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lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Fin24 reports that the future of platinum producer is in the balance as the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) probes allegations that it has violated its mining licence.  

The department confirmed that it was studying the contents of a letter sent by Mining Forum SA, which alleged that Lonmin was in breach of its social and labour plan (SLP).  Only thereafter would it decide on the “appropriate course of action”, the department indicated.  Mining Minister Mosebenzi Zwane’s spokesperson Fidel Hadebe said claims of non-compliance still needed to be verified and “there are just too many allegations levelled against the company”.  Mining Forum SA, a non-profit organisation representing mining communities, wrote to Zwane on 25 November asking him to suspend Lonmin’s mining licence due to SLP non-compliance and the continuing violence in the Marikana community in North West.  The Mineral Resources and Petroleum Development Act 2004 requires all mining companies to submit a SLP, reviewed on annual basis, in order to be awarded and retain a mining licence.  Commitments usually include upgrades to communal infrastructure, employee housing and skills development, and promises of local procurement.

  • Read this report by Tehillah Niselow in full at Fin24

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