South African Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has appealed to the country’s mining companies to improve relations with the communities in which they are operating.
As Mantashe has pointed out, the mining companies should strive to leave a positive legacy in the areas where they interacted, and also engage with the community, the environment and other sectors of the South African economy.
Furthermore, Gwede Mantashe stressed that the South African mining industry should not stand still. The industry has to realize that the world is changing.
“They must respect workers and communities, and they must ensure that they comply with the mining and environmental laws of the country,” Mantashe said.
The minister has made an address during the audit at Mineral Sands Resources’ Tormin mine in the Western Cape for the environmental, health and social standards, as well as safety requirements.