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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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Our legal head, Phyllia Ngoatje, will be a panelist for the Unfiltered Show at SABC News. She will argue that the experience of natural resource extraction in South Africa resembles that of its sub-Saharan neighbours with mineral wealth having failed significant parts of the country's population. Specifically, the gross inequalities that remain in South African society have left a large portion of the population, mainly characterised by race and geographical location, significantly worse off. ... See MoreSee Less
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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.

MACUA’s inaugural MAC summit will be remembered as a transformative space

By Fahdia Msaka and Magnificent Mndebele About two weeks ago, the Mining Affected Communities United in Action (MACUA) held its inaugural summit in Pretoria. This summit— followed by a march to the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE)— took a different...

ANC followers intimidate MACUA members in Emalahleni during DMRE’s scheduled Socio-Economic Challenges Stakeholder Engagement meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Mining Affected Communities United in Action (MACUA) strongly denounces the actions of the ANC followers in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga, where MACUA members were intimidated today, 10 Feb 2024. The intimidation of our members happened during the...

Meshack Mbangula’s speech at DMRE

Poverty strips one of the legitimacy to call oneself a “human”. There isn’t anything worse than being poor or being Black in a capitalist society, now imagine being both. The relationship between business and human rights in South Africa is not a contemporary...

WAMUA’s remarkable strides in confronting biases that oppress women

Gender equality has made significant strides in recent decades, yet a critical issue persists: the exclusion of women in key decision-making processes remains a significant obstacle in mining related issues. Addressing this issue requires a collective effort from...

MACUA denounces DMRE’s eagerness to sleep with elites at Mining Indaba while neglecting marginalised communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Mining Affected Communities United in Action (MACUA) vehemently denounces the glaring preference that the government, in particular the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), has shown towards wealthy elites at the Mining Indaba...



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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