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 Treasury report finds Koko meddled to help Tegeta Treasury report finds Koko meddled to help Tegeta
Published: 16 Nov 18
Former Eskom CEO Matshela Koko obstructed coal testing that would have compromised the contract Tegeta Exploration cinched with the power utility, according to a forensic report released by National Treasury on Friday. The report by Fundudzi Forensic Investigation Services details how Eskom executives flouted company policy and public finance rules to favour Tegeta, part of the Gupta family's business empire, and concludes that Koko and three other Eskom officials should be held accountable for irregular and unauthorised expenditure.
Teck to announce Chile project partner in December
Published: 16 Nov 18
Canadian miner Teck Resources is making good progress with the process of bringing a partner into its northern Chile copper development project and plans to announce a transaction next month, CEO Don Lindsay said on Thursday. The company sees the Quebrada Blanca Phase 2 expansion as its most significant growth opportunity and has previously indicated that it could double its copper business.
Leagold announces 122% increase in Los Filos openpit reserves
Published: 16 Nov 18
Latin America-focused Leagold has announced an increase in the proven and probable mineral reserves at the Los Filos openpit, in Mexico, to 40.5-million tonnes, grading 0.60 g/t containing 780 000 oz. This represents a 122% increase over the December 2017 estimate of 351 000 oz.
Supreme Court to hear appeal in long-running Rio Tinto IOC-Innu suit
Published: 16 Nov 18
The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear an appeal by the government of Newfoundland and Labrador on the issue of the jurisdiction of Quebec courts in respect of the Innu communities of Uashat mak Mani-Utenam and Matimekush-Lac’s C$900-million lawsuit against a unit of global miner Rio Tinto. The Supreme Court will have to determine whether Quebec courts have jurisdiction to rule on alleged violations of the Innu’s rights on both sides of the Quebec-Labrador border. IOC and the government of Newfoundland and Labrador want to remove the portion of IOC’s operations in Labrador from the Innu lawsuit.
Ncondezi $5.1m loan gets extended maturity date to November 2019
Published: 16 Nov 18
Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy has reached formal agreement to amend its $5.1-million loan, which received an extended maturity date to November 2019. Before a restructuring process started, the loan would have matured in September. 
NWT govt selects proponent to build Tlicho road
Published: 16 Nov 18
The Northwest Territories government has selected its preferred proponent to fund, construct, operate and maintain the Tlicho all-season road, which TSX-listed Fortune Minerals will use for its Fortune cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper mine project. The preferred proponent is North Star Infrastructure, a consortium comprising Kiewit Canada Development Corporation and Peter Kiewit and Sons (equity provider, design-builder and service provider), and Hatch Corporation and Thurber Engineering (design team members).
Palladium soars to record on tight supply, bets on China demand Palladium soars to record on tight supply, bets on China demand
Published: 16 Nov 18
Palladium surged to a record on bets that the Chinese auto industry will buoy global demand amid tight supplies of the metal used in vehicle pollution-control devices. Spot palladium rose as much as 4.6 percent to an all-time high of $1 180.26 an ounce, capping a third straight gain. The commodity is up about 9% this year through Thursday, the best performance among major metals.
Malusi Gigaba named in bombshell Treasury report on rot at Eskom, Transnet Malusi Gigaba named in bombshell Treasury report on rot at Eskom, Transnet
Published: 16 Nov 18
National Treasury has released a bombshell report of more than 600 pages detailing the extent of rot at Transnet and Eskom over the last six years – and says Malusi Gigaba compromised the procurement process of controversial new Chinese locomotives. The report, compiled after a forensic investigation by Fundudzi Forensic Investigation Services, found widespread irregularities, improper and illegal payments and flouting of good governance laws.
ACCC clears Santos' Quadrant buy ACCC clears Santos' Quadrant buy
Published: 16 Nov 18
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on Friday reported that it will not oppose ASX-listed Santos’ proposed acquisition of Quadrant Energy. Santos in August launched a $2.15-billion bid for Western Australia-focused Quadrant Energy, which holds natural gas and oil production, as well as near- and medium-term development, appraisal and exploration assets across more than 52 000 km2 of acreage, predominantly in the Carnarvon basin.
Appea, QRC slam Andrews-led Victoria govt for ‘shutting up gas exploration shop’
Published: 16 Nov 18
The resources sector has warned of higher gas prices in Victoria should the Labor government be re-elected in the state, after Premier Daniel Andrews said that the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) ban currently in place, would be added to the state’s constitution. "We'll put it beyond the reach of some in politics and their drilling mates, we'll put it beyond their reach to start smashing up our wine country, our dairy country, our tourism assets in order to secure corporate profits," Andrews said, according to 9News.
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