ART AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT MEET THROUGH RRT

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RUSTENBURG – It may not seem a natural fit but the inclusion of art in public transport stations is a global trend and September saw the start of the public art programme that will involve both established and new young artists in creating artwork for the Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) stations.

THERE IS WATER AT THESE POINTS...

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RUSTENBURG - The Rustenburg Municipality has an enormous water crisis on its hands. During the past two weeks the Municipality has been inundated with calls from the Rustenburg public of households that have run out of water. Make sure you that you read the municipality’s response in several water related articles in this edition. But did you know that free water is available at fire hydrants around Rustenburg?

LONMIN PRODUCTION BACK IN FULL SWING

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RUSTENBURG – Platinum mining company Lonmin announced last week that after just two months it has successfully achieved completion of the return to full production, much earlier than forecast.

“Tonnes mined in both August and September 2014 exceeded production reported for the comparable months in 2013 which were 1.0 million tonnes in August 2013 and 1.04 million tonnes in September 2013.

Numsa members protest outside Glencore Xstrata

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RUSTENBURG – Members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) gathered outside the offices of Glencore Xstrata near the Rustenburg Industrial area on Thursday, 2 October, with a list of demands for a contractor, Platcro.

Lonmin Smelter strike

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RUSTENBURG – On Thursday, 2 October, Lonmin spokesperson Sue Vey confirmed to Bonus sister publication that the employees at the Lonmin Smelter had a “minor disagreement” with the platinum producer during Wednesday’s (1 October) morning shift.

Business robbery in Swartruggens

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SWARTRUGGENS – The South African Police Services (SAPS) in Swartruggens are currently investigating a case of business robbery after four male suspects robbed a complainant on Saturday, 27 September, at approximately 02:00 at Mazista near Swartruggens.
According to an article found on the SAPS’s website, the complainant was asleep when suspects gained entrance through the roof. The complainant was hit with an iron bar and forced to hand over his tuck shop keys.

Amplats sale could benefit sector

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RUSTENBURG – Analysts in the platinum industry have expressed their views that the sale of Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) loss-making operations in Rustenburg could be “just what the industry needs”. Amplats announced earlier this year, following the end of the five-month-long platinum sector strike by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), that it would be selling four mines. Analysts claim the sale will force the new owners to either make shafts more efficient or close them.

Water, electricity problems hit Rustenburg

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RUSTENBURG – The Rustenburg Local Municipality (RLM) responded on Friday, 26 September, to queries by the Rustenburg Herald by saying that Eskom would be implementing “load shedding” in parts of town. The exact location of the “load shedding” and its duration was not made clear although RLM spokesperson, Thapelo Matebesi did tell the Rustenburg Herald that residents would be kept up to date regarding the situation on its website, www.rustenburg.gov.za.

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