The country-wide consultation processes on the Mining Charter has drawn to a close following several community meetings undertaken over the past three months by the Department of Mineral Resources.
The Minister of Mineral Resources, Gwede Mantashe, led the officials of the department in the last community consultation on the Mining Charter with the people of KwaZulu-Natal in Newcastle on 31 May 2018.
The Minister expressed his appreciation for the valuable inputs and views from members of the communities during the consultations on the Mining Charter, which commenced in March this year.
"This process has afforded us an opportunity to reach out to all stakeholders and receive inputs from communities that will contribute in shaping the Mining Charter,” said the Minister.
"We have been encouraged by the level of engagements held throughout the country. We believe that with the inputs received, we will have a solid Charter, which once implemented, will move our transformation objectives forward," added the Minister
On the way forward, the Minister said: “Before we present the Charter to Cabinet and gazette it, we will convene a Summit where the department will present a draft and allow all stakeholders to comment on the final product that came out of the process of community consultations.”