COVER: Mining meltdown- can a turnaround save the sector?

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Mining companies have announced billion-dollar write-downs, mine closures and thousands of job cuts – but the continuing decline in metal prices means the sector, the world’s worst performer since 2011, remains an “industry in reverse”. Finweek unpacks the reasons behind the “bloodbath” and factors that could result in a turnaround.

NEWS: Coal producers turn away from Eskom

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Some of South Africa’s largest coal producers, BHP Billiton and Anglo American are pulling out from their supply relationship with Eskom. Journalist David McKay speaks to leaders in the coal mining sector who share their concerns about business opportunities.

NEWS: BHP Billiton to release earnings results

Mining Rustenburg

BHP Billiton will release its annual earnings results on February 24. Iron ore, copper, petroleum and coal are expected to make up the bulk of group revenue. The performance of non-core assets, aluminium, manganese and nickel is of interest considering a demerger of these assets is in the works.

INSIGHT: BHP Billiton results fail to impress investors


Shaun Murison, a market analyst at IG South Africa provides us with the latest news on BHP Billiton’s results.

INSIGHT: BHP Billiton results driven by the “Four Pillars”


A recently released operational review by BHP Billiton revealed a 9% increase in group production with annual output records achieved across 12 operations and four commodities. We take a closer look.

INVESTMENT: SA stock market ups and downs


Despite the weak economic performance in South Africa, the stock market has hit record highs. We take a closer look.

INVESTMENT IDEA: 10 stocks for your child


Garth Mckenzie, from, is often quoted in Finweek and provides some fascinating insights into the world of JSE-listed investments. He has recently become a father and, as such, has put together a list of 10 stocks that he is going to buy for his child:

The Business of Pleasure

Finweek gets up close and personal with an industry bursting with nipple clamps, trippers, adult DVDs and dominatrixes to discover if hot trends can drive surges in margins and profits. Mandy de Waal and Jonathan H Pienaar investigate the business of pleasure.

TRADERS’ ALLEY: 5 April 2012

A snapshot from various portfolio managers, brokers and analysts giving their views on listed shares they like.