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.
ONLINE RESOURCE CENTRE
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.