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Read about Glencore’s DRC copper acquisition, Sasol’s new coal shaft and the escalating cost of Wesizwe’s mine in the African Mining Roundup

13th June 2012 This month's electronic report includes details of commodities trader Glencore’s takeover of the Mutanda copper operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo; Sasol Mining’s new R3.5-billion Thubelisha shaft at the Twistdraai colliery in Mpumalanga; and the cost of developing platinum company... 

Complexity of SA living

19th June 2009 South Africa’s notoriously high levels of violent crime are often cited as a key contributor to the decisions of those who choose to leave the country’s sunny shores. 

Global diamond market expected to worsen

5th June 2009 The diamond market is expected to worsen further as the market continues to feel the repercussions of the financial crisis, reports Creamer Media’s Research Channel Africa. 

SA electricity supply stable, but vulnerability remains

15th May 2009 In April 2009, Eskom’s CEO Jacob Maroga indicated that he did not foresee blackouts for the next 24 months. However, a day later, an incident at the utility’s Koeberg nuclear power station saw Unit 2 trip at a time when Unit 1 was already shut for refuelling and maintenance, once again raising... 

Electricity supply emergency revisited

15th May 2009 Until recently, South Africa had excess electricity generating capacity, owing to a period of overinvestment by electricity utility Eskom. However, this situation has come to an end, and the country is now in a position of needing to commission additional plants urgently. 

Investment critical to 
ensuring electricity 
supply security

15th May 2009 A key intervention aimed at alleviating South Africa’s electricity supply constraints is an aggressive investment and capacity expansion programme by State-owned power utility Eskom. 

Earnings and capital markets to fund electricity capex

15th May 2009 South African electricity utility Eskom intends to fund its massive investment programme partly through retained earnings, and partly through the capital markets, including bond issues. 

IPPs to relieve pressure on Eskom

15th May 2009 The private sector is expected to play an increasingly important role in the generation of electricity in South Africa in the coming years, with independent power producers (IPPs) intended to generate 30% of the additional power capacity required by the country. 

Distribution poses key threat to SA electricity supply

15th May 2009 The poor state of South Africa’s electricity distribution network has been identified as one of the greatest threats to electricity supply security in coming years. 

Some answers, but questions linger about the man likely to be SA's next President

3rd April 2009 Jacob Zuma is a man who seemingly inspires strong emotions in those around him. Love him or hate him, however, it seems only prudent to expect that, come the April elections, he will be South Africa's next president. With that in mind, it may seem wise to try to find out more about this man, and... 

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