African Mining Indaba day 2 round-up

African Mining Indaba day 2 round-up

SA Minister of Finance underlines importance of sustainable mining

South Africa’s Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan spoke of the need for a sustainable approach to mining in Africa at law firm ENSAfrica’s VIP luncheon meeting with industry investors.

“We must be mindful of the changing environment. Global citizens are becoming more aware of environment and politics,” said Gordhan. “Sustainability is as important as the bottom line for companies.”

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Mali minister focuses on good governance

During a presentation, Mali’s Minister of Mines Tiemoko Sangare encouraged the practise of good governance within the mining sector, and discussed how the industry is gradually recovering from its recent downturn.

“We’ve come out of a crisis in 2012 and are still slowly coming out of that,” said Sangare.

Sangare was promoting The Mining Cadastre Administration System (MCAS), a web-based software application that supports governments in their mineral rights management.

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Anglo American representative outlines company focus for Mining Indaba

John Samuel, group head of social performance and engagement for Anglo American looked forward to addressing the industry in one of his three speech slots over the course of the week.

“They all have a strong focus on community development, which is obviously an area where Anglo American has a long tradition of leading the sector,” said Samuel.

“We will have a particular focus on employment creation for young people which is a real issue for many of the countries in which we operate.”