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Mining and Environmental Justice Community Network South Africa

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The Mining and Environmental Justice Community Network of South Africa (MEJCON-SA) is a network of communities, community based organisations and community members whose environmental and human rights are affected, directly or indirectly, by mining and mining-related activities.

MEJCON-SA’s objectives are to

  1. promote and defend the environmental and human rights of communities both directly and indirectly affected by mining; and to ensure the sustainable use of mineral resources;
  2. train, develop and capacitate community members;
  3. access information including information about mining, law, rights, processes and impacts and to share and distribute that information amongst affected communities;
  4. support and assist community champions, community organisations and the members of both directly and indirectly affected communities; and
  5. engage all relevant roleplayers including government at local, provincial and national level, industry, civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations, traditional authorities and the institutions created in terms of chapter 9 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act 108 of 1996.

Since its constitution on 17 October 2012, MEJCON-SA’s membership has to grown to 70 members. Members of MEJCON-SA include representatives of the following various community-based and civil-society organisations throughout South Africa.┬áThe steering committee elected at the 2016 annual general meeting is:

 

  • Thelma Nkosi (Madadeni, Mpumalanga) – Chairperson
  • Elton Thobejane (Sekhukhune, Limpopo) – Deputy Chairperson
  • Mashile Phalane (Tlhabine, Limpopo) – Secretary
  • Dawid Markus (Hondeklipbaai, Northern Cape) – Deputy Secretary
  • Zandile Mashele (Silobela, Mpumalanga) – General Member
  • Israel Mosala (Meadowlands, Gauteng) – General member

The following videos featuring MEJCON-SA steering committee members are illustrative of the types of problems faced by the members of MEJCON-SA

Suffering is forever (Hondeklipbaai, Northern Cape)

Bad luck will come to us (Tlhabine, Limpopo Province)

A Deep Wound (Madadeni, Mpumalanga Province)

MEJCON-SA’s major achievements to date include the following:

  1. Making written submissions to the Department of Mineral Resources on the proposed amendments to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002. Three of its members also made an oral presentation to the DMR in March 2013 (access the PowerPoint presentation here).
  2. Making a presentation to the National Assembly’s Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources on 18 September 2013 on its written submissions to this Portfolio Committee on the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill, 2013 (access the PowerPoint presentation here).

MEJCON-SA is a member of the Civil Society Coalition on the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill, which is composed of communities, community-based organisations and civil society organisations. On 26 March 2015 at Stay City in Berea, Johannesburg, the Coalition finalised a formal declaration on the Bill, which is now known as the Berea Declaration. This Declaration is premised on 8 principles and envisions a Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 that provides for more democratic decision-making in the mining sector and addresses community issues, including the environmental impact of mining.

If you are interested in becoming a MEJCON-SA member, complete a membership application form and return it via email, post or fax. If you are interested in learning more about MEJCON-SA, feel free to contact us:

MEJCON-SA
c/o Centre for Environmental Rights

  • Physical address: Second Floor, Springtime Studios, 1 Scott Road, Observatory, Cape Town
  • Telephone: 021 447 1647
  • Email: mejcon.sa@gmail.com

MEJCON-SA in the media:

Section 24 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

Report a Violation

National Environmental Crimes & Incidents Hotline (24 hours): 0800 205 005

In addition, there are a number of national and provincial hotlines that may be useful.

Contact us

  • Telephone:+27 21 447 1647
  • Fax:+27 86 730 9098
  • Email:info@cer.org.za
  • Address:Second Floor, Springtime Studios, 1 Scott Road, Observatory, 7925, Cape Town
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