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miner thumb medium90 104BusinessLive reports that the High Court in Pretoria on Monday issued an order compelling the government and the Chamber of Mines of SA to involve communities affected by mining activities in new discussions over the Mining Charter.  

The court also agreed to postpone the matter in light of the agreement reached between the Chamber and President Cyril Ramaphosa that the court case should be put aside to allow room for consultations.  On Sunday, the Presidency and the Chamber issued statements detailing that they had agreed to postpone the court case.  But, the on Monday the communities pushed ahead with the court action seeking the Charter to be set aside and reviewed, notwithstanding the agreement between the Chamber and Ramaphosa.  The affected communities argued that their exclusion from the deal between the government and the Chamber demonstrated how they were always sidelined by both parties in relation to the effect of mining in their communities.  Community members who were picketing outside the court cheered as the news about their interim success was announced.

  • A short report by Theto Mahlakoana is at BusinessLive
  • Read too, Mining communities celebrate as High Court orders their involvement, at Mining Weekly

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