The Minister of Mineral Resources, Gwede Mantashe today begins with the process of consulting with mining communities on the draft Mining Charter.
These consultations, which will take place in all nine provinces from April until the end of May 2018, are aimed at getting members of mining communities involved in making their inputs to the draft Mining Charter before it is finalised and gazetted.
In a recent address concerning the finalisation of the Mining Charter, Mantashe noted that policy certainty is of uppermost importance for the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR).
“The Mining Charter concerns transformation. Transformation means the ownership, control, management and meaningful participation by the black majority in the industry. Such transformation can occur in a growing and competitive mining industry. Our emphasis on transformation is on a mining industry that benefits producers – big and small, workers, communities and the economy of the country,” he said.
“Consequently, in our view, transformation and competitiveness are not mutually exclusive. Therefore, the long-term objective must be captured in the vision for the industry.”
He also admitted that there has been a lack of consultation between the ministry and the partners in the past which has contributed to a trust deficit among all stakeholders.
Upon conclusion, the minister noted that two task teams should be established. One will focus on transformation and the Mining Charter, and the other will engage on issues of growth and competitiveness issues.
“The ministry has committed the DMR to engage in an open and transparent way to re-establish trust among the social partners.”