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Hope for SA economy: Thinking ahead to Fourth Industrial Automation technologies

Updated 1 hour 8 minutes ago South Africa’s economy may be nearing the end of its slump, and could start showing stronger growth by 2021/22, says leading economist  After years of slow grow, South Africa may be over the worst, and could start seeing growth by 2021/22. This is according to leading economist Mike Schüssler,... 

Sibanye keeps option to increase Lonmin offer against rival bid 

By: Bloomberg     20th May 2019 Sibanye Gold reiterated that its increased offer for Lonmin Plc is final, but kept its option open to sweeten the deal for the platinum producer should a rival bid emerge. While its current offer “is final and will not be increased", the company “reserves the right to set aside the no increase... 

Traka accelerates expansion into wider African markets

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2019 Leveraging on almost two decades of experience in South Africa, and a presence in a further six African countries, networked key and equipment management solutions company Traka Africa announces an acceleration in their growth strategy. It plans to open new operations or expand more widely in... 

Researchers see manganese helping fuel cells down cost curve 

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2019 A new manganese-containing material may contribute to platinum-using hydrogen fuel cells being driven down the cost curve. The new material, made from manganese hydride, is being earmarked for use in molecular sieves that work with the fuel cells in hydrogen fuelled systems that generate... 

Amplats dismisses half of Mototolo’s underground employees amid unprotected strike 

By: Simone Liedtke     20th May 2019 Platinum miner Anglo American Platinum, headed by Chris Griffith, has dismissed half of the Mototolo mine’s underground employees amid an unprotected strike, but has given the dismissed employees until May 21 to appeal the decision. Employees at the mine affiliated with the General Industrial... 

Palladium boom gives South African miners only temporary reprieve

By: Reuters     17th May 2019 A surge in palladium prices has thrown struggling South African mining companies a lifeline. But it may not be enough. Besides patchy power supplies and high labour costs, South African miners are saddled with ore that typically produces twice as much platinum as palladium - just at a time a... 

Amplats considers sale of Twickenham and Bokoni mines – CEO

By: Reuters     17th May 2019 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) is contemplating the sale of its Bokoni and Twickenham mines in South Africa, a move which would mostly complete the group's divestment strategy, its chief executive told Reuters. The precious metals producer has sold many of its mines as it pivots from the... 

Sibanye, Lonmin merger enters final stretch as AMCU appeal is dismissed 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th May 2019 The Competition Appeal Court of South Africa (CACSA) on Friday gave the green light for JSE- and NYSE-listed Sibanye-Stillwater’s proposed takeover of LSE- and JSE-listed Lonmin, dismissing an appeal filed by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union. CACSA upheld the Competition... 

On-The-Air (17/05/2019) 

By: Martin Creamer     17th May 2019 The decision of the Energy Minister Jeff Radebe to free up electricity generation is just what the South African economy needs at the moment. Zimbabwe has found the electricity to open a brand new platinum smelter, which was officially launched yesterday. A top economist this week called on all... 

Sibanye wins final go-ahead for Lonmin deal

By: Reuters     17th May 2019 Competition Appeal Court on Friday gave the green light to Sibanye-Stillwater's takeover of Lonmin in a deal that aims to create the world's second-largest platinum producer. Lonmin's biggest mining union, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, filed an appeal to try to block the... 

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