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#BizTrends 2020: Shared belief vital to mining sustainability

Author(s): 
R Dixon
Date: 
Monday, January 6, 2020
First presented: 
Bizcommunity
Type: 
Article
Category: 
Mining
 

The effort to put South Africa's mining industry back on a sustainable growth path is lacking one key ingredient: a shared belief in what the sector could and should deliver.

A fundamental stumbling block to the sector’s progress is that stakeholders simply do not agree on what they want to achieve. Industry stakeholders such as mining companies, government, unions, communities and civil society NGOs are deeply divided and suspicious of each other. This really provides no basis on which to forge a sustainable future.

Shared belief

A useful recent definition of sustainability focused on the “shared belief” that tomorrow will be better than today. Such a shared belief appears to be elusive in our industry today, as the recent conflict around the prospect of mining at Xolobeni in the Eastern Cape clearlyindicates. This is despite the fact that the corporate world has long espoused sustainability as a central tenet in mining project development.

Feature Author

Roger Dixon

Specialisation:

  • Gold mine management; project development; mine valuation; due diligence studies; engineering studies; mineral resource and reserve reporting.

Expertise:

Roger Dixon has been involved in the field of mining engineering. His expertise includes:

  • Mineral reserve estimation;
  • Due diligence studies;
  • Concept, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies on open pit and underground operations;
  • Development of underground mines;
  • Mineral reserve and resource definition and reporting;
  • Compilation of regulatory documents for stock exchange transactions.
Corporate Consultant | Mining
SRK Johannesburg
SRK Africa