Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe. File Photo: IOL

JOHANNESBURG – Friday marks the last day for the department of mineral resources to receive written submissions on a draft mining charter which was gazetted for public comment in June. 

This follows more than three months of consultations with stakeholders, including organised labour, 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 that a task team overseeing the process would now consolidate all inputs on the charter before they are taken through the relevant Cabinet processes and subsequently gazetted. 

“It is envisaged that the final mining charter will be published for implementation by November, 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.”