'Once-empowered always empowered is a challenge for investors'

Once-empowered always empowered.

This is the discussion at the centre of the draft mining charter released by Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe.

Hundreds of delegates gathered from various communities, industries and from labour gather to discuss the draft charter which resulted in the period for public comment getting an extension to the end of August.

It's important for people to realise that rules for investors must always be clear.

Tebello Chabana, Senior Executive for Public Affairs and Transformation at the Minerals Council

READ: Gwede Mantashe: Let's not dilute the mining charter

The problem that comes with this once-empowered always empowered is that the rules at a particular time investors were putting their money in the country. You can't later then decide we want to change our mind, those should not have been the rules at the time.

Tebello Chabana, Senior Executive for Public Affairs and Transformation at the Minerals Council

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Chabana says the delegates were formed into commission where they voiced their concerns.

Communities are very disgruntled, and they are disgruntled toward mining companies; the DMR and toward local municipalities.

Tebello Chabana, Senior Executive for Public Affairs and Transformation at the Minerals Council

READ: Mantashe: two teams established to plot out Mining Charter

One concern I do have is that the DMR controls the narrative and what comes out of this thing. Criticisms were levelled at everybody but in term of reporting, none of the criticism levelled at the DMR is translating into action.

Tebello Chabana, Senior Executive for Public Affairs and Transformation at the Minerals Council

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