This is a community capacity building project. The project seeks to organise, inform and mobilise communities that are affected by mining activities to engage mining companies and governments
The project seeks to organise, inform and mobilise communities that are affected by mining activities to engage mining companies and governments (local, provincial and national) to ensure that they benefit (socially and economically) from the extraction and commercialisation of resources.
ZAMBIA is this week set to host an Alternative Mining Indaba aimed at enhancing the contribution of the mining and other extractive sectors to sustainable development and poverty reduction.
SOUTHERN Africa Resource Watch (SARW) Zambia coordinator Edward Lange has appealed to the government not to abandon the corrective process simply to satisfy the interest of First Quantum Minerals, which has threatened to lay off 500 workers at its Kalumbila mine in Solwezi. And Zambia Congress of Trade Unions secretary general Roy Mwaba says mining activities taking root in North-Western Province should not turn out to be a nightmare.
A 2012 Malawi National Export Strategy details that Malawi produced minerals worth K21.9 billion in 2010 and K23.7 billion in 2011.
THE Southern Africa Resource Watch says it expects Konkola Copper Mines, the minework- ers unions and the government to work towards guaranteeing security of the jobs of 2,000 employees that were earmarked for a massive layoff.
This session was facilitated by Mr. Boyd Chibale and the presentations for the first day of the conference were delivered by Ms Moratuoa Thoka representing SARW South Africa, Mr. Felix Ngosa the Senior Project Officer at Catholic Relief Services- Zambia, Mr. Talent Ngandwe from MISA Zambia (member of EITI Zambia Council) and Wendy Mukape the Coordinator for CoSTI Zambia.
On the first day of the conference, participants were given an opportunity to write down their expectations of the two day conference. These included the following:
The conference was officially opened by the Deputy General Secretary of the Mine Workers Union of Zambia (MUZ) Mr. Chishimba Nkole together with Mr. Edward Lange the conference coordinator from SARW who were introduced by Mr. Boyd Kaimbi Chibale (conference facilitator).
A conference entitled ‘Evaluation and Awareness Conference on the Implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in Zambia’ was convened by the Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW) in partnership with the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) through its affiliate the Mine Workers Union of Zambia (MUZ) and the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) at Southern Sun Hotel in Lusaka, Zambia on 29-30 September, 2010.