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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.

Jul 20, 2014

South Africa union war follows old pattern on new turf

MARULA PLATINUM MINE South Africa (Reuters) – When a wildcat strike hit Impala Platinum’s Marula mine in South Africa’s Limpopo province this month, union leaders there had no idea it was coming.

“We were taken by surprise. We came to work that morning and everyone was outside saying they were not going to work,” said Solomon Digoro, deputy chairman of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) at Marula, 280 kilometers (170 miles) northeast of Johannesburg.

Jul 7, 2014

S. Africa’s Implats says Marula mine strike to end, tensions high

JOHANNESBURG, July 7 (Reuters) – South Africa’s Impala
Platinum said on Monday wildcat strikers at its Marula
mine had indicated they would return to work on Tuesday and
press their demands through “formal channels”.

But tensions remain high and the National Union of
Mineworkers (NUM), the dominant union at Marula, said its
leaders there had been given 48 hours to vacate their offices by
a “workers’ committee” and faced death threats if they did not.

Jul 4, 2014

GM suspends South Africa production as striking union rejects offer

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – U.S. auto giant GM said on Friday it had suspended production at its main South African assembly plant in the southeastern city of Port Elizabeth because a strike by the country’s biggest union had hit components suppliers.

The engineering and metal workers’ strike shows no signs of abating after the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) rejected an increased employers’ wage offer late on Thursday, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) said.

Jun 27, 2014

Interview – Vedanta stands by struggling Zambian copper mine

JOHANNESBURG/LONDON (Reuters) – London-listed Vedanta Resources Plc remains committed to its underperforming Zambian copper unit, despite disputes with the government over lay-offs and a looming audit of its books, the company’s chief executive said on Friday.

Vedanta bought a controlling stake in Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) a decade ago, but the business, intended to be part of the company’s push beyond India, has repeatedly disappointed.

Jun 27, 2014

Vedanta stands by struggling Zambian copper mine

JOHANNESBURG/LONDON (Reuters) – London-listed Vedanta Resources Plc remains committed to its underperforming Zambian copper unit, despite disputes with the government over lay-offs and a looming audit of its books, the company’s chief executive said on Friday.

Vedanta bought a controlling stake in Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) a decade ago, but the business, intended to be part of the company’s push beyond India, has repeatedly disappointed.

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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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