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Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on Mining in Southern Africa

It is projected that if the economy does not improve within the next two years, more than half a million mineworkers in the region will lose their jobs. It is estimated that more than 25% of mineworkers are HIV positive. Only two countries reviewed in the study have sufficient reserves to deal with a long-term recession.

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Breaking The Curse

This report has been compiled by a group of African and international civil society organisations concerned about the lack of transparency in mining contracts, as well as the revenue that national budgets forego because of excessive mining tax concessionsas well as multinational mining companies avoiding and evading tax.

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Natural Resource Extraction and Human Rights-Based Abuses in Africa

Africa is extremely rich in natural resources. For hundreds of years, there was trade in gold between modern-day Ghana and North Africa, and even further afield. Africa’s wealth, including humans and nature, attracted the attention of a globally expanding Europe, which intruded into the continent to enslave people for the sake of sugar and cotton plantations in the Americas, and finally sealed its control with the scramble for Africa in the 1880s.

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Les Medias Congolais et le Processus de Revisitation et Renégociation des Contrats Miniers

Le présent document est une tentative d’explication du rôle que les medias ont joué pendant le processus de revisitation des contrats initié par le gouvernement. Pour le rédiger, nous avons parlé avec 12 journalistes de la presse écrite et audiovisuelle, qui avaient répondu à une dizaine de questions notamment celles de savoir si les medias savaient et comprenaient pourquoi le gouvernement revisitait les contrats miniers? Comment avaient-ils couvert ce dossier? Avaient-ils eu l’information ou l’accès facile aux sources?

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Malawi and its Minerals

Malawi is not known historically to be well endowed with mineral wealth. Indeed, the late President for Life Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda used to rally the people to greater efforts by stating that although Malawi did not have gold, diamonds or copper, it had something just as valuable: fertile soil and plentiful water.Malawians were thus urged to work hard in the fields to grow more maize – their “green gold.” The lack of development in the mineral sector is therefore not strange in view of the general ignorance that existed, and continues to exist, in Malawi in this regard.

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