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Collaboration with key stakeholders is crucial to allow the mining industry to overcome the challenges it faces, and for it to continue to have a meaningful impact on South Africa’s society and economy.

This was the message from Anglo American South Africa executive director Khanyisile Kweyama, addressing a media networking function in Johannesburg last night.

“While Anglo American and the mining sector did not have the easiest year, we value the opportunity to interact with you and provide clarity on our decisions, as well as to debate and discuss the big challenges that continue to face us as a company and as an industry.

“I personally have appreciated the opportunity to strengthen my relationship with you and keep Anglo American and the industry on its toes,” Kweyama said.

“At Anglo American we continue to make inroads in our commitment to collaboration with our key stakeholders, thus ensuring we achieve our shared goals and objectives together.

“We realise that now is the time for all of us, not only as Anglo American, but the mining industry as a whole, to understand our role in the development of the country and its common goals.

She added: “We understand the importance of sharing the good work that the industry does … and most importantly we understand the need for this good work to extend beyond mere compliance, and that it is crucial for the fundamental benefit of South Africa.

“Going forward, we need to find ways of joining these dialogues and to play our part in building a mining industry that will create tangible value for the country and its people.”

“We strongly believe that the challenges we have experienced are not terminally detrimental to the future prospects of our organisation and our country.

“Instead, these challenges allow us to continue thinking around the creation of an industry which delivers a real and lasting difference to our entire country,” concluded Kweyama.

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