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mantasheMining Weekly reports that Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Wednesday stressed the importance of partnerships between mining companies and labour, as well as with communities, for mining to be sustainable.  

Speaking at the inaugural KwaZulu-Natal Mining Indaba, in Newcastle, he noted that such partnership would ensure that the country realised its objective of creating a meaningfully transformed, competitive and growing mining sector.  “It’s not competitiveness and growth versus transformation.  Both are required in order for the sustainability of the sector.  We are consulting communities on the Mining Charter.  We are focusing on transformation and competitive mining industry," Mantashe said.  He further emphasised the importance of the rehabilitation of old mining sites, which have the potential to create jobs, while restoring the land that has been mined.  However, nonprofit organisation GroundWork on Wednesday said it was disappointed that the event had restricted community participation to only three participants, which would result in the true state of mining in the area not being meaningfully discussed.

  • Read this report in full at Mining Weekly
  • See too, Ramaphosa, Mantashe bring wave of optimism to mining sector, says expert Warren Beech, at Fin24

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