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comBusinessLive reports that the Chamber of Mines of SA agreed on Sunday after talks with the new Presidency to suspend its court case to review the controversial third iteration of the Mining Charter.   

New President Cyril Ramaphosa extended an olive branch to the Chamber during his maiden state of the nation address (Sona) on Friday to open talks around the Charter to end an impasse that has been in place between the industry body and Department of Mineral Resources since the Charter was gazetted in June 2017 and then suspended by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane.  The Chamber’s court application was due to be heard in the High Court on 19 to 21 February.  The Chamber's CEO Roger Baxter has said the industry body would not withdraw its court case as long as the third version of the Charter was not withdrawn and scrapped by Zwane.  He has also said the Chamber would not engage in bilateral talks with Zwane.  The Presidency and the Chamber have approached the seven other applicants, as well as two amici curiae (the National Union of Mineworkers and Solidarity), to advise them of this development, and have encouraged them similarly to postpone their applications.

  • Read this report by Allan Seccombe in full at BusinessLive

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