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20 Feb 2015

Khanya Mncwabe in Mail & Guardian (So. Africa)

After the Indabas: where next for southern African mining and human rights?

'Mining for goodwill reaps profits', 20 Feb 2015: Africa’s top mining…executives met…at the Investing in African Mining Indaba…last week…[J]ust a few kilometres away…hundreds of civil society activists who could not afford the almost $2 000 admission fee convened the Alternative Mining Indaba to grapple with concerns about the mining sector’s negative impact on human rights… Better relationships with communities and workers could have mitigated, or even avoided, the harm caused in these…and…other…[cases] highlighted in the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre’s latest briefing note on mining in Southern Africa. To manage these risks coherently and better respect human rights, mining companies should move beyond just adopting human rights policies and…“mainstream” respect for human rights. In Southern Africa, three areas are key to this: transparency, [responsible] engagement and respect for communities’ and workers’ rights to health and safety…