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Red 5 steps up Eastern Goldfields consolidation plans
Published: 19 Feb 18
ASX-listed gold mining junior Red 5 on Monday announced that it intended to make a hostile takeover offer for all the fully-paid ordinary shares in Western Australian company Bullseye Mining. Bullseye is an unlisted public company, whose gold portfolio includes the Laverton project, about 30 km north of Red 5's Darlot gold mine, as well as the Southern Cross gold project and the Aurora gold project.
Amplats restores dividend, productivity soars, six die Amplats restores dividend, productivity soars, six die
Published: 19 Feb 18
Six employees died in a year in which Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) chalked up R2.4-billion in free cash flow generated from its operations, doubled return on capital employed to 18% and reintroduced a cash dividend for the first time in seven years. Productivity has soared by 58% since 2012 and the company now has 70% of its production in the first half of the cost curve.
Acacia considers selling stake in Tanzania operations
Published: 19 Feb 18
Tanzanian gold miner Acacia Mining is considering the possible sale of a stake in some or all of its Tanzanian operations. “The company is engaging with a small number of potential investors, the process remains at a very early stage and there can be no certainty that an agreement will be reached. Acacia Mining confirms that it has not received an approach from any third parties to acquire shares in the company,” it said in a release.
Solidarity calls for suspension of Denel top brass following 'shocking financial mismanagement'
Published: 19 Feb 18
Trade union Solidarity has asked Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown to urgently suspend Denel's top officials to prevent hundreds of possible job losses. In the run-up to Denel’s board meeting on February 22, at which the group’s management would submit its proposed restructuring plan to the board, Solidarity had sent an urgent letter to Brown, Solidarity deputy general secretary Deon Reyneke said on Sunday.
Banking Association 'ready to respond' to Ramaphosa’s SoNA call
Published: 19 Feb 18
The Banking Association of South Africa have said they are ready to respond to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call in the State of the Nation Address, to work with other stakeholders towards the recovery of the economy and country. Managing Director of BASA, Cas Coovadia, said the association joined the widespread applause for Ramaphosa’s maiden SoNA address.
Zimbabwe, Botswana set to sign diamond deal – report
Published: 19 Feb 18
Zimbabwe is reportedly set to sign a diamond processing deal with Botswana within the next three months, after President Emmerson Mnangagwa met with his counterpart, President Ian Khama, this week in Gaborone. According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, Mnangagwa was in Botswana on a state visit.
Nornickel tycoons said to avoid shoot-out sale in share dispute Nornickel tycoons said to avoid shoot-out sale in share dispute
Published: 19 Feb 18
Billionaires Oleg Deripaska and Vladimir Potanin’s working arrangement at MMC Norilsk Nickel is starting to fray, but the tycoons aren’t planning to trigger a so-called shoot out - a forced auction where the losing bidder must sell his stake to the winner, three people familiar with situation said. The 2012 agreement between Deripaska’s United Co. Rusal and Potanin’s Interros Holding Co. provides a mechanism by which one man can buy out the other’s stake in Nornickel, as the company is also known. That mechanism, called a "shoot out," was to take effect after a five-year lock-up period expired on December 10, according to a Rusal letter to shareholders published in 2014.
SANDF allowed peaceful 'change of leadership' – Ramaphosa
Published: 19 Feb 18
The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has proven its role as a protector of the country’s constitutional order by allowing a peaceful handover of leadership in the ANC, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in Kimberley on Sunday. "Our nation celebrates the change of leadership in the governing party without even having any appetite for senseless bloodshed because our defence force is led by wise men and women who abide by the ideal of the supremacy of our constitution and the rule of law," Ramaphosa said at an inter-faith prayer service organised by the SANDF.
Glencore, Randgold form group to challenge Congo law changes
Published: 19 Feb 18
Glencore and Randgold Resources are among major mining companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo clubbing together in a bid to stop sweeping legal reforms, claiming their interests were poorly served by the existing industry body. In a letter sent to Congolese President Joseph Kabila on February 8 and seen by Bloomberg, investors requested a meeting “to once again put forward our positions” about changes to the mining code approved by lawmakers January 27.
Cyclone Kelvin lashes West Australia, no damage reported to mines, gas projects
Published: 19 Feb 18
Tropical Cyclone Kelvin hit the resource-rich north coast of Western Australia on Sunday, lashing it with strong winds and causing floods that could cut the main highway for up to two weeks. The storm crossed the coast 165 km south-southwest of Broome early on Sunday morning with destructive winds that gusted up to 150 km/h, but the Bureau of Meteorology said it expects the winds to weaken as the system moves inland.
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