Lundin Mining under fire in new report
A new report by Southern Africa Resource Watch says that farmers are forced out to make room for expansions, that water projects are carried out without proper consideration, and that Tenke Fungurume Mining does not honor its promises regarding education and health care.
Despite the fact that problems were noticed at the company i Kongo-Kinshasa already in 2008, the new report reveals that conditions have not improved there.
Five years ago, one vendor at the local market, Petunia Kasongo, told a reporter from Swedish Radio news,
"The mining company Tenke Fungurume has only brought misery," she says.
Kasongo went on to say, "We cultivated the land and did small scale mining there, but now we have no money, and young people steal to survive."
She was one of many people in Fungurume in southeast Congo who was angry about the situation then, when a report by several Swedish NGOs described resettlement and broken promises on the part of the mining company.
Now, a new report by Southern Africa Resource Watch insists that the situation has not gotten better.
The head of the organization, Claude Kabemba, says, "The mining company doesn't want to change. They're focused on maximizing profits."
Kabemba goes on to say, "They say they built a bigger hospital, but it was just the roof that was expanded."
Lundin Mining, which is traded on the Stockholm stock exchange, owns a fourth of the copper mine, which is one of the largest in the world. Next year, some 200,000 tons of copper are expected to be extracted from the mine.
However, Kabemba claims that the company's social projects only look good on paper.
"They think social responsibility is a PR trick," he says.
Lundin Mining did not want to comment to Swedish Radio news about the matter, but referred Swedish Radio to its American partner. The partner did not want to comment either and referred Swedish Radio to information on its website.