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President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the African Mining Indaba in Cape Town. Picture: Mike Hutchings/Reuters
President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the African Mining Indaba in Cape Town. Picture: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

A regular feature of Cape Town's yearly calendar in the month of February is sunny skies, busy streets, and suit- and-tie types packing the city’s International Convention Centre, beaches, and the V&A Waterfront as they attend the Investing in African Mining Indaba.

For the first time in years, February in Cape Town will be relatively empty and the auditoriums of the Convention Centre will be deserted. Instead of the usual five days under the Cape Town sun, the event will be two days of virtual meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday.

For mining executives, economists, and analysts from the northern hemisphere, there will be no sweet escape from the frigid winter to Cape Town.

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