Over the past two decades, affluent stakeholders in the mining sector have been converging in Cape Town for the annual African Mining Indaba (AMI) to discuss the issues affecting the mining industry.
The travesty being that key stakeholders, mining communities, who are directly affected could never participate in the (AMI) because it is expensive.
This raised the concern that crucial input regarding some of the injustices experienced by these communities would not come to the fore.
It is, therefore, no surprise that the Southern Africa Trust, whose mission is to strengthen the voice and agency of poor people in regional policy continues to lend its voice to the Alternative Mining Indaba (AMI).
Now in its seventh year, this edition of the Alternative Mining Indaba remained steadfast in its focus to provide an international platform for civil society organisations including National Christian Councils and interfaith groups, to share experiences, mobilise as well as motivate mining communities to strengthen their work on advocacy and the development of strategic tools which empower them.
At the opening ceremony for the Indaba, Veronica Zano, AMI Chairperson of the Steering Committee opening remarks focused on the legacy of this initiative since its inception in 2010, revealing the continued growth of the event, from 40 delegates to 350 delegates to date from over 39 countries, of individuals seeking an inclusive platform to represent the interests of those affected by mining.
The theme at the 2016 Indaba was making natural resources work for the people, leaving no-one behind.
These themes included:
– Access to Remedy: Litigation and Mining
– Artisanal and Small Scale Mining