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Manganese ore truck torched in Gqeberha

13th July 2021 A truck was set alight in Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape in apparent ongoing attacks on foreign nationals driving manganese ore trucks. Eastern Cape police said six people stopped and petrol-bombed the truck at 05.40 on Monday on the N2 between Bluewater Bay and the Markman off ramp on the N2... 

Hefty sentences for three men who torched bus, killed six mineworkers

2nd July 2021 Three men convicted of petrol bombing a bus and killing six mineworkers have been handed hefty prison sentences in the Limpopo High Court in Polokwane. Sipho Khumalo, 32, Philemon Makwana, 37, and Thabo Mogala, 31, were earlier found guilty of murdering the Modikwa Platinum mineworkers in 2018. 

Grim task of identifying 20 miners found dead in Orkney under way

21st June 2021 The families of the miners found dead in Orkney, North West, last week will start the grim task of identifying their bodies on Monday. The 20 bodies were found near a disused mine shaft in Orkney last week. 

Bodies of 20 suspected illegal miners found in the North West

16th June 2021 Police have opened an inquest docket after the bodies of 20 men, believed to be illegal miners, were discovered on Tuesday and Wednesday at two locations in Orkney in the North West. According to police, five decomposed bodies were found on Tuesday evening outside an old and unused mine shaft... 

Stage 2 load-shedding to start at 10:00, to continue until Sunday

9th June 2021 Stage 2 load-shedding will start from 10:00 on Wednesday morning until 22:00 on Sunday night, Eskom announced. This is due to delays in returning generation units to service at Kusile, Tutuka, Duvha, Kendal and Koeberg power stations. 

Marikana trial: 'Provoked' miners posed no threat when tear gas, stun grenades were fired at them

27th May 2021 A Rustenburg police officer testifying in the murder trial of former North West deputy police commissioner Major General William Mpembe and five other officers did not mince his words when he told the court on Wednesday that the situation at the Lonmin K3 shaft in Marikana in August 2012 was... 

Marikana trial: Miners may have been in possession of 60 rounds of ammunition - defence lawyer

25th May 2021 Striking mineworkers may have possibly ended up in possession of 60 rounds of ammunition, which they allegedly stole from an injured police officer on 13 August 2012 at Lonmin K3 shaft in Marikana, defence lawyer Henko Scholtz told the North West High Court. Scholtz concluded cross-examining the... 

Hawks make second arrest in R1.1m Barberton mine fraud case, alleged mastermind on the run

12th May 2021 A former Barberton mine administrative clerk was arrested on Tuesday for his alleged part in fraud that caused the mine a loss of more than R1.1 million. Bhekinkosi Fana Madonsela, 30, appeared before the Barberton Magistrate's Court on Tuesday after members of the Hawks' Serious Commercial Crime... 

Seriti rejects calls for probe into South32 deal that will make it Eskom's largest coal supplier

14th April 2021 Under siege Seriti Resources whose impending acquisition of South32 coal mines has raised calls for an investigation has dismissed the complaints against it as "vague" lacking substance. The black-owned coal miner has found itself embroiled in a storm after trade unions  flagged some aspects of... 

Brian Molefe adamant that Ramaphosa's 'influence' was used to seal dodgy coal deal

2nd March 2021 Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has told the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into State Capture that the allegations he made against President Cyril Ramaphosa should not be swept under the carpet, as he continued to pick at the business links the president once had with Glencore. On Tuesday, Molefe... 

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