Monday 11 December 2017
(The Guardian 09/06/13)
James Ngcobo lands leading role at Market Theatre, which staged protest plays during apartheid era. When he was cutting his teeth as an actor, the only place James Ngcobo knew equality was on stage. "Towards opening night you sit with the director, getting notes, and then you look at your watch and you just know, 'My last bus has gone, I can't get back home,'" he recalls. "I had moments where you finish rehearsals at night and you go with the white actors and have a glass of wine or two and go and sleep in the park because I didn't drive then, there were no buses going back to the township and sometimes it was dangerous to go back...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG | Fri Sep 6, 2013 (Reuters) - Some South African gold miners have ended their strike and are heading back to work after just three days of industrial action in pursuit higher wages, a union and major gold producer both said on Friday."The strike is partially over," Lesiba Seshoka, a spokesman for the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), told Power FM radio on Friday. He did not indicate how many workers had returned. Separately, Sibanye Gold said workers at its Kloof mine near Johannesburg had ended a strike as of last night and that it hoped workers at its Beatrix mine in the Free State province would return today. "With our Driefontein operation running smoothly throughout the strike, the...
(The Guardian 09/06/13)
Scheme could herald a 'green gold' revolution as mines commit to ban child labour, enforce safety rules and prevent toxic run off. In a bustling area of Nyarugusu, in the heart of Tanzania's gold lands, a stocky man is fanning a dustbin lid of smouldering charcoal, gold ore and mercury on the pavement. Each waft sends a cloud of toxic vapour into the faces of children and adults as they gather to watch. The burning of mercury is a common sight in the streets, homes and cottage-industry mines throughout east Africa. The liquid metal is used to extract the gold and then vaporised to leave behind flakes of the precious metal. But in this dangerous industry, seeds of a gold...
(BBC News Africa 09/05/13)
South Africa's former African National Congress Youth League leader, Julius Malema, has registered a political party to contest next year's elections. The party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, will seek to redistribute land and nationalise South Africa's rich mines, he said. He launched the EFF in July but did not say whether it would take part in the 2014 poll. Mr Malema was expelled from the governing ANC in 2012 for indiscipline. He also faces corruption charges, which he says are politically motivated. 'Oppressed'. Mr Malema described the launch of his party as "the beginning of [a] real radical, militant and decisive political programme which will lead to real emancipation of the people of South Africa, Africa and the world", the...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/05/13)
JOHANNESBURG, Sept 5 (Reuters) - South African life insurer Sanlam posted a 43 percent jump in first-half earnings on Thursday propelled by earnings from its new businesses in Malaysia and India. The insurer said diluted headline earnings per share totalled 171.4 cents in the six months to end-June, from 120.1 cents a year earlier. Headline EPS, the benchmark profit measure in South Africa, excludes certain one-time items. The company, which has personal finance and insurance businesses across Africa, Europe, India, Australia and the United States, had flagged headline earnings would exceed the previous year's by as much as 45 percent. "The South African business has done remarkably well and then we've had maiden contributions from Malaysian and Indian businesses," Chief...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/05/13)
NEW YORK | (Reuters Health) - Despite concerns that iron supplements may increase children's risk of malaria in regions where it is common, a new study found kids in Ghana who received nutrient powder with iron were no more likely to get the disease than their peers. According the World Health Organization (WHO), there were approximately 660,000 deaths from malaria in 2010. About 90 percent of those occurred in Africa, most in children under five years old. Some studies have suggested giving children iron might increase their risk of malaria - including one trial that was halted early due to more hospitalizations for malaria and other infections among children receiving iron. The theory is that malaria-causing parasites can take up...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/05/13)
JOHANNESBURG, Sept 5 | (Reuters) - South Africa's Sanlam said on Thursday it planned to spend surplus capital to acquire a life insurer in South East Asia and raise its stakes in its Indian businesses if the government lifted a cap on foreign ownership. Chief Executive Johan van Zyl said Sanlam, which had 3.2 billion rand ($313 million) in cash at the end of June, would be spending between 500 and 800 million rand for a life insurer in Malaysia or Indonesia.It had earmarked 800 million rand for India, van Zyl told Reuters. ($1 = 10.2185 South African rand)
(AFP (eng) 09/04/13)
JOHANNESBURG, September 4, 2013 (AFP) - South African unions and gold producers appeared ready to compromise on wage negotiations on Wednesday, as a mining strike took its toll on one of the country's key industries. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), which represents around two thirds of the miners, hinted it might lower its demands, while two small gold producers reached a deal with their workers. Evander Gold Mine and Village Main Reef agreed to increases of between 7.5 and 8.0 percent for around 5,000 affected workers, a development the gold producers' chief negotiator Elize Strydom described as encouraging. The NUM, which has been demanding a 60 percent pay hike, indicated there was room for manoeuvre, but denied media reports...
(Xinhua 09/04/13)
CAPE TOWN, (Xinhua) -- Ailing former South African President Nelson Mandela was "fully alive," contrary to media reports that he was in a vegetative state, his grandson Mandla Mandela said on Sunday. Mandla was speaking soon after his grandfather was released from hospital following almost three months of treatment for a recurring lung infection. Mandela's discharge was "particularly heartening because it flies in the face of those who have been busy spreading lies that he was in a 'vegetative state' and just waiting for his support machines to be switched off," Mandla said in a statement. These kind of people had been "in effect declaring him dead while he was fully alive," Mandla said in apparent reference to Western media...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/04/13)
WESTONARIA, South Africa, Sept 4 (Reuters) - A strike for higher pay hit production at most of South Africa's gold mines on Wednesday, but the main union behind the stoppage said it was willing to relax some of its demands . The stoppage called by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) began at the evening shift on Tuesday, with many miners refusing to go underground. Producers grouped in the Chamber of Mines said output at 16 of the 23 mines currently involved in talks was partially or severely affected on Wednesday morning. The operators of the mines include South Africa's main producers AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Harmony Gold and Sibanye Gold. "The majority of Harmony's operations have been severely affected,...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/04/13)
JOHANNESBURG, Sept 4 (Reuters) - South Africa's main mining union has offered to compromise on some of its demands for higher pay after launching a strike that hit production at most of the country's gold mines on Wednesday. The stoppage called by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) began at the evening shift on Tuesday, with many miners refusing to go underground, producers said. Production at 16 of the 23 mines currently involved in talks was partially or severely affected on Wednesday morning, the Chamber of Mines said. Affected companies include South Africa's main producers AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Harmony Gold and Sibanye Gold. The stoppage is seen costing Africa's largest economy around $35 million a day in lost production,...
(AL Jazeera 09/04/13)
The 95-year-old anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela is receiving intensive care for a respiratory illness at his Johannesburg home where he returned on Sunday after 86 days in a Pretoria hospital. Mandela's home has been reconfigured for the treatment and he receives the same level of intensive care from doctors and nurses back home. The South African government has said he could be taken back to hospital if there are health conditions that warrant another admission. "It's going to be a difficult process, he has a lot factors stacked up against him," said Elvis Irusen, who heads the department of Pulmonology at the University of Stellenbosch. Irusen said chances were high that Mandela is on a ventilator to aid his breathing...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/04/13)
JOHANNESBURG | Wed Sep 4, 2013 (Reuters) - South Africa's main mining union said on Wednesday it had offered to lower its wage increase demands to gold companies, raising hopes of a possible compromise that could limit the duration of a strike that has already hit producers. The stoppage over a wage dispute in South Africa's gold industry called by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) began at the evening shift late on Tuesday, with many miners refusing to go underground, producers said. Production at 17 of the 23 mines currently in negotiations was either partially or severely affected, the Chamber of Mines said. NUM had offered the chamber, which negotiates on behalf of gold companies, a more flexible position,...
(AFP (eng) 09/04/13)
JOHANNESBURG, September 4, 2013 (AFP) - South Africa's gold mining strike entered its second day on Wednesday with no further wage talks planned between unions and the employers, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said. "The strike is going on. We have not been invited to new talks to discuss our demands," said NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka. The NUM, which represents all of the striking miners, dismissed reports that it had scaled down its demand to increase wages by at least 60 percent to only 10 percent. "The NUM has not settled for a 10 percent. That is not true, our demand stands, but we are open to negotiations," said Seshoka. But Seshoka told local media that the union was...
(AL Jazeera 09/04/13)
South Africans welcome ex-president's discharge from hospital, but he faces long and uncertain road to recovery. The 95-year-old anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela is receiving intensive care for a respiratory illness at his Johannesburg home where he returned on Sunday after 86 days in a Pretoria hospital. Mandela's home has been reconfigured for the treatment and he receives the same level of intensive care from doctors and nurses back home. The South African government has said he could be taken back to hospital if there are health conditions that warrant another admission. "It's going to be a difficult process, he has a lot factors stacked up against him," said Elvis Irusen, who heads the department of Pulmonology at the University of...
(Zambia Daily mail 09/04/13)
For Jacob Makambwe, trade is what earns him bread and butter for his family of six. Mr Makambwe, 38, lives in Lusaka, but trades in any part of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) where he finds business. He travels across borders, sometimes via Chirundu, Beit Bridge, Mwami or Nakonde-Tunduma ports. Currently, he has ordered 10,000 bags of soya beans from Malawi, which he hopes to bring into Zambia where demand for the product is high. South Africa, though is one of his regular destinations for orders and deliveries, it being the economic hub of the region. However, he feels doing business in SADC is not as easy as per commitment of regional leaders at their annual summits. Free movement...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/03/13)
JOHANNESBURG, Sept 3 (Reuters) - A strike in South Africa's gold mines began on Tuesday with some workers failing to go underground for the evening shift, despite an appeal by President Jacob Zuma for a solution to avert a stoppage that will hurt Africa's largest economy. "It has officially started. There are people who have not gone underground," Charmane Russell, a spokeswoman for gold producers grouped in the Chamber of Mines, told Reuters. She said it was too early to give details of how many workers were supporting the strike over wages called by the country's main mining union, NUM, or which specific mines were affected. The stoppage was called by the National Union of Mineworkers, which represents two thirds...
(AFP (eng) 09/03/13)
CAPE TOWN, September 3, 2013 (AFP) - A South African court on Tuesday jailed a serial killer to 25 life terms after he confessed to murdering 20 women and children and six rapes. Bulelani Mabhayi was convicted of murdering his victims with an axe or cleaver after breaking into their homes in a rural Eastern Cape village, in a three-year killing spree from 2007. His oldest murder victim was a 79-year-old woman and the youngest was a 14-month-old baby. "He confessed to everything that we charged him with," said Luxolo Tyali, spokesman for South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority. "We charged him with 20 counts of murder, six counts of rape, and 10 counts of house breaking with intent to commit...
(Haaretz 09/03/13)
Last week’s announcement that an agreement had been reached with an African country, later identified as Uganda, to accept African migrants from Israel was not only premature but far too optimistic in terms of the number of people likely to be involved, a senior government official said Monday. Haaretz has learned that the contacts with Uganda relate to the absorption of only a few hundred migrants, so even if an agreement is successfully concluded, its influence will be limited. According to the Population, Immigration and Border Authority, some 54,000 African migrants are now living in Israel, more than 90 percent of them Eritrean and Sudanese nationals. The initial announcement about an agreement with Uganda was made last week by Interior...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/03/13)
PRETORIA, Sept 3 (Reuters) - South African President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday appealed to unions and companies in the gold industry to avoid an imminent strike that could seriously damage Africa's largest economy, force mine closures and cost thousands of jobs. Gold miners were set to strike for higher pay from Tuesday, after talks between unions and companies broke down last week. Labour unrest since last year has left more than 50 people dead and put renewed pressure on Zuma ahead of elections next year. The rand last week slid to a four-year low. With stoppages in auto and building sectors already hitting an economy suffering from slow growth and unemployment at 25 percent, strikes could cripple an industry that...

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