While miners currently excavating in and around several Kimberley suburbs are confident that their appeal against a court order preventing them from sifting for diamonds on municipal land will be successful, spokesperson for the miners, Daisy Damons and several of her co-respondents, yesterday accused big mining companies of unjustly taking billions from the people of South Africa.

Illegal miners confident of appeal

While miners currently excavating in and around several Kimberley suburbs are confident that their appeal against a court order preventing them from sifting for diamonds on municipal land will be successful, spokesperson for the miners, Daisy Damons and several of her co-respondents, yesterday accused big mining companies of unjustly taking billions from the people of South Africa.

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The Zambezi Protocol was developed on the banks of the river of that name at a meeting hosted by former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo

Three steps for mining’s national rebirth

The Zambezi Protocol was developed on the banks of the river of that name at a meeting hosted by former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo. Its opening lines state: "Africa’s mining sector is in crisis. At its root is a lack of trust between mining companies, governments and, indeed, the very nations they lead. A failure to tackle the crisis will result in serious, adverse implications for both economic growth and employment prospects at the moment when the continent’s needs are rapidly increasing."

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Malita had high hopes when she first heard that foreign and domestic companies would start mining in her area of Malawi.

The failed promise of mining embitters Malawians

Malita had high hopes when she first heard that foreign and domestic companies would start mining in her area of Malawi. The government and the companies promised jobs, better schools and improved access to healthcare in her village. They didn't tell people about the risks mining can bring.

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The crisis at universities is throwing up some delightful contradictions. Just as students of the University of Pretoria are deriding its management as agents of white monopoly capital, students of the University of the Witwatersrand are marching on all those white monopoly capitalists down at the Chamber of Mines to demand more money.

Mining's chance to win hearts and minds

By John Kane-Berman

The crisis at universities is throwing up some delightful contradictions. Just as students of the University of Pretoria are deriding its management as agents of white monopoly capital, students of the University of the Witwatersrand are marching on all those white monopoly capitalists down at the Chamber of Mines to demand more money.

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