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ILLEGAL MINING DECIMATING RAINFOREST:

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2019 Peruvian president Martin Vizcarra is taking firm steps to eradicate illegal mining in this deforested area of the Amazon jungle, at La Pampa, Madre de Dios, in southeast Peru. Shown near abandoned illegal mines is a base from which police are operating to track down illegal operators. According... 

Indian miners seek rescinding of ban on beach sand mining by private companies

By: Ajoy K Das     31st May 2019 Indian miners in the private sector are seeking a reversal of a government order that banned beach sand mining by private mining companies. Private sector miners, in a submission to the government, point out that the imposition of the ban is a reflection of the poor regulatory environment and a... 

Opinion piece: Beef up visual security to clamp down on illegal mining

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd May 2019 By Laurence Smith, Executive at Graphic Image Technologies In 2017, it was estimated that South Africa’s illegal mining trade was worth R7 billion a year, and in 2015 the SA Human Rights Commission estimated that there were an active 30 000 illegal miners (known as zama-zamas). It has been... 

Gemfields warns about forced illegal mining ‘slavery’ in Mozambique

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th May 2019 London-based Gemfields warned in a statement on Monday that illegal miners were putting their lives at risk and facing “modern slavery” in Mozambique, where the company owns 75% of Montepuez Ruby Mining (MRM). The coloured gemstones miner has observed increasing numbers of illegal miner pit... 

Gold worth billions smuggled out of Africa

By: Reuters     24th April 2019 Billions of dollars' worth of gold is being smuggled out of Africa every year through the United Arab Emirates in the Middle East – a gateway to markets in Europe, the United States and beyond – a Reuters analysis has found. Customs data shows that the UAE imported $15.1-billion worth of gold... 

Mineral-rich West Africa shows much potential

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th April 2019 The cheerful mood among operators at the 2019 Investing in African Mining Indaba, coupled with some proactive and innovative governments competing for attention, suggests that the West African mining sector’s vast potential may increasingly be realised through the successful development of new... 

Explosives company expanding West African footprint

12th April 2019 South Africa-based explosives company BME continues to strengthen its presence in West Africa – which is poised to become one of the top five gold-producing regions in the world. BME – a division of the JSE-listed chemical manufacturing company Omnia Group – manufactures explosives at emulsion... 

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