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US sanctions driving Russian billionaires into Putin’s arms US sanctions driving Russian billionaires into Putin’s arms
Published: 21 Sep 18
The Trump administration is helping Vladimir Putin achieve a goal that’s eluded him for almost two decades—getting Russia’s billionaires to start repatriating some of their assets. Relatively muted sanctions imposed during the Obama era over the conflict in Ukraine have only widened in scope and severity since Trump took office last year. The unpredictability of both the White House and Congress is forcing Russians to move money into state-run banks and rejig the offshore superstructure that’s sheltered fortunes here since communism’s collapse.
Taskforce outcomes to set basis of Australia’s first resources plan in 20 years Taskforce outcomes to set basis of Australia’s first resources plan in 20 years
Published: 21 Sep 18
Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan on Friday welcomed a report by the federal government’s Resources 2030 Taskforce, which he convened in March to ensure that the Australian resource sector remains globally competitive and sustainable The Minister will use the work of the taskforce to craft a National Resources Statement – the first national statement on resources in 20 years.
NUM signs wage deal with AngloGold
Published: 21 Sep 18
South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) signed a three-year wage deal with AngloGold Ashanti on Friday, inking the same agreement that other unions reached with the company earlier in the week. The agreement will mean an effective pay hike of over 12% for entry-level underground workers in the first year, over double the inflation rate, an industry trend in recent years that has hit margins and made many shafts unprofitable.
Australian miners spearheading disruptive technology movement – Fitch
Published: 21 Sep 18
Australia’s strong information communications technology and energy infrastructure, highly skilled labour force and government support ensures that its miners will continue to be the frontrunners in implementing technology to cut costs, enhance efficiency and increase mine safety, the latest report by Fitch Solutions states. The report notes that major players will stay ahead of the race, while the high cost of expensive technology will keep smaller companies from implementing these technologies, thereby increasing the disparity between major and juniors.
Amplats CFO resigns
Published: 21 Sep 18
Ian Botha has resigned as FD of Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), effective February 18, 2019. He will be relocating abroad to pursue other opportunities.   "On behalf of the Board and Anglo American Platinum, I would like to thank Ian for his commitment and diligence during his time at Amplats. He has made an immense contribution and played an instrumental part in repositioning the business during a period of continued economic uncertainty. We wish him well with his future endeavours,” CEO Chris Griffith said on Friday.
Release of Odysseus DFS delayed by one month
Published: 21 Sep 18
Western Areas has reported a minor delay in the release of its definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the Odysseus nickel sulphide project, in Western Australia, citing an unplanned late receipt of certain key data. The company said that the DFS release date has been moved to the end of October, from the end of September.
 Mining Charter to be gazetted next week Mining Charter to be gazetted next week
Published: 21 Sep 18
The final Mining Charter would be gazetted next week by Mineral Resources Minister, Gwede Mantashe. The Charter was approved with minor amendments by the September 19 Cabinet meeting.
Poseidon signs Black Swan ore tolling agreements
Published: 21 Sep 18
Base metals firm Poseidon Nickel has found two potential sources of third-party feed for its Black Swan concentrator, which the company is touting as an alternative processing facility for stranded nickel miners following the closure of BHP Billiton’s Nickel West Kambalda concentrator. Private exploration company SulphideX and listed junior Estrella Resources have signed memorandums of understanding with Poseidon to process ore from their respective projects under ore tolling and concentrate purchasing agreements (OTCPA).
Wesizwe subsidiary institutes legal action, wants Maseve transaction declared unlawful
Published: 21 Sep 18
Wesizwe Platinum subsidiary Africa Wide Mineral Prospecting and Exploration has instituted legal action against TSX-listed Platinum Group Metals’ (PTM’s) wholly-owned South African subsidiary, as well as Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat), seeking to have the Maseve transaction declared unlawful. Both PTM and RBPlat confirmed receipt of the summons on Thursday.
Centaurus resumes Salobo West licensing process
Published: 21 Sep 18
ASX-listed Centaurus Metals will resume the environmental licencing process for its maiden drilling programme at the Salobo West copper/gold project, in Brazil, after an earlier decision to deny the company a drilling and clearing licence was overturned. The key environmental agency responsible for the approvals, ICMBio, has reportedly reconsidered its preliminary findings handed own in May, and has now given the go-ahead for the licencing process to resume.
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