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Lonmin workers back on hilltop

By: Sapa Striking miners gathered on a hill in Wonderkop near Lonmin's Marikana mine on Wednesday while police helicopters circled overhead. Local residents said most of the men left the hill overnight and returned in the morning. On Tuesday afternoon, they vowed to stay there until their demands for... 

Energy-intensive users prepared to reduce demand

By: Henry Lazenby JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Power utility Eskom’s biggest industrial customers, mainly mining and manufacturing companies, on Tuesday indicated that they would scale down demand to prevent rolling blackouts if the country’s electricity situation deteriorated. 

Energy intensive users prepared to reduce demand

By: Henry Lazenby Power utility Eskom’s biggest industrial customers, mainly mining and manufacturing companies, on Tuesday indicated that they would scale down demand to prevent rolling blackouts if the country’s electricity situation deteriorated. Eskom this week cautioned that it was operating at an extremely... 

Chamber agrees with ANCYL objective, but not with mechanisms

By: Henry Lazenby The Chamber of Mines (CoM) of South Africa on Thursday said it agreed in principle with the African National Congress Youth League’s (ANCYL’s) objectives to reduce poverty, inequality and to create jobs for the youth, but said it did not believe in the proposed mechanisms. The ANCYL handed over... 

Coal workers down tools in South Africa, gold miners to follow

By: Brindaveni Naidoo As South African coal workers walked off the job this weekend to demand higher wages, power utility Eskom said on Monday that it had contingency plans in place, but that a protracted strike could risk power supply. Wage negotiations in the coal sector reached a deadlock last week, as employers... 

SA gold wage negotiations to resume on Wednesday

By: Loni Prinsloo South African trade unions representing gold miners would resume wage negotiations with the Chamber of Mines (CoM) on Wednesday. CoM spokesperson Jabu Maphalala told Mining Weekly Online that negotiations in the gold sector were on track. Gold companies increased its offer to 5% for the... 

Unions accept SA gold miners’ request for more time in wage talks

By: Chanel de Bruyn Trade unions involved in the gold wage negotiations had accepted the Chamber of Mines’ (CoM’s) request for more time, after little progress was made in Monday’s deliberations. Solidarity spokesperson Reint Dykema said that the facilitators from the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and... 

Daily podcast – May 13, 2009

By: Shannon de Ryhove In today's podcast: South Africa's Chamber of Mines confirms that wage negotiations in the coal and gold sectors will start next week; and US metallurgical coal supplier Alpha Natural Resources agrees to buy Maryland-based rival Foundation Coal for about $1,4-billion in shares. 

SA coal, gold wage negotiations to start next week

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The Chamber of Mines (CoM) on Tuesday confirmed that wage negotiations in the coal and gold sectors would start on the May 20 and May 21, respectively. CoM spokesperson Jabu Maphalala said that the demands from all the unions involved in the negotiations have now been received, and that the key... 

South Africa’s State mining company gazetting ‘concerning’ – Chamber  

By: Martin Creamer The government gazette notice relating to the new State mining company appeared to “negate the principle of equality before the law” and “we are concerned”, acting Chamber of Mines (CoM) of South Africa CE Frans Barker said on Thursday. Barker’s comment followed Wednesday’s by Webber Wentzel... 

SA mines hit by national labour strike

By: Chanel de Bruyn The national stayaway organised by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), ending a month-long protest action campaign against the rising cost of living and higher electricity tariffs, on Wednesday led to high absenteeism rates at a number of mines. National Union of Mineworkers... 

ERPM output hit by attacks on foreigners, one miner confirmed dead

By: Matthew Hill Gold producer DRDGold has suffered production setbacks at its ERPM operation near Primrose, in Johannesburg, because of the recent violent attacks on foreigners, and one employee’s death has been confirmed, CFO Craig Barnes told Mining Weekly Online on Wednesday. He said that there... 

State, mining industry to hold urgent meeting over retrenchments

By: Christy van der Merwe An urgent meeting specifically regarding potential job losses in the mining industry as a result of the 10% reduction in electricity usage by mining houses, would be held on Thursday in Pretoria, Minister of Minerals and Energy's spokesperson Sputnik Ratau confirmed on Wednesday. In... 

SA may invoke 'emergency measures' if coal supply does not improve

By: Terence Creamer The South African government warned on Friday that it might invoke 'emergency measures' to safeguard the delivery of improved quality and quantities of the coal supply to power utility Eskom, indicating the current supply situation to be unsatisfactory and a key cause of... 

Chamber hopeful planned safety strike can be avoided

By: Christy van der Merwe The Chamber of Mines indicated on Monday it hoped that the proposed nationwide industrial action by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) could be avoided, and that agreement could be reached between stakeholders. 

Coal strike won't disrupt power supply - Chamber of Mines

By: Mariaan Webb Members belonging to trade union Solidarity have downed tools at some of South Africa's largest coal mines, sparking fears that the country's electricity supply could come under threat, but the Chamber of Mines has downplayed such suggestions. 

NUM considers improved coal wage offer, smaller union may strike

By: Mariaan Webb While South Africa's biggest labour union, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), on Friday hinted that it might accept the coal mining companies' wage offer, smaller union Solidarity said that talks had deadlocked and that it had applied for a strike certificate. 

NUM members plan to down tools in countrywide solidarity strike

By: Mariaan Webb South Africa's biggest mining union, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), is mobilising its 280 000 members to put their "full weight" behind the public servants' strike, general secretary Frans Baleni said on Tuesday. "We are mobilising our members for a huge strike... 

Unions to ask for double-digit increases in upcoming negotiations

By: Matthew Hill South African labour unions the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Solidarity would be demanding “double digit” increases in gold-industry workers’ wages in the upcoming negotiations with industry body the Chamber of Mines (CoM), but would likely strike a deal of a 9% to... 

Unions to ask for double-digit increases in upcoming gold talks

By: Matthew Hill South African labour unions the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Solidarity would be demanding “double digit” increases in gold-industry workers’ wages in the upcoming negotiations with industry body the Chamber of Mines (CoM), but would likely strike a deal of a 9% to... 

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