'Shared belief' vital to mining's future in SA

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.

According to Roger Dixon, corporate consultant at SRK Consulting, 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,” said Dixon. “This really provides no basis on which to forge a sustainable future.”

He noted that a useful recent definition of sustainability focused on the “shared belief” that tomorrow will be better than today.

Author: Roger Dixon | Corporate Consultant

SRK Africa