ESG to take centre stage at 2022 Mining Indaba

The Investing in African Mining Indaba has recognised the increasingly prominent role of ESG in decision-making across the African mining sector, and has shaped the upcoming event around what ESG means in practice for Africa’s mining operators, communities and jurisdictions.

The 2022 Mining Indaba will return to Cape Town after two-and-a-half years of COVID-19 disruption, running from May 09-12 under the theme: ‘evolution of African mining: investing in ESG, the energy transition, and the economies’.

“As economies emerge from the global pandemic and countries grapple with climate change, ESG continues to play a core role in mining across Africa with investors, funders and consumers placing greater trust in organisations that show a long-term interest in these standards,” the Indaba said in a press release.

Explorers, operators and all other African mining stakeholders have faced ESG risks in the form of safety and security, climate change, community relations and environmental impact.

“Therefore, it has become an even greater imperative for the sector to get the implementation of these ESG strategies and policies right to create meaningful change,” read the press release.

The 2022 programme will explore and share industry lessons on the progress made in mining’s ESG investment environment, unpack the role of technology and examine the risks, uncertainties and opportunities post-COP26.

Speakers will include ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan, CEO-Designate and MD Minerals at Exxaro Resources Nombasa Tsengwa and EITI Africa director Bady Baldé.