Why two mining indabas are taking place at the same time

There are two mining indabas kick-starting in Cape Town on Monday.

The first one will be taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), as it's the 25th Anniversary Mining Indaba.

The other one is an alternative mining indaba taking place in Woodstock, and it's celebrating its 10th anniversary.

UCT GSB associate professor and head of the Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement, Brian Ganson, explains why there are two indabas happening in Cape Town on the same day.

The reason that there is a second mining indaba is that the challenges related to land, housing, water, the environment to the absence of sufficient participation in the making, highlighted by the Human Rights Commission are not at the mining indaba at the CTICC.

Brian Ganson, Associate professor - UCT GSB

Ganson says he has argued that there should be one indaba.

It doesn't work if we having one group of people talking about one perspective and another group of people talking on a different perspective and they never talk to each other.

Brian Ganson, Associate professor - UCT GSB

We have no platform in South Africa or across the continent where we put all issues implicated by regulation, licencing, finances and operation on the table together.

Brian Ganson, Associate professor - UCT GSB

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Why two mining indabas are taking place at the same time


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