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PGM PRODUCERS: Sibanye-Stillwater cutting back on Montana expansion because of COVID-19 outbreak

Update 5:05 p.m. Sibanye-Stillwater clarified that no union employees will be cut, only contract workers at Blitz. Also, production and development work at Blitz will continue, but surface and project work is being idled.

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SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa mines to shut in nation-wide lockdown

  • Date: 24-03-20
  • Category: SOUTH AFRICA
  • Source: Mining Journal

South Africa president Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a 21-day, nationwide lockdown which is set to impact the mining sector as the country moves to stem the COVID-19 pandemic.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Anglo American Platinum response to South Africa's COVID-19 measures

  • Date: 24-03-20
  • Category: PGM PRODUCERS
  • Source: Anglo American Platinum

Anglo American Platinum notes the statement made by the President of the Republic of South Africa on the evening of Monday 23 March in relation to a 21-day nationwide lockdown, to take effect at midnight on Thursday 26 March, in order to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa. Anglo American Platinum will review the detailed regulations relating to this action that are being published, including in relation to exemptions for certain business activities, and will issue a further stateme

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CONGO: DR Congo locks down mining area, some workers repatriated over coronavirus

  • Date: 24-03-20
  • Category: CONGO
  • Source: Reuters

The Democratic Republic of Congo imposed a two-day lockdown in part of its copper and cobalt heartland and a union official said a Glencore mine in a neighbouring province had repatriated some foreign workers in response to an expanding coronavirus outbreak.

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FUEL CELLS: Toyota and Hino to Jointly Develop Heavy-Duty Fuel Cell Truck

  • Date: 24-03-20
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Toyota

Toyota City, Japan, March 23, 2020―Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and Hino Motors, Ltd. (Hino) have agreed to jointly develop a heavy-duty fuel cell truck, and to proceed with initiatives toward its practical use through verification tests and other means.

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GOLD: Gold bars in short supply due to coronavirus disruption

  • Date: 24-03-20
  • Category: GOLD
  • Source: FT

Traders have reported a growing global shortage of gold bars, as the coronavirus outbreak both disrupts supply and stokes demand, with one business comparing the frenzied buying of the yellow metal with the consumer rush for toilet roll.

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LITHIUM: Lithium projects in Argentina suspended

  • Date: 24-03-20
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Argus Media

Australian companies involved in Argentina's lithium brine industry have suspended on-site work at projects until the end of March to comply with government's coronavirus containment measures.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Royal Bafokeng Platinum's response to COVID-19

  • Date: 24-03-20
  • Category: PGM PRODUCERS
  • Source: Royal Bafokeng Platinum

Following the President’s declaration of a National Disaster for the global COVID-19 pandemic a week ago, the President on Monday, 23 March 2020, announced a national 21-day lockdown, starting at midnight 26 March until 16 April 2020, to fundamentally disrupt the chain of transmission of the coronavirus and keep South Africans safe.

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