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A long 12 months for southern Africa

At the beginning of 2018, Mosebenzi Zwane was still mining minister of South Africa and Zimbabwe was being held up as a new opportunity for investors after Robert Mugabe’s ouster.

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South African president Cyril Ramaphosa coming in has helped miners' fortunes, although some adjustment is still needed to new mining rules. PICTURE: South African Presidency/Elmond Jiyane

The mining charter fight was still red-hot, but there was some optimism in South Africa when then-president Jacob Zuma was forced to resign and was replaced by Cyril Ramaphosa.