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Krugerrand demand resurgence anticipated to result in record sales Krugerrand demand resurgence anticipated to result in record sales Has Video
Published: 16 Aug 17
Increased demand for gold has supported sales of the gold bullion Krugerrands and this year is predicted to yield the highest sales since the 1980s, with an expected 15% to 20% increase on the 1.1-million ounces of the coins sold in 2016. This is according to precious metal smelting and refining complex Rand Refinery marketing executive head Richard Collocott, who was addressing the media during site visit to the company’s facility on the East Rand, on Wednesday, to mark the coins fiftieth anniversary.
Zinc breaks through $3 000 barrier as metals rally gathers pace
Published: 16 Aug 17
Zinc surged above $3 000 a metric ton amid persistent global deficits, and aluminium climbed as China reined in illegal capacity, adding fresh impetus to the rally even as some investors expressed concerns. Zinc jumped as much as 2.6% to $3 037/t on the London Metal Exchange, the highest level since 2007, and traded at $3 029 at 1:20 p.m. in London. Aluminium gained as much as 1.3% to $2 075.50/t, the highest since November 2014, while nickel, copper and lead all traded higher.
Nornickel delivering coal to remote settlements in Russian Arctic
Published: 16 Aug 17
The Polar transport division of nickel and palladium miner Nornickel said on Wednesday it had shipped about a third of the 72 000 t of coal it planned to deliver to remote settlements in the Russian Arctic this year.  Nornickel, which is a key participant of the Northern Supply Haul programme, plans to ship about 48 000 t of coal by river barges and about 24 000 t by sea vessels to the hard-to-reach settlement of Taimyr.
Mining contractors progressing work at Xtract’s Mozambique gold project, alluvial mining to start soon Mining contractors progressing work at Xtract’s Mozambique gold project, alluvial mining to start soon
Published: 16 Aug 17
The mining contractor activity at Aim-listed Xtract Resources’ Manica concession area, in Mozambique, is progressing “favourably”, with initial mining of the alluvial gold deposits expected to start at the end of this month, the company reported on Wednesday. Xtract’s Mozambique subsidiary Explorator concluded mining contractor agreements for the project with mining contractors Omnia Mining and Moz Gold in June and with Sino Minerals Investment Company in July for the exploitation of the alluvial deposits.
Davenport extends landholding in German potash basin
Published: 16 Aug 17
Melbourne-registered Davenport Resources has signed an agreement with a German government agency to buy three potash mining licences in the South Harz region for €1.2-million. Davenport, which is listed on the ASX, will acquire the licences from Bodenverwertungs-und-verwaltungs – the agency charged with divesting former German Democratic Republic (GDR) assets.
Solidarity warns of ‘major impact’ should AMSA proceed with job cuts Solidarity warns of ‘major impact’ should AMSA proceed with job cuts
Published: 16 Aug 17
Trade union Solidarity has confirmed receipt of a Section 189A retrenchment notice from steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) and has indicated that it will enter negotiations with the company to ensure alternatives to retrenchments are considered. On Tuesday, AMSA announced that it had initiated consultations with employees regarding a proposed business-restructuring programme that could result in job losses.
Parliamentary State capture probe hits first hurdle Parliamentary State capture probe hits first hurdle
Published: 16 Aug 17
The investigation into State capture by Parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises on Wednesday hit its first hurdle as it was confirmed to members that the legislature would not pay for an independent evidence leader. Acting chairperson Zukiswa Rantho told MPs she had asked the chair of chairs, Cedric Frolick, for an evidence leader for the probe, which has been extended to cover not only allegations of State capture at Eskom, but Transnet and Denel as well. But Parliamentary legal advisors then made a submission in which they claimed it would set a precedent if the task of evidence leader would be outsourced that the institution could not afford.
Bushveld Energy, IDC studies indicate favourable vanadium battery, electrolyte demand Bushveld Energy, IDC studies indicate favourable vanadium battery, electrolyte demand
Published: 16 Aug 17
There is favourable demand for vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs), particularly in the utility and offgrid, as well as minigrid markets, with demand to peak in 2025 to 2030. This is according to recently concluded market studies, commissioned by Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ energy subsidiary Bushveld Energy, in conjunction with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), in the second half of 2016, to assess African VRFB demand and opportunities and global vanadium electrolyte demand and requirements.
Electricity intensive firms to approach Nersa for new job-saving tariff deal Electricity intensive firms to approach Nersa for new job-saving tariff deal
Published: 16 Aug 17
The Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG) will approach the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) before the end of September with a proposal for structural changes to Eskom’s tariff for large power users by removing existing cross-subsidies to assist businesses whose future sustainability is being placed in jeopardy by the utility’s current fast-rising price path. In motivating for the short-term tariff relief, the EIUG will argue that competitive prices for electricity heavy firms will help stimulate economic growth and stave off the job losses that are likely to arise should these companies be forced to accept the further double digit tariff increases being sought by Eskom.
India, Iran talks on Farzad B gasfields near breaking point
Published: 16 Aug 17
The protracted negotiations between India and Iran on the Farzad B gasfields have come to a halt following a hardening of stance by both countries. No top level talks between officials of India and Iran have been held since the expiry of the last deadline of February, but official written communications between relevant authorities of the two countries indicate that neither nation is willing to accede ground to arrive at an agreement.
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