Cyril Ramaphosa

For those of you suffering from the mid-year slump, paging through the June edition of Mining Review Africa should give you a quick and effective ‘pick-me-up’.

With an array of Africa’s hottest mining projects to whet your appetite, I can guarantee they will leave you feeling ready to tackle the second half of 2019 with enthusiasm.

This article first appeared in Mining Review Africa Issue 6, 2019
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Interestingly, half of the projects featured are located in South Africa and serve as a reminder that the country’s mining sector is yet to reach its twilight years, contrary to popular belief from so many of our service providers.

While on the topic of mining in South Africa, I’m glad to have the opportunity to congratulate Cyril Ramaphosa on his recent inauguration as the country’s official president and even happier of his consequent re-appointment of Gwede Mantashe as minister of the newly established department of mineral resources and energy. This was announced as part of the president’s cabinet reshuffle which has been reduced the size of executive leadership team by nine.

I have every confidence that Mantashe will cement confidence from investors in a more stable mining environment in South Africa although we cannot deny that Ramaphosa’s job to resolve bigger challenges in the country remains, which too has an impact on the mining sector.

Nonetheless, I believe the general consensus will be one of optimism moving forward that our country’s future holds more promise.

Back to the topic of discussing the content that fills the pages of our bumper June edition, we have additional features on two on-trend topics – water and consulting engineers and project management.

Having delved into both topics at length, it has become clear that firstly – water preservation is absolutely critical, not to primarily save money, but to save the environment, and secondly – our engineering fraternity must adapt to meet the financial and production needs of the mining industry who are constantly in need of executing new work on the tightest of budgets.

So be sure to read at length about who is shedding light on how best to meet the demands on both fronts in the edition, which has an abundance of interesting, thought-provoking ideas to revolutionise the way you do business or even how you think about doing business.

We have entered a new era of building smart mines, cash conservatively and with respect for all our stakeholders and the environment in which they live. Mining Review Africa should definitely be considered your guide in how to effectively achieve this.

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