Court challenge to SA Mining Charter postponed to February

The chamber and the ministry are locked in a number of legal disputes over the mining charter, which aims to increase black ownership and participation in the industry.

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JOHANNESBURG - A court hearing for a challenge by South Africa’s mining industry to revisions to a sector charter which include raising levels of black ownership has been postponed to February from December, country’s Chamber of Mines said on Monday.

“A judge decided that two days was not enough time and asked for three days, so the matter has been postponed,” said Memory Johnstone, a spokeswoman for the chamber.

The chamber and the ministry are locked in a number of legal disputes over the mining charter, which aims to increase black ownership and participation in the industry as part of a government drive to overcome apartheid’s legacies.