An ICIJ Investigation Fatal Extraction: Australian Mining’s Damaging Push Into Africa

Mining's Damaging African Boom

Australian-listed mining companies are linked to hundreds of deaths and alleged injustices which wouldn’t be tolerated in better-regulated nations. The stories that follow are from people across Africa, rarely heard outside their own communities.

Fatal Extraction is an international collaboration combining corporate data and extensive field reporting to reveal deaths, injuries and community conflicts linked to…

There were more than 150 publicly traded Australian mining companies present in 33 African nations at the end of 2014.

Mining companies digging up a deadly footprint across Africa.

Key findings

  • Since the beginning of 2004, more than 380 people have died in mining accidents or in off-site skirmishes connected to Australian publicly-traded mining companies in 13 countries in Africa.
  • Australian mining companies are more numerous than those from other mining giants such as Canada, the United Kingdom and China. At the end of 2014, more than 150 companies held about 1500 licenses and owned or managed dozens of mining operations across 33 countries in Africa.
  • Multiple Australian mining companies are accused of negligence, unfair dismissal, violence and environmental law-breaking across Africa, according to legal filings and community petitions gathered from South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Zambia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and Ghana.
  • Australian state and federal government entities, including government workers’ pension funds, have invested in controversial Australian mining companies operating in Africa.

About this investigation

Fatal Extraction is an international collaboration combining corporate data and extensive field reporting to reveal deaths, injuries and community conflicts linked to Australian mining companies across Africa. Australia has more mining companies in Africa than other mining giants such as Canada and China.

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The 18-month Fatal Extraction investigation has brought together data and records from Australia and Africa in a way that hasn’t been done…

Australian mining companies are linked to hundreds of deaths and injuries in Africa, which can go unreported at home.

Fatal Extraction

Key Findings

Since the beginning of 2004, more than 380 people have died in mining accidents or in off-site skirmishes connected to Australian publicly-traded…

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