The Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane is set to officially open the “2017 Investing in Africa Mining Indaba” in Cape Town on Monday.
Zwane’s department said government was ready to welcome delegates and showcase the country’s competitive advantage in the areas of mining and related fields.
The Indaba, to be held from Monday to Thursday, is the world’s largest gathering of mining’s most influential stakeholders and decision-makers vested in African mining.
Zwane would together with the Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies, and supported by Brand South Africa, also host an Investment Dialogue under the theme: “Promoting investment to grow junior mining”.
The focus of the dialogue would be to encourage long term investment in the sector, particularly towards the development of junior mining projects and the creation of jobs.
Meanwhile, Sunday would mark one year since the Lily Gold Mine tragedy in Barberton, Mpumalanga, where three workers are still trapped underground after a section of the mine collapsed on February 5, 2016.
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has called on workers, unions and communities in Mpumalanga to boycott the one year commemoration of the tragedy at Lily Mine, saying that it was a “moronic charade” planned by the mine company.
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the largest union in the gold sector, also said that it would not be part of the commemoration events.