Surface mining industry association ASPASA has come out in full support of new Mineral Resources minister, Gwede Mantashe with a renewed commitment to work with the department to advance mining in South Africa.

The industry association said developments under previous minister, Mozebenzi Zwane, had somewhat strained relationships with the Department of Mineral Resources, as well as other stakeholders in the industry including the Chamber of Mines, with allegations of unfair and biased practices.

“We look forward to a new era of prosperity under Minister Mantashe and hold him in the highest regard while trusting that his moral compass will lead the industry on a new path of growth and development.

“At the same time however, we will continue to stand for just practices and a level playing field to ensure that the surface mining sector remains profitable and is able to grow sustainably while not being impeded by unfair or onerous legislation and requirements imposed by Government,” said Nico Pienaar, director, Aspasa.

He concluded that the association would encourage discussion with the incoming minister to look at challenges and opportunities facing the industry and to plot a new way forward to profitability and inclusivity of the industry in a safe and sustainable environment.

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