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World copper mine output falls 3% in first 5 months of 2017

By: Henry Lazenby     Updated 7 hours ago Global copper mine output was 3% lower year-on-year during the first five months of 2017, the latest data from the International Copper Study Group (ICSG) showed on Friday. Concentrate production declined by around 2.5% and solvent extraction-electrowinning (SX-EW) declined by around 4.5%. 

New Brics bank plans $1.5bn lending for South African projects 

By: Reuters     17th August 2017 The New Development Bank (NDB) set up by the Brics group of emerging economies plans to lend $1.5-billion to South Africa for infrastructure projects over the next eighteen months. The BRICS - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - agreed to create the infrastructure-focussed lender in... 

New Development Bank to benefit Africa – Zuma

By: African News Agency      17th August 2017 President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday that the New Development Bank (NDB) was set to benefit infrastructure projects on the African continent as a whole, and having a permanent regional centre showed commitment to that undertaking. “We are therefore happy to know that the bank is working on... 

Gold trends sideways as greenback climbs on hawkish Dudley comments

By: Henry Lazenby     15th August 2017 Gold prices posted new losses on Monday and overnight as the US dollar index climbed on positive comments by Federal Open Market Committee voting member William Dudley. Dudley on Monday said it was not “unreasonable” to expect the Federal Reserve to release plans in September to start reducing... 

NUM, ANC ‘very encouraging’ – Royal Bafokeng Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     1st August 2017 Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri said on Tuesday that he was “very encouraged” by the stance taken the day before by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the ruling African National Congress (ANC). “We can only improve the situation if we work together and not against each other,”... 

Goldman's now bullish on iron-ore this year but warns on 2018

By: Bloomberg     27th July 2017 Goldman Sachs Group boosted its iron-ore forecasts after better-than-expected demand in China raised prices, but combined the revised outlook with a warning that it remains bearish on next year on prospects for plentiful mine supplies and a worldwide glut. The three-month forecast was raised to... 

Copper rallies to two-year high, miners surge as China brightens

By: Bloomberg     26th July 2017 The red metal is red hot. Copper surged to the highest level in more than two years on the London Metal Exchange, lifting shares of producers including Glencore, driven by expectations that increasing demand in China may fuel a global shortage and buoyed by a weak dollar. Benchmark three-month... 

Shanghai Foxconn plaza project, China

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 The 50 000 m2 plaza will be the headquarters of Hong Hai Technology Group. 

Paper trail on metal loans ended in fakes as banks lose millions

By: Bloomberg     4th July 2017 For all the high-tech wizardry of modern financial markets, there’s one corner of the commodity world that still depends almost entirely on printed paper – making it an easy target for crooks. Buyers and sellers of base metals like copper, aluminum and nickel use documents known as warehouse... 

As nasty quarter ends, iron's reprieve sees futures back in $60s

By: Bloomberg     28th June 2017 After what’s been a tough quarter, iron ore’s getting a small reprieve. Futures clawed their way back above $60 a metric ton and spot prices have rebounded from a one-year low as steel output holds up in China, buoying demand for the material even as its supply rises. The SGX AsiaClear contract... 

Ncondezi secures funding while it seeks a new JV partner

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd June 2017 Aim-listed coal miner Ncondezi Energy has raised an additional $582 000 from existing lenders and senior management to fund the search for a new partner and to provide working capital for the group. The miner, which is developing the Ncondezi coal mine, in Mozambique’s Tete province, is seeking a... 

The hard-to-believe steel shortage that's unfolding in China

By: Bloomberg     5th June 2017 The world’s top steelmaker may have a shortage of steel. China has a lack of rebar, according to iron-ore miner Fortescue Metals Group, which says a shortfall of the key product helps to explain a divergence between the price of the commodity it digs up with the alloy it’s made into. There’s a... 

Ncondezi calls off joint development agreement with SEP

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th May 2017 Mozambique-focused coal miner and energy developer Ncondezi Energy will engage with new strategic partners who have expressed an interest in helping to develop its integrated thermal coal mine and 300 MW power plant in the country’s Tete province. This comes after the company on Friday suspended... 

China’s first home-grown commercial jetliner makes maiden flight

By: Keith Campbell     19th May 2017 In what could be the most significant development in global commercial aviation since the prototype of the first Airbus airliner (the A300) made its maiden flight in late 1972, the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China’s (Comac’s) C919 single-aisle airliner made its first flight, from Shanghai... 

Ncondezi seeks extension for loan repayment

By: Anine Kilian     10th May 2017 Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy has asked its loan holders to extend the repayment date for its shareholder loan, which became payable on Wednesday.  Ncondezi, which is developing an integrated coal power plant and mine project in northern Mozambique, has drawn down $2.19-million under the shareholder... 

Iron revival snuffed out as 'weakest commodity' drops again

By: Bloomberg     8th May 2017 Iron-ore’s attempt at a rebound lasted just a few short hours as investor concern over robust supplies, including near-record port stockpiles, and speculation some traders in China were rushing to offload holdings combined to snuff out the brief gain. In Singapore, SGX AsiaClear futures fell 2.1%... 

Surging copper stockpiles point to concerns over global demand

By: Bloomberg     5th May 2017 Another surge in copper stockpiles tracked by the world’s top base-metals bourse is reigniting concerns about demand for the material that’s often viewed by investors as a bellwether for the global economy. A 40% jump in inventories monitored by the London Metal Exchange in just three days comes... 

China’s first domestically-designed commercial airliner makes its maiden flight

By: Keith Campbell     5th May 2017 In what could be the most significant development in global commercial aviation since the prototype of the first Airbus airliner (the A300) made its maiden flight in late 1972, the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China’s (Comac’s) C919 single-aisle airliner made its first flight, from Shanghai... 

China's economy shaping up for positive 2018, Rio Tinto says

By: Bloomberg     4th May 2017 Latest indicators on China’s economy point to continued growth through 2018, according to mining giant Rio Tinto Group, which counts the world’s No. 2 economy as its biggest customer. “Are we concerned about the Chinese economic health? The answer is no,” CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques told... 

Gold and bullion miners tumble as French vote cuts haven demand

By: Bloomberg     24th April 2017 Gold dropped to a two-week low and bullion mining stocks sank the most in more than a year as investors favoured riskier assets on expectation that Emmanuel Macron will become France’s next president. The metal slipped as much as 1.5% and South African gold miners plunged as much as 8.7% after... 

Despite slower growth, China still key market for miners and Africa

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2017 There can be no doubt that, for the past two decades-and-a-half or so, the biggest single influence on the global mining industry has been China. Between 2002 and 2012, that country experienced an annual average real gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of 10.4%, compared with India’s 7.6%,... 

New excavator brought to Africa  

By: Victor Moolman     7th April 2017 Industrial and agriculture equipment supplier Smith Power Equipment (SPE), last month expanded its Japanese construction equipment product offering in South Africa to include Kubota’s KX080-3S excavator. 

Rio Tinto sees bumpy ride for aluminum as China poses puzzle

By: Bloomberg     5th April 2017 Rio Tinto Group’s aluminum boss sees prices for the lightweight metal heading for an “extremely” volatile period, with uncertainty over when China will curb production helping to keep investors on edge. “That’s really where the uncertainty is at the moment,” Alfredo Barrios said in an interview... 

Ncondezi progresses JDA with SEP on 300 MW Mozambique power plant project

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th March 2017 Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy is steadily progressing the joint development agreement (JDA) with Shanghai Electric Power (SEP) for its 300 MW power plant project, located near Tete, in northern Mozambique. The agreement, once effective, will see SEP inject $25.5-million to fund the balance of the... 

Alstom awarded its first tramway contract in Taiwan

     3rd March 2017 Multinational rail transport company Alstom has been awarded a contract by China Steel Corporation to supply fifteen Citadis trams for Phase 2 of the Kaohsiung tramway project, in Taiwan, which is expected to start revenue service in 2019. This tramway project – the first of its kind for Alstom... 

Hedge funds may be falling back in love with commodities

By: Bloomberg     28th February 2017 Hedge funds are raising their exposure to commodities as prices rally and investors respond to macro shifts including the prospect of accelerating inflation under US President Donald Trump, according to Citigroup. “After two years of scaling back exposure to commodities, the fund community... 

Altona's Cloncurry JV agreement amended

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th February 2017 Copper miner Altona Mining has amended its joint venture (JV) agreement with Chinese partner Sichuan Railway Investment Group (SRIG) over the Cloncurry project, in north-west Queensland. Altona on Tuesday noted that SRIG has now been replaced as the JV partner by China Sichuan International... 

Spectre of trade war looms as Trump puts ‘America First’

     10th February 2017 World leaders are not taking Donald Trump’s trade barbs lying down. After the US President said Germany and Japan were gaming foreign exchange markets to win favourable trade terms, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe joined German Chancellor Angela Merkel last week in pushing back and leading a... 

Choking China backs race to mine greener iron-ore for top mills

By: Bloomberg     9th February 2017 Chinese engineers who carved a railway through the Tibetan plateau and built the world’s longest sea-bridge across Hangzhou Bay have a new challenge: developing a $3.4-billion project on Australia’s remote Eyre Peninsula to meet increased demand for cleaner iron ore. China Railway Group Ltd., the... 

Enormous global demand on way for copper, platinum, zinc – Friedland

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2017 Enormous global demand is building up for copper, platinum and zinc, driven by new technology, mitigation of health risks in hospitals and agricultural augmentation, Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland said on Wednesday. In a comprehensive address to the Investing in African... 

New-Look SAIW Welding Challenge off with a blast!

     17th January 2017 The new-look SAIW Welding Challenge, which comprises the Youth and Senior competitions, took place from 21-25 November 2016 at the head office of the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) in Johannesburg and was a whopping success attracting more than 40 competitors from all around the... 

Geopolitical tensions, other factors to boost gold demand this year

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th January 2017 Heightened political and geopolitical risks, currency depreciation, expectations of rising inflation, inflated stock market valuations, long-term Asian growth and the opening of new markets are all expected to positively influence demand for gold and gold’s performance this year, says the World... 

Shanghai Line 10 – Phase 2 project, China

By: Sheila Barradas     9th December 2016 The project involves supplying traction systems and train control monitoring systems for the Shanghai Line 10 – Phase 2. 

ABB supports China in transition to a "New Normal" with world-class innovation and energy efficiency

     7th December 2016 ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer and Claudio Facchin, President, Power Grids division, delivered keynote addresses at ABB’s Power World 2016 event in Beijing, demonstrating ABB’s unique position as the partner of choice for stronger, smarter and greener grids in China as well as increasing... 

The ‘weird’ commodity that’s hurting bears as prices double

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2016 Iron-ore’s probably heading for a retreat in 2017 as new mine supply comes online and a surplus builds, according to UBS Group, which acknowledged that the commodity’s recent surge was unexpected and had torpedoed an earlier forecast for a slump this quarter. “It’s just surprised me,” Wayne... 

Australia gold output rises despite wet weather

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th November 2016 Australian gold production during the three months to September rose to 75 t, despite severe weather conditions that affected some operations in the Eastern states, gold mining consultant Surbiton Associates has revealed. The September quarter production was a 1 t increase, or a 2% improvement,... 

Copper explodes above $6 000 with prices set for best week ever

By: Bloomberg     11th November 2016 Copper briefly surpassed $6 000/t and headed for the biggest weekly rally ever as the metal became the focus for traders speculating on Donald Trump’s pledge to pour money into US infrastructure. Copper rose as much as 7.6% to $6 025.50, the biggest intraday increase since 2009. Prices were at $5... 

Safe-haven gold outperforms as Trump’s election spooks financial, equity markets 

By: Martin Creamer     9th November 2016 While gold outperformed as a safe haven after Donald Trump’s worrying election as the forty-fifth president of the US, financial and equity markets were frightened into falls along with emerging market currencies, including the rand. The World Gold Council (WGC) reported on Wednesday that gold... 

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