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Marikana mineworkers in court for 2012 incidents

21st February 2017 Eighteen Marikana mineworkers facing different charges following a violent strike in Marikana near Rustenburg in 2012, briefly appeared in the North West High Court on Monday. North West Judge president Monica Leeuw postponed the case to July 31, for the national director of public prosecution to... 

If the future really is nuclear, Niger says it is ready for it

8th February 2017 Investing in mining production in Niger might sound a little like playing in the traffic with razor blades but delegates at the Investing in African Mining Indaba heard on Tuesday, that it is a lot better bet than it sounds on a number of levels. The country’s Mines and Energy Minister Moussa... 

DRDGold reserves revised upwards by 67%

2nd February 2017 DRDGold on Thursday confirmed that it had recorded a 66.6% increase in mineral reserves on December 31. The South African producer that recovers gold from the retreatment of surface tailings, said the revision was the result of a drilling programme and pre-feasibility study that was started in... 

Former mineworkers paid more than R60m by unclaimed benefits funds

31st January 2017 Thousands of former mineworkers have been paid more than R60-million in unclaimed benefits over a two-year period to date, the Mines 1970 Unclaimed Benefits Preservation Pension and Provident Funds said this week. This comes after the Mines 1970 Unclaimed Benefits Preservation Pension and... 

Lynne Brown throws weight behind Eskom’s coal procurement policy

24th January 2017 Eskom will continue to “radically but fairly” transform coal procurement because this is a non-negotiable national imperative, Public Enterprise Minister Lynne Brown said on Tuesday. Eskom is currently embroiled in a bitter disagreement with one of its suppliers, Exxaro, over the diversified... 

Glencore mulls bigger stake in Mutanda Mine in DRC

6th January 2017 Glencore said on Friday that it was considering options to take a bigger stake in the Mutanda Mine, a copper and cobalt mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The global mining company said the announcement to shareholders was being made in response to queries from the media. It said it would... 

Kibo Mining unfazed by management restructuring at Tanzanian Electric Supply Company

5th January 2017 Kibo Mining has said that it was not fazed by the ongoing changes and restructuring at the Tanzanian Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) which were seen as threatening to its Mbeya Coal to Power Project (MCPP). This comes after Tanzania president John Magufuli promptly sacked Tanesco MD Felchesmi... 

Bauba restarts chrome mining after price recovery

5th January 2017 A recovery in prices has seen Bauba Platinum resume chrome mining at its Moeijelijk Mine, the company said on Thursday. The mine was placed under care and maintenance on January 11 last year after a decline in the chrome-ore price – from $175/t to about $120/t – rendered the chrome project... 

Court dismisses Afriforum’s interdict, Eskom to cut off defaulting municipalities

5th January 2017 The North Gauteng High Court on Thursday dismissed with costs AfriForum’s application to prevent Eskom from cutting off power of more than seven municipalities who are billions of rand in arrears. This comes after AfriForum and AfriBusiness sought to interdict Eskom’s planned reduction of the... 

Economic growth and jobs priority for 2017, says Zuma in New Year’s message

30th December 2016 Igniting economic growth to create more jobs would be top of government’s agenda for 2017, President Jacob Zuma said in his New Year’s message to South Africans. Zuma described 2016 as a fruitful year in which government worked hard to fight poverty, inequality, unemployment, and reversing “the... 

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