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WAGE NEGOTIATIONS: Amcu lashes Sibanye, wage talks stall

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has accused Sibanye-Stillwater of working behind the scenes to ensure its demise as the biggest union in the platinum sector.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Northam outlines benefits in loading up on debt

Northam Platinum is loading debt onto its balance sheet, taking advantage of markedly higher prices for the metals it mines, to reduce its exposure to an expensive preference share falling due in May 2025.

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SOUTH AFRICA: SA's growth forecast clipped

JOHANNESBURG - Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has fought back at critics of his recently released growth plan.

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SOTUH AFRICA: Coal divestment hits South Africa

  • Date: 13-09-19
  • Category: SOUTH AFRICA
  • Source: Mail & Guardian

If you're a global mining giant, you want out of coal quick sticks for the simple reason that the major investment funds will no longer put their money into fossil fuels, especially coal.

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HYDROGEN: Looks like hydrogen economy could happen – CPM

  • Date: 13-09-19
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Engineering News

JOHANNESBURG ( – Hydrogen energy has been like science fiction since the post-World War II period. Many have dreamed about being able to replace oil and natural gas with hydrogen, but limiting factors have been been the cost of production and safety issues.

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ESKOM: SA Govt to discuss price indexation with coal sector to contain Eskom cost inflation

  • Date: 13-09-19
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: Mining MX

THE South African government would ask the country’s coal producers to consider indexing the price of coal supplied to Eskom, the state-owned power utility, in an attempt to contain price inflation.

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AUTO SALES: Used Cars, Not Just Millennials, Likely Behind India Auto Slump

  • Date: 12-09-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Bloomberg

India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman this week said millennials opting for taxi-hailing services like Uber are a factor for the drop in vehicle sales. While the jury is still out on this, automakers face another speed bump: used cars.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: Merkel Offers to Help Germany’s Carmakers With ‘Herculean Task’

Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to help offset the higher costs of cleaner vehicles by putting a price on carbon-dioxide emissions, potentially offering a lift to Germany’s vital auto industry as it grapples with the high-risk transition away from the combustion engine.

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