South African mines are shedding workers in response to falling commodity prices. 3,900 jobs are at stake in the town of Kathu alone.
The third version of the South African Mining Charter was to promote transformation, the economy and jobs. Instead it created division and mistrusts between industry, government and ordinary miners who fear for their jobs. Community organisations and mining companies have now gone to court to force a revision of the policy.
On this week's eco@africa, we see how invasive tree species in South Africa are being turned into furniture, Ethiopia’s quest for the super chicken and how a Kenyan island is protecting their shores from plastic waste.
Outlining his first steps to tackle corruption, the new South African president told parliament he plans to screen the lifestyles of future government officials. He also spoke up over the deadly Marikana miners' strike.
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