By Janine Espin
Planning and preparation are essential in undertaking new or extending old mining projects, regardless of size. Whether large-scale or artisanal, the need for mines to be compliant and ethical, as they go through the lengthy processes required in prospecting rights applications, is highlighted by the implications for the environment, economy, and communities in which the mines operate. Compliance necessitates meeting several regulatory requirements, such as Social Labour Plans (SLPs), Carbon Tax compliance and a range of other environmental considerations. This is where choosing the right compliance partner can be instrumental in finding the balance between mitigating adverse impacts on community and the environment while ensuring the sustainability and profitability of the mining project itself.