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PGM PRODUCERS: Zimplats Q1 production up 31 percent

  • Date: 06-05-20
  • Category: PGM PRODUCERS
  • Source: Zimbabwe Chronicle

ZIMPLATS Holdings Limited says production for the first quarter to March 31, 2020 totalled 151 620 ounces, which was 31 percent above the 115 908oz achieved the previous quarter.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Mantashe to receive R1m of PPE from Sibanye-Stillwater

  • Date: 06-05-20
  • Category: SOUTH AFRICA
  • Source: Mining Weekly

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe will on May 6 receive personal protective equipment (PPE) worth R1-million from precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater.

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MINING: Mining in the shadow of Covid-19

  • Date: 06-05-20
  • Category: MI
  • Source: City Press

Mine workers returning to work say they are anxious about being infected or infecting others. Some say they had no choice but to go back as they feared losing their jobs

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AUTO SALES: VW sees multi-speed virus rebound led by China

  • Date: 06-05-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Auto News

FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen Group said demand in China was starting to rebound, thanks to customers who are switching from public transport to personal vehicles, but warned sales would not recover as quickly in other parts of the world.

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MINING: Pollution causing birth defects in children of DRC cobalt miners – study

  • Date: 06-05-20
  • Category: MINING
  • Source: The Guardian

Thousands of people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are being exposed to dangerous levels of toxic pollution that is causing birth defects in their children as they mine for cobalt used to make rechargeable batteries for smartphones, laptops and electric cars, a new medical study has found.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: 298 automobile factories operating across Europe, new data shows

Brussels, 6 May 2020 – 298 automobile assembly and engine production plants operate in Europe today, according to freshly-updated data from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). Cars, vans, trucks, buses and engines are manufactured at these factories, 196 of which are situated within the European Union (EU27).

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PGM PROJECTS: Groups, businesses sue over environmental review of Twin Metals mineral lease renewal

  • Date: 06-05-20
  • Category: PGM PROJECTS
  • Source: Grand Forks Herald

DULUTH — A coalition of environmental groups and canoe outfitters sued the Trump administration on Wednesday, May 6, arguing federal agencies failed to conduct a thorough environmental review ahead of the renewal of key leases to Twin Metals, the proposed copper-nickel mine within the same watershed as the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Anglo American Platinum ramps up ACP plant to restart refined PGM production

  • Date: 05-05-20
  • Category: PGM PRODUCERS
  • Source: Anglo American Platinum

Anglo American Platinum has safely and successfully completed the repair of the Anglo Converter Plant (ACP) Phase B unit. The ACP and full downstream processing operations are completing a safe ramp-up and expect to be fully operational from 12 May 2020. Force majeure to suppliers of concentrate will be lifted on that date.

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