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London, other cities call for new petrol and diesel car ban to start earlier

By: Reuters     Updated 3 hours ago London Mayor Sadiq Khan and other city leaders from across Britain said on Monday a government plan to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol cars should be brought forward by ten years to 2030, in the latest push to improve air quality. Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative government said... 

The Israeli billionaire forcing Glencore to buck US sanctions

By: Bloomberg     16th June 2018 Not many billion-dollar companies would be willing to circumvent US sanctions for their business partner, but then few people are as powerful as Dan Gertler in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Gertler scored a victory when Glencore said on Friday that it would evade US sanctions to keep paying... 

Union wants answers as gaps left by SAX grounding are plugged

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th June 2018 South African Airways (SAA) has created an extended flight schedule to replace the capacity lost with the grounding of the SA Express airline by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). (This grounding was because of “severe cases of non-compliance that pose serious safety risks” found... 

Operation North Pole

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     15th June 2018 Once upon a time, I tell the youth, there was a world war called World War II. Germany and Italy were fighting the UK, France and the US. The Germans invaded and occupied France, Holland, Belgium and Norway. The British decided to disrupt the German occupation of France and Holland by parachuting... 

Fortune may defer Saskatchewan metals processing plant

By: Mariaan Webb     14th June 2018 Project developer Fortune Minerals may defer its planned metals processing plant near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and may opt to sell concentrates from the flagship Nico mine directly to third parties, the company said on Thursday. The London, Ontario-based company has approval for a $200-million... 

Illegal mining worth R7bn a year – PwC

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2018 The value of illegal mining and dealing of metals and diamonds in South Africa is estimated to be more than R7-billion a year, says PwC. In its latest edition of SA Mine, the professional services firm equates this to revenue generated from 430 000 oz of gold at the current market price. 

Germany's Heraeus to open $100m precious metals recycling plant in China

By: Reuters     14th June 2018 German technology group Heraeus will open a precious metals refinery and recycling plant in China in September to take advantage of the country's rising demand for platinum group metals. Heraeus has invested almost $100-million in the facility in Nanjing covering 84 000 square metres, which will... 

Mitsubishi pays $600m to up stake in Anglo American’s Peru copper project

By: Mariaan Webb     14th June 2018 Diversified miner Anglo American has agreed to sell another 21.9% equity interest in its Quellaveco copper project, Peru, to Mitsubishi, increasing the Japanese group’s interest in the project to 40%. Mitsubishi will pay $600-million for the additional interest in Quellaveco, implying a... 

Petra Diamonds shareholders back rights issue

By: Reuters     13th June 2018 Shareholders in mining company Petra Diamonds on Wednesday approved a rights issue to raise about $170-million to help cut its debt burden, driving the share price around 5% higher. The company, which has suffered setbacks in Tanzania as well as production delays and strikes, had said there was a... 

Congo's miners face harsh new reality as mining law finalised

By: Bloomberg     13th June 2018 The options for mining companies battling new legislation in the Democratic Republic of Congo -- Africa’s biggest copper producer and the source of two-thirds of the world’s cobalt -- have just about run out. After six months of lobbying, companies including Glencore and Randgold Resources have... 

China Inc takes another bite of Congo's copper mining riches

By: Bloomberg     12th June 2018 China is making another big bet on copper in the Democratic Republic of Congo, deepening its presence in a country that’s proved very difficult for Western business. Congo holds huge reserves of copper, but is also one of the hardest countries to navigate -- with problems with security,... 

'No sacred cows': SAA boss plans deep cuts

By: Reuters     11th June 2018 Six months into the job of running loss-making South African Airways, Vuyani Jarana is mapping out a punishing austerity plan. Jarana, who faces the daunting task of turning the flag carrier around, said layoffs and other cuts were unavoidable as he contends with a draining cost-to-income ratio... 

Chaarat plans to lead consolidation in CIS region

By: Mariaan Webb     11th June 2018 London-listed Chaarat Gold’s offer to take over Kyrgyzstan’s largest gold mine, Kumtor, is only “one of a number of potential deals” that the company is considering in former Soviet Union countries, chairperson Martin Andersson said on Monday, reaffirming the junior’s strategy of selective... 

Vale is said to reach $700m deal to sell cobalt output

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2018 Vale SA reached an agreement to sell future production of cobalt as battery makers look to shore up supply of the metal amid a nascent electric-vehicle boom, people with knowledge of the matter said. The deal is for about $700-million of cobalt produced at the Voisey’s Bay complex in Canada that... 

Coal rallies to six-year high as heatwave fires up China demand

By: Bloomberg     8th June 2018 The heat is on in the global coal market. Prices of Newcastle coal are at the highest level since 2012 after surging 24% since mid-April to $112.05 a metric ton on Thursday as China maintains robust demand during unseasonably hot weather. Despite measures imposed by the top user to cool soaring... 

From Upington to Durban, Incledon has South Africa covered

8th June 2018 With branches in every major South African city, leading quality fluid conveyance solutions provider Incledon has a formidable national footprint. This allows it to target many major water-infrastructure projects in the country at present. DPI Trading, a division of the larger national Incledon... 

SAA adds six flights a week to Johannesburg–East London route

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th June 2018 State-owned South African Airways (SAA) has added additional flights to the Eastern Cape to cater for business travelers between East London and Johannesburg.  

Lithium price may soften this year on ‘slight oversupply’ but EVs driving future optimism 

By: Henry Lazenby     8th June 2018 The lithium price might be in for a rough ride this year, as a supply response might overshoot what the market actually needs, London-based pricing intelligence firm Metal Bulletin’s head of research William Adams tells Mining Weekly in an interview. “We see a slight lithium surplus coming this... 

SAA chief executive dismisses calls for business rescue

By: African News Agency      7th June 2018 South African Airways (SAA) chief executive Vuyani Jarana on Thursday ruled out the possibility of the airline being placed under business rescue. "We believe we are already executing a recovery plan. We don't believe the plan [from business rescue practitioners] is going to be significantly... 

LME says plans to launch about 15 new contracts in January 2019

By: Reuters     7th June 2018 The London Metal Exchange (LME) plans to launch around 15 new contracts from next January, including cash-settled cobalt and hot-rolled coil steel contracts, an executive said on Wednesday. "We will put in place the technical capabilities by November and then we'll launch them from January,"... 

Gold market could put supply on blockchain as soon as next year

By: Bloomberg     6th June 2018 The gold market could start using the technology behind cryptocurrencies to track an almost-$200 billion supply chain as soon as next year. The London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) last week closed an invitation for submissions of ideas for how to track the metal as it’s dug out of remote... 

AgriProtein aims to break ground on R500m Gauteng fly factory in November

By: Irma Venter     6th June 2018 Waste-to-nutrient group AgriProtein aims to break ground on its second South African fly factory in November. AgriProtein rears fly larvae on organic waste and harvests the larvae to make natural, high-protein animal and fish feed products. 

LME says looking at expanding eligibility for Rusal metal

By: Reuters     5th June 2018 The London Metal Exchange (LME) is working to see if it can expand access to Rusal's aluminium, which is under suspension due to US sanctions, but the exchange needs to be cautious, Chief Executive Matthew Chamberlain said on Tuesday. "We are working very closely with all the parties involved to... 

ABM completes two auger programmes at DRC project

By: Simone Liedtke     5th June 2018 Aim-listed African Battery Metals (ABM), which has set its sights on becoming a significant explorer, developer and miner of battery minerals, has completed two auger programmes that collected soil samples at its 53 km2 Kisinka permit area, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). After... 

Emmerson raises cash for Moroccan potash project

By: Reuters     4th June 2018 Shares in Emmerson jumped more than 60% on their return to trade on Monday after the London-listed miner raised 6-million pounds ($8.04-million) by issuing 200-million new shares. The shares were halted last October when Emmerson became 100% owner of the Khemisset Potash Project in northern Morocco. 

Extended Hanwa offtake to underpin Sonora expansion

By: Mariaan Webb     4th June 2018 London-listed Bacanora has secured an in-principle undertaking from battery chemicals trader Hanwa to extend its lithium offtake agreement, which will underpin an expansion of the Sonora lithium project, in Mexico, to 35 000 t/y. The offtake agreement will be extended by another five years at a... 

Trump metal tariffs send corporate Canada reeling in disbelief

By: Bloomberg     2nd June 2018 To get a sense of the disbelief gripping Canadian manufacturers since the U.S. imposed metal import tariffs, have a chat with Marc Dutil. “I just want to scream,” the CEO of structural-steel maker Canam Group said Friday by phone. “All this is doing is creating uncertainty. It’s the last thing... 

Govt speaking with one voice on township economy

By: Sydney Majoko     1st June 2018 For a long time, successive governments in this country have struggled to characterised the township economy. It is not that they did not acknowledge the existence of the township economy; the reason is that this economy was not recognised as a standalone econopmy towards which funds could be... 

On-The-Air (01/06/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2018 Former Energy Director-General Nelisiwe Magubane this week called for clean coal technology to be introduced to stave off litigation; Vigorous new investment in junior mining is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of this year and The positive role platinum can play to clean the world’s air... 

Basotho’s affinity for South Africa

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     1st June 2018 One man’s meat is another man’s poison indeed. While scores of South Africans have emigrated to countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the UK over the past two decades-plus – citing all sorts of reasons, including concerns over safety and security – about half of Lesotho nationals... 

FibreCo increases Dark Fibre Resilience from Johannesburg to Durban, SEACOM and EASSy

31st May 2018 FibreCo went live on its open access dark fibre link along the N3 from Johannesburg to Durban including the subsea cable landing stations of SEACOM and EASSy on the east coast. SEACOM will be one of FibreCo’s first customers.  The N3, Johannesburg to Durban, is a strategic link for FibreCo... 

Fresnillo celebrates 10-year LSE anniversary

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st May 2018 Fresnillo, the world’s leading producer of silver and Mexico’s largest gold producer, on Thursday celebrated ten-years of being listed on the LSE. Fresnillo listed on the LSE following its spin-out from parent company Peñoles. 

Dundas vying to be the next large-scale Greenland mine

By: Mariaan Webb     31st May 2018 London- and Frankfurt-listed Bluejay Mining is set to bring into production the world’s highest-grade ilmenite project in 2019, feeding into the Greenland government’s target of opening five large-scale mines in the near term. The first of these five mines, Aappaluttoq, opened last year and is... 

Petropavlovsk requests Fincraft’s Mukazhanov's resignation

By: Mariaan Webb     31st May 2018 Gold miner Petropavlovsk has requested the resignation of Bektas Mukazhanov as a director, said the LSE-listed firm, which is under shareholder pressure for a management overhaul. Mukazhanov is employed by Petropavlovsk’s major shareholder, Fincraft Holdings, whose beneficial owner, Kazakh... 

SAA and partners filling the flight gap created by the grounding of SA Express

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th May 2018 South African Airways (SAA) announced on Wednesday an extended flight schedule to replace the capacity lost with the grounding of the SA Express airline by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). (This grounding was because of “severe cases of non-compliance that pose serious safety... 

‘There is no knowing where the change will end’ – analyst

By: Henry Lazenby     30th May 2018 The wave of change that the electrification of automobiles brings is moving beyond electric vehicles (EV) to the micro, artificial intelligence and autonomous mobility options, which should increasingly be brought into the outlook for the burgeoning market. “Big gambles and bold leadership does... 

Copper supply shock hits India as top plant ordered to close

By: Bloomberg     29th May 2018 India faces a copper supply shock after a state government ordered billionaire Anil Agarwal’s Vedanta to shut down a plant permanently following deadly protests in a move that will slash nationwide output and stoke demand for imports. The company’s shares fell. The Tamil Nadu government directed... 

Petropavlovsk asks UK regulators to investigate activist shareholders

By: Reuters     29th May 2018 Russian gold miner Petropavlovsk has asked British regulators to investigate the identity of shareholders pressing for an overhaul of the board only a year after a previous revolt forced change, sources close to the company said. The London-listed firm, which has underperformed peers for about... 

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