Tag: mining

Four years since ‘Marikana Massacre,’ new charges rock British mining giant

Four years since ‘Marikana Massacre,’ new charges rock British mining giant

| August 16, 2016

(GIN)—Prayers are being said this week for 34 men, employees of the UK mining company Lonmin, who were fatally shot Aug. 16, 2012 during a strike and protest action over pay and conditions at the Marikana platinum mine. The shootings, by the South African Police Service, unleashed a national crisis. A Commission, appointed by President […]

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Mining tycoon of Sierra Leone, presidential hopeful passes in London

Mining tycoon of Sierra Leone, presidential hopeful passes in London

| August 9, 2016

(GIN)—One of the wealthiest men in Sierra Leone who built his fortune in extractive industries died suddenly at White Chapel Hospital in London, according to the Sierra Leone Telegraph. Gibril Santigie Moseray “Super” Fadika was planning to run for the presidency of Sierra Leone in 2018 on the ticket of the All Peoples Congress. His […]

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South African anti-mining activist leaves legacy of fight-back

South African anti-mining activist leaves legacy of fight-back

| March 29, 2016

(GIN)—Sikhosiphi “Bazooka” Rhadebe will be remembered as a man of principle who chaired the Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) and fought to hold back titanium mining in South Africa’s Xolobeni coastal dunes. “Our beloved Bazooka made the ultimate sacrifice defending our ancestral land of Amadiba,” the ACC said in a published statement. Rhadebe, who said his […]

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One-family rule in Gabon to cross half century mark

One-family rule in Gabon to cross half century mark

| March 1, 2016

(GIN)—Ali Bongo Ondimba, son of the Gabonese patriarch Omar Bongo Ondimba, has announced plans to seek another term in office—giving his family more than a half century of rule in this West African nation if he wins. Announcing his candidacy, President Ali Bongo pledged to fight “unwarranted privilege” even as he stands as one of […]

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Zambia asks for prayers to save sinking economy

Zambia asks for prayers to save sinking economy

| October 20, 2015

(GIN)—Bars and nightclubs were shut across Zambia over the weekend as the country prayed and fasted for its currency, the kwacha, to reverse its sharp nosedive and for copper prices to stop tanking, as the economy slides into crisis. Church leaders rallied their members to heed President Edgar Lungu’s call for a national day of […]

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Special treatment for whites led to Marikana bloodbath, inquiry told

Special treatment for whites led to Marikana bloodbath, inquiry told

| August 21, 2014

(GIN)–A commission hearing testimony on last year’s deadly miners’ strike, heard that white employees at the Lonmin mine got preferential treatment at the expense of their black counterparts, provoking anger and resentment. “There is still segregation in the mines based on race,” rockdrill operator Shadrack Zandisile Mtshamba told the commission in Pretoria. “All white people […]

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Niger jails protesters asking to see French mining contract details

Niger jails protesters asking to see French mining contract details

| July 25, 2014

(GIN)—Niger activists planning peaceful demonstrations during a recent visit of French President Francois Hollande found themselves in custody after police raided homes including that of Ali Idrissa, national coordinator of the Publish What You Pay coalition. The protestors were demanding to see the terms of a new uranium extraction contract between Niger and the French […]

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South African miners in historic strike stand firm on pay demand

South African miners in historic strike stand firm on pay demand

| June 12, 2014

(GIN)—South African miners are holding out for a living wage in the longest strike against mining companies in the country’s history. A June 9 deadline set by the government was reached without progress and the talks collapsed. The two sides are far apart on the wage issue with the Association of Miners and Construction Union […]

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Disturbances mar Niger deal with French mining company

Disturbances mar Niger deal with French mining company

(GIN)—Students and police clashed in the capital city of the West African nation of Niger this week over essential stipends held up by a school official. Police threw tear gas bombs at the students who set up barricades and burned tires, according to news accounts. Younous Abdouramane, student union leader at Niamey University, estimated the […]

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Sierra Leone attacks report exposing mining-friendly ‘prosperity agenda’

| February 26, 2014

(GIN)—Sierra Leone’s pro-government media went on the attack recently to condemn a report by the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch titled: “Whose Development? Human Rights Abuses in Sierra Leone’s Mining Boom,” which documents widespread violations in the mining sector. A piece by Newstime Africa tore into the rights group, saying their report contained “wild, wicked, criminal […]

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