It’s difficult not to feel sorry for Gwede Mantashe, who, as SA’s mineral resources and energy minister, and champion of the mining industry, was fed dud information by his writers.

His speechwriters made him look silly in front of some 400 delegates at a major African mining conference in Australia on Tuesday, feeding him a paragraph lifted verbatim out of an April Fool’s piece earlier this year about a nonsensical mineral called “Hazenile”.

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