Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe says a task team will consolidate all input on the charter. File Photo: IOL

JOHANNESBURG - Friday marks the last day for the Department of Mineral Resources to receive written submissions on a draft mining charter that was gazetted for public comment in June.

This follows more than three months of consultations with stakeholders, including organised labour, organised business and communities in 11  areas across the country's nine provinces, which culminated in a summit in July.

Mineral resources minister Gwede Mantashe said a task team overseeing the process would now consolidate all input on the charter before it was taken through the relevant Cabinet processes and subsequently gazetted.

"It is envisaged that the final mining charter will be published for implementation by November 2018, in order to entrench the necessary regulatory certainty," Mantashe said.

“The engagements with stakeholders have been invaluable not only for the charter, but for our work as a whole as the regulator of this industry. We remain committed to continue engagements with all stakeholders on issues affecting the industry."

The draft charter has a requirement of 10 percent "free carry" interest for mining communities and employees on new mining rights as part of the proposed 30 percent black equity ownership target, something that the industry opposes even though it acknowledges that the current document is an improvement on the previous one published by Mantashe's predecessor.

- African News Agency (ANA)