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Land rights and mining

Card image 23 June 2021 LARC

The value of land for people displaced by mining cannot be measured in monetary terms alone

By Shannon Herd-Hoare and Ramabina Mahapa If mining comes to Makhasaneni in rural KwaZulu-Natal, will the community be compensated fairly — and how? The market value of land or immovables such as h…

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Card image 08 July 2021 Daily Maverick

Disillusioned Xolobeni voters plan to turn their backs on ANC at the polls

Poor services and a controversial mining project have fuelled disaffection with the governing party.

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Card image 29 May 2021 Moneyweb

Alexkor teetering on the brink

Alexkor carries out diamond mining operations in the Richtersveld area and in the shallow and deep waters off the north-west coast of South Africa. The land mining operations are carried out throug...

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Card image 02 May 2021 Daily Maverick

SA energy mafia? Accusations against Gwede Mantashe are serious and could hurt entire South Africa

On Friday it emerged that the Mineral Resources and Energy Minister and ANC Chair, Gwede Mantashe, and his wife, Nolwandle Mantashe, had been implicated by a losing bidder in the project to provide “emergency” power generation. The consequences of this could be immense, both for South Africa’s continuous energy failure and the ANC’s future balance of power.

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Card image 13 April 2021 The Conversation

Law protecting interests of South African communities in mining deals falls short

Traditional leaders do not adequately represent the interests of rural communities in dealing with mining companies.

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Card image 08 April 2021 Daily Maverick

Mordor at the gates: The ploy to strip-mine Selati Game Reserve

In August 2020, out of the blue, the owners of the 28,000-hectare Selati Game Reserve received word that a company called Tiara Mining had plans to excavate a series of open-cast pits on their land. The mining application was at an advanced stage, it seemed, which was strange — no one from Tiara Mining had ever set foot on the conservancy. And so began a battle that would unearth a litany of contradictions.

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Card image 10 March 2021 GroundUp

MEC opens up the way for mining in protected Mpumalanga grasslands

Provincial government revokes status of part of Mabola Protected Environment

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Card image 05 March 2021 Daily Maverick

Lily Mine: Prayers, pain and hope mark mothers’ two-year vigil for their dead children

Five years on, the mothers of three mine workers who died in an accident at Lily Mine in Mpumalanga still hold a vigil at the scene of the incident.

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Card image 28 February 2021 Daily Maverick

Community won’t back down in fight against expansion of Tendele coal mine in KZN, despite taking a legal beating

Community and environmental groups took a beating – twice – when they challenged a major mining company in the courts. But they remain determined to fight all the way to the Constitutional Court.

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Card image 09 February 2021 GroundUp

Environmentalists lose bid to close Somkhele coal mine

Judge said applicants had not produced evidence to support their claims

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