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MantasheFin24 reports that public consultations on the draft revision of the Mining Charter have been extended to the end of August to allow further engagements.  

Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Sunday at the end of a two-day mining summit in Boksburg that the extension had been a request during the meeting to give all the stakeholder more time to air their views.  Mantashe rejected suggestions that the extended period would derail the finalisation of the Charter.  The Charter is now projected to be finalised by October or November 2018.  Some of the contentious issues that were discussed at the summit included the 10% free-carried interest on new mining rights to be allocated to communities and mine workers, as well as the "once empowered, always empowered" clause.  “All sections of the Charter were discussed thoroughly, the 'once empowered, always empowered' provision was rejected by everybody,” commented Mantashe.

  • Read this report by Sibongile Khumalo in full at Fin24
  • See too, Trade unions say Mining Charter must be used to hold mining bosses accountable, at EWN

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