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Chamber of Mines still plans to press ahead with legal steps over mining charter

The Chamber’s CEO Roger Baxter says their primary aim is to stop the charter from ever being brought into effect.

FILE: Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG – The Chamber of Mines says it still plans to press ahead with its legal action to stop the new Mining Charter from being implemented.

On Friday, the Mineral Resources Ministry agreed to not put the new charter into effect until a court case on the issue is heard.

Under the terms of the agreements, Mineral Resources Ministry Mosebenzi Zwane will not implement the charter at the moment and both sides have agreed to postpone the Chamber’s application until September.

The Chamber of Mines says this is a satisfactory outcome for the industry and that they now know this charter won’t be implemented for the immediate future.

The Chamber’s CEO Roger Baxter says their primary aim is to stop the charter from ever being brought into effect.

“It destroys investments, it destroys confidence in the sector. So we’re not arguing with the fact that over time we need to continually improve our transformation performance, the reality is that this particular charter is damaging to investments.

“It takes a lot of revenue stream away from the sector.”

Baxter says they support ongoing transformation in the industry but that this charter would severely hurt the industry.

The Chamber of Mines says they have also agreed that if Zwane breaks the terms of this agreement, the Chamber can go to court within 48 hours.

The Chamber says this is a satisfactory arrangement for the industry and that their primary objective is still to make sure that the charter does not come into effect.

It’s criticised the charter, saying they were not consulted and that it will severely damage the industry.

The Chamber says it wants to help transform the industry but that this new charter would inflict vast and systemic damage on the mining industry investors and the country itself.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)