Cyril Ramaphosa: does he have the leadership qualities that can inspire ANC members to join in his efforts to renew the movement and build the country? Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

South Africa’s newly elected president, Cyril Ramaphosa, is unlikely to bask for long in the satisfaction that has surely come from ousting his predec(...)

South African gold miners: The mining sector is one of the pillars of the South African economy, accounting for about 7 per cent of the country’s economic output despite its decline.

South Africa’s Chamber of Mines will apply to the high court later this month to stop the implementation of the new Mining Charter released by the gov(...)

Inhabitants of the Welsh mining village of Aberfan attend the mass funeral for 81 of the 190 children and adults who perished when a landslide engulfed the junior school on October 21st, 1966. Photograph: George Freston/Getty Images

October 21st, 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster. At 9.15am on that day in 1966, just as Pantglas junior school was beginning it(...)

Laugh out loud: Imelda Staunton has a girls’ night in Pride

One terrific scene among many terrific scenes in the consistently terrific Pride finds a political activist entering a record label’s offices to reque(...)

South African miners: the National Union of Mineworkers believes that up to 50,000 miners may have contracted an incurable lung disease from severe dust build-ups in mine shafts. photograph: gianluigi guercia/afp/getty images

The Irish Times revealed last week that Dave Coleman and Michael Lavelle, the founding partners of high-profile Dublin law firm Lavelle Coleman, are s(...)

An undated  image released by  Harmony Gold mine shows shows underground operations at the mine where at least workers have been killed in an incident possibly triggered by an earth tremor. Photograph: EPA

Rescuers recovered eight bodies and continued to search for another missing worker today after a fire and rockfall at a Harmony Gold mine near Joha(...)

Miners leader Arthur Scargill, president of the NUM, addressing a rally in Barnsley in 1984.

Davey Hopper, a proud, outspoken retired miner, who worked at the Wearmouth Colliery on which now stands Sunderland's FC's Stadium of Light, wa(...)

Margaret Thatcher waves from the front door of her home after returning from the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital following an operation on her broken arm on June 29, 2009 in London, England. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, perhaps the most distinctive and divisive British politician since the second(...)