I haven’t been to the annual Mining Indaba in Cape Town in a long while, but come February I will be there.

I’m going to set up a little table and two chairs and ask mining investors to come over and speak to me frankly and honestly about how they navigate South Africa’s traditional leadership system. Because, my friends, mining companies and executives in this fine country of ours have a dirty little secret we don’t talk about: traditional leaders in the mineral-rich belts and how corrupt, unaccountable and destructive they are. ..

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