Mining companies have R20bn worth of projects locked up in red tape and bureaucratic processes that are now the special focus of the department of mineral resources & energy to ensure the projects come into existence.

In a December survey of its members, the Minerals Council SA, a body to promote and protect mining companies’ interests, found that in 100 responses there were a wide range of projects with a value of R20bn that had been prevented from development because of slow government processes, council CEO Roger Baxter said in an interview...

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