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Kibali set for another record quarter

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 6 hours ago The Kibali gold mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is continuing to deliver performance improvements across the board and is expected to post record results for the quarter ended September 30, Randgold Resources CE Mark Bristow said on Monday. Speaking at a briefing for local media,... 

SMEs To Transform SA’s Education Sector

Updated 7 hours ago The education sector in South Africa remains a catch-22, with public schools struggling to yield positive results and private schools being too costly for many South African households to afford. This challenge, however, signals a gap in the market and provides an opportunity for small and medium... 

Mboweni walks budget tightrope to fix ailing economy

By: Reuters     Updated 7 hours ago South Africa's new finance minister will target spending on agriculture, infrastructure and job creation projects in his inaugural budget speech on Wednesday in a bid to haul the economy out of a recession. With the government facing a ballooning debt, stubbornly high unemployment, struggling... 

Octodec focuses on tenant retention, property value-add in challenging market

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd October 2018 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Octodec has declared a 203.4c distribution a share for the financial year ended August 31, which is nearly unchanged from the 203.1c a share distribution reported for 2017. Net asset value per share also remained virtually unchanged at R29.39, compared... 

Calgro M3 remains committed to delivering shareholder value despite current challenges

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2018 In a period described by CEO Wikus Lategan as one of the most difficult ever experienced by the company, JSE-listed Calgro M3 posted revenue of R628.6-million for the six months ended August 31. Calgro M3 faced several major challenges, including uncertainty over the economy, coupled with... 

Congo sets deadline for plan on 11 000 MW hydropower plant

By: Bloomberg     22nd October 2018 The Democratic Republic of Congo gave two groups of investors a four-week deadline to submit a joint proposal on the development of the multibillion-dollar Inga 3 hydropower plant. The government signed an accord with Chinese and Spanish consortia this week to advance the 11 000 MW facility, the... 

Lucara to hold first sale through Clara digital sales platform

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2018 TSX-listed Lucara Diamond Corp will hold the first diamond sale through its 100%-owned digital sales platform, Clara Diamond Solutions, in November. It has invited a select group of large vertically integrated jewellery houses and global diamond manufacturers to participate in the sale. 

Bosnian government to help keep Aluminij smelter on power grid

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 A Bosnian regional government will help to keep aluminium smelter Aluminij Mostar running, a Minister said on Friday, after heavy debt brought it to the brink of closure. Management at Bosnia's sole aluminium smelter had called for the Bosniak-Croat Federation to intervene after the business was... 

Nhlanhla Nene resigns as MP 

By: News24Wire      19th October 2018 After falling on his sword as minister of finance, Nhlanhla Nene has also resigned as an MP, the African National Congress (ANC) confirmed on Friday. ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu's office received Nene's resignation letter on Friday. This follows Nene's testimony before the commission of... 

Sheffield warns of A$115m Thunderbird cost blowout

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th October 2018 Mineral sands developer Sheffield Resources has warned of a cost blow-out at its Thunderbird project, in Western Australia, of some A$115-million. The company on Friday said that the Stage 1 capital cost for the Thunderbird project was expected to be some A$463-million, compared with the... 

Kibo Energy says submits documents in bid for Tanzania coal to power project

By: African News Agency      19th October 2018 Africa-focused energy company Kibo said on Friday it had submitted its formal tender qualification document to the Tanzania Electricity Supply Company (Tanesco) for the Mbeya coal to power project, in line with the government’s new initiative to develop independent power projects. "Our visionary... 

Luxembourg Protocol can reshape African rail industry

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th October 2018 The adoption of the Luxembourg Protocol to the Cape Town Convention can be a solution to unlocking billions of dollars of investments from private investors into Africa’s rail industry. The new treaty, which will provide a Luxembourg-based central international registry of ownership of railway... 

Strategic economics in times of uncertainty

By: Saliem Fakir     19th October 2018 In his excellent three-volume work titled Wheels of Commerce, Fernand Braudel describes countries or city states as islands in a world economy. This is a reference to the interconnectedness of the world and our dependence on the  world economy. There are always places of gravity and attraction –... 

Supportive climate

By: Terence Creamer     19th October 2018 South Africans were naturally preoccupied on October 8 with whether or not Nhlanhla Nene’s offer to resign as Finance Minister would be accepted by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who subsequently appointed Tito Mboweni to the post. On that same day, however, representatives from 195 countries... 

M&A activity slowly increasing in Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th October 2018 Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity has been slower in South Africa, compared with prior years; however, other African countries have seen an increase in deals closed, said Hogan Lovells partner Sibongile Solombela at the firm’s Africa Forum conference held on Thursday. M&A activity is still... 

Wacker Neuson empowers customers with flexible financing solutions

18th October 2018 Wacker Neuson South Africa is adding value to its light, compact equipment and service portfolio with the introduction of an in-house financing solution to assist customers with the purchase of new, demo and used Wacker Neuson equipment. “This tailor-made financial solution confirms that our... 

Getting Africa fit for the future requires good governance – Africa Forum

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th October 2018 Law firm Hogan Lovells Africa head and partner Andrew Skipper on Thursday opened the firm’s Africa Forum conference by stating that, in Africa, there is a combination of optimism and scepticism, but stressed that the available opportunities were enormous. “Currency, corruption and certainty need... 

Africans fear trend towards levies on data, services

By: Reuters     18th October 2018 The brisk business Julius Kirya did from his cash transfer kiosk in the Ugandan capital has slowed right down with a new tax on mobile money. Many of his customers have returned to sending banknotes by hand, in some cases via motorbike taxi. How to tax digital revenues, from fintech to social... 

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa reaches financial close on biggest solar farm in west Africa

18th October 2018 Global law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright, has successfully closed the financing facilities on a 50MW solar PV plant in Sikasso, Mali for the first French green Independent Power Producer, Akuo Energy. The Kita solar farm is its first project to begin construction in Africa and is the largest in... 

Zambia's finance minister says new mining taxes will not hit operations

By: Reuters     18th October 2018 Mining companies operating in Zambia will still meet their operational costs even after the government imposes higher taxes in Africa's No.2 copper producer, its finance minister said on Wednesday. Zambia plans to introduce new mining duties, replace Value Added Tax with sales tax and increase... 

Strongbow unveils financing deal, still aiming for 2018 London listing

By: Mariaan Webb     17th October 2018 Strongbow Exploration, the company that is seeking to revive the South Crofty tin mine in Cornwall, south-west England, is still targeting a listing on London’s Aim exchange this year, president and CEO Richard Williams said on Wednesday, while announcing a financing and offtake agreement with... 

First electricity from Imaloto slated for 2021 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th October 2018 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals, parent company of coal and energy company Lemur Holdings, on Wednesday announced that the Imaloto project is on track to deliver electricity to south-western Madagascar by 2021. The Imaloto project is a developing integrated thermal coal mining and independent power... 

It’s a tough market out there and it’s not getting better, says CMH

By: Irma Venter     17th October 2018 It has been a challenging year for corporate South Africa, says Combined Motor Holdings (CMH). “The economy has suffered from the after-effects of years of corruption and mismanagement, [as well as] the ANC's recent pronouncement that it intends to amend the Constitution to allow land... 

Nigeria State oil company denies existence of $3.5bn fuel subsidy fund

By: Reuters     17th October 2018 Nigeria's State oil company on Wednesday denied parliament's accusation that it had a $3.5-billion fund to surreptitiously subsidise imports of gasoline. The upper house Senate said on Tuesday it would investigate the fund it said the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was using... 

Chile's State copper firm outlines lifeline plan for Salvador mine

By: Reuters     17th October 2018 Chile's State copper miner, Codelco, has submitted an environmental impact assessment of its plans to overhaul its aging Salvador deposit that would sharply increase its production and extend its life by 40 years. The Rajo Inca project would convert the existing mine, which has been in operation... 

Zambian mining group says tax changes will hit mineral exploration

By: Reuters     16th October 2018 Zambia's proposed mining tax increases will hit mineral exploration and production in Africa's second biggest copper producer, companies involved in exploration said on Tuesday. Zambia plans to introduce new mining duties, replace Value Added Tax with sales tax and increase royalties to help... 

Mboweni slams KPMG over role in VBS scandal

By: African News Agency      16th October 2018 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni on Tuesday condemned auditing firm KPMG for signing off on the financial statements of failed VBS Mutual Bank even though, according to a South African Reserve Bank report, it was clear that it had a shortfall of about R1-billion. "When you have a big auditing firm... 

Mboweni has received preliminary report on PIC 

By: African News Agency      16th October 2018 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni on Tuesday said he had received a preliminary report on the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), suggesting this would hasten the start date of an inquiry announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in August. "A preliminary report on the PIC was given to me by the deputy... 

SAB Foundation Social Innovation And Disability Empowerment Awards 2018 Winners Announced

16th October 2018 R12.5 million awarded to South Africa’s most promising social innovators. The 20 winners of the SAB Foundation Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards 2018 were announced on Thursday, 11 October 2018 at an awards event in Johannesburg. The first place winners took home more than R1... 

Treasury says recession, falling revenue dent public finances

By: Reuters     16th October 2018 South Africa will struggle to finance the public services that form the largest part of its budget due to falling revenues and an economic recession, the National Treasury told lawmakers on Tuesday. Africa's most industrialised economy slipped into recession in the second quarter for the first... 

CSIR seeks municipal partners for energy master plan pilot project 

By: Terence Creamer     16th October 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) aims to partner with a metropolitan council and a district municipality to compile pilot municipal energy master plans for electricity (MEMPs), which will provide the two councils with insight into the best electricity supply blends for... 

Long4Life appoints CFO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th October 2018 JSE-listed Long4Life has appointed Mireille Levenstein CFO, effective November 1. She will succeed Peter Riskowitz, who is retiring on October 31. 

Cradle Arc’s Thakadu mining licence extended to May 2020

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th October 2018 Aim-listed copper and gold miner Cradle Arc has been granted an extension on its mining licence by the Botswana Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security. The licence is now valid until May 31, 2020, and covers 28.5 km2, which includes the Thakadu openpit and adjacent... 

Premier to initiate legal action should RHA restructure not finalise by end-October

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th October 2018 Aim-listed Premier African Minerals CEO George Roach confirmed on Monday that the company would consider other legal processes to secure the remaining equity in the RHA tungsten mine, in which the company holds a 49% interest, should the equity restructuring process not be complete by the end of... 

NAIF takes a closer look at Sconi

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th October 2018 The Sconi cobalt/nickel/scandium project, in Queensland, will come under the microscope after the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) board indicated it would move to investigate the potential to provide support for the project. The NAIF provides access for up to A$5-billion of... 

Kazatomprom may sell 25% stake in London/Astana float

By: Reuters     15th October 2018 Kazakhstan's Kazatomprom, the world's biggest uranium producer, said it plans to float up to a 25% stake in an initial public offering (IPO) in London and Astana, but did not confirm whether the listing was still on track for this year. The global market for IPOs has been hit by recent turmoil... 

Seifsa elects ‘most transformed’ board to date

By: Simone Liedtke     15th October 2018 Arabela Holdings executive chairperson Elias Monage has been elected president of the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) and chairperson of its board of directors, with effect from October 12. Monage was elected president during Seifsa’s seventy-sixth annual... 

Huawei Releases FusionPower@Li-ion Series Large-Scale Data Center UPS Power Supply and Distribution Solution

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th October 2018 At HUAWEI CONNECT 2018, Huawei released the FusionPower@Li-ion Series Large-Scale Data Center uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and Distribution Solution based upon a reliable, intelligent lithium battery feature for global customers. With the increasing demand for high-performance technologies... 

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