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Sep 8, 2014

Sasol eyes Angola, Ghana and Tanzania opportunities

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Sasol is eyeing
potential expansion into Angola, Ghana and Tanzania but
Mozambique remains its immediate focus in Africa, the South
African petrochemicals company’s chief executive said on Monday.

Sasol reported a 14 percent increase in full-year earnings
on Monday, boosted by higher chemical prices and a weaker rand
but still short of analysts’ expectations.

Sep 3, 2014

Glencore says still plans to sell Lonmin stake

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Swiss-based miner and
commodities trader Glencore still wants to sell its 25
percent stake in South African platinum producer Lonmin
at “the right time,” its chief executive said on Wednesday.

There has been some market speculation in recent weeks that
Glencore was considering raising its stake in Lonmin, given the
fall in the platinum miner’s share price this year.

Aug 28, 2014

Implats embarks on strategic review after S.Africa strike

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 28 (Reuters) – World no. 2 platinum
producer Impala Platinum said on Thursday it had
launched a strategic review that could include a shift to
mechanisation in the wake of a five-month strike that hit its
Rustenburg operations in South Africa.

The company also warned of a tough time ahead on the cost
front as it struggles to ramp up production after the strike and
rolls out pay increases of up to 20 percent.

Aug 25, 2014

Exclusive: Lonmin CEO denies job cuts plan, says focus is on ramp up

JOHANNESBURG/LONDON (Reuters) – The chief executive of platinum producer Lonmin (LMI.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) denied assertions from mining industry sources on Monday that the company aimed to cut around 5,700 jobs as part of a drive to restore profits after a five-month strike.

“There are no plans like that. Our priority is to ramp up production,” Chief Executive Ben Magara told Reuters. He did not provide further comment.

Aug 25, 2014

Exclusive – Lonmin aims to cut up to 5,700 South Africa jobs – sources

JOHANNESBURG/LONDON (Reuters) – Platinum producer Lonmin aims to cut around 5,700 jobs, about 21 percent of its South African workforce, as part of a drive to restore profits after a five-month wage strike this year, sources familiar with the plan said.

The plan would see the closure of four to six of the company’s 11 shafts, the two mining industry sources, one in London and the other in Johannesburg, told Reuters.

Aug 21, 2014

Surviving Ebola: Africa cries out for healthcare boost

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Surviving sickness can make you stronger.

So while a western corner of Africa writhes in the deadly grip of the Ebola virus, there are signs this emergency may serve as a wake-up call to strengthen spending and investment on public healthcare in the world’s least developed continent.

“If anything, I think it is teaching us something,” Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, the African Union’s Commissioner for Social Affairs, told reporters in Addis Ababa this month.

Aug 14, 2014

Gold mine’s reboot shines light on challenge facing platinum

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 14 (Reuters) – The experience of Harmony
Gold provides a stark warning for investors and metals
traders banking on South Africa’s platinum sector making a swift
recovery from the crippling five-month strike that ended in

The world’s top three platinimum producers, Anglo American
Platinum (Amplats), Impala Platinum (Implats)
and Lonmin, boldly predicted in June that it would take
three months to restore production to pre-strike levels.

Aug 14, 2014

Harmony Gold says seeks new assets in Africa, Papua New Guinea

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

Aug 14, 2014

Book Talk: Retracing the steps of the Great War’s ‘Trigger’

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.”

Aug 12, 2014

South Africa to combat poaching by moving Kruger rhinos

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.

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