed to supply shock as giant mine faces strike

By: Bloomberg     12th August 2018 Copper bears could get caught wrong-footed as a strike looms at the world’s biggest mine. In the US, hedge funds’ bearish bets outnumber bullish wagers by the most since 2016, latest government data show. The top brokers on the Shanghai Futures Exchange boosted their net-short position by more... 

More northeast China cities cancel alumina projects amid public backlash

By: Reuters     6th August 2018 Four more cities in northeast China's Liaoning province have abandoned their pursuit of alumina projects amid public environmental concerns, after Chaoyang last week scrapped plans to build the world's biggest alumina refinery. The new cancellations - announced in recent days by the cities of... 

Gold pinned near one-year lows on dollar strength

By: Reuters     1st August 2018 Gold was stable near one-year lows on Wednesday on a stronger dollar, as the market waited for signals on the direction of US monetary policy from a Federal Reserve meeting later in the day. Spot gold edged down 0.1% to $1 223.08 per ounce by 1045 GMT, close to a one-year low of $1 211.08 reached... 

No longer flavour of the month, SA rethinks its bus rapid transit systems

By: Irma Venter     27th July 2018 It seems government’s love affair with bus rapid transit (BRT) systems has cooled. Courted in the Brazilian city of Curutiba – it is difficult to find a local government transport executive who has not been there on a study tour – and sworn to fidelity in the pressure cooker years before the... 

WTO chief sees trade war ending in political talks

By: Reuters     26th July 2018 The nascent global trade war will have to be ended by a political agreement between world leaders, because continuing down the current path will only damage the global economy, the head of the World Trade Organization said on Wednesday. WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo said that world leaders... 

Premium prices being paid for Kumba’s quality iron-ore 

By: Martin Creamer     24th July 2018 China’s flight to quality iron-ore is benefiting South Africa’s Kumba Iron Ore, which is receiving strong price premiums for high-grade ore.  Two thirds of Kumba ore is lump ore compared with the third or less of its main competitors. 

WorleyParsons commences with second wind power project in Kenya

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd July 2018 WorleyParsons has recently signed a 22-month owner’s engineer contract for the Kipeto Wind Power Project in Kenya, the second largest in the country after the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project. The Kipeto Wind Power Project will comprise 60 wind turbines generating a combined capacity of 100 MW of... 

China overloading poor nations with debt, top US official says

By: Reuters     17th July 2018 China is saddling poor nations with unsustainable debt through large-scale infrastructure projects that are not economically viable, the head of the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) said on Monday. The criticism of Beijing - targeted by President Donald Trump in a trade war that... 

Copper heads for fifth weekly loss, aluminium awaits Trump-Putin summit

By: Reuters     13th July 2018 Copper headed for a fifth weekly loss on Friday as trade tensions between the United States and China rumbled on, while aluminium hit a three-month low ahead of a summit between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump and Putin are due to meet in Helsinki on Monday... 

Copper slides to 1-year low, zinc sinks in broad selloff

By: Reuters     11th July 2018 Copper prices slumped to their weakest level in a year and zinc fell to 13-month lows amid a broad selloff on Wednesday after the Trump administration said it would slap 10 percent tariffs on an extra $200-billion worth of Chinese imports. US President Donald Trump’s latest tariff threat... 

Buzzkill for US coal may come from weak yuan, not tariffs

By: Bloomberg     11th July 2018 Washington’s trade war with Beijing doesn’t pose much of a direct threat to US coal miners, since just a tiny percent of their sales go to China. But Appalachia may feel some heat from the sinking value of the Chinese yuan. A weaker Chinese currency makes it more expensive for the Asian giant to... 

CITIC Metal gets internal green light to buy 19.5% stake in Ivanhoe

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th July 2018 China State-owned investment company CITIC’s subsidiary CITIC Metal has completed its confirmatory due diligence and has received the necessary internal approvals to complete the long-term, strategic cooperation and investment agreement with TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines.  

Tesla raises car prices in China -Electrek

By: Reuters     9th July 2018 Tesla Inc has raised prices on its Model X and S cars by over $20 000 in China, automotive news website Electrek reported on Monday, making it one of the first US carmakers to hike prices in the wake of rising trade tensions. China slapped retaliatory tariffs on US car imports in response to... 

Goldman says buy commodities as clock ticks toward trade war

By: Bloomberg     5th July 2018 Commodity bull Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has poured cold water on the notion that a trade war between the US and China represents a serious threat to raw materials, saying most of them aren’t likely to be significantly impacted, and after recent declines now’s the time to buy. The Wall Street... 

China says former Rio Tinto executive Stern Hu released from prison

By: Reuters     4th July 2018 China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that Stern Hu, an Australian citizen and former Rio Tinto executive jailed in China on bribery charges eight years ago, has been released. Ministry spokesman Lu Kang made the announcement at a daily news briefing in Beijing. 

Entrepreneurial spirit, collaboration, education needed to advance Fourth Industrial Revolution – WEF chairperson  

By: Nadine James     28th June 2018 South Africa must create ecosystems that foster entrepreneurial activity and multistakeholder collaboration, while furthering innovation and education in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) fields, if it is going to benefit from opportunities that result from the Fourth... 

China continues to encourage foreign mining investment

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2018 In early April the People’s Republic of China established a new Ministry, that of Natural Resources (MNR). The creation of the new Ministry was part of a programme to restructure the country’s State Council (Cabinet). The MNR took over all the responsibilities of the previous (and now... 

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