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10 Feb 2015

Banele Ginindza, Business Report (So. Africa)

Alternative indaba empowers communities [So. Africa]

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The thrust of this year’s Alternative Mining Indaba, or AMI2015,...is that of helping mining communities take up the fight against transgressing mining companies. Participants in the conference are helping mining communities...including [by] teaching them to test water quality and measure air pollution...[and] hold mining companies true to promises when it comes to employment... [The AMI has] over 300 delegates this year... David van Wyk [of]...Benchmarks Foundation...said...land rights should stay with the communities... Christopher Rutledge [of]...ActionAid...said: “Change can only come about with the input of the people affected...” Mpumalanga activist Rain Sikhosana recounted how a community member had brought a bottle of drinking water containing thick coal sediment... Open Society Foundation [staffer] Jeggan Grey-Johnson said the most culpable organisation exploiting mining communities was the AU...