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‘Rebasing’ for lower Eskom sales to trigger 9.4% hike even before any revenue adjustment ‘Rebasing’ for lower Eskom sales to trigger 9.4% hike even before any revenue adjustment
Published: 20 Sep 17
State-owned electricity utility Eskom has sounded that warning that, even if its allowable revenue is not increased at all for the 2018/19 year, tariffs will still need to rise by 9.4% simply to accommodate a “rebasing” electricity sales volumes when compared with those approved in the third multiyear price determination period (MYPD3). The utility has made a single-year application to National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for allowable revenue of R219.5-billion, which would translate to a hike of 19.9% from April 1 for direct customers and 27.5% for municipalities from July 1.
Poland not planning changes in sectoral taxes, VAT for now - deputy PM
Published: 20 Sep 17
Poland is currently not planning to introduce changes in sectoral taxes on banks and the mining sector as well as in the value added tax (VAT), Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday. "For now, we are not planning changes in sectoral taxes. We are also not planning changes in VAT," Morawiecki, who is also economy minister, told a news conference.
Sasol proposes new R21bn BBBEE ownership transaction Sasol proposes new R21bn BBBEE ownership transaction Has Video
Published: 20 Sep 17
JSE-listed Sasol on Wednesday announced a proposed new R21-billion broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) ownership transaction, Sasol Khanyisa, which will replace Sasol’s debt-ridden Sasol Inzalo fund, which expires in June 2018. When Sasol Inzalo lapses, it will not be able to distribute shares to participants, given the closing Sasol ordinary share price of R389 on September 4.
Connemara plans further drilling in Donegal
Published: 20 Sep 17
Explorer Connemara Mining will initiate further drilling at its Inishowen project as part of its gold exploration programme in Donegal, Ireland. The diamond drilling, which will start on September 25, is aimed at establishing if the gold-bearing veins discovered last year extend across the licence.
Glencore strikes multi-year purchase deal with Angola LNG
Published: 20 Sep 17
Trading house Glencore is to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies from Angola LNG over a multi-year period, adding to similar recent deals between the producer and traders including Vitol. Angola LNG on Wednesday said the deal was another step toward building its sales book with the most important players in the LNG market.
Premier sells forestry interests to focus on lithium, tungsten assets
Published: 20 Sep 17
Multicommodity mining and natural resources development company Premier African Minerals will sell its 52% interest in TCT Industrias Florestais (TCT IF), which principally owns a limestone deposit and forestry interests, in Mozambique, to Amire Glory. Aim-listed Premier will retain a 50% interest in the limestone deposit, which is of continuing interest to the company, but still at the initial stages of exploration.
Iron-ore sinks as 'peak steel' call, supply angst rattle market
Published: 20 Sep 17
Iron-ore has been dragged back into the $60s after getting hit by a barrage of bad news, with persistent concern about rising global supply, fresh questions about the outlook for demand in China, and a warning from Australia’s central bank that the top buyer may be nearing peak steel. The benchmark spot price for ore delivered to Qingdao slumped 10% in the past four days, ending at $68.85 a dry metric ton on Tuesday, the lowest since July, according to Metal Bulletin. The sell-off in the commodity, which hit almost $80 in August, follows the first back-to-back weekly loss since June.
Philippine lawmakers defer decision on appointment of environment minister
Published: 20 Sep 17
Philippine lawmakers on Wednesday said they would hold more hearings before deciding whether to confirm the appointment of the country's environment minister, although some said they were likely to approve the step. The confirmation of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu is being closely watched given the policy implications for the mining sector in the world's top nickel ore supplier.
BHP says it paid $4.7bn in global taxes BHP says it paid $4.7bn in global taxes
Published: 20 Sep 17
Mining major BHP paid some $4.7-billion in global taxes and royalties in the 2017 financial year, with a further $1.2-billion payable to the Australian government in corporate tax income payments before the end of the calendar year. Australian taxes, royalties and other payments accounted for $3.8-billion of the payments made in the 2017 financial year.
Pan African poised for growth, proposes R185m final dividend Pan African poised for growth, proposes R185m final dividend
Published: 20 Sep 17
Precious metals mining company Pan African, which on Wednesday proposed a R185-million final dividend, reports that it is poised for growth as remedial action regarding its operational challenges in the 12 months to June 30 delivers expected results. The London- and Johannesburg-listed company, which reported a production decrease of 15.4% to 173 285 oz in its 2017 financial year, is looking forward to a much-improved performance from its Evander Mines in the 2018 financial year, when a substantial increase in gold production is expected.
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