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fransbaleniBusinessLive reports that Mining Indaba advisory board member and former National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) general secretary Frans Baleni says transformation in the mining industry should focus on quality over quantity.  

This was with reference to the far-reaching consultation process around the Mining Charter being undertaken by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) and expected to be concluded by the end of May.  The High Court in Pretoria ruled in April that the first two versions of the charter did not require producers to top up black shareholding levels in perpetuity if they previously met the minimum 26% requirement.  Baleni noted that once the industry dropped its court action against the charter, there appeared to be an assumption that mining companies would "get what they wanted".  This has resulted in renewed tension between the parties.  He said interaction with the industry had shown that it wanted "almost the status quo", including in respect of its ‘once empowered, always empowered’ stance.  But the key focus should be the end result — a new charter that focused on quality rather than quantity as it had in the past.  Baleni commented that it was critical for the government and the industry to get together to see how each could contribute positively.

  • Read this report by Natasha Marrian in full at BusinessLive

Read too, The mining sector must move beyond philanthropy to inclusiveness, at BusinessLive

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