Partnership Africa Canada (www.PACweb.org) today announced the Just Gold project has successfully implemented a system to trace legal and conflict-free artisanal gold in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Magistrates in Merthyr Tydfil sentenced five activists from Earth First! and Reclaim the Power to pay £10,000 to coal company Miller Argent. All five pleaded guilty to Aggravated Trespass for their part in an action which seriously disrupted work at Ffos-y-fran opencast coal mine, the largest in the UK, on the 21st of April.
A subsidiary of Australian mining company Mineral Commodities Limited (MRC), known for its controversial attempts to mine mineral sands at Xolobeni on the Wild Coast, has sued two Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) attorneys for defamation, claiming R500 000 in damages. One of the major investors in MRC is UK property magnate Graham Edwards.
Rössing Uranium, the world’s largest open pit uranium mine – which also happens to have been in operation for the longest period – is scheduled to cease operations in 2025. However, this does not mean Rio Tinto, the majority shareholder in Rössing Uranium, is done with Namibia. Rio Tinto is looking to a new investment in the mining sector, specifically mining copper in the two Kavango regions.