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Growing focus on social transitioning in mine closure

Social transitioning is a vital aspect of mine closure that can no longer be ignored. This was the clear message from the 13th International
Conference on Mine Closure in Perth earlier last month.

“Social acceptance of mining continues to be a challenge, not only during operations but also after closure,” says Jessica Edwards, SRK Consulting senior social scientist. Edwards presented the paper, ‘Social aspects of mine closure: The elephant in the room’ at the conference, which she coauthored with SRK senior environmental scientist Ashleigh Maritz.

“Although there is a strong recognition that mining companies must rehabilitate the mining-impacted biophysical environment, many are still struggling to develop trust – or a social license to operate – within mine-affected communities,” says Edwards.

SRK Africa