Mary Galvin

Blue Grabbing in Africa

Posted by on December 18, 2013
Dec 182013

December 18, 2013 – 1:06pm The wave of land grabs over the last few years has been at a massive scale.  These large scale land acquisitions have serious implications for agriculture, ecology, and agrarian change.  People are dispossessed and often di…


There are clear indications that oil and gas companies will be given the green light soon to start “fracking” South Africa. Last week Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa made a speech that addressed fracking in South Africa. She r…


The Mazibuko case against the City of Johannesburg’s installation of prepayment meters (with automatic cut-off valves) went all the way to the South African Constitutional Court in 2009. Although the claimants ultimately lost the case, there is no d…


Another true horror story for water and the environment: open cast mineral sand mining. In very basic terms, this form of mining uses huge water cannons to send highly pressurised water to convert the soil to a slurry. This is then sent to a processing plant to separate valuable minerals, with waste going […]

How Canada Dominates African Mining

Posted by on April 24, 2013  Tagged with:
Apr 242013

Foreign companies from a range of countries compete in Africa’s mining sector. But according to a number of measures, those from one country dominate: Canada.
When asked to think about foreign mining contracts in Africa, many people’s minds will jump to China, or perhaps one of the former colonial powers such as the UK […]

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