Cheryllyn Dudley, MP and Whip
The Chamber of Mines has responded to Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane's recently released mining charter which increases the black ownership target to 30% - by applying for an urgent interdict on the mining Charter.
ACDP MP Cheryllyn Dudley today said that, “The ACDP does not agree that the situation is as simple as - those who support the charter support transformation and those against are opposing it. What we do agree with is the reality that it is impossible to please everyone all of the time. What is important is to aim for the greatest good for the greatest number and the least harm for those who do not directly benefit.
To come close to this outcome, genuine consultation with all affected is extremely important however at some point a call has to be made and there is always a risk involved.”
The Chamber of Mines says it wants to help transform the industry but that this new charter will inflict vast and systemic damage on the mining industry, investors and the country itself. They claim the language used in the Charter is vague and contradictory and that mining companies are not able to actually work out what they are supposed to do.
Government on the other hand believes the Mining Charter can and must be used to facilitate broad-based black economic empowerment, local procurement, the development of black industrialists and small, medium-sized and micro enterprises.
“While it is unfortunate that the Chamber of Mines and government could not find a way to work together at this time, in the face of the huge dissatisfaction of masses of people who do not feel enough has been done in South Africa to create opportunities for them to improve their lot - it is government's responsibility to make the difficult decision and it is the right of the Chamber of mines and every South African to exercise their right to access the courts”, Dudley said.
“South Africans at every level of society generally have confidence in our judicial system and the courts’ ability to act rationally and with due diligence.
The ACDP calls on Parliament to debate this matter once sittings resume and to fully consider the implications and consequences intended or otherwise of the far reaching decisions taken and the response of the Mining sector”, Dudley added.