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Trade tensions put global economic growth on a 'subpar' setting

By: Bloomberg     21st May 2019 Trade tensions have derailed the global economy, plunging it onto a low-growth track that’s clouded by risks, according to the OECD’s latest outlook. The report sticks to the gloomy tone long held by the Paris-based organization, which has warned that trade disruptions could ricochet throughout... 

New skills needed for people to succeed in the 4IR workplace 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th May 2019 As the world continues to evolve and adapt to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), education is no longer the only requirement for success in the workplace. Skills such as communication, learning, attitude and emotional intelligence have also become important, economist Mike Schüssler said... 

Power Africa moves towards its goal of bringing more energy to the continent

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2019 Power Africa, which was launched by former US President Barack Obama six years ago, is working towards its target of providing energy access to an additional 60-million new homes and businesses and adding 30 000 MW of cleaner, more efficient electricity generation capacity on the African... 

Copper production in Peru, Panama to offset lower output in Indonesia, Zambia

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th May 2019 After having grown by 2.5% in 2018, global copper production is expected to remain essentially unchanged this year, but will grow by 1.9% in 2020, the International Copper Study Group (ICSG) said in its ‘Copper Market Forecast for 2019/20’, released on Monday. ICSG met with global copper... 

Anadarko says to supply Mozambique LNG to Japan's JERA, Taiwan's CPC 

By: Reuters     13th May 2019 Anadarko Petroleum said on Monday that a unit it jointly owns which markets gas from Mozambique has signed a long-term deal to supply liquefied natural gas to Japan's JERA and Taiwan's CPC. This is its first long-term deal to be announced since the US independent energy group said late last week... 

Rising demand for versatile mini cranes

By: Schalk Burger     10th May 2019 There is growing demand for the versatile and compact Unic Spider Mini Cranes in South Africa’s construction and mining sectors, says local distributor B & B Group CEO Bob Fogg. The cranes range from 1 t to 10 t cranes, and many are small enough to fit through doors and into confined construction... 

Rio Tinto shipping more aluminium to Europe as US demand slows

By: Reuters     9th May 2019 Rio Tinto has begun shipping more aluminium to markets like Europe to offset slowing demand from the US partly caused by the trade dispute between China and the US, CEO Jean-Sébastien Jacques said on Thursday. Jacques said that demand for Rio Tinto's products had not been impacted by the... 

Coal exports continue to drive Qld economy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th May 2019 Coal has continued to drive exports in Queensland, with the state government this week reporting an increase of 18.4% in the value of exports, which reached A$84.3-billion in the 12 months to March. “Yet again the value of Queensland’s merchandise exports over the year are larger than NSW and... 

SAA launches direct service to Guangzhou, China

By: Simone Liedtke     6th May 2019 State-owned airline South African Airways will start direct flights between Johannesburg and Guangzhou, China, on September 18. Giving customers access to the heart of China’s export-led manufacturing industries is another part of the airline’s strategy of enhancing its route network. 

Arctic nations to meet amid tensions over environment, resources

By: Reuters     6th May 2019 Top diplomats from the US, Russia and other nations which border the Arctic meet in Finland on Monday to discuss policies governing the polar region, as tensions grow over how to deal with global warming and access to mineral wealth. Countries have been scrambling to claim territory or, like... 

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