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Women Urged to Venture Into Mining

Women Urged to Venture Into Mining

Young women in Zimbabwe have been urged to take up mining seriously to empower themselves. Speaking during a tour of small-scale gold mining in the Makaha area in Mudzi by a group of women, RedLipstick Revolution founder Abigail Magwenzi said women need to be inspired by mining to move the country forward. RedLipstick Revolution is […]

Africa’s Miners Face New TB Threat As Pandemic Disrupts Treatment

Africa’s Miners Face New TB Threat As Pandemic Disrupts Treatment

Vama Jele’s heart dropped every time he heard that another migrant miner home from South Africa had died from tuberculosis (TB) due to skipping treatment under lockdown. In just four months, it happened 60 times. When COVID-19 shut South Africa’s mines, workers from Jele’s homeland eSwatini and other neighbouring nations rushed home – disrupting TB […]

Residents Suing Diamond-Mining Firm Octea Complain Of Toxic Water, Health Problems And Damage To Homes

Residents Suing Diamond-Mining Firm Octea Complain Of Toxic Water, Health Problems And Damage To Homes

At the foot of a slag heap some 40 metres high, Adi Kalie Bangura showed the black welts that dot his arms and legs that he says are the result of drinking and bathing in water contaminated by Sierra Leone’s largest diamond mine. The water “makes us get headaches and feel sick in our stomachs,” […]

Uganda Labor Union Taking On Multinational Mining Companies

Uganda Labor Union Taking On Multinational Mining Companies

Uganda’s Karamoja region is rich in natural resources. With better security, major mining conglomerates have come in and the labor union, Karamoja Miners Association, ensures they do not grab lands. Itedo Mahmud is a former cattle-herder but now makes his living from gold mining. He lives in Acherer, a small gold miners’ settlement, in Karamoja, […]

Hundreds Missing After Iron Ore Mine Dam Collapses In Brazil

Hundreds Missing After Iron Ore Mine Dam Collapses In Brazil

Brazilian rescue workers on Saturday searched for roughly 300 missing people after a tailings dam burst at an iron ore mine owned by Vale SA, amid faint hopes of finding many alive, three years after a similar disaster involving the miner. Nine people have been found dead after the dam burst on Friday, while nearly […]

Government Projects U.S.$800 Million In Mineral Revenues

Government Projects U.S.$800 Million In Mineral Revenues

Rwandais projecting a sharp growth in its mineral export earnings in the current fiscal year on account of diversification, value addition and stability in international prices. The country’s export earnings from minerals are projected to reach $800 million this fiscal year, up from $399 million in 2017/18, according to Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board […]

Social Injustices Continue To Dog Women In Mining

Social Injustices Continue To Dog Women In Mining

Women in the mining sub sector world over and especially in Africa continue to face crosscutting challenges that have continually kept them playing the catch up game in equitable access to natural resources. Because of its inclusivity, mining is one of those sectors that is hoped to uplift the local populace out of poverty. As […]

Why South Africa Is Ripping Up Its Mining Rules Again

Why South Africa Is Ripping Up Its Mining Rules Again

South Africa’s mining industry is a prime example of the nation’s stark imbalances. Its highly paid, mainly white male executives oversee hundreds of thousands of mostly black workers laboring in deep and dangerous operations. To spread the nation’s wealth more equally, the government revised its mining charter in 2017 to require that companies give more […]

As Commodities Roar, Africa Wants Bigger Slice of the Mining Pie

As Commodities Roar, Africa Wants Bigger Slice of the Mining Pie

One by one, the biggest names in African mining are getting squeezed. The tactics might be blunt, but the message is clear: the countries where they operate want a bigger share of the proceeds. The collapse in commodities through 2015 hobbled some of Africa’s biggest resource economies, stunting growth and leaving budgets short. Since then […]

Namibian Women Largely Observers In Mining

Namibian Women Largely Observers In Mining

 In Namibia, less than one percent of women are involved in the mining of tin and tantalum and selling semi-precious stones, mostly in Erongo and Kunene regions. In Africa and other developing countries, there are more women involved in the small-scale mining of gold and gemstones in comparison to those involved in large-scale mining. This […]

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