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Villagers in Peru decide to impose new road blockade on Las Bambas mine-ombudsman
Published: 21 May 19
The indigenous community of Fuerabamba in Peru decided to impose a new road blockade on MMG's Las Bambas copper mine after talks with the company over compensation broke down, a representative of the ombudsman's office said on Tuesday. The community planned to start the blockade at midnight on Tuesday, the representative, Americo Contreras, said by phone, citing a document from government officials who mediated the talks that ended without a solution late on Monday.
South Africa will welcome new 'balanced' Cabinet – Ramaphosa
Published: 21 May 19
President Cyril Ramaphosa says he believes the country will welcome his new Cabinet when he announces it within the next week. Ramaphosa, Deputy President David Mabuza, and other ANC officials attended the governing party's first Parliamentary caucus sitting on Tuesday since the May 8 elections.
Gautrain will not reissue rolling stock tender Gautrain will not reissue rolling stock tender
Published: 21 May 19
The tender for the procurement of new 12 new four-car trains for the Gautrain system will not be reissued, says Gautrain Management Agency communication and marketing senior executive manager Dr Barbara Jensen. An almost three-year tender process, initiated in February 2016, to secure additional train sets for the Gautrain system, at the end of last year failed to deliver the desired results when none of the three short-listed bidders produced a compliant bid.
South Africa urged to consider the benefits of 4IR South Africa urged to consider the benefits of 4IR
Published: 21 May 19
Although South Africa faces many challenges, it is in a good position in terms of its uptake of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), University of Johannesburg Institute for Intelligent Systems director Professor Babu Paul said on Tuesday. “While many ask what will happen to the poor once 4IR happens, maybe the question to ask is what will happen to the poor and marginalised if 4IR does not happen.
Airbus announces range extensions for its new A220 family Airbus announces range extensions for its new A220 family
Published: 21 May 19
Europe-based global aerospace group Airbus announced in Canada on Tuesday that it would be offering airlines an increased range version of its A220 small (100 seats to 150 seats) single-aisle airliner family, from the second half of next year. The A220 family is composed of two models, the A220-100 and the A220-300, and was originally developed by Canadian aerospace company Bombardier as the CSeries. (The development of the aircraft nearly bankrupted Bombardier and it sold 50.1% of the CSeries programme to Airbus, the deal being closed in July 2018. Bombardier retained a 34% share, with Investissement Québec – the Quebec provincial investment agency – holding some 16%.) A220 programme engineers have been able to take advantage of structural and systems margins in the design, plus the current fuel volume capacity. As a result, they have been able to increase the type’s maximum take-off weight (MTOW) by nearly 2.3 t (by 2 268 kg, to be precise). This increases the A220-100’s MTOW from its current 60.8 t to 63.1 t, and the MTOW of the A220-300 from today’s 67.6 t to 69.9 t.
Abrahams relied on wrong sections of law to prosecute Thales, says Katz
Published: 21 May 19
The legal team for French arms’ company Thales argued on Tuesday that South Africa’s former prosecutions’ chief, Shaun Abrahams, relied on, among other things, the wrong sections of the law when deciding to reinstate charges against its client. Advocate Anton Katz, SC, also said that when Abrahams still held the post of national director of public prosecutions (NDPP), he was “hell-bent” on prosecuting the corporate and had made an irrational decision when doing so.  
Zambian court appoints provisional liquidator of Vedanta's KCM Zambian court appoints provisional liquidator of Vedanta's KCM
Published: 21 May 19
Zambia's High Court on Tuesday appointed a legal firm as a provisional liquidator of Vedanta-controlled Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), according to a court document seen by Reuters. The document named Zambian law firm Lungu Simwanza & Company to oversee KCM a day after the president said Zambia planned to strip the company of its mining licence and bring in a new investor.
Oriole sets its sights on a bigger footprint in Cameroon
Published: 21 May 19
Aim-listed Oriole Resources plans to capitalise on its position as a first-mover in Cameroon to expand its footprint in the country alongside its partner Bureau d'Etudes et d'Investigations Géologico-minières, Géotechniques et Géophysiques (BEIG3). Oriole previously entered into earn-in agreements with two BEIG3 subsidiaries that could result in it eventually owning up to a 90% interest in the Bibemi and Wapouzé gold projects.
No injuries or fatalities reported in Germiston train fire
Published: 21 May 19
No injuries or fatalities were reported after a train caught fire in Dinwiddie, Germiston, on Tuesday, according to Ekurhuleni Emergency Medical Services (EMS). "We received a call at 06:30, saying a train was on fire... next to the Scaw Metals company.
Sirius says open offer closes over-subscribed
Published: 21 May 19
The placing and open offer through which Sirius Minerals aimed to raise about $400-million, for the potash mine, in North Yorkshire, has been over-subscribed, the London-listed company reported on Tuesday. The company raised $425-million in the offer, which formed part of the $3.8-billion funding package that Sirius announced at the end of last month to fund the construction of its Woodsmith polyhalite mine.
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