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DOUBLE SPEAK

By: Darlene Creamer     20th April 2007 Just as South African business felt it had a bit more certainty on the whole area of black economic empowerment (BEE), given the release, earlier this year, by Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa, of the BEE codes of good practice, then comes another voice from government. South... 

DOUBLE SPEAK
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DOUBLE SPEAK

CONTRACT CUTTING

By: Darlene Creamer     13th April 2007 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Mines Minister Martin Kabwelulu has suspended new mining agreements until the old ones have been reviewed. New Katanga Governor Moise Katumbi has also been particularly scathing about some contracts and the expectation is that some may have to undergo extreme... 

CONTRACT CUTTING
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CONTRACT CUTTING

NO END-GAME IN SIGHT

By: Darlene Creamer     13th April 2007 The unanimous support given by the leaders of the Southern African Development Community to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe at a recent meeting had all the hallmarks of another great political tragedy, that of Nero, who was said to have played the fiddle while Rome was burning, during the... 

NO END-GAME IN SIGHT
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NO END-GAME IN SIGHT

MONOPOLY ABUSE

By: Darlene Creamer     6th April 2007 Mining companies Harmony Gold and DRDGold have flattened the steel-price skittle at the Competition Tribunal bowling alley in what some see as ‘one down, more to go’. Harmony’s Bernard Swanepoel estimates that a curtailing of Mittal South Africa’s super dominance could... 

MONOPOLY ABUSE
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MONOPOLY ABUSE

SLAYING ABUSE

By: Darlene Creamer     6th April 2007 The Competition Tribunal did not mince its words when ruling last week that Africa’s largest steel producer, Mittal Steel South Africa, had abused its ‘super dominance’ by charging South African consumers excessive prices. It described the steel company’s attempt to suggest that it had moved away... 

SLAYING ABUSE
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SLAYING ABUSE

CLEANING UP THE COAL ACT

By: Darlene Creamer     30th March 2007 German Chancellor Angela Merkel is anxious to set a 2020 clean-coal deadline at the G8 Summit in June; Australia’s Queensland premier Peter Beattie has been in Johannesburg with a ‘partner or perish’ clean-coal message, and ex-World Coal Institute chairpeson Roger Wicks concedes that the cost of... 

CLEANING UP THE COAL ACT
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CLEANING UP THE COAL ACT

SWELLING COSTS

By: Darlene Creamer     30th March 2007 There is increasing concern about the impact rising building-material costs are going to have on South Africa’s R400-billion-plus public investment drive, as well as on the affordability of private construction and building. The cost of just about everything from steel to cement to copper piping... 

Swelling Costs
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Swelling Costs

TURBULENT TAILSPIN

By: Darlene Creamer     23rd March 2007 Once known as the esteemed Roodepoort Rocket, DRDGold has degenerated into a paper plane in a tubulent tailspin. The continued airworthiness of the company which gets its initials from the old Durban Roodepoort Deep is being questioned at every turn, its share price losing 40% since the beginning... 

Turbulent Tailspin
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Turbulent Tailspin

PRICE-WAR COUCH POTATO

By: Darlene Creamer     23rd March 2007 While South Africa’s mobile network operators are engaging in something of a data-rate war, South Africa’s fixed-line phone firm, Telkom, announced recently that it would stop “drastic” price cuts for broadband access. Reuters reports that Telkom executives have indicated that, the longer it... 

PRICE-WAR COUCH POTATO
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PRICE-WAR COUCH POTATO

OFF GUARD

By: Darlene Creamer     16th March 2007 The decision of Italian-owned granite miner Marlin to sue the South African government in Washington is one that has caught many off guard. It seems that the South African government has signed more than 40 bilateral international treaties since coming into office in 1994 and that these afford... 

OFF GUARD
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OFF GUARD

COST PRESSURES

By: Darlene Creamer     16th March 2007 Across the South African economy, executives are warning of rising costs and looming cost pressures. It appears that input costs are boiling over, regardless of whether one is in the agricultural-processing sector, in the construction industry, or whether you are building a petrochemical project.... 

Costs
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Costs

DIAMOND DISPOSALS

By: Darlene Creamer     9th March 2007 De Beers is disposing of more of its diamond mines. Cullinan is up for sale as a going concern, along with parts of the Kimberley underground diamond mine. It’s a question of “getting smaller in order to get bigger”, with the company’s new global business model now value based, and no longer... 

DIAMOND DISPOSALS
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DIAMOND DISPOSALS

WINDFALL RIPPLES

By: Darlene Creamer     9th March 2007 A report into a proposed windfall tax on the South African oil and synthetic fuels industry was released by the National Treasury late last month, causing ripples in the markets. First, shares in coal-to-fuels producer Sasol took a knock, followed by the mining board as a whole, as it emerged... 

WINDFALL RIPPLES
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WINDFALL RIPPLES

SA GOING FISSION

By: Darlene Creamer     2nd March 2007 South Africa may have all but closed shop on its nuclear industry during the 1990s, but the global nuclear revival has led to a radical shift in thinking locally. It appears that there will soon be a nuclear-energy technology strategy presented for Cabinet approval, which will kick start the... 

SA GOING FISSION

NEW ‘CHEF’ IN ANGLO’S ‘KITCHEN’

By: Darlene Creamer     2nd March 2007 Anglo American plc’s kitchen has a new ‘chef’, as of yesterday. Mining Weekly cartoonist Darlene sees incoming Anglo CEO Cynthia Carroll as being faced with choices of adding essence of status quo or, perhaps, a more daring unbundling source, though few will get much out of her currently as she... 

NEW ‘CHEF’ IN ANGLO’S ‘KITCHEN’
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NEW ‘CHEF’ IN ANGLO’S ‘KITCHEN’

Hasten pace of transport reform before it crimps growth

14th October 2005 After being caught in peak-hour Pretoria-to-Johannesburg traffic for over two hours last week, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel sheepishly told the audience of businesspeople he had kept waiting that the biggest problem facing South Africa was “clearly that of transport”. 

Mineral rights rush

29th April 2005 Have you been phoned about the expected mineral-rights rush of May 3? It seems many have been. The use-or-lose imperatives of the new-order minerals rights reach a deadline on May 1. But because May 1 is a Sunday and May 2a holiday, there is a suggestion that May 3 will resemble one of those... 

From turkeys to tigres

29th April 2005 Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin is turning South Africa’s State-owned enterprises (SOEs) into tigers. There are signs of that bursting out all over. While Engineering News cartoonist Darlene may be a little harsh in branding the more successfulSOEs as turkeys – one thinks of... 

Landau wins for the environment

By: andrew lanham     11th March 2005 You can tell a lot about a mine simply by driving up to the front gate. 

Mass Delirium

28th May 2004 It is always remarkable to note how an invention becomes so integrally entwined with the culture of a society. 

Hunting season

5th October 2001 Hunting season appears to be upon the gold industry, with South African companies leading the charge. It can even be argued that Australia has emerged as the epicentre of the much-talked-of gold consolidation process. 

Blunder Down Under?

By: System Author     13th October 2000 Editorial 

The GFSA fray

By: System Author     29th September 2000 Editorial 

Always a sober buyer be

By: System Author     22nd September 2000 Editorial 

Advance a percent at a time

By: System Author     8th September 2000 Editorial 

Big, hairy audacious goals

By: System Author     1st September 2000 Editorial 

Really a co-op – Tony O

By: System Author     25th August 2000 Editorial 

Libanon retreats south

By: System Author     18th August 2000 Editorial 

Still in intensive care

By: System Author     4th August 2000 Editorial 

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