Mining at 150 should be celebrated, not threatened yet again
politicsweb – The year 2017 will be the 150th anniversary of the discovery of diamonds in South Africa. Actually, that may not be strictly accurate, as diamonds might have been discovered earlier although not put to commercial use. But the discovery of a diamond on the banks of the Orange in 1867 sparked off mining all over the country.
Mining charter draft concern
Inside Mining – The Chamber of Mines South Africa raised some concerns after the revised version of the Draft Reviewed Mining Charter was released in late 2016.
JSE SUPPLEMENT – A shortage of skilled workers poses a challenge to the country's mining industry.
Risking their lives in abandoned mineshafts
CNBC AFRICA – They call them zama zamas which means ‘those who try their luck’. Wearing his traditional Zulu earrings, looking hirsute with whiskers on his face, this is Dumisani Ngcamu, otherwise known as Ntshebe – ‘the bearded man’.
Bringing South Africa’s Small-Scale Miners Out Of The Shadows
africa-news – In a country with unemployment rising above 25 percent, South Africans are increasingly looking for job creation in small-scale mining, an often-informal industry that provides a living for millions across the continent.
Yearender: South Africa looks to the future despite challenges
newsghana – South Africa continues to experience slow economic growth of less than one percent. The country is still recovering from the effects of the global financial crisis of 2007/8, while shocks such as Brexit and the decline in commodity prices pose new challenges.
Six of the best: good news stories that lit up 2016
miningmx – Some 18 months earlier short traders ran Glencore’s stock down 27% using fears about runaway debt for tinder. The response from Glencore was described in November by one analyst as ‘stunning’.
Labour relations 2017: Who’ll strike, settle, retrench? Gideon du Plessis looks ahead
biznews – Slackening of tensions in labour relations to be expected in 2017; labour relations scene would be far from boring though.
Study pokes holes in flawed Unctad gold exports report
businesslive – In July, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) published a report, Trade Misinvoicing in Primary Commodities in Developing Countries: The cases of Chile, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, SA and Zambia.
Chamber of Mines challenges UN report on gold exports
Fin24 – According to research commissioned by the South African Chamber of Mines and an independent inquiry by economic consultants Eunomix, the research findings by Unctad are “invalid”.