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Mineworkers Development Agency

The Mineworkers Development Agency was founded by the National Union of Mineworkers in 1987 as the response to the more than 50 000 job losses as a result of the three weeks strike (which aimed at improving the working conditions and socio-economic status of the workers), with a sole mandate of providing alternative socio-economic livelihoods for former mineworkers and their communities in labour sending areas and Southern African Development Community (including former homelands, Lesotho and Swaziland. The MDA was subsequently registered as a Section 21 Non-Governmental Organisation in 1995 and is currently a Public Benefit Organisation in terms of SARS Income Tax Act of 1962).

2018-2019 Executive Summary

The 2018-2019 financial year has come and gone and provided us with clearer insight in terms of work that has been done so far and that which is yet to be done. Taking into cognizance all the facts and happenings during the period under review, I must indicate without any fear of contradiction that we are firmly on course to ensuring that we achieve the organizational mandate which to a larger extent seeks to support/promote the aims and objectives of the national economic transformation policies/legislation as well as the National Development Plan.

The 2018-2019 annual report affords the MDA an opportunity to reflect on its mandate and ensure alignment with its strategic plan in order to enhance delivery of quality, equitable and sustainable services to our target beneficiaries, ie. mining communities, labour sending areas as well as the unemployed youth, women and poverty stricken communities. As we carry out this process, we do so mindful of the fact that we had challenges while notching up major victories/achievements at the same time.

These past years have been very important in providing us with the practical experience of putting into action our ideas/plans. The insights we gained from experiences of the past years have strengthened our belief that it is not the brilliance of plans formulated by intellectuals, academics, government officials or the great speeches of politicians that drive the historical process of development forward. We have seen in practice that it is the capacity of all of us to translate those plans and inspirational speeches into practical activities that can meaningfully improve the quality of life of the former mine, energy and construction workers, their dependants, local communities and the poor in general.

At this juncture, we have clearly done tremendously well in implementing our plans effectively. The MDA is on a progressive path to transform the standard of living of our target communities, unemployed youth and women in a sustainable manner.

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