NEWCASTLE,SOUTH AFRICA– South African Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has emphasized the importance of partnerships being forged among mining companies, labour as well as communities in order for mining to be sustainable.
Speaking at the provincial Mining Indaba taking place in Newcastle in KwaZulu-Natal Province on Wednesday, r Mantashe indicated that such partnerships would ensure that South Africa realised its objective of a meaningfully transformed, competitive and growing mining sector.
It’s not competitiveness and growth versus transformation. Both are required in order for the sustainability of the sector, Mantashe said.
KwaZulu-Natal currently has 23 operational mines, operating mainly in coal, heavy mineral sands, as well as sand and aggregate.
Mining is one of the key sectors that can assist us to create more black business people, in order for the economy to be more balanced, the Minister said.
He also emphasized the importance of rehabilitation of mining sites, which have the potential to create jobs, while restoring the land which has been mined.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK