Mining Indaba 2014

African Mining Indaba

The Mining Indaba, held in Cape Town from 3-6 February 2014, brought together over 7,800 delegates from the extractives industry, government, international financial institutions in Africa and beyond.  See:

•    Mining Indaba 2014: Brave faces in uncertain times – Rebecca Davis, Daily Maverick, 5 February 2014

The Africa Progress Panel called on political and business leaders of Africa’s extractive industries, to ensure a fairer deal for communities affected by their work:

•    Panel seeks fair business practices from extractives industry - SABC, 5 February 2014

Anglican Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane delivered the keynote address at the sustainable development session hosted by ICMM:

•    Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane provides civil society perspective on mining and sustainable development - ICMM, 7 February 2014

An Alternative Mining Indaba was convened during this period by an inter-faith and civil society group to highlight the need for extractives companies to heed and address the human right, social and environmental impacts of their operations on communities:

•    Mining problems in focus at alternative indaba - Lisa Chamberlain, deputy director Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) at Univ. of the Witwatersrand, Business Day, 12 February 2014
•    Alternative Mining Indaba can ensure bright future - BizCommunity, 5 February 2014

Peaceful protests and petitions ensured that marginalised voices were heard at the African Mining Indaba:

•    Workers, civil society protest on final day of Mining Indaba - Paul Vecchiato, Business Day, 6 February 2014
•     Protests abound at Mining Indaba - I-Bridge, 7 February 2014

A side event at the Mining Indaba, hosted by Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development, highlighted the need to include artisanal and small-scale mining stakeholders in discussions about challenges facing the sector:

•    Building bridges between the money and the many in mining - Abbi Buxton, Guardian, 11 February 2014