Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe says one of his priorities is to build trust and respect among the stakeholders.
Speaking to Karima Brown, Mantashe says he is going to treat with everyone with respect and he expects them to reciprocate that respect.
Trust is not declared, trust is built in the trenches. The first thing that will bring back trust is to deal with one another with respect. I can commit myself that I will deal with everybody with respect. I expect that there be reciprocity of that respect to me as well.— Gwede Mantashe, Minister of Mineral Resources
People must treat me like another player. If they don't respect me; we are not going to wait for people to disrespect me as a person, we are going to steam ahead; continue and do the work.— Gwede Mantashe, Minister of Mineral Resources
On the Mining Charter, Mantashe says they found not all stakeholders were against the 30% target in the charter. He says the issue was that the charter was gazetted without consultation.
There was not contestation on the target of 30%. Everybody has bought in to that; those who resisted said no listen we are not resisting 30% it's okay lets give its a try.— Gwede Mantashe, Minister of Mineral Resources
They said the issue was that the charter was gazetted without consultation. We told them we want to consult them sufficiently.— Gwede Mantashe, Minister of Mineral Resources
The minister says the three month time frame for the Mining Charter will be met. He further says once arrangements are finalised, the first week of April he will be consulting the communities in Mpumalanga.
Once we come together and there's agreement; we will publish this charter and gazette it. And in my own view should move with speed because we can't afford not to do that.— Gwede Mantashe, Minister of Mineral Resources
Mantashe says to combat illegal mining, he would prefer to formalise artisanal mining and junior mining and regulate them, as this would deal with zama-zamas.
The most dangerous people are not the people that go underground and steal that gold. It is the network that is sourcing that gold at peanuts and they make huge profit from it.— Gwede Mantashe, Minister of Mineral Resources
Listen to what the minister says are his major priorities.