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SOUTH AFRICA: Ramaphosa Unveils Overhaul of South African Energy Industry

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced sweeping changes to the nation’s electricity industry to address energy shortages and reduce reliance on debt-stricken state power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd.

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AUTO SALES: Sales take big hit as holiday, virus dent showroom traffic

  • Date: 13-02-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Auto News

New-vehicle sales in China declined 18 percent to 1.94 million in January as the early Lunar New Year holiday and worries over the spread of the deadly coronavirus curbed showroom traffic and dealer orders, signaling the industry’s two-year slide will continue in 2020.

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PGM PROJECTS: In northern Minnesota, neighbors navigate the bitter fight over copper-nickel mining

  • Date: 13-02-20
  • Category: PGM PROJECTS
  • Source: Duluth News Tribune

Two companies — Twin Metals Minnesota and PolyMet — are hoping to establish what would become a new mining industry for the region, tapping into vast deposits of copper, nickel and precious metals underneath the forests and lakes of the northern reaches of the state.

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FUEL CELLS: Another step forward for world’s largest hydrogen truck at Mogalakwena

  • Date: 12-02-20
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Mining Weekly

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Development of the world’s largest hydrogen-powered mine truck took another step forward this week.

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BATTERIES: BASF to build new cathode active materials production site in Schwarzheide

  • Date: 12-02-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Green Car Congress

BASF will build a new battery materials production site in Schwarzheide, Germany, as part of its multi-step investment plan to support the European electric vehicle (EV) value chain. BASF’s production site Schwarzheide is located in the Lausitz region of southern Brandenburg, Germany, and is one of the company’s largest production sites in Europe.

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AUTO SALES: Petrol and diesel car sales ban could start in 12 years, says Shapps

The UK's planned ban on sales of new petrol, diesel or hybrid cars could start as early as 2032, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Polestar eyes beyond-vegan interiors

Geely and Volvo Cars owned EV sportscar brand Polestar is eyeing new ways to cut plastic content and lessen waste material with innovative natural and recycled source materials.

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JEWELLERY: Virus hits China's gold jewellery demand as shoppers stay away

  • Date: 12-02-20
  • Category: JEWELLERY
  • Source: FX Street

Sales of gold jewellery in China are set to plummet this year as the economic damage from the deadly coronavirus crisis widens.

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