Sustainable mining development hampered by low mineral prices .Market imperfections which do not properly reflect the cost to the environment have created exhaustible resources price levels lower than the socially optimal. Mineral producers of the developing world (the South) are unable to sustain mining development in the face of declining mineral price trends. If the inhabitants of the.how did sustainability hampered mining development in south africa,Africa Review Report on Mining - Sustainable Development .Oct 30, 2009 . Sustainable development and mining - Mining by nature is inherently unsustainable in that the life of the mine . Dependence on mining rent alone can hamper development by shifting focus from broader .. Three sub-regions namely, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the. Economic.