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Alternative Mining Indaba Zoom Meeting-MINING IN THE TIME OF COVID-19 VIRUS

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It is obvious that the resilience of mining in general has been shaken by the Coronavirus and the forced lockdown it resulted in will have repercussions, not just for the economies of mining-dependent countries, but for the communities who live within mining areas or are directly affected or impacted by mining.

The Alternative Mining Indaba would like to host the first of a series of webinars that will shine a lens on mining in the time of the COVID-19 virus and look specifically on the unfolding effects of the virus on mining, mining workers and mining-affected and impacted communities, among other topics. We would like to draw together Civil society practitioners on Extractives to help unpack this unprecedented phenomenon, the impact it will have on our economies and the strategies that CSOs and communities should adopt to survive the devastating effects this will have on poverty levels, particularly among the communities.

We will also include labour representatives to share what legal protections mine workers enjoy at a time when the mining sector is opening up again and what measures are in place to safeguard their health and safety and how mine workers can push back using their worker rights.

We would also focus on the mining-affected communities themselves; how they have been impacted by the virus; what effect the lockdowns have had on their vulnerable status and who will speak for them as a changed economy starts to reopen. Monitoring network representatives will share what they have observed during the lockdown and what their views are of mines observing regulations especially with regard to the COVID-19 virus.

We would also invite the mining industry to offer some reassurance that the re-opening of the sector will not come with more infections and deaths and will not put profits ahead of the well-being and health and safety of those directly connected to the industry, especially the communities and workers. What measures have mines put in place to protect workers, jobs and ensuring that the rapid re-opening of the industry will not exacerbate the spread of COVID-19.

 MINING IN THE TIME OF COVID-19 VIRUS

Friday 17 July 2020 14:00 – 16:00 South African Time

Hosted by: Dr Claude Kabemba – Executive Director of Southern Africa Resource Watch

Dr Yao Graham – Third World Network Africa

Will Africa’s fragile, mining-dependent economies survive the tumultuous havoc that COVID-19 lockdowns have imposed? Or, will mining save Africa’s economies from the ravages of COVID-19 because of its resilience as a sector and as the ‘backbone’ of most economies? Does COVID-19, in fact, reveal our over-reliance on mining?

Ms Tendai Makanza (IndustriALL): How can mine workers push back against the early opening of the mines while the virus rages on, using worker rights?

Manuel Pembele Mfulutoma ( Angola – Luanda) Tunatazama Monitors Representative: How have communities stayed safe during the lockdown? Who can speak for the communities in the face of the rapid opening of the mining sector without enough safeguards in place?

Representative from ICMM/Chamber of Mines: Why the rush to open mines before the virus has been brought under control? What protection measures have been put in place to avoid the inevitable escalation of infections as thousands of workers return to already-unsafe conditions in the mines?

About this webinar

The Alternative Mining Indaba would like to host the first of a series of webinars that will shine a lens on mining in the time of the COVID-19 virus and look specifically on the unfolding effects of the virus on mining, mining workers and mining-affected and impacted communities, among other topics. We would like to draw together Civil society practitioners on Extractives to help unpack this unprecedented phenomenon, the impact it will have on our economies and the strategies that CSOs and communities should adopt to survive the devastating effects this will have on poverty levels, particularly among the communities.

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