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Ramaphosa aims to crowd in private resources for infrastructure fund

By: Terence Creamer     21st September 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed the creation of a public-private infrastructure fund at the heart of an economic stimulus and recovery plan, otherwise constrained by South Africa’s serious fiscal constraints. In unveiling the plan during a briefing at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on... 

Mining Charter to be gazetted next week

By: African News Agency      21st September 2018 The final Mining Charter would be gazetted next week by Mineral Resources Minister, Gwede Mantashe. The Charter was approved with minor amendments by the September 19 Cabinet meeting. 

Ramaphosa moves to revitalise mining, create certainty

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2018 It is imperative that South Africa restores investment and exploration levels in the mining sector as mining and mineral beneficiation activities have significant potential to drive long term growth, exports and job growth, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his economic stimulus and recovery plan... 

Ramaphosa's stimulus plan could push rand to R14/$

By: News24Wire      21st September 2018 The rand started Friday off on the front foot, adding to Thursday's 2% gain against the US dollar on good CPI data, healthy inflow in the bond market and as traders await President Cyril Ramaphosa's stimulus package. The local unit added 0.5% to R14.21 to the US dollar before retreating to the... 

Aury Africa enters into empowerment deal with Nkomose Consulting

20th September 2018 Screening and vibrating equipment solutions and services provider Aury Africa has concluded a Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) agreement with 100% black-owned local services company Nkomose Consulting Engineers & Projects. The B-BBEE deal aims to align Aury Africa with the... 

Cabinet’s approval of new Mining Charter a ‘positive’ step – law firm

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th September 2018 Multinational law firm Herbert Smith Freehills on Thursday welcomed Cabinet’s approval of the new Mining Charter, as well as of the withdrawal of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill, as proposed by Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe earlier this... 

Cabinet approves new Mining Charter 

By: Reuters     20th September 2018 The South African Cabinet has approved the latest version of the long-delayed mining charter which lay outs requirements for black ownership levels and other targets, a cabinet minister said on Thursday. Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane told reporters that more details about the charter... 

Sasol, Solidarity unable to reach agreement

By: Schalk Burger     19th September 2018 Trade union Solidarity and petrochemicals major Sasol were unable to reach an agreement during talks at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) on Wednesday. Solidarity CE Dr Dirk Hermann said the mediation was deferred to get more clarity on the final Mining Charter’s... 

South African defence industry at a crossroads – Minister

By: Simone Liedtke     18th September 2018 The South African defence industry is “at a critical crossroads”, says Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. Speaking at the fourth iteration of the Aerospace, Maritime and Defence (AMD) Conference, in Pretoria, on Tuesday, she said this was as a result of the many... 

Nedlac provides update on legislative changes, stresses need to cooperate to grow economy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th September 2018 Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has announced that the Equity Act will be amended, following a report by the South African Human Rights Commission that found some policies around affirmative action unconstitutional and not aligned with international best practice. She said, in her opening... 

Pioneer expo to promote, enhance local manufacturing

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th September 2018 South African capital equipment representative the South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC) will host the pioneer Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo next year to promote localisation and showcase the country’s manufacturing industry, SACEEC CEO Eric Bruggeman tells... 

South African mining sees considerable decline of 5.2% in July – Stats SA

By: Simone Liedtke     13th September 2018 Mining production in South Africa decreased by 5.2% year-on-year in July, following a 3.7% year-on-year rise in June, mainly as a result of declines in the production of gold, iron-ore, coal and platinum-group metals (PGMs). According to Statistics South Africa (Stats SA), gold decreased by 15%,... 

Establishing and maintaining a sustainable transformation journey

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th September 2018 SMEC South Africa is a multidisciplinary engineering consulting and infrastructure advisory firm that has been delivering outstanding infrastructure solutions for over 70 years. As a progressive company that delivers engineering excellence, design innovation and advisory services to clients in... 

Collaborative conversation between govt, stakeholders needed to drive mining industry transformation 

By: Simone Liedtke     11th September 2018 Turning around the fortunes of South Africa's mining industry will require greater collaboration between industry stakeholders, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) director Yusuf Timol said on Tuesday. Speaking at a presentation hosted by the Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa... 

South African M&A activity declined in H1 – Baker McKenzie

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2018 Analysis by law firm Baker McKenzie of Thomson Reuters’ data finds that merger and acquisition activity in South Africa declined, in terms of the volume and value of domestic and cross-border deals, in the first half of this year. Transactions fell by 44% and volume and value fell by 52%,... 

Early adoption of Mining Charter supplier requirements will be a competitive advantage – lawyer

By: Simone Liedtke     6th September 2018 Being an empowered vendor of services and goods to the mining industry will offer significant leverage in supply negotiations, once the draft Mining Charter is promulgated, says law firm Strata Legal MD Brandon Irsigler. The Mining Charter, which Mineral Resource Minister Gwede Mantashe said... 

D-Day for public comments submissions on draft Mining Charter

By: African News Agency      31st August 2018 Friday marks the last day for the department of mineral resources to receive written submissions on a draft mining charter which was gazetted for public comment in June. This follows over three months of consultations with stakeholders, including organised labour, organised business and... 

Mining could attract additional R122bn investment over next four years, if policy improves – MCSA

By: Nadine James     31st August 2018 The mining sector could attract an additional R122-billion worth of investment if the policy perception and environment improved to the top quarter of the Fraser Institute’s Policy Perception Index, rather than its current position in the lower quartile, Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA)... 

South Africa could create 50 000 more mining jobs – Minerals Council

By: Martin Creamer     30th August 2018 A South Africa moderately more attractive to investors would catalyse the creation of 50 000 more mining jobs and an additional 200 000 jobs overall, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter told the Africa Down Under conference in Perth on Thursday. Speaking a day after Mineral Resources... 

Dissecting the ANC’s sudden interest in land expropriation 

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     24th August 2018 Does South Africa belong to those who live in it, or to those who conquered it? In other words, is land expropriation without compensation constitutionally permissible and, is it possible to expropriate land without compensation without the consent of the conquerors? According to the Freedom... 

Icasa eyes market review notice by September, lists first priorities

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd August 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Thursday said it would likely announce the start of a market inquiry into the identified priority markets that may require regulation intervention by the first week of September. Speaking during a roundtable at the Icasa... 

Solidarity welcomes Mantashe’s proposal to withdraw MPRDA Amendment Bill

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd August 2018 Trade union Solidarity on Wednesday said the mining sector’s quest for policy certainty will receive a huge boost if Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe’s proposal to withdraw the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill is implemented. Business Day reported... 

ExecuJet to welcome first Pilatus PC-24 to Africa in Oct

By: Simone Liedtke     21st August 2018 Aviation company ExecuJet, which is part of the Luxaviation group, will, in October, become the first business aviation company to operate and manage a Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet in Africa. With the aircraft to be based at the Cape Town International Airport, ExecuJet will be responsible... 

Mining production increases 2.8% y/y in June

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th August 2018 Mining production increased by 2.8% year-on-year in June, from a 1.8% decline in May, with the largest positive contributor being platinum group metals (PGMs), which rose by 28.2% and contributed 5.9 percentage points, says Statistics South Africa (Stats SA). Other positive contributors were... 

Hundreds gather in Brits to demand jobs at mines

By: African News Agency      8th August 2018 Hundreds of unemployed people have gathered at the Brits sports ground in the North West province, ahead of a march to mining companies in the area to demand jobs. Provincial chairperson of the Village, Township and Small Dorpies  (VTSD) Chamber of Commerce in North West, Robert Ngwenya, said... 

Draft charter offers opportunity to improve policy certainty, investor perception

By: Simone Liedtke     7th August 2018 The draft 2018 iteration of the Mining Charter, as well as the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act and social and labour plans amendments expected later this year, offer an opportunity to improve regulatory and policy certainty and, subsequently, investor perception in the South... 

Aerospace giants win orders and commitments for over 1 100 airliners at airshow

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd August 2018 Global commercial aerospace giants Airbus and Boeing have each reported hundreds of orders for their airliners at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow, in the UK. Boeing announced 673 “orders and commitments” for airliners and freighters, worth (at list prices) $98.4-billion. The group... 

Turkish steel makers eye exports to West Africa amid US tariff setbacks

By: Reuters     31st July 2018 Turkish steel makers are looking to expand in West Africa and other emerging markets in response to tariffs and planned quotas which threaten their sales to the United States and the European Union (EU), a senior sector official said. Namik Ekinci, board chairperson for the Turkish Steel Foreign... 

Fate of South African gold rests on one giant, loss-making mine

By: Bloomberg     30th July 2018 Three thousand meters below the plains southwest of Johannesburg, teams of miners are toiling to revive the gold industry that underpinned South Africa’s economy for generations. The South Deep mine was built to target the world’s second-biggest known body of gold-bearing ore, a deposit that... 

Lack of investment stymies SA coal producers

By: Nadine James     27th July 2018 A lack of investment is hindering the South African coal industry’s ability to capitalise on a period of relatively stable demand for thermal and metallurgical coal locally and abroad, says XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prevost. The local coal industry is experiencing a challenging... 

PPC launches new, extended product range despite economic headwinds

By: Simone Liedtke     26th July 2018 PPC Cement South Africa on Thursday launched its fit-for-purpose ‘Sure’ product range, with each of the six products in the range carefully designed for a specific application. Dubbing it the company’s “most significant rebranding and refocusing in over 100 years,” PPC Cement South Africa MD... 

Resources Watch  

26th July 2018 New mining fund raising R750m to co-finance ancillary mine projects And, free-carried interest will foster loyalty among mineworkers 

Minerals Council grilled over gold mining sector stats, low wage increase offer

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th July 2018 The third round of gold mining sector wage negotiations took place on Wednesday, at which the Minerals Council South Africa was peppered with questions by gold sector unions seeking to gain clarity about feedback on the unions’ demands, especially the low opening offer, said trade union... 

IRS to become a division of Impala Platinum

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th July 2018 Impala Platinum Holdings (Implats) subsidiaries Impala Platinum and Impala Refining Services (IRS) have entered into a sale of business agreement for Impala to acquire the metal purchase and toll refining operations of IRS for R8-billion. IRS is now a division of Impala, rather than a standalone... 

AngloGold chairperson warns South Africa on 'reckless' mining rules

By: Bloomberg     20th July 2018 South Africa risks driving away new investment and crippling its mining sector if “reckless” new rules are implemented, according to AngloGold Ashanti chairperson Sipho Pityana. The latest Mining Charter, which is aimed at sharing the benefits of the country’s mineral wealth more equally among... 

Perceptions mines are not doing enough for nearby communities fuelling protests

By: Nadine James     20th July 2018 In developed countries, community-based protest action (as opposed to industrial action) against mining companies is primarily related to environmental concerns. In South Africa, community-based protests against mining companies are rooted in socioeconomic issues, such as job creation, and... 

Solidarity, NUM rejects gold producers wage offer

By: African News Agency      19th July 2018 Solidarity has become the second workers union to reject the latest three-year wage offer tabled by South African gold producers even though it admitted that the mining companies have presented a gloomy picture of the industry. Solidarity joins the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) which... 

Property sector must do more on transformation – PSCC

By: Schalk Burger     12th July 2018 The South African property sector is making reasonable efforts towards transformation, but it needs to pick up the pace, says the Property Sector Charter Council (PSCC). The PSCC this week released the results of its ‘2016-2017 State of Transformation Report’, which sampled institutional... 

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