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
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.
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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.