Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has promised to release what he called a revolutionary new Mining Charter within a few weeks.
The mining industry and civil society organisations monitoring mining have been waiting for a year to see a final update of the Broad Based Socio Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining Industry.
Speaking to reporters ahead of his budget speech to Parliament on Tuesday, Zwane said he had taken a year to listen to government departments, the mining industry and civil society about their concerns over the draft released in April 2016.
“In a few weeks from now, it is going to be gazetted and I can tell you that it is going to be one of the (most) revolutionary tools to be ever seen on the South African soil, balanced with the feelings of investors, because we are a responsible government,” he said. …More »
At the heart of a dispute for the headman-ship at Bapo Ba Mogale, a community in North West, is a land allocation process that leaves villagers stranded.
Lonmin mining infrastructure towers over the Bapo Ba Mogale landscape.
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane promised in her first meeting with the Bapo Ba Mogale community of North West this week that she would finalise and issue a report on the five-year long investigation into the alleged looting of the mine-hosting community’s resources by the end of April.
She told a rowdy gathering of around 500 community members in the Bapo Tribal Authority Hall in Bapong that evidence of fraud arising from the investigation would be referred to the Hawks and implicated government officials would be dismissed.
Mkhwebane met with the Bapo Ba Mogale community to update them on the investigations, which commenced in 2012, as part of a roadshow through several North West communities. …More »
A coalition of civil society groups resolved at a meeting on the sidelines of the Alternative Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Tuesday (Feb 7) to oppose in every way possible the draft mining law amendment returned to Parliament by President Jacob Zuma in 2015.
President Zuma sent the Bill back to Parliament two years ago mainly because of concerns about the quality of the participation process in which ordinary South Africans should have been given a meaningful opportunity to comment on its provisions.
The Bill is still stuck in the legislature, but the Minister of Mineral Resources and, on Thursday, the President have urged its speedy resolution. …More »
THE second round of public hearings on the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill (TKLB) wrapped up in Kokstad last Friday, 3 February, with many delegates wondering whether the parliamentary panel had been listening at all.
TKLB Bill 23 of 2015
After consistent criticism across the country of the way the Bill proposes to recognise and to treat traditional communities, the MPs sent to listen to ordinary people seemed to have heard only the rare statements of support.