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Former Eskom CFO Singh accused of lying and stonewalling at inquiry
Published: 24 Jan 18
Former Eskom chief financial officer Anoj Singh was accused of lying about who paid for his travels to Dubai and ducking questions about suspect transactions he approved in his testimony before the parliamentary inquiry into the power utility on Tuesday. After more than four hours of questions and roundabout answers, former finance minister Pravin Gordhan said Singh, who resigned on the eve of his appearance, charged that Singh's testimony was a farce.
BC energy junior fined C$235 000 under the Migratory Birds Convention Act
Published: 24 Jan 18
Environment and Climate Change Canada announced on Tuesday that British Columbia-based energy junior Painted Pony Energy (formerly Painted Pony Petroleum) has been fined C$235 000 under the Migratory Birds Convention Act. According to the Ministry, following a guilty plea on May 31, 2017, the Provincial Court of British Columbia, on December 22, handed down the sentence for depositing a substance harmful to migratory birds, in an area frequented by migratory birds.
Brio jumps 50% on friendly $264m Leagold takeover bid Brio jumps 50% on friendly $264m Leagold takeover bid
Published: 24 Jan 18
The TSX-listed equity of Brio Gold jumped 50% on Tuesday following rising precious metals producer Leagold Mining's announcement of its intention to make a friendly $264-million all-scrip offer for the company by February 28. Leagold is making good on its promise to use the April 2017 acquisition of the Los Filos mine, in Mexico, as a platform from which it can grow its production base through mergers and acquisitions focused on Latin America, drawing on the management team's proven experience in turning around marginal operations.
NMDC seeks fresh mining lease in Odisha to up iron-ore production
Published: 24 Jan 18
India’s largest iron-ore miner, government-owned NMDC, has sought new mining leases from Odisha to help it produce 45-million tons in 2018/19, up from the expected 35-million tons by the end of March 31 this year. NMDC has proposed that the Odisha government issue it new mining leases from among the seven operational mines, which closed down earlier this month.
Novelis to build $300m aluminium plant amid auto optimism
Published: 23 Jan 18
Aluminium flat-rolled products maker Novelis Inc. plans to build a $300 million plant in Kentucky targeted at automotive customers looking to minimise vehicle weight amid more stringent efficiency rules. “It just reiterates the industry’s view on this very strong penetration as the material of choice on vehicles,” Novelis CEO Steve Fisher said in a telephone interview. “We don’t see it as a leap of faith.”
Insatiable appetite for gold-backed ETFs lures Australia mint
Published: 23 Jan 18
The party in gold exchange-traded funds is raging so hard that the Australian government is trying to crash it. With holdings in gold-backed ETFs at the highest level since 2013, New York Stock Exchange Arca is seeking to list the Perth Mint Gold ETF Trust, according to a US government filing. Gold Corp, a Western Australian state government-owned entity, will store the fund’s gold and facilitate transfers, including shipments, according to the filing. Oklahoma City-based Exchange Traded Concepts will be the administrative sponsor.
Chilean president-elect names Larrain as finance minister again
Published: 23 Jan 18
Chile's conservative President-elect Sebastian Pinera on Tuesday named a former finance minister in the top copper exporter, Felipe Larrain, to fill the same spot again in his new cabinet. Pinera, a billionaire businessman who won the presidency last month, governed the country from 2010 to 2014, at a time when high copper prices helped underpin a fast-growing economy.
Investment demand for gold on the rise - WGC Investment demand for gold on the rise - WGC
Published: 23 Jan 18
New ways to access the gold market, such as physical gold-backed exchange-traded funds (ETFs), have resulted in the investment demand for gold growing 18% each year since 2001, indicating that the precious metal has now become more mainstream, the World Gold Council (WGC) said in its latest report. Released on Tuesday, the report titled 'The relevance of gold as a strategic asset', further highlighted that the expansion of the middle class in Asia, and a renewed focus on effective risk management following the 2008/9 financial crisis in the US and Europe, were also changing the face of investors, which now ranged from individuals to pension and sovereign wealth funds, located in developed as well as in emerging markets.
Nersa to host hearings into R66.6bn Eskom claw-back applications in May Nersa to host hearings into R66.6bn Eskom claw-back applications in May Has PDF
Published: 23 Jan 18
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) will hold public hearings across all of South Africa’s nine provinces between May 7 and May 25 to consider three revenue claw-back applications, collectively valued at R66.6-billion, submitted by cash-strapped power utility Eskom. The regulatory clearing account (RCA) applications cover years two (2014/15), three (2015/16) and four (2016/17) of third multi-year price determination (MYPD3), which guided power tariff increases for the five-year period from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2018.
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