Declaration of the 6th alternative mining Indaba “MAKING NATURAL RESOURCES WORK FOR THE PEOPLE”

We, the representatives of over 300 members of Civil Society Organisations; Faith Based Organisations, Pan-African Networks and Organisations, Labour Movements, media, international partners and Community Based Organisations, have met from 9th – 12th February, 2015, in Cape Town to share experiences and deliberate on the role and the impacts of extractives on communities, the environment, animal life and society at large.


SARWatch launches ground-breaking research on the DRC gold trade: Congo's Golden Web

Hundreds of millions of dollars worth of Congolese raw gold -- mined, processed and exported -- circulates in the shadow economy operated by criminal, corrupt and often violent elites. At the same time, other gold resources that could provide important funding for the development of the Eastern Congo and the country at large, or create urgently needed jobs for Congolese, remain locked underground, unexploited.


The rational and non-conflictual exploitation of natural resources

SARW will hold a meeting on 13-14 October in Kampala on the rational and non-conflictual exploitation of natural resources between countries of the Great Lakes Region.

This is a follow up of the meeting that was held in Kinshasa on 29-30 may when consultants recruited to conduct a research in DRC, Angola and Uganda presented their findings and these were enriched by officials of government and civil society as well as other researchers from the 3 countries.

SARW Date: 
Monday, October 13, 2014 - 01:15 to Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 23:15


This process was conducted to collect communities’ views on the draft MMP. This objective was achieved. The process of analyzing the data/information collected was quite a difficult one. The coordinators tried to reproduce the information as submitted by the participants in the districts. It is worth noting that the process was highly appreciated and instilled confidence in the people as said by some participants quoted below;


Berea District: 3rd July, 2014

The District has a population of about 256,496, it is also the home to the Kome Cave Dwellers, in the  west it borders with Free State, while domestically , the district share its borders with the following districts; Leribe in the north, Thaba-Tseka in the Southeast and Maseru in the southern part. 

The mining and minerals sector fiscal and taxation regime

  • 49 per cent should be a share to the investors and Basotho should own 51%.

(Ntate Mohapi, will explain on this);




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