Johannesburg - Nelson Mandela raised the stature of South Africa as a leading nation during his presidency, the Chamber of Mines said on Friday.
“We shall draw from his visionary and leadership panache which is undoubtedly the foundation on which the South African mining industry seeks to build on,” it said in a statement.
“During his term as our country's first democratically elected president he raised the stature of South Africa... as a secure destination for hope, growth, and investment, especially in the mining sector.”
The chamber said Mandela was an inspiration to all, and would always be remembered as a figure of peace, reconciliation, and unity.
“His immeasurable legacy to both South Africa and the world will live on in the history books and future generations will learn from his example,” it said.
Mandela died at his Houghton home in Johannesburg on Thursday night. He was 95. - Sapa