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24 Jan 2017
 
 
Trump withdraws US from Trans-Pacific Partnership deal
TRADE
US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order formally withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, following through on a promise from his presidential...
 
 
10 Jan 2017
 
Nigeria has a great variety of butterflies – but not the world’s most species
AFRICA CHECK
Tourism enthusiasts like to boast about the ecological vibrancy of Nigeria. Its diverse habitats, rainforests, savannahs and flourishing flora and fauna are often brought up in conversation. One...
 
 
09 Jan 2017
 
Anti-vaccination blog revives debunked HPV story
AFRICA CHECK
The post on an anti-vaccination website was damning. The headline “Bill Gates uses 30,000 Indian girls as guinea pigs to test cancer vaccine” appeared on the Organic & Healthy blog in October last...
 
 
05 Dec 2016
 
 
 
Glencore producing zinc at minus cost
DIVERSIFIED MINERS
Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is producing zinc at negative cost. Towards the end of this year it has been doing so at -3c/lb and next year it expects to do so at an even better...
 
 
03 Nov 2016
 
Third-quarter Glencore coal production down on Optimum disposal
DIVERSIFIED MINERS
Third-quarter production of diversified major Glencore reflects the various operational suspensions and supply reductions announced and actioned notably in coal, oil, copper and zinc. The London-,...
 
 
06 Oct 2016
 
WFTU: George Mavrikos: Address by General Secretary of WFTU, at the 17th World Trade Union Congress, Durban (05/10/2016)
Topics
Comrades of South Africa, of the country of Mandela, of Mabhida, of Mtshali, of the land of the heroes of the working class, of the land that has shed rivers of blood of its best children in the...
 
 
22 Sep 2016
 
Gauteng celebrates Heritage Day in a Carnival spectacular
What's On
Following the funfair at the launch of the Gauteng Social Cohesion Carnival at the beginning of the month, the province can look forward to celebrating Heritage Day in style when the Carnival takes...
 
 
24 Aug 2016
 
Tightening supply should bode well for commodity prices – Glencore
DIVERSIFIED MINERS
Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore, now with a significantly reduced debt profile, is producing its key commodities at exceptionally low operational cost, exemplified by the unit...
 
 
29 Jun 2016
 
 
 
Glencore throws full weight behind transparency in money-to-govts report
LEGISLATIVE ENVIRONMENT
Global diversified mining and marketing company Glencore threw its full weight behind complete openness in its maiden Payments-To-Governments Report 2015. In a 17-page outline, Glencore CFO Steve...
 
 
24 Jun 2016
 
 
 
Letting in the Light: How solar photovoltaics will revolutionise the electricity system (June 2016)
RECOMMENDATION
Solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation is poised to revolutionise the electrical system in countries around the world. From around 2% in 2016, the share of global electricity generated from solar...
 
 
04 May 2016
 
Glencore cuts supply cloth to fit demand coat
DIVERSIFIED MINERS
The mix of mining and marketing within the same company provides sensitivity to commodity price falls. Continually highlighting the value of the mining-marketing mix is Glencore, which is quick to...
 
 
29 Mar 2016
 
Ghana affords Gold Fields tax, royalty relief in country bereft of weaker currency respite
GOLD
The government of Ghana is showing enlightened pragmatism in the manner in which it is collaborating with South African gold-mining company Gold Fields to keep mines going in a country where there...
 
 
24 Mar 2016
 
 
 
Financial Regulations for Improving Financial Inclusion (March 2015)
RECOMMENDATION
As recently as 2011, only 42 percent of adult Kenyans had a financial account of any kind; by 2014, according to the Global Findex database, that number had risen to 75 percent, including 63...
 
 
18 Feb 2016
 
 
 
New mining method nudging South Deep towards breakeven – Gold Fields
GOLD
Gold mining company Gold Fields increased production in the three months to December 31, when it generated $47-million of cash flow. It pulled down costs to $942/oz, recorded normalised earnings...
 
 
17 Feb 2016
 
Anglo amputating to improve survival chances – Investec
DIVERSIFIED MINERS
The formerly widely diversified mining company Anglo American, which on Tuesday opted to jettison two-thirds of its minerals base by number, is engaging in widespread disposals to improve its...
 
 
 
                       
 
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