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Mantashe vows to finalise mining charter in June

24th May 2018 South African minister of mineral resources Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday his department plans to finalise the revamped mining charter, the government's regulation tool for transformation, by the end of next month. "We aim to finalise and gazette the mining charter in June, having taken onboard... 

Mantashe to rope in Police Minister over illegal mining issue

15th May 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday that he intends to have discussions with the Police Minister in a bid to curb illegal mining as the department vies to enforce regulations for artisanal mining.  Tabling the Department of Mineral Resource's R1.9-billion Budget Vote in... 

Unions to picket at chamber of mines over industry fatalities

9th May 2018 Labour federation Congress of South African Trade Unions and the National Union of Mineworkers will picket at the chamber of mines on Thursday to demand action against what they call deteriorating safety standards in the industry. In a statement, NUM said more than 33 people had been killed in... 

Ramaphosa mourns mining disaster deaths at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Driefontein operations

5th May 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his sadness at the death of seven workers at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Driefontein mine near Carletonville on the West Rand in Gauteng. The death toll at the mine has risen to seven following initial reports that four workers had died. 

Transnet chair resigns on eve of meeting with government

4th May 2018 The chairperson of Transnet, Linda Mabaso, has resigned with immediate effect, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Thursday. Mabaso's resignation comes on the eve of a shareholder meeting called by Gordhan for Friday.  

Halted Botswana diamond mine to be sold at online auction

1st May 2018 A diamond mine in Botswana, owned by now extinct Australian miner Kimberley Diamonds, is going up for sale at an online auction to be held Monday, as its liquidators failed to secure viable offers, reports The Lerala Mine was opened in 2008 and had to be shut twice due to weak sales,... 

Salary disparities between workers and executives worry ANC – Mabuza

1st May 2018 Deputy President David Mabuza on Tuesday said South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) was deeply concerned about the major imbalances between the incomes of workers in South Africa in comparison with those who occupy executive positions. "The ANC is very concerned about the... 

Ramaphosa calls for equal pay for men and women #MayDay

1st May 2018 African National Congress President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday called for equal pay for men and women in South Africa. Ramaphosa was speaking at a Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) May Day Rally held at a packed Isaac Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth where he was warmly received... 

Marange villagers disperse after diamond protest in Zimbabwe

25th April 2018 After two days of demonstrations – which at one stage turned violent – disgruntled villagers from Zimbabwe’s diamond-rich area of Marange on Tuesday began dispersing after a day of running battles with the police. There were no major injuries reported. Police fired tear gas and threatening to... 

Lily mine secures R300m, search for 3 trapped miners to resume

24th April 2018 Lily Gold Mine, where three workers were trapped underground in Barberton in Mpumalanga in February 2016 when a lamp-room container they were working in fell into a sinkhole, has secured R300-million funding but will resume rescue operations next year, the company said on Monday. Business rescue... 

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