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Macua, Wamua warn of looming protest around Xolobeni consultation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2019 Community rights bodies Mining Affected Communities United in Action (Macua) and Women Affected by Mining United in Action (Wamua) on Thursday announced plans to picket at the offices of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). This would be to serve notice that, should Minister Gwede... 

South African faith communities back Xolobeni community's resistance against mining exploration

By: African News Agency      16th January 2019 The Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute (Safcei) on Tuesday came out in support of the Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) action group and called on Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe to stay away from Xolobeni. Mantashe is set to visit the volatile Xolobeni community in... 

We have never invited Mantashe to Xolobeni – Amadiba Crisis Committee

By: African News Agency      15th January 2019 The Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) action group on Tuesday contradicted the statement by Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe that he would be visiting the volatile Xolobeni community in the Eastern Cape once again on the invitation of the ACC. This comes as the situation continues to... 

Xolobeni youth distances itself from Mantashe ban, wants Minister to visit the village 

By: African News Agency      10th January 2019 Xolobeni youths have distanced themselves from the Amadiba Crisis Committee's (ACC's) announcement that mineral resources minister, Gwede Mantashe, was not welcome at the volatile Eastern Cape village.  On Tuesday the ACC reiterated that Mantashe was not welcome in Xolobeni after the minister... 

Tensions rise again as Mantashe attempts to visit Xolobeni community  

By: African News Agency      8th January 2019 Tensions between the Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) and South Africa's minister of mineral resources, Gwede Mantashe, escalated once again on Tuesday after Mantashe announced that he would be making a third attempt to visit the volatile Xolobeni community in the Eastern Cape next week.   This... 

Bauba says High Court halts mining right grant to Samancor Chrome

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th December 2018 JSE-listed Bauba Platinum on Friday informed its shareholders that the High Court, in Pretoria, had set aside the granting of a chrome-ore mining right to Samancor Chrome in respect of the farms Wintersveld, Jagdlust and Zeekoegat, owing to a lack of proper notice and consultation with interested... 

Euthanasia – My life, my choice?

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th October 2018 Euthanasia, with its etymology rooted in the Greek language, meaning "good death", is a contentious as well as paramount conversation that needs to be had in South Africa. Euthanasia, also known as mercy killing, can be defined as "the act of putting to death painlessly or allowing to die, as by... 

Thabametsi independent power producer coal-fired power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     28th September 2018 Civil society organisation Life After Coal contends that the Thabametsi coal-fired power station will never be built. 

Life After Coal continues fight against coal-fired IPP projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th September 2018 The Life After Coal Campaign contends that two proposed independent power producer (IPP) coal-fired power stations will never be built. The organisation is opposed to the construction of the proposed 557 MW Thabametsi project, near Lephalale, in Limpopo, and the proposed 306 MW Khanyisa project... 

Poultry industry takes on US chicken quota as court case brews

By: News24Wire      17th September 2018 The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) wants government to review the quota of US poultry imports, following the imposition of tariffs on local aluminium and steel products. In court papers filed in the North Gauteng Court, the organisation argues that US tariffs on SA steel and aluminium... 

Union to approach High Court to allow all members to strike in solidarity with Sasol employees

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th September 2018 Trade union Solidarity will approach the High Court in Johannesburg on Thursday for the right of its 180 000 members to go on strike in solidarity with Sasol employees, who have been on strike since earlier this month. This follows after the National Economic Development and Labour Council... 

Solidarity CE writes open letter to Sasol directors amid ongoing strike

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2018 Solidarity CE Dr Dirk Hermann has written an open letter to two Sasol directors, on the eve of the union’s lawsuit to seek approval for a Section 77 application at the High Court, which will enable all the union’s members nationwide to strike along with those members employed at Sasol, who have... 

Braamfontein student accommodation project halted as contractor faces liquidation

By: Simone Liedtke     30th August 2018 Completion of the 17-storey Braamfontein South Point student accommodation project, in Jorissen street, will, most likely, be delayed by a year and only be ready in time for the start of the 2021 academic year, South Point CFO Johan Wheeler told Engineering News Online this week. Construction on... 

BevSA appoint General Manager

29th August 2018 The Beverage Association of South Africa (BevSA) has appointed Mpho Thothela to the position of General Manager for Corporate Services with effect from 01 August 2018.  An admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa, Thothela, is a former Director of Corporate Affairs at Muhari Logistic... 

Challenges facing the private security industry - is there light at the end of the tunnel? 

24th August 2018 The South African private security sector is facing more challenges than ever before. This was according to Tony Botes, national administrator, Security Association of South Africa (SASA), during his address at the Securex 2018 event, Africa’s leading security and fire trade exhibition, which... 

South Africa's new coal-fired plants must have emissions technology

By: Reuters     21st August 2018 South Africa's first privately built coal-fired power plants must have the latest technology to reduce harmful emissions, the energy minister said on Tuesday, as a wave of court challenges threaten to derail the projects. Environmental activists have taken legal action against the new Thabametsi... 

Tiger Brands class action lawsuits combined into one certification application

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th August 2018 The attorneys acting on behalf of the different applicants in two separate listeriosis class action lawsuits against Tiger Brands over the listeriosis outbreak have agreed to combine the lawsuits into a single certification application. Tiger Brands on Tuesday said its legal representatives... 

New legal and innovation expertise on board at the Bigen Group

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th August 2018 Dr McLean Sibanda, until recently CEO of The Innovation Hub Management Company (TIH) in Pretoria, has joined the Bigen Group as Executive: Investments and Concessions at its head office located at The Innovation Hub precinct in Pretoria. The Bigen Group is a leading multinational infrastructure... 

State capture inquiry to start on August 20

By: News24Wire      27th July 2018 Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has announced that the judicial commission of inquiry into allegations of State Capture will officially begin on August 20. Zondo made the announcement at a media briefing in Johannesburg on Friday. Earlier this week, Zondo welcomed a decision by the North... 

Norilsk says will continue litigation against Botswana govt

By: Anine Kilian     24th July 2018 Russian nickel producer Norilsk Nickel on Tuesday said it would continue with the litigation against the Botswana government over the Nkomati and Tati facilities to recover around $277-million it says is owed to it by State-owned BCL. Norilsk alleges that BCL failed to make a payment under an... 

Court order delays implementation of new end-user regulations

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th June 2018 Mobile operator Cell C has succeeded in its court bid to postpone the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (Icasa’s) stipulated deadline for the implementation of the end-user and subscriber services charter regulations. The High Court on Thursday granted the urgent interdict to... 

Environmental activists challenge Radebe’s intention to build new coal-fired plants

By: Anine Kilian     4th June 2018 The Life After Coal Campaign, comprising environmental organisations EarthLife Africa, groundWork and the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), together with Greenpeace, has called on Energy Minister Jeff Radebe to cancel plans to build two new coal-fired power plants – Thabametsi and Khanyisa.... 

SA no longer has agreement with Russians on nuclear, says Radebe

By: News24Wire      4th June 2018 Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe told eNCA on Sunday evening that South Africa no longer had an agreement with the Russians to procure for the development of nuclear energy for the country. Speaking to journalist and political analyst Karima Brown on the news network’s show The Fix, Radebe said he... 

Two coal IPPs would cost S Africa an additional R20bn, not in public interest – report 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 A report released by the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre (ERC) shows that government’s planned independent power producer (IPP) coal plants – Thabametsi and Khanyisa – would cost South Africa an additional R19.68-billion compared with a least-cost energy system.  

South Africa to appeal court ruling on black ownership of mines 

By: Bloomberg     23rd April 2018 South Africa has sought leave to appeal a court judgment earlier this month over a crucial black-ownership principle in the country’s Mining Charter, the nation’s mining lobby said. The Chamber of Mines has been notified that Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe and the Department of Mineral... 

Resistance persists despite declaration of new renewables dawn 

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2018 The world did not stop to allow South Africa to get off. While ‘sunny South Africa’ spent more than two years delaying the introduction of new renewable-energy plants, including 12 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects and a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, the rest of the world continued... 

Resistance persists despite declaration of new renewables dawn

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2018 The world did not stop to allow South Africa to get off. While ‘sunny South Africa’ spent more than two years delaying the introduction of new renewable-energy plants, including 12 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects and a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, the rest of the world continued... 

Molefe loses court bid to appeal pay back pension ruling

By: News24Wire      17th April 2018 The North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday dismissed an application by former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe for leave to appeal a ruling that he pay back the part of his pension payout he already received. Judge Elias Matojane said based on the submission presented to the court "we are of the view that... 

Court rules on the ‘once empowered, always empowered’ principle

9th April 2018 On 4 April 2018, the High Court of South Africa (Gauteng Division, Pretoria) handed down its judgement in the matter between the Chamber of Mines of South Africa v Minister of Mineral Resources and Director-General, Department of Mineral Resources [case no.41661/2015], regarding the ‘once... 

Court rules on the ‘once empowered, always empowered’ principle

9th April 2018 On 4 April 2018, the High Court of South Africa (Gauteng Division, Pretoria) handed down its judgement in the matter between the Chamber of Mines of South Africa v Minister of Mineral Resources and Director-General, Department of Mineral Resources [case no.41661/2015], regarding the ‘once... 

Optimum should have gone into business rescue months ago – Hogan Lovells

By: Anine Kilian     12th March 2018 The public announcement of the Gupta-owned Optimum coal mine going into business rescue has caused much uncertainty for employees and residents living in mine-owned properties are anxious about the implications of this process for their futures. In an interview, Hogan Lovells partner Gareth... 

Zuma acted unlawfully on SADC Tribunal

By: African News Agency      1st March 2018 Former President Jacob Zuma acted unlawfully, irrationally and unconstitutionally when he supported and took part in a resolution suspending the operations of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Tribunal, the High Court in Pretoria ruled on Thursday. “It is clear that the... 

Mining communities celebrate as High Court orders their involvement

By: African News Agency      19th February 2018 There were celebrations at the High Court in Pretoria on Monday after a ruling compelled the South African government and the Chamber of Mines -- which represents producers in the mining sector -- to involve communities living in mining areas, in the ongoing discussions over the controversial... 

Court postponement signals ‘welcome change’ in govt, industry relations – Leon

By: Dylan Slater     19th February 2018 Law firm Herbert Smith Freehills Africa practice cochairperson and partner Peter Leon says the postponement of Monday’s scheduled High Court case over the hotly contested Mining Charter 3, signals a welcome change in relations between government and the South African mining industry.  

Ergo’s R126m payment to municipality to reduce DRDGold’s cash

By: Anine Kilian     12th February 2018 Gold mining company DRDGold’s subsidiary, Ergo Mining, will pay R126-million to the Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality (EMM) to ensure continued electricity supply to Ergo, reducing DRDGold’s cash balance of R295-million as at December 31.   Ergo has been engaged in a legal dispute with EMM... 

Criminal charges laid against Molefe over R30m pension payout

By: African News Agency      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... 

Referring certain disputes to arbitration with organs of state

30th January 2018 By Waseeqah Makadam, senior associate at Hogan Lovells (South Africa) Parties often agree to arbitration as an alternative dispute resolution procedure for various reasons, including that it can be quicker and more effective than an ordinary court process. The current trend is that organs of... 

Brian Molefe a content man just wanting to serve the nation

By: African News Agency      25th January 2018 Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe is a content man who just wants to serve the nation, his lawyer Barry Farber said on Thursday, speaking after the damning judgment delivered by the High Court in Pretoria. Journalists asked Farber whether his client was prepared to walk away from the Eskom wrangle,... 

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