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On the eve of the anniversary of last year's Marikana tragedy, the government, police and mining stakeholders have launched a mine crime combating forum to tackle continuing unrest and restore calm in South Africa's mining sector.
Emerging South African mining companies should heed the call to expand northwards into Africa, says international consultancy Frost & Sullivan, pointing to JSE-listed Exxaro as as an example of an African-owned mining company "leading from the front" with its $328-million acquisition of Africa Iron Ore Mining in the Republic of Congo.
Mining giant BHP Billiton has unveiled a new R1-billion furnace at Samancor Manganese's Metalloys smelter outside Johannesburg, as the company moves to support the government's drive to increase metals beneficiation in South Africa.
The government is committed to implementing the National Development Plan, but will need the help of business to make it happen, National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel told delegates at the 2013 Investing in African Mining Indaba.
President Jacob Zuma has announced the composition and terms of reference of the judicial commission of inquiry into the Marikana tragedy, calling for cooperation from all parties involved so that the country can come to a full understanding of the causes behind the tragedy.
South Africa is a world leader in mining. The country is famous for its abundance of mineral resources, accounting for a significant proportion of world production and reserves, and South African mining companies are key players in the global industry.