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Megan van Wyngaardt

Megan van Wyngaardt

Megan van Wyngaardt is Creamer Media Senior Contributing Editor Online for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Forbes Coal workers down tools over wages

18th October 2012 TSX- and JSE-listed Forbes & Manhattan Coal said on Thursday it was negotiating with unions, after workers at its Magdalena and Aviemore underground mines downed tools. The strike started at the beginning of the dayshift on Wednesday and related to wage demands. 

Joburg targets 150 000 public works job opportunities

18th October 2012 The City of Johannesburg would aim to create 150 000 job opportunities over the next five years through the expanded public works programme (EPWP), it said in a statement on Thursday. The EPWP is in its second phase of implementation, since its inception during the 2004/5 financial year and... 

Lonmin reports disruptions at Marikana mine

18th October 2012 Some workers at platinum miner Lonmin’s Marikana mine, near Rustenburg, have once again refused to report for duty on Thursday. Spokesperson Sue Vey said the labour disruptions at the North West mine, where workers last month received pay increases of up to 22% to end a deadly strike, were... 

Shanta to raise $30m through shares placing

17th October 2012 East Africa-focused Shanta intends to raise $30-million through an offering of new shares to institutional and other investors to address short-term financing requirements during the ramp up of its New Luika gold mine, in Tanzania. The Aim-listed company said on Wednesday that combined with... 

Toyota Durban plant hit by supplier strike

17th October 2012 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) on Wednesday halted production at its Prospecton plant in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, following a strike by one of its component suppliers. Members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) embarked on a protected strike at the Toyota Boshoku... 

Chrometco scouts for acquisitions, to move into platinum

17th October 2012 JSE-listed junior Chrometco would reposition itself to move into platinum-group metals (PGMs) and other bulk commodities, on top of its chrome exploration assets, MD Petrus Cilliers said on Wednesday. Despite the current global downturn in the chrome and PGM markets, Chrometco is looking to... 

Afrimat expects up to 25% increase in headline earnings

17th October 2012 Construction materials supplier Afrimat expects its headline earnings to increase by between 20% and 25%, the JSE-listed company said on Wednesday. Earnings per share for the six months ended August were expected to increase by between 7% and 12%, while headline earnings per share (HEPS) would... 

Resgen supply negotiations with Eskom reach ‘mature’ stage

17th October 2012 ASX- and JSE-listed Resource Generation’s (Resgen’s) negotiations to supply Eskom with three-million tons a year of thermal coal were now at a mature stage, the company reported on Wednesday. Resgen, which is developing the $630-million Boikarabelo coal mine, in Limpopo, said it expects to start... 

Merafe commissions Tswelopele plant, Q3 output up

17th October 2012 Black-owned ferrochrome producer Merafe Resources, which operates a chrome venture with Xstrata, said on Wednesday it had commissioned the Tswelopele ferrochrome pelletising and sintering plant at its Rustenburg smelter on time and on budget this month. The plant, which would reduce operation... 

AMD mitigation project declared emergency govt waterworks

16th October 2012 Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has declared an acid mine drainage (AMD) mitigation project an emergency government waterworks, paving the way for the Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) to proceed with its immediate and short-term interventions. The Department of Water... 

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