South Africa should reconsider the appointment of an independent regulator to speed up minerals licensing, Herbert Smith Freehills Africa co-chair Peter Leon said during a webinar this week. Responding to host Patrick Leyden during a webinar on re-imagining the sub-Saharan mining sector, Leon said a proposal was put to an African National Congress (ANC) five-yearly conference many years ago, but that it was unfortunately rejected. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.)