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Lone US rare-earth miner target of China tariffs, CEO says

By: Bloomberg     13th May 2019 The only US rare earths miner is crying foul over China’s decision to raise tariffs on American shipments of raw materials used in electric vehicles. MP Materials – once the world’s biggest producer of rare-earth materials – exports 3 000 to 4 000 metric tons of concentrates to the Asian nation... 

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. 

China slams province for failing to curb polluting industries

By: Reuters     23rd April 2019 China's environment ministry reprimanded provincial officials in Shandong, the country's biggest aluminium producing province, for failing to comply with policies to cut coal consumption and curb the growth of highly polluting aluminium output. Shandong has been a key part of China's efforts to... 

Woodside holds firm in the March quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th April 2019 Oil and gas major Woodside has reported steady production in the three months to March, compared with the previous corresponding period, with revenues rising 4%. Woodside on Thursday reported a production of 21.7-million barrels of oil equivalent, compared with the 22.1-million barrels in the... 

RBR welcomes Chevron’s reported plan for Mozambique LNG project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th April 2019 RBR Group expects to benefit from Chevron Corporation’s plans to proceed with the proposed Area 1 liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, in Mozambique. It was announced last week that Chevron would acquire Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, which is the operator of the Area 1 LNG project, for... 

Tiffany training Africans to cut diamonds sourced from the region

By: Bloomberg     15th April 2019 Tiffany & Co has been expanding its workforce in sub-Saharan Africa – a region of almost one billion people where the jewellery giant does not have a single store. More than a quarter of the New York-based company’s 1 500 global diamond cutters and polishers are now based in Africa, CEO... 

Hydrogen and platinum at centre of climate change solution – Anglo    

By: Martin Creamer     11th April 2019 Hydrogen is at the centre of the solution to climate change and platinum, in turn, is at the centre of hydrogen, London-based Anglo American executive head of market development Benny Oeyen emphasised when he spoke to Mining Weekly Online on the sidelines of this week’s Platinum Group Metals... 

First Cobalt targets Canada plant restart within 2 years – CEO

By: Reuters     10th April 2019 First Cobalt aims to restart an idled cobalt refinery in Canada within two years and is in talks to supply the battery-grade product to four leading automakers, CEO Trent Mell said on Wednesday. The Toronto-based company is planning a $30-million revamp of the plant, located in the appropriately... 

Max disaster pits Boeing against Ethiopia's prized carrier

By: Bloomberg     4th April 2019 African air disasters always used to lead to the same conclusion – with the airline blamed for poor maintenance, ancient planes or poorly trained pilots, and often a combination of all three. But when an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed near Addis Ababa last month, a curious thing happened:... 

Ganfeng boosts stake in Argentina lithium project

By: Reuters     2nd April 2019 China's Ganfeng Lithium Co said on Monday it would spend $160-million to boost its ownership stake in an Argentina lithium project with Lithium Americas, part of a plan to solidify its access to the white metal used to make electric vehicle batteries. The deal, which must still be approved by... 

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