This project seeks to strengthen mass media in southern Africa and increase their coverage of topical issues relating to extractive industries in the region.
ZAMBIA'S economy has been predominantly driven by the mining industry for many years. The contribution of the industry to the economy is undoubted. What is worrying is the negative impact of the operations in the communities and the lack of commitment to address the social challenges that come with mining.
LANDS, natural resources and environmental protection minister Wylbur Simuusa says he is disappointed with civil society organisations suggesting that government has not shown leadership over the Chisora dam construction. Over 18 CSOs have petitioned the government over its decision to allow First Quantum Minerals (FQM) to continue constructing the Chisola dam, which was stopped through an environmental protection order.
The barometer is being designed as a monitoring tool to support the oversight work of parliament and the activities of civil society. The barometer will be a critical tool in monitoring how governments and both foreign and local companies are managing resources. SARW is working in partnership with SADC-PF. See the draft document.
ZAMBIA should discard the concept of corporate social responsibility because extractive industries prefer to undertake projects that are cheaper with little or no benefits to the community, says Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW).
And House of Chiefs head of research Patrick Manda has challenged the government to consider revising the mines and minerals development Act so that traditional leaders are fully consulted whenever a mining project is about to be undertaken in their chiefdoms.
Elections provide an opportunity for political parties to enter into a social contract with the voters. One critical area that needs to be part of the election campaign in Africa is how the different political parties intend to manage natural resources to ensure that citizens benefit.
SARW and SADC-PF have been for the past three year developing the resource barometer. The barometer is being designed as a monitoring tool to support the oversight work of parliament and the activities of civil society. The barometer will be a critical tool in monitoring how governments and both foreign and local companies are managing resources. SARW is working in partnership with SADC-PF. See the draft document.
THE Earth Organisation says mining houses should not threaten the government with job losses in order for them to get away from their obligations regarding the environment.
And the Southern Africa Resources Watch says the intended mass lay-off of over 500 workers by First Quantum Minerals is merely meant to blackmail the government.
THE Southern Africa Resource Watch says the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) risked remaining an academic exercise if it is not redefined to make it a homegrown concept.
In a statement released yesterday, Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW) campaign officer for Zambia Edward Lange stated that the initiative should not be an international-driven concept.
Lange stated that the EITI international secretariat validated Zambia as an implementing country which climaxed the implementation process of the initiative.
Harare- At a recent conference at the SAPES Trust ruling and opposition parties from agreed to work togerher to improve governance of Natural Resource