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LATEST Base metals  

More precious than gold? Copper’s the better inflation hedge

Since 1992, metal’s returns were three times more than bullion.

Anglo drawing interest from prospective copper partners in Peru

By year-end, Anglo will evaluate copper mine go-ahead decision.

LATEST Coal  

Solar power will kill coal faster than you think

Renewables will be cheaper almost everywhere in just a few years.

Houston said to take over Glencore’s SA coal operations

Replacing Clinton Ephron.

LATEST Diamonds and gems  

Tennis ball-sized ‘diamond in the rough’ too big to sell

Lucara’s Lesedi La Rona will have to be cut in order to find a buyer, industry insiders say.

Botswana’s Okavango first-half diamond sales up 9%

The company has sold 1.8 million carats in five auctions held since January.

Project to retrieve SA’s apartheid oil stash stalls

Contractor misses deadline to replace 300,000 barrels of crude.

Shell Nigeria considering investment in gas project in Niger Delta

With world’s ninth largest proven gas reserves, at 187 trillion cubic feet (tcf).

Elon Musk won’t save big mining

What minerals are going to drive mining company’s growth in the decades to come?

From child labourer picking coffee trees to Anglo American

This is the story of Phineas Letsoalo (part one).

LATEST Exploration  

Miners regain mojo to spark $18bn in exploration hunt

Spending forecast to rise more than 75% through 2025, MinEx says.

Junior miners to watch in Africa

Mining analyst Duncan Hughes looks into Triton, Lucapa and Danakali.

LATEST Gold  

Randgold reports 53% rise in H1 profit, cash pile mounts

Despite the payment of the 2016 dividend of $94 million.

How London’s gold market, the world’s largest, evolved: Timeline

London Metal Exchange starts gold futures trading on Monday.

Best-performing metals as hard to trade as they are to find

Ruthenium, iridium and rhodium up at least 33% as demand grows.

Iron ore sell-off deepens as new month opens with same old pain

Supply concerns overshadow robust PMI data from China mills.

Gold Fields H1 earnings fall on stronger local currencies

South Deep bounces back after a slow start to the year.

Harmony Gold eyes acquisitions after FY earnings rise

Revenue increases 5% to R19.3 billion.

LATEST Mining Indaba  

Junior miners to watch in Africa

Mining analyst Duncan Hughes looks into Triton, Lucapa and Danakali.

Substantive news on the way for silicosis settlement

We expect to make a big announcement this year – Briggs.

Platinum plunge ignites social unrest as villagers turn on mines

Impala Platinum, Lonmin among miners with social disputes.

This year’s best commodity is one of the smallest metals markets

Palladium is up 30% in 2017, reaching a 16-year high.

LATEST Silver  

Metals enjoy longest rally in seven years as low rates lure cash

Aluminum, lead and silver gain more than 14% in first quarter.

Silver seen climbing faster than gold as Yellen wakens bulls

Metal is ‘substantially undervalued’ versus peer, Gregersen says.

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