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PGM PRODUCERS: S.Africa's Amplats targets mines at 75-80% capacity by end-year

JOHANNESBURG — Anglo American Platinum expects to bring its mining production back up to 75% to 80% of capacity by the end of this year as South African mines recover from a forced COVID-19 shutdown, CEO Natascha Viljoen said on Thursday.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Screening Apps and 41-Day Vacations: Keeping Miners Covid-Free

With hundreds of people living and working in close proximity, mines — and the camps that house their workers — seemed like fertile territory for the coronavirus to spread. So far, the global mining sector has yet to face the kind of outbreaks that paralyzed U.S. meat plants and wreaked havoc on the cruise industry. But, as lockdowns ease and mines start ramping up output, there’s reason to be cautious.

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AUTO SALES: Renault's hybrids reach showrooms as incentives kick in

  • Date: 18-06-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Auto News

PARIS -- Renault’s first hybrid models are going on sale this month after a short delay because of coronavirus-related factory shutdowns. The cars arrive just as France starts to roll out generous subsidies that favor electrified models. Germany and Spain also plan to launch programs that assist with the purchase of more fuel-efficient vehicles.

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EMISSIONS: France creates agency to detect emissions fraud

  • Date: 18-06-20
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Auto News

PARIS -- France has created a new transport inspection agency to help detect emissions fraud, following an EU directive issued in the wake of Volkswagen Group's diesel scandal.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Lyft commits to 100% EVs by 2030

Ridesharing company Lyft—in collaboration with Environmental Defense Fund—has commited to reach 100% electric vehicles on the Lyft platform by 2030. By working with drivers to transition to electric vehicles, we have the potential to avoid tens of millions of metric tons of GHG emissions to the atmosphere and to reduce gasoline consumption by more than a billion gallons over the next decade.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: For Uber drivers, EVs are cheaper to run than latest diesels in many European capitals - new cost analysis

Electric cars are becoming an attractive business proposition for high-mileage vehicle operators like Uber in key EU capitals such as Paris, Berlin, Madrid and Lisbon, a new study by research and campaign group Transport & Environment (T&E) revealed today.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Amplats will take a year to work through inventory as it embarks on slow recovery

ANGLO American Platinum (Amplats) said an inventory build-up related to the failure of its processing facilities in Rustenburg could take the best part of a year to clear.

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PGM PROJECTS: Implats elects not to exercise its option to increase its stake in the Waterberg Project

  • Date: 17-06-20
  • Category: PGM PROJECTS
  • Source: Impala Platinum

Implats refers to its SENS announcement of 16 October 2017, regarding its strategic investment in the Waterberg Development Project and its right to acquire majority ownership in the project through the exercise of a sale and subscription option following completion of a definitive feasibility study. The Board of Implats has elected not to exercise the current option arrangement to acquire up to 50.1% from the joint venture partners. Implats will, however, retain its 15% ownership in the project.

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