Mean Spirited Mining in Africa (4)
Conflict over Malagasy mine
afrol News, 19 October - New research carried out by international
development agency, Panos London, shows that differences of
understanding about a new mining project in Southern Madagascar
have already led to mistrust and social conflict which, unless
addressed, could escalate.
The report examines the communication processes between mining
company Rio Tinto and local people affected by its new ilmenite
(titanium dioxide ore) mining operation and reveals that many local
people had little or no advance knowledge of the dramatic changes
taking place and the reasons for them.
The report recognises the pivotal role of communication in
forewarning people affected by such large-scale development
projects of the changes that will take place, and in managing their
expectations. Lack of social acceptance is one of the greatest risks
to the project.