Anglogold and five mining unions have clinched a unique deal that paves the way for company-funded anti-retroviral treatment for HIV-infected miners for the first time. Unofficial estimates put levels of HIV infection in the mining industry at between 25% and 30%.
Senior communist Jeremy Cronin -- accused this week of lying about the African National Congress in a controversial interview -- was in fact defending the ruling alliance and disputing the far-left view that South Africa is inexorably sliding towards tragedy.
South Africa's splintered opposition is set for further fragmentation, with the Democratic Alliance facing wholesale bloodletting at municipal level. At the same time the African National Congress is largely insulated from the impact of defections because of the size of its municipal majorities.
With each passing day that Jurgen Harksen gives evidence in a packed chamber of the Western Cape provincial administration building it becomes clearer that the Democratic Alliance is in dreadful trouble. The weight of evidence is overwhelming.
Shaken by the "savagery" of market reaction to a leaked black empowerment charter, the government has elevated the issue of empowerment in mining beyond the exclusive remit of Minister of Minerals and Energy Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
A FOUR-PERSON commission of the Democratic Alliance has found no evidence of improper conduct by Cape Town mayor and DA Western Cape leader Gerald Morkel in his dealings with fugitive German billionaire Jurgen Harksen