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Dec 12, 2013

S.African NUM union announces pay deal with top platinum firm Amplats

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 12 (Reuters) – South Africa’s National
Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Thursday it had agreed a
two-year wage deal for pay increases of 7.5 to 8.5 percent with
Anglo American Platinum, the world’s top producer of
the precious metal.

NUM’s rival the Association of Mineworkers and Construction
Union (AMCU), which became the majority union at Amplats last
year during a vicious turf war for members, remains deadlocked
in wage talks with the company.

Dec 12, 2013

S. Africa’s Implats says union wage talks to resume in 2014

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 12 (Reuters) – South Africa’s Impala
Platinum, the world’s second largest producer of the
precious metal, said wage talks with the AMCU union remained
deadlocked after the two sides met on Thursday, and negotiations
would resume in 2014.

Company spokesman Johan Theron told Reuters they had not
been “able to finalise and/or agree annual increases (but)
agreed to continue with the process in the New Year.”

Dec 7, 2013

Sports-mad South Africa salutes Mandela “The Captain”

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Sports-mad South Africa saluted Nelson Mandela on Saturday with smiles and moments of silence in honor of the late anti-apartheid leader, who inspired people to pursue the impossible from politics to the playing field.

The tributes stretched across the sporting spectrum, from club cricket and fun runs to top fixtures such as a League Cup final between Platinum Stars and Orlando Pirates, the Soweto giants believed to have been Mandela’s favorite soccer side.

Nov 28, 2013

Oil rush in Africa’s parks drives hunt for eco-friendly methods

CAPE TOWN, Nov 28 (Reuters) – East Africa’s oil rush is
spreading into parks and protected areas, prompting companies to
develop new ways to explore for hydrocarbons without disturbing
wildlife and natural treasures such as rare fossils.

From Uganda, where France’s Total is trying new
and less intrusive methods of seismic testing in a national
park, to Madagascar, where operations are under way next to a
UNESCO site, the industry is working in locations where damage
would trigger public outcries.

Nov 25, 2013

Insight: Road builder Sata enthuses Zambians but unnerves foreign investors

KATOBA, Zambia (Reuters) – John Moyo is at the end of the road. At least now it’s paved.

“I never imagined a paved road coming to my village,” said the spry and bespectacled 82-year-old Zambian as he sat in the shade of a tree. About 42 km (26 miles) of freshly tarred road, replacing a gravel one, end exactly at his homestead.

Nov 24, 2013

Road builder Sata enthuses Zambians but unnerves foreign investors

KATOBA, Zambia, Nov 24 (Reuters) – John Moyo is at the end
of the road. At least now it’s paved.

“I never imagined a paved road coming to my village,” said
the spry and bespectacled 82-year-old Zambian as he sat in the
shade of a tree. About 42 km (26 miles) of freshly tarred road,
replacing a gravel one, end exactly at his homestead.

Nov 19, 2013

Drought threatens small-scale Zambian maize farmers

KABANGWE, Zambia, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Zambia’s staple food
crop, maize, looks set to be significantly dented next year by a
lack of rain that is delaying planting.

Most of the harvest comes from small-scale farmers around
the capital, Lusaka, and these have been badly affected by the
dry spell.

Nov 19, 2013

Small Zambia cash grants pay big dividends for rural poor

LUSAKA (Reuters) – In rural Africa, where money is scarce and subsistence farming the norm, even small injections of cash can go far and help grow a local economy in surprising ways.

These are among the findings of a study by the Washington-based American Institutes for Research (AIR), which over a two-year period analyzed Zambia’s monthly child grants to extremely poor households in three rural districts.

Nov 15, 2013

Northam Platinum says strike by S.African union continues

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 15 (Reuters) – South African platinum
producer Northam Platinum said talks on Friday had
failed to break a deadlock over wages with the National Union of
Mineworkers (NUM), leaving no immediate end in sight to a strike
which started almost two weeks ago.

“Northam has indicated its willingness to continue with
facilitated talks, and is encouraged by the NUM’s positive
reaction to the recommendation of further discussions,” the
company said in a statement.

Nov 11, 2013

Tide turns on one front in Africa’s war against rhino poachers

MADIKWE GAME RESERVE, South Africa (Reuters) – New infantry-style tactics of concealment and ambush by armed park rangers are credited with turning the tide in the war against poachers of the endangered rhino on one front, in South Africa’s Madikwe Game Reserve.

The slaughter of rhinos – a creature regarded as an icon of African wildlife – for their horns to meet soaring demand in Asia has raised alarm bells among conservationists.

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      "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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