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COVID-19: Kangra Coal placed on care and maintenance

Low thermal coal prices due to supply glut and low demand have proved unsustainable for the high-cost underground Kangra mine in South Africa.
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Kangra clocks up over 2.3 million fatality free hours

By the end of August 2019, Kangra achieved 2 319 611 Fatality Free operating work hours having received recognition from the Mine Health and Safety Council.
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Kangra Coal: New reserve brings new life in South Africa

The Kusipongo resource is located to the west of existing mining operations is a natural extension of the current Kangra Coal resource in Mpumalanga.
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Kangra Coal hands over R300 000 community hall in Mpumalanga

Coal mining and exploration company Kangra Coal handed over a hall to the Kransbank community located near the company’s mine in Saul Mkhizeville, Mpumalanga to allow for more formalised communal gathering location.
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Kangra Coal solves sanitary situation for learners

Kangra Coal has provided safe temporary ablution facilities at Qalani Primary School to ensure a safer and healthier environment for students.

Kangra Coal makes history on the back of Mining Charter 3

Kangra Coal made history on Thursday when it hosted a celebration to announce plans to allocate free-carry shares to workers and local communities for the first time since the mine was established in 1957.
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New parent adopts Kangra Coal

Fast-growing mining investment company Menar Holding has entered into an agreement to buy a majority stake in Kangra Coal, which owns assets in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, for US$28 million.

Coal sector unions sign wage deal

[img:HandA.thumbnail.jpg| ]Johannesburg, South Africa --- 02 October 2013 - The Chamber of Mines of South Africa has announced that trade unions representing workers in the country’s coal mining sector have signed a wage deal with producers.

 “After facilitation under the auspices of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), unions accepted and signed the final offers tabled by coal producers,” the chamber announced in a statement reported by BDlive.

Coal producers agreed to increase wages by at least 8.5% for workers in categories four and five.

“Workers at Anglo American Thermal Coal and Exxaro Coal Mpumalanga in categories four and five will receive a 9.5% increase, while workers in categories six, seven, and eight, miners, artisans, and officials would receive an 8.5% increase.”

said the sustainability of the mines, depending on the size of the operations, informed the different percentages.

“We looked at how the company was structured and placed focus on the mine’s affordability and sustainability … Smaller operations would not afford what larger operations could,” said chamber chief negotiator Motsamai Motlhamme.

All companies, except for Msobo Coal, Koornfontein, and Optimum, would increase wages by 1% above the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in 2014, with a guaranteed minimum of 8%. The deal was valid for two years.

“The CPI figures for the months of December 2013 to May 2014 will be examined … the months with the highest and lowest CPI will be discounted,” the chamber said.

“The resulting figure based on this formula will be deemed to be CPI for the purposes of this wage agreement.”

The coal producers represented by the chamber were Anglo American Thermal Coal, Exxaro Coal, Umsobo Coal, Kangra Coal, Delmas Coal, Glencore-Xstrata which includes Optimum, Koornfontein, and former Xstrata operations.

Unions involved were the National Union of Mineworkers, Solidarity, and UASA.

SA coal firms sign wage deal

[img:Coal%20gh_0.jpg|One of Anglo
American’s South
African coal operations]Johannesburg, South Africa --- 08 November 2012 - Coal companies in South Africa have signed a surprise wage deal with trade unions in an effort to avoid the further spread of a wave of deadly illegal strikes that have rocked the country's gold and platinum sectors.

Reuters quotes the Chamber of Mines as saying that the companies, which include Anglo American, have agreed to raise certain entry-level wages by up to 5%, and have offered one-off payments to higher categories of workers.

The main wage agreements in the coal sector do not expire until the middle of next year, but militant unions have ignored existing contracts in platinum and gold, leading to rolling wildcat action that has led to the killing of around 50 deaths so far this year, most of them shot dead by police.

Chamber deputy head of industrial relations Phillemon Motlhamme said the body that represented the industry had been approached by unions in September to ensure that illegal strikes would not spread to coal.

“The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the other two unions asked how we can strengthen our collective bargaining framework and ensure continuous stability in the coal sector,” he explained.

The NUM ‒ South Africa's dominant mining union ‒ also wants to shore up its own base, given that the unrest that has gripped the platinum sector has its roots in a turf war between it and the militant new Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU).

“This deal is being used by the NUM to reassert its relevance. It is desperate to stem that crisis because its position, which always seemed so secure, has suddenly been shaken,” said Loane Sharp, a labour economist at staffing firm Adcorp.

Salaries will be raised by 5% for entry-level employees at Anglo, Kangra Coal, Xstrata Coal, and Exxaro's Mpumalanga operations, effective as of 1 November.

Exxaro will give smaller wage increases to workers in other categories, while Anglo, Kangra, Optimum Coal and Xstrata have offered a one-off payments of R2,000 to workers in higher levels.

While there were some disruptions recently to operations at small coal mines due to legal strikes, most companies in the sector have not been affected.

If the unrest did spread to coal mines, it would have an impact reaching far beyond the industry. Some 85% of South Africa's electricity is generated by coal-fired plants.

Anglo American Platinum, the world's top producer of the precious metal, is still struggling to get more than 30,000 workers back to work as an illegal strike at its Rustenburg operations now in its eighth week.

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