Mandela’s Contribution to Mining

By Gavin du Venage and Joseph Kirschke

Last month, National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) leaders denounced South Africa’s mining companies for ignoring a day of mourning for Nelson Mandela’s funeral. Ironically, saddled with corruption, infighting and often voiceless workers, the NUM itself may be one of his struggle’s more unfortunate byproducts. 

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Cyber Security: A Sign of the Times

People were surprised when they learned that the reporters at News of the World were hacking cell phones. With revelations about the U.S. National Security Agency’s (NSA) activities from Edward Snowden and other “leakers,” the world is learning with each passing moment just how commonplace spying has become and the fact that modern technology better enables it. 

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Québec’s Reality Check

As this edition of E&MJ was going to press, Québec decided to shelve a new mining tax proposed by the Parti Québécois (PQ) after being re-acquainted with the important role miners play in the region. While the story is still unfolding, many in the mining business are wondering if the damage can be undone.

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The Mexican Mining Tax

The common denominator among most democracies is that the political debate has become so polarized it prevents governments from conducting business. In the case of the U.S. this month, the government has simply shut down. An equally divided electorate creates a stalemate. One politician in Mexico, recently elected President Enrique Peña Nieto, has managed to break that stalemate. While some multinational business leaders are encouraged by the administration’s initiative, others are worried, especially those in the mining business. 

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Steve Fiscor, Editor-in-Chief, EMJ, Engineering Mining Journal
Steve Fiscor heads a world class group of writers and editors serving the mining and construction markets. He has served as editor-in-chief for E&MJ since 2003 and Coal Age since 2001. He writes articles on mining and processing, organizes the technical programs for several conferences, and produces many of MMI's ancillary products.

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