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Picture: ISTOCK

In one of the clearest indications that a major segment of SA’s business community has lost patience with the government, the Chamber of Mines spurned an invitation to a meeting with the Department of Mineral Resources just before a media briefing on the third version of the Mining Charter.

The charter has become a major point of friction between the chamber — whose members account for 90% of the country’s annual mineral production — and the department, which has lost senior, experienced officials and appears to be mired in political appointments.

The department’s last-minute invitation to the meeting in Pretoria, an hour before a media briefing on Thursday, was rejected by the chamber, using unusually blunt language.

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