MD360°’s Inaugural Dialogue
Industry leaders from mining houses, labour, government, civil society and the investment community dialogue over 3 days on the burning issues facing the sector. The meeting outcomes predict a major industry disaster, the Marikana tragedy happens less than a month later in mid-August.
Faith and Civil Society Organisations Dialogue
Dialogue to the deepening crisis on the platinum belt developed a 5-point strategy for Kgosi Leruo and platinum CEO’s to begin identifying solutions and discuss mitigating actions.
Platinum Belt research
Deep dive study into the economic and social impacts of Lonmin's North West operations and surrounding communities 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 - now available in the Resource Library.
The Platinum Compacts: Study Recommendations
Following the deep-dive study into the social and economic footprint of Lonmin, MD360°’s research team independently drafts recommendations proposing actionable interventions to lower the temperature and find entry points for collaboration.
The Farlam Commission (Marikana)
The Platinum Belt research, especially the extensive community consultations, is referenced in Judge Farlam’s findings.
Platinum Sector Multi-stakeholder Dialogue
Sharing experiences and reflecting on learnings from the 5-month strike to identify implementable preventative and remedial actions.
IGF - Platinum Belt community consultations
Invited to Geneva by the UN Intergovernmental Forum for Mining, Metals 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 (SETI) and opportunities that new technologies offer to improve development frameworks.
Proof of concept (Phase1) and feasibility study (Phase2) successfully completed.
Dialogue on the Draft Mining Charter
Convened a multi-stakeholder session to debate issues and capture views that individuales from various organisations felt compelled to express but could not be shared publicly - meeting report submitted to the DMR ahead of the closure deadline for comments.
IGF - New Tech, New Deal
Chaired panel on the impacts of new technologies on the mining sector at the UN hosted AGM of the Intergovernmental Forum for Mining, Metals and Sustainability.
Dialogue on Mining Charter III
Review and dissect what was included/excluded in the gazetted charter and identify on-going, consequential problems and unintended new challenges.
Mapping ASM Ecosystems: South Africa
Diagnostic study for the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) on legislation and policy gaps, including 5 commodity case studies.
The inaugural dialogue convened in July 2012 was 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 debate about 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 outcomes 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 deploy 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 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 computing 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 alongside highlights key activities /contributions of the organisation.