Mining in Partnership
From July 27 to August 3 Faith in Business Director Richard Higginson was in South Africa, taking part in a business-church initiative called Mining in Partnership: an Empowerment Agenda.
This resulted from two consultations at the Vatican and Lambeth Palace which brought chief executives of mining companies together with faith leaders. Mining in Partnership aims to help theological colleges and similar institutions to equip pastors and church leaders to serve communities affected by mining.
To increase understanding, groups of church leaders are being invited to visit major mining sites. Richard was one of a group of 10 from a variety of countries who visited the Anglo-American Venetia diamond mine, operated by De Beers, in northern South Africa. They received warm hospitality and had freedom to ask searching questions about ethical, employment and environmental issues. The visit to the mine was followed by meetings with other stakeholder groups in Johannesburg.