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Palladium hurtles through $1 400 as breakneck rally continues

By: Bloomberg     Updated 5 hours ago Palladium rocketed through $1 400/oz the first time, extending its precipitous rally despite signs that global vehicle sales are slowing. The precious metal, primarily used in the auto industry for catalytic converters, has surged more than 65% since the middle of August. The bull run has been... 

Alcoa beats profit estimates on strength in alumina segment

By: Reuters     17th January 2019 Top US aluminum producer Alcoa Corp beat Wall Street estimates for quarterly profit on Wednesday, buoyed by strength in its alumina segment, but shares slipped after the company did not provide a closely watched profit measure for the full year. The company's shares were down 1.6% in extended... 

Tullow Oil hit by payment delay, but sees higher output

By: Reuters     16th January 2019 A delay in receiving payment from the sale of a stake in Ugandan oilfields caused Tullow Oil to miss cash flow and debt forecasts on Wednesday, although the firm said it expected to receive the money soon and also forecast higher production. The Africa-focused company said it expected production... 

Ovoot to fill fat coal gap in China - Aspire

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th January 2019 Coal developer Aspire Mining on Wednesday told shareholders that its Ovoot project, in Mongolia, could assist in addressing a projected 16-million- to 22-million-tonne shortage of fat coking coal in China, out to 2025. China’s ‘fat’ coal category encapsulates high fluidity coals with good plastic... 

Mnangagwa seeks cash in Russia as Zimbabwe descends into chaos

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2019 Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa said he’s seeking loans from Russia on a visit to Moscow as protests erupted across his country Monday, leaving 24 people injured and five possibly dead. “I can’t say that we want this much or that much,” he said in an interview with the state-run Russian... 

Electric cars seen getting cleaner even where grids rely on coal

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2019 Electric cars are better for the environment than traditional gasoline models, and that benefit will grow as power generators shift away from coal. That’s the conclusion of research by BloombergNEF, which found carbon dioxide emissions from battery-powered vehicles were about 40% lower than for... 

Boonanarring delivers first revenue

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th January 2019 ASX-listed Image Resources has received the first revenue from its Boonanarring mineral sands project, in Western Australia, after loading its first bulk shipment of 10 000 t of heavy mineral concentrate. The concentrate will be shipped to China s part of an offtake agreement with Shantou... 

Argentina set to join global mining transparency initiative

By: Reuters     15th January 2019 Resource-rich Argentina is expected to join the international transparency standard for managing oil, gas and mineral resources, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) said on Monday, which could make it more attractive for investors. The global initiative, launched by... 

China to focus on improving steel capacity structure – assn chief

By: Reuters     14th January 2019 China's steel industry will shift its focus to optimising capacity structure, including products, location and ownership, in 2019, from reducing overall capacity, said an executive of the country's iron and steel association on Monday. China is entering the fourth year of its supply-side reform... 

Hydrogen leap needed to aid platinum’s future 

By: Martin Creamer     11th January 2019 A South African decision to step firmly into the hydrogen age, like so many other countries are doing, has great potential benefit for the country. Because South Africa has better combined solar and wind resources than just about any other country, it is well positioned to generate hydrogen using... 

AB InBev soars on possible IPO of Asian business 

By: Bloomberg     11th January 2019 Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev's shares jumped the most since 2015 after people with knowledge of the matter said the world’s largest brewer is considering an initial public offering of its Asian operations as a way to unlock value after a string of acquisitions left it saddled with debt. The Leuven,... 

Barrick Gold's new CEO dismisses Canada HQ debate as 'hysteria'

By: Bloomberg     11th January 2019 Barrick Gold’s new CE is surprised by the “hysteria” over whether the world’s largest gold miner will remain a Canadian company. Barely a week after his Channel Islands-based Randgold Resources merged with Barrick, Mark Bristow says he’s determined to keep the global miner headquartered in... 

World Gold Council believes gold will become more relevant in 2019

By: Simone Liedtke     10th January 2019 The World Gold Council (WGC) has said it believes gold will become even more relevant this year owing to “its proven record” for delivering returns, its low correlation to major asset classes, its liquidity and its risk-adjusted returns. Looking ahead, the council expects gold demand to benefit... 

Oil near one-month high amid Opec cuts, economic uncertainty

By: Bloomberg     10th January 2019 Oil traded near a one-month high after entering a bull market, while the tension between an uncertain economic outlook and efforts by Opec to restrict supplies continued to cause volatile trading. West Texas Intermediate slipped 0.5% after a rally on Wednesday brought crude’s rebound from an... 

Australia's Port Hedland iron-ore shipments to China jump 14 pct in Dec

By: Reuters     10th January 2019 Iron-ore shipments to China from Australia's Port Hedland terminal rose 14% in December from a month earlier, port data released on Thursday showed. Iron-ore shipments to China from the world's biggest iron-ore port totalled 37.4-million tonnes in December, compared with November's 32.9-million... 

Goldman warns iron-ore's jump into $70s 'is not sustainable'

By: Bloomberg     9th January 2019 Iron-ore’s rally over the past month, with benchmark material pushing back into the $70s, is at risk as banks including Goldman Sachs Group and Morgan Stanley warn that prices are poised to drop back. While industry fundamentals have improved, current prices won’t last as more supply is on the... 

Rittal’s industry-first enclosure making waves

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th January 2019 How can the best be made even better? This is the question that Rittal asked itself as we began developing a new enclosure system. This ground-breaking system sees the rise of the enclosure evolution with more than 25 registered patent and trademark applications. Following the official launch of... 

Uganda aims to pick bidder to build, operate highway by end-2019

By: Reuters     9th January 2019 Uganda expects to pick the winning bidder by the end of 2019 to build and operate a $1.5-billion road project under a public private partnership (PPP) model, a senior official said on Tuesday. The planned 95 km (60-mile) highway will connect the capital Kampala with Jinja, an industrial town in... 

EU expected to clear steel import curb after Trump tariffs

By: Reuters     9th January 2019 European Union countries are expected to next week approve a scheme to limit imports of steel into the bloc following US President Donald Trump's imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminium entering the United States. The vote on Jan. 16 would put in place an effective cap on steel imports for... 

SouthGobi requested to conduct forensic investigation into ‘suspicious’ transactions by former executives

By: Simone Liedtke     9th January 2019 The Hong Kong Stock Exchange has provided Mongolian coal producer SouthGobi Resources with a resumption guidance, compelling the company to conduct a forensic investigation of past conduct engaged in by former senior executive officers and employees of the company which raises suspicions of... 

Mosaic company enters into MoU with Sinochem

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th January 2019 Concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients producer Mosaic Company has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sinochem, China’s largest agricultural inputs company, for the supply of phosphate rock and phosphate fertilisers, including premium products. “We are pleased to... 

First Cobalt starts permitting and environmental programmes at Iron Creek

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th January 2019 First Cobalt has appointed consultants Brown and Caldwell to provide guidance on permitting and to develop an environmental baseline study strategy for its Iron Creek project, in Idaho. “On the heels of the maiden resource estimate announced in the fall, this is one of a series of technical... 

Rand to weaken in volatile trade this year 

By: Reuters     9th January 2019 South Africa's rand will lose over 3% of its value in volatile trade against the dollar this year, a Reuters poll of market strategists found on Wednesday, but should be cushioned by wavering expectations for US interest rates. The health of the world's two biggest economies - the United States... 

Africa 2019 – The Optimist's View

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th January 2019 Is there a new scramble for Africa? Why should Africa be confident? These and other questions are eloquently ventilated at the plethora of Africa Investment conferences – including our own Hogan Lovells Africa forums in London and Johannesburg –and 2018 has been no different. 

Qld LNG exports reach new heights

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th January 2019 Liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports through the Port of Gladstone reached a record 20.58-million tonnes in 2018, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has revealed, reaffirming the sector’s importance to the Queensland economy. QRC CEO Ian Macfarlane said the data released by Gladstone Ports... 

Copper demand to outstrip production – Fitch

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th January 2019 Fitch Solutions Macro Research, a unit of Fitch Group, expects the global copper market will see a persistent undersupply over the coming years, as global consumption, driven by China’s power and infrastructure sectors and increasingly by rising electric vehicle production, continues to outpace... 

Africa, South America to drive copper mine capacity growth up to 2021 – ICSG 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th January 2019 The International Copper Study Group (ICSG) expects copper mine capacity to grow at an average rate of 2.2% a year up to 2021. The ICSG notes in its biannual ‘Directory of Copper Mines and Plants’ that the average is derived from the lower growth of about 0.5% seen in 2018/19 as compared to... 

Weaker times ahead for global equity markets, particularly South Africa – economist

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th January 2019 Citadel advisory partner and chief economist Maarten Ackerman says global equity markets, especially in the US, have enjoyed upward trends after the financial crisis of 2008/9, until recently. He notes that while economic growth around the world in 2018 was sound, leading to solid company... 

Elon Musk sees a future in China for Tesla, and it's muddy

By: Bloomberg     7th January 2019 Standing in a vast field of muddy wasteland that wouldn’t look out of place in an apocalyptic movie scene, Elon Musk exuded his usual mix of optimism and self-deprecating humor. Musk had trekked to these inhospitable outskirts of Shanghai on a rainy Monday to break ground on Tesla’s first... 

If you can't pipe it, refine it: Alberta seeks oil glut solution

By: Bloomberg     7th January 2019 What’s worse: Too much oil, or too much gasoline? The government of Alberta, weighing the potential of a new refinery for the province, may be on its way to finding out. In 2018, surging crude production in the Canadian province ran into limited space on export pipelines, creating bottlenecks and... 

Decline in South Africa's private sector eases, fanning recovery hopes – PMI

By: Reuters     4th January 2019 South Africa's private sector activity contracted for the sixth month in a row in December as both output and new orders fell further while purchases also dropped, though the overall rate of decline eased, a survey showed on Friday. The Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), compiled by IHS Markit,... 

Total starts production at Nigeria's deepwater Egina oilfield

By: Reuters     4th January 2019 Total SA said on Wednesday it had started production from the Egina oilfield off Nigeria's coast, part of a shift by the French energy firm towards deepwater oil and gas projects to its drive cashflow. Output from Egina, which is located in waters about 1 600 m deep, is expected to plateau at... 

Volatile rand has Namibia mulling an end to 25-year currency peg

By: Bloomberg     21st December 2018 Namibia is growing tired of the economic pain caused by the volatile South African rand and is considering ending a 25-year-old peg to the currency of its larger neighbor. The government in Windhoek is weighing options to amend the currency arrangement or forge a new path for the Namibian... 

Australia warns of 'double whammy' risks to commodities outlook

By: Bloomberg     21st December 2018 Commodities are at risk from a “double whammy” of rising trade tensions and a substantial slowdown in global growth, the Australian government warned, as increasing uncertainty threatens to hinder record exports from the raw materials powerhouse. While Australia’s resources and energy shipments... 

Syrah sign binding sales deal for Mozambique graphite

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th December 2018 Australia-headquartered Syrah Resources has signed a binding term sales agreement with Qingdao Langruite Graphite (Langruite) for the sale of at least 48 000 t of natural graphite from the Balama mine, in Mozambique, next year. The agreement also allows for an additional 12 000 t at Syrah’s option. 

Trialling of dry sorter coal-beneficiation solution targeted for 2019

7th December 2018 Mounting stress on South Africa’s water resources, combined with growing concerns about the environmental impact of mining operations, make Aury Africa’s 400 tph dry sorting technology ideal for environmentally-conscious mining houses. Aury Africa aims to bring its first dry separator to South... 

Is Basic Sanitation a Human Right?

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th November 2018 From 2005 to 2017, Human Rights Watch conducted research in countries such as China, Russia, Nepal, South Africa, India and America to assess the levels of sanitation and other basic human rights. Senior women’s rights researcher at Human Rights Watch, Amanda Klasing, said, “The way people are... 

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... 

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