Last week we talked about the challenges and benefits of youths in mining areas. This week’s episode of Green Africa is geared towards hearing from the Youth directly what challenges they are facing and what they think the benefits are. We are inviting youth activists and various leaders of youth groups to take this opportunity to share their views on the Mining communities experiences with the world public.
For a region rich in minerals, mining provides many opportunities to support sustainable development. The region contains about 30 percent of the Earth’s mineral reserves, including 40 percent of gold, 60 percent of cobalt and 90 percent of platinum. In the Southern African Development Community (SADC), for example, the mining industry contributes about 60 percent of foreign exchange earnings, 10 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) and 5 percent of employment. The economies of Angola, Botswana, the DRC, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe get between 22 percent and 90 percent of their foreign exchange directly from mining and mineral exploitation.
However, the environmental costs of mining can be massive in terms of land conversion and degradation, habitat conversion and groundwater pollution. A major by-product of large-scale mining is large volumes of waste and chemical pollution, which may have devastating impacts on ecosystems. Acid drainage has been described as the most pervasive problem associated with waste dumps.
How are the youths dealing with these challenges? How are they benefiting?
Host: Ernest K. Opong
Quality control: William A. Verdone
Contributor: Wasiu Alade
Contributor: Emekop Ebuk
Contributor: Emanuel Marfo
Producer and Director: Wale Idris Ajibade
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