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Lily Mine probe escalated to inquiry

7th December 2016 The Department of Mineral Resources says the investigation into the tragic Lily Mine disaster, which left three mineworkers trapped underground, will be converted into an inquiry. Xolile Mbonambi, the Acting Chief Inspector of Mines, said this when the department appeared before the Portfolio... 

Resolve mining disputes speedily – Minister

6th October 2015 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has urged stakeholders in the mining industry to work together to resolve labour disputes as speedily as possible. “Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has appealed to stakeholders in the mining industry to work together in the current wage... 

Minister to meet mining industry stakeholders

1st October 2015 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane will in the next few days hold a meeting with stakeholders in the mining sector to discuss challenges and opportunities available in the industry. “I am well aware of the critical role that this sector plays in the economy, and the challenges it faces... 

Mining towns get R18bn facelift

1st July 2015 Government has allocated R18-billion to improve the socioeconomic conditions of distressed mining communities across the country. Headed by the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) in charge of revitalising mining communities, the projects include housing and wellness projects. 

Finance Minister tables Eskom Bills

4th June 2015 Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has tabled the Eskom Special Appropriation Bill and the Amendment Bill in Parliament on Wednesday. The Eskom Special Appropriation Bill will enable the appropriation of the R23-billion allocated to the power utility, while the Amendment Bill will allow for the... 

President Zuma to release Marikana report to the public 'in due course'

11th May 2015 President Jacob Zuma will release the awaited Marikana Commission of Inquiry report to the public in due course, the Presidency said on Sunday. In a statement, the Presidency said it has noted inquiries in relation to the release of the report. 

Disused mines: what’s being done?

2nd April 2015 In the late 1880s, when the first miners started driving their tunnels through the hard quartzite rock below the Witwatersrand, digging deep to extract the region's vast gold wealth, they could not have foreseen the dangerous legacy their activities would leave for future generations. Now, well... 

IDP review under way to integrate mining towns

29th October 2014 The Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) that was established to revitalise distressed mining towns has mobilised municipalities to review their Integrated Development Plans (IDPs) to pave the way for new-look mining towns.   Mpho Ndaba, the Director: Revitalization of Distressed Mining Communities... 

SA, Australia talk mining, ocean economy

11th September 2014 South Africa and Australia have committed to advance each other’s common interests, while unleashing mutual economic opportunities. This emerged after bilateral consultations between International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and her Australian counterpart Julie... 

Government ready to monitor safe shale gas exploration

27th August 2014 Government says it is ready to regulate and monitor companies that have expressed an interest in exploring shale gas in the country. Thibedi Ramontja, the Director-General of the Mineral Resources Department, said the draft regulations will, once finalised, be effective to deal with the risks... 

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