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Copper cathode BHP's economic analysis prepares for US recession
Published: 16 Aug 22
China is expected to remain the mainstay of diversified miner BHP’s future plans, but the miner has raised concerns around a possible recession in the US and other developed markets within the shorter-term. BHP’s VP for market analysis and economics, Dr Huw McKay said that a recession in the US and other developed markets was ‘within the range of possibilities’ being considered by BHP.
BHP makes executive changes
Published: 16 Aug 22
Major BHP has announced the appointment of its Australia president Edgar Basto as COO, effective from October 1. Basto will be replaced as Australia president by Geraldine Slattery.
Rio 'disappointed' in Turquoise Hill decision
Published: 16 Aug 22
Major Rio Tinto said it was ‘disappointed’ by the decision of takeover target Turquoise Hill’s Special Committee to reject its C$34 a share cash bid. The Special Committee this week said that Rio’s bid for the company did not ‘fully and fairly’ reflect the value of its majority interest in the Oyu Tolgoi copper project, in Mongolia, and that Rio’s offer price was ‘well below’ a range of values implied by a value analysis conducted by TD Securities.
Image shows BHP CEO Mike Henry BHP's profit soar in 2022
Published: 16 Aug 22
Diversified miner BHP has reported a 34% increase in profits for the year ended June, along with record underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda). Profit from operations reached $34.1-billion in the year ended June, and underlying EBITDA reached a record $40.6-billion at a record margin of 65% for continuing operations.
Ivanhoe swings to second-quarter profit
Published: 15 Aug 22
TSX-listed diversified miner Ivanhoe Mines recorded a profit of $5-million for the second quarter of the year, up from a loss of $108.6-million for the same period of 2021. The profit in the period includes Ivanhoe Mines’ share of profit and finance income from the Democratic Republic of Congo-based Kamoa-Kakula joint venture of $84.6-million, which set a new quarterly production record during the period with 87 314 t of copper in concentrate produced.
Kogi Iron appoints new chairperson, nonexec director
Published: 15 Aug 22
ASX-listed iron-ore and steel development company Kogi Iron has appointed John Campbell Smyth as nonexecutive director, effective August 15, after incumbent Sean Gregory tendered his resignation on the same date, with immediate effect. The board has also elected Peter Huljich as nonexecutive chairperson.
Feeding the world’s coal addiction is more profitable than ever
Published: 15 Aug 22
The globe is in the grips of a climate crisis as temperatures soar and rivers run dry, and yet it’s never been a better time to make money by digging up coal. The energy-market shockwaves from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine mean the world is only getting more dependent on the most-polluting fuel. And as demand expands and prices surge to all-time highs, that means blockbuster profits for the biggest coal producers.
Tongaat Hulett signs 99-year lease for 2 000 ha Shongweni land parcel
Published: 15 Aug 22
A 99-year lease in Shongweni, KwaZulu-Natal, has been announced between local development company Fundamentum Property Group and sugar producer Tongaat Hulett.  The transaction, which has been called the Shongweni urban core transaction, will see a multi-phased development of Shongweni’s urban core – the new city of Westown – which has received strong support from the eThekwini municipality.  
Arc begins maiden exploration drilling programme in Botswana
Published: 15 Aug 22
Aim-listed Arc Minerals has announced the start of its maiden exploration drilling programme at its Virgo project, in Botswana. This maiden drill programme is designed to test geochemical anomalies identified in the Virgo licences located within the highly prospective Central Structural Corridor of the Kalahari Copper Belt (KCB).
Commission unpacks the ‘integrated systems’ approach taken with Just Transition Framework
Published: 15 Aug 22
As Cabinet is busy approving the Just Transition Framework for publication, the Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) has unpacked a key part of what the framework will be premised on – Climate Resilience Development Pathways (CRDPs). PCC commissioner Makoma Lekalakala says South Africa’s Just Transition can only be realised if CRDPs are at its core, while PCC secretariat Crispian Olver states the CRDP approach is vital for implementing the Just Transition Framework.
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