|This is just a quick reminder, in case you missed our first mail, that you are cordially invited to our next BoP Learning Lab session this coming Thursday, the 26th of February 2015, from 12h30 till 14h00.
*The event is free and open to all, however please confirm your attendance to email address below. Kindly note this event will take place at the Solution Space of the GSB Breakwater campus (see address above).
In the wake of the recent Mining Indaba in Cape Town, the global mining industry’s biggest annual gathering, the BoP Learning Lab’s first session for 2015 proposes to focus on this most sensitive sector. Mining has, perhaps more than any other sector, driven South Africa’s economic development and industrialisation over a period of more than a century. The country’s mineral resources have also played a key role in shaping the country’s historic and political evolution. Today, the sector remains a vital part of South Africa’s economic fabric. It also faces some very complex challenges, not least the questions of how best to ensure that the exploitation of mineral resources benefits all South Africans, and in particular local communities in and around mining centres.
While several mining companies are trying to address these challenges, events of the past few years, such as the shocking and tragic loss life at the Marikana mine in 2012, followed by one of the longest strikes the industry has ever faced in 2014, seem to indicate that fundamental changes are necessary.
In this regard, it might help to look elsewhere for inspiration and examples of innovative models through which mining companies’ local footprint in surrounding communities can be improved, and more impactful beneficiation processes can take place.
Please join us in welcoming Elspeth Donovan, the SA Deputy Director of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, who will share her observations and experience from working with mining companies over the last 6 years in South Africa and in Chile. After a brief mapping of some of main challenges facing the local mining industry, we will discuss what South Africa might be able to learn from other countries to optimise its positive impact on communities affected by mining.