Sunday, September 26, 2010
Seems the Communist Govt. of South Africa is chaffing at the bit to Nationalise the country's mines. South Africa is currently the worlds leading supplier of Platinum and 4th largest for Gold. Of course any talk of nationalisation is going to scare off investment dollars for new mines and the expansion of existing mines - let alone the disaster that would occur if the Communists think they could actually run the mines themselves.
Nationalisation of South Africa's mines is on the agenda for this week's national general council of the ANC, but no final decision will be taken until 2012, says ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe.
After a series of mixed signals, he told reporters: "The question of nationalisation is going to be debated, views are going to be expressed."
At the same time, however, Mantashe rapped the youth league over the knuckles for trying to force its proposal on the broader ANC.
"What we are raising is that if you table an issue for discussion in the ANC, never pretend to have a monopoly of wisdom on that issue. Open it up, allow different views to be expressed. Nobody must be supressed, nobody must be intimidated," he said.
Malema has repeatedly warned senior ANC leaders and the party's alliance partners, the SACP and Cosatu, that anyone who opposed nationalisation would be brought down by the youth.
Mantashe said the proposal was on the agenda for discussion in the commission on economic transformation, which would also look at the role of the state in the economy, the correct influence of the public sector and other aspects of a developmental economic strategy.
President Jacob Zuma was widely interpreted to have put a lid on the nationalisation debate when he said in a departure from the prepared text of his opening address yesterday that the NGC was a review meeting and not a place to introduce new policies.
Seen alongside his stinging rebuke for the Julius Malema's Youth League, Zuma appeared also to be stifling its flagship project.
But Mantashe praised the ANCYL for raising issues about economic policy that needed to be debated.
By Jeff Nielson:
Regular readers will know that I shun short-term charts and "technical analysis". Such tools carry a low degree of reliability, since they are built upon numerous false assumptions (beginning with "free and open markets", and "perfect information"). I submit to readers that markets have never been less "free and open", and information has never been so far from "perfect".
Worse still, almost none of the people who engage in such analysis have any theoretical training in statistics. Lacking such education, they are simply oblivious to how much accuracy is lost with such tools - when we shorten the time-horizon.
Long-term charts, on the other hand are an entirely different matter. The much, much higher level of reliability which is provided by a longer time-horizon is a powerful compensating force versus the margin of error caused from using flawed assumptions. Relying upon superior tools inevitably means greater clarity when analyzing any particular market.
In the case of silver, when we begin looking at longer-term charts, there are a few obvious facts which leap out at viewers, and some which are perhaps not so obvious. To begin with, unlike almost any other market, silver never goes sideways. It is either moving strongly upward, or strongly downward - reflecting the "struggle" between market-rigging bankers looking to keep silver grossly under-valued, and the even more powerful force of supply-and-demand.......read on
From DW World:
Want protection from paper currency devaluations? Or how about an unforgettable, quick gift? Consumers in Madrid can now use a unique automated teller machine to fetch gold bars of up to 10 grams and coins with custom designs in exchange for cash.
The ATM, known as "Gold to go," is the brainchild of Thomas Geissler. The German entrepreneur and CEO of Ex Oriente Lux in Reutlingen first tested his cash-for-gold vending machine in Germany before taking it to consumers with deep pockets and traditional ties to gold in Abu Dhabi in May......read on
From the UK Telegraph:
Investors seeking a safe haven from current market turmoil could see the gold price rally to "at least" $1,400 an ounce next year, according to Capital Economics.
On Friday the gold price continued its record-breaking run – having hit a new high seven times in the past two weeks – briefly crossing the $1,300 level, hitting $1,300.07 in intraday trade. Silver prices are also at their highest level since 1980, climbing to $21.44 in intraday trade. Bullion traders expect prices to continue to rise next week.
Concerns that the Federal Reserve will have to embark on another round of quantitative easing after the US economic recovery stalled caused the dollar to fall against major currencies. Gold prices usually move inversely to the dollar.
"We now expect gold prices to stay high for several more years," Capital Economics said. "Fears of runaway inflation or a dollar collapse remain exaggerated," the economic consultancy added. Prices should continue to be supported by strong demand for a safe haven from other potential economic and financial shocks "such as a US-China trade war and the break-up of EMU," it said.
Gold prices have risen by 18pc this year, with silver rising 27pc. Both precious metals have outperformed shares, treasuries and most industrial metals. Gold is on track for its 10th consecutive yearly gain – its longest winning streak since before the Second World War.
With Gold becoming increasingly rare some are going to desperate lengths to acquire the money of Kings. In many places in Africa the grade has dropped below 5gm / tonne, meaning 6,000kg of rock, or in this case mud has to be processed to extract just 1oz of pure gold.
Pics from the New York Times
Jim Rickards interviewed by Eric King of King World News......listen here