Just in from CostMine is the 2012 Survey Results for African Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits. This is a first and sure to become a staple of the mining industry and for all those who work or seek to work or mine in Africa. I cannot tell or comment on all in one posting. So here follows a brief survey of the continent as a whole—in future postings I will look at the data for individual countries. (more…)
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Canadian academics and free speech advocates are up in arms over two mining multinationals’ use of libel law to bury their critics in lawsuits. I quote the most indignant part of the report:
Canadian academics and free speech advocates are up in arms over two mining multinationals’ use of libel law to bury their critics in lawsuits. Alain Deneault, Delphine Abadie, and William Sacher published a book called Noir Canada. Pillage, corruption et criminalité en Afrique that detailed well-sourced human rights abuses by the multinational resource companies Barrick Gold and Banro Corporation. The companies have responded with $11 million in lawsuits, aimed at bankrupting their critics with court fees. Barrick Gold has threatened other publishers on the basis of brief summaries of yet-to-be-published critical books. (more…)
This report on a typically polite Canadian adventure played out at PDAC:
It was peaceful, loud and attention-grabbing. Seven pro-Tibetan activists posed as delegates to a downtown Toronto mining convention yesterday morning, then unfurled a six-metre red banner that read “HDI – STOP MINING TIBET.” Some chanted “Tibet is our land” and “stop mining in Tibet,”while two others laid motionless on the floor under the banner, in what they called a “mock die-in” to protest Canadian mining in Tibet.
We will never know the truth, but here is a report on Africa in action again. If true, this story is so terrible that I interrupt my oath not to report on mining in Africa. I leave you to decide what, if anything, can be done. Here is a quote from the story for those who may wish to read more:
Local residents describe it as a ‘massacre’ in which police and defence force personnel swoop down on thousands of illegal diamond miners, with helicopters – gunning them down, teargassing them inside their tunnels and having them killed with ferocious dog packs.
The Dominion, News from the Grassroots is a blog that has just run a month of stories on the Canadian mining industry. They are mostly critical: the usual that the oil sands are dirty, that Canadian mining is to blame for the war in the Congo, and stories about opposition to mining by tribes from Thailand to Timbuktu.
Most of their links are to “independent” sites that include “socialist” in the title.
The following piece is by Mpai Motloung. She works for Venmyn, a South African mining investment company. The piece come via a regular e-mail they send me, and others no doubt. I repeat it in its entirety, for it is a new point of view and one worth considering.
This newsletter was entirely inspired by interaction with a certain client who was pursuing a mining project based in a protected area in a north African country. As a conservationist, my first reaction was “there is no way this mining right will ever be granted” to which the client replied “don’t worry, the government would rather have mining than forest”. For me, it was a shocking revelation that such comments can be made in this day and age.