The Chamber of Mines "appears to have been blind-sided" by the Department of Mineral Resources’s handling of the third iteration of the Mining Charter, said mining lawyer Peter Leon. Leon, a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills, said there were major differences between the draft version of the charter presented in April and the department’s near-final version it intended gazetting next month. "It remains to be seen what steps the chamber and other interested and affected parties will take to protect their interests," he said.

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