01-February 2018: As part of our work in promoting active citizenship, Planact was invited to present their experience on the importance of accountability, monitoring and evaluation for mining communities.

As a presenter at the 2nd Annual South African National Alternative Mining Indaba (SANAMI) held at Stay City in Johannesburg from the 21st – 23rd January 2018, Planact shared their extensive work on Social and Labour Plans, Integrated Development Plans (IDPs), on the Interim Protection of Informal Land Rights Act (IPILRA).

The focus of the SANAMI was “Positively impacting people’s lives with natural resources without environmental harm!”

Our Programme Coordinator, Rafiqua Mosaval, emphasised on the importance of social activists affected by mining to claim their voices and spaces as active citizens. She also explained the importance of communities creating structures and getting accredited to take part in the IDP Representative Forum, where all stakeholders (government, mining and business chambers and community based organisations) meet quarterly to discuss progress as per IDP and SLP.

As a way forward, it was agreed that there is a need for capacity building around legislation and empowerment for all mining affected communities.