African mining leaders speak out for the Cardin-Lugar Amendment

As you all know, ONE has been campaigning hard in recent weeks to pressure the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to pass a hard rule on the Cardin-Lugar Amendment. More than 180,000 of our members have contributed their voices to the cause, and they’re not the only ones: Global Witness attended this month’s Indaba Mining Conference and has compiled a video of interviews with African mining ministers and company execs who are tired of corruption spoiling their industry.

Big names like Musa Mohammed Sada, Nigeria’s minister of mines and steel development, and Mohamed Lamine Fofana, Guinea’s minister of mines and geology, agree that the corruption is a “serious challenge” and that the “most effective way to fight against corruption is to be transparent at all levels.”

They’re joined by Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, non-executive chairman of South Africa’s Gold Fields Mining Company, who bemoans the fact that “communities that are marginal remain impoverished because of the lack of transparency.” And like all of you, she’s clear about who she’s talking to: “I don’t believe that the SEC should allow itself to be lobbied by invested interests.”

For more of their straight talk, watch the whole video in the player above. And if you haven’t signed our petition yet, there’s still time. Put your name down to join these and other transparency advocates in the fight against corruption.