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Responding to criticism of its latest report, Policy Gap 12, the Bench Marks Foundation said today it has earned international respect for its use of credible scientific research, as well as its accurate reflection of community views, in its reports over the past decade...
Acid mine drainage (AMD), the result of over a century of abusive mining practice, has become a real threat to the wellbeing of residents of townships adjacent to mining activities in Gauteng...
The Bench Marks Foundation has called for a parliamentary enquiry into compensation for residents of Soweto whose houses still contain asbestos, despite the building material having been banned on 28 March 2008...
South Africa could have been a wealthy country with all its citizens enjoying a decent standard of living had some of the returns from gold mining stayed here instead of making huge profits for mainly British shareholders...
Thanks to over a century of mining, Johannesburg's population is living on the largest concentration of radioactive uranium on the planet...
The people of Johannesburg and Soweto are living on a radioactive health time bomb, thanks to one of the largest mine-produced and naturally occurring concentrations of uranium on the planet...
The unregulated use of radioactive sand drawn from mine tailings/slimes waste for low-cost housing in Soweto is putting thousands of its residents at risk of developing cancer...
Communities living in the shadows of Johannesburg's infamous mine dumps are at greater risk of respiratory illnesses than those of the city's leafy northern suburbs, a new study by the Bench Marks Foundation has found...
Over a century of abusive mining practice in Gauteng has put the province's supply of fresh water at severe risk, and left current and future generations with a massive, dangerous and expensive environmental challenge...
Local government authorities that are allowing housing to be built within 500 metres of tailings dams and other mine waste sites are courting disaster, according to the Bench Marks Foundation...
The Bench Marks Foundation invites you to the launch of our latest research study, Policy Gap 12: "Waiting to inhale": A study on household health and wellbeing in four mine impacted Soweto communities ...
Living and Working Conditions in Marikana Five Years After the Massacre [PDF only (5.5Mb)]...
Five years after the Marikana massacre, justice for the victims is still far off, the Bench Marks Foundation says on the eve of the 2012 shooting that left 34 striking Lonmin mineworkers dead and a further 78 injured...
Mining companies going into a state of suspension should establish a system of social grants to support the mineworkers they are retrenching, according to the Bench Marks Foundation...
The new Mining Charter is a flawed document that is the result of inadequate consultation with communities, and is set to further bedevil relationships among stakeholders in the industry...
Trade unions, miners and NGOs have again demanded that the world's biggest consumer of platinum pressurise Lonmin to adequately improve living and working conditions of workers...
As minerals such as gold become depleted in South Africa, the country needs to formalise and legitimise "zama zama" or survivalist mining...
Mining is not working for the people of Africa and current mining practices are causing harm to the health, wellbeing and survival of communities on the continent...
The Africa Mining Vision (AMV) represents the voice of foreign investors, and does not speak on behalf of the people of Africa...
The suggestion that the gap between mining companies and communities impacted by them is not as wide as perceived is absurd...
The Bench Marks Foundation has called for the release of members of a Tanzanian fact-finding mission who were arrested in northern Malawi in December last year...
outh African gold-mining giant AngloGold Ashanti acquired land to extend its open pit gold mine in Guinea through violence, intimidation, and other unethical behavior...
An international alliance of non-governmental organizations has increased the pressure on the British-South African mining company Lonmin to show goodwill...
The plight of a community near Sishen in the Northern Cape highlights once again the need to properly and adequately compensate people who are impacted by mining...
Shareholders of mining company Lonmin will this week face a challenge from the Bench Marks Foundation to compel the company to meet its obligations in respect of workers' needs by the fifth anniversary of the Marikana massacre...