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Mining communities digs hole in new mining Charter

Community Alerts, Lorraine Kakaza, Mpumalanga, Carolina, 2018/07/06
The Mining Affected Communities United in Action (Macua) have dug major holes in the new draft Mining Charter.

The organisation feels that the charter fails to address many issues.

Speaking to POWER Business, Macua national co-ordinator Meshack Mbangula says the Charter should never have been drawn up without their consultation.

“They didn’t take us into consideration, if you look at the charter it talks about 8% for communities, 8% for workers, and 14% for BEE. We all know that BEE is a gate-keepers system for those who are politically connected that will benefit from it. It’s not clear how they will manage the 8% [to workers and communities] and who will manage the trust fund.

“The environmental issue is not well spoken about. The issue of gender is youth are not well articulated,” he stresses.

He says the people truly affected by mines were not properly consulted.

He says the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) is disingenuous when it says that they had consultations with mining communities.

He says the consultations were held in remote areas. Furthermore, Mbangula alleges that communication was bad as communities were only informed 24 hours before a consultation was to be held.

Macua represents 200 mining communities in South Africa.

Mineral resources minister Gwede Mantashe released the draft Mining Charter in June. South Africans have been given 30 days to submit their comments. Submissions close on 27 July.

Tags: Gwede Mantashe, Macua, Meshack Mbangula, Mining charter, Mining communities