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Thursday | 01 February | 2018 Record-breaking year for Richards Bay Coal Terminal

Despite a loss of 38 days to bad weather, 2017 has been a record-breaking year for South Africa’s Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) in Kwazulu-Natal, which loaded a record-breaking 76,47 million tonnes of South African-mined coal in the 12 months to the end of December, according to Mining Weekly. The  … Read more

Thursday | 01 February | 2018 SA still at risk for bird flu in 2018

After being devastated by highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N8) – or bird flu – outbreaks in 2017, South Africa’s poultry industry, which includes domestic fowl such as chicken, geese and ducks, could face another wave of outbreaks in the winter of 2018, industry officials warned according to News24. Bomikazi Molapo,  … Read more

Thursday | 25 January | 2018 Agricultural stocks could buffer high food inflation

According to Fin24, the outlook on food inflation will not change significantly in the near to medium term because of the buffer of large stocks from the previous agricultural season. This was according to Wandile Sihlobo, economist at the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz). “Overall, a clearer picture of SA’s 2017/18  … Read more

Thursday | 25 January | 2018 Deal to purchase Lily and Barbrook mines in jeopardy

City Press reports that a deal by a local minerals and investment company to buy the cash-strapped Lily and Barbrook Mines is mired in controversy and could collapse before the end of this month. Siyakhula Sonke Empowerment Corporation (SSC) has entered into a binding agreement to acquire 74% of Vantage  … Read more

Thursday | 18 January | 2018 Gem discovers 910 ct diamond

According to Mining Weekly, the mining company Gem Diamonds has recovered a 910 ct, D colour Type IIa diamond from its Lesotho-based Letšeng mine. The diamond, the largest recovered from the mine, is believed to be the fifth largest gem quality diamond ever recovered. “This exceptional top-quality diamond is the  … Read more

Thursday | 18 January | 2018 One in four matrics will find a job directly after school

Those members of the matric class of 2017 who will not be studying further, but will be looking for a job, will not be easily absorbed by the job market, according to Fin24 after an interview with Mike Schüssler of Fewer than a quarter of matrics find jobs relatively  … Read more

Thursday | 14 December | 2017 Dept. of Health to complete placement of interns this week

BusinessLive reports that the Department of Health says it will wrap up the placement of final year medical students in their internship posts this Friday. It has confirmed that all South African medical students, apart from 28 permanent residents and five applicants who did not register on time, have been  … Read more

Thursday | 14 December | 2017 Health Department internship placement frustrations

EWN reports that some medical and health sector students seeking internships for 2018 say the Department of Health has once again failed them with poor systems. The department has admitted that communication and the entire online placement process have been poor this year. A website showing placement allocations for community  … Read more

Thursday | 14 December | 2017 Mine fatalities in SA rise for first time in almost a decade

Bloomberg News reports that for the first time in almost a decade, there has been an increase in the number of people dying in South African mines, the world’s deepest and among the most dangerous of mines. There were 81 fatalities from January through November, according to data from the  … Read more

Wednesday | 06 December | 2017 ‘Miner’s revenge’ is coming with electric cars – Friedland

Mining Weekly reports that a surging demand for metals like copper, nickel and cobalt for use in electric vehicles promises to overturn the balance of power between mining companies and their customers, according to billionaire investor Robert Friedland. Automakers will have to change the way they approach procurement if they  … Read more

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