Mining firms 'polluting Africa'


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Mining firms 'polluting Africa'
BBC News Online

War on Want blames foreign-owned mining companies for pollution
The pressure group War on Want says it wants the British government to force mining companies operating in Africa to honour their social responsibilities.
The group says companies with UK links such as Anglo American, AngloGold Ashanti and Vedanta are failing to live up to a voluntary code of conduct.

It accuses the firms of human rights violations and environmental damage.

Anglo American and AngloGold Ashanti say the allegations are inaccurate and out of date.

In the past the British government has declined to intervene in what it says are "business matters".

Ghana

The War on Want report refers to cyanide spills at Ghana's largest gold mine at Obuasi, operated by AngloGold Ashanti, and says company security officials have helped conduct "swoops" on nearby communities to catch illegal miners, which have caused injuries and created a climate of fear.

AngloGold Ashanti spokesman Alan Fine told the BBC News website that two spills from a cyanide containment lake, referred to by the pressure group, dated from late 2005 and the company had "organised a clean-up".

He said that since the company took over the mine in 2004, it has upgraded the infrastructure and engaged with locals to reduce tensions with artisan miners.

South Africa

The report says that a subsidiary of Anglo American, Anglo Platinum has clashed with poor farmers from villages near the Bushel Mineral Complex in South Africa.

It alleges that residents were forcibly resettled at Magobading to make way for the company's new Twickenham mine.

In a rebuttal statement, Anglo American says "the residents were resettled with improved housing and compensation after a lengthy consultation" and were not forced off their land.

Zambia

War on Want says Zambia's Environment and Natural Resources Ministry has accused the Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), which is 51% owned by Vedanta Resources, of negligence leading to toxic leaks.

It also says KCMB has failed to comply with remedial measures and could be liable for prosecution.

But Vedanta Resources told the BBC News website they spent "several million dollars rectifying" the Kafue river leak.

A spokesman said the company takes human rights, the environment and their relationships with communities very seriously.
 
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Wakati tunagombea kuongezewa mgao ni lazima tuhakikishe kuwa mazingira yetu hayaathiriki. Ni nini hatma ya hayo mashimo baada ya kunachokitafutwa kwisha? Nini madhara ya hizo kemikali zinazotumika katika hiyo migodi,zinahifadhiwa vipi na zinatupwa wapi zikiisha tumika? Kitu kimoja ninachojua kwa hakika ni kwamba hizo dhahabu,almasi,tanzanite zote kuna siku zitaisha na zikiisha hawa wawekezaji watatuachia nchi yetu na kwenda sehemu nyingine yatakakopatikana. Social and environmental esponsibility isiishie kwenye kuwajengea wanakijiji nyumba za viberiti. Huu ni wajibu wetu sisi na kamwe tusiwategemee hao wageni maana wao wamekuja kuchuma tu!
 
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Mmeongea jambo la maana sana kuhusiana na mazingira yetu ambalo katika hili swala la kuhakikisha Tanzania inanufaika na madini yake, limesahaulika.
 
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Kwa Upande wa Tanzania kuna uwezekano mkubwa wa kuwepo na uchafuzi wa Mazingira ya ziwa Victoria kutoka kwenye mgodi wa Geita Gold Mine ambao upo umbali wa kilometa 20 toka kusini mwa ziwa hilo.
Tayali Viwanda ambavyo vipo Mwanza karibu na Ziwa hilo vinachafua mazingira kama vile kiwanda Bia na Nguo.

Iwapo hapatakuwepo na uangalizi na ukaguzi wa kimazingira, ikiwa ni pamoja na upimaji wa maji ya ziwa hilo. Wananchi wengi wategemeao ziwa hilo watajikuta akiathirika na taka sumu toka katika mgodi wa Geita.
 
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waafrika imeonekana mnashindwa kupigania haki yenu wenyewe....mpaka sasa wageni wanataka kutetea kwa ajili yenu. mkumbuke kuwa hakuna kinachofanywa bure! hata akitetea ujuwe fungu lake
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suala hapa ni Migodi na hatima ya mazingira yanayozunguka migodi hiyo... Sasa sijui haki gani unayozungumzia hapo.
 
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The Toronto Star
Nov 22, 2007 04:30 AM
Bruce DeMara



In a dark and dangerous world, the second annual Reel Awareness: Toronto Human Rights Film Festival offers some reason for hope.

The volunteer-driven festival, sponsored by Amnesty International's Toronto chapter, kicks off tonight with films and guest speakers offering personal perspectives on issues such as child slavery, the devastation of war and the ongoing oppression of women.


Spokesperson Shanaaz Gokool said organizers have sought to find a "balance" between despair and hope in the films offered.

"Sometimes you watch a documentary and it's difficult to watch because it seems hopeless in the end," Gokool said.


"One of the things about some of the films that have been chosen this year is it really shows how local activism can make a difference in terms of changing the outcome," she added.

That is certainly the case in tonight's festival opener, Tambogrande: Mangos, Murder, Mining, about the Peruvian farmers who transformed a remote region of their country into a fertile oasis only to have their livelihoods threatened when gold is discovered there by a Canadian mining company.

Ulises Garcia, one of the key players in the non-violent resistance movement to battle the intimidation against local farmers, is the guest speaker.

Toronto, and the GTA in general, is an ideal place to stage the festival because of the large number of new Canadians, refugees and people who are deeply concerned about human rights issues, said Gokool, a member of Amnesty's business and human rights team.

"It (the schedule) has a broad range of appeal for Torontonians in general, partly because we love film and partly... a lot of people are interested in human rights," Gokool said. Some highlights:
Two films focus on the ongoing oppression of women in developing countries. Enemies of Happiness explores the difficulties faced by a female parliamentarian in Afghanistan. Shame looks at the brutal rape endured by a Pakistani woman – while male relatives looked on – to atone for an offence allegedly committed by her brother. In the well-publicized case, Mukhtaran Mai went on to press charges against her assailants and became an advocate for women's rights.

Bling: A Planet Rock takes an unconventional look at the obsession of the hip-hop culture with "bling" and the consequences of that in Sierra Leone, which endured a 10-year civil war largely fuelled by the diamond trade. It features three hip hop artists, Raekwon, Paul Wall and Tego Calderon, who travel to Sierra Leone to see first-hand the effects on child soldiers and refugees.

Radio Okapi, The Peace Weapon, which has its Toronto premiere on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., tells how dedicated journalists struggle to present balanced journalism in the aftermath of Rwanda's devastating genocide.


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"One of the things about some of the films that have been chosen this year is it really shows how local activism can make a difference in terms of changing the outcome," she added.
Katika suala la Uchafuzi wa mazingira bado kuwa na watu wa aina hiyo hapa Tz, na kama wapo basi sauti zao bado ni ndogo sana.
 
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mazingira safi tutakuja kugundua baada ya kuchafuliwa kisawasawa,bado saaana labda hao jamaa wa nje ndio watushtue,ni sawa tuu kama ilivyo ndoto kwa haki za ******* na mashoga katika jamii nyingi za Africa...ndio maana tukaitwa third world!
 
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mazingira safi tutakuja kugundua baada ya kuchafuliwa kisawasawa,bado saaana labda hao jamaa wa nje ndio watushtue,ni sawa tuu kama ilivyo ndoto kwa haki za ******* na mashoga katika jamii nyingi za Africa...ndio maana tukaitwa third world!
Umesahau kuwa "Ukiona mwenzeo ananyolewa wewe tia maji"
 
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mazingira safi tutakuja kugundua baada ya kuchafuliwa kisawasawa,bado saaana labda hao jamaa wa nje ndio watushtue,ni sawa tuu kama ilivyo ndoto kwa haki za ******* na mashoga katika jamii nyingi za Africa...ndio maana tukaitwa third world!
Hebu fafanua hapo...
 
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Kwa Upande wa Tanzania kuna uwezekano mkubwa wa kuwepo na uchafuzi wa Mazingira ya ziwa Victoria kutoka kwenye mgodi wa Geita Gold Mine ambao upo umbali wa kilometa 20 toka kusini mwa ziwa hilo.
Tayali Viwanda ambavyo vipo Mwanza karibu na Ziwa hilo vinachafua mazingira kama vile kiwanda Bia na Nguo.
Hilo ni kweli, yawezekana ukashangaa zaidi kwani North Mara Gold Mine kule Nyamongo uko Kilometa 3 tu toka mto Mara unaomwaga maji yake ziwa victoria.
 

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