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CSR News

Use of satellite-based communications in mining sector escalating 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd October 2010 The association of key companies involved in delivering advanced digital fixed satellite systems Global VSAT Forum reports that satellite-based communications in the mining industry have escalated in recent years, owing to the reduction in costs and increase in operational productivity. 

CSR counsellor opens shop in Canada as Bill C-300 vote looms 

By: Liezel Hill     21st October 2010 Canada's new Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Counsellor for the extractive industries officially opened her doors on Wednesday, just one week before MPs vote on a contentious piece of legislation aimed at improving the behaviour of Canadian mining companies abroad. Bill C-300, a private... 

New Gold Fields housing complex to accommodate 100 employees, their families 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th October 2010 South African gold mining company Gold Fields has opened a new employee housing project, in the in the Glenharvie community, near its Kloof Gold mine, as part of its R550-million, five -year housing programme. 

Foundation adopts new approach to stimulating investment, 
job creation

By: Jonathan Faurie     1st October 2010 Sustainable development specialists the Africa Foundation for Sustainable Development (AFSD) has assembled a team to take a unique approach to stimulating investment and job creation directly and indirectly in communities affected by commercial mining operations. 

India seeks to attract mining investment with new law 

By: Liezel Hill     28th September 2010 India's Parliament will likely consider a proposed new mining law in November, and the new legislation, which aims to open up the country's resources to foreign and local private investment and increase the benefits from mining to local communities, could be in place some time next year. The new... 

No resolution yet on Argentina glacier bill

By: Francisca Pouiller     16th September 2010 Voting by lawmakers on a proposed law to protect glaciers in Argentina continues to face delays, and there is doubt from several sides whether an agreement can be reached. The bill aims to protect the country's glaciers by banning industrial activity in sensitive areas. 

Doe Run smelter closure leaves local economy devastated

By: Francisca Pouiller     13th September 2010 More than 70% of the 3 500 people who were employed by Doe Run Peru in the region of Junin have returned to their home towns or gone seeking work elsewhere, according to local newspaper El Comercio. General economic activity in the city of La Oroya, where life has revolved around metallurgical... 

Gold junior spends millions on skills development

By: Jonathan Faurie     3rd September 2010 DRD Gold has announced that the company has spent R4,9-million on a local economic development programme this year. 

Optimum Coal delivers first 20 of 100 houses to be built for senior citizens, the disabled

By: Jonathan Faurie     20th August 2010 JSE listed black-owned coal miner Optimum Coal, in partnership with the Steve Tshwete local municipality, has recently delivered the first phase of their housing pledge to provide houses to a 100 citizens of Middelburg and surrounding area, in Mpumalanga. 

New initiative bringing state-of-the-art services 
to remote healthcare sites

By: Jonathan Faurie     13th August 2010 Outsourcing specialists Barnstone have partnered with key mobile technology innovators and a consortium of private sector clinicians in a pilot project to bring certain medical services to some of the more isolated and rural locations in Southern Africa, most of which are in mining areas. 

Canada CSR counsellor wraps up consultations on procedure

By: Liezel Hill     7th August 2010 Canada's new corporate social responsibility (CSR) counsellor for the extractive industries Marketa Evans has completed public consultations on a review mechanism that will govern the way her office operates , according to a statement issued on Friday. The CSR counsellor position was created in... 

Shabangu urges local commodities value addition as Chinese-linked diamond cutting, polishing plant opens its doors

By: Jonathan Faurie     6th August 2010 The recently opened Matla diamond beneficiation plant, a joint venture between local black economic empowerment company Matla Innovation and Chinese gold company Gold Eastern, within the East London Industrial Development Zone, has indicated that local mining companies are prepared to work... 

Gold miner helping improve municipality-community relations 
in Mpumalanga 

By: Jonathan Faurie     9th July 2010 Great Basin Gold (GBG) reports that it is contributing positively to make the Dipaleseng municipality in Mpumalanga more managable by seconding project management skills to facilitate community development through the establishment of the Dipaleseng Project Management Unit (PMU) and to ensure... 

Anglo American helps fund Mpumalanga science, career guidance centre 

By: Jonathan Faurie     18th June 2010 Diversified mining major Anglo American, one of the world’s largest mining companies, has opened a R19-million science, career guidance and information and communication technology (ICT) resource centre in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga. 

Canadian CSR counsellor to be open for business by year-end 

By: Liezel Hill     27th May 2010 Marketa Evans, Canada's new corporate social responsibility counsellor for the mining, oil and gas sectors expects her office will be ready to handle the first complaints about Canadian firms' activities abroad by the fourth quarter of this year. The counsellor position was created and Evans'... 

The mining industry has a PR problem

By: Liezel Hill     14th May 2010 Mining companies based in the US and Canada find themselves in a strange situation. With demand for commodities from China and India still red hot, and, as the rest of the world begins to clamber back from the Great Recession, most producers are cranking out all they can to take advantage of... 

Proactive initiatives result in OHSAS recommendation

By: Eleanor Seggie     14th May 2010 Engineering projects firm TWP Projects has been recommended for OHSAS 18001 certification and is awaiting certification from the international certification authority in Germany. 

Don't just accept role of 'villain', miners told 

By: Liezel Hill     11th May 2010 The annual convention of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy kicked off on Monday morning with a discussion on the vital issue of community relations, but not before a resounding pep talk from moderator and Canadian journalist and commentator Rex Murphy. From references to mining in... 

Plight of near-mine communities highlighted at Joburg conference

By: Jonathan Faurie     16th April 2010 The plight of near mine communities in the Southern African region was highlighted recently at the annual Southern African Resource Watch conference held in Johannesburg. 

C-300 MP makes his case to a room full of miners 

By: Liezel Hill     15th April 2010 It was a case of Daniel entering the lion's den in downtown Toronto on Thursday, as Canadian Liberal MP John McKay, who tabled the contentious Bill C-300, stood up to address a lunch gathering of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum. Canada's mining companies and their... 

Canadian miners ramp up PR campaign against controversial bill  

By: Liezel Hill     9th March 2010 'Anti-C-300' pamphlets, buttons and large signs are everywhere at this year's the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's (PDAC's) annual convention, as Canadian mining industry groups turn the heat up in efforts to block the controversial legislation. Bill C-300, if approved, would... 

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