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SA miners to challenge new law in court next year

The firms are testing three aspects of the government’s revised mining charter.
The legal challenge centres previous black-empowerment transactions and whether they should be recognised even after the exit of black shareholders. Image: Shutterstock

A South African court will in April hear an application by mining companies challenging key provisions of a new code for the sector.

The firms are testing three aspects of the government’s revised mining charter, which sets out rules on ownership, investment and exploration, according to Tebello Chabana, the spokesman of industry body Minerals Council South Africa. The remaining provisions have been agreed on and companies have started implementing them, Chabana told reporters in Johannesburg Wednesday.

The legal challenge centres on whether previous black-empowerment transactions should be recognised even after the black shareholders exited, local procurement rules and the licensing for some minerals.

“We thought we were getting closer to resolving these issues, but at the end of the day the matter is still going to court,” Chabana said.

The charter, which aims to distribute the industry’s mineral wealth more equally among citizens after the injustices of apartheid, was first issued in 2004 and updated in 2010.

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Fight the socialism or die as an industry – simple as that !!!

Too late – the industry is in its twilight years.
They are now fighting over the last spoils form a once great industry.
Just look at what happened at RT in Richards Bay today … Cant mine because of violent protests and lawlessness and what does the useless ANC guuberment do ? Fight over once empowered always empowered ….

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