Despite assertions coal mining is on the brink, some argue it will be a key sector for SA for decades

BY: NADINE JAMES


he global coal sector can be likened to Austrian physicist Edwin Schrödinger’s cat or, rather, his famous experiment pertaining to quantum superposition.

The scenario imagines a situation where a cat is enclosed in a box with a deadly poison. The poison will be released if some radioactive atoms decay. While it is possible to calculate the odds that the material has decayed, it cannot be accurately determined when that will happen. There is also no way to peer inside the box and, therefore, no way of knowing whether the cat is alive or dead.

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