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Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane.

“Saving jobs remains our priority. We have been saying the

The Mining Charter

issue of retrenchments should be the last resort. There is

In 2002, government introduced the Mineral and Petroleum

progress in all the discussions we are having and the majority

Resources Development (MPRD) Act, which sought to

of companies are cooperating with us.”

promote equitable access to the nation’s minerals. Section 100 of the Act provides for the Mining Charter, to

Small scale mining

facilitate the sustainable transformation and development

Minister Zwane says the department is also promoting the

of the country’s mining industry, with emphasis on a target

small scale mining sector.

of 26 percent black ownership of the country's mining assets

“This sector has great economic potential to sustain

by 2014.

livelihoods, reduce poverty and generate revenue for the

Minister Zwane says the department is now in the process

state, through ensuring that it becomes at least as important

of finalising a review of the Charter, which was gazetted in

as large-scale mining in South Africa.”

April 2016 for public comment. He says given the centrality

The department provided technical support to 125 small

of mining to the economy, the department will leave no

scale mining projects throughout the country during the

stone unturned in making sure meaningful transformation

2015/16 financial year. This support included assistance

is achieved in the sector.

with legislative compliance, facilitation for access to skills

“The Mining Charter should clearly reflect what South

and finance, as well as encouraging the beneficiation of the

Africans want to see in the mining sector as far as

produce to ensure the sustainability of projects.

transformation is concerned. We are also serious about the

“Women, youth and historically disadvantaged persons are inherently over-represented in this sector of mining and will be specifically targeted for financial and technical assistance,” he adds.

Public Sector Manager • December 2016 / January 2017

development of our youth and make sure they play a role in the sector,” he adds. The final Mining Charter was expected have been published by the department in December 2016.

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