Archive for the ‘Plunder’ Category

South Africa’s goldmines beset by simmering resentment

In Plunder, rebellion, Repression on October 1, 2012 at 9:20 am

Down the mine there is pain, oppression and the cold fear of never coming back. But worst of all, said rock driller Mbuzi Mokwane, is the day he gets his pay cheque. “My pay day is the most miserable day for me. At least during the week I’m working. But on the day you’re given a pay slip that says 4,000 rand [£300], you start calculating your outgoings and you can go crazy. There is daylight robbery in the mines.” Read the rest of this entry »


The Looting of Nigeria

In Plunder on May 24, 2012 at 8:04 am

by Thomas Mountain, CounterPunch

As western oil companies loot some $140 Billion a year of Nigeria’s black gold two thirds of the country’s 100 million people live on less than $2 a day.

Nigeria’s “official” oil production figures show about 3 million barrels a day being pumped from their oil fields into the holds of western tankers though for decades now informed observers have estimated up to one third of all Nigerian oil is actually “stolen”, secretly loaded onto oil tankers after bribes are paid to corrupt government officials. Read the rest of this entry »