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Sally Archibald

Court orders miners back to work

Gold Fields has obtained a court interdict to force 30 000 striking miners back to work, the company said on Thursday. ''We must now serve the interdict on the National Union of Mineworkers. But I expect they will be back at work within 24 hours,'' said spokesperson Willie Jacobsz.

New prison plan to create thousands of jobs

Massive restructuring in South African prisons will result in the abolition of weekend overtime for warders, and the creation of 8 311 new jobs, the minister of correctional services said on Wednesday. The department will be phasing in a seven-day working week, which will save millions of rands in overtime payouts each year.

Miners trapped after North West quake

At least 42 miners were stuck 2,4km underground at Hartbeesfontein gold mine late on Wednesday after an earthquake shook the Klerksdorp mining area in the North West province. ''Rescue teams are working to open entry tunnels that were closed by rock falls,'' said Ilja Graulich, spokesperson for DRDGold, which operates the mine.

IFP calls for action on KZN violence

With five leaders killed since November last year, the Inkatha Freedom Party is calling for action on political violence in KwaZulu-Natal, but some think it might be opening a can of worms. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sibusiso Ndebele announced a commission of inquiry into violence in the province this week.

Cosatu reveals Zim protest plans

Workers will picket overnight at Zimbabwe border posts the day before elections take place in that country, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said on Tuesday. The protests on March 30 will be the culmination of other blockades and demonstrations organised by Cosatu throughout March.

Jo’burg belly-dancers wriggle into record books

More than 100 belly-dancers shimmied their way into the record books on Friday night, watched by appreciative fathers, husbands and boyfriends. The 116 dancers gathered at the Blairgowrie Recreation Centre from all over Johannesburg, hoping to create the largest number of belly-dancers ever seen gyrating under one roof.

Zim says it will give Cosatu the boot

A Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) group will be kicked out of Zimbabwe if it went ahead with a planned visit to that country, the Zimbabwean labour minister said on Tuesday. The 20-strong Cosatu delegation people was to leave for Harare from Johannesburg International airport at 10.50am on Wednesday morning.

Peace Prize brings its own challenges

Wangari Maathai, civil activist recently turned politician, now has another role to fill: Nobel Peace Prize-winner. The Kenyan was officially awarded the prize on Friday at a ceremony in Oslo. Thrust suddenly into the limelight like never before, the 64-year-old Kikuyu woman has taken it all on with grace and good humour.

No Constitutional Court hearing for Radio Pretoria

Radio Pretoria's application to have its plea for renewal of its broadcasting licence heard in the Constitutional Court was refused on Wednesday. The court ruled that the dispute over the granting of a four-year licence to the community broadcaster is ''not yet ripe for hearing'' because the full facts of the issue are not yet on record.

Three-year-old rescued from sex ring

A police raid on a suspected child-sex operation in Benoni found a three-year-old boy being held hostage, and an under-age girl being pimped out for sex, police said on Friday. Four more men were arrested, one of whom was caught in the act of having sex with the 15-year-old girl, said a member of the Gauteng child protection unit. <li><a class='standardtextsmall' href="http://www.mg.co.za/Content/l3.asp?cg=BreakingNews-National&ao=125809">Nigerians nabbed in child-sex syndicate</a>

Pet shop owner slated for feeding bunnies to snakes

A Johannesburg pet shop owner and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) were at odds on Wednesday over whether snakes should be fed live rabbits or not. NSPCA Inspector Phillip Roberts said he was ''disgusted, repulsed, and very angry'' when he went to the pet shop and saw live rabbits in the snake containers.

‘No one took Wanderers fire seriously at first’

Most of the historic Wanderers cricket clubhouse in Johannesburg was destroyed by fire on Wednesday night. By 9.30pm flames were still raging in one corner of the building -- three hours after the fire first began. Emergency services said the situation was under control, although less than a third of the building was still intact.

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