By Sandile Mbulawa (Head: Resource Finance) The positive outlook for the copper sector bodes well for Zambia and its copper mines with copper comprising around 60% of the country’s total exports, while the country is expected to produce more than 1 million tonnes of the metal this year. Mining companies such as Canadian-based First Quantum Minerals (FQM) are expanding their copper mines to cater for expected growing demand particularly from the Chinese market, a major driver of consumption. The outlook for copper has not always been so positive with the sector experiencing prices as low as US$2/lb in 2016, compared to a peak spot price of $3.30/lb in 2018 so far. The copper price rose by 30% in 2017, however, the price has softened somewhat of late alongside a strengthening US dollar. The longer-term outlook is buoyed by lower mining costs, and global undersupply caused to a large extent by demand from China’s power and infrastructure sectors and increasingly by rising electric vehicle production globally. The engine used in conventional cars usually contains about 20kg of copper while engines in an electric car contain copper weighing about 80kg. Some forecasts expect refined copper to register a deficit of 251 000 tonnes in 2018 and remain undersupplied until 2023. Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) identified an opportunity to offer FQM debt funding by co-arranging a $400m term facility for its subsidiary Kalumbila Minerals. RMB participated for $100m in the facility which is repayable over three years, with the option to extend for another two years. The facility, finalised at the beginning of this year, was structured to fit within the group’s corporate capital structure which includes $6.0bn of bonds with various maturities and was tailored to dovetail with the FQM corporate facility provided in 2017. The facility provides the group with additional cash as it grows its business further, taking into consideration the positive long-term growth outlook for the . . .
KWAZULU-NATAL, BLYTHEDALE COASTAL ESTATE – Due to its immense popularity, the South African Obstacle Course Racing industry has, over the past few years, ensured that this past weekend’s inaugural South African Obstacle Course Racing Championship was a world-class event according to the two 2018 South African OCR Champions, Thomas van Tonder and Trish Bahlmann. Responsible for bringing the OCR Championships to South Africa is Fritz Pienaar, CEO of Advendurance and the Warrior Company, powered by Reebok, and SAOCR, which was endorsed by Obstacle Course Racing World Championships (OCRWC). The first South African OCR Championships was held in conjunction with at Toyota Warrior Race #5 at Blythedale Coastal Estate on the 14th and 15th July 2018. Set against a backdrop of pristine beaches, unspoiled forest, rivers and estuaries, the Blythedale Coastal Estate was the perfect setting for the South African OCR Championships. The OCR World Championships structure is Age Group and Pro Championships, and by building upon the 10Km Commando Elite and 15Km Black Ops Elite divisions respectively, each event featured distinct championship obstacles, with exclusive podium medals and a prize purse exceeding R200 000. Featuring a full compliment of South Africa’s top OCR athletes, the Black Ops Elite/SA OCR Championship race was a gruelling 19km trail course with 35 Warrior series finale obstacles that included four brand-new obstacles. The top three male and female athletes would receive cash prizes and free entry into the Pro Division World OCR Championships to be held on 19 - 21 October 2018 in London, England. The men’s Black Ops Elite/SA OCR Champs race was hotly contested between South Africa’s top 2 OCR athletes, Thomas van Tonder (Warrior Brand Ambassador) and Claude Eksteen (Supa Mama). It was neck-and-neck, changing the lead throughout the race, but it was Van Tonder who proved strongest on the day, crossing the Championship line in 01h44m19s, just six minutes . . .
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Johannesburg, July, 17 2018. This year’s campaign was built around three important points that differentiate Nexia SAB&T from other firms; its global relevance through Nexia International, local presence with offices in all 9 provinces of South Africa and a dedication to our clients that builds on the new brand proposition, namely that of being ‘Closer to you, from the Ground Up’. ‘Closer to you, from the Ground Up’ strongly resonates with the history of our firm, which was established by two entrepreneurs 24 years ago, and has grown to be one of the 10 largest accounting practices in South Africa. Just growing the Nexia SAB&T business has not been an achievement enough for us, as such we continually look to find ways to demonstrate to our clients and the communities we come from how we can serve them in a manner that is closer to them and assists them from the ground up. The idea for the campaign was as a result of having identified GIBS as a strategic partner as we were exploring the idea of aligning our brand with one that is world renowned for its professionalism and focus on people development. We felt there were a lot of synergies because Nexia SAB&T is a firm that invests in our people throughout their careers. GIBS having seen that we shared similar values offered us the opportunity to get involved with the Bambanani Car Wash and consider taking them on as our Enterprise Development beneficiaries. Nexia SAB&T having over the years been directly involved in the upliftment of entrepreneurs decided that this would be a perfect fit for us and so on the 1st May 2018 we embarked on a campaign to provide the young entrepreneurs with eco-friendly car washing machines fully equipped with detergents and cleaning materials. We also provided clothing and branding which increased their visibility to the GIBS students and will continue to assist with mentorship and guidance over the next 2yrs. The goal being that at the end of our agreement we have . . .
Twenty-eight promising young South African soccer players aiming to make their mark at the International Sport Federation for people with Intellectual Disabilities (INAS) World Football Championships have received some well-deserved support through Netcare’s Healthy Lifestyle Trust. “We whole-heartedly welcome the opportunity to support the South African Sports Association for the Intellectually Impaired (SASA-II) in their bid to send a team to the INAS World Football Championships in Sweden in August 2018,” announced Peter Warrener, Group human resources director at Netcare and a trustee of Netcare’s Healthy Lifestyle Trust. The aim of the Trust is to promote the physical well-being of South Africans through healthy lifestyle initiatives. The sponsorship of over R500 000, covers the costs of transport, accommodation and meals for the 28 soccer players for three five-day training camps ahead of the INAS World Football Championships. “In our view the SASA-II sponsorship will unlock enormous value by developing the potential of each of these talented individuals on their way to the World Football Championships,” he adds. Netcare has long demonstrated its commitment to promoting the creation of a society and economy that is inclusive of all South Africans, specifically focusing on broadening opportunities for people with disabilities. To this end, Netcare launched its Sinako Project in 2012 to assist unemployed young South Africans with disabilities to enter the mainstream economy. This on-going project offers structured internships and learnerships in a number of fields for people with disabilities. The project enables people with disabilities to develop the technical skills that will afford them real opportunities in the workplace. Upon completion of the learnership or internship, many of the candidates are permanently employed within Netcare. Towards the end of 2017, Netcare also entered into an enterprise and supplier development partnership with . . .
Local Professional Golfer, Andrew Georgiou, has successfully pioneered an innovative golf networking app that revolutionises the game of golf by allowing you to keep track of every golf course you have ever played. You can also create a golfing bucket list, and as the app grows you can get access to courses throughout the world. GolfPlayed is currently available on the app stores, and has seen thousands of downloads in their early months. The app has garnered millions of Rands worth of investments from golfers and business leaders worldwide, and has a huge future ahead of them. Speaking to Andrew Georgiou, founder and CEO of GolfPlayed, he expressed that the concept for the app emerged when he was chatting to a golfing buddy who asked him how many courses he had played. This seemingly simple question left Georgiou stumped. He had no idea, and went onto the app store to see if there was a product that existed that could help him keep track of this, and was surprised when nothing popped up. This was when he was inspired to combine his business background with his golfing career. The simplicity of the concept “The concept is simple and powerful. How many courses have you played? Where have you played? Where do you want to play?” Georgiou said, explaining the project to me. “Did you know that you can play any course in the world if you know a member there? Our goal is to get as many golfers on the app, so that we can connect our members and get them access onto courses that they wouldn’t normally have access to. GolfPlayed will bridge the gap and connect golfers globally. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” says Georgiou. “We are throwing the idea of how golfers connect with each other and courses on its head. We are introducing revolutionary ideas and concepts. When people see this, they are going to hit themselves over the head and ask, ‘why hasn’t anyone done this before?’” He explains. Big things are coming! The first release of the app is . . .
Trade Conferences International (TCI) is hosting the Transaction Banking 2018 Southern Africa Conference and Exhibition on 3 – 4 October, at Indaba Hotel. The event will be attended by professionals dealing with Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, payments, cyber security, channel, digital, mobile, data, fraud, distribution, technology and analytics. Attend this event to find out more about how all these affecting aspects are evolving the transactional digital banking environment. The Transaction Banking 2018 Conference & Exhibition offers the best platform in Southern Africa to network with leading industry players in the transaction banking space; and with more than 150 attendees expected at the event; this is the ideal forum for any organisation dealing with biometrics, artificial intelligence and self-services banking, cyber security, IoT whilst contending with fraud, compliance, payments, data, customer engagement, digital-preparedness, regulation and channel management concerns, will benefit from being present at the transactional banking conference. TCI is known for organising events that addresses global issues affecting the Southern Africa market. It has successfully hosted more than 300 national events within banking, finance technology and IT industries, featuring top-level decision – makers and industry experts. For 16 years now, TCI is registered and preferred conference organiser for all major banks and financial institutions in Southern Africa. #Transactionbanking2018 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Veteran PR consultant Ivan Booth has released a new book aimed at providing prospective publicists with illuminating information about the industry. Current PRs, too, will benefit from unique career insights spread over 29 chapters described by one reviewer as ‘so readable, so practical and so enjoyable.’ “The Publicist’s Playbook” is no staid textbook littered with endless definitions of public relations from obscure organisations. “The phrase ‘reputation management’ does not appear in the book because it is focused on tangible, operational tactics that can immediately be employed by PR practitioners at the media coalface,” explains Booth. “This is good advice that has helped me consistently generate real exposure for my clients over 21 years while so many of my PR peers have fallen by the wayside, victims of their inability to walk the talk,” says Booth. “Times are tough and clients want plenty of positive coverage, week after week, not lofty PR strategies that cost them a fortune and deliver very little in the way of actual news coverage and credible social media exposure. Available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and Paperback Editions, ‘The Publicist’s Playbook’ is described as ‘transcending media relations, social platforms and content creation’ with valuable operational nuggets that pepper the book throughout. From PR’s overwhelming need for speed in the age of the continuous news cycle - (‘Speed is what really impresses clients these days. They just want something from you, in their inbox, now. If you can push out two notches above mediocre, twice as fast, you've won’) to the need to develop an internal hard-drive (‘Excellent general knowledge means being able to receive a brief and settling down in front of your keyboard to start writing while your colleagues are wasting time surfing the web searching for an angle, a quote or some opening statistic’), Booth dishes out what he’s learnt over two decades thick and fast. Fortunately, there’s plenty of . . .
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