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CEOs to be more cautious this year as uncertainty, pessimism prevail – PwC CEOs to be more cautious this year as uncertainty, pessimism prevail – PwC Has Video
Published: 22 Jan 19
There are consistent trends in the 2018 and 2019 results of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC’s) annual CEO survey, with global CEOs – including those based in South Africa – plagued by pessimism and uncertainty in the new year. According to the survey, which was released on Monday, caution among CEOs prevails as uncertainty in global economic growth in almost all countries continues.
Business insolvencies to remain as long as GDP growth is subdued – Euler Hermes
Published: 22 Jan 19
Credit insurance company Euler Hermes expects business insolvencies in South Africa to increase by about 2% this year, following a 3% increase in 2018. The company stated on Tuesday that this was the first outright deterioration since 2009 and the global financial crisis.
Champion Iron in exploration JV adjacent to Bloom Lake mine
Published: 22 Jan 19
TSX- and ASX-listed Champion Iron has reached a one-year joint venture (JV) agreement with CSE-listed Supreme Metals to access claims located on the Bloom Lake East property, adjacent to Champion’s flagship asset – the Bloom Lake iron-ore mine, in Quebec. Supreme conducted magnetic survey work in 2018, identifying iron-ore prospects at Bloom East, which could be of strategic importance to Champion and its subsidiary Quebec Iron Ore (QIO), as it could be considered as a source of iron-ore feed for the Bloom Lake mine’s concentration plant.
Alacer says production to rise sharply this year Alacer says production to rise sharply this year
Published: 22 Jan 19
Low-cost gold producer Alacer Gold is targeting higher output in 2019, following a transitional year during which the company completed the construction of a sulphide plant at its Çöpler gold mine, in Turkey. The miner on Tuesday set its production guidance for 2019 at between 320 000 oz and 380 000 oz, at an all-in sustaining cost (AISC) of $675/oz to $725/oz. This compares with 170 865 oz of gold produced in 2018, at an AISC of $615/oz of oxide ore.
Sibanye considering AMCU memorandum
Published: 22 Jan 19
Sibanye-Stillwater is considering the memorandum of demands submitted to the Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA) by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) on Tuesday. AMCU marched to the MCSA to submit the memorandum, while its members continue to strike at Sibanye’s gold operations over wages. The strike is now in its tenth week.
MTN has paid $53m to settle Nigeria dispute – central bank
Published: 22 Jan 19
MTN has paid $53-million to settle a money transfer dispute with Nigeria's central bank and the matter has been withdrawn from court, Governor Godwin Emefiele said on Tuesday. The central bank had ordered MTN and its lenders to bring back a total of $8.1-billion it alleged the company had illegally repatriated using improperly issued paperwork between 2007 and 2008.
Supervisers at Codelco mine in Chile reject labor offer, strike looms
Published: 22 Jan 19
The union of supervisors at state miner Codelco's Gabriela Mistral mine in northern Chile has rejected the company's final offer for a new collective labor agreement, raising the specter of a strike in the coming days, the union president told Reuters on Tuesday. The union said Codelco, the world's top copper miner, failed to satisfy its demands for a signing bonus, and that the company was attempting to negotiate different terms for each of the division's unions.
World Bank says confidence not enough to lift South Africa’s growth prospects World Bank says confidence not enough to lift South Africa’s growth prospects Has Video
Published: 22 Jan 19
The World Bank expects South Africa's growth to pick up modestly in 2019 to 1.3% on the back of several “promising” policy announcements made by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration in 2018. It expects the economy to expand by 1.7% in 2020. Nevertheless, the bank believes that the country’s growth potential remains trapped at below 2% as a result of several “deep structural constraints”, including inadequate infrastructure and serious human-capital backlogs.
LHDA appoints engineering panel for LHWP II
Published: 22 Jan 19
The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) on Tuesday announced the appointment of an engineering panel of experts for the second phase of the Lesotho Highlands water project (LHWP II). The panel comprises a selection of experts from the UK, Europe, the US and Australia, with the combined knowledge covering tunnelling, bridges, concrete faced rockfill dams, hydromechanical and geotechnical engineering, grouting and construction.
Parys Mountain optimisation study progresses
Published: 22 Jan 19
London-listed Anglesey Mining has noted progress of the optimisation study being carried out on its Parys Mountain copper, zinc, lead, gold and silver project, located on the island of Anglesey in North Wales. The optimisation study is being conducted under a project development and cooperation agreement entered into with Ireland’s QME Mine Engineering Services (QME), which is  carrying out the study at its own expense in return for which Anglesey has agreed to grant QME various rights and options relating to the future development of Parys Mountain.
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