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Union urges Eskom to rethink severance packages, focus on rebuilding staff morale

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 13 minutes ago Trade union Solidarity, which has 7 000 members working at Eskom, is urging the State-owned utility to abandon its voluntary-severance offer to employees and focus instead on rebuilding staff morale as part of a broader effort to improve the currently dire outlook for electricity supply. CEO Dirk... 

Union urges Eskom to rethink severance packages, focus on rebuilding staff morale
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Solidarity CEO Dirk Hermann

Shanta to undertake additional drilling at New Luika

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 41 minutes ago East Africa-focused Shanta Gold will undertake 5 000 m of additional drilling to further optimise the bankable feasibility study and decrease the risk profile of the planned life-of-mine (LoM) extension at its New Luika gold mine, in south-western Tanzania. In October, Shanta said it had... 

Glencore invests in Congo hydropower as solution to blackouts

By: Reuters     Updated 1 hour 22 minutes ago Glencore and its partner in Congo are ploughing $360-million into refurbishing the African nation's main hydroelectric plant as mining companies seek ways to overcome power shortages that are holding back projects. Mining investment has poured into Democratic Republic of Congo since 2006, after... 

Indian govt trade union arm puts up roadblock to coal sector reform

By: Ajoy K Das     Updated 1 hour 30 minutes ago The Indian government’s frantic efforts to push through legislative reforms in the coal sector have hit a roadblock from the ruling party’s own trade union wing. Trade union Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), the labour organisation allied to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has raised a red... 

Gokona underground mine gets green light, first ore expected H1 2015

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 2 hours 39 minutes ago The final applications to secure permits to start underground mining at the Gokona pit at North Mara, in Tanzania, were set to be submitted after the board of the newly renamed Acacia Mining approved the project’s definitive feasibility study. The gold miner, formerly called African Barrick Gold,... 

Rio and Dominion JV approves $350m Canada diamond investment

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 2 hours 39 minutes ago Diversified miner Rio Tinto has given the green light for the development of the fourth pipe, known as A21, at its Diavik diamond mine, in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The A21 pipe development was part of the original mine plan and is estimated to cost $350-million over four years. 

Rio and Dominion JV approves $350m Canada diamond investment

Coastal water boundary changes a major boost for WA

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 2 hours 42 minutes ago Changes to the commonwealth offshore coastal waters boundaries could deliver an additional A$2.9-billion in state royalties from the Torosa field alone, Western Australian Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion said this week. The state government this week approved legislation that would... 

WA industry bodies welcome Aboriginal Heritage Act changes

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 2 hours 45 minutes ago The Western Australian resources sector has welcomed the introduction of the Aboriginal Heritage Amendment Bill to Parliament, saying it would improve efficiency, decision-making, transparency and compliance in the development approvals process of major projects. Aboriginal Affairs Minister... 

WA industry bodies welcome Aboriginal Heritage Act changes

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