Current regulations inadequate to ensure ‘social transitioning’ after mine closure

To ensure a level playing field across the South African mining sector, better guidelines need to be developed to ensure the implementation of sustainable ‘social transitioning’ after mine closure, in addition to the requirements of social and labour plans (SLPs) and Mining Charter III, says mining consultancy SRK Consulting South Africa.

General guidelines for social transitioning need to be developed by the industry regulator or the mining industry or through collaboration between these stakeholders to address the limited technical information available on social transitioning.“

Authors: Jessica Edwards (Senior Social Scientist) | Ashleigh Maritz (Senior Environmental Scientist)

SRK Africa