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Lesotho mining and minerals policy district consultations report

The Lesotho government is reviewing its 1961 Mining and Minerals Policy (MMP).  The review presents a unique opportunity for Lesotho to improve mineral resource management, maximize revenue collection and utilization, and increase the impact of mineral extraction on the Basotho nation in general and on mining communities in particular. The Lesotho government has solicited support from the Economic Commission of Africa (ECA) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to help with the drafting of the Policy.

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Comments from the floor

  • The participants were given the floor to contribute to the discussion. A Media person from Botswana said in his view, the vision has been a document for officials only. It has not been fully made available to the media for action. He also noted that the media involvement in the process of licensing, signing of contracts and others related to mining is limited. To foster collaboration with all stakeholders, there is the need to create a platform like a face book page where stakeholders can exchange information on the popularisation of the AMV.
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Session Five: the AMV and Labour Issues in Africa’s Mining Regimes

Glen Mpufane opened his presentation with information about his global union, INDUSTRIALL, showing how its 50 million members in 140 countries are spread across the mineral value chain – from extraction, manufacturing to support services. He then posed two questions - do labour issues find articulation in the AMV, and what are the issues /constraints/challenges/ for advocacy in Africa’s Mining Labour regime?

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Discussion of presentations by Claude and Samantha

Oliver Maponga: In reference to Samantha’s presentation, Oliver wanted to clarify about the elements that Samantha indicated that they were missing in the AMV, among them gender issues and climate change. He said the Action Plan of the AMV emphasized what was supposed to be done at national and community level.  Oliver said the vision was developed and the Action Plan took the vision at heart to develop specific activities. He said in the Africa Mining Vision, a lot of issues that Samantha raised against it were adequately covered.

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Questions, Comments and Discussions

  • One participant agreed that indeed issues of taxation in the mining sector are complicated and one needs proper understanding to effectively deal with the issues. He noted that if all issues written in the AMV are adhered to, the problems of financial mismanagement in the sector would have been solved.He also called for a collective responsibility in dealing with such challenges. He said there has to be institutional arrangements in place to follow up on such issues.
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