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News24’s breaking news wire service brings you the latest South African, African and international news reports and press updates from newsrooms across the country. Powered by the country’s leading journalists, and headed by the News24 editorial team.

Gwede Mantashe discharged from hospital

26th July 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has been discharged after he was hospitalised for Covid-19 earlier this month. The Presidency confirmed that Mantashe was discharged from hospital on Sunday evening. 

Cops confiscate illegally mined chrome, excavator totalling more than R2m in bust

25th July 2020 A Hawks operation has seen police officers seize chrome stockpiles and an excavator totalling more than R2 million in Limpopo, a spokesperson said. The operation at the Modikwa Mine in Burgersfort on Friday was in response to the "ongoing scourge of illegal mining in the province", said Hawks... 

South Africa's Mantashe tests positive for Covid

15th July 2020 The Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, and his wife, Nolwandle Mantashe, have tested positive for Covid-19. According to a statement by the Presidency, Mantashe and his wife received their test results earlier on Tuesday.  

Govt will ease some restrictions from May 1

23rd April 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a five-level “risk-adjusted strategy” where the country will slowly ease lockdown restrictions starting 1 May. From 1 May, there will be some activity allowed, subject to extreme caution. Some businesses will be allowed to resume under specific conditions.... 

Billions wiped off South Africa market in minutes amid global bloodbath

16th March 2020 The JSE’s all share index started the week with an instant loss of 6% in opening trading, as global panic selling intensified. Last week, the JSE lost 15% of its value – and suffered two of its biggest crashes in the past forty years. On Monday, the JSE’s all share index dropped by more than 6%,... 

Medupi's killer fumes: The story of a power station's missing air scrubbers

3rd March 2020 Eskom's megapower station Medupi is suffocating South Africa in more ways than one: It is not just a financial black hole; it is also a health and environmental catastrophe. And the installation of crucial technology to make it less poisonous has once again been delayed. For years, Eskom has... 

Court declares major Gupta-era coal contract with Eskom invalid

21st February 2020 The Special Investigations Unit has secured a high court order setting aside a contract worth R3.7-billion between the formerly Gupta-owned mining group Tegeta Exploration & Resources and State power utility Eskom, according to Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services. According to the... 

Three alleged illegal miners arrested with gold-processing equipment worth R5m

20th February 2020 Three alleged illegal miners arrested with gold-processing equipment worth R5-million were expected to appear in the Westonaria Magistrate's Court in Gauteng on Thursday for illegally processing gold. The men, aged 21 to 47, were arrested on Wednesday on premises in Zuurbekom, west of Johannesburg. 

Ten arrested for stoning of 'zama zama' miners after shootout with cops

12th February 2020 Following a shootout with suspected illegal miners on Wednesday, police have arrested ten people that they believe are linked to the stoning and killing of ten illegal miners in Roodepoort in January. Police launched a manhunt earlier this year after the bodies of nine men, who were identified as... 

State looking to create power generation entity 'outside of Eskom'

3rd February 2020 Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe told reporters on the sidelines of the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town that the government hoped to create a new power generation entity distinct from Eskom. Mantashe told reporters during a briefing after his address that he... 

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