It is time for leaders in the South African mining industry to make transformation a reality, Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant said on Wednesday.

"I know that we have the best of leaders but the leaders must rise to the sophistication of the challenges in the mining industry," he told the 2013 mining lekgotla in Johannesburg.

"We can't continue the blame game... We must take this collective blame as we go forward. The way to resolve a more here: Mining must transform: minister