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SA improved in the overall ranking of mining jurisdictions, returning to levels of five years ago, according to data released by Canada’s Fraser Institute, which surveys mining companies about the attractiveness of the countries in which they invest.On the overall investment attractiveness index SA scored 62 points, placing it 48 out of 91 jurisdictions during 2017. In 2016, SA scored its lowest points in five years at 53.6 points, placing it 74 out of 104 destinations, the worst ranking in five years.In the underlying indices, SA fared less well.In the policy perception index, SA ranked 81 out of 91 jurisdictions, scoring just 42.7 points, sliding steadily from the 56.9 points in 2013 when it was ranked 78 out of 112 jurisdictions.The report confirms what South African mining companies have complained about to no avail in recent years about the deterioration of regulatory confidence and security.In June 2017, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane gazetted a Cabinet-approved Mi...

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