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lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Business Report writes that former Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane suspended platinum producer Lonmin’s operating licence for three days last year.  

He suspended the licence on 28 November with immediate effect after the miner failed to meet its human resource development and local economic development commitments contained in its Social and Labour Plans for 2014 to 2017.  The suspension was in terms of Section 93 of the Mineral Resources and Petroleum Development Act (MPRDA).  Gugulethu Cutshwa, the department’s acting chief director in the western regions, set aside the suspension in a letter to Lonmin dated 1 December, which read:  “Given your willingness to comply with the said requirements by submitting a revised action plan in accordance with a template which the regional manager will provide by December 3, I have decided to favourably consider the setting aside of the November 28 order.”  Among others issues, Lonmin was alleged in the suspension letter to have failed to meet targets to roll out bulk water supply infrastructure, household sanitation, public safety street lights, internal and external learnerships and bursaries.  A defiant Lonmin said it would not comply and its legal representative charged that the suspension was unlawful and procedurally unfair.  On 16 January 2018, the ministry instructed Lonmin to submit a revised plan, which it accepted two weeks ago.

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