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Nov 11, 2014

South Africa’s AngloGold Ashanti to cut jobs

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 11 (Reuters) – South Africa’s AngloGold
Ashanti plans to cut staff through voluntary severance
packages as the bullion producer feels the pinch of lower gold
prices and rising costs, it said on Tuesday.

A union source close to negotiations with the company said
1,200 positions were affected in South Africa, with AngloGold
considering moving 300 staff into other positions and laying off
900 employees.

Nov 5, 2014

Harmony Gold considers South African job cuts as gold price slumps

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 5 (Reuters) – South African miner Harmony
Gold reported a further quarterly loss on Wednesday and
suggested it might have to cut jobs as it contends with a
depressed gold price and operational problems which include an
escalating battle with illegal miners.

Unveiling its results for the three months to end-September,
the company said losses narrowed by 78 percent to 226 million
rand ($21 million), as production rose by 6 percent to just over
303,000 ounces.

Oct 14, 2014

Prison would “break” Pistorius – defense witness

PRETORIA (Reuters) – South African athlete Oscar Pistorius would be “broken as a person” if he were jailed for killing his girlfriend because of his disability and psychological problems, a defense witness at his sentencing hearing said on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old Paralympic and Olympic athlete, whose lower legs were amputated as a baby, was convicted of culpable homicide last month for shooting dead his girlfriend, law graduate and model Reeva Steenkamp, 29, on Valentine’s Day 2013.

Oct 13, 2014

Social worker says Pistorius should get house arrest, community service

PRETORIA (Reuters) – South African track star Oscar Pistorius should serve three years of partial house arrest and community service for the negligent killing of his girlfriend, a witness said on Monday at the first day of the athlete’s sentencing.

The 27-year-old Paralympic and Olympic star, whose lower legs were amputated as a baby, was convicted of culpable homicide last month for the shooting of 29-year-old law graduate and model Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013.

Oct 13, 2014

Pistorius faces sentencing over girlfriend’s death after divisive trial

PRETORIA (Reuters) – Disgraced South African track star Oscar Pistorius arrived at the Pretoria High Court on Monday for a sentencing hearing that will determine whether he serves jail time for the negligent killing of his girlfriend, or walks out a free man.

A stony-faced Pistorius stared straight ahead as police officers escorted him into the court building. He declined to answer questions from the scrum of reporters but greeted his family inside the court with smiles and hugs.

Sep 23, 2014

South Africa says nuclear power deal with Russia in early stages

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s nuclear cooperation deal signed this week with Russia is part of a tender process that will involve other competing countries and is not a contract to build power plants, government officials said on Tuesday.

The Russian atomic agency Rosatom said on Monday it had signed a $10 billion deal with Pretoria to install 9.6 gigawatts of nuclear capacity by 2030 to help Africa’s most advanced economy cope with chronic electricity shortages.

Sep 12, 2014

Pistorius cleared of murder, culpable homicide verdict to come

PRETORIA (Reuters) – Oscar Pistorius was cleared on Thursday of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but the Olympic and Paralympic track star faces a troubled night after the South African judge adjourned for the day before ruling on a charge of culpable homicide.

The double-amputee, once one of the biggest names in world athletics, has reason to fear a guilty verdict after Judge Thokozile Masipa adjourned seconds after saying key elements of the culpable homicide charge were satisfied when he shot Steenkamp dead on Valentine’s Day last year.

Sep 5, 2014

S.Africa tries gunfire location system to catch rhino poachers

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, South Africa, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Rhino
poachers in South Africa now risk giving themselves away when
they shoot thanks to a high-tech, gunfire-detection system being
piloted in the country’s flagship Kruger National Park.

The stakes are high, for rhinos are being slain in
escalating numbers for their prized horns, alarming both
conservationists and the government since wildlife in South
Africa is an important tourist draw.

Aug 12, 2014

South Africa’s Ramaphosa says miners’ living conditions ‘inhumane’

PRETORIA (Reuters) – South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday that living conditions for many miners were “inhumane” and that he wished that he had done more as an executive at the platinum producer Lonmin to improve them.

His comments to an inquiry into the police slaying of 34 striking Lonmin miners two years ago were the latest sign of political pressure on mining companies to implement social obligations required by the government but poorly observed.

Aug 12, 2014

S.Africa’s Ramaphosa says miners’ living conditions “inhumane”

PRETORIA, Aug 12 (Reuters) – South African Deputy President
Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday that living conditions for many
miners were “inhumane” and that he wished that he had done more
as an executive at the platinum producer Lonmin to
improve them.

His comments to an inquiry into the police slaying of 34
striking Lonmin miners two years ago were the latest sign of
political pressure on mining companies to implement social
obligations required by the government but poorly observed.