Relations between the Department of Mineral Resources and the mining industry have been tense. On Tuesday, the parties committed to working together. Yet with rising public expectations, Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi must keep the pressure up, but be clear about it.
Mike Teke, speaking at the Chamber of Mines Annual General Meeting at the Johannesburg Country Club on Wednesday, denied there was a rift between the Chamber and Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). “The perception that there is a breakdown of trust between the Chamber and DMR is incorrect. We are not going to agree on everything. There will be times when we will voice our concerns – when this becomes necessary,” he said in his presidential address.
The Chamber and DMR have been at odds in the last week since Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi announced the latest details of the Final Mining Charter Report, assessing industry compliance with the 2004 Charter and its 2010 amendment. The Chamber and DMR have taken different views on the statistics, symbolising both positive and negative tension.
Ramatlhodi emphasised the failings. After the figures were weighted, taking into account the size of the companies, he said 90 percent of the mining industry had…
Source : Daily Maverick