At least 6000 delegates have gathered at the African Mining Indaba in Cape Town, to discuss plans for the South African mining sector.
Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane says he is confident that the industry can be revived.
According to EWN's Rahima Essop, Zwane said the conference takes place when the mining industry faces difficult times, described as its "winter season."
Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:
He says the question that the sector needs to ask itself is : what lessons can be learnt to ensure that miners are not the worst affected next season?— Rahima Essop, EWN reporter