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Four wounded in African gold mine protest

(September 4th, 2012)

Listen to this story There has been another shooting at a mine in South Africa. Four people were wounded this time, just weeks after 34 striking workers were killed at another South African mine. The incident occurred just to the east of Johannesburg. Four miners were injured when security guards opened fire with rubber bullets […]

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Demand for metals may be root of South African workers’ unrest

(August 17th, 2012)

      Listen to this story Kai Ryssdal: In South Africa today, authorities are trying to figure out what happened at a platinum mine outside Pretoria — 34 people were killed, 80 injured, after police opened fire on a group of workers striking for higher wages. From Johannesburg, Gretchen Wilson explains platinum prices are […]

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Strike at South Africa mine turns deadly

(August 17th, 2012)

      Listen to this story Jeremy Hobson: To South Africa, where 34 workers have been killed by police at the platinum mine; 78 were wounded. The workers were striking — and some were armed — when police charged in. For the latest, here’s reporter Gretchen Wilson  in Johannesburg. Gretchen Wilson: Police say they […]

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Global Diamond Industry Eyes Abuse in Zimbabwe

(June 21st, 2010)

Members of the international diamond industry will decide whether to expel Zimbabwe over abusive practices in its diamond trade.

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Zimbabwe tries to reignite mining

(September 15th, 2009)

Zimbabwe’s new coalition government is hoping to rev up the country’s mining industry when it addresses a huge mining conference there today. government wants to pass new laws that will attract foreign investment. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Diamonds are in the rough

(April 14th, 2009)

Lower U.S. demand for diamonds is affecting the chain that produce and sell the mineral, from jewelry stores to polishers. Gretchen Wilson explores how dire the situation is for the industry.

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Platinum Enriches South African Tribe

(February 6th, 2008)

A South African tribe that owns shares in mines operated by the world’s largest platinum producers is planning to use its profits to develop its community. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Gold mines shut down, prices go up

(January 28th, 2008)

Power outages in South Africa are causing gold mine shutdowns nationwide, which is raising gold’s cost. Each day without steady power is costing the country’s mining industry $27 million. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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South African miners to strike for safety

(November 30th, 2007)

A quarter of a million miners are set to walk off the job in South Africa on Tuesday to call attention to unsafe working conditions. Mining has been part of the country’s fabric for more than a century, but little attention has been paid to the human costs. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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South Africa’s gold market is glistening

(November 8th, 2007)

Gold is close to being at an all-time — which is good news for South Africa, the world’s leading gold producer. Gretchen Wilson looks into what’s making gold a popular investment right now.

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