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STEELPOORT South Africa -- Platinum mining is an extremely lucrative mining industry found within South Africa. This particular mine is set within mountains offering a spectacular view of nature contrasted against heavy industry. This particular platinum mine is known as the Two Rivers mine which has a shared ownership between African Rainbow Minerals and Impala Platinum holdings limited. Two Rivers represents one of the largest platinum reserves in South Africa having estimated reserves of 100 million tonnes of ore grading 1.8 gr/t platinum, 1.07 gr/t palladium and minor grades of gold, rhodium, ruthenium and iridium. The mine has reserves of 5.76 million oz of platinum and 3.2 million oz of palladium and produces around 150,000 oz of platinum/ year and 90,000 oz of palladium/ year. PHOTO - WIKIPEDIA

South African government warning against further
retrenchment of 13,000 platinum mineworkers

CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) -- The South African government on Thursday issued a stern warning to a mining company which planned to retrench thousands of mineworkers.

The announcement by Implats Platinum that it will retrench 13,000 workers is a clear example of a company that "is careless, and mindlessly committed to implementing its pre-determined outcome; no matter how unworkable that might be," Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe said.

"Their reckless actions add injury to insult," said Mantashe.

Implats Platinum, one of the world’s foremost producers of platinum and associated platinum group metals (PGMs), announced earlier in the day that it will cut 13,000 jobs in a restructuring process in order to generate enough cash by 2021 from its Rustenburg operations in North West Province.

"We have consistently maintained that only an industry that does not regard workers as a valuable asset behaves in this manner," Mantashe said.

This is worst disconcerting considering the high unemployment rate in the country, the minister said.

The latest survey by Statistics South Africa shows that the unemployment rate in the country surged to 27.2 percent in the second quarter of 2018.

Mantashe said his ministry urges Implats to reconsider its actions.

"Now is the time to work collectively and make our country prosper, and desist from behavior that is careless and without foresight," he said.

According to Mantashe, the Department of Mineral Resources was still at the beginning of an engagement with Implats "wherein we encouraged them to consider different options of saving jobs and keeping their operations working."


Tenth BRICS summit a success: South African government official

PRETORIA South Africa (Xinhua) -- The just ended 10th BRICS summit was a great success with many agreements and memorandum of understanding (MoU) being signed, said a South African government official.

Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu said this while briefing the media in Pretoria on Thursday. South Africa hosted the 10th BRICS summit on July 25-27 in Johannesburg.

"We meet soon after the conclusion of the very successful and historic 10th BRICS Summit ...

"Through the summit, we were able to showcase the treasure of this country, which is its people, who are both welcoming and professional in their dealings with our friends from other countries," said Sisulu.

She mentioned that South African President Cyril Ramaphosa hosted his BRICS counterparts, BRICS Plus and African leaders.

BRICS leaders addressed issues affecting the bloc and the globe.

"It was a very important summit and took place against the onslaught against multilateralism and some countries withdrawing from long standing commitments.

The Summit was an occasion for the BRICS leaders to be at the center of shaping a new global order and centralizing a new world order with the United Nations at the apex," said the minister.

She stated that some memorandums of understanding were signed by all five BRICS countries.

These include MoU on environment and BRICS regional aviation partnership.

They also signed agreement for establishment of the regional office of the New Development Bank (NDB) for the Americas in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

"BRICS leaders supported the establishment of the BRICS networks of science parks, technology business incubators and small and medium-sized enterprises," Sisulu said.

The BRICS leaders also endorsed the establishment of the BRICS tourism working group to increase economic development and people-to-people relations to further grow intra-BRICS tourism.

They also agreed to establish the BRICS working group on the 4th industrial revolution.

"This aims at deepening BRICS co-operation in digitalization, industrialization, innovation, inclusiveness, and investment, to maximize the opportunities and address the challenges arising from the 4th Industrial Revolution."

Cash-in-transit crimes decline in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) -- South African Minister of Police Bheki Cele on Thursday said there is a 63 percent decline cash-in-transit (CIT) robberies between April and June 2018 following numerous arrests.

Cele told a media briefing in Johannesburg that police have launched different operations in various parts of the country to combat cash-in-transit and others crimes.

"We have made inroads in breaking the backs of syndicates involved in cash-in-transit robberies.

"While I am satisfied with the progress made, the journey is still long.

"From April 15 until June 1 cash-in-transit robberies have declined by 63 percent," said Cele.

Cele stated that they have arrested 42 suspects in connection with cash-in-transit robberies.

He also mentioned that they also arrested one of the most wanted cash-in-transit kingpins, Wellington "Bibi" Cenenda responsible for 20 cash-in-transit heists.

The minister also said since June 2018 they have recovered 59 firearms, 47 explosives, 152 rounds of ammunition and millions of rands.

South Africans protest against growing gender-based violence

CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) -- Thousands of South Africans went to the streets across the country on Wednesday in protest against growing gender-based violence.

Protests took place in all major cities, including Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban.

In Cape Town, hundreds of protesters gathered outside Parliament to hand over a memorandum.

A moment of silence was observed in honor of children and women killed in gender-based violence, followed by the reading of the memorandum of demands.

"Today, ordinary women came together against oppression of women, femicide and economic inequality," said one of the organizers, Goapalelwe Phalaetsile.

The South African government has declared August as Women’s Month and August 1 as the day of mourning for victims of gender-based violence.

The Women’s Month is celebrated under the theme: "100 Years of Women’s Struggles: Together Fighting Gender-Based Violence."

The campaign seeks to acknowledge and highlight violent masculinity, harmful traditions and practices that help to normalize gender-based violence and impunity of perpetrators.

Minister of Women in the Presidency, Bathabile Dlamini urged both men and women to wear black clothes and form a human chain on the streets in front of their offices, homes or social places to remember women and children who are victims of violence.

"Gender-based violence affects us all and it continues to be the responsibility of all people to bring an end to this gross human rights violation," said Dlamini.

The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) pledged its unwavering support and solidarity with the campaign, organized by various organizations of civil society and progressive women’s formations.

"We live in a country that is ravaged by atrocious violence against women and children, especially targeted against female black African working-class women and children, most often by people living within our apartheid-created townships or squalid squatter camps," ANCYL national spokesperson Mlondi Mkhize said.

The ANCYL was emboldened by unity of purpose demonstrated by all social forces in these nationwide protests to rid the country of being a "den or heaven" of gender-based violence, said Mkhize.

Gender-based violence has long been a headache for South Africa, where sexual offences against women increased from 31,665 in 2015/16 to 70,813 in 2016/17, an increase of 53 percent, according to official statistics.

Everyday three women die at the hands of their intimate partners in South Africa, while an average of 109.1 rapes are recorded each day during the 2016/17 period.

South African government not to appeal court
ruling over former Zimbabwean first lady: minister

CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) -- The South African government will not appeal a court ruling which sets aside the decision to grant diplomatic immunity to former Zimbabwean first lady over an assault case, a cabinet minister said on Thursday.

"We have studied the judgment and came to the conclusion that we will not appeal," Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu said, without giving further details.

She was speaking on the occasion of her monthly media briefing in Pretoria on diplomatic developments.

The Johannesburg High Court ruled last week that the decision by former International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to grant Grace Mugabe, wife of former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, diplomatic immunity was inconsistency with the Constitution and should be set aside.

Mashabane made the decision on Aug. 19, 2017 after Grace allegedly assaulted model Gabriella Engels and two other women in Johannesburg.

Engels, who reportedly sustained severe facial injuries as a result of the alleged assault, laid a criminal charge of assault against Grace with intent to cause serious bodily harm.

It is believed that Grace assaulted the women after she had found them in the company of her young sons who were university students.

Grace left South Africa for Zimbabwe after she was granted diplomatic immunity.

The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) sued the government for granting diplomatic immunity to Grace.

Mashabane explained in court that Grace automatically qualified for immunity from prosecution by virtue of her status as the wife of a head of state.

Mashabane also argued that not awarding Grace diplomatic immunity might have serious implications for relations between South Africa and Zimbabwe.


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