Fossil Fuel Foundation 20th anniversary Indaba (2014)
In November 2014, MtM hosted the FFF’s 20th anniversary Indaba, on the topic, “Sustainable Development of southern Africa’s non-renewable energy resources”, at UCT. The aim of the two-day Indaba was to explore what can be done to ensure that the exploitation of these resources delivers sustainable development in southern Africa, by examining issues such as product stewardship and the need to make technological advances that reduce environmental impact while increasing resource efficiency.
Keynote speakers included Mark Jones of Whittle Consulting, Australia, who is also registered for the MPhil specializing in Sustainable Mineral Resource Development, on how value can be created across all five capitals of sustainability by proper planning in the pre-feasibility stage of mineral resource projects; Dr Tara Polzer-Ngwato of the Royal Bafokeng administration, on using resource wealth to build sustainable communities; and Prof Phil Kirsch of the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland, who presented three papers, on a new online knowledge bank for managing risk in the coal industry, on mapping health issues in mining workforces and communities, and on creating new visions for post-mined landscapes.
UCT academics and students were also among the presenters. The Indaba was a good opportunity to present a more sustainable vision of managing mineral resources to representatives of the local coal industry.