The changes made to SA mining regulations pushed it up the policy perception rankings in the Fraser Institute survey of mining jurisdictions, returning it to 2014 levels, before Mosebenzi Zwane became mineral resources minister. In the latest survey of mining and exploration companies in the closely watched Fraser Institute survey of perceptions of mining jurisdictions, SA posted a notable improvement in its policy perception index compared with the previous three years, when the country was wracked by regulatory uncertainty. In a survey compiled from 291 responses to the 2,600 questionnaires sent, the Fraser Institute evaluated the perceived attractiveness of 83 jurisdictions. This was the lowest number of jurisdictions in five years of data provided in the survey, which has fallen from 122 in 2014. For SA, the recovery in the policy perception index is an indication of the changes wrought by Gwede Mantashe since he became mines minister at the end of February 2018, replacing the d...

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