The wretched of the earth

Recently, two players in the mining landscape closed shop, throwing more than 1, 100 permanent, contract and temporary workers onto the streets.

In one particular case, the manner in which workers were informed of the closure can only be described as egregious. According to unionists, workers were briefly addressed at 2am, and ordered to pack their belongings, before being bussed out of the mine under the gaze of armed police.

In February 2012, 143 workers were axed at BK 11 diamond mine after proprietor, Firestone Diamond, cited market weaknesses, while retrenchments, suspensions and other industrial actions continually stalk the precarious mining sector.

Editor's Comment
Implement the recommendations Mr. President

The nation is eagerly awaiting this report to have a glimpse of what the recommendations are like, possibly for further debate. Mr. President, it’s our ardent hope that true to your promises, the public will have an opportunity to peruse the report and see if it reflects their interests as the Commission went around the length and breadth of the country collecting views of the people with some choosing to write to the Commission’s...

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