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CER calls on Department of Mineral Resources to use statutory powers to verify status of Optimum rehabilitation funds

On Saturday, 22 October 2016, the Department of Mineral Resources finally responded formally to the intensifying media speculation about the status of the Optimum Mine Rehabilitation Trust – the trust fund established to meet the legal requirement for setting aside funds to cover the cost of rehabilitating the environmental damage caused by the mining at the Optimum colliery. The tone of the DMR’s media statement and accompanying tweets was bristling


Why Government Must Listen to Social Audits

Why Government Must Listen to Social Audits

By Adam Bradlow and Nkosikhona Swartbooi

When 2,000 Equal Education (EE) learner members handed over to the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) data from their social audit on school violence in late April, they were met with nearly 70 days of silence. Meanwhile, the conditions the audit identified – that teachers in four out of five schools use corporal punishment and that learners reported incidences of sexual assault in 16% of schools – persisted.

View the full article here: https://equaleducation.org.za/2016/07/22/why-government-must-listen-to-social-audits/

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OSF-SA sponsors young civil society activists, researchers to attend training programmes on natural resource governance and tax justice

OSF-SA sponsors young civil society activists, researchers to attend training programmes on natural resource governance and tax justice

As part of its interventions within the focus on Promoting Transparency and Accountability in South Africa’s Extractive Sector, the Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) supports capacity building initiatives aimed at enhancing civil society’s capacity to effectively deliver research and/or advocacy campaigns that seek to improve sector governance. In furtherance of this objective, the RAU is sponsoring young civil society activists and researchers to attend training that will build their capacity to engage with the decision chain and financial transparency issues in the extractive sector.

The training programmes present a unique opportunity for knowledge and network building, peer learning and exchange of ideas. Comparative experiences create an environment which fosters the development of best practice. It builds a cadre of activists and networked organisations across the continent who can improve collaboration and leverage one another’s successes for Africa’s development. Details about the courses and participants are as follows:

  1. Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) Mining, Oil and Gas Summer School

Accra, 5-16 September 2016

The NRGI seeks to deepen knowledge and equip participants with the skills to undertake independent analysis in their own countries.

Participants –

Mr Mashile Phalane, Batlhabine Foundation

Ms Mokete Khoda, Mining Affected Communities United in Action

Ms Chantelle de Nobrega, OSF-SA

  1. Tax Justice Network-Africa 2016 International Tax Justice Academy (ITJA)

Nairobi, 11-16 September 2016

The ITJA is an annual week-long workshop, which aims to discuss key areas of tax justice such as investments and illicit financial flows.

Participants –

Ms Ilhaam Rawoot, Alternative Information and Development Centre

Ms Johnlyn van Reenen, Publish What You Pay

Ms Fatima Vally, ActionAid South Africa

Ms Leanne Govindsamy, Corruption Watch

Ms Ichumile Gqada, OSF-SA


South African Human Rights Commission holds a Hearing on the Underlying Socio-economic Challenges of Mining-Affected Communities in South Africa

South African Human Rights Commission holds a Hearing on the Underlying Socio-economic Challenges of Mining-Affected Communities in South Africa

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From the 13th to the 14th of September in Johannesburg the South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) will hold a hearing on the socio-economic challenges that face mine-affected communities in South Africa. The Commission is charged with a mandate to promote, protect and monitor the realisation of human rights in South Africa. In delivering its mandate, it can investigate and report on the observance of human rights; take steps to secure appropriate redress where human rights have been violated; carry out research; and educate. One of the Commission’s priority areas is “Environment, Natural Resources & Rural Development”, the context within which the hearing is being conducted.

Mine-affected communities have been invited to make oral submissions over the two day consultation. The Mining Affected Communities United in Action and Mining (MACUA) and The Mining Environmental Justice Community Network of South Africa (MEJCON-SA)  will make submissions. A number of OSF-SA grantees will also be presenting submissions, including the Legal Resources Centre, the Centre for Environmental Rights and the Centre for Applied Legal StudiesThe Commission will also receive presentations from the Departments of Mineral Resources, Environmental Affairs, Water & Sanitation, Performance Management and Evaluation and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

For the event programme, please see http://www.sahrc.org.za/home/21/files/Programme%20-%20National%20Investigative%20Hearing%20SAHRC%20on%20Mining-Affected%20Communities%20-%207%20September%202016.pdf  

 


Announcement: 2017 Grant Cycle Dates

In 2017, OSF-SA will have two grant cycles: March and August 2017. Applicants can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for either the March 2017 or the August 2017 grant cycles. The EOI Portal will open on 23 September 2016 for both grant cycles.


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