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
“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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.