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Digging Deep for Profits and Development? Reflections on Enhancing the Governance of Africa’s Mining Sector

"Africa’s wealth in mineral resources has seldom been used to the benefit of the inhabitants of the countries concerned. More often it has provided an area of contestation between governments, multinational mining companies, local communities and ar…

Timbuktu's golden legacy: The experience of South African Firms doing business in Mali

"This report is based on a series of interviews that were conducted in Mali in May 2005 with resident South African companies to research their experience of the Malian business environment. The study found that South African companies are mainly i…

Mining Sector Exemptions from the COVID-19 Lockdown: Motivations and Triggers - Key Highlights

Zimbabwe now relies heavily on mining. In 2019, mineral exports contributed US$2.9 billion, accounting for 55.2% of the country’s total export earnings and approximately 73% of the value of the National Budget. The 2020 National Budget of Zimbabwe w…

Mining Sector Exemptions from COVID-19 Lockdown: Motivations and Triggers - Special Report

On April 19, 2020 the President of Zimbabwe announced the extension of the National Lockdown period by an extra two weeks to contain the spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. Part of the measures that constituted the first lockdown period include…

An Assessment of the National Mining Legal Frameworks and Policies of SADC Countries against the Africa Mining Vision (Cluster 1: Mining Revenues and Mineral Rents management): The Case of Malawi

This report is an assessment of the extent to which the mining policies and legal frameworks of SADC countries are in line with the aspirations of the 2009 adopted Africa Mining Vision (AMV), whose goal is to promote “transparent, equitable and op…

An Assessment of the National Mining Legal Frameworks and Policies of SADC Countries against the Africa Mining Vision (Cluster 1: Mining Revenues and Mineral Rents Management): The Case of Botswana

This report is an assessment of the extent to which the mining policies and legal frameworks of Botswana are in line with the aspirations of the 2009 adopted Africa Mining Vision (AMV), whose goal is to promote “transparent, equitable and optimal ex…

An Assessment of the National Mining Legal Frameworks and Policies of SADC Countries against the Africa Mining Vision (Cluster 1 : Mining Revenues and Mineral Rents Management): The Case of Zimbabwe

This report is an assessment of the extent to which the mining policies and legal frameworks of Zimbabwe are in line with the aspirations of the 2009 adopted Africa Mining Vision (AMV), whose goal is to promote “transparent, equitable and optimal ex…

Union and Business Efforts to Increase Productivity in the Mining Sector: A Critical Reflection

The aim of this paper is to examine the practicality of how mineworkers, organised under a trade union, can participate in employers’ productivity-increasing initiatives in a mutually beneficial way in South Africa. A critical analysis of the concep…

Futures Literacy In Mining: Empowering the AMV

The 10-year review of the African Mining Vision (AMV) is an opportunity to showcase the need for futures literacy, foresight and anticipatory governance. The COVID-19 pandemic accentuates the lack of anticipatory capabilities in African mining to …

Powering Extraction: Use of Renewables in the Minerals Sector

Energy costs represent a significant share of capital expenditure and operational expenditure for mining operations, particularly those positioned in locations where grid power is unavailable or unreliable. There is an increasingly strong case for t…

Challenges Facing Women in the Mining, Energy and Construction Sectors of South Africa: Persisting Barriers to Equity in the Workplace

The South African government took deliberate steps to encourage women’s participation in the economy by gazetting a number of progressive policies and legislation to address the challenges faced by women in the workplace. The extent to which these i…

Illicit Financial Flows: Towards a More Integrated Approach for Curbing Illicit Financial Flows from Zimbabwe

This study is an attempt to estimate the levels of Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) from Zimbabwe’s Mining, Fisheries, Timber and Wildlife sectors, over the period 2009 to 2013. It seeks to assess the possible drivers of IFFs and the existing legal an…

Conflict-Free Minerals: Why Formalization Efforts in Eastern DRC should be Reviewed

This policy brief critically reviews formalization efforts of artisanal and smallscale mining (ASM) in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which have had ambiguous outcomes that will have counter-productive effects (such as conflict and …

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