This Development Dialogue webinar aims to provide a platform to hear from and engage with people from Steve Tshwete and Emalahleni. It aims to unpack key concerns, aspirations, visions and the needs of people in Mpumalanga, focusing on what is required to shift the status quo and make a positive change in the region in employment, poverty, energy, health, and the environment.
The second in a series, this event forms part of a larger project, funded by UK PACT, that intends to facilitate the co-development of a coherent just transition plan for affected communities in Mpumalanga, with a particular focus on Emalahleni and Steve Tshwete. The aim of this event is to unpack one of the issues raised in the first event relating to the future of existing mining jobs and the opportunities that might emerge in other sectors. What are the concerns of local workers and community members? What is a possible way forward? How can we solve some of the hard questions?
Welcome and introduction by Gaylor Montmasson-Clair (TIPS)
Overview of the project by Hameda Deedat (NALEDI)
Thomas Mnguni, Community Activity, groundwork and Melisizwe Tyiso, Researcher, NALEDI
Jabu Khambule, Regional Educator, Highveld Region, National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Emalahleni, Mpumalanga
Thembisile Mbethe, Vukani Environmental Justice Movement in Action (VEM), Emalahleni, Mpumalanga
Sicelo Masina, ex-worker Optimum Coal Mine, Steve Tshwete, Mpumalanga
Sipho Dhlamini, CEPPWAWU, Mpumalanga Regional Secretary
Michael Nkosi, LED Department, Steve Tshwete Local Municipality, Mpumalanga
Anna-Marth Ott, CEO, Middleburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), Steve Tshwete, Mpumalanga