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Chamber of Mines snubs Zwane over ‘questionable history & behaviour’

The mining group has taken the minister to court to block the implementation of the new charter, which gives resources firms 12 months to meet a 30% black ownership requirement.

FILE: Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane addresses the first day of the Mining Indaba 2016 conference in Cape Town. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The Chamber of Mines says it decided to snub Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on Tuesday night as his questionable history and behaviour makes it impossible for the industry to talk to him.

The chamber instead attended the Mining Indaba on Wednesday - it brings together industry stakeholders under one roof.

The mining group has taken the minister to court to block the implementation of the new charter, which gives resources firms 12 months to meet a 30% black ownership requirement.

In a statement, the Chamber of Mines accuses the minister of having the primary task of strong-arming a legitimate rights holder into losing a major asset.

It says the minister conspired with Eskom’s leadership to apparently force the sale of a mine to a well-known family which has systematically robbed the country of public funds.

The industry body says this pattern of behaviour makes it impossible for the chamber to talk to the minister about the industry’s future.

It says it’s now focused on legal remedies regarding the mining charter because “it’s the only available course of action in which we have confidence”.