South African Resource Watch

A gift is a gift, says Glencore on $1.4bn DRC debt write-off — but US Dept of Justice is watching the mining giant

In July 2018 the US Department of Justice announced it was examining Glencore’s compliance with US laws on foreign corruption and money laundering. And in April 2019 the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced it was investigating whether Glencore and its subsidiaries may have violated certain provisions of the Commodity Exchange Act through corrupt practices…
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SARWatch and its Civil Society Partners Popularise the New Mining Code of the Democratic Republic of Congo

This new mining code continues to raise negative reactions from major mining companies regarding various concerns submitted to the head of state. On 9 March 2018, the former president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila, promulgated the law No. 18/001 modifying the Mining Code of 2002. This promulgation was followed by Decree…
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SARWatch Participates in Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Global Assembly

“A real reflection of people’s movement, dedicated to changing the course of history.” – Ngoy Mango Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARWatch) participated in the 2019 Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Global Assembly. SARWatch was represented by its Project Officer for Gender, Communities and Communication, Patricia Ngoy Mango. SARWatch has been working with PWYP since 2008,…
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PRESS: SARW Urges the Zambian Government not to Sell its 20% Shareholding in its Joint Venture with First Quantum Mine

This would be a mistake and a departure from what is happening elsewhere on the continent. SARW is very concerned at the news that the Zambian government is considering selling its twenty percent shares in Kansanshi mine to First Quantum Minerals. This would be a mistake and a departure from what is happening elsewhere on…
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SADC meeting agrees on need for STEM in industrialisation

Higher education curricula in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) must pivot on science, technology and innovation if industrialisation of the region is to be achieved, as envisaged in the bloc’s Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap 2063.  This emerged from the first SADC regional conference of vice-chancellors and deans of education, science and technology; policy-makers; ministers…
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2018 DRC Alternative Mining Indaba, May 2018

The DRC Alternative Mining Indaba is in its second edition this year. It will be held (21-24 May) in the rich mining province of Lualaba. Over 250 participants are expected to attend from national and provincial governments, mining companies, civil society, labour, communities and artisanal miners. If you are interested in what is happening in…
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Alternative Mining Indaba(DRC): Memorandum for the Attention of the Governor of Lualaba Province

The Congolese people in general, and local communities in particular, do not benefit from the exploitation of their mineral resources.

SARW appointed Vice-chair of the ICGLR/DRC Forum National Committee

Behind SARW’s appointment are the various activities since 2010 to tackle the illegal exploitation of natural resources in the Great Lakes Region, the Alternative Summit on the margins of ICGLR Heads of State Special Summit.

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Memorandum of Congolese Civil Society Organizations operating in the area of natural resources on the mining code revisionLes Organisations de la société civile œuvrant dans le secteur des ressources naturelles en RDC prennent de nouveau l’initiative de vous adresser le présent mémorandum, afin d’inviter le Gouvernement à fixer l’opinion sur le processus de la révision…
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South Africa Silicosis: The price of gold

The mining industry contributes significantly to the hardship experienced by black women in rural areas of South Africa. For decades, mining houses have drawn in young black men for labour, only for many to return home sick, with little to show for years spent toiling underground.