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Water treatment plant in Ghana closes down due to pollution from illegal mining

The Kyebi Water Treatment plant has been shut down because the water has been left untreatable. The plant which serves much of the Eastern Region was shut down early on Tuesday due to the effects of illegal mining also known as galamsey on the plant. - See more at:…

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Added by Kobina Aidoo on September 7, 2016 at 11:19 — No Comments

Top 10 things that go wrong with mine closure

I found this presentation interesting: http://www.infomine.com/publications/docs/Robertson2011b.pdf

Added by Kobina Aidoo on September 29, 2011 at 5:25 — No Comments

GOXI @ Indaba III



I’m thinking CSR day should not been scheduled as the last event of the Indaba. That said “marginal” when the overriding message we’ve heard about CSR is “core.” You see?...

…OK I think…

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Added by Kobina Aidoo on February 10, 2011 at 23:45 — 1 Comment

GOXI @ Indaba II

Looking for mind closure

Sometimes you don’t need a panel; all you need is a good beverage.

On Monday, I was intrigued by the silence in response to a question about why companies don’t pay miners in Africa the same wages they pay miners in Australia, given that the respective end products are the same price everywhere, all things being equal.  I had expected a practiced answer to it because in some ways it is a fundamental question. But, I must admit, it’s…

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Added by Kobina Aidoo on February 10, 2011 at 0:40 — No Comments

GOXI @ Indaba

The highlight the 2011 Mining Indaba so far has been the GOXI presentation on Monday morning…I think. OK… maybe I exaggerate slightly: Susan Shabangu, Minister of Mineral Resources for South Africa, has also had a few words to say…and so has Niall Ferguson, Harvard professor and author of The Ascent of Money…and Cynthia Carroll, CEO of Anglo American…and Peter Seligmann, CEO and Chairman of Conservation International…OK, I exaggerate a lot, but that’s the point!

I hesitate to…

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Added by Kobina Aidoo on February 9, 2011 at 8:50 — 1 Comment

Nigeria drops charges against Cheney, Halliburton - AllAfrica.com



THE Federal Government's effort at prosecuting former United States Vice President Richard Bruce 'Dick' Cheney and other officials of Halliburton paid off, following payment of huge sums of money to the coffers of Nigeria, as Nigeria has reportedly agreed to drop charges against Cheney and Halliburton.

The development followed agreement reached…

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Added by Kobina Aidoo on December 15, 2010 at 1:20 — No Comments

China-Africa trade ties move beyond resources - Reuters

By Lucy Horny and Deborah Kan

BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Energy deals took centre stage during a southern African tour by China's leader-in-waiting, but the growing ties between China and Africa are quickly moving beyond the traditional sectors of energy and infrastructure.

Vice President Xi Jinping this week wrapped up a visit to South Africa,…

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Added by Kobina Aidoo on November 30, 2010 at 23:43 — No Comments

Ghana achieves EITI compliant status

DAR-ES-SALAAM, 19 OCTOBER 2010. Ghana has achieved Compliance with the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), the global standard for improved transparency in the oil, gas and mining sectors. The EITI Board designated Ghana as 'EITI Compliant' at a meeting today in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

EITI Chair Peter Eigen congratulated the Government, companies and civil society organisations that have supported to the process in…

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Added by Kobina Aidoo on October 20, 2010 at 20:14 — No Comments

Rare and Foolish (Paul Krugman -New York Times)

Last month a Chinese trawler operating in Japanese-controlled waters collided with two vessels of Japan’s Coast Guard. Japan detained the trawler’s captain; China responded by cutting off Japan’s access to crucial raw materials.… Continue

Added by Kobina Aidoo on October 19, 2010 at 5:36 — No Comments

Afren set to double output (Financial Times)

http://bit.ly/95Fy7U

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Added by Kobina Aidoo on September 8, 2010 at 22:09 — No Comments

Nigerians angry at oil spill double standards

Nigeria's Niger Delta is one of the most oil-polluted places on the planet with more than 6,800 recorded oil spills, accounting for anywhere from 9 million to 13 million barrels of oil spilled, according to activist groups.



But occurring over the 50 years since oil production began in the Delta, this environmental disaster has never received the attention that is now being paid to the oil-spill catastrophe hitting the U.S. Gulf coast.



"The whole world is trembling and even… Continue

Added by Kobina Aidoo on July 1, 2010 at 20:05 — No Comments

Man to blast BP with Vuvuzelas

http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/web/07/01/cnet.vuvuzelas.web/index.html?hpt=C2



Dissatisfied with what he sees as tepid effort on behalf of oil giant BP to stop the flow of petroleum from an exploded well in the Gulf of Mexico, a New York-based video producer named Adam Quirk has started raising money for a stunt designed to irritate its executives.



His plan is to serenade them with… Continue

Added by Kobina Aidoo on July 1, 2010 at 17:53 — No Comments

75 small scale miners feared dead in Ghana

I wonder if anyone has more background about this: http://news.myjoyonline.com/news/201006/48353.asp

Added by Kobina Aidoo on June 30, 2010 at 21:50 — 3 Comments

Day 2 of the Big Conversation at Wilton Park: Accountability in Petroleum and Mining Agreements

Under house rules, we can report who was there and what was said but not who said what.



On the second day of the Big Conversation, participants started off by focusing on getting to the basic elements of a good deal. What became clear was that there is no universal model for a good deal. Besides, it was noted, deals are often times zero sum games, so a good deal for one party is necessarily a bad deal for another. One participant drew the attention of the group to differences… Continue

Added by Kobina Aidoo on June 4, 2010 at 13:02 — No Comments

Day 1 of the Big Conversation at Wilton Park: Accountability in Petroleum and Mining Agreements

Under house rules, we can report who was there and what was said but not who said what.



The Big Conversation kicked off with participants from corporations, CSOs, governments, academia and The World Bank Group in attendance.



Day 1 was in fact a half day to accommodate for travel time and jet lag. The day was focused on framing “accountability.” It was suggested that accountability be understood for this purpose as the combination of transparency and participation in… Continue

Added by Kobina Aidoo on June 3, 2010 at 8:17 — No Comments

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