Former president Jacob Zuma was never going to remain the all-powerful and omnipresent political figure that he thought, writes Pieter du Toit.
Showers late. More clouds than sun. Mild.
The gold price soared to six-year highs in August. Will the rally continue? And what does this mean for miners of the yellow metal?
If the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) is de-registered as a trade union, it will simply vanish overnight. But first it will almost certainly find the courts willing to stop the labour department from wiping it out.
Labour union AMCU has called on its members working across the nation’s gold, platinum and coal mines to down tools in support of a strike at Sibanye.
Two former Amcu members claim the union is running a well-managed project to kill rivals and rule the North West platinum belt.
Delivering Amcu's platinum wage demands, leader Joseph Mathunjwa pointed out that wage inequality persists and inflation targeting neglects working class conditions.
Anglo American says its Rustenburg operation, which is not in a good financial position, is no longer the company's core asset.
The Labour Department has said it intends to deregister one of the country’s biggest mining unions, just weeks before crucial platinum-industry wage talks are expected to begin.
The registrar of labour relations intends to cancel the registration of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) unless he is convinced otherwise – because it is no longer a "genuine trade union".
Sibanye-Stillwater could be hit by a another strike, with AMCU preparing for a secondary protest action at the firm’s Rustenburg mines.
The recently killed mine worker Tholakele Dlunga may have paid with his life for being suspected of planning to implicate his co-accused in multiple murders seen during the violent Lonmin strike in 2012.
Amcu members have been told to prepare for a central mass meeting this week, as talks to end the platinum sector strike are set to resume.
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