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Welcome to MACUA

Nothing About Us, Without Us!

Since its inception in 2012, Mining Affected Communities United in Action (MACUA) has presented a formidable point of opposition against the toxic alliance between mining companies and the government in South Africa.

In the movement’s young history, there is a critical opportunity to evaluate to role that MACUA has played in the country’s mining sector.

Developed and Informed by the collective memory of MACUA members, this brief outline of MACUA`s development aims to narrate the phases of the movement illustrating the most memorable events and pressing challenges internally and externally.

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Principles and Core Values

MACUA aims to provide a revolutionary platform where community, artisanal miners and mine workers struggles find and build solidarity between our struggles in order to build a bottom-up democracy in which the needs of people are placed before the greed of profits.

In all our struggles against colonialism and Apartheid we have struggled for these and have insisted that no authority is greater than the will of the people. We have consistently told all the past rulers, that there can be nothing about us, without us.

Respect for Human Rights

Participatory Democracy and inclusive decision making

Solidarity with the working class, the poor and those affected by mining.

People Before Profits

Economic, Environmental and Social Justice

Promotion and Respect for Women’s Rights

To be a powerful movement of mining-affected communities united around the concept of the Peoples Mining Charter premised on Economic, Environmental and Social Justice.

[Vacancy] Consultant work

Job Posting: Organisational Assessment Consultant   Position: Consultant Location: Braamfontein, South Africa Opportunity Type: 2 months Start Date: Immediate, following the closing date Reporting to: Executive Director   Macua Wamua, in collaboration with...

Green Hydrogen Resource Booklet

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MACUA and WAMUA Cast a harsh light on Social and Labour Plan and the ongoing and riddled non-compliance from the Harmony Gold Mining and Anglo Gold Ashanti in North west

By David Lindobuhle Nene  MACUA-WAMUA have been working with communities affected by mining across the North West province of South Africa, and a recurring issue amongst affected communities is that mining companies are failing to comply with Social Labour Plan...

Paralegal Field Worker Vacancy

1 / 3 Paralegal Field Worker Vacancy MACUA WAMUA Advice Office (MWAO) is a non-profit, civil society organisation working with mining affected communities across South Africa. Mining Affected Communities United in Action (MACUA) and Women Affected by Mining United in...

The use of spurious Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation suits against community leaders and activists by Harmony Gold Mine in Free State

By Lebogang Lesenyeho MACUA & WAMUA has been working very close with the Lejweleputswa Community Engagement Structure often referred to as CES. CES is a community structure consisting of community leaders and activist advocating for human rights within their...



This Online Resource Centre provides students, archives professionals, members of the community and other visitors with access to a select body of useful material relating to learning and personal advancement. It includes standards, guidance, toolkits and the products of MACUA/WAMUA work, as well as articles, reports and other publications.

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