Charlotte Mathews writes that the labour unrest looming over SA’s mining sector will replace last year’s nationalisation fears as a major theme for discussion at the coming Mining Indaba in Cape Town, KPMG Africa head of energy and natural resources Carel Smit said on Thursday. The Mining Indaba, which takes place from 3 to 6 February, is one of the biggest annual events on the global mining calendar because it presents an opportunity for discussions, networking, forming partnerships and marketing services to the industry. Smit said one of the negative consequences of the strikes called by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and its tension with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) was that it influenced investor perceptions of mining in SA. He indicated that other topics likely to be discussed included low commodities prices; continuing concerns about infrastructure bottlenecks; and the need for a more collaborative approach among the government, labour, business and communities to address hurdles to industry growth.
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