Tags: Malawi mining

Report faults Paladin incentives

International civil society group, ActionAid, has released a report that accuses Australian mining firm Paladin (Africa) Limited ripping Malawi off $43 million (around K19 billion) through ‘harmful’ tax incentives and tax dealings. But Paladin country director Gregg Walker yesterday dismissed the report as a misrepresentation of facts and another attack from the civil society, saying…

Mining’s biggest question

What, specifically, is the draft mining bill proposing on protecting local communities? Are the proposals really exhaustive of people’s concerns and expectations? ————————————————————— Communities in Karonga and Paladin Africa Limited (PAL), an Australian company mining uranium at Kayelekera in the district, are caught up in a cat-and-mouse relationship—defined by mistrust. It is a relationship that…

Expert warns on uranium long-term effects

French nuclear engineer Bruno Chereryon, an expert Paladin Africa Limited rejected two years ago, has warned about high radioactivity which may have graver long-term effects on the people surrounding the uranium mine. Chereryon first visited the country in May 2012 when he discovered hot spots in the environment of the suspended mine and high concentration…

Malawi mining laws toothless on social responsibility

Mining sector commentators have faulted the silence of laws governing the sector on corporate social responsibility of mining companies. The commentators, who include the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP)) National Secretary Chris Chisoni and former minister Grain Malunga, faulted the laws in Lilongwe on Wednesday during a three-day mining indaba jointly organised by…

Mining laws silent on corporate responsibility

Mining sector commentators have faulted the silence of mining company’s corporate social responsibility (CRS) initiatives in the country’s laws governing the industry. The commentators, who include Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) national secretary Chris Chisoni and former Minister of Energy and Mining Grain Malunga, faulted the mining laws when they spoke in Lilongwe…

Harnessing resource wealth to reduce poverty

It is not always good news for natural resource-rich countries. Apart from environment degradation—dust and oil spills—the money from the lucrative extractive industry may all disappear to the foreign companies leaving locals even poorer. However, analysts argue that citizens stand to benefit from wealth in natural resources, including oil, gas and minerals if countries ensure…

NGO calls for improved funding in Malawi mining sector

Malawi’s booming mining sector should result in increased funding, particularly to the Department of Mines, to enhance the development of institutional capacity, Citizen for Justice (CFJ), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) working in the sector, has said. The NGO says an influx of mining, oil and gas companies demands that authorities should do more to take…

The devil in the mining deal

The development agreement deal which Malawi government signed with Paladin in 2007 has been singled as a fundamental reason behind Malawi’s failure to benefit from its uranium. Today, new thoughts keep emerging on how Malawi can improve on its mining negotiation processes. In this second part of the mining series, I look at the viability…

Malawi dismisses CSOs on mining

Malawi’s Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining has dismissed accusations levelled against it by some civil society organisations (CSOs) that it does not consult them when formulating documents governing the mining sector. Some CSOs such as the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) and the Citizen For Justice (CFJ), recently outlined weaknesses surrounding…

Malawi to subscribe to Global Mining Initiative

A local civil society organisation that advocates transparency in the mining sector has hailed Malawi’s intention to subscribe to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) as announced by President Peter Mutharika on Tuesday this week. Malawi’s subscription, according to Citizen for Justice, will greatly help in profiling the amount of natural resources the country is…