Cosatu march “not in immediate Rustenburg area”

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RUSTENBURG – A march organised by the Congress of South African Trade Unions in North West (Cosatu NW) for 14:00 on Friday, 25 July, will not enter the “immediate Rustenburg are” but will see protesters moving from the Swartruggens municipality to the N4 toll gate. 

Cosatu is concerned about issues regarding toll fees at the Bakwena N4 toll gate at Swartruggens, where, according to the union, Bakwena and Sanral have failed to elaborate on an alternative road and discounts for the “poor working class” who use the N4 on a daily basis. 

The Rustenburg Herald heard early on Friday morning that the Rustenburg Palestinian Solidarity Forum will be hosting a legal Palestine solidarity protest...

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Metal workers sent home for fear of intimidation

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RUSTENBURG – According to a source at least one business in Rustenburg has sent its employees home for fear of intimidation following several instances whereby alleged striking metal workers threatened the lives of the aforementioned business. WBE Engineering has allegedly had to resort to sending its employees home yet again on Tuesday, 22 July, after striking workers, believed to be members of the National Union of Metal Workers of SA (Numsa), told the employees who want to work that they “were coming to their place of work”.

To read the full story, read our 25 July 2014 issue.

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Aquarius and NUM agree at Kroondal

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RUSTENBURG – Aquarius Platinum Limited (Aquarius) stated on Tuesday, 22 July, that it had reached a three-year wage agreement with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Solidarity at its Kroondal operations. “Aquarius acknowledges with appreciation the critical contribution that the employees of Kroondal continue to make...

To read the full story, read our 25 July 2014 issue.

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Hijacking suspect linked to murder turns himself in

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RUSTENBURG – A suspect who is linked to the hijacking which led to the death of a four-year-old boy, Taegrin Morris, in Reiger Park has allegedly turned himself in. The suspect allegedly handed himself over to police on Monday, 21 July. Reports in the national media claimed that the four-year-old was killed after his family was hijacked during a visit to the boy’s grandmother. The suspects allegedly fled the scene while his mother was attempting to loosen his seatbelt.

To read the full story, read our 25 July 2014 issue.

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Another toll plaza on N4

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RUSTENBURG – Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire (Bakwena) has denied allegations by the Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) that it is involved in a project to build a second toll plaza on the N4 between Swartruggens and the Skilpadshek checkpoint to Botswana (near Zeerust). 

To read the full story, read our 18 July 2014 issue.

 

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Fears for job losses as Amplats plans to “exit”

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RUSTENBURG – While some seem shocked by the news, analysts were expecting Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) announcement on Monday, 21 July, that it would be selling its loss making Rustenburg operations. However, it seems that 20 000 jobs now hang in the balance. According to reports on Tuesday, 22 July, Amplats is planning to dispose of its Union mine, all of its Rustenburg Operations, as well as its Pandora joint-venture. It is considering whether to disinvest from its Bokoni mine.

To read the full story, read our 25 July 2014 issue.

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Ngaka Modiri Councillors could be suspended

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MAHIKENG - Councillors of the Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality (NMMDM) were given 48 hours to explain why they shouldn’t be suspended by the North West Provincial Legislator. This follows in the wake of resistance by NMMDM councillors after the appointment of former Rustenburg Municipal Manager, Andries Boshoff, as Administrator of the NMMDM in an effort to save the District Municipality from financial collapse altogether. The North West Legislator announced last week that the Ngaka Modiri Municipality was hopelessly overspent on its budget and that it was experiencing severe managerial difficulties. 

To read the full story, read our 25 July 2014 issue.

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Begrotingstoespraak dui op uitdagings vir landbou – Agri SA

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RUSTENBURG – Agri SA president Johannes Möller het vir die Minister van Landbou, Bosbou en Visserye, mnr Zokwana geluk gewens met sy eerste begrotingstoespraak vir 2014/15, soos gelewer op 16 Julie 2014. “Indien beleidskoördinering tussen staatsdepartemente en ministeries nie verbeter nie, gaan daar weinig tereg kom van besproeiingsuitbreiding, werkskepping en die ontwikkeling van grond wat tans hoofsaaklik in kommunale verband aangewend word,” aldus Möller. 

To read the full story, read our 25 July 2014 issue.

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Madikwe residents warned

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RUSTENBURG – The residents of the Madikwe Township have been warned that the Moses Kotane Local Municipality is currently performing maintenance on the Madikwe Water Treatment Plant’s sand filters and cleaning flocculation tanks. “Maintenance includes cleaning of reservoir at the plant and reservoirs at Madikwe Township,” Beauty Makganye of the Moses Kotane Municipality said in a statement on Thursday, 10 July. 

To read the full story, read our 18 July 2014 issue.

 

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