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Oct 9, 2012

Striking South Africa truck drivers hold new wage talks

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s transport union SATAWU and employers held wage talks on Tuesday trying to end a two-week-old truck driver strike that has hampered deliveries of fuel, cash and consumer goods in the continent’s biggest economy.

The truckers have asked for sympathy strikes by port and rail workers. If paralysis spreads in the transport sector, it would be a further deterioration in investor sentiment that has pushed the rand to 3-1/2 year lows against the dollar.

Oct 8, 2012

South Africa state workers join strike bandwagon

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s local government workers’ union said on Monday it would launch a strike over pay in the next few days, the first sign of a wave of labor unrest in Africa’s biggest economy spreading from the mines into the public sector.

Since August, close to 100,000 workers, including 75,000 in the mining sector, have downed tools in often illegal and violent protests that look likely to hit growth this year and undermine the government’s efforts to cut its budget deficit.

Oct 6, 2012

South Africa’s Amplats fires 12,000 strikers, union leader shot

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s Amplats fired 12,000 wildcat strikers on Friday, a high-stakes attempt by the world’s biggest platinum producer to push back at a wave of illegal stoppages sweeping through the country’s mining sector and beyond.

Later on, a trade union leader was shot dead near a mine run by platinum producer Lonmin in a potentially explosive escalation of the two-month-old violent labor unrest that took the death toll to 49.

Oct 5, 2012

S.Africa’s Amplats fires 12,000 strikers as unrest deepens

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) (AMSJ.J: Quote, Profile, Research) fired 12,000 wildcat strikers on Friday, a high-stakes attempt by the world’s biggest platinum producer to push back at a wave of illegal stoppages sweeping through South Africa’s mining sector and beyond.

The rand fell sharply after the announcement, suggesting investors fear the sackings could worsen what is shaping up to be the most damaging period of labour unrest in Africa’s biggest economy since the end of apartheid in 1994.

Oct 5, 2012

South Africa strikes deepen, Shell declares force majeure

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Shell in South Africa said on Friday it can not guarantee honoring contracts to deliver fuel around Johannesburg, the first sign of a two-week strike by more than 20,000 truck drivers hitting Africa’s biggest economy.

Weeks of wildcat strikes have rocked the country, pushing the rand to near three-year lows against the dollar, and raising questions about the ability of the ruling African National Congress to manage the crisis.

Oct 4, 2012

Coal producers nervous as S.Africa strikes spread

LONDON/JOHANNESBURG, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Wildcat strikes by
South Africa’s platinum, gold, iron ore and diamond miners could
spread to coal, potentially disrupting output from one of the
world’s biggest coal suppliers.

As many as 75,000 miners, or 15 percent of the industry’s
workforce in South Africa, are on strike, undermining already
shaky growth in Africa’s biggest economy and threatening to
spread to coal despite big differences between the sectors.

Oct 3, 2012

S.Africa strike spreads to iron ore mine

JOHANNESBURG, Oct 3 (Reuters) – A spate of wildcat miners’
strikes spread to Africa’s top iron ore producer on Wednesday,
escalating the labour unrest that has become a major headache
for South African President Jacob Zuma.

The industrial action at Kumba Iron Ore, a unit of
global miner Anglo American, further dented investor
confidence in the continent’s wealthiest economy as it showed
the protests had moved beyond platinum and gold mines.

Oct 2, 2012

S. Africa transport strike hits fuel supplies

JOHANNESBURG, Oct 2 (Reuters) – South Africa’s fuel
suppliers are starting to feel the pinch as a strike by more
than 20,000 truck drivers enters its second week, with
deliveries to pumps delayed and stations running out of certain
types of fuel, an industry body said on Tuesday.

The walkout by drivers asking for higher wages has affected
40 percent of fuel tanker trucks, it said, adding to pressure on
Africa’s biggest economy from wildcat strikes by 75,000 miners
in the platinum and gold sectors.

Sep 28, 2012

Striking Amplats miners in South Africa defiant

RUSTENBURG, South Africa (Reuters) – South African miners on an illegal strike against the world’s top platinum producer defied management threats of dismissal on Friday, throwing down the gauntlet as another wildcat stoppage hit the country’s restive mining sector.

Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), the top producer of the white metal and a unit of global mining group Anglo American, said on Thursday it would begin disciplinary action against illegal strikers and could fire them.

Sep 19, 2012

Analysis: East Africa risks missing LNG boom

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Bad timing may defeat East Africa’s plan to become a major liquefied natural gas exporter if plants are delayed and the region is overtaken by a global gas glut.

A singleminded focus on LNG may also see Tanzania and Mozambique compromise on developing the region through gas-fired power stations and plants converting gas to fuel.