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Japan's Marubeni to halve coal-fired power capacity by 2030

18th September 2018 Japan’s Marubeni Corp said it would no longer start new coal-fired power plant projects and will halve its net coal power generating capacity of about 3 GW by 2030 to cut greenhouse-gas emissions and tackle global climate change. “As a general principle, Marubeni will no longer enter into any new... 

Sibanye, Lonmin still committed to merger after competition watchdog decision

18th September 2018 Precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater said on Tuesday it remained fully committed to a takeover of platinum miner Lonmin after South Africa's competition watchdog imposed conditions on the deal. On Monday, the competition watchdog gave the green light to the all-share transaction as it did... 

Botswana trims growth prospects, sees wider budget deficits

18th September 2018 Botswana's economy is expected to expand by 4.5% this year, down from an estimate in February of 5.3%, the finance ministry said on Tuesday at a 2019 budget conference. A senior official in the diamond-producing southern African nation’s economy said the government expects an optimistic medium... 

Uganda to renew MTN Group's telecoms operating licence

18th September 2018 Uganda will renew the operating licence of the local unit of South African telecom company MTN Group, the state-run Uganda Media Centre said on Tuesday. The renewal comes with "with new stringent terms," the agency tweeted, without providing details. 

Italy judge set to give first ruling in Nigeria oil graft case

18th September 2018 Oil majors Shell and Eni will be carefully monitoring a first ruling this week by a Milan judge in one of the energy industry's biggest corruption scandals for clues to what might be round the corner for them. The two companies are embroiled in a long-running graft case revolving around the... 

US gives rare earths reprieve in revised $200bn China tariff list

18th September 2018 The United States did not include rare earth elements, metals used in magnets, radars and consumer electronics, from its final list of tariffs on $200-billion of Chinese goods, underscoring its reliance on China for the strategic minerals. China is the world's largest producer of rare earths and... 

Tahoe Resources' Guatemalan unit announces new round of layoffs

18th September 2018 The Guatemalan unit of US miner Tahoe Resources laid off an additional 169 workers on Monday, two weeks after the country's top court kept in place a more than 14-month suspension of operations at the company's Escobal silver mine. The layoffs at Minera San Rafael, Tahoe's local unit, now total... 

Petra says owed $25m in VAT refunds by Tanzania

17th September 2018 Petra Diamonds is owed about $25-million in value added tax (VAT) refunds by Tanzania, its chief executive said on Monday. "We are not getting paid at the moment. The historical figure owed is $16-million," CE Johan Dippenaar told Reuters in an interview, adding that current VAT is an additional... 

South Africa not planning mass layoffs in public sector to fight recession - Ramaphosa

17th September 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday there would be no mass layoffs of public sector workers as his government considers various ways to pull the economy out of a recession that has rattled the rand and investor confidence. The economy slipped into recession in the second quarter for the... 

Jaguar Land Rover to cut output at UK car plant after warnings on Brexit, diesel

17th September 2018 Britain's biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover said it will go down to a three-day week at its Castle Bromwich plant in central England just days after its boss warned about the impact of Brexit and diesel policy. The Castle Bromwich facility will operate a three-day week from October until the... 

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