Mongezi Mponco left his village of grassland hills as one of hundreds of thousands of healthy young black men who poured into the deep underground of South Africa's gold mines. The 54-year-old continued working when diagnosed with early incurable l...
"Shouldn't we at least find out what's in our own backyard before we make any decisions?" asked Maarten de Wit, head of earth stewardship science and the Africa Earth Observatory Network at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
The South Africa government has placed a moratorium on fracking, pending the outcome of an investigation into the process and consultation with the public
About 150 000 South African coal workers seeking 14% wage increases plan to walk off the job from Sunday in a strike that could dent exports and hurt power supplies in Africa's largest economy.
Hundreds of thousands of union workers have downed tools in recent weeks, or are threatening to do so, seeking raises double or triple the 5% inflation rate in the mid-year bargaining session known locally as "strike season".