• President Jacob Zuma cut short a trip to Mozambique because of the violence, and announced he had ordered an official inquiry into what he called the "shocking" events.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT
  • The police killing of 34 striking platinum miners in the bloodiest security operation since the end of white rule cut to the quick of South Africa's psyche on Friday, with searching questions asked of its post-apartheid soul.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT
  • The world's largest gold miner, Barrick Gold, is in talks to sell a majority stake in its African unit to a Chinese buyer, the first move by new boss Jamie Sokalsky to clear out poorly performing businesses and revive its flagging shares.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT
  • Thousands of striking miners armed with machetes and sticks faced off with South African police on Wednesday at Lonmin's Marikana mine after it halted production following the deaths of 10 people in fighting between rival unions.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 10:57 AM EDT
  • A student pass a corpse lying in the road near the shuttered Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg, South Africa, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012. The unrest over pay and dueling unions has killed at least 10 people and represents a sign of the unrest gripping South Africa’s mining industry. Barnard O. Mokwena, an execute vice president for Lonmin, said the company continued to meet with the police regarding the unrest. On Tuesday, operations appeared at a standstill at a facility that represents 96 per cent of all p

    Thousands of angry South African workers met Tuesday on a rocky cliff within sight of their platinum mine shuttered by violent protests, shouting demands for more pay over the roar of circling police and military helicopters.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 6:09 AM EDT
  • Ethiopian Airlines next week takes delivery of Africa's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and the airline's chief executive says the plane will first be used on routes around the continent.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 21, 2012, 12:17 PM EDT
  • South Sudan hopes to resume oil production in September after reaching an interim agreement with Sudan on oil export fees, but it may take a year to return tofull capacity, its top negotiator said on Tuesday.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 21, 2012, 4:21 AM EDT