Update: South Africa’s highest court allows class action case against Mining companies.

About 500 000 former and existing miners have now been given the opportunity to jointly sue 32 mining companies for damages in the millions of dollars, thanks to the recent decision of the court in Johannesburg. The initial case was brought forward by a group of 60 miners but is set to expand to cover thousands of elderly men from the poorest rural areas of South Africa as well as Lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi and Mozambique,.   ... →

AngloGold Ashanti accused of ill-treatment of communities in Ghana.

Farmers from five communities in Ghana have come forward and claimed that AngloGold has abused their human rights. The farmers claim that AngloGold did not comply with the Minerals and Mining Act, which requires them to reach a settlement with communities for land. This is in relation to the refurbishment and enlargement of the Obuasi mine[1] being developed in co-operation with Randgold.   ... →

AngloGold Ashanti: construction starts in Ituri district, ignoring local population

Human Rights Violations in the DRC

AngloGold Ashanti is developing a goldmine in the Ituri district of the DRC. Issues of potential environmental impacts, social conflict, lacking community consent, displacement and corporate accountability exist.

Despite years of dialogue, AngloGold Ashanti is still not responding to the community’s key demands, or being transparent about their plans for the project.   ... →

AngloGold Ashanti: Security agencies engaged by mining company shooting at locals

Human Rights Violations in Ghana

As only the most recent case, Kwame Eric of Binsere, a 23 year old man, was shot near Obuasi, Ghana, in August 2011 by a private security organisation employed by AngloGold Ashanti, when unlawfully entering the company’s area.

In 2006 AngloGold Ashanti employed the services of the military to guard the company’s area.   ... →

AngloGold Ashanti: Land grabbing

Human Rights Violations in Ghana

In 2009, the mining company tried to expel locals from their villages by intimidating them in order to expand its rock waste dump. James Sarpong, however, remained determined and did not leave his village. On June 19, 2009, AngloGold Ashanti took court action in Sekondi-Takoradi to seek an eviction order for James Sarpong, which the high court presided by judge Anthony Oppong granted.   ... →

Barrick Gold and AngloGold Ashanti (AGA): profiting from deception and depriving Tanzania

Fraud and tax avoidance Tanzania

Tanzania, located atop 45 million ounce of gold, economically valued at US$39 billion, is Africa’s third largest gold producer. Barrick Gold and AGA are primarily involved in operating Tanzania’s gold mines, with exports amounting to US$2.5 billion in gold during the past five years while the government has accrued just US$21–US$22 million per annum on average.   ... →