10 Feb Mining Indaba day 4 round-up
Rev Matale and IGF Mining offer insights into African mining industry
Reverend Suzanne Matale of Zambia spoke on the need for African governments to support mining projects for the advantage of its people.
“Governments must put strong policies in place to ensure that people benefit from their own minerals,” said Matale.
Meanwhile, the mining intermediate firm IGF Mining outlined how its members want support to turn artisanal miners into small and medium scale operators, and focus more on women in mining.
Indaba sponsor SRK points to increased cooperation between mining firms
Principal consultant for mining consultancy company SRK Andrew van Zyl highlighted the importance of engagement and constructive dialogue between stakeholders within the African mining industry.
Van Zyl also commended an increased commitment to mining prospects across the continent in recent times.
“It is heartening to see signs of revived interest in prospects for mining in various parts of Africa. These prospects will be well served by acknowledgements in the private and public sectors that mines are complex undertakings that rely on real collaboration and partnerships,” he said.
Zwane and Grose wrap up African Mining Indaba 2017
South African Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane concluded the four-day African Mining Indaba by noting the stiff competition South Africa faces from its African counterparts.
Addressing delegates from gathered mining companies, he said: “Your involvement in the sector is welcomed as it contributes to South Africa attaining the National Development Plan goal of eliminating poverty, unemployment and reducing inequality by 2030.
“But the country is facing competition from its continental peers.”
Mining Indaba managing director Alex Grose also concluded the Indaba by saying: “We’ve had four days of excitement, energy, business and we look forward to seeing you next year.
“We’ve had a lot of interest in West Africa this year, in places like Guinea and Mali, that’s been drawing a lot of drive from these Africa ministers.”