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South African Platinum Miners End Strike

Posted November 15th, 2012 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Striking miners in South Africa have returned to work at Anglo American Platinum, after a two-month work stoppage that crippled operations at the world’s top platinum producer. The company said Thursday production will not restart for at least a week while employees attend safety seminars. Workers launched the strike in the September demanding higher wages […]

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Two Strikers Shot Dead At South African Coal Mine

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Two workers have been shot dead by mine security at a South African coal mine where protesters gathered to demand higher wages. Police said the two were shot Wednesday, at a mine run by Forbes Coal near Dannhauser in eastern KwaZulu-Natal province, after trying to break into the facility’s armory. Police spokesman Jay Naicker said […]

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Strikers Say Police Kill Another Miner in S.Africa

Posted October 5th, 2012 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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Witnesses say a South African mineworker has died after police used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse a protest in the northwestern town of Rustenburg. Activists and fellow miners said the worker was shot by police outside the Anglo American Platinum mine Thursday night before during a clash between protesters and police. Some activists […]

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South Africa Police Fire Bullets, Tear Gas at Mine Gathering

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 8:40 am (UTC-5)
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South African police fired tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse protesters near a mine owned by the world’s top platinum producer. The unrest Wednesday in Rustenburg, at a mine owned by Anglo American Platinum , raised fears that unrest in South Africa’s mining sector is not over. Hours earlier, Lonmin platinum mines […]

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South Africa Miners, Lonmin Reach ‘Peace’ Deal Rejected by Key Players

Posted September 6th, 2012 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Lonmin platinum company and South Africa’s main labor unions have reached a “peace” deal, after police in August killed 34 workers during a protest by striking miners. However, a key union and some miners refused to sign the accord. The workers walked off the job nearly a month ago, raising concerns about the impact on […]

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South Africa Miners Accuse Police of Brutality

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of striking miners returned Wednesday to a mine where South African police opened fire on workers last month, killing 34 people. An estimated 3,000 marchers, some carrying sticks, accused police of brutality at the Lonmin platinum mine, in the eastern town of Marikana. Police in riot gear, armored vehicles and helicopters kept an eye […]

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South Africa’s Zuma Dismisses Nationalization of Mines

Posted February 10th, 2012 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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South African President Jacob Zuma has reiterated his government’s stance that the country’s valuable mining industry will not be nationalized. President Zuma told a business gathering in Cape Town Friday that “nationalization is not our policy, it is as clear as that.” Sections of the ruling African National Congress party, most notably its youth league, […]

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China Defends its Practices in Zambia’s Copper Mines

Posted November 3rd, 2011 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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China has defended its labor practices at copper mines in Zambia and disputes a report by Human Rights Watch that criticizes safety in mines owned and operated by China. In Beijing, a foreign ministry spokesman contended Thursday that the HRW report is “inconsistent with the facts.” He said China has formulated laws and regulations to […]

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China Defends its Practices in Zambia’s Copper Mines

Posted November 3rd, 2011 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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China has defended its labor practices at copper mines in Zambia and disputes a report by Human Rights Watch that criticizes safety in mines owned and operated by China. In Beijing, a foreign ministry spokesman contended Thursday that the HRW report is “inconsistent with the facts.” He said China has formulated laws and regulations to […]

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HRW Presses Zambia to Protect Workers In Chinese Owned Copper Mines

Posted November 3rd, 2011 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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Human Rights Watch says Zambia’s president must ensure workers in the country’s Chinese-owned cooper mines are not subjected to unsafe conditions. The rights group says President Michael Sata has failed to make good on a campaign pledge to enforce and improve copper mining safety regulations. In a report Thursday, Human Rights Watch outlined poor safety […]

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