Glencore Xstrata launches after merger

The long-awaited merger between commodities trader Glencore and mining giant Xstrata, both based in Switzerland, was completed on Thursday and the new company said it will be listed on stock exchanges in London and Hong Kong.

As of Thursday, "the entire issued ordinary share capital of Xstrata is owned by the Glencore Group," the new company said in a statement, adding that the company's new joint name was expected to become effective in Jersey later in the day.
Glencore Xstrata thus takes the stage alongside leading global commodities 
companies such as BHP Billiton, Vale and Rio Tinto.
Trading in the new Glencore Xstrata shares will begin in London on Friday 
starting at 9am, while Hong Kong trading of the shares will start at 9.30am on May 6th, it said.
At the same time, Xstrata will be delisted from the London stock exchange 
on Friday and from the Swiss stock exchange on Monday.
Shareholders will receive 3.05 new Glencore shares for each of the shares 
they currently hold, said the new company, which now counts Xstrata's former non-executive director John Bond as its chairman.
Glencore chief executive Ivan Glasenberg will wear the same hat in the new 
Glencore and Xstrata's shareholders had voted in favour of the merger last 
November, with a view to sealing the deal by the end of 2012.
That target was pushed back to March 15th, before again being shifted due to 
delays in China's regulatory approval, which finally came through last month.

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At least 19 illegal miners killed at subsidiary of Swiss-based Glencore

At least 19 illegal miners were killed on Thursday after part of a copper mine collapsed in southeastern DR Congo, Swiss-based mining giant Glencore said.

At least 19 illegal miners killed at subsidiary of Swiss-based Glencore
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The incident happened when two galleries caved in at a mine in the Kolwezi area operated by Kamoto Copper Company (KCC), a subsidiary of Glencore.

“Tragically there were 19 fatalities today, with possible further unconfirmed fatalities,” Glencore said in a statement, which said there had been recurrent problems with illicit mining on its concessions.

Other reports suggest the death toll could be higher. 

The Congolese site Actualite.CD reported at least 36 deaths.

“The illegal artisanal miners were working two galleries in benches overlooking the extraction area. Two of these galleries caved in,” the company said.

Glencore said KCC had observed a “growing presence” of illegal miners, with on average 2,000 people a day intruding on its operating sites.

“KCC urges all illegal miners to cease from putting their lives at risk by trespassing on a major industrial site,” Glencore said.

Illegal mining is common and frequently deadly in Democratic Republic of Congo, where safety is often poor and risk-taking high.

Figures indicating the scale of the problem are sketchy, given that many mines are illegal and remote.