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Zambia sees 1.5Mt copper output on improved power, easing tensions

6th February 2018 Zambia expects to increase its annual copper output to 1.5-million tonnes, boosted by improved electricity supply and eased tensions with producers over policy, mines minister Christopher Yaluma said on Tuesday. "The outlook for Zambian mining looks very very positive," he told the African News... 

Gordhan lashes out at Denel as it begs for R3bn lifeline

6th February 2018 State arms manufacturer Denel on Tuesday pleaded for an equity injection as it briefed MPs on its results for the past year, but former finance minister Pravin Gordhan flatly countered that the company's dire financials were linked to its dealings with the Gupta family believed to have corrupted... 

Criminal charges laid against Molefe over R30m pension payout

6th February 2018 Trade union Solidarity on Tuesday laid criminal charges against embattled former Eskom chief executive Brian Molefe and former Eskom board chairperson Ben Ngubane over the R30-million pension awarded to Molefe when he left the struggling state-owned power utility. “The charges focus specifically... 

South Africa completes inquiry into Lily mine tragedy – Zwane

5th February 2018 South Africa’s mining minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Monday that government had completed its inquiry into the tragedy of Lily mine and that the report would now be handed over to the Department of Mineral Resources. "The inquiry into the Lily Mine accident has been concluded, and a report will... 

Beaufort West municipality to be handed fresh water resource – Zwane

5th February 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane announced on Monday that his department would be handing over the newly-discovered fresh water resource in Beaufort West to the municipality. Last year, the Council for Geoscience (CGS), a statutory science council under the Department of Mineral... 

South African table grape harvest seen stable despite drought

5th February 2018 The South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) said on Monday that the country’s harvest would be stable in the 2017/2018 season despite the drought. “The country’s harvest is resilient with volumes stabilising despite the worst drought in decades,” SATI said in a statement. 

Petrol, diesel prices drop for February

5th February 2018 The price of all grades of petrol will drop by 30c/l with effect from midnight on Tuesday. Diesel (0.05 percent sulphur) will drop by 17c/l, as will diesel (0.005 percent sulphur), the energy department said in a statement on Sunday. 

Johannesburg City launches operation to enforce city by-laws

5th February 2018 The City of Johannesburg has announced the launch of "Operation Buya Mthetho" on Monday to "enforce by-laws and to bring back the rule of law". In a statement the City said the operation will be led by the new municipal chief of police, David Tembe, supported by senior officials from the... 

Mineworkers union calls for 'infrastructure audit' at South African mines

2nd February 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Friday called for an infrastructure audit to be conducted on all South African mines in a bid to prevent underground accidents. All 952 workers were rescued alive on Friday at Sibanye-Stillwater's Beatrix gold mine in Welkom, in the Free State. They had... 

We are getting to a stage when we will be uninsurable – PRASA

2nd February 2018 State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) on Thursday said it would soon be “uninsurable” if criminal activity, leading to-millions of rands in loss and damage, was not halted. Cromet Molepo, the acting group chief executive for PRASA made the comments at a media briefing in... 

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