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.

ZANU-PF Criticised Over Diamond Fight

According to Alex Bell, efforts by Zimbabwean civil society groups to push a human rights agenda at the international diamond trade watchdog, the Kimberley Process (KP), are being undermined by some of the key beneficiaries of the sector, including ZANU PF.

Bell states that the KP’s civil society wing have been fighting a drawn out battle to pressure the monitoring group to reform, in order to better fight diamond trade-linked human rights abuses.

Community Demands Economic Empowerment

Mining magnate, Patrice Motsepe, has been given a memorandum of demands by over 400 angry residents living next to Modikwa, a platinum mine in the Greater Tubatse Municipality and also the subsidiary of Motsepe’s African Rainbow Minerals group.

The community demand that Motsepe should empower them economically because, “We have been frustrated for a long time because Motsepe's mines are making huge profits, but our people remain disadvantaged."

TB at Crisis Level – World Bank

The World Bank says tuberculosis (TB) in the mining sector in Southern Africa has reached crisis proportions and needs all relevant stakeholders to work together.
The World Bank, which has put aside over R1.6 billion to assist different governments in the region, address this pandemic, maintains that the current infection rate is at 10 times the level classified as an emergency.

In addition, it says that the number of TB patients and those at the risk of contracting it in the mining sector is growing at an alarming rate.

Illegal Mining for Gauteng’s Murder Rate

Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, says that illegal mining is behind 10 percent of the overall murder rate in the province.

Nkosi-Malobane says it is not only illegal immigrants who were involved, adding that, “There are those rich people who use some of the less fortunate people to mine illegally on their behalf.”

She argues that the kingpins are the ones that we need to act against in order to close this illegal market before we can deal with the small men on the street.


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