06 June 2012 07:28 AM | By Sapa
Mining Must Become Competitive Again

Mining Industry Members Discuss Mining in SA



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The South African mining industry will regain its competitiveness as its growth constraints are addressed, the mineral resources department said on Tuesday.

The Minister of Mineral Resources Susan Shabangu had been scheduled to address a mining lekgotla in Midrand, but instead her speech was read by Joe Raphela, deputy director-general in her department.

The minister urged delegates to harness the spirit of collaboration which had characterised the transition to democracy.

"We did this democracy thing ourselves. We did not ask outsiders to solve what were our own political problems."

Delegates should work together to outline a joint vision for the industry. Government was addressing the lack of infrastructure which had hampered growth, according to Shabangu.

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