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Clash of priorities in Cape Town

The chilly tone was there at the start. South Africa’s mining minister Mosebenzi Zwane opened Indaba with a warning to business chiefs to treat workers with “dignity and respect”, as companies wielded the axe to downsize operations amid a downturn more prolonged and severe than people would have guessed at the annual Cape Town jamboree a year ago.

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Mining jobs aren't falling off trees

If he was quoting Shakespeare, Zwane would surely have uttered “now is the winter of our discontent”.