Mining

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. 

Mines Can Afford Workers’ Salary Demands

A new report by the research group, Research on Money and Finance, says platinum mines can afford to pay workers more.

The report, entitled ‘Demanding the Impossible? Platinum Mining Profits and Wage Demands in Context’, states that huge profits in the past decade were given to investors while workers benefited little.

The report further notes that if this had not occurred, workers could be earning the wage they are currently striking for.

GDP Risks Two Percent Decline

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) has warned that the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in South Africa risks declining below two percent this year.

SAIRR chief economist, Ian Cruickshanks, says that the decline will negatively affect government revenue, infrastructure development and job creation in the country.

Lonmin Accuses NGOs of Exploiting Plight of Miners

Platinum producer, Lonmin, has questioned some aspects of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) handing over food to families of striking mineworkers on the platinum belt, while praising the human rights initiative itself.
 
Lonmin chief executive officer, Ben Magara, says the NGOs are exploiting the plight of the 80 000  mineworkers, who have been on strike since January on a no-work no-pay basis.
 
The Marikana Support Group, humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers and other groups have been supplying food relief to the miners since early this week.

CSOs’ Role in Service Delivery Commended

North West Premier, Thandi Modise, has urged South Africans to respect the role that civil society organisations (CSOs) play in the delivery of services.

Addressing delegates at the National NPO Summit, which was held under the theme ‘Making Service Delivery Work for the People’ in Mahikeng, North West, Modise stressed that, “Functional democracy depends on civil society.”

NGO Urges Zambia to Act on KCM

Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW) says the government must keep an eye on Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) and act decisively to protect Zambians' interests in the mine.

Commenting on the protests by scores of people in London against Vedanta Resources, the majority shareholder in Konkola Copper Mines, SARW country coordinator, Edward Lange, says the mineral resources in Zambia are being literally looted because the mining communities and the country at large are not seeing tangible benefits.

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