This week’s column comes to you from the Mining Indaba in Cape Town. I’m feeling more optimistic than I did  in 2023 though not at the state of SA’s mining sector, having learnt how countries such as Zambia and Tanzania have turned their policies around in a short timespan and let the mining sector be an engine of growth. I see no reason SA can’t do the same.

I was on an Indaba panel this week with Kheri Mahimbali, permanent secretary of the ministry of minerals in Tanzania. I asked Mahimbali, who was formerly in the private sector, what reforms Tanzania put in place to derisk investment, and what additional reforms they were working to adopt. ..

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