ABOUT US

About Macua

MINING AFFECTED COMMUNITIES UNITED IN ACTION is Non-governmental, community based, united front of mining affected communities formed in response to the need to protect the integrity and interests of the people impacted by mining.

MACUA is a radical movement aimed at raising the voice of communities who have not been consulted in the processes of allocating mining licenses, developing communities and in the distribution of mining rents and wealth, but who bear the brunt of the social, economic and environmental degradation and impacts of mining.

About Macua

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.

MACUA will, with determination and consistency, associate with those who are excluded and marginalised, and will also join in solidarity, those struggles that defy or challenge unjust laws.

Aims & Objectives

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.

To Choose For Ourselves

To choose for ourselves both our own developmental paths, and to participate in all decision making and manage or co-manage the utilization of our resources if we so choose.

Extractives / Mining Rights

To reaffirm that it is the peoples, specifically occupiers of the land`s, fundamental right to decide if any extractives / mining can take place on their land or not.

Eradication Of Imperialism

To participate in the worldwide struggle for the complete eradication of imperialism, colonialism, racism and all other forms of discrimination.

To Mobilize And Build Movements

To mobilize and build movements, coalitions and networks that will pool our resources and protect our integrity as people of the soil against non-community inclusive mining activities.

Ensure Government transparency

To ensure that government and corporations provide mining-affected communities with transparent information and processes.

Human & Environmental Rights

To oppose any corporation that has a track record of violating labour, human and environmental rights anywhere in the world.

Chapter Nine Institution

To work with chapter nine institution of the republic in ensuring the inherent dignity of the affected community in mining.

To Oppose Non-Transparent Communities

To oppose any company that does not have a transparent community-driven process of negotiation this has at its core the principles of Free Prior and Informed Consent.

Grievance Or Redress Policy

To ensure inclusion in the Law, of an independent, accessible, speedy and effective grievance or redress policy and mechanism to address community concerns throughout the mining /extractive processes.

End Unconstitutional Exclusion

To end the unconstitutional exclusion of mining-affected communities in having a direct say in the governance of their lives.

Safe and Environmentally Friendly

MACUA will champion a safe and environmentally friendly on artisanal mining.

To Strengthen The Voice Of Women

To strengthen the voice of woman in mining affected communities so that women play a more active role in influencing and deciding on their livelihoods for purposes of improving their living and working conditions.

Vision & Mission

To be a powerful movement of mining-affected communities united around the empowerment of women, the disabled and youth, based on the Peoples Mining Charter, in pursuit of Economic, Environmental and Social Justice.

We seek to strengthen people living in poverty, especially women, and the communities affected by mining to build their determination, self-confidence and resistance skills. We seek to strengthen independent social groups, organisations and institutions of people living in poverty and affected by mining and to build unity across the sector. We aim to develop a Strategy Plan to support and build a network of mining affected communities as a social movement for change. To capacitate communities on environmental and socio-economic issues, for them to unleash, and advocate for themselves in engaging the government and multinational companies. To champion safe and environmentally friendly small-scale artisanal mining as a vehicle of economic, social and environmental justice.

Principles and Core Values

MACUA & WAMUA hold the following Values dear and seeks to embody these values in everything we do:

Pursue Economic, Environmental and Social Justice.

Practice Participatory Democracy and inclusive decision making.

Promote Respect for Human Rights.

Promote Respect for Women’s Rights.

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

Promote Respect for Cultural Diversity.

Work towards Equitable Sustainable Development.

Always place People Before Profits.

Organise through Non Partisanship.

Organise and promote Non Sectarianism.

Organizational Leadership

Meshack Mbangula

National Coordinator of MACUA & Gauteng
No. 074 9775 588

Nester Ndebele

National Convenor Of WAMUA & Gauteng
No. 083 2695 705

Mpai Nkali

Free State Coordinator
No. 072 592 1921/ 082 535 9543

Themba Ngcezulla

Free State Coordinator
No. 084 3182 319

Nomonde Nkosi

Mpumalanga Coordinator
No. 072 3912 432

Billy Mnqondo

KwaZulu Natal Coordinator
No. 060 630 5138

Mahadio Mohapi

North West Coordinator
No. 078 0323 600

Mokete Khoda

Limpopo Coordinator – Mokopane
No. 060 642 5648

Fransina Nkosi

Limpopo Coordinator – Lephalale
No. 072 877 9972

Boitumelo Tshetlho

Northern Cape Coordinator
No. 079 693 9207

Matlhogonolo Mochware

Northern Cape Coordinator
No. 082 9453 591

ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE

Our Staff

Christopher Rutledge

Executive Director
No. 011 717 8657
Email: Christopher.rutledge@macua.org.za

Fatima Vally

Director – Programmes
No. 011 717 8657
Email: fatima.vally@macua.org.za

Sheila Cochrane

Volunteer Administrator
No. 011 717 8657
Email: Sheila.cochrane@macua.org.za

Nonhlanhla Sibiya

Volunteer Admin Assistant
No. 011 717 8657
Email: sinenhlanhlasib1@gmail.com

Nomakhosazana Nomnqa

Volunteer Admin Assistant
No. 011 717 8657
Email: preciousnomnqa@gmail.com