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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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