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D1 Mint buys 1 500 investment-grade diamonds for new diamond-backed crypto coin

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 The emergence of blockchain technology is helping to turn diamonds into a new investment asset class that in turn, could drive future demand for natural diamonds, the creator of a new diamond backed crypto coin said on Friday. Singapore-based D1 Mint Limited, the creator of the diamond-backed D1... 

Harmony poised to hit 1.5m oz target – CEO 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd May 2018 Gold mining company Harmony Gold is well on track to hit its target of 1.5-million ounces of gold a year. The two big steps needed to ensure this – the acquisition and recapitalisation of the Hidden Valley gold mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and the acquisition of the Moab Khotsong in South... 

Alrosa reopens office in world’s largest diamond jewellery market

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd May 2018 Russian diamond miner Alrosa has successfully held its first auction in two years in the US, following the recent reopening of its representative office in New York. The New York office was first opened in 2006, but has not operated since 2016. 

Paulson keeps stake in gold investments during Q1 – filing

By: Reuters     16th May 2018 New York-based Paulson & Co, led by longtime gold bull John Paulson, kept its stake in gold investments during the first quarter of 2018, while other heavyweights including Soros Fund Management, Jana Partners and Caxton Corp all remained unexposed to the metal. The timing for Paulson appeared... 

A.B.E. Waterproofing For New Botswana Innovation Hub Building

15th May 2018 a.b.e. Construction Chemicals has supplied large volumes of polyurea coating for the waterproofing of an expansive roof of one of the new buildings of Botswana’s massive Innovation Hub campus in Gaborone. Noel Abendroth, a.b.e. High Performance Coatings Solutions Manager, says VIP QuickSeal PP... 

Gold bulls left waiting for boost from global angst as oil jumps

By: Bloomberg     10th May 2018 The gold market is greeting geopolitical turmoil with a yawn. The metal, which has dropped for three straight weeks, extended losses Wednesday as Treasury yields and crude oil jumped on the US plan to reinstate sanctions on Iran. The metal is trading at the cheapest relative to crude since late... 

Metals maker Arconic slashes forecasts, shares slide

By: Reuters     1st May 2018 Aluminium products maker Arconic Inc slashed its 2018 forecasts for profit and free cash flow on expectations that the price of the metal would remain high this year due to sanctions on Russian supplies and a 10% duty on aluminium imports. Shares of the company, which makes aluminium products... 

Deripaska offers to cut En+ stake in bid for sanctions relief

By: Bloomberg     30th April 2018 Oleg Deripaska offered to make concessions on his ownership of En+ Group Plc, which owns almost half of Russian aluminum giant United Co Rusal, as he seeks to cast off the yoke of US sanctions. The Russian billionaire agreed “in principle” to cut his stake in En+ to less than 50% and plans to... 

Stocks fall as US yields rise, commodities tumble

By: Reuters     23rd April 2018 A gauge of global equity markets declined on Monday as US bond yields moved closer to the 3% level that has unsettled investors in recent months, while a fall in commodity prices pressured materials stocks. US bond prices fell, with the ten-year yield hitting its highest in over four years at... 

Russia sanctions spook palladium investors as supply fears mount

By: Bloomberg     23rd April 2018 Hedge funds just made an abrupt about face in the palladium market as US sanctions against Russian titans spark concerns that the world’s largest producer of the metal will get caught in the cross hairs. After the US slapped penalties on United Co. Rusal, American officials have sent conflicting... 

Mining firms from China to Canada watch as Greenland holds election

By: Reuters     21st April 2018 With melting ice expanding access to the Arctic, investors from China to Canada are watching Greenland's election next week for signs of the political will to get a flagging mining programme on the island back on track. Greenland is hoping rising commodity prices can help attract foreign... 

On-The-Air (20/04/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2018 South Africa is expected to play an important role in a large new multi-billion-rand potash project in the Republic of Congo. Wonderful news for platinum is that mining equipment driven by a fuel cell is scheduled to make a game-changing debut underground next year. Mining giant Glencore has... 

Goldman Sachs says you must own commodities in these tense times

By: Bloomberg     13th April 2018 The case for owning commodities has rarely been stronger, according to Goldman Sachs Group. With raw materials rallying on escalating political tensions across the globe and economic growth remaining strong, the bank’s analysts including Jeffrey Currie doubled down on their “overweight”... 

Aluminium set for best week in three decades as supply woes mount

By: Bloomberg     13th April 2018 Aluminium prices are heading for the best week in at least three decades as US sanctions on Russian producer United Co. Rusal send buyers scrambling to find supplies. Prices of the metal climbed to the highest since 2012 Thursday, helping push this week’s gain to almost 14%, the most in... 

South Africa's rand strengthens as global trade war fears ease

By: Reuters     10th April 2018 South Africa's currency firmed against the dollar early on Tuesday as investor jitters over an escalating US-China trade row cooled with eyes on domestic manufacturing data and the central bank's monetary policy review. At 06:30 GMT the rand was 0.52% firmer at 12.0350 per dollar compared to its... 

Strong rand eroding South African gold mines’ margins 

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th April 2018 While the strengthening of South Africa’s rand against the dollar in recent months has been widely welcomed by many, it has somewhat dampened the outlook for exporters and mining firms reliant on a weakened currency to widen margins. For South Africa’s gold mining industry, the resultant decline... 

BlackRock's $1.3bn gold fund feels pain of bullion miners

By: Bloomberg     4th April 2018 This year has not been kind to precious-metal stock pickers at the world’s biggest asset manager, but their luck may be about to turn. The $1.3-billion BlackRock Gold and General Fund lost 15% last quarter, its worst performance since the third quarter of 2015. Among large materials-focused... 

Global gold investment seen rising for 5th year in 2018 – CPM

By: Reuters     28th March 2018 Bullion investors, miners and makers of coins will help drive the fifth straight annual increase in total global gold investment in 2018, CPM Group said in its Gold Yearbook 2018 on Tuesday, citing geopolitical tensions and fears that the bubbling US economic expansion will end in a 2019... 

Half of all US coal plants would lose money without regulation

By: Bloomberg     27th March 2018 It’s long been clear that US coal plants are struggling. A study released Monday shows how much – concluding that barely half earned enough revenue last year to cover their operating expenses. Power grids may face “massive” upheaval as more uneconomic plants close, according to the report by... 

Sprott-backed blockchain platform to give gold digital edge  

By: Bloomberg     26th March 2018 Cryptocurrencies and the blockchain were thought by some to replace gold as the ultimate haven against financial calamity. Now the gold market is using blockchain to kick back at crypto and bring precious metals into the digital age. TradeWind Markets, a technology provider backed by Sprott,... 

Rising synthetic diamond output lifts discount to natural stones

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd March 2018 An analysis from independent New York-based diamond analyst Paul Zimnisky has shown that prices for synthetic laboratory-created diamonds are falling at an accelerating pace. Lab-created diamonds have enjoyed a 71% year-on-year improvement of its discount to natural equivalents over the past 12... 

The lithium sector surge is poised to ignite a deals bonanza

By: Bloomberg     21st March 2018 The tripling in lithium prices over three years is poised to fuel a multi-billion dollar rush of deals as major players jostle for dominance to supply the metal needed for the electric vehicle battery revolution. China’s expected to lead a mergers and acquisition bonanza as companies seek to... 

Mine accident shows a potash market nervous about outages

By: Bloomberg     16th March 2018 The news, when it came late Friday night from a government ministry in Minsk, was grim: the ceiling of a potash mine in Belarus had collapsed more than half a kilometre underground, trapping two workers. Halfway around the world, the reaction to the headlines was swift and dramatic. Shares of... 

ETF holders draw palladium with lease rate double bond yield

By: Bloomberg     16th March 2018 For all the talk about rising US interest rates damping the allure of precious metals, palladium is proving to be a profitable asset to own. Borrowers pay holders of palladium 6% to use the metal for a week, data compiled by Bloomberg show. While that’s little changed this year, the lease rate... 

Chile attempts to block China from prize lithium asset

By: Reuters     14th March 2018 Chile's government has asked antitrust regulators to block the sale of a 32% stake in Chilean lithium company SQM to a Chinese firm on the grounds it would give it an unfair advantage in the global race to secure resources to develop electric vehicles. Chile development agency Corfo, which... 

Busa optimistic of South Africa’s economic prospects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th March 2018 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) is optimistic about South Africa’s economic prospects following meetings with investors and ratings agencies in London this week.  

Battle to keep Lonmin platinum deal alive hinges on the rand

By: Bloomberg     9th March 2018 When Lonmin CEO Ben Magara announced in December that Sibanye Gold had agreed to buy the platinum miner, he was visibly relieved. He can’t relax just yet. 

UCT academic joins UN special envoy to discuss Cape Town’s water future

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2018 University of Cape Town (UCT) academic and Future Water Institute lead researcher Dr Kevin Winter was part of a team of experts that joined United Nations (UN) climate action special envoy Mike Bloomberg – founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term mayor of New York – on a tour of the... 

As coal use wanes, US miners depend on foreign buyers, steel  

By: Bloomberg     8th March 2018 It keeps getting harder to sell coal in the US US miners are forecast to cut production 4.7% in 2018 as electricity generators shift increasingly to natural gas and renewable energy, according to the US Energy Information Administration. The expected total of 736.3 million short tons would be the... 

Steel tariffs may trip up another industry Trump loves: Coal

By: Bloomberg     6th March 2018 President Donald Trump’s proposed steel tariffs may have a downside for US coal miners. While tariffs could increase domestic demand for metallurgical coal – which is used in the steelmaking process – most of the market for that fuel is abroad. About 75% of the coking coal US miners produced in... 

Siemens to enhance Magnis’ NY lithium-ion battery technology plant

By: Schalk Burger     5th March 2018 ASX-listed Magnis Resources, battery technology developer Charge CCCV and industrial equipment multinational Siemens have signed a letter of intent to enhance the lithium-ion manufacturing technology at the New York battery plant, in which Magnis has a shareholding, through digitisation and... 

Gold, copper decline as Powell's remarks on rates boost dollar

By: Bloomberg     27th February 2018 Gold and copper futures fell as the dollar was buoyed by a statement from Federal Reserve chairperson Jerome Powell that signalled US policy makers will keep on gradually raising interest rates, undeterred by recent market fluctuations. “Despite the recent volatility, financial conditions remain... 

Froneman calls for collective action towards zero harm in fatality-plagued mining business 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd February 2018 A strong call to action was made by Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman on Thursday for a common purpose towards zero harm in South Africa's mining industry, where rising fatality numbers are causing great concern. Froneman said a point had been reached where management on its own could not make... 

South Africa falls to small percentage of AngloGold output 

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2018 South African gold mines now represent around 13% of the AngloGold Ashanti portfolio, AngloGold Ashanti CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan (Venkat) said on Tuesday. The fall in the contribution from AngloGold's South Africa region mines follows the sale of Moab and Kopanang and the closure of the Tau... 

Gold Fields going all out to put South Deep gold mine into black 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2018 Gold Fields is going all out to push Gauteng's uniquely mechanised deep-level South Deep gold mine into the black once and for all. The company is ploughing R200-million a year into training, which it believes will set South Africa on an exciting new successful course in the pioneering fields of... 

Gold Fields pays dividend on net loss, flat production, two fatalities

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2018 Gold mining company Gold Fields on Wednesday announced a final dividend on a net loss and flat production, impacted by two fatalities. As per its trading statement released on February 8, headline earnings for 2017 were $194-million, or $0.24 a share, and net loss for the year was $35-million, or... 

Browns Range pilot plant on track for completion in June

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2018 Despite heavy rains in the area over the last two weeks causing some delays, rare earths developer Northern Minerals MD George Bauk confirmed in a progress update on Monday that the Browns Range pilot plant project, in Western Australia, was on track for completion by the end of June. He said in... 

Magnis-linked consortium buys equipment for lithium-ion battery factory

By: Anine Kilian     9th February 2018 ASX-listed Magnis Resources has reported that Imperium3 New York (IM3NY) placed the winning bid for the acquisition of second-hand lithium-ion battery manufacturing equipment currently located in North Carolina, US.   The lithium-ion battery plant assets consists of equipment from major US and... 

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