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cutifani thumb medium90 94BusinessLive reports that Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani says that South African mining companies and the government have to find a negotiated settlement to their impasses over the revised Mining Charter and other disagreements.  

This is because he believes legal redress through the courts is not the best mechanism to find long-lasting resolutions.  Speaking on Wednesday, Cutifani said the sector had lost 100,000 jobs in the past seven years and could lose another 100,000 if there was no change to the way it was regulated and operated.  He opined:  "We’re fighting the battle in the courts, and whilst I believe that we had to take steps to protect our position, the answer will not come from the courts.  All they will do is redefine the points that we disagree on so that we create a new set of arguments.   … in the end the solution will be people sitting across the table, negotiating a new future.  The courts won’t do it for us.”  His comments follow calls from ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize and Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba for the industry, represented by the Chamber of Mines, to talk to them.  The Chamber refuses to talk to Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, whom it says is tainted with corruption and acting outside the sector’s best interests.

  • Read this report by Allan Seccombe in full at BusinessLive

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