The Economic Justice Network (EJN) of FOCCISA, in collaboration with a coalition of faith-based and other civil society organisations is hosting the 7th edition of the Alternative Mining Indaba (AMI) from the 8 – 10 February 2016 at the Double Tree Hotel in Woodstock, Cape Town in South Africa. The theme of the conference is: Making Natural Resources Work for the People, Leaving No One Behind.
Mining affected and impacted communities from over 40 countries and members of the National Christian Councils from the SADC region will join the up to 300 civil society participants at the AMI for two days.
Bishop George Palo of Zambia and renowned activist and director of Oxfam International Ms Winnie Byanyima will deliver the keynote address.
The 2016 AMI will consist of panel discussions on conducted research, testimonies that highlight the main issues in the extractives industry and provide possible concrete strategies and campaigns to remedy the issues.
Thematic sessions in this year’s AMI are: Access to Remedy: Litigation and Mining; Artisanal and Small scale Mining; Business and Human Rights; Mining and Taxation; Gender and Extractives. A legal clinic will be conducted by a team of human rights lawyers during the conference, offering legal opinion on specific challenges faced by communities in their countries. The AMI will conclude with a march to the Africa Mining Indaba at the Cape Town International Conference Centre where a Declaration/Communique will be handed over to representatives of the African Union.
The Alternative Mining Indaba is a platform that was created by Faith Based Organisations, and civil society organisations (CSO)'s that are concerned with the social injustices that are prevalent in the African mining industry. This initiative was triggered by the fact that every year for the past 20 years mining companies, investors, financiers and governments have been meeting at the African Mining Indaba in Cape Town to discuss the future of African Mining, yet important stakeholder communities directly affected by mining are not invited to this platform. Therefore the AMI was created in 2010 to give African Mining Communities a platform to be capacitated and voice their concerns about African Mining. The Alternative Mining Indaba has, since its inception six years ago, advocated for equity and justice in the way in which the benefits of these mining resources are shared, as well as calling for good governance, transparency and accountability in the sector. Over the years the AMI has also become a platform to strengthen advocacy work and develop strategic tools to address challenges faced by the sector.
The AMI is hosted by EJN together with its partners, Oxfam, Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa – OSISA, Norwegian Church Aid, IANRA, Open Society Foundation for South Africa, IBIS and the members of the affected communities.
For more information please contact the following people as well as consulting the attached draft program:
Mr Mandla HadebeÂÂ
Programmes Manager EJN
073 997 8660
Ms Bukelwa VokoÂÂ
Communications Officer EJN
074 374 6509