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Access to water is a basic human right, but a community in the Limpopo Province, relocated 14 years ago to make way for a platinum mine, still does not enjoy adequate and reliable access to this vital commodity...
The Bench Marks Foundation (BMF) has called for the Constitution to be amended to protect customary communities from predatory actions by corporations...
Depending on the market as a mechanism to compensate relocated communities for the loss of their land is "entirely inadequate", a report by the Bench Marks Foundation, "Life before and during mining", says....
Modern mining operators in Sekhukhuneland should revive the market for biodegradable bags and ropes made of sisal. This could also result in sustainable job creation under community ownership and management, as well as being environmentally sustainable...
Depression, unemployment, substance and alcohol abuse are the legacies for a community in rural Sekhukhuneland of their relocation 14 years ago to make way for a new platinum mine, according to members of the community...
The home of a member of a rural community was burnt down last night while he was on his way to speak at the launch of a study about the negative impact of mining on his community...
The decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) that company executives, politicians and other actors can be tried for land grabbing and environmental destruction is a sign of hope in the age of mining impunity...
Despite its mineral resources, the SADC region has the worst health and poverty gap on the planet, the Chairperson of the Bench Marks Foundation, Bishop Dr Jo Seoka, said this morning in Braamfontein...
Life Before and During Mining - The relocation and struggles of the Magobading Community, Limpopo...
As we reflect on 2015, we remain conscious of the context in which Bench Marks Foundation operates...
The debate on mining has reached an unparalleled level of interest and debate since our transition to a constitutional democracy. The question frequently asked is: Does mining lead to development or underdevelopment...
Africans must unite to fight corruption, water scarcity and contamination as well as environmental degradation, says the Bench Marks Foundation...
Bench Marks Foundation's response to Ivanhoe Mines' statement singling out community activist Mr Aubrey Langa, Mining Watch Canada and civil society groups in general, for the troubles it faces in the Limpopo area...
The status quo in Marikana remains the same with some cosmetic changes...
In our earlier media release, calling for protection of human rights defenders in the mining areas, we indicated that a Mr. Holly Maponya, (whom we in error referred to as Mokopane) was the victim of an attempted assassination...
Although aimed at reducing the BBBE shortcomings of the current Mining Charter, the revised Charter gazetted on 15 April 2016 fails in two vital ways, according to the Bench Marks Foundation...
The Bench Marks Foundation has expressed its deep concern at the increase in harassment, intimidation, violence and assassinations of community leaders as well as activists in South Africa...
Director of NWU Bench Marks Centre for Social Responsibility and award-winning scholar of Potchefstroom who would have soon been a full professor, Freek Cronje died after he collapsed after a squash match. ...
The Bench Marks Foundation is devastated by the news of the cold-blooded murder last week on the South African Wild Coast of Sikhosiphi "Bazooka" Rhadebe. His murder is reminiscent of apartheid-style death squads...
Community members from Dominionville in Klerksdorp in the North West Province of South Africa are suffering from an increase in respiratory diseases caused by dust from Shiva Uranium's tailings dams...
The Bench Marks Foundation has written an open letter to the North West Commissioner of Police and the South African Human Rights Commission to draw attention to the unacceptable pressure being brought to bear on communities in Chaneng, in South Africa's North West Province...
The recent flurry of post AMI articles have had their moment of fame until next year, but the discussion is welcomed as it raises at least two valid points...
Representatives of Colombian organisations visiting South Africa met with AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) on 18 February 2016...
Colombia is immersed in one of the longest ongoing internal armed conflicts in the world. All actors in the conflict, including the state and government armed forces, have been implicated in serious and systematic human rights violations...
Colombian activists are shocked and alarmed at the devastation caused by gold mining they witnessed during their fact-finding visit to South Africa this week and will take what they have learnt from the experience home...
XOLOBENI MINING PROTEST
A Bench Marks Foundation delegation met with Australian High Commissioner Mr Adam McCarthy to express outrage at the killings of mining activists...
South Africa's Communities' right to say no to mining and to decide on its own development must be respected and all intimidation stopped, says the Bench Marks Foundation in a memorandum handed to the Australian High Commissioner, Mr Adam McCarthy today...
A communiqué calling on African governments, the United Nations, international and local mining, business and financial houses to revolutionise the often uncaring and disrespectful way governments and mining companies treat their citizens and workers...
A public commitment to publish its Social Labour Plan on the company's website by Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive of Anglo American PLC is a step in the right direction and more companies need to follow suit...
Communities who arm themselves with knowledge and information and work together to protect their interests are clearly a threat to the government and mining companies, says the Bench Marks Foundation...
The death of four mine workers at Impala Platinum's Shaft 14 mine in Rustenburg, South Africa on Friday, 22 January 2016 is a terrible tragedy says the Bench Marks Foundation...
Despite extensive opposition and clearly not being in the country's best interests, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWAS) issued an Integrated Water Use Licence (IWUL ) on the 14th of this month to Coal of Africa,s Makhado operation...