The Chamber of Mines has confirmed that a group of its office bearers, at the Chamber’s request, met an ANC delegation led by secretary general Gwede Mantashe.

The Chamber of Mines office bearers conveyed to the ANC delegation their perspectives on the challenges the Department of Mineral Resources’ new Mining Charter presents to the industry, in terms of both flawed process and content.

They also advised on the court actions that are now being prepared for.

[quote]The point was made that legal action against government of this sort is seen only as a matter of last resort and is brought only once all other avenues have failed.

“The industry remains committed to transformation as a national imperative,” states Chamber of Mines CEO, Roger Baxter.

“We need to continue on the industry’s transformation journey that has been going on in earnest since the original charter came into effect more than 13 years ago,” he adds.

“But it needs to be based on workable targets and guidelines that enable an effective transformation process proceeding in a competitive and growing industry. As we have previously indicated, the Department of Mineral Resources’ Mining Charter fails in this respect.”

Last week the Chamber of Mines rejected the unilateral development and imposition of the Department of Mineral Resources’ Mining Charter on the industry.

The Chamber of Mines is of the view that the process that was followed by the Department of Mineral Resources in developing its version of the reviewed Mining Charter is seriously flawed.

The Chamber of Mines maintains that unlike previous Mining Charters, where stakeholders in the sector worked together to produce a stakeholder-agreed charter, the Department of Mineral Resources chose from the outset to produce and publish its own draft in April 2016, without engaging the industry in its conception, or even in structures such as the tripartite Mining Industry Growth Development and Employment Task Team.