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Dlamini-Zuma outlines vision for mining industry

The AU chairperson says the future of mining on the continent is bright but requires adequate planning.

African Union (AU) chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - African Union (AU) chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has called on South Africa's mining industry to help realise a vision of a high speed railway line linking the continent's economic and commercial hubs.

Dlamini-Zuma addressed the Chamber of Mines annual Mining Lekgotla in Midrand on Thursday and emphasised the need to grow industrialisation locally.

The AU's African Mining Vision 2063 includes a railway line built with African raw materials and continentally recognised training courses at universities.

Dlamini-Zuma says the future of mining on the continent is bright but requires adequate planning and action.

"We also need to use the extractive industries to kick-start industrialisation both with the upstream and downstream linkages and so, I think the mining future is good, provided that the Africa mining vision is really applied."