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Mining Indaba: The two conflicting agendas

Two very important events opened simultaneously yesterday in Cape Town, South Africa: One is Africa’s biggest and most attended meeting on mining, the Invest in Africa Mining Indaba...[with over] seven thousand mining industry executives, government officials and business people... The other is the Alternative Mining Indaba-civil society’s response to the Mining Indaba... The business executives...would like to ‘help’ build African economies...but the activists argue that their communities are getting nothing... They want to see “natural resources work for the people” and some are even calling for mining operations to cease completely if that cannot happen. “These companies are in Cape Town to discuss how to extract minerals to benefit a few. It is about profit, not the people,” said Rev. Malcolm Damon..., the chief organiser of the AMI...

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