Government to woo mining exploration, investment, but RPGs are not convinced

The government is planning to expand exploration and attract investment, despite the mining industry’s low investment interest and ongoing disputes with communities standing against mining on their lands. The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) this week released a 12-page document outlining its mining exploration strategy and ambitious plans to attract investment to the sector. Noting ongoing obstacles such as power problems, ineffective implementation of policies, unrest and community protests, the department says tapping into the exploration of minerals such as chromium could usher in a new era “that responds to current and future market demands.” ….