Ramatlhodi committed to 'rigorous industry consultation'

The minister says transformation of the industry must now take centre stage.

Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi says he will begin rigorous consultation with industry if the amended Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act is approved and signed into law.

Ramatlhodi has asked President Jacob Zuma to refer the bill back to Parliament to include the designation of minerals such as coal as "essential" and to make provision for the state to own certain percentages of any new discoveries.

The minister told the Mining Lekgotla in Midrand that transformation of the industry must now take centre stage.

Ramatlhodi said if the president signs the bill into law, all key players in the industry will be consulted on the draft regulations.

"I'm ready for any eventuality with regards to that request to the president. I commit to a rigorous and transparent engagement with stakeholders."