The decision to suspend court action over the controversial Mining Charter is progress for mineworkers and mine hosting communities, says mining analyst Mamokgethi Molopyane.
The court bid was been suspended after the government industry reached an agreement to postpone the application and resume negotiations.
Molopyane says the mining industry will now have an opportunity to draft a new Mining Charter which addresses transformation, inclusion, ownership and other issues.
She explains that all parties will have to agree on the percentage of black ownership at mining companies.
I think the middle ground would be how we ensure that communities benefit directly from the charter... How do they ensure that mining industries and government link their operations to local economic development.— Mamokgethi Molopyane, mining analyst and MD at Creative Voo-doo
Mining Affected Communities United in Action (Macua) led a protest outside the High Court in Pretoria, demanding that its application be heard.
They earlier expressed disappointment at the Chamber of Mines, which agreed with the Presidency to suspend the court action.
The court says that affected mining communities should be part of the negotiations, reports EWN's Pelane Phakgadi.
The intervention by President Cyril Ramaphosa could see the legal case fall away and a new Mining Charter formed.
The court has adjourned, despite earlier demonstrations outside.— Pelane Phakgadi, EWN reporter
The High Court has ruled to postpone the review of the Mining Charter.— Pelane Phakgadi, EWN reporter
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