Tshisekedi OK’s military crackdown on illegal miners in DRC

Tshisekedi OK’s military crackdown on illegal miners in DRC

The Democratic Republic of Congo will begin forcibly removing some 10,000 artisanal miners from the Glencore mines where nearly four dozen people died last week, according to Bloomberg. A military commander said President Felix Tshisekedi has ordered the removal to “put an end to the theft of minerals in the…

Gécamines chief pushes back at NGO claims of corruption

Gécamines chief pushes back at NGO claims of corruption

The Congolese mining entity Gécamines issued a scathing rebuke to international NGOs on Wednesday, with a report that seeks to debunk the years of allegations about corruption and missing millions. The 60-page report begins with an introduction from Albert Yuma-Mulimbi, a close ally of outgoing President Joseph Kabila and the…

Sudan: Environmental activist questioned by state security

Sudan: Environmental activist questioned by state security

An environmental activist in Sudan was questioned by security services this week in connection with ongoing protests over the use of dangerous cyanide in the gold industry in and around South Kordofan state. Radio Dabanga reports that Ibrahim Naima was taken to the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) offices…

Botswana mining industry adopts new model for sustainability practices

The mines in Botswana will be the first in Africa to adopt a Canadian model of sustainability that requires members to continuously assess their mining practices and report them to the community. The Towards Sustainable Mining® (TSM) initiative looks at six core areas – including greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity conservation and community…