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COPPER

Mopani warns of possible investment cuts, job losses as VAT refunds withheld

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The CEO of Zambia-focused Mopani Copper Mines has warned that the withholding of value-added tax (VAT) refunds due to copper mining companies, by the Zambian government, may negatively impact the company’s plans to invest in new projects in the...
1st October 2014
 
 
IRON-ORE

Tawana clears another hurdle in Liberia

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Junior iron-ore developer Tawana Resources has crossed another hurdle in the development of its Mofe Creek project, in Liberia, having been granted permission to progress its environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA). “The approval to...
1st October 2014
 
 
DIAMONDS

Gem Diamonds sells 198 ct diamond for $10.6m

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Clifford Elphick London-listed Gem Diamonds on Wednesday said a 198 ct white diamond sourced from its Letšeng mine, in Lesotho, has been sold for $10.6-million. This represented a price of $53 746/ct for the white type IIa exceptional diamond recovered at the end...
1st October 2014
 
 
BASE METALS

First Quantum stocks drop on news of strike impact

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The TSX-listed stock of base metals miner First Quantum Minerals on Tuesday fell by as much as C$0.51 a share after the company revealed that a strike at its Guelb Moghrein copper/gold mine, in Mauritania, had negatively impacted on the...
30th September 2014
 
 
DIAMONDS

BlueRock to start commercial mining at Kareevlei

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Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds has reached the end of its trial mining period at its Kareevlei tenements, in the Northern Cape, and was ready to move on to commercial production, executive chairperson Paul Beck said on Tuesday. BlueRock had also...
30th September 2014
 
 
LEAD/ZINC/SILVER

Namib project development still priority for North River

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Aim-listed North River Resources will continue to prioritise the development of its 1.25-million tons Namib lead/zinc/silver project, in Namibia, North River MD Martin French said on Tuesday. French pointed out that the asset had the potential to...
30th September 2014
 
 
COAL

CoAL outlines $400m import-substituting Limpopo coal project Video Available

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David Brown and Martin Creamer Triple-listed coal junior Coal of Africa (CoAL) CEO David Brown on Tuesday outlined a self-funded $400-million import-substituting hard coking coal project that is scheduled to begin production at Makhado, in Limpopo province, in 2018. Presenting...
30th September 2014
 
 
APPOINTMENT

Stellar appoints new nonexecutive director, Campbell steps down

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Aim-listed, West Africa-focused diamond development company Stellar Diamonds announced in a statement on Tuesday that it had appointed Liviu Meran a nonexecutive director on its board, while James Campbell was stepping down from his position as...
30th September 2014
 
 
RAIL

Transnet, BHP in R24bn take-or-pay coal export deal

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Transnet CEO Brian Molefe and Becsa asset president Jon Evans South African rail utility Transnet signed its first long-term take-or-pay agreement with a domestic coal exporter on Tuesday, when it inked a ten-year, R24-billion deal with BHP Billiton Energy Coal South Africa (Becsa) at a ceremony held at...
30th September 2014
 
 
GOLD

AFCR, Falgold cancel Dalny deal

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Aim-listed African Consolidated Resources’ (AFCR’s) acquisition of the Dalny mine, from Falcon Gold Zimbabwe (Falgold), has fallen through, as the company was unable to raise funding for the deal. AFCR had been trying to raise $12-million...
30th September 2014
 
 
STOCK EXCHANGE

JSE introduces fast-track secondary listing process

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As part of new listing requirements implemented by the JSE on Tuesday, companies listed on select international bourses will now be able to fast-track their secondary listings on the JSE. The local bourse announced to the market in August that it...
30th September 2014
 
 
APPOINTMENT

Trevor Manuel joins Rothschild Group as senior adviser

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Trevor Manuel Former Cabinet Minister Trevor Manuel, who retired from public office earlier this year after having served in Cabinet for 20 years, has joined financial advisory group Rothschild as senior adviser and deputy chairperson of Rothschild in South...
30th September 2014
 
 
 
 
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