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Bringing People Together

At the heart of sustainability is the need to integrate different disciplines to solve complex problems and balance trade-offs. There are many contested areas here. People need to hear one another’s viewpoints so we can reach holistic solutions and strategies towards responsible mining. Through our seminars, dialogues and events, we aim to stimulate conversations, new ideas and bring together academia and practitioners to achieve this important goal

Situated in one of Africa’s leading universities, the centre is well positioned to bring together thought leaders and opinion makers in conversation and dialogue, particularly around contested terrains. We provide an independent, authoritative space for dialogue, seminars and events on how to manage mining more responsibly. Experts and practitioners from diverse disciplines and practices engage around how mining can maximise its contribution to economic development, while reducing poverty and inequality and being a responsible steward of the environment.

The centre’s seminars, dialogues and events build networks – the impact of which can never be underestimated. Through the dialogue different perspectives are presented, and we start to understand and appreciate the perspectives of others. This multidisciplinary space offers the opportunity for new ideas and solutions to evolve. It helps focus our research work and identify where the gaps are. Our dialogues contribute towards solutions for responsible mining.

Artisanal and small-scale mining seminar series and workshop

The CSMI’s ASM seminar series continues to thrive, with monthly seminars presented by practitioners from industry, government, academia and civil society. Building on this an ASM workshop was held on 10 November 2016. The workshop, hosted in partnership with the Wits African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS) through its Migration and Health Project, focussed on ASM Research, Policy and Advocacy

Various speakers, from a range of disciplines, shared their insights and experiences. They included Prof. Nellie Mutemeri (Wits University), Gad Kwata (Department of Mineral Resources), Dr. Claude Kabemba (Southern Africa Resource Watch), Naseema Fakir (Legal Resource Centre), Dr. Sizwe Phakathi (Chamber of Mines), Cecilia Johnson (Wits University), Dr. Zaheera Jinnah (Wits University) and Meshack Mbangula (Mining Affected Communities United in Action).

Workshops and seminars

Wits Inter-disciplinary Mine Health & Safety Seminar - 22 February 2017

Wits Inter-disciplinary Mine Health & Safety Worker Representation Workshop - 7 March 2017 – by invitation only




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