Editor’s comment – Laura Cornish

We’d only just begun
Wasn’t it only yesterday that South Africa was welcoming Ngoako Ramatlhodi as the Department of Mineral Resources’ (DMR) new mining minister?

That is what it feels like to me, although in reality Ramatlhodi was appointed in May last year. Fast forward to the present and the mining industry must contend with another major challenge (amongst numerous others) as it returns to the starting blocks with Mosebenzi Zwane, our new mining minister as of September – and frankly, an unknown entity who has been shoved into the spotlight. Honestly, Ramatlhodi’s exit still saddens me. In the space of just 16 months he had put South Africa’s critical issues on the table and was working with industry to address them.

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