Resource Politics

Resource Politics

Fact Sheet: Local Government Budgeting and Planning

Municipalities are responsible for planning and budgeting at the local level. They are required by law to involve communities in these decisions. This Fact Sheet explains how these processes work. It will help you to participate in your community's development and monitor the delivery of local government services.
 
By Keren Ben-Zeev

Extractive Industries

Historic Silicosis/ Tuberculosis Class Action Settlement

Partner News

Yesterday, May 3rd 2018, a historic settlement was reached between South African mineworkers who contracted silicosis or tuberculosis while working underground and seven gold mining companies, the first class action settlement of its kind in the country.

Watch: Rooibos Restitution

After a long struggle to protect the rights of indigenous communities, a landmark decision has been taken by the Rooibos Industry to enter into negotiations with the Khoi and San as the associated traditional knowledge rights holders to the uses of Rooibos. An Access and Benefit Sharing Agreement is currently being concluded between the two parties based on mutually agreed terms, and in compliance with Nagoya Protocol.
By Amanda Luxande

Watch: Civil Society Wins Nuclear Court Case

Led by HBS partners Earthlife Africa (ELA) and the South African Faith Communities Environmental Institute (SAFCEI), the anti-nuke campaign has managed to challenge the South African government on its decision to pursue a 9.6GW nuclear procurement programme.

 
By Amanda Luxande

Who Owns Africa's Red Liquid Wisdom?

This trailer offers a short preview of the much awaited HBF documentary developed by Sylvia Vollenhoven from Vision in Africa in collaboration with Natural Justice.
By Amanda Luxande

Mines Must Pay: Cecil Rhodes Statue Protest

On Wednesday 8 February 2017, as mine industry executives gathered at the Cape Town International Convention Centre for the Invest in Africa Mining Indaba, Sonke Gender Justice with support of the Heinrich Böll Foundation protested in front of the Cecil Rhodes statue in the Company Gardens, Cape Town.

Balancing the Scales - Community Protocols and Extractive Industries

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This paper discusses the ways in which community protocols can be an effective tool for communities to respond to extractive industry projects in their area. It provides an overview of what has taken place over the last three years in four pilot community protocol processes and captures lessons that can be applied to future processes.

BASF, Lonmin and How the Marikana Battle for Justice Is Taken to Germany

BASF is huge corporate that gives Lonmin a lot of business. Today, April 29, in Germany they are gathered for their annual shareholder meeting. Along with the usual shareholders who attend these meetings there’ll be some less familiar faces, two of the women made widows by the Marikana massacre.

By Koketso Moeti

What we do

Southern Africa has a rich diversity of natural resources and yet most of the region's countries are characterised by high levels of poverty and inequality. Together with our partners in South Africa and Zimbabwe we seek to engage all relevant stakeholders, from local communities to national decision makers, in order to help realise the sustainable, fair and transparent management of natural resources in the region.

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