A consortium of Civic Society Organizations (namely Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association, Zimbabwe Council of Churches and Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt
and Development) invited AFRODAD to the Zimbabwe Alternative Mining Indaba which was held in Bulawayo from the 10th to the 12th of October 2018.
In collaboration with ZIMCODD, AFRODAD hosted a side event which focused on tax justice and IFFs. The ZAMI was attended by more than 300 participants drawn from mining communities, churches, traditional leaders, community based organisations, non-governmental organisations, funding partners, rural district councils, mining companies, government ministries and departments. In attendance was also the recently elected Chair Person of the 8th Parliamentary Portfolio Committee (PPC) on Mines and Hon Mutseyami of the 7th Parliament.
Together with ZIMCODD, AFRODAD co-hosted a side event which focused on tax justice and IFFs. The event was attended by about 30 participants drawn from mining communities, community based organisations and research organisations. Hon Mliswa attended one of the sessions. During this side event, AFRODAD represented by Mr. Rangarirai gave a presentation on the domestication of the Africa Mining Vision with specific reference to the Mineral Revenue and Minerals Rents Management cluster. The presentation gave a synopsis of the AMV and how Zimbabwe has fared in terms of implementing policy changes that are in line with the aspirations of the Mining Revenues and Mineral rents management activities.
Despite the fact that participants were not aware of the AMV, they were kin to know more about it. This resulted in the subsequent plenary to focus on the AMV specifically on its components and how it can be domesticated. The major issues that emanated from the discussions are that: aspirations of the AMV need to be included into the new Mines and Minerals Bills, capacitating of the public to improve and increase participation in the public hearing meetings, the government should have the political will to come up with the Zimbabwe Country Mining Vision and be committed to fund it.
Presentations that followed focused on the resources nationalism were participants bemoaned the indigenisation policy reversal to only focus on diamond and platinum sectors. The likely implications of this are a reversal on the gains of the CSOTs that were earlier funded from proceeds of minerals such as gold.