The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is shocked by the agreement between the Chamber of Mines and the Department of Mineral Resources to suspend Mining Charter III.

NUM notes the court papers filed in the High Court, “delays” the implementation or enforceability of the recently gazetted Mining Charter III until the September 2017 court date.

NUM states it is “extremely disappointed with the Minister of Mineral Resources who seemed to buckle under pressure in court and conceded in the suspension of Mining Charter III and thus delayed the meaningful inclusion of employees and communities in this exploitative industry.

“We expected no less from the Chamber of Mines, whom we feel their actions have attacked every essence of transformation in the mining industry.

“We will be consulting our legal unit to explore possibilities of challenging this court “agreement” between the Chamber of Mines and Department of Mineral Resources, as the transformation in the mining industry, affects all of us (especially employees and communities).”

NUM has appealed to the Department of Mineral Resources “to stop tip toeing around transformation and its constitutional obligations of redressing the imbalances of past. The first such act should be to deal decisively with all mining companies that failed to comply with the previous Mining Charter 2014 targets, thus suspending and withdrawing all those affected mining rights.”

“The mining industry cannot exist solely for the various deaths of employees through fatalities, polluting of water or infecting workers with silicosis amongst others illnesses.

“Transformation inclusive of workers and communities in the mining industry might be delayed until September 2017, but NUM will ensure it is never denied for our members and hardworking mine workers.

“We will do this even if it means reliving the historic NUM 1987 strike.”