sharing in governance of extractive industries

Gwendolyn Wellmann
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  • South Africa
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Gwendolyn Wellmann
Type of Organisation
Business, Academia, Individual
Job Title
Sociologist; Community Development Specialist
About My Work
I work both as an independent consultant and academic. I consult to the extractive industry, government agencies and NGOs on issues of corporate social investment, sustainable community development, other issues affecting affected communities, as well as artisanal mining.
I have twenty-one years’ experience in all aspects of community development and investments, community relations, corporate social responsibility (CSR), corporate social risk and public-private partnerships. During the span of my career, I have evaluated, advised and trained clients within oil & gas, mining, government, and NGOs focusing on Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, South Africa, Namibia, Ghana, and Mali. I am practiced in identifying where community relations and other aspects of sustainability must sit within a client’s strategy, as well as providing guidance on the planning and implementation of a community relations policy that complements the strategy and facilitates client aims.

I am a game changer who designed a successful artisanal mining strategy for Gold Fields West Africa based on empirical research, a first internationally by a gold mining company. My expertise and integral understanding of sustainable development issues resulted in a transformed Gold Fields West Africa sustainable development department from worst in the group to best in group within nine months; also indicating that I am very adept to managing large teams of people successfully.

I am the author of a community development handbook that cover, amongst others, stakeholder identification, grievance mechanism, local content, social impact and community investment as key issues. I have a firm understanding of the IFC social and environmental performance standards and requirements, the Global Reporting Initiative, the Equator Principles and the South African Government’s Social and Labour Plan requirements.

Further to my work in the private, public and NGO sector, I also supervise Master and PhD students in this field. I am a board member of Leadership for Conservation in Africa (LCA) Ghana and Green African Youth Organization (GAYO).
Areas of interest
gold, diamonds, oil and natural gas, csr, governance and anti-corruption, environment, social accountability, human rights, monitoring revenue collection, redistribution and sustainable development
Intererested in job/consulting opportunities

Gwendolyn Wellmann's Blog

Mine Community Trusts - who benefits?

Posted on June 20, 2017 at 16:16 6 Comments

The Mining Charter (June 2017) makes reference to the need for mine communities to be awarded shares. Whether or not this version of the charter passes the legal challenges it will no doubt face in coming weeks and months, it cannot be disputed that community development for mine-affected communities, whether through a mechanism of share ownership or not, is vital. However, the proposal that the communities’ share be held in trust, raises concerns. One wonders how this will differ from the…


The link between recklessness inside & outside of mines

Posted on February 29, 2016 at 19:10 0 Comments

I read with interest the article published on Friday, 26th February 2016, by Miningmx.com, referring to the Implats CEO, Terance Goodlace’s, take on the link between safety in South African mines and the risk-taking psyche of the average South African.  He further links it to a “growing social disobedience” which, according to…


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At 12:51 on January 7, 2016, Terry Heymann said…

Hi Gwendolyn, Happy New Year! Nice to hear from you. I hope that all is well with you and that 2016 is a successful year. What are you up to at the moment; still doing some work with Gold Fields?

Best wishes,




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