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South African A-Darter guided missile test programme successfully concluded

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th September 2018 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced on Monday the successful completion of the guided missile qualification test series for the A-Darter infrared (IR) homing short range air-to-air missile system. The A-Darter is a fifth generation missile that uses an imaging IR... 

Poultry industry takes on US chicken quota as court case brews

By: News24Wire      17th September 2018 The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) wants government to review the quota of US poultry imports, following the imposition of tariffs on local aluminium and steel products. In court papers filed in the North Gauteng Court, the organisation argues that US tariffs on SA steel and aluminium... 

Nexa says to invest $1.17bn in Peru, Brazil in five years

By: Reuters     17th September 2018 Brazilian mining company Nexa Resources plans to invest some $1.17-billion in copper and zinc projects in Peru and Brazil over the next five years, the company's general manager Ricardo Porta said on Friday. About $816-million will be invested in Peru, including $555-million in copper projects... 

State companies, small businesses must be global players in ICT, says minister

By: African News Agency      14th September 2018 The South African government was working to position state entities and small businesses as global players in the field of information and communication technology (ICT), according to telecommunications minister Siyabonga Cwele. “Our priority focus is to demonopolise the electronic and... 

Anglo American asks Angola for permission to explore for metals

By: Reuters     14th September 2018 Anglo American, one of the world's largest commodities miners, has asked Angola for permission to explore for base metals, the country's Ministry for Mines said on Friday. Anglo, which operates diamond, copper, platinum mines around the world, submitted a letter of intent to invest in the... 

Importance of export councils recognised, emphasised

14th September 2018 Export councils are key drivers for South Africa’s economic transformation and they should be supported and prioritised, according to Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) deputy director-general Lerato Mataboge. This is in line with the South African Capital Equipment Export Council’s... 

Consultancy pursues innovation, growth

14th September 2018 Engineering consultancy AZMET continues to showcase South African engineering talent to a global audience, and the company is pursuing a number of plans for further expansions and opportunities that exist for organisations willing to innovate, says AZMET marketing director Ruan Kukard. AZMET,... 

Failure not an option at DCT berth deepening project, says TNPA

By: Shirley le Guern     11th September 2018 Transnet’s R7-billion megaproject to create deeper berths at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) Pier 2’s North Quay will create some disruption and require close collaboration. However, given that this is the first project to be funded by the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa's New... 

Davies to attend G20 meeting

By: African News Agency      11th September 2018 South Africa's trade and industry minister Rob Davies will attend a meeting with peers from the G20 global grouping in Argentina set to focus on the agriculture sector, his department said on Tuesday. The G20 or Group of Twenty is an international forum for the governments of Argentina,... 

South African M&A activity declined in H1 – Baker McKenzie

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2018 Analysis by law firm Baker McKenzie of Thomson Reuters’ data finds that merger and acquisition activity in South Africa declined, in terms of the volume and value of domestic and cross-border deals, in the first half of this year. Transactions fell by 44% and volume and value fell by 52%,... 

Peru Minister proposes making tax benefit for miners permanent

By: Reuters     7th September 2018 Peruvian Energy and Mines Minister Francisco Ismodes on Thursday proposed making a temporary tax benefit for mining companies part of the country's permanent tax code in order to reduce investment uncertainty in the world's No. 2 copper producer. Miners in Peru have enjoyed refunds on an 18%... 

Norsk Hydro working to convince Brazil to resume full output at Alunorte refinery

By: Reuters     6th September 2018 Norsk Hydro is working to convince Brazilian authorities to allow it to resume full output at its Alunorte plant, the world's biggest alumina refinery, following two deals pledging social and environmental action, a top executive said. The deals, signed late on Wednesday in Brazil, were "an... 

Master Drilling acquires Atlantis

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2018 The strengthening of diversified geographic footprint of mining technology company Master Drilling is continuing with the announcement on Wednesday that the Johannesburg Stock Exchange company had entered into agreements to acquire the businesses of the Atlantis Group, a South African... 

African rail industry urged to adopt concepts of Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Nadine James     4th September 2018 The African rail industry must adopt the concepts and develop the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to facilitate, and realise, the industrialisation aspirations of the continent, delegates attending a South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA) technical workshop, on Tuesday,... 

Alcoa braces for alumina strike vote in Western Australia

By: Reuters     4th September 2018 A vote by striking workers at Alcoa's giant west Australian operations will close on Thursday, with the union anticipating a strong "no" vote that could prolong the four-week old strike. Around 1 500 workers at three alumina refineries and two bauxite mines in Western Australia state walked out... 

Beadell's plant uprade heading on trend

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd September 2018 Gold miner Beadell Resources has completed the installation and commissioning of the ball mill at its Tucano plant, in Brazil, two weeks ahead of schedule. The installation of the ball mill is one of four key areas being undertaken as part of the Tucano plant upgrade, along with the installation... 

Orinoco secures A$8m to fast-track Brazil project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     31st August 2018 Gold miner Orinoco Gold has secured a A$8-million convertible note agreement with Magna to fast track the development of its Rio Do Ouru project, in Brazil. A$2-million of the convertible not will be immediately available, with three further tranches of A$2-million each available within the next... 

KZN Manufacturing Indaba 2018 Primes Manufacturers for Success

30th August 2018 Prime movers and participants of the nation’s manufacturing sector attended the Kwazulu Natal Manufacturing Indaba  in record numbers at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC) on the 22 August 2018. The annual event assembled provincial manufacturers and businesses to explore growth... 

Positive ratings from S&P’s, Fitch enhances NDB’s lending capacity

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th August 2018 Multilateral development bank New Development Bank (NDB) has been assigned an AA+ long-term and A-1+ short-term issuer credit rating by Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings (S&P’s). Earlier this month, Fitch Ratings assigned the bank a long-term issuer default rating of AA+ with a stable outlook... 

South African farmers play chicken with Trump tariffs

By: Reuters     29th August 2018 Herman Pretorius is just the kind of white South African farmer US President Donald Trump expressed concern for when he barged into the country's delicate land reform debate by ordering an investigation into the "large-scale killing of farmers". But for the greying, bespectacled 58-year-old,... 

Crude steel production, capacity utilisation ratio increase y/y in July

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th August 2018 Global crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association was 154.6-million tonnes in July – a 5.8% year-on-year increase. China contributed 81.2-million tonnes of crude steel in July, a 7.2% year-on-year increase. Japan produced 8.4-million tonnes, which is... 

Vale's iron-ore output will rise only if prices increase – CEO

By: Reuters     27th August 2018 The CEO of Brazil's Vale SA, the world's largest iron-ore producer, said in an interview published on Sunday that the company would ramp up annual production to 450-million tonnes only when prices rise. Vale CEO Fabio Schvartsman told the Estado de S. Paulo newspaper the company would only... 

South Africa hosts first National Talanoa Dialogue to discuss climate change mitigation measures

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd August 2018 Climate change is a key challenge and poses the single biggest threat to development, with its widespread and unprecedented impacts that disproportionately burden the poorest and most vulnerable, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on Thursday at the opening of the South African... 

Anglo Pacific enters H2 in strong position as quality products attract premium

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd August 2018 London-based resource royalties firm Anglo Pacific has reported continued growth in its income during the first half of 2018, with the company swinging to a profit of £13-million, from a loss of £2.5-million in the prior-year period. Total income from the group’s portfolio increased by 20% to... 

Linde, Praxair try to save $83bn merger after antitrust blow

By: Reuters     22nd August 2018 Industrial gases giants Linde and Praxair are in talks to try to salvage their $83-billion merger after US competition regulators demanded they sell assets that generate more than $4.3-billion in sales. Linde said on Wednesday the divestments were expected to reach a level that would allow either... 

Brazil's Samarco mine unlikely to restart in 2019 -BHP

By: Reuters     21st August 2018 There is little likelihood that Brazil's Samarco iron ore mine, a joint venture between Vale SA and BHP Billiton, will restart operations next year even though it expects to have all of the required licenses, a BHP spokesman said on Tuesday. The statement confirmed comments made by another BHP... 

Jaguar moves to reassure investors

By: Mariaan Webb     21st August 2018 TSX-listed Jaguar Mining on Monday moved to reassure investors that production at its Turmalina mine would stabilise in the coming quarters, after the company’s share price took a beating last week when it warned of lower-than-initially thought production at the Brazil operation. In a statement... 

Nutrien steers potash recovery as BHP waits in the wings

By: Reuters     20th August 2018 Canada's Nutrien, the world's biggest potash miner by capacity, has helped engineer a surprising price rebound for the fertilizer by idling capacity. Now the trick will be keeping prices from appreciating too much to ensure a major would-be competitor, BHP Billiton, stays on the sidelines. 

Biofuels unviable alternative in South Africa – expert

By: Paige Müller     17th August 2018 Owing to biofuels being too expensive to manufacture, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Business School Energy Leadership Centre director Dr Rod Crompton says this makes them a commercially unviable energy source. He tells Engineering News that, despite the fact that global renewable-energy... 

Horizonte to publish Araguaia feasibility study in Oct

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th August 2018 London-listed Horizonte Minerals is nearing completion of its feasibility study for the Araguaia nickel project in Brazil and plans to release the final results to the market in October, the company reported on Thursday. The feasibility study for Araguaia is designed around an openpit mining... 

Oz Minerals profit jumps 59%, completes review of new Brazil assets

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th August 2018 Copper/gold miner Oz Minerals has reported a 59% increase in net profit after tax for the interim period ended June, with underlying earnings before interest, tax, deprecation and amortisation (Ebitda) increasing by 33%. Net profit after tax for the six months to June was reported at... 

Anglo American expects to obtain permit for Minas-Rio mine by June 2019

By: Reuters     16th August 2018 Miner Anglo American Plc expects to obtain licences to expand its Minas-Rio multibillion-dollar iron-ore mine in Brazil by June next year, the company's CEO for Brazil Ruben Fernandes told Reuters on Wednesday. Minas-Rio is Anglo American's biggest development project, but it is still in ramp-up... 

Russian miners explore payment schemes eschewing dollar

By: Reuters     15th August 2018 Two of Russia's biggest mining companies said on Wednesday they were investigating rouble-based payments schemes, amid calls from Moscow to reduce the role of the US dollar in Russian trade and so limit the impact of US sanctions. The Kremlin said on Monday that Russia favoured bilateral trade... 

Leagold updates FY guidance after Brio Gold buy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th August 2018 Midtier gold miner Leagold has updated its production guidance to reflect the recent completion of its Brio Gold acquisition, which added three mines in Brazil to its portfolio. The company said this week that it expects to produce between 325 000 oz and 350 000 oz of gold at an all-in sustaining... 

AngloGold terminates Brazil earn-in JV with Equinox Gold

By: Mariaan Webb     13th August 2018 Aurizona greenfields concessions in Brazil, the Canada-based junior reported on Monday. AngloGold has spent about $9-million at the greenfields concession since exploration started in August 2016, completing more than 43 000 line kilometres of high-resolution aeromagnetic radiomagnetic surveying... 

Randgold looking across the Atlantic

By: Martin Creamer     10th August 2018 African gold mining company Randgold Resources is looking across the Atlantic along the northern edge of South America, which effectively hosts the same geology as West Africa, where the London-listed company has its biggest gold-mining base. This is in addition to intensifying exploration... 

BHP says Brazil court approves Samarco settlement

By: Reuters     10th August 2018 Mining heavyweight BHP said on Thursday a federal court in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais approved an agreement between miner Samarco and Brazil authorities, marking a milestone in the legal battle over a deadly 2015 dam failure. A 20-billion reais ($5.- billion) lawsuit against Samarco,... 

Fibre optics punted for pipeline monitoring amid major spills in mining and other sectors

By: Nadine James     10th August 2018 Fibre optics were invented to carry huge amounts of voice data over long distances very efficiently, but advancements in optical technology have enabled the use of specialised fibre optic cables as sensors with the ability to measure parameters such as acoustic energy, temperature, strain, and... 

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