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Polyus launches $250m bond offering
Published: 19 Jan 18
Russian gold miner Polyus on Friday announced a $250-million offering of senior unsecured guaranteed convertible bonds, the proceeds of which it would use for debt refining and other general corporate purposes. The bonds, to be issued by Polyus Finance, are due in 2021.
Trans-Siberian posts record Q4 production
Published: 19 Jan 18
Russian gold miner Trans-Siberian has posted record fourth-quarter production and managed to slightly exceed its full-year guidance, despite operational challenges in the year. The Asacha gold mine, in Kamchatka in Far East Russia, produced a record 12 244 oz of gold in dore in the fourth quarter, bringing full year output to 36 714 oz.
NUM says branch leader at Lonmin unit shot dead
Published: 19 Jan 18
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Friday that its branch chairman at Eastern Platinum Mine, a unit of Lonmin, was shot by unknown assailants and subsequently died in hospital. The shooting is the latest in a spate of such incidents on the platinum belt, which has been the scene of an often violent turf war between NUM and its arch rival the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), underscoring the social risks of investing in South Africa's mining sector.
South Africa's rand near 2-1/2 year high, stocks ease South Africa's rand near 2-1/2 year high, stocks ease
Published: 19 Jan 18
South Africa's rand scaled a fresh 2-1/2 year high against a broadly fragile dollar on Friday before easing after the central bank held interest rates steady on Thursday. At 0715 GMT, the rand was 0.1 percent weaker at 12.145 to the dollar after earlier hitting 12.0725, its best level since June 2015, according to Thomson Reuters' data.
Nigeria lawmakers look into recovering $21bn revenues from oil groups
Published: 19 Jan 18
Nigerian lawmakers ordered an investigation on Thursday into whether the government could recover $21-billion in revenues from international oil companies. Oil minister Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu said in December the government had failed to enforce a legal provision entitling it to a greater share of crude sales once the price exceeded $20 a barrel.
Mincor raises A$10m in two raisings to fund nickel exploration
Published: 19 Jan 18
An oversubscribed A$3-million share purchase plan (SPP) has brought the total amount raised by ASX-listed Mincor Resources to A$10-million since December. The company on Friday announced that, of the A$12.8-million in applications received from shareholders, Mincor would accept A$1-million in oversubscriptions, bringing the total raising to A$4-million.
BCI reports positive progress on Mardie salt PFS
Published: 19 Jan 18
ASX-listed BCI Minerals’ significantly progressed prefeasibility study (PFS) has provided further validation on the viability of its Mardie salt project, in the Pilbara region, Western Australia. Over the past six months, BCI has completed material environmental, heritage and geotechnical activities, the results of which have informed the design and engineering work required to finalise the PFS by the second quarter of 2018.
Norway's $1tn fund curbs holdings in biggest carbon dioxide emitters
Published: 19 Jan 18
Norway's sovereign wealth fund has trimmed the proportion of its $1 trillion fortune that is invested in companies that emit the most greenhouse gas, a Reuters survey has shown. Environmental campaigners hope the move by the world's biggest State-owned investment fund signals the start of a trend for investors shifting their money away from activities blamed for climate change.
Toothpaste ingredient could fight malaria, research shows
Published: 19 Jan 18
Research carried out in part by an artificially-intelligent (AI) ‘robot scientist’ has found that a common ingredient of toothpaste could be developed to fight drug-resistant strains of malaria. In a study in the journal Scientific Reports, scientists from Britain’s Cambridge University who used the AI robot to conduct high-throughput screening said the ingredient, triclosan, showed the potential to interrupt malaria infections at two critical stages - in the liver and the blood.
Governments need to respond nimbly to tech advances, says WEF founder
Published: 19 Jan 18
Governments and world leaders need to be nimble and adaptable when it comes to the governance of technological advances in order to fully harness its potential to solve critical global challenges. This is according to Professor Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairperson of the World Economic Forum (WEF), who on Thursday released a new book entitled Shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The book aims to help leaders develop the techniques necessary to harness technological advances.
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