Unpacking the State of Mine Closures in the Southern African Development Community

Date: 21/06/2024

Intro paragraph:

This report builds upon a 2022 study conducted by Lawyers for Human Rights in South Africa, which highlighted significant deficiencies in closure plans and environmental management. Our overarching objective is to propose a comprehensive strategy for mine closure that prioritizes community well-being, environmental rehabilitation, and responsible corporate conduct. Given the diverse contexts within SADC countries, this study seeks to provide insights into the realities, challenges, and opportunities surrounding mine closures. To address this objective, the report examines the current status of mine closures in the SADC region, identifying predominant challenges faced by communities and stakeholders during and after the closure process. Issues such as inadequate rehabilitation, lack of compliance with closure plans, and limited government enforcement are explored.

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