Silicosis and Tuberculosis on the Gold Mines

Many people have lost loved ones due to awful diseases such as silicosis and tuberculosis. Silicosis is a lung disease that is incurable. It is caused by inhaling silica dust from gold-bearing rocks over a prolonged period. It causes shortness of breath, coughing, fever and chest pains. People often confuse silicosis with tuberculosis (TB). Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by bacteria. Like silicosis it also affects the lungs but can affect other parts of the body as well.

SANEF Slams Attack on Journalists

The South African National Editor’s Forum (SANEF) has condemned the attack on two journalists from The Citizen newspaper, as well as on activists, after the funeral of slain anti-mining activist, Sikhosiphi ‘Bazooka’ Rhadebe.

Two of The Citizen’s journalists and two anti-mining activists were beaten at the funeral of Rhadebe on the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast at a remote village near Mbizana on Saturday, 2 April 2016.

Rhadebe died in a hail of bullets two weeks ago when he was attacked by hitmen, apparently for his continued resistance to

Slain Activist to be Laid to Rest on Saturday

The Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) says the anti-mining activist, Sikhosiphi ‘Bazooka’ Rhadebe, murdered in an alleged ‘blue light’ hit last week, will be laid to rest this weekend.

His murder‚ which has been linked to a decade of work that he did with the committee in the Wild Coast in opposing open-cast titanium mining by the Australian mining company Mineral Commodity Limited (CMR)‚ drew widespread condemnation.

Mining CEO Accused of Inciting Violence

The Bench Marks Foundation (BMF) has accused an Australian mining company’s chief executive officer of inciting violence in an area where an anti-mining activist was murdered.

The murder of Sikhosiphi ‘Bazooka’ Rhadebe is continuing to makes waves as condemnation of the killing and calls for police to find the perpetrators are taken up by different organisations.

Hawks Probe Anti-Mining Activist’s Murder

Eastern Cape titanium deal marked with death since Oz firm sought rights – activist was shot eight times by thugs masquerading as cops.

The Hawks will investigate a case of murder opened by Eastern Cape police following the death of an anti-mining activist.

Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) leader, Sikhosiphi ‘Bazooka’ Rhadebe, was shot after being lured into a car by two men posing as cops.

SAPS Leadership Negative Influenced Public Safety

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says simply replacing Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega, because of Marikana will not be enough.

ISS’ Gareth Newham, will lay out “the steps that need to be taken to undo three years’ worth of damage due to profound mismanagement”.

An ISS briefing will reflect on the findings of Judge Ian Farlam’s report into the circumstances around the killing of 44 people at the Lonmin mine in August 2012 and “What they mean for the future of the policing in South Africa.”

CSOs Tell Govt to Stop Mining Diamond

The Centre for Natural Resource Governance (CNRG) and Chiadzwa Community Development Trust (CCDT) are deeply concerned that government is going ahead with merging Marange diamond companies without consulting key stakeholders.

Government has finally acknowledged that diamond mining companies in Marange have not been transparent.

This means consolidating the same companies into one unit will not improve transparency since the same players will import their corrupt practices into the new entity, says a statement by the two non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Diamond Traders Warn NGOs Over Marange

World renowned diamond traders and producers have castigated non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for disseminating falsehoods about human rights violations at the Marange diamond fields.

The diamond chiefs says the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme should stick to issues of certification and not involve itself in human rights.

Mining, Biofuels, Require Efficient Farms

Mining and biofuels are competing with agriculture for land in South Africa, putting pressure on farmers to become more efficient, particularly through the use of technology.

Head of agribusiness at Standard Bank, Nico Groenewald, notes that as a result, South Africa’s commercial farmers are consolidating into fewer and larger operations to achieve economies of scale and remain profitable.

NGO Provides Aid to Striking Miners

Aid organisation, Gift of the Givers is expected to visit the mining areas again where they have been providing striking workers with food parcels for the past five weeks.

The organisation says though it will continue to provide aid to the most affected families, they have to now dig deep into their coffers to keep on supplying aid. 

Its spokesperson, Emily Thomas, says it is frustrating that the negotiations to end the strike remain at loggerheads, this is despite concerned parties reaching an agreement on the latest wage offer. 


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