South African Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe has urged the coal mining sector to continue investing in clean-coal technology to mitigate the effects of climate change.
According to Mantashe, coal continues to form a key part of South Africa’s energy mix in line with the country’s Integrated Resource Plan. The Minister was speaking at the official opening of one of the largest underground coal complexes in the world, Sasol’s Impumelelo Colliery in Mpumalanga.
Impumelelo is the fifth mine to be opened in the past 12 months. Mantashe said that this is an indication of South Africa’s attractiveness as an investment destination of choice and the conducive policy and regulatory environment for the sector to do business.
“We welcome this investment by Sasol. In an economy where unemployment is so high, these new mines are making a positive impact on job creation,” said Mantashe.
“We have an economy to grow, and therefore as Government we will continue to prioritise the creation of a stable environment for this economic growth to happen.”
The Minister also urged mining companies to prioritise coexistence with communities and development around mining towns, for the long-term sustainability of mining.