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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Peugeot sees stronger-than-expect demand for electric 208, CEO says

GRANDOLA, Portugal – Peugeot had planned to build about 10 percent of its new 208 small car with battery power, but early demand for the EV -- called the e-208 -- suggests that figure may be much higher, the French automaker’s CEO said.

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ESKOM: Brexit-type clock ticks for Eskom

  • Date: 04-10-19
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: Mail and Guardian

The smart money is already leaving the country ahead of two looming dates on the economics calendar, a news agency reported this week.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Billions to Disappear as Britain Goes Electric and Loses Fuel Taxes

Britain needs a new approach to taxing motorists as the move toward electrical vehicles threatens billions of pounds of government revenue, a think tank warned.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: Car Exports Are Racing to a Record in South Africa

Vehicle exports from South Africa, the continent’s largest automaker, could reach a record 140 billion rand ($9.25 billion) in 2019, partially offsetting a drop in domestic sales.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Mark Cutifani’s vision to reboot SA mining

There was a sense at the Joburg Indaba on Thursday that mining’s long-predicted date with the undertaker may have been postponed.

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RHODIUM: Rhodium price rally forecast to continue on firm demand, constrained supply

  • Date: 04-10-19
  • Category: RHODIUM
  • Source: Mining Weekly

In the 1990s, it was unlikely that sisters and tennis sensations Venus and Serena Williams would be mentioned without referencing their father and coach at the time, Richard Williams.

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ACQUISITION: North American Palladium acquires 51% of Sunday Lake PGM project

  • Date: 04-10-19
  • Category: ACQUISITIONS
  • Source: Northern Miner

On the back of record quarterly revenues from its wholly-owned Lac des Iles mine, 106 km northwest of Thunder Bay, Ontario, pure-play palladium producer North American Palladium (TSX: PDL; US-OTC: PALDF) recently added to its regional presence by acquiring 51% of the nearby Sunday Lake platinum group metal project, just 60 kilometres south of its mine.

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BATTERIES: South Africa’s Eskom plans biggest battery site by 2021

  • Date: 04-10-19
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Rethink Research

South Africa’s energy utility Eskom is preparing to launch a tender for 1.4 GWh of battery storage, likely to be the largest battery in the world once it gets built. The aim is to use it to support renewables on the grid, and to install it by December 2021. This is one of those ‘dramatic’ moments when an operator that has been ignoring renewable energy finally realizes that it can be cheap, and cut its costs. Eskom has drifted into major losses over the past two years, and is looking for a new

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