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South African regional airline places order for two new airliners

By: Keith Campbell     30th November 2017 Privately-owned South African scheduled and non-scheduled domestic and international operations airline CemAir has concluded a $66-million deal with Canadian company Bombardier Aerospace for two new twin turboprop Q400 regional airliners. This follows on from a Letter of Intent signed between the... 

Premium German anchoring systems available locally

     30th November 2017 Some of the most technically-advanced anchoring system solutions in the world are being made available to the local construction and allied industries by leading distributor Upat in Johannesburg. Established in 1983, one of the sole distributorships that Upat prides itself on is, fischer from... 

R22.5m for VVIP flights: Defence dept overspends budget

By: News24Wire      29th November 2017 The Department of Defence has overspent on VVIP flights by R22.5-million since 2015, a parliamentary reply has revealed. DA defence and military veterans spokesperson Kobus Marais submitted questions to Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula asking how much she had... 

Court challenge to South Africa Mining Charter postponed to February

By: Reuters     27th November 2017 A court hearing for a challenge by South Africa's mining industry to revisions to a sector charter which include raising levels of black ownership has been postponed to February from December, the Chamber of Mines said on Monday. The uncertainty around the matter is an added headwind deterring... 

Charter focuses on jobs, economic and social benefits for the Pilbara

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th November 2017 The Western Australian resources industry has committed to work with the state government to provide increased social and economic benefits to communities in the Pilbara. The Pilbara Collaboration Charter was signed on Friday by Premier Mark McGowan, Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) Reg... 

Growing domestic demand at heart of plan to create a million manufacturing jobs 

By: Terence Creamer     24th November 2017 The Manufacturing Circle released a plan on Friday outlining how South Africa could create a million jobs over a ten-year period through pursuing a series of reforms designed at stimulating demand for South African manufactured products and improving the investment climate. The 48-page document,... 

Parliament delays passing key mining law

By: Reuters     22nd November 2017 South Africa's Parliament will miss a December target to pass changes to mineral resource laws, seen as key for greater investor certainty, a senior Parliamentary official said on Tuesday. In September, Mines Minister Mosebenzi Zwane told a mining conference in Australia that the new target date... 

Icasa publishes second draft of End-User and Subscriber Service Charter

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th November 2017 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has published a second draft of the End-User and Subscriber Service Charter regulations for public input. Interested stakeholders have until January 3 to submit their written comments, following which, Icasa will host public... 

Court allows parties to join CoM’s application for Mining Charter review

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th November 2017 The High Court has granted a request by the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) and Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), which represent certain mining community organisations, to join the Chamber of Mines’ (CoM’s) application for a review of the third iteration of the Mining Charter. The CoM had... 

Mining Charter could hinder South Africa’s economic growth – Solidarity

By: Anine Kilian     14th November 2017 Trade union Solidarity says that 25 177 jobs have been affected by retrenchments in the mining industry in 2017 and points to the much-talked-about contentious Mining Charter Three as a major contributing factor. “The Mining Charter puts a damper on the industry and is conducive to mining... 

Judgment reserved in CoM’s application for declaratory order regarding continuing consequences of ownership

By: Anine Kilian     10th November 2017 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) on Friday advised that its application for a declaratory order on the principles applicable to the assessment of the ownership element of the Mining Charter, particularly in respect of the continuing consequences of previous black economic empowerment (BEE) deals, was... 

South Africa’s transformation remains skewed – Cesa

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th November 2017 Not enough has been done in the transformation space to tackle the imbalances of the past across South Africa, outgoing Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Lynne Pretorius said on Tuesday. Pretorius, whose two-year term had been largely underpinned by the pursuit of transformation... 

Gigaba’s maiden MTBPS receives mixed reviews

By: Sane Dhlamini     26th October 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s maiden Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) has received mixed reactions, with many organisations calling out its lack of attention to detail. Gigaba MTBPS was delayed by Economic Freedom Fighters MPs who objected to him delivering the budget on the basis... 

Govt eager to get mining parties back to the table – Gigaba

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th October 2017 With the implementation of the revised – and heavily contested – Mining Charter Three postponed to December, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday said it was critical that the current impasse in the mining sector be resolved. Earlier this year, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR)... 

Shared vision needed for mining to boost entire economy – Mgojo

By: Martin Creamer     24th October 2017 A collective national vision, which must be viable, inclusive and transformative, is urgently needed to unleash mining’s latent ability to energise the entire South African economy, Chamber of Mines president Mxolisi Mgojo said on Tuesday. Speaking at a media lunch, Mgojo emphasised the folly of... 

Mining communities ask to join case against South Africa Charter

By: Bloomberg     24th October 2017 A group of South African mining communities will challenge the government’s Mining Charter and seek a court order to ensure they are involved in drafting any replacement. About 150 community-based organizations and activists, represented by the Centre for Applied Legal Studies, will apply to join... 

Lessons learnt at the recent Joburg Indaba: Create a singular goal and a long-term vision Written by Dimitri Cavvadas, Partner at Fasken Martineau

     19th October 2017 The growing popularity of the Joburg Indaba with its robust debate last week (4-5 October) was encouraging, while at the same time somewhat ironic. The event, which focuses mainly on the status of the South African – rather than the African or international – mining industry, continues to grow in... 

Diamond exploration intensifying close to mine that paid for itself in 3.5 days 

By: Martin Creamer     18th October 2017 London- and Botswana-listed Botswana Diamonds, which is funding diamond exploration on three sites in South Africa, expects to declare an inferred resource by year-end at its Thorny River project in Limpopo, which is located very close to the Marsfontein mine that had an astonishing... 

Chamber files for review of 'disastrous' Mining Charter

By: News24Wire      18th October 2017 The Chamber of Mines filed an application in the North Gauteng High court on Tuesday to have a judicial review and setting aside of the Mining Charter. According to the founding affidavit, the Charter released by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on June 15 had, and continues to have, a... 

Exploration, junior culture needed to save mining – Bristow 

By: Martin Creamer     16th October 2017 Unless South Africa starts exploring again and finds new ore deposits, the country will continue to turn out the lights of the mining sector. With poor policy added, disinvestment and lack of interest will ultimately stop South Africa’s mining industry in its tracks, which will deal a colossal... 

Resources Watch  

     12th October 2017 This week: Chamber of Mines stands by its decision to boycott gala dinner; Rip up charter, provide tax incentives, back junior miners, says Maimane And, ANC will heed Joburg Indaba call for removal of Minerals Minister, says Mkhize 

Opinion: South Africa’s coal mining sector could shrink by 46% 

     6th October 2017 In this opinion article, independent economic risk consultant Rob Jeffrey argues that the mining industry and coal industry need to fight for their very future otherwise all is lost. Few people realise that future economic, political and social prosperity are at currently stake. Decisions made in... 

CoM committed to finding workable solutions that are in the national interest

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th October 2017 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) has drawn a firm line in the sand regarding its opposition to unethical leadership, bad governance and State capture,” CoM president Mxolisi Mgojo asserted on Thursday. “We are doing what is necessary to ensure better outcomes for our sector and our country. The chamber... 

De Beers’ diamond exploration grinding to halt on government issues 

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2017 The exploration programme of De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) is grinding to a halt owing to the ongoing issues the iconic diamond mining company is experiencing with South Africa’s Department of Minerals Resources (DMR). With the hold-up of as many as 54 prospecting licence applications for as... 

Industry to focus on back-to-basics for new Mining Charter – Herbert Smith Freehills

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th October 2017 The South African mining industry has to focus on going back to basics and on why the Mining Charter was created when considering Mining Charter Three, Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa cochairperson Peter Leon said on Thursday. Speaking during a panel discussion that highlighted ways... 

CoM stands by its decision to boycott gala dinner 

By: Anine Kilian     4th October 2017 Chamber of Mines (CoM) CEO Roger Baxter has confirmed that CoM executives and office bearers purposefully decided not to attend Tuesday evening’s Joburg Indaba banquet, where Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane was the guest speaker. “It was not an impetuous decision. It was not a decision... 

CoM should stay away from ‘crook’ Zwane – Pityana 

By: Anine Kilian     4th October 2017 AngloGold Ashanti chairperson Sipho Pityana has urged South Africa’s mining lobby, the Chamber of Mines, to stay away from Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, whom he accused of not being committed to South Africa’s mining industry. “I fully endorse that the Chamber of Mines stays away... 

Rip up charter, provide tax incentives, back junior miners – Maimane 

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2017 Mining Charter Three should be ripped up, proper tax incentives introduced and junior mining enterprises supported to restore investment in the mining industry, which is a stimulator of the South African economy as a whole, Opposition Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said on Wednesday.... 

Chamber criticised for no-show at Joburg Indaba gala dinner

By: Martin Creamer     3rd October 2017 Officials of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa were criticised for opting to not attend Tuesday night’s Joburg Indaba’s gala dinner, which was addressed by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, who stated that he would not discuss the controversial but agreement-fettered Mining Charter... 

Coal of Africa sells Mooiplaats

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2017 The sale of the Mooiplaats Colliery is the final step in Coal of Africa’s balance sheet restructuring strategy, setting the course for the company to become a self-sufficient mid-tier coal mining company, CEO David Brown said on Monday. Mooiplaats, which has been on care and maintenance since... 

On-The-Air (29/09/2017) 

By: Yolande Botes     29th September 2017 Mining companies are licking their wounds over being forced to pay twice for mine rehabilitation; With palladium overtaking platinum, the rich north is getting richer and the poor south poorer; and The big South African ferrochrome company, Hernic Ferrochrome, has been placed in business rescue. 

Offshore capital equipment markets come in handy amid ‘turmoil’ in domestic mining sector

By: Dylan Slater     29th September 2017 South African capital equipment manufacturers that are supplying offshore markets, and have survived the ongoing turmoil in the mining industry and the domestic economic environment, have showed resilience and bear testament to the lifeline provided by exporting products and not relying solely on... 

South African business confidence hit by political uncertainty and corruption – analyst

By: African News Agency      28th September 2017 Business confidence in South Africa was at an all-time low as a result of political uncertainty, poor economic performance, policy confusion and a general lack of leadership, a turnaround strategist said on Thursday. Alastair Macduff, chairperson and CE of the Turnaround Management Association... 

CoM supports trade union’s nationwide march against corruption

By: African News Agency      27th September 2017 The Chamber of Mines of South Africa (CoM) said on Wednesday that it would join Business Unity South Africa and Business Leadership South Africa in support of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) stance against State capture and corruption. Thousands of workers and civil society... 

Offer for Rockwell affiliates flops on BRP haste; orderly wind down still planned

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd September 2017 Bankrupt alluvial diamond miner Rockwell Diamonds advised on Friday that it has received two offers which, when combined, would have been able to buy out the Canadian company’s distressed South African subsidiaries. However, an untimely motion to place the affiliates into provisional liquidation... 

Equipment manufacturer inaugurates new facility

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th September 2017 Heavy-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has officially inaugurated its new parts distribution facility, near Johannesburg, in Gauteng. The 60 000 m2 facility consolidates two smaller parts-distribution sites – Linbro Park and Isando – and offers several advantages, including the ability to work... 

Chamber agrees to Minister's written undertaking

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2017 The Chamber of Mines advises that, following an approach by legal counsel representing Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, it has reached an agreement with him through his legal counsel in respect of the chamber’s urgent interdict to prevent the implementation of Mining Charter Three, as... 

NUM to be friend of court in Chamber’s interdict against Mining Charter’s implementation 

By: African News Agency      13th September 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Wednesday that it will be approaching the North Gauteng High Court as an intervening party, or friend of the court, in the court interdict by the Chamber of Mines against the implementation of the 2017 Reviewed Mining Charter. The NUM said it... 

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