Editor’s comment – Laura Cornish

The South African mining sector is currently being plagued by negative sentiment – ‘regulatory uncertainty is driving investment away, electricity prices are too high, electricity supply is inconsistent, wages are escalating, etc., etc.’. And that is just for starters

While I agree that these are all significant, industry impacting difficulties which need urgent and immediate attention to secure our industry’s long-term sustainability, I also want to remind you that we shouldn’t overlook the positives – of which there are plenty. Having spent a week in Zambia in May, I was reminded that South Africa has many ‘pluses’ to off er the mining sector. Logistics for example – there isn’t a mine in the country inaccessible by road. The country’s rail infrastructure is (largely) world-class and leads directly to our ports for export.

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