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3 Mar 2015

O. Bello, A. Benkenstein, R. Chevallier, R. Harvey, L. Nongalaza & B. Siyobi, South African Institute for International Affairs

So. African think tank's reflections on its participation in 2015 Mining Indaba and CSO equivalent

'SAIIA at 2015 Mining Indaba', 3 March 2015:…[T]he industry-led African Mining Indaba and…Civil Society…counterpart, the Alternative Mining Indaba (AMI), take place in Cape Town every February. In 2015, SAIIA…continued with its efforts to…build a bridge across the Indaba[s]…[by hosting] two…stakeholder engagements…involving government, corporate and community participants…[One] focused on environmental governance of the extractive industries in South Africa...Four expert speakers addressed the need…to ensure that mining did indeed produce genuine social benefits…Speakers revealed that a large proportion of mining projects are delayed primarily due to social and environmental opposition…[The] second…event – the SAIIA Changemakers Forum…facilitate[d] engagement among key stakeholders…to reflect together on critical blockages to extractive sector transformation and explore prospective joint undertakings to provide needed solutions…[and] generate…concrete outcomes to inform regional and continental level governance initiatives for the extractive sector, such as the African Union's Agenda 2063 and the Africa Mining Vision…