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The cham­ber had two meet­ings with the depart­ment of min­eral re­sources last year and more de­tailed dis­cus­sions this year regarding the char­ter.

On the is­sue of trans­for­ma­tion, Teke said that the sec­tor wanted black peo­ple to own the min­ing in­dus­try.

He ques­tioned whether the min­ing sec­tor had been dic­tat­ing to com­mu­ni­ties or lis­ten­ing to them.

Turn­ing to mine safety, Bax­ter said that there were safety laws in place for mines and gov­ern­ment needed to op­er­ate within th­ese.

He added that from 2012 to last year, an es­ti­mated 60 000 local min­ing jobs had been lost.

The Cham­ber of Mines is­sued a book­let at the Min­ing Ind­aba, in­di­cat­ing that the in­dus­try was plan­ning to mech­a­nise.

“Mech­a­ni­sa­tion would see 592 tons of ad­di­tional gold re­sources be­ing mined – equiv­a­lent to 11 large gold mines – as well as an ad­di­tional 360 tons of plat­inum, equiv­a­lent to eight large plat­inum mines,” the book­let stated.

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