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Three named to En+ voting trust as Deripaska looks to reduce stakes

By: Reuters     18th January 2019 Russian conglomerate En+ Group on Friday named three Americans who will form a voting trust to help Oleg Deripaska reduce his stake in the company in exchange for a waiver from US sanctions. Deripaska has agreed to reduce his stake in London-listed En+ to 44.95% from 70% and assign any voting... 

Aussie coal junior claims discrimination in Poland

By: Mariaan Webb     18th January 2019 Australia-headquartered Prairie Mining, which focuses on coal projects in Poland, said on Friday that, as a foreign investor, it faced discriminatory treated in Poland, as its tussle with the Ministry of Environment (MoE) over the Debiensko mining concession dragged on. The company has applied... 

IEA sees oil demand growth defying economic slowdown for now

By: Bloomberg     18th January 2019 Global oil demand remains on course to be stronger this year than in 2018 as a boost from lower fuel prices counters slowing economic activity, according to the International Energy Agency. “We have seen prices fall very significantly since the peak at the beginning of October, and that is... 

Palladium hurtles through $1 400 as breakneck rally continues

By: Bloomberg     17th January 2019 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... 

Gold drilling demand ensures solid revenue, contracts for Capital Drilling

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2019 LSE-listed Capital Drilling exceeded the top end of its revenue guidance of $105-million to $115-million for 2018, on the back of a strong performance at its West African contracts. It earned $116-million in revenue.  

Chaarat extends Kapan closing date

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th January 2019 The closing date for the acquisition of the Kapan mine, in Armenia, has been extended to month-end, London-listed Chaarat reported on Wednesday. The $55-million transaction with fellow-listed Polymetal was meant to close on January 15, but will now close on January 31, owing to the “extended... 

Vedanta tells top English court pollution case should be heard in Zambia

By: Reuters     16th January 2019 Lawyers for Vedanta Resources told England's Supreme Court on Tuesday that a case raised against the mining company by nearly 2 000 Zambian villagers should be heard in Zambia not London. India-listed Vedanta, which delisted from London last year but maintains a legal base in Britain, is... 

Anglo American begins quest to unearth next CEO 

By: Reuters     15th January 2019 Anglo American has promoted a section head it considers to have CEO potential, focusing its attention on internal talent as it begins searching for a successor to the man who steered the mining company through the 2015/16 commodities price slump. CEO Mark Cutifani has won plaudits for his... 

KZN scores a hat-trick with top three EMSS School performers

15th January 2019 Engen have announced the top learners for 2018 who attended the Engen Maths & Science School (EMSS) programme, and revealed that the matric EMSS class of 2018 attained an impressive 93% pass rate against the national pass rate of 78.2%. The EMSS programme offers additional Maths, Science and... 

Opec+ plans review in Baku in March, Ministers' Meeting in April

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2019 Opec and its allies plan to hold a meeting in March to assess their oil-production accord in Azerbaijan, and then ministers will gather to set policy in April, according to the organization’s top official. The body that reviews the implementation of Opec’s supply cuts, the Joint Ministerial... 

Monster gold-mining deals pile pressure on those left behind

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2019 Mark Bristow’s tenure as boss of the world’s biggest gold miner might have been short-lived, but his message for smaller rivals just got even more pointed. “Holy camoly, I missed out on a great opportunity!” is how Bristow described anyone not involved in Barrick Gold’s purchase of Randgold... 

Russia's Alrosa returns to diamond exploration in Zimbabwe

By: Reuters     14th January 2019 Russian diamond giant Alrosa has set up a subsidiary in Zimbabwe to begin mining operations there, it said on Monday, more than two years after it shelved plans to expand into the southern African country. Alrosa, the world's largest diamond producer by output, started conducting geological... 

UK's nuclear future fades as Hitachi exit follows Toshiba  

By: Bloomberg     11th January 2019 Britain’s plan for a nuclear revival was thrown into disarray after the second Japanese company in as many months seemed to pull the plug on a new plant. The UK government has put atomic energy at the heart of its effort to attract 100-billion pounds ($130-billion) of investment to upgrade its... 

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... 

Kenmare meets production guidance for third consecutive year

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th January 2019 London-listed Kenmare Resources, which operates the Moma titanium minerals mine, in Mozambique, achieved its production guidance for a third consecutive year in 2018 – delivering 1.37-million tonnes of heavy minerals concentrate. The company produced 958 500 t of ilmenite and 48 400 t of primary... 

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... 

Acacia’s North Mara fined $130 000 for alleged environmental transgressions

By: Simone Liedtke     10th January 2019 London-listed Acacia Mining’s North Mara gold mine, in Tanzania, has received an environmental protection order (EPO) requiring the payment of a fine of $130 000, or TSh300-million. The EPO was issued in relation to alleged breaches of environmental regulations. 

May stares into Brexit abyss as Parliament takes control

By: Bloomberg     10th January 2019 Theresa May is openly contemplating a Brexit “Plan B” amid growing signs that the British Parliament will reject the deal she’s reached with the European Union and try to take charge of what happens next. On Wednesday, the prime minister suffered her second defeat in two days in the House of... 

Tanzania's Magufuli wants central bank to buy gold as part of its reserves

By: Reuters     10th January 2019 Tanzanian President John Magufuli said on Wednesday the central bank should start buying the country's gold to curb smuggling and build reserves to stabilise the currency. On Tuesday, Tanzania named its third mining minister since Magufuli was elected in 2015. The mining sector contributes around... 

Centamin output falls 13% y/y in ‘operationally challenged’ year 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th January 2019 Dual-listed Centamin produced 472 418 oz of gold in 2018 – a 13% year-on-year decrease. The company, which operates the Sukari mine, in Egypt, had, during 2018, revised its full-year guidance downward in response to operational challenges, including lower grades from the openpit in the first half... 

Intelsat joins GMSA to strengthen mobile connections

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th January 2019 Integrated satellite communications company Intelsat has become a full member of London-based association GMSA in an effort to build stronger working relationships and develop business models that accelerate the expansion of more powerful mobile networks. The association represents more than 750... 

Updated resource estimate significantly increases Landore’s BAM gold resource tonnages

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th January 2019 An updated mineral resource estimate on the BAM gold deposit at London-listed Landore Resources’ Junior Lake Property, in Ontario, Canada, has significantly increased the deposit’s gold resource to 28.83-million tonnes at 1.03 g/t gold for 951 000 oz of gold, including 20.20-million tonnes at... 

Ferrexpo expects production to remain flat in 2019

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th January 2019 London-listed Ferrexpo, which operates mines in the Ukraine, produced about 10.6-million tonnes of iron-ore pellets in 2018 – a 1.2% increase on the 10.4-million tonnes produced in 2017. In a trading update published on Tuesday, the company reported that pellet production for this year would be... 

SAA secures R3.5bn loan to keep operating until March  

By: News24Wire      8th January 2019 South Africans Airways (SAA) says it has secured the R3.5-billion loan it needed to keep operating until the end of the financial year in March, providing a temporary relief for the cash-strapped airline. The loss-making flag carrier, which is battling cash flow challenges, is implementing a... 

Rolls-Royce plans to launch all-electric aircraft in 2020

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th January 2019 Power systems provider Rolls-Royce is leading a highly specialised challenge of building the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft, which is planned to take flight in 2020 on the Welsh coastline. The zero-emissions plane is expected to travel at a target speed of more than 300 miles per hour... 

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. 

Congolese mining company leaves ITSCI certification scheme over cost

By: Reuters     7th January 2019 Congo's biggest miner of coltan, an ore that is the source of metals used in mobile phones, says it is leaving the ITSCI certification scheme, relied on by major companies as a guarantee that minerals are free from human rights abuses. Societe Miniere de Bisunzu (SMB), has given 30 days notice to... 

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... 

Barrick's new CEO says gold industry shake-up is just starting

By: Bloomberg     4th January 2019 Barrick Gold Corp.’s new chief executive officer has a message for the gold industry: This is just the start of a big shake-up. Barrick agreed to buy smaller rival Randgold Resources Ltd. in a $5.4-billion deal announced in September. As part of the agreement, Randgold’s CEO, Mark Bristow,... 

Imperial Metals hires BMO to speed up restructuring – sources

By: Reuters     15th December 2018 Canadian copper producer Imperial Metals has hired Bank of Montreal (BMO) to speed up a restructuring process that could include the sale of the company for up to $1-billion, two sources familiar with the matter said. Imperial Metals, backed by Canadian billionaire Murray Edwards, earlier this... 

Bulls lining up for gold means now may be a good time for silver

By: Bloomberg     14th December 2018 The recent bounce in gold has so far happened without a similar move in silver. That might be about to change, according to Saxo Bank A/S. Ole Hansen, head of commodity strategy at Saxo Bank, tracks the ratio of gold to silver and said the recent moves point in favor of higher silver prices. 

Miners find chicken-egg sized diamond in Canada's frozen north

By: Bloomberg     14th December 2018 The biggest diamond ever found in North America has been unearthed by Dominion Diamond Mines and Rio Tinto Group at a mine in Canada’s frozen north. The 552 ct yellow gem was found at the Diavik mine in the Northwest Territories, and is almost three times the size of the next largest stone ever... 

Guinea-focused Bellzone Mining goes bust

By: Mariaan Webb     14th December 2018 Guinea-focused iron-ore company Bellzone Mining has called in the liquidators after its largest shareholder and main backer Hudson Capital prevented it from raising any further equity and debt. The company previously warned that it would go bust if it could not secure a fresh injection of cash... 

Chaarat returns to Aim

By: Mariaan Webb     14th December 2018 Chaarat Gold’s share price fell sharply following its readmission to London’s Aim market on Friday, after an eight-month suspension under the exchange’s reverse takeover rules. The company’s ordinary shares resumed trading at 11:30 London time, and fell 16% to 20.25p a share just before midday. 

Davies to launch revised business process services incentive scheme

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th December 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies will, on Friday, launch the revised Global Business Process Services Incentive Scheme, while on a trip to London, in the UK. The launch of the revised incentive further supports and enhances South Africa’s value proposition, catalysing new investments... 

Barrick Gold eyes assets, exploration as it plots new phase 

By: Bloomberg     17th November 2018 Barrick Gold, soon to become the world's largest bullion miner, is interested in adding more copper assets as long as the red metal is accompanied by bullion, executives said on Friday. Barrick, which expects to complete its $6.1-billion takeover of Randgold Resources January 1, outlined plans... 

Barrick Gold aims to boost dividend in future – incoming CFO

By: Bloomberg     16th November 2018 Barrick Gold intends to grow future dividends via stronger operating cash flows, non-core asset sales and lower overhead and interest costs, the incoming CFO said in an investor presentation Friday. "The company has made it very clear that paying dividends will be a key deliverable and... 

Energy-saving lighting installed at Boxer DC

2nd November 2018 Magnet has added another energy-saving lighting installation to its repertoire, with the completion of an installation for the new Boxer Superstores distribution centre (DC) in East London, the company indicated in a statement in October. “Following the success of Magnet’s lighting installation... 

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