Corruption Watch has for over a year been monitoring the impact of corruption in the mining sector on communities, both in relation to application for mining rights as well as the payment of royalties to beneficiaries in areas where minerals are being mined. Corruption Watch is part of Transparency International’s global research initiative into risks and vulnerabilities in mining application processes, under the Mining for Sustainable Development (M4SD) project, which seeks to strengthen transparency and accountability in the mining sector.

A second Corruption Watch project focuses on the dispensing of mining royalties to communities in the North West province, with a special focus on the Bakwena ba Mogopa traditional community in North West.

Both of these projects will be the subject of discussion at two separate events at the Alternative Mining Indaba. The M4SD project will examine the vulnerabilities in diverse mining sectors across various African countries, while the subject of mining royalty dispensation for the Bakwena ba Mogopa Traditional Community will be unpacked by representatives of: the royal family (elected and of royal lineage), mining companies, government and legal experts.

Corruption Watch invites the media to these discussions, the details of which follow below:

The Mining for Sustainable Development

Date:               Monday, 05 February
Time:               13h00
Venue:             Executive Boardroom, Conference Floor, Double Tree Hotel, 32 Brickfield Rd, Woodstock , Cape Town.
Speakers:         The African Regions – Kenya, Liberia, DRC, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone and Zambia.

The Mining Royalties Dispensation for the Bakwena ba Mogopa Traditional Community

Date:               Tuesday, 06 February
Time:               18h00
Venue:             Harlem, Conference Floor of the Double Tree Hotel, 32 Brickfield Rd, Woodstock , Cape Town.
Speakers:         Royal Family Members, Traditional Council Members, Mining representatives, Government Officials and Legal Experts.

For media enquiries contact:

Phemelo Khaas:

083 763 3472