Government and mining bosses at loggerheads over draft Mining Charter

The 'once-empowered-always-empowered' BEE model in the new draft of the Mining Charter has become a cause for tension between government and mining businesses.

The matter between mining minister, Mosebenzi Zwane, and mining bosses will be brought to finality through a declaratory order by a judge.

702's Stephen Grootes (standing in for John Robbie) spoke to labour and mining analyst, Mamokgeti Molopyane, about the issue.

Listen to the interview below:

Government, labour and business started engaging each other when the Mining Charter expired last year. Perhaps they are aggrieved about the 'once-empowered-always-empowered' matter.

Mamokgeti Molopyane, labour and mining analyst

Would I say there was no consultation? They've been talking about the Mining Charter for about eight months now.

Mamokgeti Molopyane, labour and mining analyst

Perhaps the mining industry feels that they were not consulted enough. Government has a responsibility to legislate its intention about mining and minerl rights.

Mamokgeti Molopyane, labour and mining analyst

Sadly, whether we like it or not, it has an impact on how we are perceived as SA when it comes to our mining laws, regulations and policies.

Mamokgeti Molopyane, labour and mining analyst

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