The Mining and Environmental Justice Community Network of South Africa (MEJCON-SA) is a network of communities, community-based organisations and community members whose environmental and human rights are affected, directly or indirectly, by mining and mining-related activities.
MEJCON-SA’s Constitution provides that it has the following objectives:
- to promote and defend the environmental and human rights of communities both directly and indirectly affected by mining; and to ensure the sustainable use of mineral resources;
- to train, develop and capacitate community members;
- to access information including information about mining, law, rights, processes and impacts and to share and distribute that information amongst affected communities;
- to support and assist community champions, community organisations and the members of both directly and indirectly affected communities; and
- to engage all relevant roleplayers including government at local, provincial and national level, industry, civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations, traditional authorities and the institutions created in terms of chapter 9 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act 108 of 1996.
Since its constitution on 17 October 2012, MEJCON-SA’s membership has grown to more than 300 members. Members of MEJCON-SA include representatives of various community-based and civil-society organisations throughout South Africa.
Elton Thobejane – Chairperson (Sekhukhune)
Margarate Molomo – Deputy Chairperson (Mokopane, Limpopo)
Khethiwe Shongwe – Secretary (Madadeni, Mpumalanga, Limpopo)
Andries Mocheko – Deputy Secretary (Lephalale, Limpopo)
Dawid Markus – Treasurer (Honderklip Bay, Northern Cape)
Siboniso Dlamini – General Member (Middelburg, Mpumalanga)
Tiny Dlamini – General Member (Snake Park, Gauteng)