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First Quantum Minerals to cut over 1000 jobs at Zambia mine
16 December 2018, 10:09 AM

Canada’s First Quantum Minerals plans to lay off more than 1,000 workers at Zambia’s Kalumbila copper-nickel mine when the government hikes taxes in January, the minister of labour said on Saturday.

Labour Minister Joyce Simukoko told Reuters that the management at Kalumbila mine wrote to her office last week informing her of the planned job cuts.

“We received the letter last week informing us that they want to lay off more than 1 000 workers starting in January but we think these are arm-twisting tactics,” Simukoko said.

The Chamber of Mines said on Tuesday mining companies in Zambia may lay off more than 21 000 workers due to reduced capital expenditure over the next three years if the government introduces higher taxes.

Africa’s No.2 copper producer plans to introduce new mining duties, replace Value Added Tax with sales tax and increase royalties to help bring down mounting debt.

Simukoko said mining companies in Zambia have enjoyed tax holidays for a long time and it is time they started paying back.

“They should explore other areas where they can cut cost because as far as we are concerned redundancies should only come in as a last resort,” she said.

The Chamber of Mines said on Tuesday it met officials at the ministry of finance last week to present its views on the likely impact of the tax changes contained in the 2019 budget, which include capital expenditure cutbacks of more than $500 million.

Presidential spokesman Amos Chanda said the minister of finance had informed the presidency that she would proceed with the implementation of the new taxes in January.

Mining accounts for more than 70 percent of Zambia’s foreign exchange earnings and companies operating in the southern African nation include First Quantum Minerals, Barrick Gold Corp, Glencore and Vedanta Resources.

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[GRAPHIC] Police investigate three suicide cases in Bloemfontein
16 December 2018, 9:41 AM

[STORY CONTAINS GRAPHIC DETAILS]  Police in Bloemfontein are investigating three suicide cases reported this week.

At Loch Logan flats a man in his late 30’s reportedly jumped to his death from the 14th floor while a 23-year-old woman was found hanging with a belt around her neck at a private psychiatric hospital.

In the latest incident the body of a 74-year-old woman was discovered with a gun next to it in Fichard Park, Bloemfontein.

Police spokesperson Thabo Covane explains, “An African male jumped from the 14th floor to his death. The second incident received is the one that was reported in Bainsvlei, where 23 years old white female was found hanging from a bar in a hospital. Then we also received a report on Friday that a 74 year old white female was discovered at the back of the yard. She had a bullet hole on the side of her head and a .22 revolver was found next to her.”

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SACP slams Malema’s ‘abuse’ on journalists
16 December 2018, 8:42 AM

The South African Communist Party (SACP) has condemned the intimidation and harassment of journalists on social media platforms.

The organisation says that journalists who have covered stories about the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture and Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan, are particularly being targeted in what it says is a threat to freedom of speech.

The SACP’s statement comes on the back drop of EFF leader, Julius Malema’s attacks on journalists through posts on Twitter in recent weeks.

Malema had declined to meet with media body, The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) to discuss the implications of his utterances.

SACP national spokesperson Alex Mashilo says, “Those journalists who were covering the national imperative to root out the corruption and who have expressed a strong opinion against it have been targeted. This includes Karima Brown, Adriaan Basson, Pauli van Wyk and Ranjeni Munusamy. If people differ, they have to put forward intellectual arguments. No one has a right to mobilise incitement for wither physical or non-physical harm.”

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Afrikanerbond calls for review on hate speech and racism
16 December 2018, 8:13 AM

The Afrikanerbond has expressed concern over the way cases of hate speech and racism are handled in South Africa.

In an open letter written to President Cyril Ramaphosa, the organisation has called for a review of the activities of the Human Rights Commission, saying the way it currently addresses the issues is ineffective.

Afrikanerbond’s chief secretary, Jan Bosman explains “The Human Rights Commission doesn’t really have any acting powers. They cannot really intervene in matters of racism – they can only make recommendations. We think this needs to change. We have a constitutional body that’s supposed to be functioning, but is not functioning at the moment.

“In the Asmal Report in 2007, it was already recommended that we have a type of Super Human Rights Commission that can act and can really perform to promote and to protect human rights in this country.”

The organisation was established in 1918 as the Afrikaner Broederbond to look after the economic and cultural interests of Afrikaners in South Africa.

 

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[GRAPHIC DETAILS]Human legs found floating in Nondoni Dam
16 December 2018, 7:55 AM

[STORY CONTAINS GRAPHIC DETAILS] Police in Thohoyandou, Limpopo, have opened an inquest docket after a pair of legs were found floating at Nandoni Dam.

The discovery of the remains comes a few days after 45-year-old Uvhona Sikhwari from Ha-Magadi village went missing.

Police say no link has been established between the two cases. The police’s Moatshe Ngoepe says investigations are under way.

“The Police Service in Thohoyandou are investigating a case of inquest following the gruesome discovery of two legs of a human being floating in Nandoni dam yesterday. These remains were found during the search operation by the Police Search and Rescue Unit and other role players in this dam following the disappearance of Uvhona Sikhwari from Hamagidi village, who was reported missing on Saturday. But these remains will be determined if they belong to the missing man or not. Anyone who can assist the Police with information which can assist the police to find this missing man can contact the police on 08600 10111.”

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