Copper Case Studies & News

Global quality status boosted by Dekra

Global quality status boosted. The same-site working relationship that Thos Begbie has established with global quality inspectorate Dekra Industrial RSA is giving the prolific exporter of copper castings a commercial edge in

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Foundry involved in product development

Foundry involved in product development. South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is developing a critical furnace component as part of a cooperation agreement with a major Canada-based consulting firm.

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New smelter in Zimbabwe.

Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is working in the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, close to the town of Shurungwi, where it is helping to construct the Unki platinum smelter, adjacent to

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Ionic coolant sales gain momentum

After introducing the specially developed ionic coolant into the global pyrometallurgical market, foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is seeing a marked increase in interest and confidence in the product,

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  • Ivanhoe posts record normalised profit, adjusted earnings for 2023

    Canadian miner Ivanhoe Mines has reported a record normalised profit of $388-million, as well as record adjusted earnings of $604-million for 2023. The Kamoa-Kakula operation, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, achieved record earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of $1.68-billion for the year, while milling a record 8.5-million tonnes at an average grade of 5.23% copper.

  • Sasol prioritising coal de-stoning investment as it seeks to allay fears over big Secunda output dip

    Energy and chemicals group Sasol has moved to address investor concerns that its yearly production at Secunda will need to fall to only 6.7-million tons for it to meet its goal of reducing the carbon-heavy Mpumalanga complex’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030. Delivering his final results presentation, outgoing CEO Fleetwood Grobler insisted that the 6.7-million tons output profile announced in August represented the “low road” production scenario that emerged following a review of its emission roadmap once the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) was eliminated as a plausible feedstock for Secunda.

  • Disappointing results from world’s top miners highlight market challenges, Tickmill says

    The underwhelming results from two of the largest global multinational mining and commodity companies Anglo American and Glencore, which both released their 2023 financial and preliminary results last week, underscore the formidable challenges facing the commodity mining industry, trading company Tickmill South Africa MD Roger Eskinazi has said. “Anglo American's staggering 94% year-on-year decline in annual profit underscores the volatility inherent in commodity markets. [However], such drastic fluctuations are not uncommon in an industry heavily influenced by market forces,” he said.

  • South Africa’s Jubilee Metals continuing to grow copper strongly in Zambia

    The copper operations in Zambia of South Africa’s Jubilee Metals showed strong growth in the six months to December 31, with further sharp increases expected going forward. The Johannesburg- and London-listed Jubilee, led by CEO Leon Coetzer and chaired by former Mpumalanga Premier Mathews Phosa, recovers copper in Zambia and chrome and platinum group metals (PGMs) in South Africa, from historical waste rock, run-of-mine materials and tailings.

  • Ramokgopa says govt close to finalising structure for private grid financing

    Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa says all the work being done by government on the financial structure to facilitate private investment into the country’s transmission infrastructure is being consolidated under his Ministry, including the work being done on the issue by the National Treasury and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). This confirmation follows an announcement in the National Treasury’s Budget Review that a request for proposals will be released by the end of July for a pilot project involving “off-balance-sheet financing to accelerate private-sector investment in transmission, without negatively affecting Eskom’s balance sheet and the fiscus”.

  • Sasol prioritising coal de-stoning investment as it seeks to allay fears over big Secunda output dip

    Energy and chemicals group Sasol has moved to address investor concerns that its yearly production at Secunda will need to fall to only 6.7-million tons for it to meet its goal of reducing the carbon-heavy Mpumalanga complex’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030. Delivering his final results presentation, outgoing CEO Fleetwood Grobler insisted that the 6.7-million tons output profile announced in August represented the “low road” production scenario that emerged following a review of its emission roadmap once the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) was eliminated as a plausible feedstock for Secunda.

  • Onus largely on private sector to recover economy, says Deloitte

    With the 2024/25 national Budget not having provided much relief to taxpayers, and the economy having a high debt to gross domestic product (GDP) ratio and slow growth rates, South Africans need to redefine resilience, says consultancy Deloitte. “As government opens up sectors to more private investment, there is hope that corporates will be able to provide the impetus to bolster the economy,” said Deloitte Africa tax and legal MD Itereleng Kubeka.

  • Enel Green Power signs large-scale South Africa commercial renewable energy deal

    Renewable energy company Enel Green Power South Africa has signed three long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) with industrial gases company Air Liquide South Africa and energy and chemicals company Sasol to supply 330 MW of renewable energy to Sasol’s Secunda site, where Air Liquide operates its large-scale oxygen production facility. Enel Green Power and sovereign wealth fund the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) jointly own Enel Green Power South Africa.

  • Arise IIP signs deal with Malawi to build R3bn SEZ, dry port

    Arise Integrated Industrial Platforms (ARISE IIP) has signed a development agreement with the government of Malawi for the construction of a R3-billion special economic zone (SEZ) and dry port in the north of Lilongwe, Area 55. Arise IIP is owned by Africa Finance Corporation, Afreximbank, and the Africa Transformation and Industrialisation Fund, and is a developer and operator of industrial ecosystems across the continent.

  • Cape Town pays out more than R25m in Cash for Power programme

    The City of Cape Town says businesses and households have earned more than R25.8-million under the city’s Cash for Power programme since the start of the 2022/23 financial year. This comes after the city started to buy excess solar photovoltaic power from small-scale generators in exchange for municipal bill credits and cash.

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