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Oct 18, 2012

South Africa’s “richest tribe” offers platinum model

PHOKENG, South Africa (Reuters) – While South African mining companies try to halt the spread of deadly labor strife, a kingdom that partly governs a small stretch of the country’s platinum belt has managed to transform mineral wealth into social stability.

The Royal Bafokeng Nation has funneled money it earns from its Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPLat) company into a mini sovereign wealth fund that provides cash for schools, clinics and infrastructure.

Oct 17, 2012

S.Africa’s ‘richest tribe’ offers platinum model

PHOKENG, South Africa, Oct 18 (Reuters) – While South
African mining companies try to halt the spread of deadly labour
strife, a kingdom that partly governs a small stretch of the
country’s platinum belt has managed to transform mineral wealth
into social stability.

The Royal Bafokeng Nation has funnelled money it earns from
its Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPLat) company into a
mini sovereign wealth fund that provides cash for schools,
clinics and infrastructure.

Oct 7, 2012

Wildcat strikes up stakes in S.Africa labour game

IKANINI, South Africa, Oct 7 (Reuters) – The rules of the
game in South Africa’s labour market have changed and the new
players are workers such as Tshepo Modise and Thulani Soko,
wildcat strikers at mining giant Anglo American Platinum
(Amplats).

They feel underpaid, stretched to the limit financially and
betrayed by established unions they say are more concerned about
ties with politicians and management than workers in the shafts.

Oct 6, 2012

South African strikers press Amplats to revoke sackings

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Striking South African workers rallied on Saturday to press Anglo American Platinum to revoke its decision to fire 12,000 wildcat strikers amid a wave of labor strife sweeping Africa’s largest economy.

Nearly 50 people have been killed since August in labor conflict in the crucial mining sector, and President Jacob Zuma’s ruling ANC is struggling to damp down some of the worst social unrest since the end of apartheid in 1994.

Sep 25, 2012

S.Africa’s Malema to face corruption hearing

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 25 (Reuters) – ANC rebel Julius Malema,
South African President Jacob Zuma’s most prominent critic and
an advocate of mining nationalisation, appears in court on
Wednesday on corruption charges that his supporters say are
politically motivated.

Police said they would close roads around the courthouse in
Polokwane, the provincial capital of Malema’s native Limpopo,
350 km (220 miles) north of Johannesburg, for one of the biggest
trials since the end of apartheid in 1994.

Sep 18, 2012

S.Africa’s top unions group fears for its future

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 18 (Reuters) – A top South African labour
leader urged a fresh start for the country’s biggest unions on
Tuesday, saying change was needed in the wake of recent violence
and the challenge posed by the rise of the militant AMCU union.

Forty-five miners died in clashes between competing unions
last month, including 34 miners shot dead by police in the
deadliest security incident since the end of apartheid.

Sep 14, 2012

S. Africa’s “Juju” jinxes Zuma over mines unrest

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 14 (Reuters) – South Africa’s ANC rebel
Julius Malema has charged back from the political wilderness,
seizing on a mines labour conflict to bait and harry President
Jacob Zuma before an end-year leadership conference that will
test stability in Africa’s biggest economy.

While Zuma has dithered over the industrial unrest that led
to the Aug. 16 police killing of 34 striking miners, Malema is
feeding his comeback with the discontent among South Africa’s
poor and unemployed that poses the biggest threat to the ANC’s
governing alliance since apartheid ended in 1994.

Sep 10, 2012

Factbox – Political risks to watch in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s ruling ANC has been shaken by a deadly mine protest last month where 34 strikers were shot dead by police in the worst security incident since the former liberation movement took power with the end of apartheid 18 years ago.

President Jacob Zuma’s wooden response to what has been called a “massacre” has tarnished his populist image. His opponents are likely use the incident to undermine the president when he seeks re-election as the leader of the Africa National Congress at the end of the year.

Sep 7, 2012

Militant South Africa union tells Lonmin to pay up

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Striking workers at
Lonmin’s South African platinum mines where 44 died last month
in labour strife will stay off the job until their demands for
hefty pay hikes are met, a union leader said on Friday.

Workers are facing a Monday deadline to return to the Lonmin
Plc mines paralysed by a four-week strike that
has sent company shares plummeting, raised world platinum prices
and stoked worries of labour unrest spreading through the mining
sector of Africa’s largest economy.

Jul 6, 2012

ANC slams new Zuma penis cartoon

JOHANNESBURG, July 6 (Reuters) – South Africa’s ruling ANC
picked a fight on Friday with one of the country’s most
celebrated political cartoonists over the portrayal of President
Jacob Zuma as an erect penis.

The cartoon by Jonathan Shapiro, known as Zapiro, in the
influential Mail and Guardian weekly also refers to Zuma as “a
dick” and ridicules his attempts at racial reconciliation in the
apartheid-scarred country.