MEDIA ALERT: SAIIA at the 2016 African Mining Indaba

The annual African Mining Indaba will take place from 8-11 February in Cape Town.

Dear Editors and Journalists

The annual African Mining Indaba will take place from 8-11 February in Cape Town, despite a constrained low-commodity price environment and substantial asset impairments among some of the world’s major mining houses. The conference aims to connect investors with mining companies and governments. On the side lines of this conference, SAIIA will host two important events.

The first, a public event on 8 February, addresses the complex question of mining in South Africa’s coastal zones. Mining projects are increasingly encroaching on sensitive biodiversity areas, which raises difficult development questions of how to manage the trade-offs that invariably need to be made. SAIIA has a diverse panel of experts representing all the relevant spheres of governance and affected stakeholders. They will address these development questions before the discussion is opened to the floor.

The second event, an invitation-only Change Makers Forum on 11 February, provides an opportunity for policymakers to find a way forward in relation to the implementation of the African Mining Vision, which aims to harness mineral wealth for inclusive development. This year’s Change Makers Forum will take as its point of departure the prospect of implementing a compact between corporate and government stakeholders that serves both parties, but also addresses environmental impacts and the needs of near-mine communities.

SAIIA Expertise available

SAIIA has experts available on this topic for media interviews. Queries can be directed to Hopewell Radebe on +27 (0) 83 582 1734 or for the following specialists:

  •   Alex Benkenstein, Programme Manager, SAIIA Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme
  •   Ross Harvey, Senior Researcher, SAIIA Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme
  •   Romy Chevallier, Senior Researcher, SAIIA Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme

Related mining research resources

GARP has released a number of papers on extractive projects that entail difficult trade-offs, along with broader research addressing how to harness mineral extraction for inclusive development.

SAIIA opinion articles on the subject:

Research Documents

For more information or to arrange for interviews please contact:

Hopewell Radebe
SAIIA Communications Manager
Tel: +27 (0) 11 339 2021 ext. 122

1 Feb 2016