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Mining's biggest mystery is what Agarwal plans to do with Anglo

By: Bloomberg     21st September 2017 As Anglo American’s board met at the lavish Vergelegen wine estate in South Africa yesterday evening as part of a 100-year celebration, executives were blindsided by news headlines: Indian mining tycoon Anil Agarwal was becoming the biggest shareholder. After Anglo’s managers partied to honor the... 

South Africa's AfriSam says merger offer for PPC 'fair'

By: Reuters     20th September 2017 South African cement maker AfriSam said on Wednesday a merger proposal valuing its rival PPC at $700-million was fair, suggesting it has no intention of sweetening its offer. Shares in PPC dropped 2.52% to R6.19 at 1314 GMT, but still well above a R5.75 per share valuation in AfriSam's proposal... 

Treasury denies report it plans to sack head of $150bn State pension fund

By: Reuters     14th September 2017 The National Treasury on Thursday denied a newspaper report that it was about to fire the head of the State-owned Public Investment Corporation and said the report was baseless. Citing unnamed sources, The Star said the chief executive of Africa's biggest pension fund, Dan Matjila, would be... 

Capitalworks launches $300m sub-Saharan Africa investment company

     14th September 2017 Independent alternative asset manager Capitalworks Group has launched Africa Capitalworks, an investment company that will deploy permanent equity capital in midmarket companies in strategically selected sectors across sub-Saharan Africa, but excluding South Africa. Africa Capitalworks aims to... 

Energy department moots loans to pay for electricity infrastructure maintenance

By: African News Agency      12th September 2017 The department of energy on Tuesday proposed a new model of finding additional funding for electricity infrastructure maintenance but it was met with little enthusiasm from Eskom and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa. As explained to the portfolio committee on energy by the... 

ARC Investments' IPO oversubscribed

By: Reuters     5th September 2017 An initial public offering offer by South Africa's ARC Investments was oversubscribed, the company co-founded by mining tycoon Patrice Motsepe said on Tuesday, prompting it to offer more shares. ARC said last month it would sell shares worth R4-billion ($309-million) in an IPO that values the... 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – third window, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st September 2017 An update on the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – third window. 

Xina Solar One parabolic trough plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st September 2017 Abengoa has achieved practical completion at Xina Solar One. 

Don't panic, we are not funding SAA – GEPF

By: News24Wire      31st August 2017 The Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) assured its members, pensioners and beneficiaries that it has not received any proposal to help fund South African Airways (SAA). GEPF is Africa’s largest pension fund with more than 1.2-million active members from more than 325 government departments,... 

Govt urged to sell loss-making SAA

By: News24Wire      25th August 2017 Government should get out of the commercial airline space and sell the loss-making South African Airways (SAA), according to Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Janine Myburgh. “SAA has become a black hole that is simply consuming the resources of the country, and it would be... 

ARC Investments aims to raise $300m via listing

By: Reuters     24th August 2017 ARC Investments, an investment holding company cofounded by South African mining magnate Patrice Motsepe, plans to raise more than $300-million in a Johannesburg stock market flotation, it said on Thursday. ARC said it would offer shares worth R1.9-billion ($144-million) to private investors and... 

South Africa considers Telkom stake sale to fund SAA bailout – Treasury

By: Reuters     24th August 2017 South Africa is considering selling its stake in landline provider Telkom to fund a R10-billion ($757-million) bailout of South African Airways (SAA), a Treasury spokesperson said on Wednesday. The airline runs one of Africa's biggest fleets but is loss-making. It received state funds in July to... 

Sunrise Energy's R1bn LPG storage facility to boost energy security, downstream competition

By: Anine Kilian     7th August 2017 Sunrise Energy's R1.02-billion open-access liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) import and storage terminal, in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, will enable the import of LPG in large quantities, boosting regional energy security and increasing downstream competition. The facility, which is Africa's... 

Stop moratorium now, NUM instructs DMR 

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Wednesday that it is deeply concerned by the current consideration by the Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane to put in place a mineral rights moratorium until the finalisation of the Mining Charter Three court challenge by the Chamber of... 

PIC lifts stake in Group Five to above 20%

     17th July 2017 Construction company Group Five on Monday reported that the State-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC) had increased its stake in the company to 20.135%. Group Five shareholders are due to meet on July 24 to vote in new board members. 

Business holds small-business funding line, despite serious postreshuffle trust deficit 

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th June 2017 It is now well documented how President Jacob Zuma’s March 31 Cabinet reshuffle, which saw South Africa’s highly regarded Pravin Gordhan removed as Finance Minister, seriously undermined trust between government and its social partners, including business. The controversial move also placed the... 

Business holds small-business funding line, despite serious postreshuffle trust deficit

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th June 2017 It is now well documented how President Jacob Zuma’s March 31 Cabinet reshuffle, which saw South Africa’s highly-regarded Pravin Gordhan removed as Finance Minister, seriously undermined trust between government and its social partners, including business. The controversial move also placed the... 

Much progress in mineworker housing delivery but more needs to be done 

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd June 2017 Many migrant employees do not want to permanently settle in mining towns, but prefer to maintain their homes in the rural areas and return to them, says the Chamber of Mines (CoM) of South Africa, citing its research and experience in the industry. “Providing permanent urban dwellings, as well as... 

PIC says in support of Vodacom’s Safaricom acquisition

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd June 2017 JSE-listed telecommunications giant Vodacom on Friday secured the green light from 15.63% shareholder, the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), to acquire an indirect 34.94% interest in Safaricom. State investment arm, the PIC, provided Vodacom with a letter of support for the proposed... 

Ministers ask Public Protector to investigate Treasury and banking sector

By: News24Wire      31st May 2017 The Office of the Public Protector on Tuesday confirmed that several ministers have written a letter requesting that she investigate the conduct, alleged collusion and corruption at National Treasury and other financial institutions. Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s spokesperson Oupa Segalwe... 

GEPF assures its funds are not used to bail out troubled SAA

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2017 The Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) on Thursday assured that it was not funding the recapitalisation of ailing national airliner South African Airways (SAA), nor had it been approached to contribute. Speculation emerged last week that the GEPF’s assets will be used, through its fund... 

Solidarity, Hospersa worried about proposed bail-out plans for SAA

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd May 2017 Trade union Solidarity is demanding answers about whether the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) is considering recapitalising “sinking ship” South African Airways (SAA) through the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), as the union’s members have a direct interest in the proper management... 

Southern Palace outlines vision for radically transformed M&R infrastructure unit 

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th May 2017 The newly black-owned construction company conceived from a R314-million sale agreement between engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) and black-empowered Southern Palace Group aims to build on its 115-year heritage to become a “leading, Tier 1, infrastructure player in South... 

Southern Palace outlines vision for radically transformed M&R infrastructure unit 

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th May 2017 The newly black-owned construction company, conceived from a R314-million sale agreement between engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) and black-empowered Southern Palace Group, aims to build on its 115-year heritage to become a “leading, tier one, infrastructure player in... 

Violent protestors demand 1 500 new jobs from struggling Lonmin 

By: Martin Creamer     11th May 2017 Platinum company Lonmin on Thursday expressed deep concern about ongoing violence, damage to property and intimidation of employees by the near-mine Bapo Ba Mogale community, which is demanding 1 000 jobs for its members and 500 cadet positions for its unemployed youth.   The London- and... 

Land Bank sets aside R1bn to support black farming investments in 2017  

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2017 South Africa’s Land Bank has set a target of disbursing “at least” R1-billion in 2017/18 to support investments by black entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector and to begin transforming a loan book that is still overwhelmingly composed of funding to established commercial farmers. Should the... 

Sibanye wins US thumbs up for Stillwater acquisition

By: Martin Creamer     18th April 2017 Precious metals mining company Sibanye has received unconditional approval from the Committee on Foreign Investment into the United States on the proposed acquisition of platinum group metals mining company Stillwater, which mines and processes the metals in Montana. Johannesburg- and New... 

Nothing off table as Lonmin pursues value in low platinum price environment

By: Martin Creamer     7th April 2017 The tough new circumstance confronting platinum mining companies demands business unusual to cope with the low price environment. “Right now, sustainability is more important than anything,” says Lonmin CEO Ben Magara, who has also assumed direct hands-on COO control of all the operations in... 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – third window, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th March 2017 An update on the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – third window. 

Anglo's future thrown in question as billionaire grabs stake

By: Bloomberg     16th March 2017 In its 100-year history, Anglo American Plc has endured commodities booms and busts, South African apartheid and bitter boardroom disputes. Now the British mining giant is threatened by the ambitions of Anil Agarwal, an Indian scrap-metal trader turned billionaire mining tycoon. In a surprise... 

Magara seizes Lonmin COO opportunity as he grasps low-price nettle 

By: Martin Creamer     13th March 2017 It’s 7 am. Ben Magara walks in bang on time for our interview. He left home at 4.15 am to be in the gym at 5 am and the office at 6 am. He has a nice spring in his step as he tells me that he has grasped the COO opportunity in addition to his role as CEO of platinum mining company Lonmin,... 

Davies confident that black industrialists will succeed

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th March 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry is confident that the 27 black industrialists that are the grant recipients of an aggregate R577-million under the Black Industrialists Incentive Scheme will be successful. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies believes these companies will succeed in... 

High Court rules in favour of Earthlife Africa in South Africa’s first climate change case 

By: Kim Cloete     8th March 2017 The North Gauteng High Court has ruled in favour of environmental justice organisation, Earthlife Africa (ELA), on the basis that the climate change impacts of the proposed Thabametsi coal-fired power station, were not  properly considered. In South Africa’s first climate change court case, ELA... 

Judgment reserved in South Africa’s first climate change court case  

By: Kim Cloete     7th March 2017 The outcome of South Africa’s first climate change court case could set an important precedent. Judgment has been reserved, following compelling arguments in the Pretoria High Court by lawyers for Earthlife Africa, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the developers of the 557.3 MW... 

Sacoil buys majority stake in Afric Oil

By: African News Agency      6th March 2017 Sacoil, the South African based independent African oil and gas company, said on Monday that it had acquired a 71% interest in Afric Oil Group, one of the largest independent fuel distributors in South Africa. Following completion, Sacoil’s portfolio will consist of operated production activities... 

Resgen aligns coal project contracts to secure funding

By: Martin Creamer     2nd March 2017 Engineering, procurement, construction and logistics contracts have been aligned to meet the debt funding requirements of the Boikarabelo coal mine project in Limpopo. Boikarabelo, which hosts coal resources of 995-million tonnes and the coal reserves of 267-million tonnes, with the first stage... 

Froneman shows off Sibanye in US as Stillwater deal advances

By: Martin Creamer     27th February 2017 Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman on Monday showed off the low-cost performance of this gold and platinum-mining company to a top-level audience in America at a time when the South African company’s proposed acquisition of Stillwater Mining Company of the US is edging forward. In an address to the BMO... 

Stillwater deal advances as Sibanye grasps $2.6bn bridge finance nettle

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2017 Precious metals mining company Sibanye on Monday announced that it had successfully closed the syndication of the bridge facilities to support its acquisition of Stillwater Mining Company of the US. Sibanye said in a Johannesburg Stock Exchange news service announcement that the syndication... 

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