South African finance minister Pravin Gordhan says that mining companies, the government and the labour unions need to end disputes that are halting mine operations and have pushed the rand to a four-year low to the dollar.
The Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe says tighter proposed state control over the sale of minerals would hit Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and Impala Platinum Holdings (Implats), slow down foreign investment and stunt growth in the Zimbabwean mining industry.
A tripartite agreement has been reached between Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) and the relevant trade unions on measures which will cut Amplats job losses below the 6,000 proposed by the company.
Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto ‒ which operates a large open cast coal mine at Benga, in the western Mozambican province of Tete ‒ has announced that it is laying off staff in its Mozambican operations due to losses in 2012. It has forecast further losses for this year.
After years of on-off talks, months of brinksmanship and often bitter negotiations, Glencore's head Ivan Glasenberg gets to complete the US$30 billion acquisition of Xstrata today ‒ the mining industry's biggest takeover yet.