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AUTO SALES: China’s NEV output, sales fall in August

  • Date: 11-09-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Argus Media

The country produced 87,000 NEVs in August, down by 12pc from a year earlier but up slightly from 84,000 units in July. Sales fell by 16pc from a year earlier to 85,000 units but up from 80,000 units a month earlier.

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WAGE NEGOTIATIONS: Why Amcu has declared a dispute during wage talks

James Wellsted from Sibanye-Stillwater talks to Business Day TV about wage talks with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union

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AUTO SALES: Platinum shares take a hammering after news of drop in car sales in India and China

JOHANNESBURG – Platinum stocks eased on Tuesday as news of the bleak car sales from India and China weighed heavily on platinum shares.

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ACQUISITIONS: DRDGold takeover by Sibanye-Stillwater a matter of time, and opportunity: could MWS be it?

THE improvement in the rand value of gold has given wings to all South African gold shares, including Sibanye-Stillwater – up 93% on a 12-month basis even though it also produces platinum group metals (PGMs) which have more to do with industrial demand that issues driving gold, such as global trade tensions and safe haven investment.

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ESKOM: Billions more in government funding is the only option left for Eskom

  • Date: 11-09-19
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: Business Tech

Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza says that the power utility has run out of its borrowing abilities and that it’s only short-term option is to turn to government for support.

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WAGE NEGOTIATIONS: Amcu backs down on hike demand of 48%, gets new mandate

JOHANNESBURG – The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has backed down on its initial demand for a 48 percent monthly wage hike after members gave the union a new mandate to seek an increase of R1 500 a year.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: More than half of transit buses in the US were powered by alternative fuels and advanced technologies in 2018

According to the American Public Transit Association (APTA), alternative fuels and advanced hybrid drivetrains powered more than half of all transit buses in 2017 and 2018.

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EMISSIONS: Will tighter CO2 rules send some automakers bankrupt?

  • Date: 10-09-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Just Auto

Tightened European carbon dioxide emission rules could send some automakers into bankruptcy, a top PSA executive said.

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