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New Eskom strategy to include pan-African expansion roadmap

By: Terence Creamer     25th September 2018 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has confirmed that its new strategy, which will involve far-reaching changes to its business model, will seek to position the company for opportunities arising in the rest of Africa. “Growth opportunities for Eskom are not restricted to South Africa. To grow... 

Ramaphosa aims to crowd in private resources for infrastructure fund

By: Terence Creamer     21st September 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed the creation of a public-private infrastructure fund at the heart of an economic stimulus and recovery plan, otherwise constrained by South Africa’s serious fiscal constraints. In unveiling the plan during a briefing at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on... 

Ramaphosa moves to revitalise mining, create certainty

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2018 It is imperative that South Africa restores investment and exploration levels in the mining sector as mining and mineral beneficiation activities have significant potential to drive long term growth, exports and job growth, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his economic stimulus and recovery plan... 

South Africa to reallocate R50bn of budget to revive economy – Ramaphosa

By: Reuters     21st September 2018 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a raft of policy reform plans on Friday, including re-prioritising R50-billion ($3.5-billion) of public spending to boost economic growth and create jobs. Africa's most industrialised economy entered recession in the second quarter for the first... 

Fuel cell parts manufacturer ready to commission plant

By: Donald Makhafola     21st September 2018 Fuel cell components manufacturer Isondo Precious Metals (IPM) hopes to commission its platinum-containing membrane electrode assembly (MEA) manufacturing plant in the upcoming months, pending the finalisation of the balance of funding. The state-of-the-art MEA manufacturing technology plant from... 

Manufacturer ready to commission plant

By: Donald Makhafola     21st September 2018 Fuel cell components manufacturer Isondo Precious Metals (IPM) hopes to commission its platinum-containing membrane electrode assembly (MEA) manufacturing plant in the upcoming months, pending the finalisation of the balance of funding. The state-of-the-art MEA manufacturing technology plant from... 

India working on mechanism to check gold imports without customs duty hike

By: Ajoy K Das     19th September 2018 The Indian government is mulling measures to curb gold imports without having to increase import duties to rein in its rising current account deficit and rapidly depreciating rupee. Sources say that increasing import duty on gold to 12% or 13% from the current rate of 10% will be the last option... 

NAIF approves A$95m loan for Sheffield’s Thunderbird

By: Mariaan Webb     19th September 2018 The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) is backing the Thunderbird mineral sands project, in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, through a A$95-million loan, ASX-listed Sheffield Resources announced on Wednesday. The NAIF loan comprises a A$30-million project development... 

Coal exports from top shipper hobbled with miners facing constraints

By: Bloomberg     19th September 2018 Coal exports from Indonesia will be restrained this year, which could frustrate a plan by the government to ease a burgeoning trade deficit while keeping prices elevated, according to an industry group. Producers in the world’s largest shipper face an order backlog of 18 months as they aren’t... 

CEO Initiative to support government’s investor outreach at October summit

By: Terence Creamer     18th September 2018 The CEO Initiative is putting its weight behind President Cyril Ramaphosa’s plans for increasing levels of investment and stimulating growth in the recession-afflicted South African economy. The CEO Initiative draws in business leaders from various sectors and rose to prominence during Pravin... 

Botswana trims growth prospects, sees wider budget deficits

By: Reuters     18th September 2018 Botswana's economy is expected to expand by 4.5% this year, down from an estimate in February of 5.3%, the finance ministry said on Tuesday at a 2019 budget conference. A senior official in the diamond-producing southern African nation’s economy said the government expects an optimistic medium... 

Universal Coal shares jump on takeover proposal

By: Mariaan Webb     18th September 2018 Australia-listed coal miner Universal Coal on Tuesday confirmed that it had received a conditional, nonbinding offer from a consortium of investors, led by South African mining finance and private equity firm Ata Resources. Ata is proposing a cash offer of A$0.35 a share for Universal and... 

On-The-Air (14/09/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2018 South African mining companies are entering an exciting new era of close collaboration with the governments of South Africa and Zimbabwe; Gold mining, which was once the darling of the investor community, are now battling to raise even low levels of capital; and Australia is proving to the world... 

Growing demand for synthetics not a threat to natural diamonds

By: Nadine James     14th September 2018 Although the global diamond market is currently worth about $87-billion, laboratory-grown diamonds only constitute 2% of that market, or $1.9-billion, says New York-based independent diamond analyst Paul Zimnisky. While the laboratory-grown diamond jewellery market is forecast to grow to about... 

Lundin Mining has hefty M&A appetite for copper, says incoming CEO

By: Reuters     14th September 2018 Canada's Lundin Mining is on the hunt for copper mines and projects and willing to spend up to $3-billion on mergers and acquisitions, its incoming CEO said in an interview on Thursday. But Lundin will stick with its strategy of disciplined bids and a focus on low-risk jurisdictions, Marie... 

First Quantum commends stability of Zambian mining policies

By: Paige Müller     14th September 2018 Global mining company First Quantum Minerals has complimented the Zambian government for the recent stability of the nation’s mining tax and royalty regime, which – if it continues – may increase investor confidence. Moreover, First Quantum head of government affairs John Gladston commends... 

Growing demand for synthetics not a threat to natural diamonds

By: Nadine James     14th September 2018 Although the global diamond market is currently worth about $87-billion, laboratory-grown diamonds only constitute 2% of that market, or $1.9-billion, says New York-based independent diamond analyst Paul Zimnisky. While the laboratory-grown diamond jewellery market is forecast to grow to about... 

Strong new collaboration with governments of South Africa, Zimbabwe – Implats 

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2018 Platinum mining company Impala Platinum (Implats), which is collaborating closely with the South African government to preserve jobs at the heavily lossmaking Impala Rustenburg operation, is also working in very close cooperation with the government of Zimbabwe, where it has secured major tax... 

India's steel minister wants import duty on coking coal scrapped

By: Reuters     13th September 2018 India's steel minister said on Thursday he wanted the finance ministry to scrap the 2.5% duty on imports of coking coal, a key steelmaking raw material, to limit input costs. "We are pursuing a cut," Chaudhary Birender Singh told reporters. "We want to make it zero. It cannot be 2.5% to 2%." 

Katoro expects Kibo Nickel acquisition to close soon, mining licence for Imweru pending

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th September 2018 Aim-listed Katoro Gold had an active six months to June 30, with the continued development of the Imweru gold project, in Tanzania, and diversifying its portfolio with the acquisition of Kibo Nickel. The company expects the Kibo transaction to be completed shortly, which will give Katoro access... 

Prospect secures $10m more for Zimbabwe project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th September 2018 Lithium developer Prospect Resources has secured a $10-million export finance facility from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, which the company said will be used to meet development costs for its Arcadia lithium mine. The facility, which was issued to Prospect’s Zimbabwean subsidiary, will have a... 

Congo mining revenues triple in H1; oil revenues fall by a third

By: Reuters     10th September 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo's revenues from its mining sector nearly tripled in the first half of 2018 over the same period last year to $864.61-million, the finance ministry said. Revenues from the hydrocarbons sector, however, declined by a third to $67.75-million, the ministry said in a... 

Ghana on hook for $2bn China deal if bauxite plan stalls

By: Bloomberg     10th September 2018 Ghana will have to use alternative sources to pay back China’s Sinohydro Corp. for $2-billion in infrastructure if the revenue from an earmarked bauxite project is insufficient to meet installments. Sinohydro agreed to a deal with the West African nation in May to build bridges, roads, hospitals... 

Orion completes Dalradian acquisition

By: Mariaan Webb     10th September 2018 Dalradian Resources, the developer of the Curraghinalt gold project, in Northern Ireland, is set to be delisted from the TSX after the end of trading on Monday, following the completion of a takeover by Orion Mine Finance. The company’s stock was cancelled from admission to trading on Aim by... 

Eureka gold mine to restart production in H1 2019

By: Simone Liedtke     7th September 2018 Aim-listed Vast Resources hopes to restart production at the Zimbabwe-based Eureka gold mine, in which the company’s 25%-owned Dallaglio Investments holds a 95% interest, in the first half of 2019. Multiple work programmes are currently being undertaken at Eureka to restore the mine to... 

European Lithium raises funds to advance DFS

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th September 2018 ASX-listed European Lithium has secured a finance facility of up to A$10-million to fast-track the completion of a definitive feasibility study (DFS) on its Wolfsberg lithium project, in Austria. “Securing the funding provides the company an opportunity to fast-track completion of the DFS with... 

Zambia seen considering higher mine taxes to trim Budget gap

By: Bloomberg     6th September 2018 Zambia plans to trim its fiscal deficit next year even as Africa’s second-biggest copper producer boosts spending. It may be considering raising mine taxes to achieve that, according to analysts. The Finance Ministry is targeting a budget shortfall of 6.5% of gross domestic product next year,... 

Consolidated Zinc starts mining in Mexico

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th September 2018 ASX-listed Consolidated Zinc will immediately start mining at its Plomosas zinc/lead/silver project, in Mexico, after inking a processing and offtake agreement with Grupo Mexico. Under the terms of the agreement, Grupo Mexico will process Plomosas ore through its plant at Santa Eulalia, and sell... 

Neo Lithium in talks for $490m Argentine mine venture

By: Bloomberg     5th September 2018 Neo Lithium is negotiating a $490-million deal to finance development of a mine in Argentina as the Toronto-based penny stock looks to tap a nascent lithium boom in the South American country. Shares rose. The company is in talks with would-be US, European and Asian joint-venture partners for... 

Putin wants big business to spend $120bn to revive economy

By: Bloomberg     3rd September 2018 The Kremlin is leaning on Russia’s oligarchs to spend $120-billion on new investments by the end of Vladimir Putin’s term after shelving plans to hike taxes on big business. That’s an increase of 15% to 20% and part of the Russian leader’s plan to take overall investment to a quarter of gross... 

Mcebisi Jonas, Jean Nel join Northam board

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd September 2018 JSE-listed platinum group metals miner Northam Platinum has appointed Mcebisi Jonas and Jean Nel independent nonexecutive directors, effective November 6. Jonas served as Deputy Finance Minister from 2014 to 2017 and was a member of the National Assembly until April 2017. 

Shareholders approve Dalradian takeover

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd September 2018 Shareholders in dual-listed Dalradian Resources have voted in favour of a takeover by private equity firm Orion Mine Finance, paving the way for the transaction to close by the end of this week. Shareholders will receive C$1.47 a share for their interest in Dalradian, which is developing a... 

Zijin Mining to take stake in Serbian copper complex

By: Reuters     31st August 2018 China's Zijin Mining has won the tender to become a strategic partner in Serbia's sole copper complex RTB Bor, pledging to invest $1.26-billion in return for 63% stake, Energy Minister Aleksandar Antic said on Friday. The company also pledged a further $200-million to settle RTB Bor's debt, the... 

Trudeau’s grand bargain unravels after Alberta nixes carbon plan

By: Bloomberg     31st August 2018 Canada’s precarious relationship with its vast oil riches flared up again Thursday after a federal court struck down Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s approval of a key pipeline, reviving fears about the country’s ability to get its resources to market. While the government pledged to press ahead... 

Diamond sector must do more to tackle transparency challenge – rights groups

By: Anine Kilian     31st August 2018 The diamond industry continues to be tainted by links between diamonds and human rights abuses, conflict finance and corruption. This is according to Global Witness conflict resources campaign leader Michael Gibb, who notes that, although the diamond industry is not the only sector facing these... 

UK-based gold miner secures local investors for its Ethiopian project

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st August 2018 London AIM-listed gold exploration and development company KEFI Minerals has announced that has signed a Detailed Heads of Agreement with investors in Ethiopia, for the latter to take a significant (but minority) stake in KEFI subsidiary Tulu Kapi Gold Mines Share Company Limited (TKGM), which is... 

Diamond sector must do more to tackle transparency challenge – rights groups

By: Anine Kilian     31st August 2018 The diamond industry continues to be tainted by links between diamonds and human rights abuses, conflict finance and corruption. This is according to Global Witness conflict resources campaign leader Michael Gibb, who notes that, although the diamond industry is not the only sector facing these... 

Orosur in ‘difficult’ financial position, shuts Uruguay mine

By: Mariaan Webb     30th August 2018 Dual-listed Orosur Mining has swung to a pretax loss of $27.18-million in the 2018 financial year, as the closing down of its operations in Uruguay, following lower-than-expected grades at its San Gregorio (SG) underground mine, put the company in a “difficult” financial position. The loss... 

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