The purpose of this chapter is to explore how mining can contribute to sustainable development of mining communities through post-mining transformation. Using the Richards Bay Minerals case study, it aims to illustrate how, by developing and implementing post-mining transformation strategies that spur economic development and strengthen rural-urban linkages, mining companies can contribute to sustainable development of the rural communities in which they operate and the adjacent urban areas. Through the review of relevant literature, different post-mining transformation strategies are explored in the context of rural-urban linkages. The role of mining companies, local government and the local community in developing the post-mining land use strategies will be investigated. It is hoped that findings of this work will provide a framework for institutions to influence policy in the direction that will improve the contribution of mining companies to sustainable development through.
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Mbatha, P., Lelia, L., Govender-Opitz, E., & Charikinya, E. (2020). Post-mining transformation strategies in South Africa and its impact on rural-urban linkages: The Richards Bay case study. In Rural-urban linkages and sustainable development. Case Studies from Africa pp.17-39. Spears Media Press, Denver, Colorado.