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headgearMiningmx reports that mining lawyer Hulme Scholes is pushing ahead relentlessly with his legal action to have the latest versions of the Mining Charter scrapped and he expects it to come before the High Court “early in the second half of this year”.  

This is despite some apparent progress being made in negotiations between the Minerals Council of SA (MCSA), formerly called the Chamber of Mines, and the government on the latest versions of the Charter.  In more limited legal action, in March last year the MCSA filed an application for the judicial review and setting aside of certain clauses of the 2018 Mining Charter.  Scholes wants the entire 2018 Mining Charter scrapped and is continuing his drive to achieve this.  In his view, the first version of the Mining Charter was the only one that the minister had the power to implement in terms of the law.  He has successfully overcome a point raised by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMR) to dismiss his case on the grounds that he did not have “locus standi”.  Asked why he was pushing ahead with the action despite an apparent lack of full support from the MCSA Council, Scholes replied:  “The Minerals Council needs to stand up firmly to government instead of blowing hot and cold as they have done up until now.  Government is intent on forcing the mining industry to bear the cost and responsibility for providing social services and infrastructure that the government itself should be providing.  Under [former mines minister Mosebenzi] Zwane the glass was half-empty.  Under Mantashe the glass is half-full but it’s still only half.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Brendan Ryan at Miningmx


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