The sector will have to focus on consolidation to ride out the commodities downcycle.
The global industry is under pressure and African companies will have to come up with innovative ideas to raise finance for projects. But opportunities exist in new areas and commodities.
A series of regulatory issues across key African mining jurisdictions continues to spell uncertainty about future development.
While the industry continues to struggle with cost, political and regulatory uncertainties, there have been some positives for African mining.
It has become increasingly important for African mining jurisdictions to characterise themselves as attractive for potential investors.