Speaking to Business Day on the eve of the Mining Indaba two years ago, one participant said if mineral resources & energy minister Gwede Mantashe were to announce he had appointed a service provider to sort out SA’s collapsed cadastral system, “the angels will sing”.

The 30th annual Mining Indaba opens in Cape Town next week. Mantashe has at long last chosen a preferred bidder and the minister will surely miss no opportunity to sing about it. The angels, not so much...

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