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Sep 24, 2010

S.Africa’s ANC to probe bigger state mine control

DURBAN, Sept 24 (Reuters) – South Africa’s ruling ANC will
investigate ways for the state to take greater control of the
country’s mining industry, a senior party official said on

South African Planning Minister Trevor Manuel, a member of
the African National Congress’ decision-making national
Executive Committee (NEC), told reporters that a decision on
increased control of mines could be taken in 2012.

Sep 23, 2010

S.Africs’s Zuma struggles to halt debate on mines

DURBAN, Sept 23 (Reuters) – South Africa’s ANC is facing a
decisive split at a major policy meeting on nationalising mines
that seems to be as much about economics as it is about politics
in the world’s biggest producer of platinum.

President Jacob Zuma’s ruling African National Congress
party is resisting a drive from the ANC’s Youth League, backed
by mining tycoons, that policy should be developed for the state
to take over mines in the resource-rich country.

Sep 22, 2010

What comes next for S.Africa’s ANC and Zuma

DURBAN, Sept 22 (Reuters) – The African National Congress
will conclude on Friday one of its most important political
events in years where it tries to adjust its policies for
managing Africa’s biggest economy. [ID:nLDE68L19W]

The following is a look at what comes next for the ANC and
its leader President Jacob Zuma, who is struggling to repair a
damaged alliance with traditional partners in organised labour
and ease worries from investors that he may back some of their
left-leaning policies.

Sep 22, 2010

Analysis – Motlanthe leading S.Africa’s ANC succession stakes

JOHANNESBURG/DURBAN (Reuters) – South Africa’s ruling ANC elects a new leader in 2012 but positioning for the country’s top job has already begun with Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe seen as favourite.

Although the question of who will become the next party leader — and almost certainly South African president in 2014 — is not on the agenda of the ANC’s week-long policy review National General Council this week, African National Congress officials and party sources say lobbying has already started.

Sep 21, 2010

Top players at S.Africa’s ANC policy conference

DURBAN, Sept 21 (Reuters) – The succession battle for
leadership positions is dividing South Africa’s ruling African
National Congress and Secretary General Gwede Mantashe on
Tuesday called for lobbying to stop.

“Elections and lobbying by its nature is divisive, it does
not matter how nice it can be,” Mantashe told a news conference
at the ANC’s mid-term policy review.

Sep 20, 2010

Zuma woos S.African allies, rebukes ANC youth leader

DURBAN, Sept 20 (Reuters) – South African President Jacob
Zuma tried on Monday to mend fences with his union allies but
shied away from offering left-leaning policies that would secure
his standing among his traditional backers.[ID:nLDE68J0B2]

Zuma, speaking at the ANC’s National General Council, did
not take up a call from the COSATU trade union federation to
nationalise some mines or drastically weaken the rand.

Sep 20, 2010

S.Africa Zuma tries to mend alliance with unions

DURBAN, Sept 20 (Reuters) – South African President Jacob
Zuma tried on Monday to mend strained relations with his trade
union allies who helped him to power, promising to get tough on
corruption and create more jobs in Africa’s largest economy.

Zuma, who is striving to shore up his authority, rejected
suggestions that his governing alliance with the COSATU labour
federation was in trouble.

Sep 14, 2010

S.Africa’s ANC, unions move to mend strained ties

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 14 (Reuters) – South Africa’s ruling ANC
and the most powerful labour union confederation COSATU will try
to repair their alliance, hurt by strikes and alleged government
cronyism, at a meeting to be held in the next two months.

COSATU said last week that its alliance with the African
National Congress and the South African Communist Party faced
paralysis and may even break up over policy differences.

Sep 7, 2010

S.African workers balk at leaders’ deal with govt

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Leaders of South Africa’s labor federation COSATU have agreed with the government on a 7.5 percent wage rise but have so far failed to sell the draft deal to rank-and-file workers, union officials said on Tuesday.

They told Reuters that COSATU leaders had approved the rise last week and understood there was no way to attain the 8.6 percent the workers demanded during a strike of nearly three weeks that was suspended on Monday for more talks.

Sep 6, 2010

S.African public sector strike suspended -unions

PRETORIA, Sept 6 (Reuters) – South African public sector
workers suspended a pay strike on Monday as it entered its
fourth week, union officials said.

The strike by 1.3 million workers has affected education,
healthcare and the judiciary. Strikers have demanded a double
inflation 8.6 percent pay rise and a 1,000 rand ($135) a month
housing allowance.