Cham­ber’s in­ter­fer­ence is up­set­ting af­fected small com­mu­ni­ties

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

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)

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