Gloom and despair as South Africa commemorates 4th anniversary of Marikana massacre

A mine worker takes part in a commemoration near Marikana in Rustenburg, South Africa, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. Photo©Themba Hadebe/AP/SIPASouth Africa's Association of Mineworkers (AMCU) has told the ruling ANC it has no right to attend the fourth anniversary of the Marikana massacre, where up to 34 mineworkers were shot and killed by the police following a labour standoff with a mining company.

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Fearing killings, South Africa platinum workers press on with strike

Mining minister Mozebenzi Zwane. Photo©ReutersWorkers at a South African platinum mine rocked by deadly clashes between rival trade unions have vowed not to return to work until management guarantees their safety.

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South Africa mine killings raise tensions

Northam Platinum mine chief executive officer Paul Dunne A leading South African trade union has been unsettled by the killing of its members at one of the country's leading platinum mines with the latest murder sparking a job boycott.

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South Africa's AMCU union threaten strike at Sibanye Gold over planned job cuts

File photo©ReutersSouth Africa's Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) said on Friday it could strike at Sibanye Gold if the firm does not stop its plans to cut more than 500 jobs at its recently acquired platinum mines.

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Mining: South Africa's AMCU union to vote on gold strike

South Africa's Association of Mineworkers and Construction (AMCU) will decide on Sunday if its members in the ailing gold sector will go on strike, a move that will be contested by two of the three producers it has reached an impasse with over wages.

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Several thousands of South Africa mining jobs under threat

Photo©ReutersAbout 22,000 jobs are under threat in South Africa's beleaguered mining industry, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Monday, accusing companies of attacking the government politically through the layoffs.

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South Africa: Lonmin says 6,000 jobs at risk in proposed restructuring, NUM shocked

File photo©ReutersPlatinum producer Lonmin is planning to close or mothball several mine shafts in a bid to survive plunging prices, putting 6,000 South African jobs at risk and sending its shares to a historic low.

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South Africa's AMCU wants gold sector to double minimum pay

Photo©ReutersSouth Africa's Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) wants the basic pay for entry level workers in the gold mining sector to be more than doubled, setting the stage for tough pay talks in an industry battling dwindling profits.

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Lonmin acts to offset 2 more years of weak platinum price

File photo©ReutersPlatinum producer Lonmin is taking steps to cope with what it says could be at least two more years of depressed platinum prices after reporting another loss in the first half of its financial year.

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Mining: South Africa's big platinum strike holds lessons, omens for gold

Photo©ReutersSouth Africa's gold producers are gearing up for a showdown with labour that could hasten the decline of a struggling industry.

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South Africa's union wars: Old pattern new turf

File photo©ReutersWhen a wildcat strike hit Impala Platinum's Marula mine in South Africa's Limpopo province in July, union leaders there had no idea it was coming.

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Can natural capital accounting come of age in Africa?

 The depletion of minerals costs South Africa 9 percent of its gross national income. Photo©ReutersIn early June, a University of Pretoria conference at the Governance Innovation Centre, keynoted by Indian eco-feminist Vandana Shiva, contemplated how to go 'beyond GDP'. The current system of economic bean-counting is terribly inappropriate for a continent 'rising' in rhetoric but, in reality, being looted at a breakneck pace.

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South Africa platinum union, mines sign wage deal but job cuts loom

File photo©ReutersThe world's three biggest platinum firms signed a wage deal with South Africa's AMCU union on Tuesday but said that fallout from a five-month strike made job cuts and restructuring inevitable, setting the scene for more labour turmoil.

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South Africa's crippling mining strike ends

One of South Africa's longest mining industry is coming to an end with 70 000 platinum miners expected back at work on Wednesday.

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South Africa platinum job cuts in question as wage deals to be signed

Differences over possible job cuts in South Africa's platinum mines emerged on Tuesday as mining union AMCU prepared to sign a three-year wage deal with the world's top producers of the metal to end a crippling five-month strike.

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South Africa mining strike nearing end

AMCU leader, Joseph Mathunjwa says he has taken a wage offer from platinum producers to the striking minersThe five month long strike by South Africa's platinum mining industry appears to be nearing an end.

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Striking South African mine union considers govt wage proposal

Photo©ReutersSouth Africa's Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) is considering a government proposal to resolve a five-month platinum strike and will table it to its members this week, union president Joseph Mathunjwa said on Tuesday.

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Latest South African mine strike talks break down

Ngoako Ramatlodi, South Africa's Mining MinisterNew South African mining minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi said on Wednesday he understood that talks, mediated by a labour court judge, between platinum mining companies and the striking AMCU union had broken down.

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New South Africa mines minister pledges strike mediation

South African mining minister Ngoako RamatlhodiNew South African mining minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi has pledged to mediate in a crippling platinum strike now in its fifth month and said the government needed to start treating the striking AMCU union with respect, local radio said on Tuesday.

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South Africa mining strikes continue unabated

Photo©ReutersA deal to end a four month strike in South Africa's platinum mining sector continues to be elusive, as mining companies and striking workers have taken polar positions.

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