Mission and Mandate
The shared understanding between the GGDMA’s Committee of Management members, members, and staff is that the organisation’s purpose is to defend the rights of miners, bargain on behalf of the mining community, and promote the growth and development of the industry. There is no succinctly stated mission for the organisation. However, its mandate is captured in the objectives of the organisation outlined in its Rule Book (2011) and these fall into a number of categories as follows:
These rules in essence delineate the areas in which the organisation works and captures its intent to work for the rights and interests of gold, diamond, and other precious stone producers.
The term “miner” is nowhere defined. However, the historical work of the organisation, its predominant membership, and explanations offered by its staff and Committee of Management’s members indicates that this term primarily refers to the interests of miners as “producers” and not to their hired workers or labourers.
Even though there are a few workers who are members of the Association, the organisation refers matters to do with workers rights to the Ministry of Labour now Ministry of Social Cohesion.