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Gold trading volumes double in Turkey amid currency crisis
Published: 18 Aug 18
First Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan argued citizens should buy gold, then he said sell. Add dramatic swings in the lira, and the country’s traders are now enthusiastically doing both. Gold futures volumes have surged on the Borsa Istanbul as the volatile currency attracts speculation and after the lira’s plunge boosted the local price of metal. The 90-day average daily volume more than doubled to 40 000 contracts, from about 17 000 in March. During the same time, the value of an ounce of gold in lira rocketed more than 30%.
Gold fades as world gets used to bad news, Perth Mint says
Published: 18 Aug 18
Investors have grown immune to the economic and geopolitical risks that typically drive haven demand for gold. That’s how Richard Hayes, the chief executive officer of Australia’s Perth Mint, summed up the reason behind bullion’s slump to a 19-month low despite tensions between the US and China and the collapse of the Turkish lira that roiled markets. The World Gold Council said this month that demand for the metal in the first half of the year was the weakest in almost a decade.
Workers at Chile's Escondida, world's top copper mine, ink contract
Published: 18 Aug 18
The union representing workers of Chilean copper mine Escondida signed a new collective labor contract on Friday, ending the risk of a strike that could have paralyzed the world's biggest copper mine. Mine operator BHP had said earlier in the week that terms had been reached but the union needed to vote on the new pact.
BlueRock secures loan from chairperson, CEO
Published: 17 Aug 18
Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds, which owns and operates the Kareevlei mine, in the Kimberley region of South Africa, has entered into a loan with chairperson Paul Beck and CEO Adam Waugh.  
Semafo reports two more deaths in restive Burkina Faso
Published: 17 Aug 18
TSX-listed West Africa-focused gold exploration and production company Semafo on Friday reported that a bus transporting employees from the town of Bobo-Dioulasso to the Mana mine, in Burkina Faso, had been shot at by armed bandits on Friday morning. One Semafo national employee and one subcontractor lost their lives in the exchange of fire between police officers and the bandits.
Mining industry reaffirms commitment to safety with campaign launch Mining industry reaffirms commitment to safety with campaign launch
Published: 17 Aug 18
The Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA), previously known as the Chamber of Mines, on Friday launched its National Day of Safety and Health in Mining 2018, which will see 66 MCSA member companies hosting safety and health days at each of their operations in the next month. The launch of the National Safety and Health Day in Mining 2018 reaffirms the industry’s commitment towards the zero-harm goal and ensuring that all employees can go to work in the knowledge that they will safely return home every day.
Impairments dent Harmony’s FY18 earnings
Published: 17 Aug 18
Despite meeting its production guidance targets and increasing its underground recovered grade by 8%, gold producer Harmony Gold warned in a trading statement on Friday that it expects its full-year headline earnings per share (HEPS) to be 40% to 45% lower than in 2017. HEPS for the year ended June 30 are expected to be between 164c and 179c, compared with the 298c reported for the 2017 financial year.
Union for Chilean mine Caserones accepts revised contract, averting strike
Published: 17 Aug 18
The main union for Chilean mine Caserones has accepted a revised contractual offer from the copper company, which averted the threat of a strike, according to an internal memo sent to workers early on Friday. An agreement between the union and the mining company, controlled by JX Holding and Mitsui Mining, had been on the brink of failure over last-minute discrepancies, which led to further negotiations until midnight on Thursday.
Currency shocks knock platinum to ten-year lows Currency shocks knock platinum to ten-year lows
Published: 17 Aug 18
Platinum prices tumbled to ten-year lows as the collapse of Turkey's lira rippled through markets and weakened the currency of top producer South Africa, underlining persistent oversupply of the autocatalyst metal. Platinum has been caught in a broad sell-off as investors rush to the safety of the dollar, pushing it higher and making dollar-priced metals more expensive for buyers using other currencies.
Afraid of no-one and ready for a long strike, union leader tells Implats
Published: 17 Aug 18
Members of South Africa's AMCU mining union are ready to strike for a year if necessary and would bring the platinum belt to a standstill if Impala Platinum carries out plans to cut up to 13 400 jobs, the union's president said on Thursday. Joseph Mathunjwa, who led a five-month strike in 2014, was speaking at a televised memorial marking the sixth anniversary of the "Marikana Massacre" when police shot dead 34 workers taking part in a strike at Lonmin's platinum mine there.
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