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protestMiningmx reports that community protests in Mpumalanga could have cost SA’s thermal coal miners, including Anglo American, Glencore and South32, up to hundreds of millions of rands per month in revenue.  

The Minerals Council SA (MCSA) has not undertaken a formal survey of losses to coal mining companies as a result of protest action, but informal estimates show that losses run into millions of rands per day for each stoppage, and could be as high as hundreds of millions per month.  MCSA spokesperson Charmane Russell indicated:  “These protests pose a threat to security and safety of employees, as well as supply of coal to Eskom which is already grappling with coal supply issues.”  Coal producers report an increase in protests which appear to have been perpetrated by “thugs”.  The modus operandi is to hire buses that transport community members to mines where a protest is triggered.  Sometimes they turn violent.  Mineral resources minister Gwede Mantashe has set up meetings with representatives from his department, mining groups, individual companies, communities, business leaders and the MCSA.  Matters under discussion have included demands made of mining companies for access to economic opportunities in the region, and that these opportunities be ring-fenced.  There have also been community demands that they have access to coal waste dumps so secondary mining can take place.

  • Read the full original of David McKay’s report in the above regard at Miningmx

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