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De Beers cuts workforce by 4 700 this year

Diamond Giant De Beers has cut its global workforce by 23%, or 4 700 positions, this year so far.

Lonmin suspends all opencast operations

Lonmin on Tuesday said it planned to suspend all its opencast operations from the end of this year as it scales back on unprofitable ounces.

Stratton won’t return to SA, denies bribing Selebi

Australian businessman John Stratton is fighting South Africa's plans to have him extradited in connection with the murder of mining magnate Brett Kebble. Currently living in Perth, Stratton is wanted by the Scorpions as an alleged co-conspirator in the brutal murder of mining magnate Brett Kebble in September 2005.

Eskom tariff decision quietly postponed

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa has quietly postponed its final decision on Eskom's application for a 53% tariff hike to June 18. By Thursday the regulator had not yet posted notice of the change in its decision date on its website, despite the conclusion of this week's public hearings into the proposed tariff increases.

Mitsubishi mulls Pebble Bed investment

Japanese engineering and heavy machinery maker Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is reportedly considering a ¥10-billion (R746,5-million) investment in South Africa's Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR). The investment would buy the Japanese company a stake of about 10% in PBMR.

Sasol shareholders okay R25,9bn BEE deal

Petrochemicals giant Sasol on Friday said its shareholders had approved its planned R25,9-billion black economic empowerment (BEE) transaction. The world's largest producer of oil from coal announced its intention to conclude a broad-based BEE ownership transaction in respect of 10% of its issued share capital in September last year.

Replacing petrol pumps to take ‘several months’

The South African Petroleum Industry Association said the replacement of older petrol pumps, which are unable to reflect a price of more than R9,99, would take several months. Roughly 18 500 petrol pumps, or about 30% of all South Africa's pumps, need to be replaced. These pumps do not have digital readings.

SACP threatens mass action over Eskom price hikes

The South African Communist Party (SACP) on Friday threatened to "take to the streets" in protest against South African power utility Eskom's proposed electricity hikes. "We will announce in due course a rolling mass-action programme to stop this neo-liberal attack on the quality of life of South Africans," the SACP said in a statement.

Standard Bank loses $1,2bn Zambian oil-import deal

Zambia has ended negotiations with Standard Bank, Africa's largest bank by assets, to finance a $1,2-billion (R9,7-billion) oil-import deal after the two parties failed to reach agreement. Talks between the Zambian government and Stanbic Bank Zambia, a unit of Standard Bank, were initially expected to be concluded by mid-January.

SA mines to get 5% more power to stem job losses

The South African government has moved to stem the haemorrhaging of jobs in the mining industry by allowing mines to increase their power consumption to 95% of normal usage. Minister of Energy and Minerals Buyelwa Sonjica was cited in various media reports on Thursday as saying that mines would be allowed to up their power use by 5%.

Platinum price tops $1 900 on supply worries

Platinum cleared the $1 900-an-ounce mark on Monday for the first time in its history as concerns of further supply disruptions due to power shortages continued to plague the market. The precious white metal gained $27 to trade at $1 917,50 an ounce by 1.45pm after hitting $1 890 in late after-market trade on Friday.

Permanent solutions to energy crisis being sought

Permanent solutions to South Africa's energy crisis are being sought, Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said on Tuesday. "I concede that this situation impacts negatively on planned output of the country's mining operations," Sonjica said at a mining indaba.

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