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Oct 25, 2013

South African strikes could hit top platinum producers

JOHANNESBURG, Oct 25 (Reuters) – South Africa’s hardline
AMCU mining union on Friday threatened more strikes at the
world’s top platinum producers, just weeks after a deal to end
an 11-day stoppage over job cuts.

The union declared a wage dispute with Anglo American
Platinum (Amplats) and said it would consult its
members at Impala Platinum (Implats) on whether to
strike over wages.

Oct 24, 2013

New trap design lands African fishermen bigger returns

JOHANNESBURG, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Conservationists have been
casting around for ways to protect Africa’s heavily exploited
fish stocks without depriving coastal communities on the world’s
poorest continent of revenue.

With a new trap design, they may have landed the big one,
and it could prove a game-changer for some aspects of Africa’s
multi-billion dollar fishing industry.

Oct 18, 2013

South African union official at Lonmin mine shot dead

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A senior member of South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) was shot dead overnight in the restive platinum belt town of Marikana, a union spokesman said on Friday.

No motive was yet known for the killing of the NUM official near a mine owned by Lonmin, whose Marikana operations lay at the center of a union turf war last year and where police shot dead 34 striking miners.

Oct 17, 2013

South Africa’s migrant mine labour conundrum

LUSIKISIKI, South Africa, Oct 17 (Reuters) – South Africa’s
system of migrant mine labour has come under renewed scrutiny,
with government and company officials blaming it for a host ills
bedeviling the industry and the country, including last year’s
wave of violent wildcat strikes.

But there is no easy fix for such an entrenched feature of
the social fabric and the cure is proving as bad as the disease
as it means job losses on a grand scale with devastating
consequences for what are now called the “labour-sending areas.”

Oct 11, 2013

Fruit farming offers escape from South Africa’s mining gloom

NOQHEKWANA, South Africa, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Peter
Somakhephu’s life has followed a pattern familiar to many black
South African miners: he exchanged a marginal existence of
peasant farming in his home village for low-paid labour
underground before being forced back onto the land.

His life has come full circle but he has broken the cycle of
grinding subsistence by moving from staple crops for family
consumption to small-scale fruit production for commercial sale,
a business that was, until recently, far out of reach.

Oct 10, 2013

South Africa proposes rules for fracking shale gas

JOHANNESBURG, Oct 10 (Reuters) – South Africa’s cabinet on
Thursday proposed new regulations to govern exploration for
shale gas, an important step in opening up an industry that
could provide new energy supplies for Africa’s largest economy.

South Africa last year lifted a moratorium on shale gas
exploration in its Karoo region, where fracking might tap what
is believed to be some of the world’s biggest reserves of the
energy source.

Oct 2, 2013

Amplats set for talks with union in quest to end strike

JOHANNESBURG, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Talks will resume on
Thursday to seek an end to a strike that has brought to a
standstill most of the operations of South Africa’s Anglo
American Platinum (Amplats), the head of the union
behind the stoppage said on Wednesday.

Workers downed tools last Friday in protest at Amplats’
plans to cut 4,800 jobs as the world’s largest platinum producer
and unit of Anglo American strives to restore profits.
The company has already backed down from an initial target of
14,000 job cuts.

Sep 30, 2013

South African miners rally as Amplats strikes enters fourth day

RUSTENBURG, South Africa, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Around 2,000
striking South African miners from Anglo American Platinum
rallied on Monday to protest planned job cuts at the
world’s top producer of the precious metal.

Now in its fourth day, the strike at Amplats has hit
production at the mining company, which is still reeling from
labour unrest last year and has said it needs to drastically cut
jobs to return to profit.

Sep 29, 2013

Amplats strikers in South Africa to rally on Monday

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Striking South African workers at mines operated by Anglo American Platinum (AMSJ.J: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) kept the company guessing about whether they will call off the stoppage at a rally on Monday.

Miners with the hardline Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) downed tools on Friday to protest plans by Amplats, the world’s largest producer of the precious metal, to cut 3,300 jobs to restore profits.

Sep 27, 2013

Strike hits Amplats South African mines

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Fewer than one in five
workers turned up for work at Anglo American Platinum’s
(Amplats) South African platinum mines around the city
of Rustenburg, it said on Friday, in protest against planned job

Amplats – part of global mining group Anglo American
and the world’s No. 1 producer of the precious metal – said last
month it would cut 4,800 jobs, laying off 3,300 workers and
paying off the rest.

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