South Africa has been in the grip of a critical political debate on the future of the mining industry for the last eighteen months. This has resulted in an acrimonious stand-off between the ruling party, the African National Congress and its youth wing, the ANC Youth League (ANCYL). The debate, at times, has degenerated into an emotive and rhetoric driven public dialogue on the merits or otherwise of nationalisation. It has been conducted primarily in the media between politicians either side of the party divide with arbitrary commentary emanating from other quarters.
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Report by the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy