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south32Miningmx reports that community unrest and illegal mining were singled out at the Joburg Indaba on Wednesday as two issues “which had to stop” if SA’s mining sector was to regain its competitive edge.  

That was the view of South32 chief operating officer Mike Fraser, who observed that mining communities were becoming increasingly dependent on the local operations around them because of SA’s economic malaise and rising unemployment.  He pointed out that the past 12 months had seen an escalation in organised protests that were often in the interests of a small number of individuals.  Fraser said these individuals had asked South32 to “breach standard commercial processes for their own benefit” and he declared that “we cannot continue to do business this way”.  He also cited an increase in illegal mining activities, which had become disruptive to South32’s operations “when they escalated to the point where they risked the safety of our people and the local communities”.  Fraser opined that the situation was likely to get worse with more frequent protests because of the forecast drop in the production of coal-fired power by 2030, which could affect 2,000 jobs directly and about another 9,000 jobs indirectly in downstream industries and related suppliers.  Turning to Eskom, Fraser said the provision of reliable and competitive power was critical to industrial growth and job creation.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Brendan Ryan at Miningmx
  • Read too, Community protests over mining are on the rise, at Business Report

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