JOHANNESBURG, March 6 (Reuters) – The South African state
power utility Eskom imposed rolling blackouts for the
first time since 2008 on Thursday, forcing rail networks and
banks to switch to emergency generators after heavy rains soaked
power station coal supplies.
The blackouts, which Eskom said would last until 2000 GMT,
come at a bad time for President Jacob Zuma and the ruling
African National Congress (ANC), with general elections in two
JOHANNESBURG, March 5 (Reuters) – Wage talks between the
world’s top platinum producers and South Africa’s Association of
Mineworkers and Construction workers Union (AMCU) collapsed on
Wednesday, dashing hopes for an early end to a crippling
The stoppage – in a sector still raw from a series of
violent strikes in 2012 – has hit over 40 percent of global
production of the precious metal used for emissions-capping
catalytic converters in automobiles.
JOHANNESBURG, March 4 (Reuters) – South Africa’s Association
of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) said on Tuesday it
had revised its wage demands to the world’s top platinum
producers, in its first major concession as a sector-wide strike
rumbles into its sixth week.
The two sides remain far apart on the issue of wages,
however, and AMCU plans a march in Pretoria on Thursday to
protest what it says is government bias in favour of the mining
companies, suggesting its members still plan to be off work
JOHANNESBURG, March 3 (Reuters) – South Africa’s Association
of Mineworkers and Construction Union will stage a march in
Pretoria on Thursday, dimming prospects for a swift resolution
to a five-week strike at the world’s top three platinum
The announcement came as talks continued between the
Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), and
mining companies Anglo American Platinum (Amplats),
Impala Platinum (Implats) and Lonmin under the
auspices of a government mediator.
JOHANNESBURG, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Talks between the world’s
top three platinum producers and South Africa’s striking AMCU
union will resume on Friday in an effort to end a five-week
stoppage over wages, the chief executive of Impala Platinum
The industrial action has taken out more than 40 percent of
global output of the precious metal used to make catalytic
converters for automobiles and threatens to derail the sector’s
recovery after damaging wildcat strikes in 2012.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A South African judge ruled on Tuesday that the murder trial of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius can be televised, giving millions around the world direct access to one of the most sensational celebrity trials since O.J. Simpson’s.
Pistorius, 27, has admitted to shooting his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, at his Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day last year, but has said it was a tragic accident in which he had mistaken Steenkamp for an intruder.
JOHANNESBURG, Feb 24 (Reuters) – South Africa’s state
pension fund said on Monday an investment which saw it agree to
pay far more than the market value for a 30 percent stake in
U.S.-listed Camac Energy was justified as it
was made to fund acquisitions.
“This money is going to buy assets that they didn’t own
before. This is capital to fund the purchase of these assets,”
Dan Matjila, the chief investment officer of South Africa’s
Public Investment Corporation (PIC), told Reuters after Camac
listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
JOHANNESBURG, Feb 20 (Reuters) – South Africa’s Association
of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) vowed on Thursday
to continue a strike against the world’s top three platinum
producers, a move its president described as a “fight for
survival” by workers.
AMCU’s intention to dig in for the long haul dashes any hope
for the stoppage to end soon. The strike, already a month old,
has hit over 40 percent of global platinum production and dealt
a blow to investor confidence in Africa’s largest economy.
JOHANNESBURG, Feb 19 (Reuters) – The chief executive of
Anglo American Platinum said on Wednesday court action
might be taken to have a four-week strike against it and other
platinum producers declared illegal given alleged violence by
the AMCU union.
Chris Griffith was speaking at a media briefing along with
chief executives of Lonmin and Impala Platinum.
Their operations have been hit by the same strike, which has no
end in sight in light of the fact that the two sides remain
poles apart on the issue of wages.
WESTONARIA, South Africa, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Down under the
South African earth, Australian accents are leading a drive to
unlock the wealth one of the world’s largest gold reserves.
Gold Fields has brought in a crack Australian
engineering team to help overcome one of its most daunting
challenges: ramping up production on its mechanised South Deep
mine, its last and troublesome South African asset.