Chamber’s interference is upsetting affected small communities
I’M DISTURBED with how the Chamber of Mines jumped to interdict the minister not to implement the 2017 Mining Charter. In return the chamber who interdicted agreed to move the urgent court interdict to September instead of this past Tuesday.
The minister was spot on not to implement or apply provisions of the reviewed 2017 Mining Charter, pending the judgment.
We want the South African Mining Association to be called in this case to give representation on behalf of the communities and mining small businesses, as the chamber is only representing mining companies who were reluctant in honouring the past two mining chapters before the 2017 version was past by Minister Mosebenzi Zwane.
The previous ministers were not robust in changing the conditions on how black communities and small mining companies were sidelined and when Minister Zwane implements the right to benefit the communities’ small business he is dragged to court. We are tired of begging these mining companies.
The time has come for change and real change. We are not going to be intimidated by false economists telling us that investors will withdraw their moneys from the mining sector.
In essence investors are lied to when companies go overseas to raise money for operations of our mines and front black partners are being used as if companies comply.
We fully support the minister and are willing to testify. PATRICK MOLOPHEGI, SECRETARY (SOWETO AFFECTED MINING COMMUNITIES); CHAIRPERSON (SOUTH AFRICAN MINING SMALL BUSINESS FORUM)