The Alternative Mining Indaba 2015 took place in Cape Town, South Africa. Civil Society groups, NGOs and activists gathered at the Double Tree Hotel to discuss and find a way forward in addressing issues of extractivism. High on the agenda was the narrative of AFRICA RISING.

Africa was described as a “dark” continent. This perception has changed and Africa is being recreated as the “world’s next economic powerhouse” and claims are that “Africa is rising”. At the heart of the new story lies the vastness of Africa’s natural wealth, especially its natural resources, which has also been the basis for its woes.

In partnership with ActionAid, the People’s Dialogue hosted an event during the Alternative Mining Indaba to discuss this issue. Chaired by local journalist Crystal Orderson the speakers included: Fatima Shabodien (ActionAid South Africa: Country Director), Maria Julia Gomes Andrade (Mining Affected Communities, part of MST Brazil: Coordinator), Amade Suca (ActionAid Mozambique: Executive Director), Ashok Subron (Alternatives & Resistance Mauritius: Leader) and Moloko Mokame (One Million Climate Jobs Campaign: Chairperson)