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Feb 08, 2010

Daily podcast – February 8, 2010

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Monday, February 8, 2010.

From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I'm Shannon de Ryhove.

Making headlines today:

JSE-listed chemical services group Omnia has reported that its fertiliser division will start a process to evaluate the possible mothballing of its phosphoric acid plant, near Rustenburg, which will affect 160 workers.

The company aims to complete the evaluation by the end of April, and says it'll engage with unions and employees during the period.

Omnia Fertilizer will enter also into discussions with its long-standing sulphuric acid suppliers to evaluate possible alternative disposal options.

In its 36-year history, the plant has produced phosphate based products, mainly phosphoric acid, and has been a safe disposal facility for waste sulphuric acid emanating from a number of platinum mines in the vicinity.

Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica and Australian Trade Minister Simon Crean have signed a letter of intent that would frame future bilateral cooperation on climate change matters.

Australia and South Africa have been cooperating on climate change matters under a climate change partnership since 2006.

Signing the letter of intent formalised continuing cooperation under this partnership, which has helped build a constructive relationship through the implementation of practical and co-beneficial projects.

Also making headlines:

South Africa's Sports Minister says that South Africa will host a memorable, incident-free 2010 FIFA World Cup with all major infrastructure for the event having been completed on time.
The Department of Transport will set up a transport command and call centre for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Vehicle manufacturer Toyota posts a profit amidst the global recall roll-out.
And, Moscow offers to make South Africa the maintenance hub for most of Russia's major modern commercial aircraft operating in sub-Saharan Africa.

That's a round up of news making headlines today. For more on these and other stories please visit


Edited by: Shannon de Ryhove
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Polity & Multimedia
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