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Buoyant hardware, building material markets push up confidence index Buoyant hardware, building material markets push up confidence index
Published: 14 Jun 21
After slipping to 27 in the first quarter of the year, the FNB/BER Building Confidence Index has increased to 39 in the second quarter of the year. Even though this is the highest level of the index since the first quarter of 2018, at the current level, more than 60% of respondents says they are still dissatisfied with current business conditions. 
Agri confidence reaches all time high of 75 Agri confidence reaches all time high of 75
Published: 14 Jun 21
It has been quite some time since South Africa’s agricultural sector has had as good a season as the current one, Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) states in the latest Agbiz/Industrial Development Corporation Agribusiness Confidence Index (ACI). The index reached a record high of 75 in the second quarter of the year, compared with 64 in the first quarter of the year.
White House highlights manganese as potential preferred battery element contender White House highlights manganese as potential preferred battery element contender
Published: 14 Jun 21
The White House document on revitalising American manufacturing and fostering broad-based economic growth pays particular attention to South Africa as the world’s largest supplier of manganese, and to manganese as a potential preferred battery element contender, Mining Weekly can today report. The 250-page June document says of manganese’s use in many battery cathodes may result in the metal’s preferred element emergence in next generation cells.
DNG seeks to interdict winners of South African power tender
Published: 14 Jun 21
A losing bidder in a South African tender for the provision of 2 000 MW of power is seeking to interdict the winners from completing their agreements. The application to South Africa’s High Court by DNG Energy threatens to halt the provision of electricity needed to ease recurrent outages in Africa’s most industrialized economy and imperils investment estimated by the government at at least R45-billion.
Sasol receives tribunal’s go-ahead for ASUs sale
Published: 14 Jun 21
The Competition Tribunal has approved JSE-listed petrochemicals group Sasol’s intended sale of 16 air separation units (ASUs), in Secunda, to Air Liquide Large Industries South Africa, which designed and installed the plants alongside Sasol over the years. The tribunal had carefully considered factors relating to the future ownership of the units, including the companies’ joint procurement of renewable power of up to 900 MW, decarbonisation investments by Air Liquide and that there would be no negative impacts on employment.
Tanzania to add gold to reserves, resume $3bn iron project
Published: 14 Jun 21
Tanzania launched a new gold refinery as its central bank plans to start buying the metal to diversify its reserves. The Mwanza Precious Metal Refinery is able to process 480 kg of gold a day and plans to double the capacity in a few months, Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan said in a televised speech on Sunday.
Public sector investment a ‘defining feature’ of South Africa’s economic recovery, says CIDB CEO
Published: 14 Jun 21
Public sector investment in infrastructure will be one of the defining features of South Africa’s economic recovery as the country emerges from the current economic slump, states Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) CEO Cyril Gamede. In an opinion piece, he says it is, thus, of the “utmost importance that there is broad agreement between government departments and entities which issue tenders and the construction sector on critical issues relating to empowerment, contractor development and uniform standards”.
Ethiopia seeks expressions of interest for 40% of State telecoms company
Published: 14 Jun 21
Ethiopia called for expressions of interest for a minority stake in the State-controlled telecommunications company, starting the process of recruiting a second major investor into the country in less than a month. Investors have a month, beginning June 15, to submit interest for 40% of Ethiopia Telecommunications Corp, Brook Taye, a senior advisor at the finance ministry, told reporters in Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Requests for proposals will be issued thereafter, Brook said.
Aya launches gold feasibility study in Mauritania
Published: 14 Jun 21
Toronto-listed Aya Gold & Silver has launched a feasibility study to assess the potential for developing the Tijirit gold project, in Mauritania, following the completion of the acquisition of TSX-V-listed Algold Resources.
Endeavour admitted to LSE
Published: 14 Jun 21
West Africa-focused gold miner Endeavour Mining started trading on the LSE main market on Monday and is now the largest pure gold producer on the premium segment of the London market. “Over the past few years, we have built a resilient business, with a high-quality asset base made up of low cost, long-mine life assets, attractive development projects and additional exploration potential. This underpins our attractive shareholder returns policy that we believe will create value for investors across the cycle,” said president and CEO Sebastien de Montessus.
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