The Chamber of Mines, on behalf of its members, has agreed jointly with the mineral resources department to postpone its court application in respect of the reviewed mining charter, the presidency announced on Sunday.

Following the state-of-the-nation address (Sona) on Friday, February 16, the presidency has been in discussion with the Chamber of Mines to resolve the impasse over the mining charter and to facilitate a process of developing a new mining charter that all stakeholders can support and defend, it said in a statement. 

“The Chamber of Mines, on behalf of its members, has agreed jointly with the department of mineral resources to postpone its court application in respect of the reviewed mining charter, which was due to be heard in the High Court on 19 to 21 February. The postponement serves to allow parties the space to engage and find an amicable solution. 

“The presidency and the Chamber of Mines have approached the seven other applicants, as well as two amici curiae, namely the National Union of Mineworkers and Solidarity, to advise them of this development, and have encouraged them to similarly postpone their applications,” the presidency said. 

This was in line with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s commitment during the Sona to intensify engagements with all stakeholders on the mining charter “to ensure that it is truly an effective instrument to sustainably transform the face of mining in South Africa”. 

“By working together, in a genuine partnership, underscored by trust and a shared vision, I am certain we will be able to resolve the current impasse and agree on a charter that both accelerates transformation and grows this vital sector of our economy,” Ramaphosa said. 
– African News Agency (ANA), editing by Jacques Keet