Was wage negotiations in the gold sector kick off, the Minerals Council of SA has warned that the industry is bleeding jobs.
The mining industry is shedding jobs with the closure of shafts across several companies.
An amount of R5-billion could ultimately be awarded to gold miners suffering from silicosis and tuberculosis, contracted on the mines.
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For centuries, mining has been the backbone of Romanian life - a large proportion of the country has relied on this tradition as a vital source of income and employment since Roman times. It is therefore no surprise to hear that today almost two in every three Romanians are in favour of mining.
It is not for me to suggest that Rosia Montana holds the only solution to Romania's problems; nor that it is the only project with the capacity to boost Romania's economy; nor that it will single-handedly solve the area's unemployment. However Rosia Montana is one possible solution to so many of these problems.
The arguments supporting the project which are used by the Canadian mining company, Gabriel Resources and borrowed by many Romanian politicians... seem reasonable at first glance. Well, that is until you put them in context and realise the paradoxes lying behind them. Let's take them one by one...
Not many people have noticed that there has been a lot of public commotion in one corner of Europe. For well over a month, Romania has been boiling with protests, marches and demonstrations...
It is worth asking whether the protests, never as large as they have been reported, really do represent any significant body of public opinion in Romania. Recent polls suggest this is not the case.
Although she has her own captivating charms, Roşia Montană is not a person but a place. Not a well-known place. It is a small picturesque village hidden in the woodland heart of Transylvania.