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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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The profit of suppliers to the mining industry is of course tied to the profit of the mining industry.   To invest in the mining industry, you may choose instead to average things out, and invest some in those who supply the mining industry.  How are they faring? (more…)

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Noir Canada

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…)

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US President Barack Obama and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper meet in Ottawa on February 19, 2009

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.

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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.

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In the great mining depression of 1983, I survived by returning to South Africa to work in the mining industry.  I will always be grateful to the people and the industry that made it possible for me to pay the mortgage at 18.6 percent and keep the Vancouver kids fed and clothed. 

The current economic situation does not yet seem to be putting many North American mining industry folk out of work and we hope it stays that way.  But still it is instructive to take a look at the jobs in mining in Africa, just in case you have to do what I did nearly 25 years ago.

As always my source of information is CareerMine.   When I last looked there were some 1,091 mining-related jobs in Africa in their list.  South Africa accounted for 814 of them, with but 47 in the Congo, 16 in Zambia, 16 in Namibia, 11 in Tanzania, 11 in Madagascar, 10 in Mozambique, 8 in Mali, 8 in Niger, and 7 in Guinea.

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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.

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