Striking Marikana miners were killers says Zuma

President Jacob Zuma has shown little sympathy for the victims and relatives of the Marikana massacre after he announced that the slain and wounded miners had themselves been killers.

The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) south campus hall was packed … Read the rest

Police find more explosives, detonators at suspect’s home

Two blacks are expected to appear in the Brits Magistrate’s Court today on charges of possession of explosives.

North West police spokesperson, Paul Ramoloko, says the suspects were arrested at a petrol station in Bapong village on Thursday with 40 … Read the rest

Chinese want to buy SA platinum assets on the cheap after strikes

platinum ingotsBloomberg reports that China’s Long March Capital Ltd., which partners with Citic Group Corp., is considering buying South African platinum assets after their value was depressed by strikes, the company’s Managing Partner Clement Kwong said.

The company is now reviewing … Read the rest

Solidarity threatens strike at Lonmin

solidatityPlatinum producer Lonmin faces possible strike action from minority unions that were left out of a recognition agreement it signed last week with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).

Trade union Solidarity says it is considering staging a … Read the rest

Marikana dead to be remembered

The first anniversary of the shooting at Lonmin’s Marikana mine, near Rustenburg in the North West, will be marked during a commemorative rally on Friday.

On August 10 last year, Lonmin rockdrillers embarked on an unprotected strike for a monthly … Read the rest

S. Africa’s Zuma urges peace on Marikana anniversary

President Jacob Zuma called for reflection to restore peace in South Africa’s mining industry Wednesday, days before the first anniversary of police shooting dead strikers in the Marikana tragedy.

Friday marks a year after police opened fire on thousands of … Read the rest

Miner shot dead at Wonderkop

mynerA woman miner was shot dead at a residential area in Wonderkop, near Lonmin’s Marikana mine outside Rustenburg, on Monday, North West police said.

The 44-year-old was shot in the head while returning from a shop at Wonderkop around 12.30pm, … Read the rest

Latest EFF gain confuses mine bosses, ‘Boers’

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) scored a significant political victory at the weekend, when one of the worker leaders at the forefront of the labour strike in Marikana, outside Rustenburg, joined the organisation.

Xolani Nzuza was paraded as a prominent … Read the rest

Miners shot in the back says lawyer

Fourteen of the 34 Lonmin platinum miners killed by the police in August were shot in the back, a judicial inquiry into the Marikana shooting heard on Monday.

“All fatal projectile wounds were sustained from the back,” advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza … Read the rest

South African mining crisis puts traditional unions on the spot

The violent crisis that has shaken South Africa’s mines shows workers’ distrust for traditional trade unions, up to now the guardians of social peace despite the country’s deep inequality.

Miners this week clawed record salary increases of 22 percent from … Read the rest

Two more miners killed by police, one dragged by armoured car

RUSTENBURG, South Africa (AP) — Days after soldiers were deployed, South African President Jacob Zuma’s office announced Thursday he has ordered military forces to assist police trying to control labor unrest in the nation’s crucial mining sector. Despite resolution of … Read the rest