Mining

Ramphele Criticises SA Over Marikana Killings

President Jacob Zuma, his ministers, union leaders, mining company Lonmin and the police all failed South Africa during the Marikana killings, according to anti-apartheid activist, Mamphela Ramphele.

Ramphele, who resigned as a board member from mining group Anglo American earlier this year, says there is no guarantee that a similar incident would not occur elsewhere in the country.

In addition, she argues that also, once these leaders try to intervene, their actions are destructive.

Mining Companies Reject NGO Report

Several Platinum miners have dismissed the Bench Marks Foundation report on their operations in the Rustenburg area.

The report, which accuses platinum miners of neglecting mining communities in pursuit of profits, says despite more than 80-years of mining in that area, communities in the area remain poor while platinum producers continue to smile all the way to the bank.

Meanwhile, National Union of Mineworkers has come out in support of the findings, while Royal Bafokeng Platinum has dismissed the study as incorrect, unbalanced and unfair.

Lonmin Example of 'Exploitation', Says NGO

The Bench Marks Foundation says the violent situation at Lonmin's Marikana mine is an example of exploitation by the mines.

In a press statement, the organisations points out that, "The benefits of mining are not reaching the workers or the surrounding communities."

It argues that lack of employment opportunities for local youth, squalid living conditions, unemployment and growing inequalities contribute to ‘this mess’.

COSATU Criticises R2m Land Deal

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) in Limpopo has criticised the ‘meagre’ payment of just more than R2 million to the Molekana clan for land dispossessed from them and on which Anglo Platinum has a mining operation outside Mokopane.

COSATU provincial secretary, Dan Sebabi, describes the settlement as ‘daylight robbery’ because the clan lost all the rights to the land, including ownership, for a payment totalling R2 295 300, that was shared among 42 households.

Mining Nationalism in Africa: Justified Redistribution of Wealth or an Obstacle to Growth?

Historically Africa’s vast natural resources have been a driving factor for colonisation and imperialism. Still today, the true extent of Africa’s wealth of resources remains uncertain. Nevertheless, the continuous discoveries of immense mineral deposits and the rip-roaring Chinese demand contributing to soaring commodity prices, have led to Africa being perceived as the future for the world’s mining industries (2).

NGO Urges Support Zambia’s Tax-Raising

Zambian NGO, the Centre for Trade Policy and Development (CTPD), has told the United Kingdom parliamentary committee that Britain must keep up support for Zambia to increase tax base and revenue from mining companies.

The organisation says the new Zambian government has taken steps to increase the country's tax base – but, compared with the total amount of revenue that could be raised, there is a long way to go.

Acid Water Threatens Mining in Six Provinces

The Chamber of Mines has warned that if acid mine drainage is not treated to remove the salts from the water, mining activities in six provinces could be affected.

In its document, Chamber of Mines, states that at the moment, desalination is not part of the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority’s short-term plan to rectify the Witwatersrand’s acid mine drainage problem.

CoAL, NGO Coalition, Bury the Hatchet

Emerging coal miner Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) and the Save Mapungubwe Coalition, which has hitherto been challenging the Vele opencast mine development in Limpopo, have agreed to work together.

The parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) agreeing to strengthen cooperation for the sustainable development, preservation and protection of the Mapungubwe cultural landscape.

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