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SAWEA says renewables sector has proven its capacity to contribute to South Africa’s development
Published: 22 Feb 19
South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) CEO Brenda Martin on Friday asserted that the renewables sector has proven its capacity to take on upfront risk and to contribute to broader national development objectives such as job creation, social development and providing new opportunities for economic ownership. In response to a statement issued by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), issued on Thursday, in which the union expressed its opposition to renewable independent power producers (IPPs) and the proposed unbundling of Eskom, Martin pointed out that the “renewable energy sector is currently four times more employment-intensive than the country’s coal and nuclear sectors, as confirmed by the Department of Energy”.
BlueRock sells two D-colour Kareevlei diamonds
Published: 22 Feb 19
Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds has sold the 8.97 ct diamond and the 16.28 ct diamond, that it recovered earlier this month at its Kareevlei diamond mine, in the Kimberley region of South Africa. The 8.97 ct diamond achieved a price of $8 306/ct, valuing it at $74 513, while the 16.28 ct diamond sold for $4 849/ct, valuing it at $78 947.
Boards with independent directors outperform those without independent directors – survey
Published: 22 Feb 19
A survey undertaken by Sirdar Group has found that boards with at least one independent director are outperforming boards without one and that independent directors seem to be essential to keeping a good balance of power among the board. Sirdar earlier this year launched in-depth survey-based research, collecting crucial data from board members of privately-held and family businesses across Africa for analysis.
S Africa’s turning point dependent on Budget implementation, policy certainty
Published: 22 Feb 19
Despite Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s delivery of the Budget earlier this week having been “fair from a numbers perspective”, the difficulty remains in the implementation of the Budget, Sigma Capital executive chairperson Phuti Mahanyele said during a panel discussion on Friday. According to Mahanyele, “it is one thing to have the numbers and to have the intent”, but having the right resources and ensuring implementation remains a vital factor.
Water deal crucial for Kenya oil project might slip into Q3 – Tullow
Published: 22 Feb 19
A deal with local Kenyan authorities that would allow Tullow Oil to pump water to pressurise oil wells, crucial for a final green light for the country's only oil project, may be delayed to the third quarter, a Tullow executive said on Friday. Tullow, with partners Total and Africa Oil, is working towards a final investment decision (FID) by year-end and had hoped the water deal would be reached by mid-year, Tullow's Kenya Managing Director Martin Mbogo said.
Tongaat shares drop after profit warning
Published: 22 Feb 19
Tongaat Hulett on Friday warned of a headline earnings loss for the year to March 31, sending shares in the sugar producer down 12.3% at 1308 GMT. It reported a profit of R617-million the previous year.
DEA to undertake R7m water quality testing project in PE
Published: 22 Feb 19
The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) will lead a R7-million water quality testing project, titled ‘Improving Ocean Governance in the Benguela Current Large Marine Econsystem’ (BCLME III) in the Swartkops area, in Port Elizabeth. The project is being implemented by the Benguela Current Convention (BCC) Secretariat, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme, which will be funded by the Global Environment Facility and BCC parties.
AMCU strike action further undermines struggling gold, platinum sectors – Minerals Council AMCU strike action further undermines struggling gold, platinum sectors – Minerals Council
Published: 22 Feb 19
The Minerals Council South Africa on Friday expressed its concern about the consequences of Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union’s (AMCU’s) planned secondary strikes at mining companies where the union is recognised in the gold and platinum sectors. Fifteen companies have, so far, received notices of secondary strike action from AMCU, including Lonmin, effective from the night shift of February 28 to around March 7, said the council.
Crusader MD and chair step down from board as Copulos returns
Published: 22 Feb 19
ASX- and Aim-listed Crusader Resources announced on Friday that MD Marcus Engelbrecht and chairperson Andrew Vickerman would step down from the board and that former chairperson Stephen Copulos would return as director. The resignation of Engelbrecht and Vickerman, who succeeded Copulos when the company listed in London in April last year, as directors is related to an agreement with the Copulos Group to underwrite $2.5-million of the recently announced $4.2-million rights issue to continue develop the Borborema gold project, in Brazil.
Barrick confirms it has studied offer for Newmont Barrick confirms it has studied offer for Newmont
Published: 22 Feb 19
Barrick Gold, the world’s second-largest gold producer, confirmed it has considered a bid for Newmont Mining Corp. as the Canadian mining giant looks for ways to boost production. Barrick has reviewed the opportunity to merge with Newmont in an “all-share nil premium transaction,” but no decision was taken, the company said in a statement Friday.
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