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Disgruntled unpaid mineworkers allegedly hampering rescue efforts at Gloria coal mine

11th February 2019 The fate of approximately 22 alleged copper thieves trapped underground hangs in the balance as rescue efforts are allegedly being hampered by disgruntled unpaid mineworkers. "They have threatened us and the contractors and they've told us under no circumstances are we allowed to continue [rescue... 

Load-shedding moves from Stage 2 to Stage 4

11th February 2019 Eskom announced on Monday afternoon that load shedding would move from Stage 2 to Stage 4 from 13:00.  The rotational power cuts are expected to continue until 22:00.  

President initiates remedial action on Mogajane appointment

11th February 2019 The Presidency has informed the Office of the Public Protector that President Cyril Ramaphosa has initiated remedial action in line with the report of the Public Protector on the appointment of National Treasury Director General Dondo Mogajane.   On 18 December 2018, the Public Protector issued a... 

Death toll rises to six at South Africa coal mine gas explosion

7th February 2019 The number of people killed by a gas explosion in an unused coal mine in South Africa's eastern province of Mpumalanga has risen to six, and several others remain trapped, an official at the mine said on Thursday. The representative of the creditor protection team at the mine, Michael Elliot,... 

Ford digs up litany of unexplored claims ahead of inquest into burnt Kuga

6th February 2019 Unexplained casino chips, a "bullet cartridge" and a suspicious maroon car are among a litany of unexplored claims which the Ford Motor Company dug up ahead of a High Court inquest into the death of Reshall Jimmy. Jimmy's burnt body was found in his Ford Kuga four years ago while he was on... 

Expect some tough announcements on Eskom soon – Davies

5th February 2019 Eskom is in deep trouble financially and operationally and South Africa is facing enormous challenges in the electricity industry, Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies said on Tuesday. Davies was a guest speaker at a round table discussion hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry on... 

Mantashe to investors: Don't listen to doomsayers, invest in SA

5th February 2019 Investors must be shown that there are opportunities to make money and that is what we offer them in the South African mining industry, Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday. He was one of the guest speakers at a roundtable hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry... 

Unbundle Eskom to make it sustainable – CEO

4th February 2019 Decisions that need to be taken at Eskom might end up being painful, but they have to be taken, the power utility’s CEO, Phakamani Hadebe told delegates at Mining Indaba 2019 on Monday. Of his appointment as Eskom CEO, he told delegates that nothing prepares one to deal with an institution where... 

Gordhan and Malema to face off in Equality Court

4th February 2019 Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan will face off in the Equality Court today following Malema's scathing attack on the Public Enterprises Minister. This comes after Malema addressed a crowd of EFF supporters outside the Commission... 

Could alien tree clearing near dams be Cape Town's solution to saving water?

31st January 2019 Cape Town is losing 50-billion litres of water every year to thirsty alien trees surrounding the region’s supply dams – equivalent to two months’ water supply effectively going down the drain. For those who doubt the hydrological models that have come up with this figure, there will soon be hard... 

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