ISBN 9780639923826
ePub ISBN 9780639986661
Pages 422
Dimensions 234 x 156 mm
Illustrations Colour Photographs
Published 2018
Publisher Mapungubwe Institute (MISTRA), South Africa
Formats Paperback, eBook

The Future of Mining in South Africa: Sunset or Sunrise?

by MISTRA edited by Salimah Valiani

The future of mining in South Africa is hotly contested. Wide-ranging views from multiple quarters rarely seem to intersect, placing emphasis on different questions without engaging in holistic debate.

This book aims to catalyse change by gathering together fragmented views into unifying conversations. It highlights the importance of debating the future of mining in South Africa and for reaching consensus in other countries across the mineral-dependent globe.

It covers issues such as the potential of platinum to spur industrialisation, land and dispossession on the platinum belt, the roles of the state and capital in mineral development, mining in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the experiences of women in and affected by mining since the late 19th century and mine worker organising: history and lessons and how post-mine rehabilitation can be tackled.

It was inspired not only by an appreciation of South Africa’s extensive mineral endowments, but also by a realisation that, while the South African mining industry performs relatively well on many technical indicators, its management of broader social issues leaves much to be desired. It needs to be deliberated whether the mining industry can play as critical a role going forward as it did in the evolution of the country’s economy.

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About the Author


The Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) was founded by a group of South Africans with experience in research, academia, policy-making and governance who saw the need to create a platform of engagement around strategic issues facing South Africa. It is an Institute that combines research and academic development, strategic reflection and intellectual discourse. It applies itself to issues such as economics, sociology, history, arts and culture and the logics of natural sciences.

About the Editor

Salimah Valiani

Salimah Valiani is Senior Researcher, Faculty of Political Economy, at MISTRA. She has been working as an advocate and researcher in mining and development issues since the mid-1990s, with particular focus on Indonesia, the Philippines, India, Canada, Libya, Uganda and South Africa. She is also Visiting Professor at the Centre for Researching Education and Labour at Wits University.