The 25th Investing in African Mining Indaba convenes investors, mining executives, and high-level government officials (and hopefully human-rights and environmental advocates, community representatives, and faith-based organisations) in Cape Town in early February, and it is an opportune time to ask the question: “What is the state of mining in SA in 2019?” The concept of mining is relatively simple: it is to identify a viable ore body, to decide on how best to extract it, and to put the necessary infrastructure in place to economically extract the valuable mineral (in whatever format) for the end user. However, in reality, mining has become a complex business, largely due to the unique dynamics of stakeholder engagements and expectations, government regulations, and the technical and operational imperatives required from the business. Mining has historically been at the heart of the South African economy and will continue to play a critical role in supporting the goals and aspirati...

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