New mining minister Gwede Mantashe says he hopes to finalise a new Mining Charter in the next three months.
The Mining Charter is expected to outline requirements for black ownership levels and other controversial targets.
Last month, the Chamber of Mines agreed to suspend court action challenging the document and return to negotiations.
Former mining minister Mosebenzi Zwane and the Chamber of Mines became embroiled in a court battle over the controversial Mining Charter last year.
Lawyer and mining expert Peter Leon says it may be difficult to achieve agreement on the new charter in three months, considering the new involvement mine-hosting communities.
I think the three month deadline is very optimistic on the minster's part.— Peter Leon, lawyer and partner at Herbert Smith Freehills
The mine-affected communities would have to be involved in these negotiations and that will be another factor to take into account.— Peter Leon, lawyer and partner at Herbert Smith Freehills
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