Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's minerals and energy minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka Thursday opened the Australia in sub-Saharan African Mining Conference in Pretoria, whose goal is to attract investors to the continent.
The conference hosted by the South African department of minerals and energy and the Australian High Commission, also aims to promote mutually beneficial co-operation between Australia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Besides promoting access to resources, the conference will also focus on ways to promote the sustainability of the mining sector.
In his speech, the minister stressed the need to address issues of health and safety, environmental management, mineral benefits and the participation of the previously disadvantage people in the mining industry.
Ngcuka said Africa was one of the earth's most important producers of several minerals and metals.
Meetings between investors and delegates from Southern Africa and Australia will be arranged and exhibition booths for African countries and investors will be organised to enable participants to network and exchange information.
Participants in the conference include ministers from the Southern African Development Community, Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda.
These are expected to ask questions on mining incentives for their respective countries.
The previous Southern Africa-Australia Mineral Sector Synergies Symposium was hosted by the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy on 16 March 2000.
It brought together delegates from several African mining countries, including South Africa, and participants from the Australian Mining and academic communities.