Gold Dust: Under Blaise Compaore's leadership, Burkina Faso's unregulated gold rush has had a devastating effect on mining conditions. This report digs deep into the industry, exposing the corruption beneath Compaore's ruling. Millions of people - including children as young as fourteen - mine in an unregulated industry for a few golden grams of hope. Marcel toils underground to support his family - but without the glittering rewards promised. “We all have hope, we hope to earn” he says, but "they rob us here...They treat the miner like an animal." 17-year old Soumaele has been mining for two years. His thin body can go to even deeper than the older men, to places where the air is impossible to breathe and the tunnels are likely to collapse. Gold promises a great deal, but in an anarchic industry, teacher Soungalo Hema fears for the future of children like Soumaele: "You try and save them", she says, "but a lot of the time it’s in vain. I ask myself 'what will happen to all of us?'" For similar stories, see: The Children Working On Indian Coal Mines https://youtu.be/0ZA5Az09Zj4 Dangerous 'Rat-Hole' Mining Destroying India's Environment https://youtu.be/jEcA6jnaRek In Nicaragua Children Work in Quarries Instead of Going to School https://youtu.be/y35aStP7BHw Subscribe to journeyman for daily uploads: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=journeymanpictures For downloads and more information visit: https://www.journeyman.tv/film/6750/gold-dust Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/journeymanpictures Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JourneymanNews Follow us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/journeymanpictures Wild Angle Productions – Ref. 6750 Journeyman Pictures is your independent source for the world's most powerful films, exploring the burning issues of today. We represent stories from the world's top producers, with brand new content coming in all the time. On our channel you'll find outstanding and controversial journalism covering any global subject you can imagine wanting to know about.
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In the 1970s, South Africa was the world's most prolific exporter of gold. Over the years, industrial decline has seen widespread closures of the mines across the country. However, Johannesburg sits on the biggest gold basin ever discovered. It's perhaps not surprising that many of these abandoned mines have seen a recent boom in illegal mining activity. Everyday, hundreds of illegal gold miners, known as Zama Zamas, descend kilometers deep beneath the surface. The miners often spend weeks underground, toiling away at the country's untapped gold reserves. Observers have suggested that illegal mining is now so widespread, black-market gold arguably supports the communities once subsistent on the very same mines they worked in before they shut down. The lack of policing in the mines has seen the practice go on largely unabated. However, in the absence of law enforcement, the extensive network of abandoned mines beneath the region has become an arena to deadly gang warfare between rival factions. VICE News visited illegal mines near Johannesburg, to meet the Zama Zamas risking life and limb everyday in the violent struggle for South Africa's illegal gold. Check out the VICE News beta for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/
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We follow the young men coming to South Africa and risking their lives in the abandoned gold mines of Durban Deep. The gold mine is an hour outside Johannesburg and was closed down 12 years ago, after commercial mining companies moved on. Now illegal miners descend half a kilometre underground, through make-shift tunnels, and use explosives to blow apart the rock in search of gold. There are dangers both inside and outside the mines, local gangs control the area, and rapes and murders are now commonplace.
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Matt Beaver and other miners describe their difficult working conditions and how they hope President Donald Trump can save their struggling industry. They work at the Vail Mine, owned by the Redbud Mining Company, in Freeport, Ohio.
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Conditions in South Africa’s underground mines pose serious health risks for mine workers and their families. The country’s mine workers have the highest rate of tuberculosis (TB) of any working population in the world, constituting a health emergency.
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In Indonesia and the Philippines, children can earn a few dollars a day mining artisanal gold under dangerous conditions. Workers are also exposed to poisonous mercury when they process the precious metal. The NewsHour's P.J. Tobia reports with photographer Larry C. Price on the true price of gold.
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From the worlds largest gold mine found on the top of a mountain to the largest diamond mine in the world here are the most massive mines in the world! Subscribe to American EYE! 5.. Asbestos Mine, Canada Also known as the Jeffrey Mine, it’s located in Asbestos, Quebec and it was in operation until 2012. It’s a whopping 2 kilometers wide and 370 meters deep! Check out this thing on google maps and you can tell how completely massive this thing is! It’s the by far the largest asbestos mine in the world. For a long period of time, people would use this mineral to put into their walls and keep their homes from catching on fire! But recently there’s been a link with asbestos and a disease called mesothelioma, which is a lung condition. This is a toxic substance that people should avoid, so obviously this large mine went out of business. The lake at the bottom might look like an inviting blue, but you can bet your bottom dollar, it’s highly toxic! The small town that grew with the thriving asbestos industry feels like they’ve kind of lost their identity once the mine was forced to close, but people do still live there. 4. Mcarthur River Uranium Mine In case you were wondering which mine produces the most uranium in the world, that would be of course the Mcarthur River uranium mine in Saskatchewan Canada. This huge deposit was found in 1988 and finally a mining operation took place in 1997, when it began producing what’s known as Yellowcake. It’s not the kind of yellow cake you’d eat with your grandparents. This stuff has a horrific odor and basically what it is, is concentrated uranium powder which can then be used for powering nuclear reactors. We imagine this powdery substance is quite difficult to get ahold of. There aren’t a ton of photos of this place but, it does produce about 13 percent of the global uranium production across the globe. 3. Diavik Diamond Mine In case you thought it was Africa who had all the massive diamond mines, think again! The Diavik Diamond mine, found in the the northwest territories of Canada is one of the largest producers of diamonds in the Northern hemisphere and this place is pretty crazy! They annually produce 7 million carats of diamonds each year and you better believe it’s not easy to get here. The Diavik mine is found north of the arctic circle and it’s definitely cold! This photo here shows the subarctic landscapes that surround the diamond mine. You thought getting to work in the morning was tough for you? Imagine trying to get to work here! Just recently in 2015, this diamond produced what was known as the Diavik Foxfire 187.7 which is one of the largest rough gem quality diamonds ever produced. 2. Siberian Diamond Mine Also known as the Mirny Mine, The USSR began searching for ways to make to make themselves a more economical stable and independent union. In 1955 the Soviets discovered large diamond deposits at this site in the far away lands of Siberia and many people got to work very quickly in order to help bring wealth to the union. After about 20 years of operations, they finally decided that At one point this mine produced 10 million carats of diamonds a year and reaches a max depth of 524 meters or around 1700 feet making it the 2nd largest excavated hole in the world. The mine is so deep, airspace is closed over the hole due to helicopter crashes caused from the downward flow of air. The construction of this in the frigid conditions of Siberia must have been grueling and downright cruel. Sources state that the machinery used at this mine had to be covered at night or it would freeze Are the diamonds worth freezing to death?! It’s unoperational today but Some claim that there’s still a bunch of diamonds in this mine and the whole thing could be worth about 12 Billion dollars. It’s possible that controlling this diamond is mine is crucial to controlling the price of diamonds across the world. Bingham Copper Mine The bingham copper mine located near Salt Lake City Utah is home to the biggest pit in the world and it’s been in operation since 1903. It’s about 2.5 miles wide and if it were a stadium, it would be able to fit an estimated 9.5 million people. It keeps getting bigger and bigger too! Diligent workers can move about 250,000 tons of rock each day and it’s even become a tourist attraction in recent years before a massive landslide took place. Some claim that this was the biggest non volcanic landslide to take place in North American modern history. This photo we see here shows you the aftermath of this massive landslide and Bingham Copper mine and it makes you wonder how safe some of the conditions at these mines truly are. The landslides were so massive, that they actually triggered a few small earthquakes! Experts estimated that 165 tons of earth slide down from the top of the mine all the way to the bottom.
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Gold Scandal (1999): The shocking story of how the Mafia are laundering money in Switzerland, and of how the banks are letting them get away with it. Subscribe to journeyman for daily uploads: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=journeymanpictures The Mafia are ingeniously silver-plating their glimmering stash of South Africa's stolen gold. The disguise has allowed them to launder money in Swiss bank accounts. Investigations finger top Swiss Bank - UBS, and its subsidiary Metalor, who is the proven recipient of the 'odd gold'. So shouldn't Metalor have informed the authorities? Technically they've so far done nothing wrong under Swiss law. The banking empire has once again been able to profit from criminal activities. Will UBS continue to get away with its scandalous behaviour? For downloads and more information visit: https://www.journeyman.tv/film/574/gold-scandal Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/journeymanpictures Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JourneymanNews https://twitter.com/JourneymanVOD Follow us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/journeymanpictures Sf Drs – Ref. 0574
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Your Smartphone Is Powered by Child Labor at Cobalt Mines in Africa. Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has accused several tech and auto industry giants of turning a blind eye to child labor. In a damning report released on Tuesday, the organization found that major brands, including Apple, Samsung, Sony, and Volkswagen, were allowing cobalt mined by children into their products. Cobalt — a metallic element that is found mostly in minerals — is a key component in the lithium-ion rechargeable batteries that power electronic devices such as laptops, smartphones, and electric cars. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in central Africa, is the world's top cobalt producer, accounting for more than half of the planet's supply. According to the DRC's government, 20 percent of the cobalt exported by country is extracted from mines in the southern province of Katanga. Much of the cobalt mined in the region is sold to Congo Dongfang Mining International (CDM), a company owned by Chinese mineral company Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt Company Ltd (Huayou Cobalt), which the Amnesty report describes as one of the world's leading manufacturers of cobalt products. According to Amnesty, the components produced by Huayou Cobalt are then sold on to battery manufacturers in China and South Korea, who, in turn, supply some of the world's top electronics companies. A 2014 report by children's rights agency UNICEF found that approximately 40,000 children worked in mines in southern DRC, and that many of them were involved in the mining of cobalt. 'There is lots of dust, it is very easy to catch colds, and we hurt all over.' Amnesty said its report was researched jointly with DRC-based NGO African Resources Watch (Afrewatch). The report is based on interviews of miners working at four sites in the DRC. As part of their investigation, researchers spoke to 17 children, ages 9 to 17. One child said he started working at the mine when he was 7. Most of the children interviewed by Amnesty worked above ground, collecting ore and sorting through rocks, which they then washed in streams and lakes around the mines. The children described working gruelling, 12-hour shifts in the extreme heat or in the rain, often for no more than 1,000 to 2,000 Congolese Francs ($1-$2) per day. Some of them explained that their school day was bookended with shifts at the mine, and that they also worked weekends and during the holidays. Paul, 14, told researchers he also worked underground in the mines, often spending up to 24 hours at a time in unsafe tunnels. "I arrived in the morning and would leave the following morning," he said. Researchers found that the vast majority of workers in the DRC's mines handle cobalt without wearing any protective gear, such as gloves or facemasks, despite the known dangers of chronic exposure to cobalt dust. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that extended exposure to cobalt dust can result in "respiratory sensitization, asthma, shortness of breath," as well as dermatitis and a serious condition known as "hard metal lung disease." Amnesty said the children they interviewed complained of frequent illness. "There is lots of dust, it is very easy to catch colds, and we hurt all over," Dany, a 15-year-old miner, told the watchdog. Amnesty also found that many of the underage miners were malnourished and subjected to "physical abuse, sexual exploitation and violence." Many of the children endured regular beatings at the hands of security guards, who also extorted them for a cut of their earnings. "They asked for money, but we didn't have any... They grabbed my friend and pushed her into a tank containing diesel oil," said Mathy, who told researchers she was 12 at the time of the incident. In a response published as an annex to the report, Apple said that underage labor was "never tolerated in our supply chain and we are proud to have led the industry in pioneering new safeguards." The company said that it was "actively looking for any violations." Microsoft said that it did not "tolerate the use of child, involuntary or forced labor" in its supply chain, but added that it was "unable to say with absolute assurance" whether cobalt in its products could be traced back to ore in the Katanga region. Samsung SDI noted that "up until now, there has been no case of child labor violations reported or detected from Samsung's SDI's plants or suppliers." But like Microsoft, the Korean company also said that it could not determine whether its cobalt supplies originated in Katanga. Music: Road of Fortunes by Dhruva Aliman https://dhruvaaliman.bandcamp.com/album/road-of-fortunes http://www.dhruvaaliman.com/
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Tshidiso Thulo used to work underground in a South African mine. He now has silicosis, a lung disease commonly found among mineworkers. Thulo and other ex-mineworkers and their families are taking 32 mine companies to court to gain compensation for alleged unsafe practices by the mines. Subscribe to TimesLIVE here: https://www.youtube.com/user/TimesLive
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Sergei from Tentekskaya and a miner from Kazakhstanskaya describe the ventilation pipes that endanger miners working in underground shafts.
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It’s called Dirty Gold, because it’s not just shoppers who are paying a high price for it. Dateline gets rare access to film the children forced underground and even underwater to mine the precious metal. Dateline reporters scour the globe to bring you a world of daring stories. Our reputation is for fearless and provocative reporting. Australia's beloved, award winning and longest running international current affairs program. For more on Evan Williams' story, go to the SBS Dateline website... http://bit.ly/1f254zU https://www.sbs.com.au/news/dateline https://www.facebook.com/DatelineSBS/ #SpecialBroadcastingService #DatelineSBS #Documentary
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Children as young as ten are being used to mine for coal in cramped and dangerous conditions in India, but there is hope that some of them will find a better future. Dateline reporters scour the globe to bring you a world of daring stories. Our reputation is for fearless and provocative reporting. Australia's beloved, award winning and longest running international current affairs program. For more on Amos Roberts' story, go to the SBS Dateline website... http://bit.ly/1jDC9Qd https://www.sbs.com.au/news/dateline/ https://www.facebook.com/DatelineSBS/
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It is an essential part of most mobile gadgets sold around the world and demand for cobalt is soaring. But the process of extracting the mineral from the earth comes at a huge human cost. A Sky News investigation has found children as young as four working in dangerous and squalid conditions in Cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for as little as 8p a day. Sky's special correspondent Alex Crawford reports. SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel for more videos: http://www.youtube.com/skynews Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/skynews and https://twitter.com/skynewsbreak Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skynews For more content go to http://news.sky.com and download our apps: iPad https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/Sky-News-for-iPad/id422583124 iPhone https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sky-news/id316391924?mt=8 Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bskyb.skynews.android&hl=en_GB
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More films about the Philippines: https://rtd.rt.com/tags/philippines/ - The use of child labour in the Philippine’s Paracale, or ‘Goldtown’, is widespread - Extracting gold involves diving into mud-filled shafts and using toxic mercury - Poverty and lack of alternative jobs force people into this highly dangerous work - Many die young due to work accidents or breathing problems, others develop chronic illness The Philippines’ town of Paracale was dubbed “Goldtown” for its rich deposits of the precious metal. Despite government attempts to regulate mining, illegal pits are still commonplace. They lack even the most basic health and safety and workers are exposed to toxic mercury fumes. Dirty water causes skin diseases and they live with the constant threat of being buried alive. Workers continue to take these risks day after day, because there is no other source of income. Many of the gold miners are children whose families can’t afford to send them to school. Some gold is panned on the surface, but a lot has to be extracted from underground. To do that, prospectors dive into narrow, mud-filled shafts, uses snorkelling masks and long tubes too breathe. If the mine collapses, they have no chance of escape. They have a saying here, ‘while you’re down the mine, you have one foot in the grave’. Several miners have already died that way, others from respiratory diseases caused by inhaling mercury fumes. The toxic metal is used in gold extraction with no safety precautions, so it poisons the air, the ground and the water, causing long-term harm to the whole community. Another danger to the inhabitants of Paracale comes from disused mines, abandoned and left open, waiting for unsuspecting victims to fall in. The business takes its toll on workers, their families and the community. They have been known to demonstrate, demanding safer working conditions, better pay and other job opportunities, but change is slow. Meanwhile, extreme poverty among people who produce one of the world’s most precious metals leaves them no option but to continue with this pitiless occupation. SUBSCRIBE TO RTD Channel to get documentaries firsthand! http://bit.ly/1MgFbVy FOLLOW US RTD WEBSITE: https://RTD.rt.com/ RTD ON TWITTER: http://twitter.com/RT_DOC RTD ON FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/RTDocumentary RTD ON DAILYMOTION http://www.dailymotion.com/rt_doc RTD ON INSTAGRAM https://www.instagram.com/rtd_documentary_channel/ RTD LIVE https://rtd.rt.com/on-air/
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Coal Mining Documentary - The Most Dangerous Job On Earth - Classic History Coal mining is the process of extracting coal from the ground. Coal is valued for its energy content, and, since the 1880s, has been widely used to generate electricity. Steel and cement industries use coal as a fuel for extraction of iron from iron ore and for cement production. In the United Kingdom and South Africa a coal mine and its structures are a colliery, a coal mine a pit, and the above-ground structures the pit head. In Australia, "colliery" generally refers to an underground coal mine. In the United States "colliery" has been used to describe a coal mine operation but nowadays the word is not commonly used. Coal mining has had many developments over the recent years, from the early days of men tunnelling, digging and manually extracting the coal on carts, to large open cut and long wall mines. Mining at this scale requires the use of draglines, trucks, conveyors, hydraulic jacks and shearers. Small-scale mining of surface deposits dates back thousands of years. For example, in Roman Britain, the Romans were exploiting most of the major coalfields by the late 2nd century AD. Read More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coal_mining
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Young Bolivian children working in one of the most dangerous mines in the world. Subscribe to UNICEF here: http://bit.ly/1ltTE3m The official UNICEF YouTube channel is your primary destination for the latest news updates from the frontline, documentaries, celebrity appeals, and more about our work to get the rights of every child realized. Click here to see all of our latest trending videos: http://smarturl.it/TrendingAtUNICEF For more about UNICEF's work, visit: http://www.unicef.org Follow UNICEF here: UNICEF Connect blog: http://blogs.unicef.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/unicef Twitter: https://twitter.com/unicef Instagram: http://instagram.com/UNICEF Tumblr: http://unicef.tumblr.com Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/unicef
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South Africa's TauTona mine, real life alchemy, and Halicephalobus Mephisto. Footage from the 2012 documentary, "Down to the Earth's Core". We have travelled into space and looked deep into the universe's depths, but the world beneath our feet remains unexplored and unseen. Now, that's about to change. For the first time in one epic unbroken shot, we embark on an impossible mission - using spectacular computer generated imagery to smash through three thousand miles of solid rock, and venture from our world into the underworld and on to the core of the Earth itself. It's a journey fraught with danger. One thousand feet down we find ourselves inside one of the planet's most volatile places - the San Andreas Fault. Caught between two huge rock slabs, we watch as stress builds and then releases. It unleashes an earthquake and blasts us on towards rivers of molten rock, explosive volcanoes, tears in the Earth's crust and giant tornadoes of liquid metal. But for every danger, there are wonders beyond imagination. Four hundred feet below the surface, a three hundred million year old fossilized forest, with every leaf and every piece of bark perfectly preserved. At one thousand feet down we enter a cave of giant crystals, glistening in deadly 122 degree heat. More than two miles underground we find buried treasure - gold and gems. Deeper still there are valuable resources - salt, oil, coal and iron. And over one hundred miles down we see the sparkling beauty of diamonds. As we descend we piece together our planet's extraordinary story. We rewind time to discover how prehistoric forests became modern-day fuel. 1700 feet down a layer of rock reveals the extraordinary story of the dinosaurs' cataclysmic death. We watch stalactites form and gold grow before our eyes. The deeper we travel into the underworld the more we understand our world above the surface. A bigger picture takes shape - a cycle of destruction and creation, driven by the core that sustains our dynamic planet and makes the Earth the only planet with life in a seemingly lifeless universe. Until, finally, three thousand miles down, we reach the core. Inside it lie the secrets of life as we know it - the magnetic force field that protects life on Earth from the sun's deadly rays, the ancient heat source that keeps our planet alive. Down to the Earth's Core brings the latest science together with breathtaking computer generated imagery. The result is an unmissable journey into an extraordinary world - full of dangers, wonders and secrets. And it's all down there, beneath our feet, right now waiting to be discovered.
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(22 Aug 2012) The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is expected to vote on Wednesday on the final version of US legislation on 'conflict minerals', precious minerals used to finance local wars like the 'blood diamonds' of West Africa. The Frank-Dodds Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of July 2010 requires American companies using materials vital to modern high-tech industries to reveal their supply chains. The rules governing how companies should comply with its Clause 1502 on conflict minerals - due-diligence regulations to be set by the SEC - have still not been defined. With the high-tech industry now under pressure from consumers, many companies have just stopped buying from areas like the Eastern Congo rather than face accusations, unfounded or otherwise, of using conflict minerals. And the mining communities of Eastern Congo blame that legislation for an economic disaster. The small town of Nyabibwe lies on the shores of Lake Kivu, around 60km (37 miles) to the south west of Goma in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It's a mining town which once prospered thanks to the abundant minerals crucial to the world economy that were found in the nearby hills. But while local shops still offer boots and shovels, but no one has bought mining equipment for months. The nearby government tin mine tells a sad story. Only a handful of workers remain, idly crushing stones to extract cassiterite, the primary ore of tin. Like many Congolese mines, activity has come to a standstill over the past two years and the miners blame the US legislation. They keep on working but hardly make a living. Mining is not mechanised and artisanal miners carve holes in hard rocks using shovels and pickaxes. The wells and tunnels that perforate Nyabibwe's mountain are narrow and pitch black; air is scarce and there is always the threat of being buried in a landslide. The price of tin from has plunged to an amount almost not worth working for. The mine used to attract more than 1,000 miners, the backbone of the economy. Today, only a few hundred remain. Given the corrupt and freewheeling world that makes up Congo's lucrative mining sector, with many mines controlled by armed groups, from foreign rebels and local militias to the Congolese army, the immediate future looks bleak. Back-to-back civil wars killed an estimated 5 million people in Congo in the 1990s. The fighting deteriorated into a greedy scramble for Congo's massive mineral wealth that drew in the armies of eight African nations. While the conflict ended in the rest of this sprawling nation in 2002, armed groups drawing on the underground wealth have continued to operate in the mineral-rich east of the country. Miners say they are not opposed to the law, but resent the 'unforseen consequences'. In fact many appreciate the fact that fraud and militarisation are being tackled. A recent Enough Project investigation said the Dodd-Frank Act has led to a 65 percent drop in armed groups' profits from the mineral trade. Rebel groups like the FDLR, or the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, seen here in rare footage obtained by the Associated Press, are at the heart of the never-ending violence in eastern Congo. These rebels are led by Rwandan Hutus, the instigators of Rwanda's genocide who escaped over the border. From here they continue to terrorise the population and vie for the control of natural resources worth millions of dollars. Congo's unpoliced and porous borders allow minerals to be easily smuggled into Rwanda and injected into a supposedly "clean" supply chain there. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/31738fa4576421f0f52f631d70e2eb80 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
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Although he has only recently become a teenager, Richard Paul does the work of an adult. He swings a pick-axe into the red earth and carries clumps of clay with his bare hands at a makeshift gold mine in southwest Tanzania. He seldom sees the inside of a classroom, but this 13-year-old knows that mining is a risky job. He was buried when a pit wall collapsed above him and has breathed in the toxic mercury fumes that are released during gold extraction. "One day, while I was digging, my friend told me to get out of the pit. I told him to wait a minute because I wanted to finish up," said the teen. "That's when the mine collapsed on me. I fell down and was knocked unconscious. My friends dug me out of the rubble and took me to the hospital. I was unconscious till 4am." Paul mines for gold alongside other children and adult labourers in the Mbeya region, which is famous for a gold rush at the beginning of the 20th century. His family has left him to fend for himself and this work enables him to buy textbooks for school. The New York-based Human Rights Watch says he is one among thousands of children who toil at unlicensed and informal gold mines across the west and south of the poor but rapidly-developing country of 48 million people. Health risks During visits to 11 improvised mines last year, researchers found children as young as eight working in hazardous conditions. They dig and drill in deep, unstable pits, work underground for shifts of up to 24 hours and carry heavy sacks of gold ore. Tanzanian boys and girls are lured to the gold mines in the hopes of a better life, but find themselves stuck in a dead-end cycle of danger and despair. - Janine Morna, researcher and child labour expert As well as risks from falling tools and pit walls, young workers face hidden threats. They inhale dust and the fumes from mercury, which is mixed with ore and heated to separate out the gold. Mercury vapours attack the central nervous system and can cause brain damage. Janine Morna, a researcher and child labour expert, said that 90 percent of some rural communities dig for the precious yellow metal. Families are so poor that sending children to work in mines for between 1,000-20,000 shillings ($0.61 to $12.28) a day is "a way of life", she said. "Tanzanian boys and girls are lured to the gold mines in the hopes of a better life, but find themselves stuck in a dead-end cycle of danger and despair," said Morna. "Tanzania need to get these children out of the mines and into school or vocational training." Business is booming in Africa's fourth-largest gold producer. Large mines are owned by multinationals that follow global labour standards, but locally-run "artisanal" mines hire children and have bad safety records, Morna said. While Tanzania has child labour laws, the government fails to monitor mines effectively, critics say. Officially, small-scale mining yielded about 1.6 tons of gold last year, worth some $85m. Labourers remain poor, but mine owners, traders and exporters take cuts from a business that feeds such markets as the United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, China, South Africa and the UK. "We are not calling for a boycott of Tanzanian gold," said Morna. "Artisanal mining is an important industry and a boycott would harm more than it would help. But it's important for consumers to demand child labour-free gold." The Swahili-speaking country, which is evenly split between Christians, Muslims and those with indigenous beliefs, is witnessing annual economic growth of more than 6 percent, partly thanks to exports of tin, phosphates, iron ore, coal, diamonds and gold. Education is key Veronica Simba, a spokeswoman for Tanzania's Ministry of Energy and Minerals, noted the challenges they face in curbing child labour, and said that the government is working with the World Bank to improve safety and labour standards at the mines. "The government initiated educational programmes for the artisanal miners to make them fully understand the industry - including their rights, obligations, health matters, safety, and so on," she said. "Through education, we are sure there is going to be a great positive change in the mining industry, both economically and socially."
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(June 2005) In Peru, up to 50 000 children work as gold miners in small-scale mines, braving dangerous conditions and constantly at risk from accidents. In Santa Filomena, the International Labour Organization is working together with a local group to put an end to child labour.
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SHOTLIST 1. Close of South African Communist party flag being carried by singing marchers 2. Close up of mine worker dancing in the street 3. Wide of striking mine workers listening to leaders speech 4. Mid of mine workers with banner that reads: "The stronger the Union, safer the workplace." 5. Close of mineworker sitting down, singing 6. Close of mine worker holding banner and singing and dancing 7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vox pop, (name not given) striking miner: "Every year there are fatalities, every year, every year" 8. Close of tilt up marchers in wheelchairs, chanting 9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vox pop, (name not given) striking miner: "Those families, the families of those guys who die, they cannot receive their father's blessing - they are going to cry." 10. Tilt down striking mine worker, removing his helmet wiping his brow, and mimicking digging with a shovel 11. Cutaway of dancing mine worker STORYLINE: Thousands of striking miners protested in Johannesburg on Tuesday, over safety and working conditions in South African mines - where officials estimate one miner dies nearly every day. Around 40-thousand miners joined the colourful march on the Chamber of Mines, in South Africa's capital on Tuesday, many singing and holding brightly coloured banners in support of the Union. "The stronger the Union, safer the workplace," one banner read. One striking miner told AP Television "every year there are fatalities, every year." The one day strike was called by the 270-thousand member National Union of Mineworkers to draw attention to safety concerns in a country where the rate of deaths among miners underground is increasing. Many miners were transported in from rural areas by bus, according to the employer's organisation that includes industry leaders AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Harmony Gold, Anglo Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin. The miners were expected to present Chamber officials with a memorandum outlining their health and safety concerns during the march. South African President, Thabo Mbeki, has ordered that all mines undergo safety audits and around 50 mines were shut down by the government in one week, recently, due to unsafe working conditions. Chamber officials did not comment on the strike directly, but pointed to a joint statement released last week, after a meeting with the National Union of Mineworkers. The two sides agreed at the meeting the protest strike would be on a "no work, no pay basis." The statement acknowledged "there is much to be done to drastically reduce the number of accidents and fatalities on the mines." In October, 3,200 miners from Harmony Gold, were trapped more than a mile underground for two days after a pressurised air pipe exploded. The miners escaped unscathed, but the accident brought international attention to South Africa's mine safety issues. As of the end of September, some 226 miners had been killed on the job, the mineworkers' union said, compared to 199 in all of 2006. The problems, compounded by the country having the deepest mines in the world, often are seen as a hangover from the former white apartheid regime, which was seen as unconcerned about the safety, poor pay and dire living conditions of black miners. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/1d24b43d5edbe2825bcfd1f25ae2dbf0 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
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South Africa has some of the world’s biggest reserves of platinum, gold, iron ore and coal. But mining now makes up less than 7% of its economic output, a steep fall from 20% in the 1970s. Mining companies are blaming low prices and soaring production costs for their plans to cut thousands of jobs at a time the country is struggling with high unemployment rates. Mining is also intertwined with race relations in South Africa. The people who work deep underground in often dangerous conditions are overwhelmingly black, while the executives overseeing them are mainly white. Some of the firms have pushed back against government plans to make them bring on more black shareholders. So, is it a losing battle for the mining sector? And can South Africa move away from its dependence on commodities? Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom Guests: Lebohang Pheko - Senior Research Fellow at Trade Collective - a non-profit think-tank. Moleko Phakedi - Deputy General Secretary, South African Federation of Trade Unions. Ralph Mathekga - Researcher and Lecturer at the University of the Western Cape. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/
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Tin Trouble (2013): Tin is an essential element in consumer electronics and Indonesia is now its biggest exporter. But its poverty stricken miners work in horrendous conditions and the human and environmental toll is proving costly. For similar stories, see: The Children Risking Their Lives In Underwater Gold Mines https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1L_pxYZVwE Is Bolivia's Lithium-mining Industry Expanding Beyond Its Control? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7bKoAaHXqw Investigating BHP's $5bn Mining Disaster In Brazil https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KF3Clm6T_kI Subscribe to journeyman for daily uploads: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=journeymanpictures For downloads and more information visit: http://www.journeyman.tv/film/5994/tin-trouble Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/journeymanpictures Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JourneymanVOD https://twitter.com/JourneymanNews Follow us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/journeymanpictures "The most dangerous is when we are buried. I was traumatized", says 25-year-old Yuri, who risks his life illegally diving for tin off the coast. In addition to a steadily rising death toll, local ecosystems are being ravaged by massive deforestation, water pollution, soil depletion and the collapse of fish stocks. "It will take centuries, thousands of years before everything can return to normal", says biologist Eddy Nurtjahya. The Islands of Bangka and Belitung are experiencing a tin rush and with a laissez-faire government and rampant corruption, many are now seeking international pressure to help curb this illegal trade. "If the government doesn't take immediate action Bangka and Belitung will get poorer and poorer." Wild Angle Productions – Ref. 5994 Journeyman Pictures is your independent source for the world's most powerful films, exploring the burning issues of today. We represent stories from the world's top producers, with brand new content coming in all the time. On our channel you'll find outstanding and controversial journalism covering any global subject you can imagine wanting to know about.
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Bolivia is known for their miners and mining industry that flourished at the Cerro Potosì, also known as Cerro Rico or the "rich mountain". Bolivia´s capital city Potosì is one of the highest in the world and home of many miners and their family. What keeps miners doing their dangerous work? Dutch presenter and film maker Stef Biemans travels across the back of the Andes and wonders how people are doing in South America. In the first episode of this documentary series across the back of the Andes he experiences how life is celebrated in a place where for a majority of people it ends early. In Potosí a miner normally does not get older than 45 years. South America is changing. Some people call this continent an investment paradise, others say that it is still really chaotic. In the miners' city of Potosí capitalism was born. Here the first coin was minted with silver from the mine of the 'rich mountain', which is still in use. There is so much silver from this impressive mountain that you could build a bridge to Spain with it. But you could also build a bridge of the bones of deceased miners and slaves. What is left of the wealth that the ´rich mountain` has brought to the people? Presenter Biemans visits together with other miners a mine and experience the life of the workers. Mines are men territory, women are not seen here, therefore the concept of Machismo is totally normal here. Most of the men have big families with seven children. And while they are working long hours in the mine, their wives are at home looking after the children. To survive the hard-working days miners chew coca leaves, that provides them with enough energy. A miner normally gets not older than 45 years. A sad reality, that keeps not away new workers to go down the mines, as they are the one who drive the economy and are celebrated every year. Are you going to live in a different way, when you know, that your life is short? How do people live with the sad reality, that their work will probably kill them? Stef Biemans experiences daily life in Potosì and tries to understand the miners and their will to go on with a dangerous work that mostly costs their life. Original title: De berg die mannen eet (1/6) Presented by Stef Biemans © VPRO Mars 2018 On VPRO broadcast you will find nonfiction videos with English subtitles, French subtitles and Spanish subtitles, such as documentaries, short interviews and documentary series. This channel offers some of the best travel series from the Dutch broadcaster VPRO. Our series explore cultures from all over the world. VPRO storytellers have lived abroad for years with an open mind and endless curiosity, allowing them to become one with their new country. Thanks to these qualities, they are the perfect guides to let you experience a place and culture through the eyes of a local. Uncovering the soul of a country, through an intrinsic and honest connection, is what VPRO and its presenters do best. So subscribe to our channel and we will be delighted to share our adventures with you! more information at www.VPRObroadcast.com Visit additional youtube channels bij VPRO broadcast: VPRO Broadcast: https://www.youtube.com/VPRObroadcast VPRO Metropolis: https://www.youtube.com/user/VPROmetropolis VPRO Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/VPROdocumentary VPRO World Stories: https://www.youtube.com/VPROworldstories VPRO Extra: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTLrhK07g6LP-JtT0VVE56A VPRO VG (world music): https://www.youtube.com/vrijegeluiden VPRO 3voor12 (alternative music): https://www.youtube.com/3voor12 VPRO 3voor12 extra (music stories): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgVYRLGraeL9rGMiM3rBHA www.VPRObroadcast.com English, French and Spanish subtitles by Ericsson and co-funded by the European Union.
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Superdump: Toxic waste seeps into the environment from South African mine dumps. December 2009 For downloads and more information visit: http://journeyman.tv/59894/documentary-films-archive/superdump.html After 120 years of gold mining, the land and water on Gautengs far West Rand are some of the most polluted in the country. The mine dumps that dot the area west of Johannesburg have been identified as public health risks. One of the biggest problems is uranium seeping into the watercourses, turning the sediment both poisonous and radioactive. Ecologists, the community and the mines all agree that the mine dumps must go. But no-one can agree what to do with them. This edition of Special Assignment takes a look at community resistance against two proposals to reprocess the mine dumps and relocate the resulting waste. Communities are clashing with the mines over two proposed superdumps mega-mine dumps proposed for Fochville and Randfontein. Should these communities suffer for the health of the entire region? And what impact will these superdumps have on food security? SABC - Ref. 4564 Journeyman Pictures is your independent source for the world's most powerful films, exploring the burning issues of today. We represent stories from the world's top producers, with brand new content coming in all the time. On our channel you'll find outstanding and controversial journalism covering any global subject you can imagine wanting to know about.
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Oh, the things humans will do to get their grubby hands on gold—a metal mostly prized for its ornamental use, hoarded in bank vaults and jewelry boxes, though we've arbitrarily decided it's worth, uh, its weight in gold.* The deepest gold mine in the world is Mponeng, a 2.5-mile hole in the ground in South Africa. A whole underground city—lightless and lawless—lives inside the mine. Journalist Matthew Hart, author of Gold: The Race for the World's Most Seductive Metal, recently spoke to NPR about his own visit to the South African gold mine. Here are some of the most fascinating terrifying facts about the gold mine. The mine is as deep as 10 Empire State Buildings, and its 236 miles of tunnels are longer than the New York subway. Every day, 4,000 workers descend into the mine through elevators—or, as they're called in mining parlance, cages. These triple-decked cages fit 120 people at a time, and the first 1.6-mile shaft takes only 6 minutes to descend. A second shaft takes workers deeper down, and the last part is only accessible by foot or vehicle. The whole, mind-bogglingly huge structure mines a seam of ore only 30 inches wide. Seriously: the depths humans will do to get to their hands on gold. The rock is so hot underground that ice has to be pumped down to cool the tunnels. Because temperatures increase the closer we get to the earth's core, the rock faces in the mine can get as hot as 140º F. "You can imagine what it's like to crawl into a cavity there," Hart said to NPR. "It's like crawling into a pizza oven." To keep those super-temperatures from becoming deadly, an ice-slurry mixed with salt is pumped down from the surface; huge fans then blow air over the ice, forming a controlled cold-air system within the mine—its own internal weather system. The above-ground ice-making plant goes through 6,000 tons of ice a day. Ultimately, this means that many tunnels can be kept at an almost bearable 85 degrees. Illegal "ghost" miners live, eat, and even visit prostitutes right in the mines. At least 10% of the gold in South African mines is stolen. Criminal syndicates help illegal "ghost" miners sneak into the mineshaft, where they then hide out for months at a time, turning ghostly from the lack of sunlight. Security guards also tend to let these ghost miners be: the illegal miners are often armed with AK-47s and beer bottle grenades, and it's all too easy to hear someone coming from far off in the mine. The mine is so big, it's difficult to police anyways. There's also a whole, well, underground economy where legal miners help out their illegal brethren. Since bread, for example, costs twelve time as much in the illegal economy, packing some extra lunch can get you much more than lunch money. Gold is so expensive, the mine only needs to extract 0.35 ounces from a ton of rock to be profitable. Mponeng excavates 6,000 tons of rock per day. You do the math. The world's loneliest ecosystem was discovered in Mponeng. The rod-shaped bacterium Desulforudis audaxviator lives alone in the dark, hot waters of Mponeng; it is the sole member of the only single-species ecosystem discovered. All life forms need basic nutrients like carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and, usually, different bacteria pull different nutrients from the environment to form an ecosystem. But D. audaxviator is self-reliant, capable of producing everything itself. Scientists think the bacterium has not seen the surface of the earth in millions of years. Bacteria that live in remote places like the depths of the Mponeng mine are called extremophiles for their ability to withstand seemingly impossible conditions. When motivated by money—out of greed or basic economic necessity—humans can do the same, it seems.
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(3 Oct 2012) 1. Wide of striking miners marching towards the camera 2. Mid of thousands of miners marching to Anglo Gold Ashanti offices 3. Wide of marching miners 4. SOUNDBITE (English) Bramage Sekete, striking mine worker at AngloGold Ashanti mine: "We are saying today, as the workers, not only the mine workers, but as the workers, we are saying, we need, or we demand, a living wage - sixteen thousand upwards." 5. Miners marching towards offices holding placards and singing 6. Close protester holding a placard calling on workers to reject a deal offering them 12,500 rand (1,483 US dollars) per month 7. SOUNDBITE (South Sotho) Pie Msebenzi, striking mine worker at AngloGold Ashanti mine: "This poster shows that they (management) did not want to listen to the miners of Marikana, where a lot of miners died, regarding the truth that was exposed by the miners of Marikana, about the money that we are paid by these companies." 8. Wide of poster reading (English) "Don't let the police get away with murder" 9. SOUNDBITE (English) Ntseki Mqabe, striking mine worker at AngloGold Ashanti mine: "I can't afford to pay for university right now or technical (college), because I am earning a little money - four thousand (rand) per month. It's a joke. It's peanuts." 10. Wide shot protesting mine worker symbolically digging tarmac on road with his shovel close to AngloGold Ashanti offices STORYLINE Gold miners in Orkney, in the North West province of South Africa, staged a large rally on Wednesday over poor wages and living conditions, union officials said. Thousands of singing, placard-waving workers marched to the headquarters in Orkney of the AngloGold Ashanti mining company, where production has been at a standstill since 26 September when all its miners joined a strike which began on September 20 at its Kopanang mine. The miners, many carrying signs recalling the recent Marikana mine strike, listened to rousing speeches by union officials who asked them not to give up on their demand for a monthly wage of 16-thousand rand (1,898 US dollars). "We demand a living wage - sixteen thousand upwards," said miner Bramage Sekete. Ntseki Mqabe, who also works in the mine, said their salary of four thousand rand (474 US dollars) per month was "a joke. It's peanuts." The strike at AngloGold Ashanti is one of a wave of mining strikes across the country, which began in August at Lonmin's Marikana mines. There police shot dead 34 striking workers on August 16, a level of state violence not seen since the end of apartheid in 1994. A retired judge is currently leading an official inquest into the Marikana incident and related violence that killed at least 44 people. The commission of inquiry will determine the roles played by the police, Lonmin and two mining unions, and whether any of those under investigation could have done something to prevent the violence. In September the Marikana strikers returned to work after accepting a pay increase of up to 22 percent through negotiations that also involved church leaders as mediators. But two of South Africa's most powerful unions said in a joint statement on Tuesday that the Marikana settlement set a bad precedent for labour relations in South Africa. Even as South Africa grapples with the Marikana incident, there appears to be no end in sight to the ongoing labour unrest. Workers have also been on strike for weeks at Anglo American Platinum, the world's largest platinum producer. Similar strikes are ongoing at Gold Fields and Samancor Chrome Western Mine. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/4f85bde49ae8337eaa45463fb458c37b Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
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President Nelson Mandela has said working conditions in South Africa's mines must be improved. He's also told mine owners to prepare for international competition. President Mandela told mine owners at a meeting in Johannesburg that the industry plays a massive role in the South African economy. He says that he wants immediate improvements made in working conditions, so that decent standards are provided for the workers. Political changes that have swept South Africa in the last six months have yet to translate into practical differences. And black mine workers are among the first to say it. SOUNDBITE: "This should help develop increased career opportunities for miners, so that the skills and innovative potential which have been held back can be released to benefit the industry and the nation". SUPER CAPTION: Nelson Mandela/ President of South Africa For decades, black miners were kept as manual laborers while whites rose up the ranks to better pay. SOUNDBITE: Frans Gwaza says: "There are no changes but instead of being, instead of changes there's more oppression than before." SUPER CAPTION: Frans Gwaza/ Miner The bosses dispute this and claim racial discrimination is over. But the majority of black miners say their low salaries and miserable living conditions are nothing less than racial prejudice. SOUNDBITE: "As the black miners we are staying in the hostel. The white miners are staying in the village single quarters and there the food supplied is different from the food we get in the hostels." SUPER CAPTION: Simon Mpahlwa/ Miner The massive National Union of Mineworkers speaks for the majority of black miners. Over the last 10 years, it has won lasting changes. SOUNDBITE: "Nine people are living here. There's no privacy, there's nothing. There is not security also. We just sleep here. We as the leadership also felt very unsafe. The doors can't be locked. Anybody can come in and do anything. But the union rules aren't apparent at every mine- and union officials must wage daily battles for their colleagues. SUPER CAPTION: Miner, Elias Monyemoratwe Mining companies have had to adapt to changing times - now it's claimed they're treading a fine line between safety and profits SOUNDBITE: " Accidents occur underground, on surface, in the mines, one cannot deny. One might take a word from President Mandela's book: 'to legislate racial equality is one thing. The other thing is to have attitudes such that these incidents don't occur. There is no difference in our treatment or in the facilities afforded to people of different colors. There are differences between people of different skills levels but that's not racial discrimination, that's differentiation according to skills or rank or position." SUPER CAPTION: Alan Munro/ Chamber of Mines Now that the feared threat of nationalization is over, the bosses know only too well that they must improve conditions. And they know that Mandela is ready to listen to their pleas to keep the economy strong and growing. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/d3ef0dc066351a835c3159afbc83c9a1 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
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Deadly Diamonds (2009): Could Zimbabwe be suspended from the global diamond trade in the aftermath of the massacre at the Marange diamonds fields? For similar stories, see: Zimbabwe's Gold Standard of Poverty https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4azCZUDCQI Mugabe Loyalists Are Using Violence To Quash MDC Supporters https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3M-TMRrJU4 Inside the Abhorrent Conditions of Zimbabwe's Prison System https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX9YDUtg8No Subscribe to journeyman for daily uploads: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=journeymanpictures For downloads and more information visit: http://www.journeyman.tv/film/4578 Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/journeymanpictures Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JourneymanVOD https://twitter.com/JourneymanNews Follow us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/journeymanpictures Did Robert Mugabes security forces seize control of a lucrative diamond field by gunning down hundreds of miners? With shocking evidence now uncovered, Zimbabwe's diamond trade faces suspension. "We were told here are the guns, sitting in the truck, do you want to stay?" says Andrew Cranswick, CEO of the mining company who owns the rights to mine diamonds in Marange. After his company was evicted, the Marange fields were opened up to the people and tens of thousands of Zimbabweans came to dig, paying the police a commission. Yet the police didn't always play fair - "$15 million worth of diamonds were confiscated", says one former miner and soon the police were replaced by Mugabes own military. "Mugabe needed a way to buy the loyalty of the army" says Ken Roth, "the military were ordered to kill". In the first week of November, helicopter gunships launched a massacre on the Marange diamond fields. Evidence has been collected of 200 deaths. Those who weren't killed were raped or crippled. "They told us if we wanted to go home we had to sleep with the men", says one woman, "the soldiers watched and laughed". Next month, the Kimberley process, the international body charged with stopping trade in conflict diamonds, will decide whether Zimbabwe should be suspended. Yet with many Western governments involved in Zimbabwe's diamond trade, a former delegate of the Kimberley process believes this deadly business may yet be protected. Production Company – Ref. 4578 Journeyman Pictures is your independent source for the world's most powerful films, exploring the burning issues of today. We represent stories from the world's top producers, with brand new content coming in all the time. On our channel you'll find outstanding and controversial journalism covering any global subject you can imagine wanting to know about.
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Emergency officials work to rescue dozens of workers trapped by debris in an abandoned mine in South Africa, with at least 11 miners escorted to safety. Debris trapped a group of miners who were working illegally in an abandoned mine in South Africa, but rescue workers cleared the mine shaft entrance and at least 11 miners were escorted to safety on Sunday, officials said. Some of the miners still below the surface in the gold mine shaft near Johannesburg appeared to be reluctant to emerge because of fears they would be arrested, emergency responder Kobus Du Plooy said by telephone from the scene. He said he did not know how many people were still in the mine. Some of those who came out were dehydrated but otherwise in good spirits, Du Plooy said. Earlier, rescue vehicles and equipment were brought to the site to stabilize the ground before the operation to free the miners. The miners were believed to have been trapped since Saturday morning and police patrolling in the area heard their screams for help, the South African Press Association reported. Rescue teams arriving at the scene were able to speak to about 30 miners near the top of the old shaft, whose entrance was covered by a large rock, the news agency said. Those miners said as many as 200 others were trapped further down a steep tunnel at the mine in Benoni, on the outskirts of South Africa's biggest city. Illegal mining is common in South Africa, a major producer of gold and platinum. Workers brave unsafe conditions below ground amid reports of the involvement of organized crime and even clashes between rival groups seeking to extract precious metal from the shafts. Get the latest headlines http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ Subscribe to The Telegraph http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=telegraphtv Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/telegraph.co.uk Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/telegraph Follow us on Google+ https://plus.google.com/102891355072777008500/ Telegraph.co.uk and YouTube.com/TelegraphTV are websites of The Daily Telegraph, the UK's best-selling quality daily newspaper providing news and analysis on UK and world events, business, sport, lifestyle and culture.
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For a higher quality version, see: https://youtu.be/YUxqKXqX3Ew 24 October 2000 A disturbing report on the terrible working conditions and appalling pay in Indonesia's mining industry.
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The Bench Marks Foundation has released another damning report into the South African mining community. It has been focusing on Corporate Social Responsibility in the mining environment - and the latest report concerns the coal industry. The Foundation says that workers face a hostile environment with unsafe and dreadful conditions. It says mining companies generally are flouting environmental, labour and social laws frequently and openly. And coal miners concentrated in Mpumalanga are no different. South Africa is haveily reliant on coal to produce electricity. It is also a significant participant in global coal markets with Anglo and BHP Billiton dominating.
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http://www.hrw.org/news/2011/12/06/mali-artisanal-mines-produce-gold-child-labor At least 20,000 children work in Malian artisanal gold mines under extremely harsh and dangerous conditions. These children literally risk life and limb. They carry loads heavier than their own weight, climb into unstable shafts, and touch and inhale mercury, one of the most toxic substances on earth. Courtesy NBC Rock Center
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Life is getting worse for thousands of families who live in a slum located few meters from Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, South Africa, where police killed 34 miners during a strike for better pay last Thursday. teleSUR http://multimedia.telesurtv.net
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Trade is better than aid for Africa. They say. In a journey through copper thieves and mine barons in the north of Zambia, Bram Vermeulen investigates the truth behind that slogan. From a distance they look like ants, the hundreds of men digging holes in the rubble slopes of an old copper mine in Zambia. They are looking for copper ore in the walls of the enormous pit, without wearing helmets and without reinforcing the walls of their caves. Life-threatening, of course. But they find enough to live on. Is it legal, Bram asks. They laugh about it. No of course not. But the Chinese buyer does not really ask where they get their ore from. You just have to leave when the guards of the mine come. How different is it in a huge copper mine in full operation. Huge machines drive off and on. Sirens sound regularly, followed by explosions. Here, 300,000 tons of stone are moved every day, and the copper ore from it yields a profit of hundreds of millions of dollars a year. But it is a foreign company that raises that money. And if the productivity gets too low after about twenty years, the investors will move on. From the air it is easy to see how far-reaching it all is. The mine takes big chores out of the country and turns huge plains into a kind of lunar landscape. But other changes are also visible. Houses, schools, a golf course. Prosperity, therefore, emphasizes a mine boss. Seven years ago this was still a dull provincial town, and now look! A little further on the big changes are about to begin. There is a giant copper mine here, and for that an area of no less than four hundred square kilometers is expropriated. The new owners promise economic prosperity. Did not a city like Johannesburg also start out as a simple mine? Naturally, people living in the area can not stay. They have worked the land for generations, but they can not show ownership documents. They have not been asked anything. They do get compensation for their houses, chickens and fruit trees, but not for the ground. "Everything under the ground is state property," says a representative of the mining company, "and that is what the state can rent out to us." Residents who do not want to leave are squatters who violate the law from that moment on. Even though they were born and lived there all their lives. Those former residents are moved to neat new houses outside the area. With toilet, and bigger than the previous house, but without land to grow food. Some of them seem satisfied with that. Most do not. 'In Africa, land has sentimental value. You are no one without land, 'says one of them. "So you're destroying these people. They will not pass on anything to the next generation. " Episode 6. Copper fever For Africa, trade is better than aid, or so they say. On a journey to copper thieves and mine bosses, Bram Vermeulen investigates the truth behind the slogan. Director: Doke Romeijn and Stefanie de Brouwer © VPRO October 2014 On VPRO broadcast you will find nonfiction videos with English subtitles, French subtitles and Spanish subtitles, such as documentaries, short interviews and documentary series. This channel offers some of the best travel series from the Dutch broadcaster VPRO. Our series explore cultures from all over the world. VPRO storytellers have lived abroad for years with an open mind and endless curiosity, allowing them to become one with their new country. Thanks to these qualities, they are the perfect guides to let you experience a place and culture through the eyes of a local. Uncovering the soul of a country, through an intrinsic and honest connection, is what VPRO and its presenters do best. So subscribe to our channel and we will be delighted to share our adventures with you! more information at www.VPRObroadcast.com Visit additional youtube channels bij VPRO broadcast: VPRO Broadcast: https://www.youtube.com/VPRObroadcast VPRO Metropolis: https://www.youtube.com/user/VPROmetropolis VPRO Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/VPROdocumentary VPRO World Stories: https://www.youtube.com/VPROworldstories VPRO Extra: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTLrhK07g6LP-JtT0VVE56A VPRO VG (world music): https://www.youtube.com/vrijegeluiden VPRO 3voor12 (alternative music): https://www.youtube.com/3voor12 VPRO 3voor12 extra (music stories): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgVYRLGraeL9rGMiM3rBHA www.VPRObroadcast.com English, French and Spanish subtitles by Ericsson and co-funded by the European Union.
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It is because the actual mining code and the neo-liberal policies promoted by Juan Manuel Santos administration, that criminalize Afro-Colombian miners, whose tradition for centuries have been artisanal and sustainable, and expose them to the extreme dangerous labor conditions of large-scale illegal mining that today, May 1, 2014 more than 40 Afro-descendants are buried under tons of rocks and mud, after a 60 feet-deep excavation collapsed on them the night before. The Colombian government is responsible for this tragedy. While it criminalized the artisanal mining activity the government has given open door to multinationals like Anglo Gold Ashanti, with great interest on gold mines in ancestral territories in the department of Cauca and other regions in Colombia, allowing the illegal large-scale activity to take over the right to work and violate the territorial, cultural and economic rights of communities settled for centuries on those territories and protected by Colombian and international law. The Colombian government, the mining authorities, under Juan Manuel Santos lead and management, have neglected to fulfill their responsibilities and comply with the agreements they signed with the Community Councils and communities of the Northern Cauca region. This tragedy lays right at the feet of the Colombian government. Shame on them!
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UNICEF correspondent Michelle Marrion reports on how UNICEF is supporting efforts to find child labourers a way out of the diamond mines of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. For more information, visit: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/drcongo_67998.html
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Ghana has had a gold rush but here, Afua Hirsch discovers how Chinese immigrants are profiting from industrialising the country's small-scale mining industry. She sees for herself that, for the many locals who chance losing life and limb for a piece of the same pie, the risks are rarely worth it, and explores where the responsibility for regulating this industry lies. The price of gold: Chinese mining in Ghana documentary Subscribe to the Guardian HERE: http://bitly.com/UvkFpD Afua Hirsch reports on Ghana's gold rush in a film that discovers how Chinese immigrants are profiting from industrialising the country's small-scale mining industry. She sees for herself that, for the many locals who chance losing life and limb for a piece of the same pie, the risks are rarely worth it, and explores where the responsibility for regulating this industry lies.
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Thousands of mineworkers marched on the Department of Mineral and Energy Affairs in Johannesburg on Saturday morning (16/7), demanding an improvement in safety conditions at work. At the front of the march, organised by the National Union of Mineworkers, were scores of disabled miners in wheelchairs. They were pushed by colleagues in central Johannesburg, to the department offices in Braamfontein. Most had been paralysed in mining accidents and several had lost one or more limbs. Others hobbled on crutches and walking sticks. The march took place on the eve of a Government-appointed commission of inquiry into the health and safety regulations in the mining industry. According to union figures, black mineworkers who spend 20 years underground face a 1 in 30 chance of being killed in a mining accident, and a 1 in 2 chance of being permanently disabled. Last year, 578 mineworkers died in mine accidents. A total of 8532 were seriously injured last year. Meanwhile, South Africa's largest labour federation demanded on Saturday that President Nelson Mandela's government back workers in disputes with employers acording to a Sunday Times report. Sam Shilowa, leader of the 1.2 million-strong Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), made his plea as the country faces its largest strike since the all-race elections in April. More than 15,000 workers at retail giant Pick 'n Pay will stop work Tuesday following the breakdown of wage negotiations and outbreaks of violence between strikers and police at stores in the Johannesburg region. SHOWS: SOUTH AFRICA 16/7: JOHANNESBURG marchers and zoom-out to reveal a statue of mineworkers wheelchair-bound miners leading the march onlookers and marchers mine officials standing by protesters in a bus with posters reading "the right to refuse dangerous work" miners mine officials advancing to podium accepting memo and signing it mine official addressing the gathered group "as you all know, the question of safety and health in the mines is being addressed by a commission sitting in this building as of monday." cheering shouts of mandela! filling the air 2.55 You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/0c24efa90949bb502336f9a1afc7bd0b Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
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The shocking reality faced by children and teenagers on the Philippines' Gold Coast - who face massive risks such as travelling down a flooded mineshaft with only a flimsy plastic tube to breathe from for hours at a time. Read more: http://bit.ly/1QRSZZF Watch more on our Dangerous World playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXjqQf1xYLQ5KNmCPWRWnnTWKKwcgS2IT Subscribe to Channel 4 News: http://bit.ly/1sF6pOJ Filmed, produced, reported and directed by Evan Williams Research: Hannah Poulter Field producer: Sol Vanzi Co-producer/second camera: Ed Hancox
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🔦🔦🔦 It's called level 320. 🔦🔦🔦 [ ENG SUBS AVAILABLE ] The greatest attractions of the level 320 are the large scale mining machines presented in operation, as well as electric suspension railway. This is here the deepest located tourist route in a coal mine in Europe! Discovering level 320 is associated primarily with exploring the development of mining technology from the late nineteenth century until the present day. 📷📷📷Visitors during the two-hour tour discover for themselves how a mining shift looks like, the conditions in which coal is mined and what mother nature can do with mine corridors not protected by roof support. One of the most interesting attractions of the level 320 is the electric suspension mining railway ride. At this level also you can enjoy one of the most impressive presentations of mining technique –large scale mining machinery at work. ℹ️ℹ️ℹ️ℹ️ℹ️ℹ️ℹ️ℹ️ℹ️ COST : About ~$8 or ~7,5 Euro LENGTH OF THE ROUTE: 2,5 km, DURATION OF VISIT: 1,5h to 2 h., AGE LIMITATIONS: minimum age of a visitor: 6 years old, ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: • the average temperature along the route is about 14 - 16C, proper clothing is recommended, • recommend comfortable shoes with flat soles. ℹ️ℹ️ℹ️ℹ️ℹ️ℹ️ℹ️ℹ️ℹ️
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Filmed by Keystone in 1911 for the LNWR ( London & North Western Railway ) who had their own full time film unit. The film was produced to feature both a typical Lancashire colliery served by the LNWR and also the women surface workers or Pit Brow Lasses who had been in the news after moves to legislate against their empoyment on the surface at collieries. More women surface workers were employed at Lancashire collieries than in any other coalfield. The colliery featured was Alexandra Colliery of Wigan Coal & Iron Co Ltd. Shafts were sunk at the colliery from 1856 in an ancient mining district, records going back to the 14th century. The shaft eventually reached 772 yards and the Arley seam. The famous Haigh Cannel seam was also accessed. The colliery closed in June 1955.
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In the Philippines, people desperate to make a living dive into muddy waters in makeshift mines in search of gold. The job is hazardous, the returns are paltry and they say their work is illegal. But that doesn't stop the miners -- mostly adults and some children -- from diving into the mud to find gold.
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Government and mining unions have called on miners to withdraw from unsafe working conditions. The parties were speaking at the memorial service of seven mineworkers who died at the Sibanye-Stillwater mine outside Carletonville on Gauteng's West Rand last Thursday. They were among thirteen workers who were trapped underground after three seismic events. For more news, visit: sabcnews.com
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The National Economic Development and Labour Council ,Nedlac, says it has been monitoring the crisis in the platinum industry and the latest breakdown in negotiations with deep concern. Government must get the parties in the platinum mining sector talking again, Nedlac said on Monday. Nedlac Spokesperson Kim Jurgensen says they call on all parties to move away from the entrenched adversarial positions they have adopted. There must be a willingness from all parties to try and find solutions. We spoke to Chief Economist at the South African Institution of Race Relations, Ian Cruishank
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In South Africa, hundreds of anxious relatives are camped outside a mine in Johannesburg. Dozens of miners have been trapped underground since last week. Around 30 illegal miners were initially trapped in the disused mine. One managed to make it out alive. Three others were rescued. Two were arrested and the third was taken to hospital. Rescue and recovery operations began on Sunday, but were called off due to dangerous conditions. There are reports that a fire burning in the mine shaft and it's feared many of the miners have died. Most are Zimbabweans.
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