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'You can run but you can't hide,' Cleveland-Cliffs CEO tells analyst

By: Bloomberg     19th October 2018 Cleveland-Cliffs CEO Lourenco Goncalves isn’t a fan of the Goldman Sachs Group analyst who covers his company. As shares of the largest US iron-ore producer fell as much as 10% Friday, Goncalves closed his analyst call by specifically calling out Goldman’s Matthew Korn. The CEO questioned Korn... 

Data underpins urban growth in South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     19th October 2018 The use of census data, and modern cloud-based software, as a tool in urban growth modelling is a sustainable route for long-term urban planning, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) senior researcher Quintin van Heerden said on Friday. In this regard, he told delegates at a CSIR... 

Clash over Trump tariffs heats up with barrage of WTO litigation

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 Disputes over US tariffs and retaliatory moves by other states have sparked 12 requests for adjudication at the World Trade Organization, signalling an escalation in global trade tensions. The agenda for an Oct. 29 meeting of the WTO's dispute settlement body on Friday confirmed the legal moves,... 

ALROSA starts large rough diamond auction in Vladivostok

19th October 2018 ALROSA, the world's largest diamond mining company, is starting the forth auction this year for the sale of special size rough diamonds (over 10.8 carats) in Vladivostok. The auction will start on October 22, and the results will be announced on November 2.   The company is putting for sale 166... 

Gold merger will create industry 'superpower'

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th October 2018 The merger between Barrick Gold (domiciled in Canada and dual-listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges) and Randgold Resources (domiciled in Jersey and dual-listed on the London and Nasdaq stock exchanges), announced last month and still awaiting shareholder and regulatory approvals,... 

Norway, EU ask WTO to set up panel on US steel, aluminium tariffs

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 Norway, the European Union and several other countries asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Thursday to set up a dispute resolution panel to address US tariffs on steel and aluminium, Oslo's foreign minister said. "We believe that US additional duty on steel and aluminium is contrary to... 

SA-linked startup wins UK competition to build hyperloop-type solution

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2018 UK company Magway has won co-funding support of more than £650 000 from Innovate UK, through its emerging and enabling technologies competition, to build a 150 m hyperloop-type demonstration link for high-speed package delivery, east of London. Innovate UK is the UK government’s Research Agency. 

Private-equity firm seeks out opportunities in Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th October 2018 Fully black-owned private equity company Agile Capital is actively seeking to invest millions of rands into diverse sectors and companies with a solid presence across Africa. The pan-African group, formed in 2016 following the management buy-out of Zico Capital, has available capital of about... 

SA-linked startup wins UK competition to build hyperloop-type solution

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2018 UK company Magway has won co-funding support of more than £650 000 from Innovate UK, through its emerging and enabling technologies competition, to build a 150 m hyperloop-type demonstration link for high-speed package delivery, east of London. Innovate UK is the UK government’s Research Agency. 

Driftwood liquefied natural gas project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     19th October 2018 The project will provide gas and processing facilities to produce up to 27.6-million tonnes a year of liquefied natural gas for export. 

Alibaba’s Jack Ma to speak at Ramaphosa’s Investment Conference dinner 

By: Terence Creamer     18th October 2018 Chinese tech sensation Jack Ma will deliver the keynote speech at a dinner to be hosted by President Cyril Ramaphosa on October 26 as part of the inaugural South Africa Investment Conference. The conference will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Gauteng, from October 25 to 27, in... 

Alcoa jumps on profit surprise, first share buyback since split

By: Bloomberg     18th October 2018 Alcoa reported third-quarter earnings that were double estimates and announced its first share buyback in more than a decade in a sign that the top US aluminum producer is weathering the trade war. Shares jumped 4.8% at 5:05 p.m. in New York as the company said it would buy $200-million of its... 

Glencore chair Tony Hayward latest to drop out of Saudi conference

By: Reuters     17th October 2018 Glencore said its chairman Tony Hayward will no longer be attending the Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia, confirming a report in the Financial Times. He is the latest top executive to pull out of next week's high profile conference, amid widespread concern about the fate... 

Latest WEF global competitiveness report raises red flags for South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     17th October 2018 The World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) latest findings in its Global Competitiveness Report for 2018/19 again raised several flags about factors in South Africa’s economic performance, which are having a serious negative impact on its international competitiveness, says North West University... 

South Africa slips in WEF Global Competitiveness Index

By: African News Agency      17th October 2018 South Africa has fallen another five places in the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index (WEF GCI), placing 67 out of 140 countries. The 2018 WEF GCI, released on Wednesday, scores 140 economies using 98 indicators organised into 12 pillars – institutions, infrastructure, ICT... 

Second activist targets Canadian miner Detour; seeks board changes

By: Reuters     16th October 2018 US hedge fund Livermore Partners is calling for an overhaul of the board at Detour Gold Corp and a strategic review, becoming the second activist to target the Canadian mining company. Livermore, which has engaged in other activist campaigns including at Canadian and UK media firm Entertainment... 

Microplastics are everywhere

16th October 2018 Science shows us that increasingly we are surrounded by tiny fragments of plastic, known as microplastics. They are not just in the oceans but also on land, in rivers, wetlands, soil and even in the air. A problem this pervasive will take a concerted effort from governments, businesses,... 

Waterfall named Best Mixed-use Development in South Africa for fifth year running

16th October 2018 At a lavish ceremony held at the exclusive Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah hotel on 11 October 2018, Waterfall Management Company was honoured with the Best Mixed-use Development in South Africa 2018/2019 award for the Waterfall development. Besides scooping this prestigious award for the... 

De Beers reports steady demand for its rough diamonds 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th October 2018 Diamond miner De Beers Group on Tuesday announced that it had sold $475-million worth of rough diamonds during the eighth sales cycle of this year. This is lower than the $503-million worth of diamonds sold in the seventh cycle of the year, but higher than the $376-million worth of diamonds sold... 

James Cameron joins Petropavlovsk board

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th October 2018 US lawyer James Cameron and UrAmerica chairperson Damien Hackett have joined the board of Russian gold miner Petropavlovsk as independent nonexecutive directors with immediate effect. Cameron is well known in business circles in California as a successful entrepreneur and investor and has had... 

Seifsa president points to ‘signs of green shoots' for metals sector

12th October 2018 In an address at the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa’s (Seifsa’s) Presidential Breakfast on Friday, outgoing interim president Alph Ngapo expressed optimism that the political transition, which saw President Jacob Zuma replaced by President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier... 

Polymer Concrete Market Growing At 3.5% CAGR To Reach USD 600 Million By 2025

12th October 2018 According to a new research report by Global Market Insights, Inc. Polymer Concrete Market size is forecast to exceed USD 600 million by 2025. High polymer prices may prove to become a obstacle in the growth of the polymer concrete market. Few resins, fibers or acrylates that are added to the... 

Rio Tinto to take hit on legacy alumina contracts

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th October 2018 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has warned of a $178-million impact on its financials during the first half of 2018, due to its legacy alumina contracts. The miner supplies some 2.2-million tonnes of alumina under legacy contracts, which are priced at a percentage of the benchmark aluminium price. 

Fire still burning at Peabody’s North Goonyella

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th October 2018 US coal producer Peabody has issued force majeure notices to coal customers and certain of its vendors at the North Goonyella mine, in Queensland, as the company continues to work to extinguish a fire. The US miner at the start of last week started implementing a multi-tiered plan to extinguish... 

Gold comes alive in biggest jump since 2016 after equities roiled

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2018 Gold may have finally snapped out of its inertia. On Thursday, prices posted the biggest gain since June 2016, when the UK voted to exit the European Union, after a slump in global equity markets stoked demand for the metal as a store of value. Bullion received another shot in the arm after data... 

Lithium leaders tout bright EV future after tough trading debut

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2018 The market for lithium will remain tight through 2025 as producers struggle to lift output fast enough to meet demand for the material that’s essential in making batteries for electric vehicles (EVs), according to the sector’s newest public company, Livent. “We think demand is going to grow... 

Local constraints preventing SA civil aerospace firms from spreading wings

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2018 In his speech, officially opening the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 exhibition held at Air Force Base Waterkloof in Pretoria (City of Tshwane), President Cyril Ramaphosa made an all-too-brief reference to South Africa’s civil aerospace industry. “Some of our aircraft-related... 

Europe placed to contribute to African growth story

12th October 2018 Southern Africa is today off the radar of the majority of European companies and the many opportunities offered by the region are still largely ignored by European Union (EU) business leaders, professional consulting group European House Ambrosetti senior partner Paolo Borzatta said at a media... 

Foam-based spray prevents spread of fire

By: Halima Frost     12th October 2018 Since the launch of construction industry services and technology provider Hilti South Africa’s Firestop façade joint coating earlier this year, the product – which has been well received by engineers and architects – will be used in its first large construction project in Bedfordview, Gauteng,... 

Local constraints preventing SA civil aerospace firms from spreading wings

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2018 In his speech, officially opening the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 exhibition held at Air Force Base Waterkloof in Pretoria (City of Tshwane), President Cyril Ramaphosa made an all-too-brief reference to South Africa’s civil aerospace industry. “Some of our aircraft-related... 

Alaris says US acquisition in line with strategy to expand globally

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th October 2018 JSE AltX-listed Alaris Holdings has signed an agreement to acquire US-based mWave Industries after receiving applying for and receiving unconditional Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States approval from the US government. The technology holding company concluded the final closing... 

What’s changed and what remains the same 20 years after the launch of Google Search?

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th October 2018 As Google Search celebrates its twentieth year, the local division has revealed how South Africans use search, the significant surge in searches and overhauls underway to improve the popular feature. Google has experienced significant growth over the past two decades, starting from an offering in... 

I’m from govt and I’m here to help

By: Riaan de Lange     12th October 2018 The words in the headline are considered to be the most terrifying in the English language. This is not my assessment, but that of the gentleman who famously uttered them, Ronald Wilson Reagan, the fourtieth President of the US. If you are old enough, you might well recall a time when companies’... 

Joblessness scourge

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     12th October 2018 South Africa’s inaugural Jobs Summit was convened in Johannesburg last week to brainstorm on possible solutions to the country’s stubborn unemployment scourge. Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) tells us that the unemployment rate stood at 27.2% in the second quarter of this year, a deterioration... 

Bayport polyethylene plant, US

By: Sheila Barradas     12th October 2018 Bayport Polymers is building a 650 000 t/y polyethylene unit. 

SA HIPPO in big demand for USA Coal Mines

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th October 2018 Due to President Donald Trump insisting that USA international companies, such as General Motors, bring their manufacturing activities back to the USA it is expected that a shortage of electrical power would be experienced. Several USA coal mines that have been closed for the last 20 years, most... 

String line-free in Mobile

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th October 2018 Producing kerbs as if by magic: in Mobile Bay on the Gulf of Mexico in the US state of Alabama, a Wirtgen slipform paver SP 15i operated fully automatically. When a new residential area is developed, the individual contract work sections are often very detailed. Roads and paths have to be paved... 

China swoops in on Canadian oil that's $50 below US crude

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2018 Chinese oil buyers are making a beeline for a bargain across the Pacific. With Canadian oil over 60% cheaper than US benchmark West Texas Intermediate and global marker Brent, China’s refiners are being lured to the heavy, sludgy crude. That’s because – apart from being a source of fuel – it’s... 

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