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Rusal says board backs change of domicile to Russia

By: Reuters     17th August 2018 Russia's sanctions-hit aluminium giant Rusal said on Friday its board had discussed and approved a change of domicile from Britain's Jersey to Russia in order to take advantage of new special tax regulations. Rusal, which was hit with US sanctions in April that seriously disrupted aluminium... 

US nuclear company Westinghouse emerges from bankruptcy protection

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th August 2018 US major nuclear group Westinghouse Electric exited from bankruptcy protection (under Chapter 11 of US Bankruptcy Code) at the start of this month, when its takeover by Brookfield Business Partners came into effect. Brookfield, which is listed on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges and is... 

Alrosa to put 202 'special' diamonds up for sale at Israel auction

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th August 2018 Diamond miner Alrosa will offer 202 gem-quality rough diamonds for sale at an auction to be held in Israel from August 19 to September 6. The diamonds, with a combined weight of 3 165 ct, are all larger than 10.8 ct, otherwise known as 'special' diamonds. 

Kaz Minerals copper miner declares dividend, H1 earnings rise

By: Reuters     16th August 2018 Kaz Minerals copper miner on Thursday announced an interim dividend of 6 US cents per share, the first since 2012, in keeping with a growing trend for miners to focus on shareholder returns. Kaz Minerals shares plunged early this month after the Kazakhstan-focused miner said it was expanding... 

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... 

Ramaphosa proposes new sovereign wealth fund – party officials

By: Reuters     14th August 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has proposed setting up a sovereign wealth fund to help boost economic growth, and his ruling African National Congress (ANC) backs the plan, two senior party officials said on Tuesday. Ramaphosa, who replaced scandal-plagued Jacob Zuma as ANC leader late last year, is... 

Russia's richest lose $3.1bn as tax proposal hits shares

By: Bloomberg     13th August 2018 Russia’s super-rich tycoons lost more than $3-billion in one day after a top economic aide to the president proposed raising taxes on the nation’s giant metal and mining companies. In a letter to Vladimir Putin, adviser Andrey Belousov named 14 companies that could pay more. The resulting... 

Israel seeks early re-tender of mining rights to shore up Dead Sea

By: Reuters     13th August 2018 The Dead Sea is shrinking at the rate of about a meter a year, leaving behind deserted beaches and sinkholes in a slow-motion environmental disaster. The main culprit is the drying up of the Jordan river, its main tributary, as communities upstream draw on it for farming and drinking. But... 

Kremlin backs discussion of idea to raise revenue from metals firms

By: Reuters     10th August 2018 Russian President Vladimir Putin agrees that a proposal to prop up the budget by raising more revenue from metals and mining companies should be discussed, but has not made any decision, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday. Proposals seen by Reuters on Thursday were set out in a... 

NLMK's Lisin warns against higher Russian mining taxes

By: Reuters     10th August 2018 Hitting Russian mining and metals companies with extra taxes because they are making profits will only encourage them to be less efficient, according to billionaire Vladimir Lisin, who controls top steel producer NLMK . "The proposed method of creating an extra tax base looks like an... 

Four Brics and a briquette

By: Riaan de Lange     10th August 2018 The headline of this article sounds a bit like a 1960s band. A popular music band. A pop band. But, alas, it is no band – it is what should be an honest reflection of what the world knows as Brics, an acronym for Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. Bric came into existence in 2008 and... 

Tipping point?

By: Terence Creamer     10th August 2018 The dust has well and truly settled on of the tenth Brics summit, hosted in Johannesburg last month. While the event was generally viewed as positive from a South African perspective, it failed to capture the popular imagination. Most public interest centred on whether Russia’s strongman... 

Space agencies of South Africa and India strengthen cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th August 2018 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) formalised their relationship by signing a Memorandum of Understanding on the fringes of the recent Brics Summit in Johannesburg. (Brics is the alignment between Brazil, Russia, India, China, and... 

Should we worry about Chinese generosity?

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     10th August 2018 Back in March, former US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson became the umpteenth Western big gun to urge Africans to beware of Chinese generosity on the continent, which has taken the form of freebies such as the African Union headquarters in Addis Abba, Ethiopia – built at a cost of $200-million... 

Rosneft more than triples Q2 net profit, shares hit record

By: Reuters     7th August 2018 Russia's largest oil producer Rosneft said on Tuesday its second-quarter net profit more than tripled to 228-billion roubles on higher production and prices, pushing its shares to an all-time peak. Rosneft, in which Qatar is set to become the third-largest shareholder after the Russian state and... 

Russia's shield against sanctions draws praise from Moody's

By: Bloomberg     7th August 2018 Russia is ready to absorb the blow from any new sanctions the US throws its way, according to Moody’s Investors Service. Measures to cut down holdings of Treasuries and reduce exposure to the dollar have made the economy less vulnerable to the threat of deeper penalties, Moody’s analyst Kristin... 

Glencore's poised for record profit despite horrible year

By: Bloomberg     7th August 2018 Glencore may have had a nightmarish year so far, but the world’s top commodity trader is still raking in mountains of money. The company is facing a US corruption probe, got mired in a dispute with its billionaire former partner in the Democratic Republic of Congo and has been caught in the... 

Russia's Rusal shuts down Nadvoitsky plant due to US sanctions

By: Reuters     7th August 2018 ussia's Rusal, the world's largest aluminium producer outside China, has started shutting down production at one of its smaller plants as a result of US sanctions on the company, Rusal representatives said on Monday. Operations at the Nadvoitsky aluminium smelter in Russia's Karelia region... 

West African appoints executive to oversee Sanbrado development

By: Simone Liedtke     6th August 2018 As ASX- and TSX-V-listed West African Resources moves into the development phase at its 90%-owned Sanbrado gold project, in Burkina Faso, the gold developer has also announced a key management appointment and project update. Matthew Wilcox will join the West African executive team as chief... 

Russian gold miner Polyus posts 10% rise in Q2 net profit

By: Reuters     3rd August 2018 Polyus, Russia's largest gold producer, on Friday reported second-quarter net profit of $114-million, up 10% year on year, due to higher gold sales. Excluding non-cash items, such as a foreign exchange loss, its adjusted net profit, jumped 68% to $457-million and matched its adjusted earnings... 

Kaz Minerals expands into Russia with $900m copper deal

By: Reuters     2nd August 2018 Kaz Minerals, a low-cost copper producer until now focused on Kazakhstan, said it has agreed to buy the Baimskaya copper project in the Chukotka region of Russia for $900-million in cash and shares. The deal is comprised of an initial $675-million and a deferred payment of $225-million. 

Gold demand falls 4% y/y in Q2

By: Anine Kilian     2nd August 2018 Global gold demand remained muted at 964 t in the second quarter, 4% lower year-on-year, according to the World Gold Council’s (WGC’s) latest ‘Gold Demand Trends’ report. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online, WGC member and market relations head John Mulligan said mine production in the second... 

Nornickel says Q2 nickel output flat y/y

By: Reuters     31st July 2018 Russia's Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel) said on Tuesday its consolidated nickel production was at 49 460 t in the second quarter of 2018, broadly flat year-on-year. Nornickel, one of the world's largest nickel and palladium producers, also said its palladium production totalled 813 000 troy ounces,... 

Petrol price to rise 1c/ℓ in August

By: Simone Liedtke     30th July 2018 The petrol price will increase by 1c/ℓ on August 1, while the diesel price will decrease by 4c/ℓ, the Central Energy Fund (CEF) has revealed. Illuminating paraffin will increase by 4c/ℓ and liquefied petroleum gas by 17c/kg. 

South African, Indian space agencies strengthen their mutual cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th July 2018 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) formalised their relationship by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Friday. The ceremony took place on the fringes of the Brics Summit in Johannesburg. (Brics is the alignment between... 

Hulamin sells well despite US import tariffs, decreased trade with China

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th July 2018 JSE-listed aluminium supplier and exporter Hulamin has declared a 77% decrease in headline earnings a share to 13c for the six months ended June 30, partly owing to the 7% strengthening of the rand against the dollar to an average of R12.30 in the period, compared with an average of R13.22 in the... 

Coking coal continues multiyear price downtrend

By: Nadine James     27th July 2018 BMI Research expects coking coal prices to gradually edge lower in the second half of this year. Its expectation from the previous forecast done in March that premium hard coking coal export prices will fall below $200/t by mid-year, has played out as prices are now hovering at around $170/t. 

Strong growth in smaller airliner segment predicted by Brazilian aerospace group

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th July 2018 Brazilian aerospace group Embraer, one of the world’s top two regional jet manufacturers, has forecast a global demand for 10 550 new airliners with capacities of 150 seats or less, over the next 20 years. This prediction was released at Farnborough in the UK on the day before the start of the... 

Britain reveals progress and plans in high technology combat aircraft project

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th July 2018 The UK unveiled a full-scale mock-up of a sixth-generation combat aircraft on the first day of the 2018 Farnborough airshow. This, described as a ‘concept aircraft’, is the result of the work of a consortium called Team Tempest, which comprises British aero­space firms and the Royal Air Force... 

Brics leaders commit to strengthen multilateral trading system amid ‘unprecedented challenges’

By: Terence Creamer     26th July 2018 Heads of State from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa highlighted the benefits of multilateralism and cooperation for unlocking economic growth and development during the tenth Brics Summit, which took place in Johannesburg on Thursday. In the open session chaired by South Africa’s... 

PPC launches new, extended product range despite economic headwinds

By: Simone Liedtke     26th July 2018 PPC Cement South Africa on Thursday launched its fit-for-purpose ‘Sure’ product range, with each of the six products in the range carefully designed for a specific application. Dubbing it the company’s “most significant rebranding and refocusing in over 100 years,” PPC Cement South Africa MD... 

China loans to Africa energy, infrastructure projects almost trebled between 2016 and 2017

By: African News Agency      26th July 2018 The value of Chinese loans to energy and infrastructure projects in Africa almost trebled between 2016 and 2017 to nearly $9-billion and the impact of this lending is increasingly visible in Africa, law firm Baker McKenzie said at the sidelines of a Brics summit. Baker McKenzie, participating at... 

Business Leadership urges SA private sector to match foreign investment

By: African News Agency      26th July 2018 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) on Thursday urged the local private sector to help build on the BRICS Summit by matching and taking advantage of the investment opportunities presented by the summit and associated business forums.  This follows an announcement of US $14,7 billion worth of... 

South Africa opens door to future Russian nuclear power deal

By: Reuters     26th July 2018 South Africa cannot afford large-scale expansion of its nuclear power fleet but would still be open to future nuclear deals with Russia, the ruling party's Treasurer General said on Thursday shortly before President Vladimir Putin arrived for the Brics summit. The nuclear project was prioritised... 

Europe to become 'massive' buyer of US LNG, Trump says

By: Bloomberg     25th July 2018 Europe will build more terminals to import US liquefied natural gas, the head of the European Commission told US President Donald Trump during a meeting aimed at averting a transatlantic trade war. “They want very much to do that, and we have plenty of it,” Trump said, referring to the US shale... 

Xi Jinping, Ramaphosa say Brics should uphold multilateralism, reject trade war

By: Terence Creamer     25th July 2018 The Presidents of China and South Africa, Xi Jinping and Cyril Ramaphosa, offered an unequivocal rebuke of US President Donald Trump’s trade war on Wednesday and called on the Brics countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa to act to uphold multilateralism and defend the... 

Enabling environment needed for private sector to contribute to Africa’s development

By: Simone Liedtke     25th July 2018 To attract the financing needed to meet Africa’s investment needs, the public sector must create an enabling environment for the private sector to play its role, African Development Bank (AfDB) Southern African deputy director general Josephine Ngure says. Speaking at a pre-African Investment... 

Lax security leaves car sharing apps vulnerable to attack

25th July 2018 Kaspersky Lab researchers have examined the security of 13 car sharing applications from household manufacturers across the globe – including those from Russia, the US and Europe. The company’s experts discovered that all of the applications contain a number of security issues that can... 

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