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numMining Weekly reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Wednesday that it was deeply concerned by the current consideration by Minister of Mineral Resources, Mosebenzi Zwane, of the putting in place a mineral rights moratorium.  

The moratorium would apply until the finalisation of court challenges of the Mining Charter III brought by the Chamber of Mines.  The union said such a moratorium would negatively impact its members through job losses, as there would be no ‘Section 11’ approvals relating to changes of ownership and new mining or prospecting rights.  "All of this is taking place while we are faced with enormous job losses in various operations amounting to close to 20,000 affected employees," the union said.  The NUM stated that it would be submitting a request to the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) to desist from implementing the envisaged moratorium, with immediate effect, as the move would "definitely be found wanting by the court of law".  The NUM said it was adamant the current impasse over the implementation of the Charter had reached alarming levels and it wanted an urgent meeting of all stakeholders to be convened in order to find an amicable solution.  

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