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Iron ore’s rally hits 50% as China economy support fans optimism

21 Dec 2021 /  Annie Lee, Bloomberg
Iron ore in Singapore jumped as much as 4% to $129.45 a ton, the highest since mid-October.

Amplats to sell Bokoni Mine to African Rainbow Minerals

20 Dec 2021 /  Shanima A, Reuters
For a cash consideration of R3.5 billion.
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Wescoal in a ‘sweat spot’

20 Dec 2021 /  Keith McLachlan
Group plans to sweat its existing coal assets – but, intriguingly, is seriously considering investing into renewable energy projects.

The world wants more Lithium but doesn’t want more mines

19 Dec 2021 /  Thomas Biesheuvel and Misha Savic, Bloomberg
Prices for lithium, the building block of electric-vehicle batteries, shot to a record this year.

Dump diamonds for digital?

19 Dec 2021 /  Kim Harrisberg, the Thomson Reuters Foundation
Botswana bets on tech.

Metals key for EVs will be pricier for longer after record year

18 Dec 2021 /  Annie Lee, Bloomberg
'The new Covid-19 variant has thrown a cog in the wheel of the global recovery,' said Kwasi Ampofo.

Sibanye sees gold output at lower end of guidance

15 Dec 2021 /  Promit Mukherjee
After it had to close some operations due to fatal accidents and safety audits.

Gold holds worst loss this month as Fed meeting outcome awaited

15 Dec 2021 /  Ranjeetha Pakiam, Bloomberg
Spot gold steadied at $1 770.44 an ounce by 11:33 a.m. in Singapore after dropping 0.9% Tuesday.

Scrap metal industry ‘cannot and should not’ carry a double burden related to exports

15 Dec 2021 /  Amanda Visser
‘Patent contradiction’ by the dtic has left the industry to contend with both an export duty and a ‘price preference’ system.

US must create a post-plastic economy, scientists say in new study

12 Dec 2021 /  Leslie Kaufman, Bloomberg
As much as 2 million metric tons of plastic wind up in the ocean.
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Shell’s planned seismic survey has kicked up a storm in South Africa

11 Dec 2021 /  Mia Wege, Barend Erasmus, Christel Dorothee Hansen, Els Vermeulen, James Roberts, Jean Purdon and Michael John Somers
Here’s an explainer.

Battle for SA platinum miner comes to a boil

10 Dec 2021 /  Felix Njini, Bloomberg
Implats revived its pursuit of the smaller producer at the end of last month, following Northam’s swoop to buy out RBPlat’s biggest shareholder.
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China steps up overseas hunt for ore needed to make aluminum

9 Dec 2021 /  Bloomberg News
Another sign of the nation’s chronic reliance on raw-material imports.
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Eskom’s coal fleet being ‘run into the ground’ says expert

8 Dec 2021 /  Moneyweb
Lenders concerned about poor technical performance.

De Beers to explore mining in Angola

7 Dec 2021 /  MacDonald Dzirutwe, Reuters
Will start discussions to agree upon a mineral investment contract, the company said.

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  CPIThe Consumer Price Index (CPI) measures monthly changes in prices for a range of consumer products Dec 2021 5.90%
  CPI ex OERThe Consumer Price Index excluding Owners’ Equivalent Rent (CPI ex OER) measures monthly changes in prices for a range of consumer products excluding Owners’ equivalent rent that measures changes in the cost of owner-occupied housing Dec 2021 6.40%
  RepoThe rate at which the Reserve Bank lends money to the country’s commercial banks and set by the Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee. Jan 2022 3.75%
  Prime lendingThe Prime Lending Rate is the rate of interest that commercial banks will charge their clients when issuing a loan (home loan or vehicle finance) Jan 2022 7.25%
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