The 2015 Annual African Mining Indaba Conference kicked off today in Cape town with 7000 delegates in attendance from around the world. The delegates can look forward to a keynote address from former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair as well as presentations from a number of the leading companies that operate in the mining sector. Mining bosses and industry leaders are expected to give there input on the state of mining on the continent.
A key focus for South African miners is the review of the controversial Petroleum Resources Development Act, which made headlines when President Jacob Zuma made the decision to send it back to Parliament. Delegates can look forward to the session in which they can debate what is the continent’s most important resources and where they are being mined.
The Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi has commented that the time has come for the mining industry to change the way it deals with tuberculosis (TB) among its workers – “Our weakness, which is the weakness of many healthcare systems around the world, is that we put more emphasis on curative that preventative healthcare.”