At the end of February, Vedanta Zinc International celebrated the “grand opening” of the Gamsberg project, near Aggeneys in the Northern Cape. The mine’s first blast ceremony had taken place on July 27 2015. The grand opening marked the culmination of a decade of planning, feasibility analysis, calculated investment decisions, risk-taking and sustained engagements with regulators and logistics authorities. The upshot is the emergence of the world’s largest zinc mining and processing complex. President Cyril Ramaphosa unveiled the plaque and delivered the guest of honour speech, declaring his tour of the mining complex “a breath of fresh air”, auguring well for the country’s mining industry. He cited Vedanta’s focus on young people, gender diversity and the use of cutting-edge digital technology for taking care of workplace safety and other purposes as groundbreaking. Sharing the stage with the president, Vedanta Resources Group chair and acclaimed mining entrepreneur and philanthrop...

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