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Aug 21, 2014

Surviving Ebola: Africa cries out for healthcare boost

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Surviving sickness can make you stronger.

So while a western corner of Africa writhes in the deadly grip of the Ebola virus, there are signs this emergency may serve as a wake-up call to strengthen spending and investment on public healthcare in the world’s least developed continent.

“If anything, I think it is teaching us something,” Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, the African Union’s Commissioner for Social Affairs, told reporters in Addis Ababa this month.

Aug 14, 2014

Gold mine’s reboot shines light on challenge facing platinum

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 14 (Reuters) – The experience of Harmony
Gold provides a stark warning for investors and metals
traders banking on South Africa’s platinum sector making a swift
recovery from the crippling five-month strike that ended in
June.

The world’s top three platinimum producers, Anglo American
Platinum (Amplats), Impala Platinum (Implats)
and Lonmin, boldly predicted in June that it would take
three months to restore production to pre-strike levels.

Aug 14, 2014

Harmony Gold says seeks new assets in Africa, Papua New Guinea

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 14 (Reuters) – South African bullion
producer Harmony Gold said on Thursday it was looking
for acquisition opportunities elsewhere in Africa and in Papua
New Guinea, even as it scales back investment on existing
projects.

“There are quite a few assets that are on the block,”
Harmony chief executive Graham Briggs told a conference call
after the release of the group’s fourth quarter and year
results.

Aug 14, 2014

Book Talk: Retracing the steps of the Great War’s ‘Trigger’

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 14 (Reuters) – In June 1914, a Bosnian
Serb teenager named Gavrilo Princip assassinated the heir to the
Austro-Hungarian throne, setting in motion a train of events
that led to the start of World War One.

Cape Town-based author and adventurer Tim Butcher retraces
Princip’s steps in his just-published book “The Trigger: Hunting
the Assassin Who Brought the World to War.”

Aug 12, 2014

South Africa to combat poaching by moving Kruger rhinos

PRETORIA (Reuters) – South Africa plans to move up to 500 rhinos from its flagship Kruger National Park to counter a wave of poaching of the animals for their horns, highly prized in newly affluent Asian countries as a sign of wealth.

Officials said on Tuesday the mission could see some of the animals shipped to nearby Botswana and Zambia as South Africa grapples with a poaching epidemic that has seen more than 630 rhinos killed so far this year, 408 of them in Kruger.

Aug 6, 2014

Book Talk: South Africa’s Beukes revisits America in ‘Broken Monsters’

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s Lauren Beukes returns to urban America and the hunt for a serial killer in her new novel, “Broken Monsters”.

Her previous best-seller, “The Shining Girls”, followed a time-traveling drifter from the Depression era who stalked women in Chicago as he jumped from decade to decade.

Aug 6, 2014

Book Talk: S.Africa’s Beukes revisits America in “Broken Monsters”

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 7 (Reuters) – South Africa’s Lauren Beukes
returns to urban America and the hunt for a serial killer in her
new novel, “Broken Monsters”.

Her previous best-seller, “The Shining Girls”, followed a
time-traveling drifter from the Depression era who stalked women
in Chicago as he jumped from decade to decade.

Aug 1, 2014

South Africa’s social grant helps children grow, but is it sustainable?

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 1 (Reuters) – South Africa’s system of
cash grants for children in poor households shows that a little
money goes a long way, resulting in bigger, healthier kids who
do better in school.

But it’s not all positive. The system, one of the most
extensive of its kind in the developing world, now covers
11 million recipients – which means that more than half of South
Africa’s children qualify because their parents’ annual income
does not exceed 74,400 rand ($7,000) and they live in extreme
poverty.

Jul 31, 2014

Sibanye aims to be S.African “mining champion” as it eyes Amplats mines

JOHANNESBURG, July 31 (Reuters) – South Africa’s Sibanye
Gold remains on the hunt for a platinum asset and has
Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats) mines in its sights, ready
to make a move if the owner decides on either a straight sale or
a separate listing for the assets.

Sibanye has emerged as the front-runner in any race to
acquire the slate of mines Amplats has said it plans to
sell in its drive to recover from a five-month wage strike and
shift towards more mechanised mining.

Jul 21, 2014

Amplats to sell strike-hit South Africa mines

JOHANNESBURG, July 21 (Reuters) – World number-one platinum
producer Anglo American Platinum is to sell a swathe of
its most labour-intensive South African mines after a five-month
strike shattered its hopes of ever making them profitable.

The mines account for over half of the company’s workforce
but only a quarter of production and their viability was dealt a
blow when miners won pay increases of up to 20 percent. Amplats
said it would now focus on its more mechanised mines.

    • 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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