Water for industrial purposes is becoming increasingly scarce in Southern Africa. The mining industry is also receiving criticism that it wastes water.
MIASA members are in the SADC region, with all its member associations and their related member companies residing in developing countries. MIASA recognises that its position on this crucial subject, has to be informed by various international conventions on climate change, in particular the Conference of the Parties (COP).
State owned mining companies have been established in various SADC member states, including South Africa and Namibia. The state is also involved in partnerships with private sector mining companies in Botswana and Namibia.
The minerals industry in Southern Africa continuously raises the shortage of appropriately skilled staff as a constraint.
One of the challenges for mining investments is to ensure a positive contribution to poverty reduction and sustainable development at the community level. Mining can be a positive influence, providing employment and infrastructure and supporting community development such as education and healthcare programmes.
MIASA has been following the AMV implementation process through the AMV Day events at the Ministerial Symposiums during Mining Indaba in the last four years. Some MIASA members have also participated at AMV implementation workshops in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.