Corruption Watch says there is a lack of consultation between mining companies and communities

South African law prescribes that prior to a mining company prospecting or building a new mine, it should engage with the community and those that will be affected by the project before and during mining activities. Public partipation helps the community understand the company's plans to mine in the area, how to manage harm to the environment and what benefits the community will receive for accepting the risk. One of the key findings of a report by graft watchdog, Corruption Watch, points out to a lack of systems in place to ensure that meaningful consultation is taking place. According to the report released in Johannesburg on Tuesday, supposed consultation sessions often end up as tick-box exercises between mining companies and traditional leaders, who frequently profit at the expense of local communities. Our reporter Selinah Ntobong attended the launch of the report and spoke to Amanda Shivamba, Programme Researcher at Corruption Watch..
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