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Media Invite: SAHRC releases its Investigative Hearing Report on the Underlying Socio-economic Challenges of Mining-affected Communities in South Africa.

Attention: Editors and Reporters
21 August 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) will launch its Investigative Hearings Report on the Underlying Socio-economic Challenges of Mining-affected Communities in South Africa following National Hearings that took place on 13-14 September, 26 and 28 September and 3 November 2016.
Details of the launch are as follows:
Date:     Wednesday, 22 August 2018
Time:     10h00 – 12h00
Venue:    SAHRC Training Centre, 2nd Floor Braampark Forum III, 33 Hoofd Street, Braamfontein.

Among others, the SAHRC’s inquiry found that, despite extensive regulation, current industry practice is still characterised by inconsistent legal compliance. As a result, many mining-affected communities continue to experience systemic inequalities and significant levels of poverty.

The report highlights that the need for progressive reform requires more than improved cooperation and collaboration among industry stakeholders. It requires an appreciation for, and an understanding of, the diversity of risks and challenges that accompany the mining industry and its impact on local communities. The prioritisation of social and environmental needs in the regulatory and policy frameworks governing South Africa’s mining industry is crucial for ensuring equitable access to the benefits of resource development as well as addressing the underlying socio-economic challenges experienced by mining-affected communities.

The Report makes many other findings and recommendations that will, hopefully, bring further improvements in the area investigated by the Commission. Greater details will be revealed during the launch.


Issued by the South African Human Rights Commission

Gushwell Brooks – Communications Co-ordinator Tel: 082 645 8573 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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