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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Bhana, Heena
URN etd-04042011-160555
Document Title The mining sector’s response to environmental sustainability
Degree MBA
Department Gordon Institute of Business Science
Advisor Name Title
Mr D Gibson Supervisor
  • maturity level
  • sustainability
  • environmental
  • mining sector
  • South Africa
Date 2011-04-20
Availability unrestricted

Recent environmental catastrophes such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill by BP in the Gulf of Mexico and the rising acid mine water in Johannesburg, South Africa, have demonstrated the far reaching environmental, social and financial consequences of unsustainable environmental management practices. Mining is an activity that significantly contributes to South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product but has the potential to significantly impact the environment and a diverse set of stakeholders. As a result, it is imperative that mining activities are undertaken in a sustainable manner. This research studied the mining sector’s response to environmental sustainability on a company level. The study entailed the use of a mixed methods approach within a strategic framework to enable the researcher to confirm the maturity level of current practices and simultaneously explore the extent to which companies are preparing for the future. The key research findings suggest that South African mining companies have current practices that are relatively developed, with insufficient focus on innovation to meet the future sustainability challenge. Key recommendations to meet the sustainability challenge include industry collaboration, a change in paradigm by companies, integration of suppliers into product stewardship practices and adequately managing the tension between the local empowerment and environmental agenda.

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Bhana, H 2010, The mining sector's response to environmental sustainability, MBA dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-04042011-160555/ >


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