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How to ensure communities living near mining activities get a better deal

How to ensure communities living near mining activities get a better deal

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Ross Harvey, South African Institute of International Affairs

The South African government and the…

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Added by Ross Harvey on May 8, 2018 at 11:19 — No Comments

Call for abstracts

Dear Goxians,

We have an in-house journal that is about to craft a special issue on EU-Africa relations in the Extractive Industries. The call for abstracts can be found here

Please share widely with your networks and do let me know if the link is not functioning properly (ross.harvey@saiia.org.za).

Best wishes,

Ross

Added by Ross Harvey on March 5, 2018 at 14:30 — No Comments

Mineral rights, rents and resources in South Africa's development narrative

A new SAIIA paper argues that South African policymakers have to make mining legislation coherent with the National Development Plan if the industry is to have any chance of succeeding under a low commodity price environment.

The paper explores potential explanations for South Africa’s economic underperformance since 1994.…

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Added by Ross Harvey on December 10, 2015 at 10:12 — No Comments

Job opportunities at the South African Institute of International Affairs

SAIIA is looking to hire a Researcher and a Programme Head on its Governance of Africa's Resources Programme, based in Cape Town. Please share these opportunities with anyone who you think is keen and able to produce…

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Added by Ross Harvey on October 27, 2015 at 16:36 — No Comments

Marikana Commission’s findings cast light on urgency of labour law reform

Following the release of the 645-page Marikana Commission Report, here are some of my preliminary thoughts:

Marikana Commission’s findings cast light on urgency of labour law reform

For some of the background work on how the institutional arrangements governing labour in South Africa keep generating incentives for mutually destructive…

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Added by Ross Harvey on August 3, 2015 at 15:14 — No Comments

Botswana's Coal: Dead in the water or economic game-changer?

Here's my latest publication, which argues that Botswana's coal should be harnessed for regional energy security rather than focusing on exports per se. http://www.saiia.org.za/news/botswanas-coal-dead-in-the-water-or-economic-game-changer…

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Added by Ross Harvey on December 8, 2014 at 16:49 — No Comments

Future oil revenues and political dynamics in West and East Africa, a slippery slope?

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This paper attempts to model the likely interaction between political dynamics and windfall oil rents in a number of soon-to-be oil-dependent…

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Added by Ross Harvey on June 19, 2014 at 15:16 — 1 Comment

New research: How to chart a new social compact for mining sector in South Africa

NEW RESEARCH

Just short of 18 months after South Africa’s Marikana tragedy of 16 August 2012, ascendant platinum belt union AMCU went on strike. The union represents about 70% of the workforce across three of South Africa’s largest platinum companies. Since its inception in January, the longest strike in South African history has cost the platinum sector over R17 billion in lost…

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Added by Ross Harvey on May 13, 2014 at 13:07 — No Comments

Mining and Development: Lessons Learnt from South Africa and Beyond

By  Ross Harvey



Africa is blessed with an abundance of mineral resources, yet it remains poor by most measures.…
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Added by Ross Harvey on April 8, 2014 at 9:20 — No Comments

My recent work on mining in South Africa



The first link below is a policy briefing on how to resolve the prisoners' dilemma currently characterising the labour-employer tensions in South African mining. The second is a piece that deals specifically with the research findings of the informing discussion paper (with a link to the paper itself and my video interview with SAIIA on the findings).…

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Added by Ross Harvey on January 17, 2014 at 14:40 — No Comments

Marikana as a Tipping Point? The Political Economy of Labour Tensions in South Africa’s Mining Industry and How Best to Resolve Them

Before 16 August 2012, the platinum-mining South African town of Marikana was still largely unknown outside the mining sector. On that fateful day, everything changed. A toxic cocktail of a brutal police force and grievance-mobilised workers resulted in the death of 34 striking mineworkers. 



Tragedies such as Marikana tend to catalyse change – a potential tipping point on the trajectory of South Africa’s political economy. Given the salience of labour–employer…

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Added by Ross Harvey on December 5, 2013 at 20:02 — No Comments

Assessing Competitive Resource Tenders as an Option for Mining Rights Allocation in South Africa

Assessing Competitive Resource Tenders as an Option for Mining Rights Allocation in South Africa

The Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill of 2013 (MPRD-AB) has generated fresh debate regarding the appropriate system for allocating mineral prospecting and mining rights in South…

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Added by Ross Harvey on November 29, 2013 at 12:09 — 2 Comments

South Africa's Minerals Legislation before parliament

Here's my latest opinion piece, this one on the need for clear and stable regulation in South Africa's mining industry: http://www.saiia.org.za/opinion-analysis/mining-law-amendment-neglects-clarity-opens-door-for-rent-seeking 

We'll be presenting our submission in parliament today before the mineral resources portfolio committee. I'll post the link to it on…

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Added by Ross Harvey on September 13, 2013 at 8:26 — 1 Comment

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