The Future of Mining in South Africa: Sunset or Sunrise? comes at a time of debates around the Mining Charter. It is the hope of the authors that the issues raised in this volume will encourage broader discussion on the role of mining in a South Africa that is striving to improve its growth and development and even serve as a catalyst for change.
The book covers issues like the potential of platinum to spur industrialisation, land and dispossession on the platinum belt, the roles of the state and capital in mineral development, mining in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a historical survey of women and mining from the late 19th century to present and mine worker organising: history and lessons and how post-mine rehabilitation can be tackled.
It was inspired not only by an appreciation of our country’s extensive mineral endowments, but also by a realisation that, while the South African mining industry performs relatively well on many technical indicators, its management of broader social issues leaves much to be desired. It needs to be deliberated whether the mining industry can play as critical a role going forward as it did in the evolution of our economy.
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