05 July 2024 | Story Prof Lochner Marais

The Centre for Development Support at the University of the Free State will host the 'Mining, community and closure' symposium.

The symposium focuses on how mining activities and closure affect mining communities. This includes conflict and cooperation between mines and host communities focusing on Africa, although invited international speakers will have papers with a broader geographical focus.

We are inviting conceptual and case study papers on the following subthemes related to mining and society:

  • Social, economic and environmental aspects of mine closure
  • Conflict
  • Cooperation
  • Governance/planning
  • Policy and social aspects of mining
  • Transitions and transition planning

Date: 21-23 August 2024

Venue: Attendance can be in-person or online (space will be reserved for 40 people at the Centenary Complex in Bloemfontein; the rest will attend online)

In person attendance: R1200

Online attendance:  R700

Contact Prof Lochner Marais at MaraisJGL@ufs.ac.za for more information.

Click to view document Click here for the programme.


  • Abstracts submitted: 15 May 2024
  • List of accepted abstracts available: 20 May 2024
  • Symposium programme available 25 May 2024
  • Symposium registration 25 May – 5 Aug 2024
  • Symposium date:  21-23 Aug 2023

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