(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 […]
(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 […]
(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 […]
(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 […]
(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 […]
(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 […]
Lawyers have filed suit against a London-based watchdog that claims that bribery helped score mining rights in Guinea and earn profits in the multi-billions.