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Gold rally energised Canadian stocks even before Dalio’s essay
Published: 19 Jul 19
Billionaire investor Ray Dalio made headlines this week by asserting in a 6 000-word essay that gold should become a key part of every portfolio. Investors in Canadian gold stocks are way ahead of him. Gold producers have been on a tear in Canada, keeping the benchmark S&P/TSX Composite Index near its all-time high. Companies, including Eldorado Gold, Alacer Gold and Semafo make up half the index’s biggest gainers this year, while nine of the top 10 in the past month have been gold or silver producers. The gold firms have taken the reins from technology and pot stocks, which were the drivers earlier this year.
Ngqura, Cape Town, Durban terminals returning to productivity after illegal strike
Published: 19 Jul 19
State-owned freight utility Transnet on Friday said productivity at its affected ports was returning to normal and estimated that it would take two weeks to clear the backlog at the Ngqura container terminal. This follows after the company last week secured a court interdict against an unprotected strike at the Ngqura port and go-slows by employees at some of its other ports.
Yamana unveils ‘impressive’ NPV for integrated Argentina project
Published: 19 Jul 19
Dual-listed gold miner Yamana Gold on Friday announced positive results of the prefeasibility study (PFS) for its Agua Rica copper/gold project, including an “impressive and increased” net present value of $1.9-billion and an increased after-tax internal rate of return of 19.7%. The positive PFS results follow the March announcement of an agreement to develop Agua Rica using infrastructure and facilities of a joint venture that Yamana has with Glencore and Newmont Goldcorp in Argentina.
Rustenburg communities want ConCourt to set aside Sibanye's Lonmin takeover
Published: 19 Jul 19
The Greater Lonmin Community (GLC) have approached the Constitutional Court seeking leave to appeal and set aside the acquisition of platinum mining company, Lonmin by Sibanye-Stillwater.  The GLC is a not-for-profit organisation representing various affected communities of Rustenburg, such as Marikana, Mooinooi, Majakeng, Tornado, Nkaneng, and Bapo ba Mogale community.
Commission recommends Tribunal prohibit ATON’s takeover of M&R Commission recommends Tribunal prohibit ATON’s takeover of M&R
Published: 19 Jul 19
The Competition Commission has recommended to the Competition Tribunal that the proposed acquisition of Murray & Roberts by ATON be prohibited. ATON, through Redpath South Africa, provides a range of mining services, including the excavation of vertical or inclined openings from the surface for the conveyance of miners, materials, ventilation and pumped water, and the hoisting of ore and waste rock; operational or maintenance activities; infrastructure development and upgrade; and whole-of-mine operational management, in sub-Saharan Africa.
Barrick could sell some of Acacia's operations after takeover - CEO
Published: 19 Jul 19
Barrick Gold could sell some mining assets owned by Acacia Mining after it gains full control of its African unit, chief executive Mark Bristow told Reuters. "We will... get these businesses back on track and depending on what they look like after they are in a reasonable form, we will again look to see if there is a better home for some of the assets that might not fit the Barrick investment filter," he said.
GoviEx reaches debt scrapping, working interest agreement with Niger
Published: 19 Jul 19
TSX-V-listed GoviEx Uranium has entered into definitive agreements with the Niger government to finalise the commercial terms to progress the company’s flagship Madaouela uranium project. GoviEx currently has testwork under way targeting reduced operating and capital costs within the project economics, which will be contained in a feasibility study.
South Africa set to name 'bad cop' to oversee Eskom rescue
Published: 19 Jul 19
Of all the executives, government officials and consultants being recruited to tackle the mammoth task of rescuing South Africa’s state power utility, the toughest task could fall to the person who has to take it apart. President Cyril Ramaphosa last month said a soon-to-be appointed chief restructuring officer will be “expected to re-position Eskom financially with careful attention to the mix between revenue, debt and cost structure of the company.” That euphemistic job description skirts around what the person will inevitably have to do: fire thousands of workers, split it into three units and help reorganise a R440-billion debt mountain.
City's business plan to take over passenger rail service in Cape Town approved
Published: 19 Jul 19
A business plan has been approved to incrementally take over the management of the failing rail network in Cape Town, Mayor Dan Plato said. Speaking at the Integrated Urban Transformations South-South Knowledge Exchange, hosted by the City of Cape Town this week, Plato said that over the last few years, Cape Town’s public transport challenges have increased as a result of the failing national rail system and other contributing factors. 
WGC survey finds growing role for China in international gold reserves WGC survey finds growing role for China in international gold reserves
Published: 19 Jul 19
Gold will enjoy continued robust central bank demand in the short to medium term, the World Gold Council’s ‘2019 Central Bank Gold Reserves' survey shows. The survey, published on Friday, found that 11% of emerging market and developing economy central banks intended to increase their gold reserves over the next 12 months.
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