Organisation calls for transparency from mines

Mynbou & Nywerheid / Mining & Industry
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A Cape Town based organisation called Publish What You Pay is on a road-show programme in the province to pro-mote transparent flow of information in the fight against corruption, as well as making communities aware of their rights - especially about mining houses.
On May 11, 2017 a workshop was held at Kuruman SAPS's canteen where about thirty participants at-tended the function.
The National Coordinator of the organisation, Ms Tafadzwa Kuvhe-ya, said that the organisation is a global alliance of NGOs, civic organisations, faith based organisations and other individuals whose objective is to advocate for transparency and minimise corrupt practices with-in their lines of operation.
specific projects. By not revealing this information, the rights of the surrounding communities are trampled.
“We also advocate for governments to legislate reporting standards for countries up to project level.
“A good example is that of a British mining company that must report about specific projects completed, projected or still underway, not to simply state that they have projects in South Africa.
“The road shows are conducted throughout the country in each province so that South Africa becomes a signatory to Publish What You Pay.
The organisation is working in con-junction with the mining affected communities United in Action (MACUA).
South Africa is the latest member of the forty countries affiliated to the organisation.
Asked how the organisation wants to achieve its goals towards the realisation of transparency, Ms Kuvheya said that while companies remain rigid to disclose their terms of operations, like the mines, the thrust is to push government to enact laws that compel companies to disclose information around socioeconomic and environmental implications - especially in the mining sector.
This sector is not disclosing relevant information for the general public to know and hence communities around mining houses are duped of their deserved incentives derived from them.
“We want mining companies to publish documents regarding their specific projects. By not revealing this information, the rights of the sur-rounding communities are trampled.
“We also advocate for governments to legislate reporting standards for countries up to project level.
“A good example is that of a British mining company that must report about specific projects completed, projected or still underway, not to simply state that they have projects in South Africa.
“The road shows are conducted throughout the country in each province so that South Africa becomes a signatory to Publish What You Pay.
The organisation is working in con-junction with the mining affected communities United in Action (MACUA).