A timeline of MD 360°
MD360°’s inaugural 3 day dialogue
Brings together industry leaders from mining houses, labour, government, civil society and the investment community. The meeting outcomes report predicts a major industry disaster. The Marikana tragedy happens less than a month later in mid-August.
MD360° Faith-based and Civil Society dialogue
In response to the deepening crisis on the platinum belt, a 5 point strategy is developed for Kgosi Leruo and platinum CEO’s to begin identifying solutions and discuss mitigating actions.
MD360° Platinum Belt research
A deep dive study on the economic and social impacts of Lonmin its North West operations and on surrounding communities commissioned in an attempt to understand the factors that led to the Marikana tragedy.
Platinum Belt study
Completed an extensive research report titled: ‘The Economic and Social Footprint of the South African Mining Industry: The PGM Sector – Lonmin Plc 2013’. Lonmin does not allow it to be released publicly.
The Platinum Compacts: Study Recommendations
MD360°’s research team independently drafts recommendations in the well-received paper, ‘The Platinum Compacts’, proposing actionable interventions to address the crisis and find entry points to foster collaboration.
The Farlam Commission (Marikana)
Subpoenas the Platinum Belt study from Lonmin – information, especially from the extensive community consultations, is referenced in Judge Farlam’s findings.
Platinum Sector Multi-stakeholder Dialogue
Sharing and reflecting on learnings from the 5-month strike to identify implementable preventative and remedial actions.
Present at the IGF
invited to Geneva by the UN Intergovernmental Forum for Mining and Sustainability to present findings from community research on the Platinum Belt.
SETI Project Concept Launch and Dialogue
Special Information Session at Mining Indaba sponsored by the IGF and Global Affairs Canada to introduce the Socio-Economic Technology Initiative and discuss opportunities that new technologies offer to improve development frameworks.
Proof of concept(Phase 1) and pilot study (Phase 2) successfully completed.
Dialogue on the Draft Mining Charter
Called upon to urgently convene a multi-stakeholder session to debate issues and capture views that could not be necessarily be shared publicly and submit to the DMR ahead of the closure deadline for comments.
IGF New Tech, New Deal
invited to Geneva to Chair a panel on the impacts of new technologies on the mining sector.
Dialogue on Mining Charter III
Follow up discussion to review and unpack what was included/excluded in the gazetted charter and identify on-going, consequential problems and unintended new issues.
Mapping ASM Ecosystems: South Africa
completed a diagnostic study for the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI).
The inaugural dialogues convened by MD360⁰ took place in July 2012 in response to an industry-wide call for a deeper discussion on a study commissioned by the Southern Africa Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM), The Rise of Resource Nationalism, and the growing need for an independently facilitated dialogue around nationalisation of the South African mining sector. The three day event drew high-level participants from all constituencies, was oversubscribed and praised for its highly participatory format and robust debate. The dialogue report predicted a major industry disaster was likely and less than a month later the Marikana tragedy unfolded in mid-August.
The deep need for dialogue became more evident in the months that followed. A leadership vacuum left people on all sides struggling to make sense of the situation and the larger mining landscape that had led to it taking place. MD360⁰ was called upon to use its successful format for multi-stakeholder consultation to convene further smaller group dialogues to assist with making some headway in resolving the impasse. Since then, the organisation has evolved from being known as a convenor and facilitator to becoming a respected contributor to the knowledge base informing development thinking in the mining sector.
Today MD360⁰ participates in and leads research on topics as diverse the social and economic footprint of a major mining company to a diagnostic study of artisanal and small-scale mining. Our methodology for community consultation is being more widely recognised for its respectful approach and insightful outcomes. There is an overwhelming need for access to information and the consistent call for a common evidence-base that all parties can trust, has in recent years led us to interrogate how the advancements in computer technologies could play a role. This has led to the development of the Socio-Economic Technology Initiative (SETI), which is primarily focused on combining qualitative and quantitative data to develop a common evidence base accessible to all stakeholders.
The Timeline of MD360⁰ highlights key activities /contributions of the organisation.
Who We Are
MD360⁰ is led by the Executive Director and a core team of professional experts who drive the research, data analytics, dialogue and community consultation work. We use an agile model that allows for resources to be brought on board as the need arises. This operational structure provides flexibility to assemble research teams that fit specific project requirements with the benefit of not maintaining a large organizational overhead.
The Advisory Council includes non-executive directors and is made up of respected individuals and influential leaders who offer cross-sectoral expertise and a diversity of views. The council is chaired by an annually elected member and provides guidance on activities, strategic direction and is responsible for ensuring governance oversight. Previous council members and facilitators continue to support the organisation, remaining available to lend specialized skills and advice when called upon.
In addition, MD360⁰ actively cultivates a wider institutional support network that offers access to expertise from academic institutions, non-governmental and civil society organisations, faith-based organisations, business and industry bodies, local and provincial government, national government departments and parastatal organisations as well as international institutes and multilateral institutions.
The organisation is funded by research grants, corporate contributions, donations and sponsorships. MD360⁰ is a Not for Profit Company (NPC Reg. 2012/134421/08) and a registered Public Benefit Organisation (PBO Ref. 930051944) with Section 18a status with the South African Revenue Service.