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The Junior and Emerging Miners’ Desk, established by the Minerals Council South Africa (Minerals Council) in 2015, provides advice and support, and acts as a resource centre for smaller Minerals Council member companies. While the Minerals Council, at policy level, presents a consolidated position on key policy areas, it is sensitive to the needs of its smaller members who often lack the capacity and resources to implement policy and legislation. In addition, there are a number of other areas where smaller companies require assistance: in raising finance for projects, in some of the technical aspects of mining, such as geology and engineering, in skills development and in compliance with the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA)-associated Mining Charter, to list a few.


  • Tebello Chabana: Senior Executive: Public Affairs and Transformation
  • Grant Mitchell: Junior and Emerging Miners’ Desk
  • Alex Khumalo: Head: Social Performance


The term “junior mining”, internationally, generally refers to prospecting companies only involved in the early stages of mining development. This is particularly true for Canada where junior exploration companies are supported through the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada. In Australia, junior mining usually refers to mid-tier producers. In South Africa, however, the term junior mining has taken on a wider meaning and includes, in addition to exploration companies, mid-tier producers. Junior producers operating in South Africa are in sectors such as platinum, coal, manganese, iron ore, chrome or other base metals.


A term indigenous to South Africa, “emerging miners” are typically smaller companies. They can be either involved in the early phases of mining exploration or in the early developmental stage. Examples include the many smaller companies at development stage, associations and mining contractors. The term emerging miners therefore covers a diverse group of mining and mining-related entities, including prospecting and smaller producing companies, as well as associated companies such as contractors. Since the advent of the MPRDA in 2002, there has been significant growth in smaller mining companies operating in South Africa. Currently, junior and emerging member companies comprise nearly 40% of the total membership of the Minerals Council.

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or join the Junior and Emerging Miners’ Desk LinkedIn group, which serves as a platform for discussion and information dissemination.