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Flights are going to get a lot more bumpy, says new research

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2017 Flights all around the world could be encountering lots more turbulence in the future, according to the first ever global projections of in-flight bumpiness.   A new study published online in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, has calculated that climate... 

El Nino contributes to new high in carbon dioxide levels

By: News24Wire      16th October 2017 The amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) in our world is likely to top 410 parts per million (ppm) this year. The CO2 measured at the Mauna Loa Baseline Atmospheric Observatory in Hawaii hit 405.1 ppm in 2016 - an increase of 3 ppm over the previous year, marking five consecutive years of... 

Bunge shares jump after WSJ reports Glencore standstill agreement

By: Reuters     13th October 2017 Shares of US commodities trader Bunge surged on Friday after the Wall Street Journal reported that Glencore had a standstill agreement that temporarily prevents the Swiss company from making a hostile bid for Bunge. Bunge had rebuffed a takeover approach by Glencore in May. Speculation has... 

Cerro Pabellón geothermal power plant, Chile

By: Sheila Barradas     13th October 2017 Cerro Pabellón is the first geothermal power plant in South America and the world’s first large-scale facility of this kind to be built at 4 500 m above sea level.  

Even Stats SA could fall to State capture – Gordhan, Jonas 

By: News24Wire      12th October 2017 Statistics South Africa is not immune to the State capture project, former finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his former deputy Mcebisi Jonas said on Thursday. The warning comes as Statistician-General Pali Lehohla is set to step down in October, after 17 years in charge of Stats SA. 

Digitisation of nature presents huge opportunities - and some risks

     28th September 2017 By Simon Carpenter, Chief Technology Advisor at SAP Africa The field of bio-engineering is not new, despite its recent prominence: humans have been domesticating and selectively breeding animals since as far back as 12 000 BC. More recently, advances in technology have enabled genetic... 

Hedge fund Paulson & Co calls for joint shareholder action vs gold miners

By: Reuters     26th September 2017 New York-based Paulson & Co, led by longtime gold bull John Paulson, called on Tuesday for the world's biggest investors in gold-mining stocks to form a coalition to tackle miners' "dreadful" performance as it launched a blistering attack on the industry's track record. Speaking at the Denver... 

Russian nuclear giant joins scramble to supply electric-car boom

By: Bloomberg     20th September 2017 Russia’s State-owned nuclear corporation is joining the lithium rush. After a collapse in the price of uranium, Rosatom Corp. plans to start mining and trading the metal used in batteries as it seeks to profit from the rapid rise of electric vehicles. 

Goldplat sees growth opportunities at Ghana recovery business, Kenya mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2017 Aim-listed Goldplat expects growth in its recovery business to come from its Gold Recovery Ghana (GRG) subsidiary in the 2018 financial year. Goldplat, which on Monday released its results for the financial year ended June 30, noted the difficulty in procuring sufficient appropriate quality... 

Coal market boom casts bullish trajectory for Corsa as it prowls for M&A ops

By: Henry Lazenby     14th September 2017 Surprising as it may seem, coal demand is at an all-time high, with the current heydays spelling “good profits and rising margins” for several miners in this space, including US-focused Corsa Coal. The TSX-V-listed miner, which produces coal from six mines, has one development mine and operates... 

Master Drilling posts resilient interim results, continues technological innovation focus

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th September 2017 Two additional machines and the impact of favourable foreign-exchange movements have contributed to a 12.5% increase in JSE-listed drilling services provider Master Drilling’s revenue to $60.5-million for the six months ended June 30. The group added two raise-bore machines during the period... 

Alstom appoints MD for Southern Africa cluster

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st September 2017 Alstom has appointed Xavier Boisgontier MD of its Southern Africa cluster with effect from September 1. He will be based in Johannesburg. 


By: Zandile Mavuso     25th August 2017 South Africa-based self-lubricated polymer-bushing manufacturer VescoPlastics’ bushings continue to be ordered by a large manufacturer and supplier of trailer axles in the Asia-Pacific and Australia-New Zealand areas. 

Supplying lithium gets trickier as electric revolution looms 

By: Bloomberg     22nd August 2017 Hidden within the salt flats high in the Andes mountains of South America are vast deposits of the lithium that Elon Musk may need for his electric-car revolution. But extracting the mineral from brine ponds created by Orocobre has proved more difficult than expected. Bad weather and pump... 

Freeport-McMoRan redeems five series of senior notes

By: Henry Lazenby     18th August 2017 The world’s largest publicly traded copper producer Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) has redeemed five series of senior notes with a total value of $543-million. The Phoenix, Arizona-headquartered company advised that it had issued notices to redeem on September 18, with two series of FCX senior notes and... 

Integra Resources created to replicate Integra Gold’s success

By: Henry Lazenby     18th August 2017 Shell company Mag Copper has rebranded and appointed three former executives of Integra Gold, which was acquired by Eldorado Gold last month for C$590-million, to replicate the former company’s success elsewhere in the Americas. The company, to be rebranded Integra Resources, plans to acquire a... 

On-The-Air (11/08/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2017 Technology has been configured that will unleash another mining boom when implemented by the struggling mining industry; A massive 40% of the gold ore in South Africa’s rich gold basin is wastefully left behind because of outdated mining methods; and If platinum ore could be pre-sorted using... 

Electric car boom drives rush to mining's $90bn heartland

By: Bloomberg     7th August 2017 A scramble by the lithium market’s biggest players to tie up supply of the high-tech metal is gathering pace in the 170-year-old heartland of Australia’s $90- billion mining industry. Rising Chinese demand for lithium-ion batteries needed for electric vehicles and energy storage is driving... 

SADC needs to promote intra-bloc trade and South Africa should lead – OECD

By: Keith Campbell     4th August 2017 The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in its July 2017 survey of the South African economy, has urged South Africa to promote further economic integration within the Southern African Development Community (SADC). “SADC is already the largest export market and a major... 

SA-designed bakkie tailgate damper gaining traction in Australia

By: Dylan Slater     28th July 2017 The South African-designed and -manufactured bakkie tailgate damper EZDown is becoming increasingly popular and sought-after in the Australian utility-vehicle market.  

AR Controls acquires leading valve manufacturer

     21st July 2017 Valve and actuator technology manufacturer and supplier AR Controls of Vanderbijlpark has announced that it has acquired IncoValve and Controls. The latter will be established as a leading producer for a range of industries. IncoValve and Controls has worked closely with AR Controls to combine... 

Hold my hand, you silly girl

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     21st July 2017 On the November 26, 2011, I wrote: "After a recent tour, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba has said the December 2013 deadline for the Medupi power station, in Lephalale, Limpopo, to start delivering power still stands. 'I have no intention of allowing any delays to the target of December... 

Diamond output leap helps Anglo

By: Martin Creamer     20th July 2017 A sharp rise in rough diamond production at a time of stable diamond trading conditions has boosted diversified mining company Anglo American in the three months to June 30, when overall production was 8% up on a copper-equivalent basis. Rough diamond production increased by 36% to 8.7 million... 

Miners rewarded for improved capital discipline

By: Henry Lazenby     11th July 2017 Increased cash flows, merger and acquisition (M&A) activity and new debt issues have helped many of the world’s top miners strengthen their balance sheets in 2016, reflecting miners’ response to investor messages around capital discipline, according to new analysis from PwC Canada. "As the global... 

Manganese makes list of key tech metals heading for short supply

By: Martin Creamer     11th July 2017 Nothing can stop the proliferation of iPhones, solar panels and Teslas, except perhaps a shortage of key natural resources, comments the latest Fortune magazine, which puts manganese from South Africa on the list of crucial technology metals needed in the US. Fortune’s world map showing the... 

Advantage Lithium accelerates drilling at flagship Cauchari asset

By: Henry Lazenby     11th July 2017 Canadian explorer Advantage Lithium has added a second drill rig at its Cauchari joint-venture (JV) lithium property, located in the Cauchari Salar of Jujuy province, in north-west Argentina. The Vancouver-based company said on Monday that the second rotary drill rig has been mobilised and has... 

Angola Cables starts construction on Brazil data centre 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th July 2017 Multinational telecommunications company Angola Cables has started the construction of its South American data centre, located in Fortaleza, Brazil, connecting to the subsea Internet cable linking Africa to the Americas. The data centre will run two key routes – the South Atlantic Cable System... 

Strategic partners Minera Alamos, Osisko Gold Royalties asset hunting in LatAm

By: Henry Lazenby     8th July 2017 Empowered by its strategic investment partner Osisko Gold Royalties, Canadian explorer and project developer Minera Alamos is on the hunt for large contiguous mineralised blocks in Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America. “As markets continue to improve in the short term, we are aiming at putting... 

A long, relaxed look at wind farms

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     30th June 2017 About two years ago, I was travelling on a train from London to York. On the way I passed the Drax power station. Drax was built to fire coal but at the time it was burning imported wood chips, which, by some logic of a green fanatic, was better for the planet than burning coal. The fact that... 

High hopes for inaugural Investing in LatAm Mining Cumbre

     26th June 2017 Generalist and specialist investors are returning to the Latin American mining sector in large numbers, as they see the opportunity for returns re-emerging, content developer and presentation coordinator Mining Indaba director of content Harry Chapman tells Mining Weekly. The cusp of... 

South32 awards R158m coal contract to 100% black-owned mining firm 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd June 2017 Diversified mining company South32 has awarded a three-year, R158-million contract at the Wolvekrans Middelburg Complex to 100% black-owned Modi Mining, which aims to source up to 90% of its labour from the nearby communities. The award marks an advance on the ASX- and JSE-listed company’s plans... 

Trump 'has a point' on China's cheap aluminium, Glencore CEO says

By: Bloomberg     2nd June 2017 Donald Trump “has a point” in criticising China’s trade in aluminium and steel as cheap power has effectively been a subsidy to Chinese producers, said Glencore chief Ivan Glasenberg. Trump should be pragmatic in dealing with China, given that it imports a lot of US goods, said Glasenberg... 

Tharisa appoints new nonexecutive director

By: Anine Kilian     1st June 2017 LSE- and JSE-listed platinum group metals and chrome producer Tharisa has appointed Roger Davey as independent nonexecutive director, effective June 1. Davey holds an MSc in mineral production management from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London and an MSc in water resource... 

Weak economy continued to exact toll on new-vehicle sales in April

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 A tough economy and a slew of public holidays, meaning less selling days, both took their toll on domestic new-vehicle sales in April, which, at 34 956 units, were down 5 392 units compared with the same month last year. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that new... 

Vesco Plastics

By: Zandile Mavuso     12th May 2017 South Africa-based self-lubricated bearings and manufacturer VescoPlastics will be able to machine custom components faster and easier owing to the introduction of a new 5-axis computer-numerically-controlled (CNC) machining centre at its factory in Virginia, Free State. 

Saudi Arabia to host the Middle East’s first fly farm

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2017 The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is to host the Middle East’s first fly farm, following the completion of a licensing deal between Saudi technology hub Sajt and waste-to-nutrient group AgriProtein. The agreement signals the start of a new industry for the region, namely the commercial-scale... 

K+S officially opens $4.6bn Saskatchewan mine, renames it ‘Bethune’

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd May 2017 Germany's K+S Potash Canada has opened its $4.6-billion new Legacy potash mine, in Saskatchewan, marking the handover of the mine to the operations team. The company stated on Tuesday that the five-year construction phase was successfully completed and the first tonne of marketable potash was... 

New-vehicle sales tumble as economy, politics bite

     2nd May 2017 A tough economy and a slew of public holidays, meaning less selling days, both took their toll on domestic new-vehicle sales in April, which, at 34 956 units, were down 5 392 units compared with the same month last year. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Tuesday... 

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