If you chose platinum as your career-defining metal of choice then you’ve probably spent hours regretting the decision that took you down the road you are now walking.

South Africa’s striking platinum sector, the reason for its rapid downwards spiral, is cause for moments of great depression – if I allow myself to get swallowed up in the situation I as a mining journalist am facing and we as a South African nation are living through. It is in those moments I look for motivation to remind myself why our mining sector remains a great contributor to our economy. I can’t lie though; the motivation is becoming harder and harder to find.

But fortunately, I only have to look at this issue of Mining Review Africa to prevent myself from sinking into a half empty glass. Not only have we covered what I consider to be one of the best mining regions on the globe – West Africa – we have also tackled coal. You may question the rationale behind my commodity excitement considering the current weak export prices but in the words of an anonymous poem I found, “Success is failure turned inside out”.

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