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Victory at last for anti-uranium mining lobby group in the Karoo

Unrelenting efforts by the anti-uranium mining lobbyists in South Africa have finally paid off, as the Australian company, Tasman Pacific Minerals Limited, announced that it is withdrawing all its mining rights applications lodged in the Western and Northern Cape and has lodged new Mining Rights applications in the Western Cape limited to areas that are […]

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Institutionalised collective bargaining undermining low earning mine workers– AMCU President

South Africa’s institutionalised collective bargaining system is rapidly growing and becoming unresponsive to the needs of the lower earning workers in a low wage regime where two thirds of the labour force earns less than the mining sector’s median earnings, President of mining labour union, AMCU, Joseph Mathunjwa, fears. “Inflation has perpetuated “slave wages in […]

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Sibanye boosts education with a R6, 2m facility

Effects of weak commodities on mining operations globally have not deterred organisations from undertaking philanthropic activities it seems. Mining company, Sibanye, has financed and delivered a state-of-the-art, multipurpose hall to the Free State Department of Education (FSDoE) as per its social and labour plan agreements. The project is a R6, 2m investment that will benefit […]

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South African mining giants contest the silicosis case judgment

Three weeks ago, Transform SA Online reported that the South Gauteng High Court in South Africa had granted ex-miners class certification judgment against their former employers, drawn from the so-called Occupational Lung Disease Working (OLD) Group. Now, Transform SA Online learns, the OLD Group, made up of African Rainbow Minerals, Anglo American SA, AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Harmony and […]

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Two years later, Rustenburg still feeling effects of strike

Two years since the end of what has been recorded as the longest strike in the history of mining in South Africa, the mining town of Rustenburg is yet to recover. The town’s executive mayor, Mpho Khonou, observed, as he was tabling the 2016/17 budget: “Prior to the protracted strike, Rustenburg had the third fastest […]

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Silicosis case: still a long walk from ex-miners’ justice

Those who want to see justice not only being done but be seen to be done should be impressed that frail and sickly ex-miners, through their lawyers of course, have been granted a go-ahead by the Gauteng South High Court in South Africa to proceed with a case against their previous employers, 32 mining companies, […]

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Coal producers threatened by new energy storage technology

It’s a development which has given coal producers, who are already have low prices and stringent environment regulations to contend with, substantial food for thought. Tesla, a renewable energy and energy storage firm, has introduced Powerwall, a suite of batteries to store electricity for homes, businesses and utilities, threatens coal producers sustainability in the market. […]

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Poor mine closure practices worry green lobbyist

With commodity prices still low, culling non-core assets has become a viable option for many a mining company – something even most determined trade union leaders cannot prevent from happening. However, the main fear is that the assets could fall in the hands of organisations without the wherewithal to abide by environmental preservation regulations, according […]

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Lily mine accident: root of the cause not yet known

Vantage Goldfields, owners of Lily Mine in Barbeton, Mpumalanga, say experts and management are yet to find a conclusive answer to the cause of the mine’s collapse which left three miners trapped, according to Vantage Goldfields Chief Executive Officer, Mike McChesney. “We have absolutely no idea and the all the geotechnical specialists that we have […]

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Gold miners to settle stand-alone silicosis claims out of court

Both AngloGold Ashanti and Anglo American have resolved to an out-of-court settlement in standalone silicosis cases involving 4, 400 former employees, committing to paying R464 million. In a statement, AngloGold Ashanti CEO, Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan (Venkat), commented on the landmark decision: “AngloGold Ashanti believes that agreeing settlement terms is in the best interests of the claimants, […]

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