Are sub-Saharan Africa’s abundant mineral and fuel resources undermining prospects for devel­opment in the region? An influential body of research asserts that natural resources curse the countries that possess them with a host of unde­sirable outcomes — from economic stagnation, to authoritarian rule, to violent conflict. Africa is no stranger to these maladies. With international commodity prices booming, its dependence on resource exports is unlikely to diminish anytime soon. Is Africa suffering from a resource curse?


Declaration of the 6th alternative mining Indaba “MAKING NATURAL RESOURCES WORK FOR THE PEOPLE”

We, the representatives of over 300 members of Civil Society Organisations; Faith Based Organisations, Pan-African Networks and Organisations, Labour Movements, media, international partners and Community Based Organisations, have met from 9th – 12th February, 2015, in Cape Town to share experiences and deliberate on the role and the impacts of extractives on communities, the environment, animal life and society at large.


The rational and non-conflictual exploitation of natural resources

SARW will hold a meeting on 13-14 October in Kampala on the rational and non-conflictual exploitation of natural resources between countries of the Great Lakes Region.

This is a follow up of the meeting that was held in Kinshasa on 29-30 may when consultants recruited to conduct a research in DRC, Angola and Uganda presented their findings and these were enriched by officials of government and civil society as well as other researchers from the 3 countries.

SARW Date: 
Monday, October 13, 2014 - 01:15 to Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 23:15

Thaba-Tseka District: 23rd June, 2014

The District has a population of 129,137, in the eastern part it shares the border with KwaZulu-Natal and domestically, it shares boundaries with, Mokhotlong in the northeast, Leribe in the north, Berea in the northwest, Maseru in the west, Mohale’s Hoek in the south east and Qacha’s Nek in the South. The district has no established mining operations, but according to the local people, there have been a lot of institutions including University that have taken mineral samples from the area.

Key issues


Mohale’s Hoek District: 12th June, 2014

The District has a population of about 174,924. It borders South Africa’s Free State and Eastern Cape in the east and south respectively. It also has boarders with the following districts in Lesotho: Mafeteng, Maseru, Thaba-Tseka, Qacha’s Nek and Quithing. The District has no tangible mining activities apart from quarrying and illegal extraction of sand.

Key Issues

The following were issues identified during the Community Mapping exercise;

General issues


The Big Issues

During the consultations there were issues which consistently came up in all the district consultations. These issues relate to the fiscal and taxation regime, the legal and regulatory framework, infrastructure development and value-addition, local empowerment and integration, Artisanal and Small-scale Mining, the lack of transparency and accountability in the sector and environmental and social accountability.

The fiscal and taxation regime



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