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South African miners to review construction of tailings dams after Brazil disaster

1st February 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa on Thursday said local miners would be reviewing their tailing storage facilities construction, maintenance and operating protocols following the collapse of the tailings dam at Brumadinho in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. At least 60 people have been... 

Ramaphosa calls ministers to greater urgency on the economy

31st January 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged ministers to act to speed up growth and service delivery in opening remarks on Thursday to the last Cabinet lekgotla of his administration before national elections in May. President Ramaphosa called for the creation of an economy that will create opportunities... 

Amcu says Sibanye-Stillwater makes new attempt to halt strike

31st January 2019 Labour union Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) says mining firm Sibanye-Stillwater has filed another application to the labour court for an interdict preventing its members from continuing with a wage strike dating back to November. Sibanye-Stillwater has argued that Amcu... 

Mashaba to meet business over proposed Eskom tariff hike, Numsa to picket

31st January 2019 Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba said he was meeting the business community on Thursday to discuss the likely impact of a proposed 15 percent annual tariff increase by State power utility Eskom over the next three years. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said it would... 

UK Minister for Africa Harriett Baldwin in SA for bilateral talks

31st January 2019 The United Kingdom (UK) Minister of State for Africa, Harriett Baldwin will arrive in Johannesburg on Thursday for a two-day visit to South Africa, the British High Commission said. Baldwin is set to hold talks with senior South African government officials, the business sector and civil society... 

EXEO Capital buys 36% stake in juice maker Jumbo Brands

30th January 2019 Private equity manager EXEO Capital on Wednesday announced that their Agri-Vie Fund II has acquired a 36.5 percent stake of South African non-alcoholic beverage manufacturer, Jumbo Brands.  Avril Stassen, a senior partner at EXEO Capital, said Agri-Vie Fund II has had its eye on an investment... 

Group Five says pursues counter claims in aborted Kpone power project

30th January 2019 Construction engineering company Group Five said on Wednesday its legal team was still pursuing its contractual rights and entitlements for payment, including the recovery of damages and other claims, against Cenpower Generation Company over what it called the unlawful termination of the Kpone... 

SA Express says it has been vindicated after protracted dispute with Solenta Aviation

30th January 2019 A Gauteng high court ruled in favour of SA Express following a protracted contractual dispute between the airline and charter operator Solenta Aviation in an arbitration hearing on Monday.   Solenta Aviation applied for the liquidation of the airline over an unpaid R87.3-million it owed the... 

Metrobus tells commuters to find alternative transport as strike shuts down service

30th January 2019 Metrobus management on Tuesday apologised to commuters after the second day of industrial action, led by Democratic Municipal & Allied Workers Union of South Africa (Demawusa), shut down the bus service in the city of Cape Town. Metrobus said it was working hard to find a lasting solution to the... 

Good rains lift SA crop production estimates – agricultural economist

30th January 2019 After a slow start to the 2018/19 summer crop season with severe dryness during December particularly in parts of the North West and Free State provinces, conditions rebounded early in January 2019 as good rains provided the much-needed moisture for planting, a senior agricultural economist said... 

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