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Corruption thrives under Covid-19 – the story of the Balomiti community

By Mashudu MasuthaFirst published on Transparency International Australia In the North West province, just north-west of Johannesburg, stretch lucrative chrome deposits. There, a new chrome mine opened in March 2020 – right in the middle of South Africa’s hard lockdown restrictions to manage the Covid-19 pandemic. This came as a surprise to the Balomiti community Read more >

Bapo ba Mogale’s traditional governance, political interference woes

By Mashudu MasuthaFirst published on Transparency International Australia Bapo ba Mogale (Bapo Community) is a traditional community, sitting on incredibly rich platinum deposits in the North West province of South Africa. Mining in the area has a long history, stretching back to 1969 when Lonmin platinum mine opened, now owned by Sibanye Stillwater. During the Read more >

Court orders are no obstacle for stubborn government officials

Image: Centre for Environmental Rights By Matshidiso DibakwaneFirst published on Maverick Citizen The failure and unwillingness of the North West provincial government to release the findings of the Mafereka commission of inquiry — despite requests under the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA), a high court order and correspondence addressed to the North West Read more >

SA’s mining licensing regime in need of a major overhaul

By Mashudu Masutha First published on Business Day The extractive sector, if carefully managed, presents enormous opportunities for advancing sustainable development, particularly in low-income countries. However, resource-cursed countries such as SA may have a significantly different view. An extractive sector rooted in accountability and transparency is key to determining a mutually inclusive form of sustainability. Read more >

Support CW’s petition for the release of the Mafereka report

Visit Amandla.mobi to sign our petition! Dear Premier Job Mokgoro, we demand that you release the Mafereka Commission Report. In 2011, the North West Provincial Government established the Mafereka Commission to look into traditional leadership in the province and the report was completed in 2013 but has been kept under wraps ever since. The mineral-rich Read more >

CW urges DMR minister to act on corruption allegations

By Thato Mahlangu Image: Flickr/GovernmentZA Pleas from some aggrieved mining-affected community members to the minister of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), Gwede Mantashe, are said to have fallen on deaf ears as nothing has been done to address their issues. The department is also accused of withholding for over a year a report that Read more >

Rebuilding public participation in SA’s mining sector

By Matshidiso Dibakwane and Mashudu MasuthaPublished on Transparency International Australia Over the last five years or so, the South African government has undertaken a process of formulating a new legislative framework with the aim of creating a blueprint for transforming the mining industry. The primary aim of the new framework is to benefit people who Read more >

Court’s decision gives mining communities a chance to be heard

• Platinum Mining. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. A decision handed down at the beginning of May by the Johannesburg labour court will force the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) to consult mining-affected communities on issues that affect them. The matter related specifically to new amendments to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, published by the Read more >

Vulnerable voices silenced by mining companies

By Thato Mahlangu Mining-affected communities are among the most vulnerable in our country. As part of its work in the mining sector, Corruption Watch (CW) recently visited three affected communities in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal. Our visits highlighted the particular vulnerabilities these people live with daily. The CW team, with Mining Affected Communities United in Action, held Read more >

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