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Land rights and mining


Card image 19 May 2022 Daily Maverick

Limpopo villagers demand Anglo reopen Sekhukhune mine or lose licence

The impoverished locals – who blame mining for the loss of arable land and destruction of the rural agrarian economy – want the Twickenham mine to open or forfeit mining rights.

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Card image 19 May 2022 Daily Maverick

Illegal miners started Mpumalanga coal mine fire weeks ago – it’s still burning today

This is what it looks like when unregulated, illegal mining meets governance failure – a fire in a coal mine that has been burning for weeks, leaving nearby communities choking in the fumes. Perhaps most worryingly, nobody knows the extent to which fires may be burning underground.

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Card image 04 May 2022 GroundUp

Judge blocks mine expansion

Licence to extend the Somkhele mine set aside

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Card image 27 March 2022 Daily Maverick

Removal of landowner consent requirement a slap in the face of mining-affected communities

Minster of environment, Barbara Creecy’s recent revocation of the 2021 Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations Amendment is effectively reversing some of the very important progress communities have made in their ongoing fight for environmental justice and self-determination.

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Card image 28 March 2022 Daily Maverick

What’s behind Creecy’s legal backtracking on protecting communal land right holders against mining?

Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Barbara Creecy has withdrawn an amendment to legislation that helped protect, among others, communal land rights holders from unwanted mining on their land. Was this because of Cabinet pressure from the mining ministry?

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23 January 2022 Mybroadbandtech

Children’s fund and UCT are behind campaign attacking me — Mantashe

Energy minister Gwede Mantashe has made wild accusations that a children’s rights fund in the UK was helping to drive a negative narrative against him with the assistance of an institution at UCT and the CSIR.

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Card image 18 January 2022 Daily Maverick

Seismic surveys: Shell’s gone — but another devil has arrived

An Australian company is conducting seismic surveys on the West Coast, but NGOs have challenged the move.

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Card image 11 January 2021 Daily Maverick

Not a man of the people

The heavy-handed way in which the government — Gwede Mantashe in particular — handled the Shell saga is starkly reminiscent of the apartheid regime’s approach when a multinational applied to mine the sand dunes along the eastern shores of Lake St Lucia in KwaZulu-Natal in 1989.

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Card image 11 September 2021 Mail & Guardian

Rural Limpopo women protest against Sefateng Chrome Mine

Women sleep outside in the cold to stop what they consider mineral theft by a mining company, with state collusion

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Card image 28 July 2021 GroundUp

Battle to stop 22km long mine on Wild Coast

Xolobeni community deeply divided

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