|The South African Mining Development Association was started in 2000 as the Junior Mining Initiative by a group of like-minded people associated with various South African junior and black economic empowerment (BEE) mining companies.While the founders’ initial impetus was to present a united response to government on the Minerals Bill, the need for a strong, permanent lobby, representative of the interests of junior mining companies on several fronts, soon became apparent.
The need for and support of such a body was confirmed subsequently by research conducted by the Minerals and Energy Policy Centre (MEPC).
An interim working committee was formed, and spent time formalising an identity, vision, mission, constitution, membership structure, funding mechanism and administrative framework for a new organisation the South African Mining Development Association, or SAMDA for short – to represent the interests of junior players in the South African mining sector.
The interim working committee of seven members was chaired by Bridgette Radebe, chairperson of Mmakau Mining. All qualified and experienced professionals in key fields such as mining engineering, the law and finance.
SAMDA has strategic alliances with several organisations representative of thousands of small scale miners globally and other mining interest groups.