JOHANNESBURG - The Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA) has expressed deep sadness at the death of Deputy Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Bavelile Hlongwa, who died in a car crash in Limpopo on Friday night.
In the months since her appointment in May, Minerals Council leaders and officials had enjoyed a number of stimulating engagements with her, and had been struck by her commitment to the best interests of the mining industry and South Africa, the council said in a statement on Sunday.
"We have been looking forward to further developing a constructive and mutually beneficial working relationship with her. The mining industry extends sincere condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues," the statement said.
On Saturday, the presidency said Hlongwa, 35, died in a car crash on the N1 from Polokwane.
Hlongwa was appointed deputy minister of mineral resources and energy with effect from May 30, 2019. Prior to her appointment, she served as executive deputy chairperson of the National Youth Development Agency.