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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 >

CW’s 2019 corruption report to be released

In these uncertain times, as we head into a countrywide 21-day period of isolation, it is as important for us to keep our focus on the impact of corruption on the lives of everyone living in South Africa. Throughout 2019, Corruption Watch never wavered in its focus on the devastating effects of corruption, particularly in Read more >

CW to engage mining-affected communities in KZN

Corruption Watch will be conducting a series of engagements with mining-affected communities in Dannhauser, Newcastle, from 3 to 5 March 2020. These meetings will look into the challenges faced by these communities relating to the administration of mining royalties. Through this consultative process, the organisation will be able to identify the main challenges facing the Read more >

CW makes submissions on MPRDA amendments

Corruption Watch has made submissions on the draft amendments to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act regulations, which were published at the end of 2019 with calls for public comment. The organisation’s concerns relate to the limitations that regulations might place on the ability of communities to voice their concerns and participate meaningfully in Read more >

Mining takes heavy toll on SA’s black families

•  A cemetery in Phola, a black residential area near Witbank, from which some graves were relocated to make way for coal mining. Image: Supplied South Africa’s mining sector has been in a state of upheaval for some years – not least because of the controversy surrounding the disbursement and use of mining royalties, those Read more >

Crippling mining deals threaten health, livelihoods

• Learners from Camagu Primary school cross a river. Image: Bonile Bam/New Frame By Thato Mahlangu Innocent people’s lives are at ‘great risk’ because of government and corporate greed, warns a Ndakeni resident, community activist and whistle-blower (in his 30s) whose identity is known to Corruption Watch (CW). Ndakeni, a village within the Mbizana area Read more >

Is transparency in mining languishing?

By Mashudu MasuthaFirst published in Business Day A lack of beneficial ownership transparency is a key threat to sustainability within the sector, as is an increase in human rights violations that tends to occur with secret owners The latest data from the just-released Worldwide Governance Indicators report confirms that with some exceptions, resource-rich countries face Read more >

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