Mining

Ezemvelo Says No to Coal Mining

Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife has come out strongly against coal mining on the borderline of its flagship Hluhluwe-Imfolozi game reserve, warning that the proposed mine would ‘destroy’ large sections of Africa’s oldest game reserve and wilderness area.

 

Noting that it had a legal duty and mandate to protect and conserve the biological environment of the province, Ezemvelo says it could not ‘wilfully sacrifice’ a reserve dating from 1895, or attempt to create a new wilderness area somewhere else in the province to replace it.

 

Black Rural Women: Carrying the Burden of the Gold Mining Industry’s Neglect

The mining industry contributes significantly to the hardship experienced by black women in rural areas of South Africa. For decades, mining houses have drawn in young black men for labour, only for many to return home sick, with little to show for years spent toiling underground. Those who have contracted the preventable but incurable lung disease, silicosis, come home to die a slow and painful death. It is then the women in rural communities who are left to provide support and care under the most adverse conditions.

Silicosis: Court Lets NGOs Join Class Action

Sonke Gender Justice and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) were in court applying to join a class action that could affect as many as 200 000 current and former mineworkers.

The organisations, which have been accepted as friends of the court, will highlight the impact silicosis has had on communities, particularly women and girls, in labour-sending areas and question the denial of the mineworkers' constitutional rights.

Chapter 9 Institutions Are Friends, Not Foes

Communities must realise that there are avenues open to them to report injustices caused by both the private and public sectors, says the South African Human Rights Commission, Commission for Gender Equality and the Office of the Public Protector during the Bench Marks Foundation’s conference.
 
The conference, held in Johannesburg from 17-18 November 2014, was aimed at asking questions about the future of the mining industry and what the recourse is for justice for communities.
 

Food Parcels for Striking Miners

Thousands of striking miners have gathered at an Amplats platinum mine outside Rustenburg to receive food parcels from a non-governmental organisation, Gift of the Givers.

The organisation intervened after reports surfaced that members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) are going hungry as the four-month strike drags on.

CSOs Demand Termination of Diamond Mining

Civil society groups demand the immediate termination of diamond mining operations in Marange, Zimbabwe to allow for an independent and comprehensive audit of all companies operating there, whose findings must also be made public.
 
The groups state that they are appalled that government has, for the past six years, parcelled out and shared such a strategic national resource to individuals and fly-by night investors in deals that have not helped the country's struggling economy or communities around the diamond-rich area.
 

CASAC: Credibility of Farlam Commission on the Line

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) has warned that the credibility of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry will be tainted if all parties are not represented or given adequate chance to present their case.

CASAC’s Lawson Naidoo says that government instituted the commission to find out what occurred last year at the Lonmin Marikana mine, which left mineworkers and policemen dead, adding that, "In order to enable Judge Farlam to execute his mandate, the responsibility lies with the government to make the funds available."

Delays in Marikana Hearings A Concern

The Legal Resources Centre (LRC) lawyers expressed concern about the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's repeated postponements.

In a press statement, LRC’s George Bizos, point out that, "We, the LRC, are concerned about maintaining public confidence in the effectiveness and credibility of the [inquiry], which could be seriously eroded by repeated postponements."

Bizos states that the LRC supports the call by Dali Mpofu, for the miners arrested and wounded during last year's unrest at Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana, North West, to get State funding.

Call for the Reform of Kimberley Process

The Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW) says that the Kimberley Process (KP) must implement urgent and substantial reforms if it hopes to remain relevant and play any real role in building a cleaner and more transparent global diamond trade in future.

SARW director Dr Claude Kabemba, points out that, “Now that most diamond-linked conflicts have ended, the KP will only remain relevant if it is given the mandate to monitor the entire diamond industry chain.

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