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Feb 23, 2012

Exxaro-Coal terminal expansion to 100 mln T likely

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Major South African
coal producers that own shares in the Richards Bay Coal Terminal
(RBCT) may invest to expand the terminal to handle up to 100
million tonnes of coal a year, the head of Exxaro’s
coal unit said on Thursday.

Mxolisi Mgojo said coal miners had been surprised by the
improved rate at which logistics group Transnet transported
their coal via rail to the port in the second half of last year.

Feb 20, 2012

Transnet to borrow $12.9 bln to pay for new capex

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 20 (Reuters) – South African
logistics group Transnet will borrow 100 billion rand
($12.93 billion) over the next seven years to pay for a 300
billion rand infrastructure programme, its chief executive said
on Monday.

The spending plan was heavily promoted in President Jacob
Zuma’s “State of the Nation” policy address this month, with
government officials saying it will help create jobs and
increase the country’s competitiveness.

Feb 16, 2012

Mondi seen sweetening $374 mln bid for Polish unit

JOHANNESBURG/WARSAW, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Shares in
Polish paper maker Mondi Swiecie climbed above an
offer price from its South African parent on Thursday, as
investors bet Mondi Ltd would have to sweeten its $374
million buy-out bid.

The South African paper maker owns two-thirds of Mondi
Swiecie, whose products are used to make items including paper
bags, and offered 69 zlotys ($21.5) per share for the remaining
34 percent of the Polish company.

Feb 16, 2012

S.Africa miners turn violent in costly Implats strike

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Thousands
of protesting miners burnt tyres and torched a police office
near Impala Platinum’s Rustenburg mine in South Africa
on Thursday, as a month-long strike at the world’s
second-largest producer of the precious metal turned violent.

Police said a miner died of injuries after being beaten
during an overnight demonstration. Up to 5,000 miners blocked
the road leading to the mine and hurled stones at police,
provincial police spokeswoman Adele Myburg said.

Feb 8, 2012

Sappi earnings tick up as cost cuts help

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 8 (Reuters) – South African paper
maker Sappi posted a slight rise in first-quarter
earnings on Wednesday, lifted by lower input prices and
aggressive cost cuts, and said it expected more improvement

As the paper industry struggles to recover from a slump
caused by anaemic demand and overcapacity, Sappi has closed
mills and is targeting higher-margin businesses such as chemical
cellulose, a move analysts say is finally showing results.

Feb 7, 2012

ArcelorMittal S.Africa wary on core market recovery

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 7 (Reuters) – ArcelorMittal South
Africa slid into a full-year loss on the back of higher
raw material costs, lower output and weaker sales and warned
that a pick-up in demand from key construction industry
customers has yet to materialise.

Chief Executive Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita said restocking
and lower input prices would bring a significant turnaround in
earnings for the first three months of 2012 compared with the
previous quarter but the outlook was challenging.

Jan 17, 2012

U.S. to ensure oil market balanced despite Iran cuts

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The United States has been working with oil producers to ensure global supplies flow smoothly and ease concerns about a cut-off of crude from Iran, which faces tougher sanctions for its suspected pursuit of nuclear weapons, a senior official said on Tuesday.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman also said Washington had been in talks with all oil importers to find alternatives to Iranian supply and would work to avoid any price shocks.

Jan 12, 2012

S.Africa, Swaziland to build $2 bln rail line, network

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African logistics group Transnet and Swaziland Railways have agreed to build a new rail line via Swaziland that would ease congestion on a main coal export line and boost trade in the region, the companies said on Thursday.

The total project, estimated to cost up to 17 billion rand, includes the construction of a new 146 km (90 mile) rail line from Lothair in South Africa to Sidvokodvo in Swaziland and upgrades to existing infrastructure linking the new line with ports in South Africa and Mozambique.

Jan 9, 2012

Electricity only reaches one in three Afghans

KABUL (Reuters) – Only one in three Afghans has access to electricity despite years of spending to improve supply, and the country is still far too dependent on imported power, the head of the country’s state owned power utility told Reuters.

Abdul Razique Samadi, the chief executive officer at Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), said the situation in the capital, Kabul, is far better than the rest of the country, with around 70 percent of households connected.

Jan 2, 2012

Afghan girls throw punches, aim for Olympic gold

KABUL (Reuters) – Teenage Afghan sisters Shabnam and Sadaf Rahimi are taking the fight for women’s rights more literally than most of their peers, throwing punches in a ring as members of their country’s first team of female boxers.

They practice inside a spartan gym with broken mirrors, flaking paint, four punching bags, and a concrete floor padded with faded pink and green mats. Some girls wear face masks to keep away the dust coming up from the floor.