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Investors in SA need a long-term view

14th June 2019 The social, political and economic situation in South Africa is likely to become more turbulent in the short term to medium, and investors in the country need to take a long-term view, says analyst Dr Frans Cronje. The new government’s ‘New Dawn’ vision is stillborn and will not be sufficient to... 

Lake Charles Chemicals Project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     14th June 2019 Sasol subsidiary, Sasol Financing USA, has entered into new US dollar-denominated senior unsecured credit facilities comprising a $1.6-billion term loan facility and a $150-million revolving credit facility. 

Erratic weather boosts energy demand, denting climate goals – BP 

By: Reuters     11th June 2019 Extreme temperatures around the globe drove a sharp acceleration in energy demand and carbon emissions last year, oil giant BP said on Tuesday, issuing a stark warning that the world risks losing the battle against climate change. And while 2018 saw another sharp pick up in renewable power such... 

Rare earths giant Lynas to prioritise US military's needs, CEO says

By: Bloomberg     7th June 2019 The world’s largest rare-earth producer outside of China will prioritise the US military’s needs when it starts production at a plant it’s building in Texas, the company’s CEO said. While defence applications are small compared to commercial uses, the military has been successful in creating... 

Oil giants' chemical lifeline threatened by plastic-trash crisis

By: Bloomberg     6th June 2019 As the world strives to wean itself off fossil fuels, oil companies have been turning to plastic as the key to their future. Now even that’s looking overly optimistic. The global crackdown on plastic trash threatens to take a big chunk out of demand growth just as oil companies like Saudi Aramco... 

US report urges steps to reduce reliance on foreign critical minerals

By: Reuters     5th June 2019 The US Commerce Department on Tuesday recommended urgent steps to boost domestic production of rare earths and other critical minerals, warning that a halt in Chinese or Russian exports could cause "significant shocks" in global supply chains. The report includes 61 specific recommendations -... 

SA’s mega mission

By: Terence Creamer     31st May 2019 The ‘13 Minutes to the Moon’ podcast series being broadcast by the BBC World Service to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing holds several inspiration lessons for South Africa as the country seeks to recover from the devastating effects of the State-capture era. The first... 

Here are China's rivals in shipping rare earths to the US

By: Bloomberg     30th May 2019 US consumers of rare earths including makers of magnets used in electric vehicles, drones and robots are likely to scramble for supply of the minerals should China curb exports as the trade war deepens. Here’s a list of alternative exporters that American manufacturers may turn to for rare earth... 

Lake Charles Chemicals Project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     24th May 2019 Sasol has revised the cost of the project. 

Emira expands US portfolio with two equity investments

By: Simone Liedtke     16th May 2019 Emira Property Fund has made two further equity investments into grocery-anchored dominant shopping centres in Texas, in the US. Emira has now assembled a portfolio of eight value-focused retail centre assets in the US. 

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