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Coal 2018: A review of South Africa's coal sector Coal 2018: A review of South Africa's coal sector Has PDF
Published: 12 Oct 18
Despite concerns about greenhouse-gas emissions, coal – which is used to generate about 37% of the world’s electricity and plays a crucial role in industries such as iron and steel manufacture – will continue to be a significant energy source for decades to come. South African coal producers are also benefiting, as strong demand from State-owned power utility Eskom and other local industrial customers competes against surging global demand. The commodity is the largest revenue generator in the country’s mining industry, earning about R131.40‑billion in 2017. It also contributes immensely to the fiscus in taxes and royalties and employs tens of thousands of people directly, with many more employed indirectly outside the sector. Despite its importance, South Africa’s coal mining sector faces several constraints that might impact on its sustainability and growth. In its Coal Strategy 2018, Minerals Council South Africa – formally the Chamber of Mines of South Africa – identifies the policy and regulatory environment, inadequate infrastructure, difficulties in accessing capital and land, and the challenges posed by technological advances as potential constraints to the sector. Creamer Media’s Coal 2018 report examines South Africa’s coal industry with regard to the business environment, the main participants, local demand, coal exports and coal logistics, projects being undertaken by the large and smaller participants, as well as various issues affecting the sector, including labour issues and environmental considerations.
Gold 2018: A review of South Africa's gold sector Gold 2018: A review of South Africa's gold sector Has PDF
Published: 04 Oct 18
South Africa’s gold production has plummeted 85% over the past four decades, with the country now ranked as the world’s eighth-biggest gold producer, according to information services firm Thomson Reuters’ GFMS Gold Survey 2018. The country’s gold mines are the deepest in the world and their depleting orebodies are becoming increasingly difficult to extract. Coupled with deteriorating safety standards, owing to the depth and complexity of these mines, and compounded by regulatory issues, the volatile rand is creating significant headwinds for all the country’s gold producers. To face some of these headwinds, local gold producers have been restrategising through the implementation of new technologies, while others downsize, cut lossmaking operations and/or strategise through acquisitions to cut costs and improve productivity. Creamer Media’s Gold 2018 report reviews the South African gold market in this context, with a particular focus on supply, labour challenges, the class law suits that some of the country’s major gold miners are facing, safety issues and prospects for the market. It also reviews the major and smaller mining companies with operations in South Africa.
Projects in Progress 2018 (Second Edition) Projects in Progress 2018 (Second Edition) Has PDF
Published: 04 Oct 18
Statistics South Africa’s report, titled “Capital expenditure by the public sector 2017”, held few surprises – especially happy ones – for practitioners in South Africa’s project economy. The report confirms that total capital expenditure (capex) by the 751 public-sector institutions that reported their capex figures to the agency decreased by R12.1-billion last year, from R283.3-billion in 2016 to R271.2-billion. It was the first year-on-year public-sector capex decrease since the 2009/10 fiscal year – the period coinciding with South Africa’s financial-crisis-induced recession. The decline put to rest government’s previous narrative of public-sector expenditure providing countercyclical support for an economy still struggling to recover from the crisis. The outlook is not covered in the report, but all signs point to a sustained period of downward pressure. Most of the State-owned companies (SOCs) are in financial distress, largely owing to years of weak management and corrupted governance, which facilitated a redirection of procurement budgets towards a predatory elite. The outlook is undermined further by most SOCs now having massive debt burdens to address and interest bills to manage. What does this mean for gross fixed capital formation and the domestic project pipeline? It means that any recovery will have to be led by the private sector. However, to achieve such a shift, investor confidence will have to be restored and sustained. Nevertheless, this second edition of the Projects in Progress for this year includes valuable updates on some of South Africa’s largest infrastructure projects, as well as ongoing investments in the gold, coal and platinum sectors.
Energy Roundup – October 2018 Energy Roundup – October 2018 Has PDF
Published: 04 Oct 18
Creamer Media's Energy Roundup is a monthly report providing a synopsis of energy-related news from South Africa. The October 2018 roundup covers activities across South Africa in September, and includes details of the coal shortages at ten of State-owned power utility Eskom’s coal-fired power stations; the African Development Bank’s R2.87-billion loan for Eskom to upgrade and expand its transmission facilities; and South African Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s call for all impediments to shale gas exploration to be removed as part of government’s response to the record high in the fuel price.
Energy Roundup – September 2018 Energy Roundup – September 2018 Has PDF
Published: 05 Sep 18
Creamer Media's Energy Roundup is a monthly report providing a synopsis of energy-related news from South Africa. The September 2018 roundup covers activities across South Africa in August, and includes details of the much-anticipated draft updated Integrated Resource Plan, which provides insight into South Africa’s electricity generation plans for the next 12 years; State-owned power utility Eskom’s three-year wage agreement with trade unions the National Union of Mineworkers, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and Solidarity; and a study that has been initiated to assess the prospect of converting the Kelvin coal-fired power station, in Gauteng, into a gas-fired power plant.
Energy Roundup – August 2018 Energy Roundup – August 2018 Has PDF
Published: 03 Aug 18
Creamer Media's Energy Roundup is a monthly report providing a synopsis of energy-related news from South Africa in the past month. The August 2018 roundup covers activities across South Africa in July 2018, and includes details of African renewable-energy development platform and power producer BioTherm Energy reaching financial close on a 284 MW portfolio of wind and solar projects; the City of Cape Town’s plans to implement new renewable-energy projects; and independent power producer Globeleq’s agreement with an affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management to acquire Brookfield’s interest in its South African renewable-energy portfolio.
Africa Mining Projects in Progress 2018 (Second Edition) Africa Mining Projects in Progress 2018 (Second Edition) Has PDF
Published: 24 Jul 18
Mining is one of Africa’s major export industries, with global affairs and evolving market conditions shaping the industry landscape. While Africa initially gained a reputation for its gold and diamond resources, the African mining industry is now also being recognised for its copper, cobalt, manganese and platinum group metals resources. This edition of Creamer Media’s Africa Mining Projects in Progress highlights some of the prospective projects on the continent that have been announced in some of these sectors, focusing on recent preliminary economic assessments, scoping, prefeasibility and definitive/bankable feasibility studies, as well as some of the projects that are already under way.
Platinum 2018: A review of South Africa's platinum sector Platinum 2018: A review of South Africa's platinum sector Has PDF
Published: 10 Jul 18
In what could be described as a lacklustre year for the platinum industry, 2017 saw platinum group metal prices plummeted in 2017, owing to a drop in gross demand, which fell by 2% to 8.17‑million ounces, leaving the market with a 250 000 oz supply surplus. South African producers have also faced the challenges of rising costs, regulatory uncertainties and safety stoppages, which have impacted on an already constrained global platinum market. Creamer Media’s Platinum 2018 report provides a global overview of the platinum market, with a particular focus on South Africa’s platinum-sector business and regulatory environment. The report includes commentary on the main participants in South Africa’s platinum industry, other platinum producers, and exploration and development companies.
Energy Roundup – July 2018 Energy Roundup – July 2018 Has PDF
Published: 04 Jul 18
Creamer Media's Energy Roundup is a monthly report providing a synopsis of energy-related news from South Africa in the past month. The July 2018 roundup covers activities across South Africa in June 2018, and includes details of possible dramatic changes in the structure of South Africa’s electricity supply industry, which is currently dominated by vertically integrated State-owned power utility Eskom; the launch of a fifth Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme; and government’s plans to resolve the challenge of debt owed by municipalities to Eskom.
Real Economy Insight 2018: Platinum Real Economy Insight 2018: Platinum Has PDF
Published: 29 Jun 18
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into separate reports under the banner Real Economy Insight, and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, materials handling and logistics, pumps, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors. This five-page brief is a synopsis of key developments in the platinum sector over the past 12 months, which includes platinum developments in South Africa, the country’s major producers, major mergers, employment concerns and the regulatory environment, as well as the outlook for the sector.
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