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South Africa moves to reboot digital migration after years of delay 

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd November 2018 Following years since embarking on, and the subsequent stalling of, South Africa’s migration from analogue to digital broadcasting, the Department of Communications (DoC) hopes to revive its momentum after revising its digital migration delivery model. The revised model approved by Cabinet in... 

South Africa moves to reboot digital migration after years of delay

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd November 2018 Following years since embarking on, and the subsequent stalling of, South Africa’s migration from analogue to digital broadcasting, the Department of Communications (DoC) hopes to revive its momentum after revising its digital migration delivery model. The revised model approved by Cabinet in... 

Petrobras to sell stake in Africa unit to Vitol-led group for $1.5bn

By: Reuters     1st November 2018 Brazil's Petroleo Brasileiro SA will sell its 50% stake in a Nigerian oil and gas exploration venture to a consortium led by top oil trader Vitol for $1.53-billion, the latest step in the state-controlled oil company's debt reduction drive, according to a securities filing on Wednesday. The other... 

Mining veteran wants to build a $1bn battery metals giant

By: Bloomberg     1st November 2018 South African mining veteran Brian Menell wants to build a battery material giant to help challenge China’s domination of the nascent industry. It’s still early days for his privately funded company, TechMet, which controls just a handful of assets from Canada to Rwanda. But he’s raising more... 

Advocacy organisation urges better enforcement of second-hand tyre regulations

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 Newly launched advocacy organisation Part Worn Africa is calling on governments and regulatory bodies across the African continent to develop and enforce stronger regulations governing the sale of part-worn and second-hand tyres. Part Worn Africa advocates that part-worn and second-hand tyres... 

Horizonte focus shifts to funding as it ticks feasibility study box

By: Mariaan Webb     29th October 2018 Nickel company Horizonte Minerals has confirmed the economics of its Araguaia ferronickel project, in Brazil, with the completion of a feasibility study, setting up the company to advance offtake agreements and secure funding for the $443-million development. The Aim- and TSX-listed company aims... 

Yamana Gold sells Argentina mine, reports lower adjusted earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th October 2018 Canadian gold and silver miner Yamana Gold will sell its Gualcamayo mine, in San Juan, Argentina, to Colombia-based Latin American gold producer Mineros and has granted that company an option to acquire up to 51% of its La Pepa project in Chile. Yamana will receive $30-million in cash upon... 

Ramaphosa declares end to 'investment strike' and unveils R290bn in commitments  

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa declared an end to South Africa's proverbial 'investment strike', when he unveiled firm investment commitments of R290-billion across a diverse range of sectors, from mining and energy to infrastructure and manufacturing, at a well attended and vibrant investment... 

Leagold says Santa Luz restart requires $82m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th October 2018 Vancouver-based Leagold has completed an updated feasibility study for the Santa Luz project that it acquired in the recent Brio takeover, which demonstrates the potential for restarting 100 000 oz/y mine at a cost of $82-million. However, the company’s first priority remains to optimise its... 

Vale expects jump in base metal performance in 2020

By: Reuters     26th October 2018 Brazil's Vale, the world's top iron-ore producer, is expecting major improvement in the performance of its base metals division in 2020 but said that production cuts would remain effect this year and next while prices remain low, executives said on Thursday. CEO Fabio Schvartsman forecast a... 

Wind energy investors watching S Africa closely

By: Tracy Hancock     26th October 2018 For the last several years, from the wind industry’s perspective, the South African government has done everything it can to discourage investor confidence; however, that has changed with the new government, states Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). 

Prototype soil sampling device being tested for use in agriculture

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2018 A cost-effective, handheld soil and water chemical testing device for use in agriculture is being developed and tested by information technology research subsidiary IBM Research, says IBM Research Brazil Industrial Technology & Science manager Dr Mathias Steiner. The AgroPad is a business... 

Hands off Brazil's niobium: Bolsonaro sees China as threat to utopian vision

By: Reuters     25th October 2018 Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right candidate favored to win Brazil's Presidential election this Sunday, has a vision for his nation's economy: niobium. This mineral is used as an additive to steel to make the metal stronger and lighter. Niobium is in high demand by automakers, aerospace companies and... 

Vale reports Q3 miss on forex, base metals

By: Reuters     25th October 2018 Brazil's Vale on Wednesday posted weaker-than-expected net income, as a weaker currency coupled with lower base metals production and prices weighed on the world's largest iron ore producer. The miner, also the world's largest nickel producer, reported $1.408-billion in third-quarter net income,... 

Anheuser-Busch InBev third quarter revenue up 4.5%

By: African News Agency      25th October 2018 The world's largest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev said on Thursday its revenue grew by 4.5% in the third quarter, while total volumes were up 0.2%. AB Inbev said ​good growth in own beer volumes achieved in Europe, Mexico and many African markets during the quarter were partially offset by Brazil... 

Anglo’s portfolio performs well in Q3  

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2018 Diversified miner Anglo American’s focus on driving efficiency and productivity across the business resulted in another strong quarter, with volumes for the third quarter 1% higher year-on-year, Anglo CE Mark Cutifani commented on Tuesday. “Production per employee has increased by 5% [so far this... 

Brazilian pension fund Previ won't sell Vale shares before year end

By: Reuters     23rd October 2018 Brazilian pension fund Previ, one of iron ore miner Vale SA's largest shareholders, will not sell part of its stake before the year ends, its CEO said on Monday. Speaking on the sidelines of a conference in Rio de Janeiro, CEO Jose Mauricio Coelho said the fund intended to reduce its stake in... 

Global trade and development trends impact on South Africa, present opportunities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd October 2018 The recently released United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) Trade and Development Report for 2018, entitled ‘Power, Platforms and the Free Trade Delusion’, outlines a number of lessons that South African can learn, and also presents opportunities for the country to... 

Flirting with populism? Ask Venezuela how that went – SARB head Kganyago

By: News24Wire      19th October 2018 South African Reserve Bank (SARB) Governor Lesetja Kganyago has warned leaders that a wave of populism sweeping a number of global economies was a sign that leaders should be more responsible and accountable.  Speaking at the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals conference... 

Amid falling platinum prices, PGM miners upping chrome ore production to improve profitability 

By: Nadine James     19th October 2018 Some platinum group metals (PGM) producers have become large producers of chrome ore to improve their profitability, says Kagiso Asset Management investment analyst Mandi Dungwa. South Africa is the world’s largest chrome producer, delivering more than half of the global ore supply in 2017, with... 

Imbizo to promote green chemistry in South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th October 2018 The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) is working steadily behind the scenes to promote and develop the concept of green chemistry, as part of a global initiative driven by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Yale University’s Center for... 

South32 reports strong manganese and coking coal performance 

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th October 2018 Diversified miner South32 on Thursday reported a record quarter at its Australian manganese operations, while metallurgical coal production was up 39% on the previous quarter. “Annual production guidance is maintained for all our operations, with Australia manganese achieving another quarterly... 

Brazilian assets start to deliver for Oz

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th October 2018 Copper/gold producer Oz Minerals has reported an increase on copper production for the three months to September, following the addition o f the Antas copper project, in Brazil. Copper production in the September quarter was up to 31 919 t, up from the 27 131 t produced in the previous quarter,... 

Samarco could begin partial production in 2020 after dam burst – Vale CEO

By: Reuters     17th October 2018 Samarco, a joint mining venture between Brazil's Vale and BHP Billiton, could resume production at a third of its capacity at the beginning of 2020, Vale's CEO said on Tuesday. Samarco halted operations in late 2015 after one of its dams collapsed, killing 19 people and causing one of Brazil's... 

Ramp-up for Anglo American's Minas Rio mine likely delayed to 2021

By: Reuters     16th October 2018 Anglo American should restart operations at its Brazilian Minas Rio iron ore mine in November or December but a planned ramp-up to 26.5-million tonnes per year is likely to be pushed back to 2021 from 2020 as previously expected, the miner's Brazil chief said on Tuesday. The company halted... 

Honeywell, ERG to collaborate on mine efficiencies

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th October 2018 NYSE-listed Honeywell and Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop innovative technologies that will increase productivity at ERG’s operations in Kazakhstan, Brazil and several African countries. Under the terms of the MoU, Honeywell will... 

Rio Tinto copper output jumps; iron-ore, aluminium production slip

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th October 2018 Diversified major Rio Tinto has reported lower production across nearly all its commodities, besides copper, in the three months to September. “We have delivered consistent operational performance in the third quarter, highlighted by strong production from the group’s copper assets,” Rio CEO... 

Equinox Gold raises $75m for Mesquite acquisition

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th October 2018 Canadian firm Equinox Gold has raised $75-million through private placements to fund part of its acquisition of the Mesquite gold mine, in California. The company is buying the 135 000 oz/y mine from New Gold for $158-million. 

Polymer Concrete Market Growing At 3.5% CAGR To Reach USD 600 Million By 2025

12th October 2018 According to a new research report by Global Market Insights, Inc. Polymer Concrete Market size is forecast to exceed USD 600 million by 2025. High polymer prices may prove to become a obstacle in the growth of the polymer concrete market. Few resins, fibers or acrylates that are added to the... 

Rio Tinto to take hit on legacy alumina contracts

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th October 2018 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has warned of a $178-million impact on its financials during the first half of 2018, due to its legacy alumina contracts. The miner supplies some 2.2-million tonnes of alumina under legacy contracts, which are priced at a percentage of the benchmark aluminium price. 

ACSA reports fall in earnings in line with lower aeronautical charges

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2018 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), one of the few South African State-owned companies that has been able to keep itself financially healthy, reported recently that, despite declines in its revenues, profits, and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda), it was... 

What’s changed and what remains the same 20 years after the launch of Google Search?

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th October 2018 As Google Search celebrates its twentieth year, the local division has revealed how South Africans use search, the significant surge in searches and overhauls underway to improve the popular feature. Google has experienced significant growth over the past two decades, starting from an offering in... 

China swoops in on Canadian oil that's $50 below US crude

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2018 Chinese oil buyers are making a beeline for a bargain across the Pacific. With Canadian oil over 60% cheaper than US benchmark West Texas Intermediate and global marker Brent, China’s refiners are being lured to the heavy, sludgy crude. That’s because – apart from being a source of fuel – it’s... 

Opec sees weaker demand for its crude next year as rivals surge

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2018 Opec is under intense pressure right now from consumers to ease prices by pumping more crude, but for 2019 it sees a more doubtful picture. The cartel cut its estimate for global demand for its crude next year due to weakening economic growth and higher output from rivals, notably US shale... 

Drought forces two-month closure of Leagold Brazil mine

By: Mariaan Webb     11th October 2018 Latin America-focused Leagold on Wednesday announced a two-month shutdown of its RDM mine, in Brazil, citing continued regional drought conditions. In 2017, the RDM mine was closed on August 11 and restarted, on an intermittent basis, in early November with the onset of the region's rainy season. 

Rio Tinto to restart sale of Icelandic aluminium plant – sources

By: Reuters     10th October 2018 Rio Tinto is close to restarting a sale process for some of its aluminium assets, including a plant in Iceland, which have been valued at around $350-million, two sources familiar with the matter said. The assets include a 53% stake in a Dutch anode facility and 50% of the shares in a Swedish... 

FairPlay welcomes Minister’s fuel ethanol policy strategy, to host ethanol strategy conference in November  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th October 2018 Nonprofit organisation FairPlay has welcomed government’s decision to revive its biofuels strategy, stating that a mandatory bioethanol fuel blend will benefit the country through job creation, increased fixed investment, technology development and energy security, as well as expanded sugar... 

Hydro CEO says focus on full output at Alunorte, no layoffs

By: Reuters     10th October 2018 Norway's Norsk Hydro is focused on a return to full output at its Alunorte alumina refinery in Brazil and is not contemplating layoffs there, CEO Svein Richard Brandtzaeg told Reuters on Wednesday. Hydro had said last week it would close down the world's largest alumina refinery and lay off 4... 

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