Tanzania's taxing problem

All Tanzanian companies (not just mining companies) are entitled to a refund on their input VAT. Thus, the recent announcement that AngloGold Ashanti and African Barrick are among those seeking a refund of more than US$270 million of this tax isn’t an anomaly as...

Glimmer of justice for sick gold miners

A South African court judgment could enable hundreds of thousands of workers, and their families, to gain compensation for deadly silicosis contracted in the country’s gold mines. Alas, the verdict arrives too late for Thembekile Mankayi, the worker who...

Polluting miner gets $130m health grant for Ghana

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is backing one of Africa’s biggest mining companies in carrying out a malarial control programme in Ghana. Its decision is  – to say the least – “baffling” the country’s NGO...

Social Movements Fight Gold Mining in Colombia

On March 4 AIM-listed Greystar will have a second public hearing after which the environment ministry will decide on the license for Greystar’s Angostura project. This second public hearing was ordered after citizens of the city of Bucaramanga complained they...

Small victory over AngloGold Ashanti in Colombia

Ecotierra in Tolima, Colombia, reported that in the face of student protests and international support, the University of Tolima declined on 19 January to sign a research contract with AngloGold Ashanti for research work to facilitate the company’s plans to mine...

AngloGold Ashanti wins spoof award

AngloGold Ashanti wins spoof award for environmental destruction and human rights abuse in Ghana. See http://publiceye.ch/en/news/press-release-january-10th-2011/. See the company’s response at...

AngloGold sells B2Gold stake to fund Colombia exploration

The world’s third-largest gold-miner, AngloGold Ashanti, announced that it had sold its 10,17% stake in Vancouver-based B2Gold Corporation. AngloGold realised net proceeds of C$70-million from the sale of more than 31-million shares, or its entire holding in the...

Abuses common in Ghana gold mining – Report

Foreign gold mining companies in Ghana regularly seize people’s land, pollute the environment and violently suppress those who oppose them, according to a new report by a human rights team at the University of Texas School of Law. The report concentrates on...