R/€ = 16.07 Change: -0.06
R/$ = 14.32 Change: -0.07
Au 1269.84 $/oz Change: -3.77
Pt 887.05 $/oz Change: -8.83


Transnet sets new weekly manganese record 

By: Simone Liedtke     8th April 2019 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail on Monday announced that it had achieved a new weekly throughput record of 335 812 t of manganese, beating its previous record by 6 362 t. The record was achieved in week two of the 2019/20 financial year and compares with a target of 290 794 t for that week. 

Iron-ore thunders higher as mine dams closed, exports collapse

By: Bloomberg     3rd April 2019 Iron-ore’s supply-driven rally picked up pace on Wednesday, with futures topping $90 a ton, amid increasing concern the crisis at Brazil’s Vale will be drawn out as regulators ordered dozens of dams to be shut. Futures for benchmark material rallied as much as 4.1% in Singapore, while spot ore... 

Resources have helped Australia return to Budget surplus

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd April 2019 The resources sector has assisted in pushing the federal government back into black, with Finance Minister Mathias Cormann on Tuesday reporting a surplus of A$7.1-billion. Cormann furthermore predicted a surplus of A$11-billion for 2020/21, a A$17.8-billion surplus for 2021/22 and a... 

HUD Mining Supplies

22nd March 2019 South Africa-based specialist manufacturer and supplier to the exploration and geotechnical drilling industries HUD Mining Supplies has over 70 years’ heritage and serves African and global markets from its modern manufacturing facility in Isando, Johannesburg. A global leader in diamond bit... 

Supply chain solutions offered to coal sector

15th March 2019 Supply chain solutions provider Makoya Group has celebrated a successful five-year relationship with heavy equipment supplier HPE Africa, the sole distributor of Hyundai construction equipment in South Africa, and has affirmed that the partnership has been integral in securing the company’s... 

Council sees potential in coal exports

15th March 2019 In its 2018 facts and figures pocketbook published last month, Minerals Council South Africa notes that South Africa has an annual coal export potential of 110-million tons compared with the 75-million tons currently being exported. This would not only increase investment by more than 10% to... 


15th March 2019 Crossroads is celebrating nearly 90 years of operations that puts it among the top firms serving customers’ logistics, supply chain and specialist requirements in Southern, East, and West Africa.  The now black-owned, Level 2 BBBEE business had humble beginnings when Joe Jowell turned his service... 

BHP crew applied brakes to wrong ore train before runaway crash

By: Bloomberg     12th March 2019 BHP Group’s runaway iron-ore train saga has taken another twist. A preliminary report into last year’s calamity in the remote Australian outback has found a rail maintenance crew sent to help the faulty freight train inadvertently worked on the wrong vehicle. 

Freight rates drop as more ships become available – Assore 

By: Martin Creamer     27th February 2019 Freight rates have dropped quite substantially since the iron-ore tailings dam tragedy in Brazil ,with more vessels becoming available, Assore CEO Charles Walters reports. Since the Brumadinho dam disaster, some 30-million tonnes of iron-ore supply have been withdrawn from the market. 

Transnet sets up war room to combat infrastructure-theft surge and line sabotage 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd February 2019 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has set up a war room together with the South Africa Police Service (SAPS) in a bid to deal with a surge in infrastructure theft, as well as recent acts of sabotage and vandalism on its key coal corridor from Ermelo, in Mpumalanga, to Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal. On... 

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