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Image of the East London Port Eastern Cape port investment should foster auto sector expansion – AIDC EC
Published: 01 Jul 22
The Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) says it applauds Transnet National Port Authority’s (TNPA’s) announcement that it will inject R9.1-billion into its three Eastern Cape ports over the next seven years. AIDC EC CEO Thabo Shenxane says the centre, as well as other provincial stakeholders, have all been lobbying for the investment as part of an effort to grow the region's automotive sector.
Iron-ore tumbles as recession fears fuel commodities selloff
Published: 01 Jul 22
Iron-ore and steel prices tumbled on Friday as prospects of a sharp global economic downturn fanned fears of a slump in demand for commodities, despite signs of a rebound in manufacturing activity in top metals consumer China. The spectre of a global recession fed an already clouded demand outlook for iron-ore in China, the world's biggest steel producer, where mills have idled dozens of blast furnaces recently in a bid to reduce high inventories amid weak orders.
Spanish Parliament rejects motion to make mining approvals more difficult
Published: 01 Jul 22
The Spanish Parliament has rejected a motion by democratic socialist electoral alliance Unidas Podemos that would have made it more difficult to secure approvals for new mining projects and would have also increased taxes on existing mineral producers. On June 23, the motion was outvoted by an overwhelming 283 votes against versus 36 in favour, with 22 abstentions.
Water veteran Claassens retires from TCTA
Published: 01 Jul 22
Long-standing Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) executive team member Johann Claassens has retired, effective June 30. Johannes Mavuso was appointed at the start of June as a successor to Claassens, with the handover process now completed.
Photo of Martin Creamer Energy export, Pan African, Orion make headlines Has Video
Published: 01 Jul 22
Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer South Africa's potential to be an energy exporter; Pan African's definitive feasibility study on Mogale Gold’s tailing storage facilities; and Orion’s capital raise for its copper and zinc mine, Prieska.  
New 15-megalitre water reservoir for Lenasia and surrounds
Published: 01 Jul 22
A new 15 megalitre water reservoir has been launched for Lenasia and surrounding communities to improve storage capacity of the Lenasia High Level Reservoir and to ensure reliability of clean water supply. The R45-million multi-faceted project, which started in August 2020, included site clearing, earthworks, layer works, pipe trenching, pipe bedding and the construction of the 15 megalitre concrete reservoir.
Midas expands portfolio, appoints Calderwood MD
Published: 01 Jul 22
Western Australia-baased junior explorer Midas Minerals has appointed experienced mining executive Mark Calderwood to the board in the of MD, as the company moves to expand its project portfolio, including exercising an option to acquire the Newington lithium/gold project. Calderwood has served as the company’s exploration manager since Midas’ ASX listing last year. He is the former MD and CEO of West Africa-focused gold miner Perseus Mining.
Orea in talks to buy out sanctioned partner in Montage d’Or JV
Published: 01 Jul 22
TSX-listed Orea Mining is pursuing a potential transaction to own 100% of the five-million-ounce Montage d’Or gold deposit in French Guiana, announcing on Thursday that it has initiated negotiations with Nordgold to obtain its 55.02% interest in the joint venture (JV). Owning the Montagne d’Or gold deposit outright is an “immense opportunity” for the company, Orea said on Thursday, stating that it would prioritise its financing resources to obtain that objective.
A R193bn South African fixed-income manager plans startup fund
Published: 01 Jul 22
Futuregrowth Asset Management, a South African fixed-income money manager with R193-billion of assets, is raising a fund to invest in startups with a strong developmental impact. The company aims to raise as much as 600 million rand for the Futuregrowth High Growth Development Equity Fund -- a closed-ended, limited-life fund -- by the end of the year, according to a statement from Futuregrowth. For the money manager’s Cape Town-based Chief Investment Officer Andrew Canter, South Africa’s second-largest city offers ample opportunities for investment.
Renewable power costs rise, just not as much as fossil fuels
Published: 01 Jul 22
It’s costing more these days to build and run solar farms and wind turbines, but they’re still cheaper than power plants that rely on fossil fuels. The costs of renewable plants are rising after years of declines due to soaring prices for materials, shipping and labour, according to a BloombergNEF report. But costs for coal and natural gas-fired plants are increasing even faster as global energy prices surge following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. As a result, new onshore wind and solar projects cost roughly 40% less than coal or gas plants built from scratch—and the gap is widening.
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