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Weekly Coal Index Report Weekly Coal Index Report
Published: 14 Jun 21
Prices continue to surge, with Australian coal leading the charge. Physical cargoes are trading at significant premiums to paper levels, as China has sent officials to inspect coal inventories and crack down on illicit hoarding at several ports.
BLSA applauds electricity, SAA decisions
Published: 14 Jun 21
The privatisation of South African Airways (SAA) and the increase of the embedded generation licencing threshold to 100 MW are the kind of dramatic interventions needed to get the economy going, says Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA). CEO Busi Mavuso believes these events have signalled government’s willingness to break away from orthodoxy and hold up its side of the bargain in the economic recovery plan to get South Africa growing again.
OreCorp mulls WA demerger
Published: 14 Jun 21
ASX-listed OreCorp is considering demerging its Western Australian exploration assets, allowing the company to focus on the development of its Nyanzaga gold project, in Tanzania. The Western Australian assets includes the Hobbes project, in the Easter Goldfields, which is currently held by the wholly owned subsidiary OreCorp Holdings.
Australian coal outperforming competitors - MCA
Published: 14 Jun 21
A new report by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has noted that Australia’s thermal coal industry holds a number of key advantages over competition in the international export market, which could assist in securing the resource future in a low-carbon economy. In its report' Australian Export Thermal Coal', the MCA notes that Australia is the world’s second largest exporter of thermal coal, behind Indonesia, having exported some 213-million tonnes in 2019/20 worth around A$20-billion.
Freeing up electricity generation could boost economic growth, says TIPS
Published: 14 Jun 21
The latest economic data highlights that both economic growth and employment have not recovered to pre-Covid-19 levels; however, economic recovery should be boosted by government’s announcement to free up electricity generation, Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies’ (TIPS’s) first-quarter Real Economy Bulletin (REB) for 2021 indicates. The REB represents a deep dive into the latest economic data.
Tribunal approves the Motus Group’s acquisition of Kia, Honda dealerships 
Published: 14 Jun 21
The Competition Tribunal has unconditionally approved the Motus Group’s acquisition of the North Motor Group’s Kia Bryanston and Honda Sandton motor dealerships.   The Tribunal has concluded that the transaction does not substantially prevent or lessen competition in any relevant market.   Further, the merging parties made an unequivocal undertaking that there shall be no retrenchments as a result of the transaction and that the employees of the dealerships will be transferred to Motus Group in line with the Labour Relations Act.  The transaction does not raise any other public interest concerns, says the Tribunal.
Vale mulls remote-controlled trains to work around risky dam in Brazil
Published: 14 Jun 21
Iron-ore giant Vale is considering the use of remote-controlled trains near a tailings dam that Brazilian authorities say risks collapsing and getting workers buried. It would take around 60 days for Vale to implement the solution, according to a person familiar with the plan, who asked not to be named because they’re not allowed to discuss it in public. “Vale is studying alternatives for the circulation of trains in the region for the flow of its production and that of third parties,” the Rio de Janeiro-based company said in response to questions.
First ore produced from Voisey’s Bay expansion project
Published: 14 Jun 21
The Voisey’s Bay mine expansion project, which is transitioning the northern Labrador nickel operation from an openpit to two underground mines, marked a key milestone last week with the production of first ore. “[The] announcement of first ore production heralds another step forward in the continued delivery of quality, predictable and responsibly sourced metals to market with safety, capacity-building and Indigenous participation at the forefront," Vale executive VP for base metals, Mark Travers.
New federal policy makes it harder to develop Canada thermal coal projects New federal policy makes it harder to develop Canada thermal coal projects
Published: 14 Jun 21
The Canadian government on Friday announced its thermal coal mining policy, which will make it harder for new thermal coal mining and expansion projects to be approved. The government considers that any new thermal coal mining projects, or expansions of existing thermal coal mines in Canada, are likely to cause “unacceptable environmental effects” and this position will inform federal decision making on thermal coal mining. “New thermal coal mining projects or expansions are not in line with the ambition Canadians want to see on climate, or with Canada’s domestic and international climate commitments,” Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said.
Busa, IQbusiness launch of SAtion ecosystem to boost economic recovery
Published: 14 Jun 21
IQbusiness and Business Unity South Africa (Busa) have launched an initiative aimed at moving South Africa into economic recovery and digital growth. The SAtion initiative will enable public and private sector stakeholders, including government, large corporations, small, medium-sized and microenterprises, industrialists, private investors, thought leaders and educational institutions, to convene to discuss, coordinate and implement Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) projects.
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