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LATEST Base metals  

Electric-car revolution is shaking up the biggest metals markets

Producers of copper, cobalt, aluminum to benefit from changes.

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

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

LATEST Coal  

Transnet carries record volume of coal to main export terminal

Company transported 7.46 million tonnes of coal to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal.

Vitol drops plan to buy Gupta stake of Richards Bay Coal Terminal

The purchase would have given the company access to a key export facility in one of the largest coal-producing countries.

LATEST Diamonds and gems  

Botswana seeks option to buy unusually big diamonds from its mines

Tshetlhane says it is not unusual for governments to have first option to buy precious stones.

De Beers said to hire leak hunter to probe gem data breach

Miner hires KPMG to find leak source.

Oil caps longest rally this year

As oversupply anxiety eases.

Project to retrieve SA’s apartheid oil stash stalls

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

Gold miners seek safety as political risks rise

Safer regions like Canada and the United States are more attractive for investment, analysts say.

Zwane will not say contested charter is law – Chamber of Mines

Chamber says minister’s comments that Mining Charter is law have further damaged investor confidence.

LATEST Exploration  

SA may award first shale gas exploration licences by end-Sept

Country also pushing for more offshore activity.

Miners regain mojo to spark $18bn in exploration hunt

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

LATEST Gold  

Two miners trapped at Harmony Gold mine die, three missing

We won’t rest until the others have been found, CEO says.

Gold futures punch through $1 300

As global stocks extend losses.

Orion Minerals to list on the JSE

The company is driving the biggest exploration programme in Southern Africa.

China sends one of the West’s most critical materials soaring

Tungsten prices have jumped 50% in the last two months.

Billionaire Agarwal to boost Anglo stake by up to $2 billion

Indian businessman set to become UK miner’s top shareholder.

Sibanye launches $450m convertible bond

Shares slump to 7-week low.

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 set to suffer as diesel demand and jewellery sales soften

Biggest miner of precious metal sees ‘subdued’ prices ahead.

Shorts pile into cash-strapped Lonmin as platinum flounders

Lonmin is the 7th-most-shorted on the FTSE All-Share Index.

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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