Monday 4 February – Wednesday 6 February 2019

DoubleTree Hotel, Brickfield Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town


Theme: Celebrating 10 Years of Working Towards Action:  Stronger, Forging Forward

10 Years of  Working Towards Action: Growing Stronger – Forging Forward!

The Alternative Mining Indaba has reached the defining milestone of 10 consecutive years of gathering mining-affected and impacted communities and their peers and supporters from diverse backgrounds and interests. The 10th AMI in Cape Town is therefore a pivotal and very important defining moment for all stakeholders and promises to take stock of the achievements over the last 10 years. The 10th AMI is aimed at celebrating 10 years of progressive agenda-setting and change enacted in mining affected communities in all areas where the AMI, the National, Provincial, District and Village Mining Indabas have made a presence across Africa. This meeting will also serve as the platform for the adoption of the new strategy 2018-2024 and the guiding principles by the Steering Committee and all AMI stakeholders.

Alternative Mining Indaba Objectives

The aims of the 10th AMI are to:

  • Celebrate the gains and achievements of the last 10 years of AMI
  • Express in verse, song and prose the achievements of the last 10 years of AMI – e.g., through story telling
  • Consolidate the friendships and solidarity that have developed over the years among the different communities – e.g., through the exchange of experiences.
  • Measure the effectiveness of the District, Provincial and National Alternative Mining Indabas (DAMIs, PAMIs and NAMIs) as markers of our achievements
  • Hold a celebratory march with use of an open bus and colourful materials and exhibitions
  • Narrate and show documentation of the positive changes that have happened because of the AMI
  • Organise breakaway sessions that will introduce new issues such as Climate Change, Rehabilitation of Mines and Alternatives (ReUse, ReClaim, ReCycle)
  • Introduce the new strategy and the guiding principles
  • Analyse the nine previous Declarations and condense/consolidate them into one Declaration to present to the Mining Indaba.
  • Provide an opportunity for a Theological Reflection by Faith leaders
  • To provide space for the inter faith community to lead and accompany affected and impacted communities.

Design of the Meeting

The three-day meeting will include:

  • Welcome by AMI Steering Committee and Secretariat
  • Key Address by the Steering Committee Chair
  • A look at 10 years of AMI (Slideshow/Video)
  • Reflection Plenary – have the main asks been achieved
  • Adoption of the new strategy and guiding principles
  • Presentations by some of the first 40 to attend AMI in 2010
  • Celebratory cultural performances from different countries
  • Testimonials of success and achievements from different countries
  • Video documentaries on the AMI achievements
  • Gallery showing the AMIs journey
  • Industry responses on milestones in bridging communication gaps

Expected Participants:

  • Approximately 600 people are expected in total
  • Representatives from the steering committee
  • Members of Parliament and other key Official Stakeholders
  • Private sector representatives
  • Representatives of directly affected communities
  • Representatives of NGO’s
  • Faith based organisations and leaders

Our stakeholders and sponsors

The Economic Justice Network of the Fellowship of Christian Councils in Southern Africa (EJN of FOCCISA) are pleased to invite you to the 8th Alternative Mining Indaba in collaboration with:

Zimbabwe Environmental Lawyers Association (ZELA)
Publish What You Pay (PWYP)
Norwegian Church Aid (NCA)
South African Council of Churches (SACC)
Mozambique CC
Bench Marks Foundation

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