It is good to see that others are beginning to pick up on the folly of relying on "corporate social responsibility" (CSR). Ultimately we have to win the intellectual debate, even as we pray for better politicians who will look after the interests of our people in this area :
As reported via The Vancouver Sun.Peter Sinkamba, Executive Director of the Zambian mining watchdog group Citizens for a Better Environment, said it would be far better if mines like Kansanshi abandoned such disputes, paid a fair amount in taxes and let the government provide things like hospitals and classroom blocks....Often, companies will use social spending to try to claim tax exemptions, which results in a “double-edged sword” as the government loses money and stops spending altogether in the mining areas because they assume companies will step into the void, he said, adding that having a private firm provide many of the services that are usually the domain of government sets a dangerous precedent because the mine’s primary loyalty is to its shareholders. Furthermore, the government is allowing mining companies to “rape” the country of its minerals without adequately investing for the needs of future generations, Sinkamba said. “Look at the social investments in those areas. It’s peanuts,” he said.