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Although the Africa Mining Vision (AMV) is the first attempt in recent times by African Leaders to take stock of the mineral resources on the continent, there are critical weaknesses that must be addressed...
Mining faces a crisis of legitimacy as while the industry may have a legal licence to operate, consent from local communities and broader society is waning, says Bishop Jo Seoka...
The Chamber of Mines in South Africa's view that 'once empowered, always empowered' has been met with strong opposition by communities and civil society organisations during the Bench Marks Foundation's annual meeting...
Communities in Sekhukhune in South Africa's Limpopo Province are not only being stripped of their dignity, but of their heritage too thanks to mining, says Trevor Malope...
The violent protests that have erupted in Ga-Mapela in Limpopo Province today reflect mining in South Africa as a whole, says John Capel, Executive Director of the Bench Marks Foundation...
Anglo American to downsize operations globally, based on weak commodity prices, declining demand and a sliding rand, meaning it will contribute to joblessness...
Articles Related to CoAL Report
Despite very strong opposition to Coal of Africa's (CoAL) Vele and Makhado mines in South Africa's Limpopo Province from community members and NGOs, the Department of Mineral Resources seems set to allow these mines to operate...
Attacks by mining security companies on community members and others are natural phenomena in South Africa, as witnessed first-hand by a team from the Bench Marks Foundation earlier this month...
Multinational companies must commit themselves to conducting assessments of the impact on human rights through the actions of its suppliers' and partners...
 
As mining companies look at downsizing their operations it is important they do not forget how fragile mining communities are...
John Capel, highlights some of the weaknesses in the Farlam Commission's mandate into investigating the incidents at the Lonmin Mine in Marikana...
The release of the long-awaited Farlam Commission, raises many serious questions relating to the mining industry as a whole, says the Bench Marks Foundation...
Demilitarisation of the police is a welcome recommendation in the long-awaited report released by the Farlam Commission into the events that led to the deaths of 44 people in August 2012 in Marikana...
The release of the Farlam report and its findings is welcomed with disbelief and confirmation of our suspicions. The commission appointed by the President had to serve the aspirations and wants of the master...
Follow the links to view a number of recent media releases relating to key issues discussed in this recently published report...
The degree of non-compliance with the Mining Charter by the industry is shocking to say the least, says The Bench Marks Foundation...
The Limpopo province is yet again set to explode following another death during clashes between police and protestors...
A lack of proper communication, disregard for human dignity and respect were some of the main topics discussed during the last day of the Mining Indaba in Cape Town on 12 February 2015...
For government, private sector and civil society it's no longer business as usual. The rules of the game have to change, said keynote speaker at the Alternative Mining Indaba (AMI), Graça Machel...
It is time for civil society and communities to be meaningfully included in the Mining Indaba and to have at least a 50% representation at the meeting...
People who speak against the devastation experienced by mining in their communities do so with a very real threat to their lives, says the Bench Marks Foundation...
Yet again organisers of the Mining Indaba and leaders of the sector have snubbed mining communities and civil society during a march by those attending the Alternative Mining Indaba on 9 February 2015...
Exorbitant fees and omission from the Mining Indaba's programme means that those who have vital input to make, such as civil society and community members, are excluded from discussions that ultimately affect their lives and livelihood, says the Bench Marks Foundation....