South African miners welcome ‘tough’ new minister

The South African mining industry welcomed the appointment by President Cyril Ramaphosa of new minister for mineral resources.

The Chamber of Mines, which represents companies including Anglo American, Glencore and Sibanye-Stillwater, said Gwede Mantashe, currently chairman of the ruling African National Congress, had a “sound and fundamental knowledge of the industry”.

“He is a person with whom our industry has long held a constructive and respectful relationship. He is an extremely tough negotiator, demonstrated both during his time as General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers and in his subsequent political positions. We look forward to the many engagements with him that doubtless lie ahead,” the…

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