Amcu miners eating human flesh for muti commission hears

“We took some of the flesh of the security [officer]. It was to make our muti strong.”

This was one of the confessions made by Mr X during his first day of testifying at the Marikana commission on Thursday.

Mr … Read the rest

Strikes in mining sector hit five-year high

labourThe number of strikes last year in South Africa hit a five-year high, with the mining sector accounting for 82.4% of them, says the labour depratment.

A total of 99 strikes were recorded in 2012, close to half of them … Read the rest

Showdown looms at Water Sisulu University

walter-sisulu-universityA show down is looming between management of the Water Sisulu University and students in the Eastern Cape as the 12 o’clock deadline to vacate the premises nears.

The university says the move to vacate the residences is for the … Read the rest

Quadrupled recycled platinum supply driving mining price down

A significant increase in the supply of platinum from recycling, a strong fall in demand for autocatalysts and price-elastic Chinese jewellery demand are combining to hobble the platinum mining industry.

 (Amplats) CEO Chris Griffith tells Mining Weekly Online in the … Read the rest

Dangerous chaos in South Africa – appeal from farmers

SOUTH AFRICA TODAY: Farms in the Western Cape region are being burned, shops in small towns ransacked, people assaulted and intimidated. At least two people have been shot. Reports that a white farmer had been dragged from his vehicle and … Read the rest

South African strikes hurt currency, bonds

South Africa’s rand sank this week to within sight of three-year lows against the dollar as a wave of strikes spread beyond the mining sector, threatening the biggest industrial crisis since the end of apartheid.

After two months of violent … Read the rest

Strikes spread as firebrand Malema is charged

As outspoken supporter of striking miners in South Africa, Julius Malema, appeared in court on corruption charges, mining giant AngloGold was forced to stop operations due to work stoppages.

Malema was formally charged with money laundering on Wednesday.

Supporters of … Read the rest