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Jul 10, 2012

Minister may step up sanctions for S.African mines

JOHANNESBURG, July 10 (Reuters) – South Africa’s deputy
mines minister has threatened to step up sanctions, including
closures, for mines which flout health and safety rules
resulting in fatalities.

Godfrey Oliphant was speaking at a memorial service for five
miners, from world No.4 bullion producer Gold Fields,
who died just over a week ago in a fire at the company’s
operations west of Johannesburg.

Jul 6, 2012

SEC to clarify rules for murky resource sector

JOHANNESBURG, July 6 (Reuters) – Murky deals between
resource companies and governments in Africa and elsewhere face
tougher scrutiny after U.S. authorities c l arify disclosure rules
next month, although intense lobbying by industry giants may
have ensured the changes are limited.

The rules require energy and mining firms with U.S. listings
to disclose payments to foreign governments. Enacted two years
ago under the Wall Street Reform Act, the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission (SEC) has not finalised the requirements,
frustrating investors and activists alike.

Jul 4, 2012

Insight: South Africa mine union revolt shows cracks in ANC rule

MODDER EAST/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Shaking his fist and surrounded by angry colleagues, South African gold miner Chres Manyaka raged against ‘fat cats’ getting rich from the sweat of the workers.

But he was not talking about managers of the Gold One company, which had sacked him and several other fellow workers for an illegal strike at the mine east of Johannesburg.

Jul 4, 2012

S.Africa mine union revolt shows cracks in ANC rule

MODDER EAST/JOHANNESBURG July 4 (Reuters) – Shaking his fist
and surrounded by angry colleagues, South African gold miner
Chres Manyaka raged against ‘fat cats’ getting rich from the
sweat of the workers.

But he was not talking about managers of the Gold One
company, which had sacked him and several other fellow
workers for an illegal strike at the mine east of Johannesburg.

Jun 27, 2012

Gabon to burn ivory stocks as elephant poaching surges

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The central African nation of Gabon will burn its government stockpiles of ivory on Wednesday against the backdrop of a surge in the killing of elephants and rhinos across the continent to meet surging Asian demand.

Conservation group WWF and TRAFFIC, which monitors the global wildlife trade, said in a statement the tusks and carvings would be set alight by Gabon’s President Ali Bongo after they had been subjected to an independent audit to ensure none had been pilfered for illegal sale.

Jun 21, 2012

Film shows horror of Africa’s rhino-poaching crisis

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Flies buzz around a hulking pile of flesh and muscle that lies rotting in South Africa’s Kruger National Park with its eyes gouged out and scimitar-like horns hacked off in the opening scenes of a shocking new documentary on rhino poaching.

A series of still-photos of other gruesome kills flash across the screen in “Rhino under threat”, a deeply disturbing 28-minute film available on video-sharing website YouTube that has been made to drive home the horror of a rhino poaching crisis which has reached alarming levels.

Jun 15, 2012

Witchcraft alleged in S.Africa labour turf war

JOHANNESBURG, June 15 (Reuters) – South Africa’s top
mineworkers union has accused a rival of using witchcraft to
boost recruiting, an allegation taken seriously among the rank
and file in a country where traditional spiritual beliefs are
widely held.

South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has been
locked in a violent battle for membership with the upstart
Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) at the
world’s largest platinum mine, run by Impala Platinum.

Jun 14, 2012

AIDS is not killing African economies

JOHANNESBURG, June 14 (Reuters) – A decade ago, there were
plenty of doomsday forecasts asserting the AIDS pandemic would
sharply curtail African economic growth with a particular focus
on its impact on food security.

But a series of bumper maize harvests in two of the
countries worst-hit by the disease, Zambia and Malawi, suggest
the region’s economies have not followed this script, thanks in
part to treatment programmes and farm subsidies.

Jun 14, 2012

Bureaucratic bungling finished rhino species-book

JOHANNESBURG, June 14 (Reuters) – There was a narrow window
of opportunity to save Africa’s northern white rhinos from
extinction but bureaucratic ineptitude slammed it shut and the
species has now almost certainly vanished from the wild.

The last-ditch effort to save the animal in its final
Congolese refuge is detailed in a new book, “The Last Rhinos,”
by South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony, who died of a
heart attack in early March just weeks before it was published.

Jun 7, 2012

Worthy Cassava transformed into lucrative cash crop

JOHANNESBURG, June 7 (Reuters) – The seeds of prosperity for
some rural Africans may lie in a crop that has sustained them
with calories for centuries but has generated virtually no
wealth for their poor countries.

Cassava – with its starchy root used to make tapioca -
thrives in Africa’s tropical climates, through drought or
deluge, but maize and other crops have had distinct advantages
over the hardy tuber. Until now.

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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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