JOHANNESBURG/ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Months of unrest in Congo’s volatile but resource-rich east is hampering an international push to curb the traffic of gold, tin and other metals by rebel groups, efforts which campaigners say are key to ending violence and encouraging legitimate mining.
International organizations such as the OECD and the United Nations, and pressure groups including the Enough Project and Global Witness, want to cut the rebels’ access to funds by insisting that companies do due diligence on metals they buy.
JOHANNESBURG, July 10 (Reuters) – South Africa’s deputy
mines minister has threatened to step up sanctions, including
closures, for mines which flout health and safety rules
resulting in fatalities.
Godfrey Oliphant was speaking at a memorial service for five
miners, from world No.4 bullion producer Gold Fields,
who died just over a week ago in a fire at the company’s
operations west of Johannesburg.
JOHANNESBURG, July 6 (Reuters) – Murky deals between
resource companies and governments in Africa and elsewhere face
tougher scrutiny after U.S. authorities c l arify disclosure rules
next month, although intense lobbying by industry giants may
have ensured the changes are limited.
The rules require energy and mining firms with U.S. listings
to disclose payments to foreign governments. Enacted two years
ago under the Wall Street Reform Act, the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission (SEC) has not finalised the requirements,
frustrating investors and activists alike.
MODDER EAST/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Shaking his fist and surrounded by angry colleagues, South African gold miner Chres Manyaka raged against ‘fat cats’ getting rich from the sweat of the workers.
But he was not talking about managers of the Gold One company, which had sacked him and several other fellow workers for an illegal strike at the mine east of Johannesburg.
MODDER EAST/JOHANNESBURG July 4 (Reuters) – Shaking his fist
and surrounded by angry colleagues, South African gold miner
Chres Manyaka raged against ‘fat cats’ getting rich from the
sweat of the workers.
But he was not talking about managers of the Gold One
company, which had sacked him and several other fellow
workers for an illegal strike at the mine east of Johannesburg.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The central African nation of Gabon will burn its government stockpiles of ivory on Wednesday against the backdrop of a surge in the killing of elephants and rhinos across the continent to meet surging Asian demand.
Conservation group WWF and TRAFFIC, which monitors the global wildlife trade, said in a statement the tusks and carvings would be set alight by Gabon’s President Ali Bongo after they had been subjected to an independent audit to ensure none had been pilfered for illegal sale.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Flies buzz around a hulking pile of flesh and muscle that lies rotting in South Africa’s Kruger National Park with its eyes gouged out and scimitar-like horns hacked off in the opening scenes of a shocking new documentary on rhino poaching.
A series of still-photos of other gruesome kills flash across the screen in “Rhino under threat”, a deeply disturbing 28-minute film available on video-sharing website YouTube that has been made to drive home the horror of a rhino poaching crisis which has reached alarming levels.
JOHANNESBURG, June 15 (Reuters) – South Africa’s top
mineworkers union has accused a rival of using witchcraft to
boost recruiting, an allegation taken seriously among the rank
and file in a country where traditional spiritual beliefs are
South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has been
locked in a violent battle for membership with the upstart
Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) at the
world’s largest platinum mine, run by Impala Platinum.
JOHANNESBURG, June 14 (Reuters) – A decade ago, there were
plenty of doomsday forecasts asserting the AIDS pandemic would
sharply curtail African economic growth with a particular focus
on its impact on food security.
But a series of bumper maize harvests in two of the
countries worst-hit by the disease, Zambia and Malawi, suggest
the region’s economies have not followed this script, thanks in
part to treatment programmes and farm subsidies.
JOHANNESBURG, June 14 (Reuters) – There was a narrow window
of opportunity to save Africa’s northern white rhinos from
extinction but bureaucratic ineptitude slammed it shut and the
species has now almost certainly vanished from the wild.
The last-ditch effort to save the animal in its final
Congolese refuge is detailed in a new book, “The Last Rhinos,”
by South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony, who died of a
heart attack in early March just weeks before it was published.