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Feb 19, 2013

Amplats to resume South African operations on Wednesday

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Anglo American Platinum (AMSJ.J: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) expects operations at its South African mines to resume on Wednesday after workers staged a one-day walk-out following union violence at one of its mines, a spokeswoman said.

Tuesday’s walk-out at the firm also known as Amplats added to tension at the world’s largest producer of the precious metal, which was looking to shed about 14,000 jobs after a year of labor strife has cut into its production and revenue.

Feb 19, 2013

Amplats’ S.Africa operations shut after mine violence

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 19 (Reuters) – All of Anglo American
Platinum’s operations in South Africa were shut on
Tuesday after workers stayed away following violence at one of
the mines the previous day, a spokeswoman for the company said.

At least 13 workers were wounded by rubber bullets or
machetes at Amplats’ Siphumelele shaft after clashes between
rival unions in the first major violence this year, which
follows deadly strife in the sector in 2012.

Feb 18, 2013

Dredging biggest headache for Mozambique’s Beira port

BEIRA, Mozambique, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Constant silting and
shifting underwater sandbanks at the Mozambican port of Beira
require daily dredging, hampering efforts to build the Indian
Ocean port into a major minerals export hub, the port’s managing
director said.

Beira has long been used as a transhipment port, processing
cargo from landlocked Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia, but recently
also started moving coal found in Mozambique’s northern Tete
province, which links with Beira via an old railway.

Feb 13, 2013

Jindal to export first Mozambique coal in March despite rail woes

TETE, Mozambique, Feb 13 (Reuters) – India’s Jindal Power &
Steel expects to move the first coal from its
Mozambican mine to port next month but how much those exports
rise depends on fixing an underdeveloped rail and port network,
its country head for Mozambique said on Wednesday.

Jindal will move its first shipment by road, which is more
expensive than transport by rail, Manoj Gupta said.

Feb 12, 2013

Rain shuts Mozambique’s Sena coal export railway

MOATIZE, Mozambique, Feb 12 (Reuters) – A railway line that
takes coal from Mozambique’s Tete province to an export terminal
at Beira was shut on Tuesday after heavy rains, an official of
the state-owned ports and railways group said.

The line is the only available export route for mining
giants Vale and Rio Tinto .

Feb 12, 2013

South Africa’s big building plans stall

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 12 (Reuters) – When President Jacob Zuma
said last year South Africa would spend $95 billion on roads,
ports and railways before 2015, domestic construction firms such
as Sanyati should have been celebrating.

But the company’s bosses were too busy trying to stave off
bankruptcy because they said the government had failed to pay $6
million for an earlier contract to build and repair roads.

Feb 8, 2013

Electricity, water restored to flood-hit Mozambique

CHOKWE, Mozambique, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Electricity and water
were restored to the flood-hit town of Chokwe in southern
Mozambique and residents will be returned to their houses
shortly, authorities said on Friday.

But some low-lying areas will be closed off permanently to
avoid repeats of the fatal floods which have killed 105 people
and left more than 140,000 homeless since October.

Feb 3, 2013

Nations Cup dream is over for me, says Drogba

RUSTENBURG, South Africa (Reuters) – Captain Didier Drogba said the chances of he and a golden generation of Ivory Coast players ever lifting the African Nations Cup had gone for good after a 2-1 quarter-final defeat by Nigeria on Sunday.

“It’s over,” the 34-year-old striker, who missed a penalty in normal time in last year’s final shootout loss to Zambia, quietly summarised.

Feb 3, 2013

Soccer-Nations Cup dream is over for me, says Drogba

RUSTENBURG, South Africa, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Captain Didier Drogba said the chances of he and a golden generation of Ivory Coast players ever lifting the African Nations Cup had gone for good after a 2-1 quarter-final defeat by Nigeria on Sunday.

“It’s over,” the 34-year-old striker, who missed a penalty in normal time in last year’s final shootout loss to Zambia, quietly summarised.

Feb 1, 2013

African Nations Cup organisers in a race to fix dismal pitch

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – - Fixing a dismal pitch in Nelspruit and boosting attendance numbers are top priorities for organisers of the African Nations Cup in South Africa as the tournament enters the knock-out stages, officials said on Friday.

Players and coaches have been outraged at the state of the sand-covered pitch at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, which looks more suited to beach volleyball than international football.