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Oct 25, 2014

South Africans deploy owls to fight rat problem in townships

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A young barn owl looks bug-eyed in curiosity as a bird handler readies it for a new life – to be spent hunting the rats that plague South Africa’s poor and mostly black urban areas.

The Township Owl Project takes juvenile birds rescued from perilous situations, such as when a building where they nested in is demolished, and gives them a new home and a new job.

Oct 21, 2014

In Steenkamp family’s bar, mixed feelings over Pistorius sentence

PORT ELIZABETH South Africa (Reuters) – As Judge Thokolize Masipa told track star Oscar Pistorius he would go to jail for killing Reeva Steenkamp, customers at the bar owned by her parents held up their palms to signify “five years” and murmured approval.

The gathering of half a dozen of Steenkamp’s family friends sat glued to the television at the “Barking Spider”, smoking and drinking beer despite the early workday hour.

Oct 16, 2014

South Africa seeks to revamp disused gold mines

WELKOM, South Africa, Oct 16 (Reuters) – South Africa’s once
massive gold mining industry has been shrinking for years,
leaving billions of dollars of plants, worker housing and
pipelines at risk of demolition and the scrapyard.

Keen to avert this scenario, the government wants mining
companies to find alternative uses for disused facilities to
support communities and even continue to provide jobs.

Oct 14, 2014

South Africa considers declaring certain minerals as ‘strategic’

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s mines minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi said he was considering declaring certain minerals such as coal and iron ore as “strategic” for the country.

“We haven’t classified any, but it is provided for under the mineral bill, which is before the president. If that bill is signed into law, then it will give the minister the ability to declare certain minerals strategic for purposes of industrialisation in South Africa,” he said.

Oct 14, 2014

S.Africa considers declaring certain minerals as “strategic”

JOHANNESBURG, Oct 14 (Reuters) – South Africa’s mines
minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi said he was considering declaring
certain minerals such as coal and iron ore as “strategic” for
the country.

“We haven’t classified any, but it is provided for under the
mineral bill, which is before the president. If that bill is
signed into law, then it will give the minister the ability to
declare certain minerals strategic for purposes of
industrialisation in South Africa,” he said.

Oct 14, 2014

Insight: Labor strife, safety concerns push S. Africa platinum mechanization

RUSTENBURG South Africa (Reuters) – For decades, production in South Africa’s platinum mines has rested on the muscular shoulders of men risking life and limb to drill into the rock face with jackhammers.

Three years of labor upheaval and a political push to make the shafts safer and transform the low-wage workforce have set in motion a drive to replace such rock drillers with machines.

Oct 14, 2014

Insight – Labour strife, safety concerns push South Africa platinum mechanisation

RUSTENBURG South Africa (Reuters) – For decades, production in South Africa’s platinum mines has rested on the muscular shoulders of men risking life and limb to drill into the rock face with jackhammers.

Three years of labour upheaval and a political push to make the shafts safer and transform the low-wage workforce have set in motion a drive to replace such rock drillers with machines.

Oct 14, 2014

Labour strife, safety concerns push S.Africa platinum mechanisation

RUSTENBURG, South Africa, Oct 14 (Reuters) – For decades,
production in South Africa’s platinum mines has rested on the
muscular shoulders of men risking life and limb to drill into
the rock face with jackhammers.

Three years of labour upheaval and a political push to make
the shafts safer and transform the low-wage workforce have set
in motion a drive to replace such rock drillers with machines.

Oct 6, 2014

South Africa’s Kruger Park invites bids for rhinos

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s Kruger National Park is inviting bids for rhinos under a plan to move 500 of the animals to safety to counter a wave of poaching for their horns, highly prized in some Asian countries as a sign of wealth.

In newspaper ads on Sunday, South African National Parks invited potential buyers to “make a written offer to purchase white rhinos in batches of 20 or more”.

Oct 3, 2014

Zambia considers simpler tax for miners as VAT row simmers – source

LUSAKA/JOHANNESBURG Oct 3 (Reuters) – Zambia could simplify
its fiscal regime for mining companies by scrapping corporate
tax for the sector next year, a government source said on
Friday, a move that comes against the background of a simmering
dispute over value-added tax (VAT).

Instead of corporate tax, regarded as hard to administer,
companies would face a higher mineral royalty rate in Africa’s
second-largest copper producer, the source said, without
detailing the size of the rise. The rate is currently 6 percent.

    • About Ed

      "I cover commodities in southerrn Africa, a region that I have returned to after spending over four years covering religion, politics and the Great Recession in America. I am a Canadian citizen and grew up in Nova Scotia."
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