Mines are often the dynamos of their local economies, but with this reliance comes dependence. More can be done to diversify the local economy.
Engineering projects face a range of audits, assessment and monitoring, but will COVID-19 restrictions on movement make it more difficult.
Mines can achieve a great deal in terms of social transitioning in their closure planning if they start early in the mine life cycle.
“Livelihood restoration has become a critical element of a resettlement action plan,” says Jessica Edwards, senior social scientist at SRK Consulting.
Minerals are a finite resource and mine closure has a profound and often devastating impact on surrounding communities and towns.
Mining risk is up, even as mining enjoys a global uptick in prospects and activity. Explorers and miners need insight and technical advice.
Mining companies in Africa can look forward to an increased focus on issues of social impact in environmental regulations in 2020.
To feed the innovating spirit, engineers and scientists need ongoing collaboration – both inside and outside their organisations.
Health and safety
The ability to analyse and derive intelligence from vast amounts of data generated across any mine is a digital revolution in this sector.