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The world's biggest platinum producer, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), has agreed to reinstate the 12,000 South African miners sacked for taking part in an unofficial strike.
Trade negotiations are pointless: not because trade isn't important, but because there's nothing to negotiate. Sadly our politicians are simply too stupid to understand that the point of trade is imports. Instead, they're all negotiating about exports. Which means that this this Vox paper is partly right and wholly wrong: Why do trade negotiations take [...]
Also in South Africa a police vehicle takes position as miners stage a sit-in close to a platinum mine in Rustenburg, 100 km northwest of Johannesburg today. Ten people were killed in clashes at the mine between rival unions, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the smaller Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU). Eight Lonmin employees died, while two of the police officers sent to quell the unrest were killed in two days of violence which started off as an illegal…
Striking miners walk to the Marikana mine. Photo: September 2012
South Africa: Over the rainbow It has made progress since becoming a full democracy in 1994. But a failure of leadership means that in many ways, South Africa is now going backwards (Read this insightful, if troubling lead article in the Economist of 20th October 2012)