The South African government can amend its legislation if a court ruling proves the 'once-empowered, always-empowered' principle is supported in the charter.
It's just as well miners are optimistic because we face some heavy challenges, especially in the platinum sector where costs will be 20% higher over 13 months.
The modern gold mining company should have small, properly incentivised management teams with a handle on costs, and debt and capital allocation.
Instead of trying to protect political careers, it would be better to tackle the root causes of the Marikana atrocity identified in the Farlam Commission's report.
The world needs a uniform emissions standard, such as Euro 6, so that developing nations have access to the clean air enjoyed in Davos.
It may sound bloody-minded, but now is the time to back mining whilst tomorrow's supply deficit is being written today, says MSA Group MD, Keith Scott.
Platinum group metals have a vibrant, healthy future that far outweighs the current stresses in the market, argues Chamber of Mines CEO, Roger Baxter.
Stephen Meintjes, an analyst at Imara, calls for mining taxes to be replaced by a system of natural resource rentals.
Local skills are hard to come by in mining provinces such as Zambia's copperbelt which throws up challenges in completing environmental studies for projects.
Industrial companies innovate constantly and assume lower prices will prevail in future. Mining companies used to operate like that. Now they have to again.