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Night loadshedding escalates to Stage 3 

29th January 2024

Loadshedding will jump to Stage 3 at 16:00 Monday after a delay in the return to service of two generating units. "Over the past 24 hours, five generation units were taken offline for repairs.... 

All 2 200 Bafokeng mineworkers back safely to the surface, says Implats

20th December 2023

Impala Platinum said on Wednesday that as of 17:05 afternoon, all 2 205 mineworkers at its Bafokeng Rasimone mine had returned to the surface. The protest action began on Monday morning without the... 

Joint operation leads to more than 100 arrests of suspected illegal miners in Ekurhuleni

3rd December 2023

A joint operation between the SA Police Service, SA National Defence Force (SANDF) and the Department of Home Affairs led to the arrest of more than 100 suspected illegal miners (colloquially known... 

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Moody’s places Transnet on review for ratings downgrade

14th November 2023

Moody’s Investors Service has placed Transnet on review for a potential credit ratings downgrade due to concerns over liquidity and refinancing risks for the struggling state-owned freight, port... 

Gold One mine: Situation tense as police fire rubber bullets at protesting AMCU workers

13th November 2023

The situation remains tense at Gold One mine in Springs, with police firing rubber bullets and teargas at protesting AMCU workers. Workers affiliated with AMCU have been gathering at the mine since... 

Anglo American hit with class action from coal miners over lung disease

24th October 2023

A new class action, on behalf of coal miners suffering from lung disease, has been launched against nine companies owned by Anglo American Group. This is the second in a series of class actions... 

Miners are still underground at Gold One

24th October 2023

Thirty-six hours later, more than 500 miners at the Gold One mine in Springs, east of Johannesburg, are underground while unions continue to throw allegations against each other.   Workers who want... 

Lily Mine inquest finds owners failed to conduct proper risk assessments

19th October 2023

The Mbombela Magistrate's Court has found that owners of Lily Mine failed to conduct proper risk assessments - as required by the Mine Health and Safety Act - ahead of the tragic 2016 collapse... 

Wagons of coal being transported to port by rail

Transnet rail CEO Siza Mzimela has resigned

5th October 2023

The CEO of Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) Siza Mzimela has resigned.  Mzimela sent out a letter to staff on Thursday reminding them of the progress made in the past three years, thanking them for... 

At least 20 dead after Limpopo diamond mine bus collides with truck, burts into flames

18th September 2023

At least 20 people died when a bus burst into flames after colliding with a truck head-on in Limpopo on Sunday afternoon.The accident occurred on the R572, and the bus is understood to have been... 

A De Beers sign on a building

Former Anglo, De Beers chair Julian Ogilvie Thompson dies in Joburg

15th August 2023

Julian Ogilvie Thompson, former chairperson of De Beers and Anglo American, has died at age 89 in Johannesburg. This followed a period of declining health, according to a family death announcement... 

Eight bodies found after Northern Cape mining accident, cops search for more victims

3rd August 2023

Eight people died on Monday when a tailing dump collapsed at a bulk sampling mining area in the Northern Cape. The incident happened close to Kleinsee in the Nama Khoi Local Municipality. 

Man dies in suspected illegal mining explosion in Bram Fischerville, two injured

21st July 2023

A man died from a suspected illegal mining explosion in Bram Fischerville, Johannesburg, on Thursday afternoon while two others were injured. The City's emergency management services spokesperson... 

Four Eastern Cape men in dock for allegedly stealing platinum plates worth R6.3m

11th July 2023

The Hawks have arrested four employees of a German car part manufacturer in Gqeberha for allegedly stealing platinum plates worth R6.3 million and selling them to scrap metal dealers. Minileit, the... 

Mining project manager gets hefty fine after pleading guilty to R80m tender corruption

5th July 2023

A former mining project manager has been ordered to pay a hefty fine, or face time in prison, after he pleaded guilty to one corruption charge in connection with an R80 million tender. According to... 

Kumba wage talks sour as union condemns offer as 'illogical and divisive'

22nd June 2023

The final round of salary negotiations between Anglo American's Kumba iron-ore and its workforce have begun to break down due to the company's "inexplicable positioning", one union has said.... 

Security guard and mine worker arrested for theft of equipment worth R1.7m

21st June 2023

North West police have arrested a Bidvest Protea Coin Security guard and an Impala Platinum employee for the theft of catalytic converters worth R1.7-million, tampering with essential... 

Traffic lights affected by loadshedding

Daytime loadshedding is back this weekend

9th June 2023

Stage 3 loadshedding will be implemented from 16:00 until midnight on Friday, as per previous notices, Eskom said in a statement. But after that, Stage 1 loadshedding will kick in from 05:00 until... 

The Tutuka power station

More Stage 6 loadshedding as breakdowns approach 19 000 MW

3rd May 2023

Stage 6 loadshedding will be implemented from 16:00 on Tuesday until 05:00 on Thursday, Eskom said in a statement.  After that, stages will vary between 4 and 6 until late on Friday.  

Eskom's Tutuka power station

Stage 6 loadshedding to continue indefinitely as more units break down

13th April 2023

Stage 6 loadshedding will remain in force until further notice, Eskom said late on Thursday. "The extension of loadshedding is caused by further breakdowns of generation units and continued... 

Loadshedding affecting traffic lights

Loadshedding bumped to Stage 6 until further notice

12th April 2023

Stage 6 loadshedding will be rolled out from 16:00, Eskom said on Wednesday afternoon. This follows after an update in the morning which stated that loadshedding would be escalated to Stage 5 due... 

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana

Controversial Eskom exemption withdrawn 'for now'

5th April 2023

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana told MPs on Wednesday that he has decided to withdraw the exemption of Eskom from the Public Finance Management Act "for now" to have further consultation with the... 

Ammonia leak contained at Sasolburg

10th March 2023

An ammonia leak at Sasol's operations in the early hours of Friday morning has been contained, the synthetic fuel and chemicals giant has said. According to a Sasol spokesperson, a "strong ammonia... 

Parliament guns for Mosebenzi Zwane over his corrupt Gupta dealings after five-year probe

10th March 2023

Six years ago, former mineral resources minister Mosebenzi Zwane was a high-flyer in erstwhile president Jacob Zuma's inner circle and a chief lieutenant of the infamous Gupta family. These days,... 

Rough diamonds

Alexkor audit delayed as high staff turnover leaves finance dept unstable, AG tells Parliament

1st March 2023

High staff turnover at state-owned mining company Alexkor – notably in the finance division – has created instability in key operations, including financial reporting, the Auditor-General of SA... 

Eskom acting CEO Calib Cassim

Eskom appoints Calib Cassim as interim CEO after De Ruyter's early exit

24th February 2023

Eskom chief financial officer Calib Cassim has been appointed as interim CEO following the abrupt departure of André de Ruyter, the power utility announced on Friday morning.  De Ruyter was... 

Miners trapped underground after pylons weakened by cable theft collapse, cutting power supply

22nd February 2023

Sibanye-Stillwater miners were trapped underground in Randfontein due to a power supply interruption caused by powerlines that collapsed after being weakened by the vandalism of cable thieves.... 

Coal stockpiles

Continuous Stage 6 implemented, risk of higher stages as eight units break down

20th February 2023

Eskom has implemented continuous Stage 6 until further notice after eight generating units broke down on Sunday.  "Given the high number of breakdowns, there is a possibility of further changes on... 

MPs to Transnet: Fix this mess you are creating for the ANC government

16th February 2023

African National Congress (ANC) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MPs tore into Transnet Group CEO Portia Derby on Wednesday, accusing her of "doing nothing" to arrest the company's slide into... 

Stage 2 and 3 loadshedding over the weekend

10th February 2023

Stage 4 loadshedding will continue from 16:00 on Friday until 05:00 on Saturday morning. It will be downgraded to Stage 3 from 05:00 on Saturday until 05:00 on Sunday, after which it will again be... 

Stage 4 loadshedding planned for the weekday evenings 

23rd January 2023

Loadshedding will remain at Stage 4 from 16:00 to 05:00 every day, with Stage 3 implemented from 05:00 to 16:00 during the day until further notice, Eskom announced on Monday. Over the past 24... 

Eskom's Ankerlig plant

Eskom, Treasury at odds over diesel funds as loadshedding crisis deepens

17th January 2023

As chronic loadshedding continues indefinitely, a behind-the-scenes dispute has broken out between National Treasury and Eskom over where the money should come from to buy more diesel.  The only... 

Power pylons

Stage 4 and 5 loadshedding expected this week

16th January 2023

Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented at 05:00 to 16:00 from Tuesday, followed by Stage 5 load shedding at 16:00 to 05:00 from Wednesday, Eskom warned. Over the course of this week, 14... 

Some relief as Eskom reduces loadshedding from Thursday

14th December 2022

Stage 5 load shedding will be reduced to Stage 4 starting from 05:00 on Thursday morning until 05:00 on Sunday morning, Eskom announced on Wednesday evening. It added that Stage 3 load shedding... 

Andre de Ruyter

Eskom crisis: Makwana expected to take over from departing De Ruyter

14th December 2022

Mpho Makwana, recently appointed chairperson of the Eskom board, is widely expected to step into André de Ruyter’s role as Eskom group chief executive. In 2009, Makwana - then a non-executive... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Eskom agitates for 'overthrow of the state' by not dealing with loadshedding – Mantashe

8th December 2022

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has accused Eskom of "actively agitating for the overthrow of the state" as it continues to implement load shedding, which hit Stage 6 this week... 

The Koeberg nuclear power station

Eskom's desperate scramble to avoid Stage 7

8th December 2022

Eskom on Wednesday evening called off the planned outage of Koeberg unit 1 at the eleventh hour as the utility scrambled to avoid moving to Stage 7 loadshedding. The decision, not yet announced by... 

Eskom power lines

Loadshedding jumps to Stage 6

7th December 2022

Stage 6 loadshedding will be implemented from midday until further notice, Eskom announced. "This is due to a high number of breakdowns since midnight, as well as the requirement to strictly... 

An Eskom power station

Loadshedding jumps to Stage 4 after more breakdowns

7th December 2022

Stage 4 loadshedding will kick in from 09:00 on Wednesday, Eskom announced.  "Due to further breakdowns and delayed returns of generating units to service, Stage 4 load shedding will be implemented... 

An Eskom power station

Stage 3 continues as Eskom tries to save diesel

6th December 2022

Stage 3 loadshedding will be implemented on Tuesday afternoon at 16:00 to 05:00, and on Wednesday afternoon at the same time. Stage 2 loadshedding will continue being implemented at 05:00 to 16:00... 

More Eskom arrests as coal truck driver, supervisor apprehended at Matla station

30th November 2022

A truck driver and his supervisor were arrested for allegedly swapping out good-quality coal, and delivering sub-standard product to Eskom’s Matla power station on Monday. "The arrests took place... 

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