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An Overview of Producer Services in the Mining Industry in South Africa

"The focus of this particular paper is the role of producer services in the mining sector of South Africa. The objective is to understand what producer services are spawned by the mining sector, what role they play in determining the performance of …

Managing Natural Resources to Ensure Prosperity in Africa

"The discovery and extraction of natural resources has the potetial to finance rapid, sustained and broad-based development. However, the historical record of resource discoveries in developing countries is deeply worrying. Often discoveries have l…

Environmental Impacts of Gold Mining in Penhalonga

"Gold mining in Penhalonga represents all methods of gold extraction from deep underground mining, to small-scale mining with mines only a few metres deep, through large-scale alluvial mining and the most infamous gold panning. The area therefore i…

"Reserves" as a leading indicator to future mineral production

"The definition and classification of mineral reserves and resources are discussed, and the factors which control their magnitudes and values analyzed. The reasons for the confusion in the use of these terms are explained. The extent to which rese…

Indian Mining Companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo

"The main mining companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are listed in Canada, Australia and the US. These companies are being joined steadily by Chinese state-owned operators. Although Indian mining companies have a growing presence in …

A 21st Century Scramble: South Africa, China and the Rare Earth Metals Industry

"The paper analyses the peculiar structure of the rare earth elements (REE) industry, a sector dominated by China, and the global implications of current upheavals within the sector, especially as they concern South Africa’s (re)emerging rare earths…

The Republic of South Africa as a Supplier of Strategic Minerals: An Assessment

This paper focuses on the economic aspects of South Africa as a supplier of strategic minerals to the Western world. It furthermore describes the importance of the railway system in South Africa and the value of the Cape Sea Route for transportation…

The Impact of Technology on Poverty Alleviation : The Case of Artisanal Mining in Tanzania

"This study set out to explore the following broad objectives: Identification of technological problems facing artisanal mining; which includes current techniques and equipment used in mining and beneficiation, geological information, appropriate mi…

Survey on Women and Livelihoods in the Niger Delta: An Overview of Women's Economic Activities in Oil Producing Communities in Akwa Bom, Bayelsa and Riverstates

The economic crisis in the Niger Delta has been accentuated by increased exploitation of oil and gas resources occasioned by the search of the Nigerian state for greater revenues and the multinational oil companies‟ quest for higher profits. The con…

From Promise to Practice: South Africa's Legal Framework for Mineral Resources and the Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a concerted global effort to realise the imperatives of sustainability. It is crucial that South Africa, which plays a leading role on the African continent, makes every effort to realise the targets s…

Enhancing Value Addition in the Extractive Sector in Africa: Why is it Important and How Can it be Achieved

Africa has a wealth of extractive resources. However, most of its minerals are extracted and exported in their raw state. The processing of its minerals into higher value output and products is done elsewhere. Hence, the majority of Africa’s miner…

Mining the Socio-economic Benefits of the Extractive Industries

The convergence of political, economic, social and environmental dynamics is accelerating in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In this new world of ‘always on’ technology the mining sector, like many others, needs to adapt and align with …

Unlock the Value of Data in Your Supply Chain

We are combining Consensas’ groundbreaking technology with IMPACT’s in-depth experience to transform how natural resources are managed in areas where security and human rights are at risk. We are creating a solution that allows companies to confi…

Just Gold: Bringing Responsible and Conflict Free Gold from Artisanal Mines to International Markets

IMPACT works with miners, traders, and exporters to create incentives for legal sales and provides capacity building to implement the traceability and due diligence required by the Just Gold project, in alignment with regional and international stan…

Mining for a Circular Economy in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution: The Case of South Africa

Mining is not typically associated with visions of a circular economy, where waste is transformed into inputs for ecologically safe outputs. But if the world is to transition to a low-carbon future – a fundamental imperative if we are to avoid war…

Towards Understanding South Africa's Differing Attitudes to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and Open Governance Partnership

"The paper undertakes a critical assessment of the various motivations behind South Africa’s active participation in the Open Government Partnership (OGP), as a contrast to the country’s notable absence from the Extractive Industries Transparency In…

Raising the Community voice in the Extractive Sector: Challenges and Future prospects of the Mining Sector in Zimbabwe

"The later part of the year 2013 saw the government of Zimbabwe making lukewarm efforts to address challenges bedeviling the mining sector that civil society groups working in this sector have been highlighting relentlessly for years with very limi…

Challenges and Future prospects of the Mining Sector in Zimbabwe

"The report evaluate some of the governance challenges in the mining sector seen in 2013 with a view of impressing on policy makers to adapt policies that encourage economic growth of the sector at the same time upholding principles of human rights …

The Social, Economic and Environmental Implications of Diamond Mining in Chiadzwa

"Diamond mining in Chiadzwa started as an illegal activity carried out by members of the community who were attempting to find alternative sources of livelihood. It is said that by 2006, De Beers (a South African Diamond Mining Company) had undertak…

Raising the Community voice in the Extractive Sector: Socio-Economic and Environmental Impacts of the Extractive Sector on the Immediate Communities.

"This news letter features a survey recently conducted by CRD in the mining communities of Chimanimani West in Manicaland Province in Zimbabwe. The research survey highlights socio-economic and environmental impacts of mining activities from the com…

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