Asking if the mining sector can survive another five years of Gwede Mantashe is like asking if someone can live five more years with pancreatic cancer, says veteran mining analyst and director of mining at Modern Corporate Solutions, Peter Major.

“The thing is, pancreatic cancer is bad. Mantashe as the minister of mining is bad. I don’t see how [President Cyril Ramaphosa] could have found a worse guy to be mining minister. He’s had sufficient time to prove that nobody is blocking any kind of positive advancement in mining more than him.”..

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