Diversified miner Rio Tinto Plc said it was continuing talks on the long-term future of its stake in the Grasberg copper mine in Indonesia and one of its top executives would visit the country for talks over the coming weeks.
Amazing news – we’ve passed 100 divestment commitments in the UK! It’s been incredible watching such a range of institutions – from universities, to faith, to health, to local government and pension funds – publicly commit to cut their ties with the fossil fuel industry, and see some of the incredible organising and campaigning that has got us there. And it’s still growing.
Rio Tinto's QMM mine in Madagascar was meant to be an exemplar of 'corporate social responsibility' and environmental best practice. But the reality experienced by local communities is different, writes Yvonne Orengo, with uncompensated land seizures, food insecurity, deforestation and social deprivation.
Gunfire reverberated through the valleys of the Wild Coast as residents paid homage to slain anti-mining activist Sikhosiphi Bazooka Rhadebe, who was assassinated in March 2016. An 18-month moratorium on mining activity and applications in the area has done little to end hostilities.
The Human Rights Day celebration on 21 March 2017, at Xolobeni on the Wild Coast, was supported by a crowd of 1100 people from all over South Africa, who gathered in solidarity with the amaPondo people. The event was to commemorate the ruthless assassination of community leader, Sikhosiphi Bazooka Radebe, a year ago, on 22 March 2016, outside his home, when two men, posing as policemen, shot him seven times in the head. The police have yet to find his murderers. Radebe, a well-known soccer player, was Chairman of the Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) and an outspoken anti-mining activist.
The South African government is currently embarking on streamlining decision-making processes in mining. To many this sounds like more top-down decision-making at the expense of those communities that will have to host mines and paves the way for more violent conflict.