Daily Archives: February 18, 2018

Chamber of Mines postpones Mining Charter court application

The Chamber of Mines has agreed to postpone its court application in respect of the reviewed Mining Charter, which was due to be heard in the High Court this week.

The Presidency said on Sunday that it had been in discussion with the Chamber of Mines to resolve the impasse over the mining charter.

This was in a bid to facilitate a process of developing a New Mining Charter that all stakeholders can support and defend.

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, said the Presidency.

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 the 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 State of the Nation Address on Friday 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, President Ramaphosa said.

The Department of Mineral Resources amended the Mining Charter to strengthen and refine its effectiveness in driving economic transformation and competitiveness in the mining sector.

Source: South African Government News Agency


MAPUTO– President of Mozambique Filipe Nyusi expressed his interest in a message on Friday to see the economic and social relations with neighboring South Africa now under the leadership of President Cyril Ramaphosa to grow stronger.

“I would like to reiterate my availability to continue working closely with Your Excellence on the reinforcement and consolidation of our friendship and cooperation, also within the framework of the Southern Africa Development Community, African Union and other international organizations of which we are members,” the president’s message said.

President Nyusi highlighted that both countries are united not only by sharing borders but also with historic, economic and cultural ties, and the bilateral cooperation should be continuously deepened by implementing all the action plans that both countries have agreed.

Nyusi went on to felicitate the new president of South Africa with vows that the bilateral relationship will boost South Africa and its people towards a much greater prosperity.

At present, South Africa is among the major investors in Mozambique. Most of the electric power produced in the dam of Cahora Bassa in central Tete province is exported to South Africa.

Both countries have a cooperation platform, the bi-national commission where the presidents of both countries meet every two years to evaluate cooperation.