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Land rights and mining

Card image 15 November 2023 Daily Maverick

When you drive from Mfolozi to Mtubatuba, you can smell the sadness in the air

While the climate impacts of burning coal are well documented, a lesser-told story is the misery endured by communities forced to accommodate new coal mines as neighbours. Banks which finance these mines are complicit.

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Card image 07 November 2023 Daily Maverick

Mining prospecting application in Napier region threatens tourism, environment

‘I’m giving you a hint… I’m being friendly. Stop writing about it in the newspapers because you’re going to cause a gold rush.’

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Card image 25 October 2023 Daily Maverick

Anglo American, coal producers to be slapped with class action over miners’ lung diseases

In an effort to rectify mining injustices, human rights lawyers at Richard Spoor Inc have filed a class action suit against some of South Africa’s biggest mining companies, on behalf of retired coal miners who are living with the detrimental health effects of decades of unsafe working conditions, the firm announced on Tuesday.

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Card image 23 October 2023 Daily Maverick

New push for coal mine on Kruger National Park boundary raises alarm

An obscure mining company has revived a rejected proposal under a new name – and Kruger management says it has been kept in the dark about an environmental impact assessment that omits the park.

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Card image 18 September 2023 Custom Contested

South Africa community members decry traditional leaders’ power amid mine plans

By Dimitri Selibas MAKHASANENI, South Africa — In a village in the rolling hills of grassland, woodlands and scattered homesteads in South Africa’s picturesque KwaZulu-Natal province, a broil between traditional leaders and community members is playing out. For hundreds of years, chiefs, who have been the unequivocal leaders of Zulu communities in the region, have … Continue reading

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Card image 01 September 2023 GroundUp

11th-hour out-of-court settlement reached on West Coast diamond mining

A major legal battle over the extension of 30-year mining rights has been averted

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Court challenge to 30-year extension of West Coast diamond mining rights

Fishers say they were ignored when the original rights were awarded between 1994 and 1998

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14 August 2023 Daily Maverick

‘Stop feeding those miners’ – Imtiaz Sooliman recounts chilling phone calls during 2012 Marikana strike

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Card image 14 August 2023 Daily Maverick

Silicosis and lessons from ‘enormous suffering’ – how a ‘measure of social justice’ was gained for mineworkers

The Qhubeka Trust, which was established after the first big silicosis settlement in South Africa, has closed its doors after paying over R421-million to 2,280 former gold mineworkers diagnosed with silicosis.

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Card image 08 August 2023 GroundUp

Lack of mining jobs spurs protest in Kagiso

Pan African Resources says it will not give in to the “equivalent of a construction mafia”

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