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President Cyril Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa appoints Climate Change Commission members

18th December 2020

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed members of the Climate Change Coordinating Commission established to coordinate and oversee the transition towards a low-carbon and climate... 


Kepco cancels investment in South African coal energy plant

16th October 2020

South Korea’s State-owned power utility Kepco will either cancel its investment in coal-driven South African independent power producer Thabametsi, or transition the project to gas. A statement... 


Zambia's Maamba Collieries unveils state-of-the-art coal mining equipment

28th September 2020

Zambian Mines and Minerals Development Minister Richard Musukwa this weekend officially inaugurated Maamba Collieries’ (MCL's) most recent acquisition, a state-of-the-art, high technology surface... 


Eskom resumes rolling blackouts after generation units break down once more

Eskom resumes rolling blackouts after generation units break down once more

1st September 2020

South African utility Eskom said on Tuesday it would be forced to resume rotational power cuts from midday to 22:00 due to breakdowns in its generating units which slashed power supply. "Eskom... 


Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Eskom reports lost income of R2.5bn in April

7th May 2020

Eskom's income has shrunk by about R2.5 billion in April as energy demand plummeted due to the country's national lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the power utility's CEO Andre de... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa announces 21-day lockdown for South Africa

23rd March 2020

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a national lockdown in South Africa as the government announced measures to curtail the spread of novel coronavirus (Covid-19).  "The National Coronavirus... 


Minerals Council CEO says Mboweni is on the right path

27th February 2020

The Minerals Council South Africa on Wednesday said it believed Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has taken important steps to address South Africa’s economic crisis, building on the direction from... 


Numsa march against exploitation in Rustenburg mines

27th February 2020

About 100 members of the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) from Lanxess chrome mine in Rustenburg braved the scorching sun on Wednesday, to march against exploitation in the mines. Dressed in... 


Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

Mboweni moots referendum on rescuing State-owned companies on Twitter

17th February 2020

After a short hiatus from Twitter, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is once again posting prolifically, using the platform at the weekend to call for a public debate, possibly a referendum, on the use... 


Transnet appoints Portia Derby as new Group CEO

1st February 2020

Portia Derby has been appointed group chief executive of Transnet, the department of public enterprises said on Friday night.  The appointment was made following "an extensive and rigorous search",... 


Numsa mourns death of worker at Tau Lekoa mine

27th January 2020

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) is mourning the death of a worker during a seismic incident which caused a rock fall at Tau Lekoa mine in North West province. In a... 


Mine security guards arrested for alleged robbery at a gold mine

9th January 2020

Two mine security officers were arrested for their alleged role in a murder, hijacking and attempted robbery at a gold mine, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (known as the Hawks)... 


We have to lower the price of Eskom coal – Gordhan

We have to lower the price of Eskom coal – Gordhan

4th December 2019

Coal suppliers need to help efforts to turn around Eskom by being reasonable on their pricing, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Tuesday. "We have got to lower the price of coal.... 


Numsa says it wants full disclosure of Ndizani Trust financial statements

30th October 2019

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said on Tuesday in a statement that was disappointed that Samancor had not organised a meeting of the working group consisting of... 


Former top cop back in the dock over shooting of 30 mine workers at Marikana

29th October 2019

The trial of former North West deputy police commissioner Major General Willam Mpembe and three others, who are in the dock in connection with the death of 30 mine workers in Marikana, continues at... 


Russia looks to supply Africa with industrial robots for mining

25th October 2019

The opportunity for Russia to supply industrial robots, dump trucks and bulldozers to the African mining industry, as well as other digital technologies, was discussed on Thursday at the... 


Alleged illegal miner arrested in North West

24th October 2019

A 31-year-old man has been arrested for alleged illicit mining in Orkney near Klersksdorp, North West police said on Thursday. Police spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone said the man was... 


Eskom acting group CEO Jabu Mabuza

Eskom seeks to recover R207m from Deloitte

22nd October 2019

Eskom is seeking the setting aside of awards for two contracts and the recovery of R207 716 243.80 for improperly-awarded work, during 2016, from auditing firm Deloitte Consulting.  The embattled... 


Coal, independent producers are Eskom's biggest cost drivers – parliament

Coal, independent producers are Eskom's biggest cost drivers – parliament

17th October 2019

Independent power producers and coal procurement are among the biggest cost drivers for State-owned electricity company Eskom, accounting for 50 percent of its costs, parliament's select committee... 


Rustenburg implements water restrictions to avoid taps running dry

16th October 2019

The Rustenburg local municipality in North West on Tuesday, implemented water restrictions. "Due to the absence of rainfall in the Rustenburg area after winter, coupled with the daily consumption... 


Forum 4 Service Delivery Youth calls for nationalisation of mines

14th October 2019

The nationalisation of mines will lead to industrialisation, growth of the economy and jobs, Forum 4 Service Delivery Youth said on Monday. "The industrial strategy adopted by government will never... 


Killers of mine manager get life in prison

11th October 2019

Four men have been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a mine manager in Odendaalsrus in the gold fields of the Free State more than two years ago, police said on Friday. Tota Ezekiel... 


Sanco wants government to intervene to halt looming job cut in Marikana

27th September 2019

The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) in the North West province on Thursday called for government intervention to avert job losses in the mining sector. This follows a statement by... 


No room for coal in Africa’s renewable future – AfDB

26th September 2019

The African Development Bank (AfDB) president Akinwumi Adesina this week unveiled ambitious plans to scrap coal power stations across the continent and switch to renewable energy. Speaking during... 


Taps run dry due to low pressure – Magalies Water

18th September 2019

Several municipalities are experiencing water interruptions due to low pressure, Magalies Water said on Tuesday. Spokesperson Mpho Moholo said there was low pressure on the Vaalkop water supply... 


Deputy Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Bavelile Hlongwa

Minerals Council SA saddened at death of deputy minister Hlongwa

16th September 2019

The Minerals Council South Africa has expressed deep sadness at the death of Deputy Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Bavelile Hlongwa, who died in a car crash in Limpopo on Friday night. In... 


African Rainbow Minerals' full-year revenue up 5%

30th August 2019

Mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) said on Friday its revenue increased by five percent to R9.595 billion in the year ended June, while headline earnings per share were up nine percent... 


Misalignment of legislative mandates in some minerals and energy entities concerning – parliament

Misalignment of legislative mandates in some minerals and energy entities concerning – parliament

28th August 2019

The misalignment of legislative mandates with regard to some entities under the department of mineral resources and energy is concerning, the parliament committee overseeing the sector has said.... 


Policemen, mineworkers in court ahead of 7th Marikana massacre commemoration

14th August 2019

The seventh anniversary of the Marikana massacre commemoration has been preceded by high court appearances of both policemen and mineworkers. Former North West deputy commissioner William Mpembe,... 


Twenty arrested in Gauteng during raid to combat illicit mining

14th August 2019

Twenty people were arrested during a raid targeting illicit mining in Matholesville, Durban Deep in Roodepoort on Tuesday,  the Gauteng police said. Captain Kay Makhubele said this brings to 30 the... 


Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Mantashe's office says probe into Mpumalanga graft to be wrapped up soon

7th August 2019

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy said on Wednesday that it was in the process of completing its investigation on the allegations of maladministration and corruption at its Mpumalanga... 


Mantashe mum on corruption probe after Mpumalanga office reopens

6th August 2019

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has reopened its Mpumalanga regional office almost a year after its closure following allegations of corruption and backlogs in the issuing of... 


Sibanye files court papers to oppose application to halt R5.2bn Lonmin merger

2nd August 2019

Sibanye-Stillwater on Thursday filed court papers to oppose an application by a Rustenburg community to halt Sibanye's R5.2-billion acquisition of platinum mining company, Lonmin. Last month, the... 


Parly committee welcome silicosis settlement agreement

Parly committee welcome silicosis settlement agreement

26th July 2019

Parliament's portfolio committee on mineral resources on Friday welcomed the R5-billion settlement agreement between gold mining companies and mineworkers who contracted lung diseases. In terms of... 


Rustenburg communities want ConCourt to set aside Sibanye's Lonmin takeover

19th July 2019

The Greater Lonmin Community (GLC) have approached the Constitutional Court seeking leave to appeal and set aside the acquisition of platinum mining company, Lonmin by Sibanye-Stillwater.  The GLC... 


Court reserves judgment in Vedanta application against winding up Zambia operations

18th July 2019

Johannesburg's high court has reserved judgment in Vedanta Resources' application for an urgent interim interdict against the Zambian government's appointment of a provisional liquidator to wind up... 


Committee worried about budget size for safety, health in mines

10th July 2019

Parliament's committee on land reform, environment, mineral resources and energy said on Wednesday it was concerned at the budget allocated to safety and health in South Africa's mines, given... 


City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba

Joburg forced to close road due to illegal mining in Roodepoort – Mashaba

2nd July 2019

Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba on Tuesday said that the City has been forced to urgently close Iridium Street between Randfontein Road and Penny Road in Roodepoort from traffic for 12 months, due to... 


Former workers demand reopening of Dilokong chrome mine – NUM

1st July 2019

Workers affiliated to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) were due to stage a protest march in Polokwane on Monday and hand over a memorandum to the department of mineral resources and energy,... 


Lanxess Mine strike: Mineworkers' health at risk, two more taken to hospital

26th June 2019

The health of some of the hundreds of mine workers who are staging a sit-in underground at Lanxess mine outside Rustenburg was deteriorating, said a worker who spoke to a union representative using... 


Numsa underground strike at Lanxess in Rustenburg is 'illegal'

25th June 2019

The ongoing underground strike by members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) at Lanxess Chrome Mine (LCM) in Rustenburg was illegal, the mine said on Monday. "The strike... 


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