Laws‚ regulations and policies on mining should be developed in a manner that recognises communities as a central role-player. This is one of the recommendations made by the Centre for Applied Legal Studies in its report on alternative models for mineral-based social benefits. The centre said the social and labour plan (SLP) system to benefit mining communities was flawed and did not promote meaningful social and economic advancement of communities. According to the centre, its previous two reports on the SLP system uncovered flaws both in how the system was designed and in how it was implemented in practice. In the latest report‚ the centre set out possible alternative models for a more transparent and democratic system that would position communities as central stakeholders, saying communities were still without tangible and meaningful benefits. The centre noted that the mining law regime was developed through negotiations involving government‚ mining companies and organised labou...

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