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  1. July 21, 2014

    Platinum mining: sunk costs

    Platinum, as metals go, has some impeccably Zeitgeisty uses in the 21st century. In China it makes car diesel engines’ fumes...

  2. July 21, 2014

    Anglo American to shed platinum assets

    Anglo American is to sell a major part of its platinum mining operations in South Africa, following the end of a five-month...

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  1. May 22, 2014

    Platinum jumps on South Africa strike fears

    Platinum has risen to its highest level since September on concerns that a crippling four-month strike at South African...

  2. May 13, 2014

    Platinum gains as South Africa dispute continues

    Platinum gained ground after industrial action in South Africa continued on Tuesday despite producers suggesting that miners...

  3. January 22, 2014

    Anglo American: sticking together

    What if Anglo American executives wake up tomorrow and decide that their large, but unloved, mining empire should leave...

  4. June 6, 2013

    Lombard: Self-preservation society should curb Foxtons premium

    When BC Partners bought Foxtons from Jon Hunt for £360m in 2007, it marked the peak of a credit-fuelled bubble in London...

  5. March 5, 2013

    S African tycoon tries to build bridges

    For many South Africans, Patrice Motsepe, the country’s first black billionaire, epitomises a new elite that has sprung up...

  6. February 19, 2013

    Amplats halts South Africa production

    Wildcat strikes at Anglo American Platinum forced the world’s biggest producer of the precious metal to suspend production...

  7. February 18, 2013

    Advertising optimism helps invigorate ITV

    Advertising optimism helped ITV hit a five-year high in a flat Londonmarket on Monday. Broadcaster climbs 2.8% amid talk of...

  8. February 17, 2013

    South Africa: A faded rainbow

    Since the empire-building days of Cecil John Rhodes, politics and mining in South Africa have made for potent chemistry when...

  9. February 8, 2013

    Aquarius to keep S Africa mines mothballed

    Aquarius Platinum, the world’s fourth-largest producer of the precious metal by volume, said the mothballing of mines in...

  10. February 4, 2013

    Final dividend cut fear pulls Aviva lower

    Aviva led the FTSE 100 to its sharpest fall in six months yesterday amid fears of a dividend cut. Talk that Aviva could...

  11. February 4, 2013

    Amplats plunges to an annual loss

    Anglo American Platinum on Monday announced an annual loss as the world’s biggest producer of the precious metal counted the...

  12. January 25, 2013

    Anglo iron ore output hit by strikes

    Wildcat strike action at the Sishen iron ore mine in South Africa’s Northern Cape province compounded problems in the fourth...

  13. January 7, 2013

    Anglo American: on your marks

    In Anglo American’s South African heartland, guessing the identity of the miner’s next chief executive has become a popular...

  14. November 13, 2012

    Lonmin – crunch time

    It is bizarre for a company to release an announcement urging investors to vote in favour of its rights issue. In Lonmin’s...

  15. October 30, 2012

    Lonmin plans $800m rights issue

    Lonmin, the London-listed platinum company that was at the centre of the industrial strife in South Africa’s mining sector,...

  16. October 26, 2012

    Anglo American – time to change

    It is hard to think of a time during Cynthia Carroll’s tenure as boss of Anglo American when she was not under pressure. If...

  17. October 7, 2012

    South Africa – an African spring

    Prepare for the year of the toyi toyi. The chanting protest dance that was such a feature of South Africa’s liberation...

  18. September 25, 2012

    Platinum miners – time to cut

    South Africa’s platinum producers negotiate pay individually – not by means of collective bargaining as gold miners do. But...

  19. August 24, 2012

    South Africa’s mines – bad mood music

    The initial response of South Africa’s government to the tragic shooting of strikers at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine...

  20. July 29, 2012

    Anglo American – in at the deep end

    Anglo American’s problems run deep – literally. Platinum mining in South Africa’s deepest mines is costly and dangerous...

  21. July 5, 2012

    Platinum: surplus to requirements

    The odds are stacked against South Africa’s platinum miners. The country’s deep and dangerous mines are some of its prime...

  22. June 21, 2012

    Aquarius shuts second South African plant

    Aquarius Platinum has closed its second mine in two weeks in an effort to conserve cash, saying that strikes and depressed...

  23. June 11, 2012

    Aquarius halts mining after platinum falls

    Aquarius Platinum, the world’s fourth-largest platinum producer by volume, has responded to a fall in prices for the...

  24. February 17, 2012

    Anglo: mining the commodity cycle

    It’s payback time – and how. Anglo American is finally reaping the rewards of capital expenditure made four and five years...

  25. February 15, 2012

    Banks rise but FTSE ends lower

    Speculation of a special dividend failed to help Anglo American as the London market remained range-bound. Ahead of its...

  26. February 13, 2012

    Anglo must show muscle to go it alone

    Cynthia Carroll has survived her fair share of battles during her five-year reign at Anglo American but she will need to...

  27. February 13, 2012

    Mining sector pushes FTSE to six-month high

    Kenmare Resources was among the gainers on Monday as a rebound for the mining sector helped lift the FTSE 100 to a six-month...

  28. February 8, 2012

    Platinum: Sector squeezed by falling prices and rising costs

    South Africa’s platinum deposits may be one of its most precious assets, but the industry is making disappointing returns –...

  29. January 26, 2012

    Anglo American reveals mixed output results

    Anglo American’s platinum and diamond production declined in the fourth quarter, while iron ore and copper increased as the...

  30. January 12, 2012

    South Africa energy fears push platinum higher

    The price of platinum, a precious metal used primarily for catalytic converters in the car industry, has risen above $1,500...

  31. January 4, 2012

    Anglo weighs rewards against risks in Chile

    Anglo American’s success in selling part of its best Chilean mine for $5.4bn may outweigh the risks associated with its...

  32. December 5, 2011

    Uncertainty reigns in Zimbabwe mining

    London-listed mining companies and politicians in Zimbabwe, home to vast deposits of platinum and gold, have for months been...

  33. November 14, 2011

    Lonmin warns on market volatility

    Lonmin, one of the world’s three biggest platinum miners by sales, warned that “unpredictable” markets may force it to...

  34. August 22, 2011

    Anglo would be wise to leave Macarthur parked

    For Anglo American, the decision whether to bid for Macarthur Coal is finely balanced. Some investors would like the FTSE...

  35. July 29, 2011

    Anglo American puts rising profits to work

    Anglo American said it is recycling its booming profits into capital expenditure to fund new mines, leaving investors with...

  36. June 13, 2011

    Glencore: mining its own business

    If anyone can knock wayward Kazakh mining companies into shape and do deals in racy jurisdictions, it is probably Ivan...

  37. May 16, 2011

    Iridium soars on high-tech gadget demand

    The popularity of smartphones, tablets and flatscreen televisions has triggered a 150 per cent jump in the price of a...

  38. February 20, 2011

    Anglo American: work in progress

    Saved by the cycle. Anglo American has emerged from the crisis intact and, like larger peers BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, is...

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