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SOUTH AFRICA: Minerals Council's Langenhoven warns of tipping point for mining if electricity tariffs increase by 15% a year

  • Date: 30-01-19
  • Category: SOUTH AFRICA
  • Source: Mining Weekly

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – State-owned utility Eskom’s proposed tariff increases would cost some 150 000 direct mining jobs, all but eliminate the gold sector and, as a consequence, reduce Eskom’s mining client base by around 36%, thereby exacerbating the utility’s “death spiral”, Minerals Council South Africa chief economist Henk Langenhoven said on Wednesday.

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DIESEL: Volkswagen customers in Germany ordering more diesel vehicles; share of 43% in 2018, vs. 39% in 2017

  • Date: 30-01-19
  • Category: DIESEL
  • Source: Green Car Congress

Customers of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand in Germany are once again placing more orders for diesel vehicles. In 2018, the share of incoming orders for vehicles equipped with the latest diesel technology as a proportion of the overall vehicle portfolio was 43% compared to 39% in 2017.

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AUTO NEWS: Global automotive market report - Q4 2018

  • Date: 30-01-19
  • Category: AUTO NEWS
  • Source: Just Auto

The global vehicle market was virtually flat in 2018, but the fourth quarter showed a near 5% year-on-year drop on the back of a similarly sized decline posted in Q3. Dave Leggett takes a look at the market numbers and considers the outlook for 2019.

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RIDE HAILING: China’s ride-hailing giant is getting into the electric-car business

China’s ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing is making a bet on electric cars. It’s also betting on battery-swapping technology, which has stalled in the US but is revving up in China.

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LITHIUM: Oversold Lithium could be about to rally

  • Date: 30-01-19
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Green Car Congress

It’s been a decade of lows for commodities after posting 7 declines in 11 years, but we’ve seriously underestimated lithium. It’s back with a vengeance in 2019.

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FUEL CELLS: World’s first hydrogen fuel cell train tours across Germany

  • Date: 29-01-19
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Global Railway Review

Presenting the ready-to-use hydrogen technology in six federal states, Alstom will demonstrate an emission-free alternative for non-electrified lines.

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CHINA: China to offer subsidies on cars - report

  • Date: 29-01-19
  • Category: CHINA
  • Source: Just Auto

China's government is planning a range of measures - including subsidies for car purchase - as it seeks to stimulate the country's slowing economy.

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PGM PROJECTS: Jangada doubles Jorc resource at Pedra Branca

  • Date: 28-01-19
  • Category: PGM PROJECTS
  • Source: Research Channel

The share price of Jangada Mines rose sharply on Monday morning, after the company announced an upgrade of 117% to its 2012 Joint-Ore Reserves Committee- (Jorc-) compliant resource, which, in turn, meant a substantial increase in the size and categorisation of the resource at the company’s Pedra Branca platinum group metals (PGMs) project, in north-eastern Brazil.

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