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Africa's last absolute monarch renames Swaziland as eSwatini

20th April 2018 Swaziland's King Mswati III, Africa's last absolute monarch, said on Thursday he was officially renaming the country as the Kingdom of eSwatini. He announced the change to eSwatini, meaning "land of the Swazis", in the local Swati language at Golden Jubilee celebrations of the fifteeth... 

Nigeria plans power tariff overhaul by 2021 to attract investment

19th April 2018 Nigeria plans to overhaul its energy tariff system by 2021 to try to attract investment and improve power supply, the vice chairman of the country's electricity regulator said. Only about half of the 190 million people in Africa's most populous country have access to power. The problem has been... 

Strike halts gold output at two Randgold mines in Mali – union

19th April 2018 A workers' strike in Mali has halted gold production at two mines run by Randgold Resources since Wednesday, a senior union official told Reuters on Thursday. The strike at the Loulo and Gounkoto mines was related to the payment of bonuses and would continue until the issue was resolved, said... 

Australia's Pilbara Minerals to ship first spodumene cargo to China in Aug

19th April 2018 Pilbara Minerals Ltd aims to ship the first cargo of spodumene concentrate from its Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum development in Australia to China in August, its managing director said on Thursday. Spodumene is a mineral mined as a source of lithium, a key ingredient in electric vehicle... 

Tanzania names chairperson for new mining commission

19th April 2018 Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Wednesday appointed a chairperson and commissioners for the country's new mining commission, paving the way for the issuance of new mining licences. Africa's fourth-largest gold producer is seeking a bigger slice of the pie from its vast mineral resources by... 

Peru will not 'impose' mining projects on communities – prime minister

19th April 2018 The government of new Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra said on Wednesday it would not "impose" mining projects on nearby communities that object to them, but would seek to promote mining investments to take advantage of improved mineral prices. In the past decade, Southern Copper and Newmont... 

Canada's Alouette aluminium smelter denies force majeure rumours

18th April 2018 The Alouette aluminium smelter in Canada, the biggest in the Americas, does not plan to declare force majeure, a spokesperson said on Wednesday, denying a market rumour. There was speculation in the market that Alouette may have to take the measure due to a shortage of raw material alumina. 

Rand recovery double-edged sword, land must be shared – Ramaphosa

18th April 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday the rebound in the country's currency, the rand, had both positive and negative effects but wasn't quite complete. "It is a double-edged sword," Ramaphosa said in a interview with Bloomberg television. "It reflects the level of confidence that the world... 

Chile's SQM says lithium industry needs at least $10bn investment over 10 yrs

18th April 2018 The global lithium industry will need $10-billion to $12-billion of investment over the next decade to meet surging demand amid the electric vehicle boom, an executive of Chilean miner SQM said on Wednesday. Demand for the metal is set to grow by 600 000 t to 800 000 t of lithium carbonate... 

Nornickel exec says in talks with battery makers on investments, cooperation

18th April 2018 Russia's Norilsk Nickel, or Nornickel, is in talks with battery makers over possible investment in its mining assets, but is also interested in downstream joint ventures in return, a company executive said on Wednesday. "We might be interested in having some deeper cooperation, say on the... 

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