Electric Car Demand Fuelling Rise in Child Labour in DR Congo
Cobalt is a key component in batteries for electric cars, phones and laptops, and DRC provides more than half of the global supply. But here's the problem, tens of thousands of children as young as six dig for the toxic substance in artisanal mines in the country's southeast, without protective clothing, rights groups say.
Congo-Kinshasa: Electric Car Demand Fuelling Rise in Child Labour - Campaigners
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 2 November 2018
Demand for electric vehicles is fuelling a rise in child labour in cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo, experts said this week, urging companies to take action as the… Read more »
A child working in a mine (file photo).
Bhekisisa, 29 October 2018
Our computers and phones keep us connected but a key ingredient in them keeps children as young as six locked in a vicious cycle for about R26 a day. Read more »
Corruption and mismanagement of revenue agencies is preventing over a fifth of mining proceeds from reaching the national treasury lobby group, Global Witness says. Read more »