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At a gala dinner boycotted by the Chamber of Mines on the eve of the two-day Johannesburg Indaba mining conference, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane sounded a conciliatory tone, reaching out to the industry to resolve the impasse bedevilling relationships between the regulator and the sector. Zwane, however, did not hold back from levelling criticism at those who denigrated the country and the mining sector, which is embroiled in a legal battle with the Department of Mineral Resources over the suspended third iteration of the Mining Charter. Chamber CEO Roger Baxter said at the Africa Down Under mining conference in Australia in September the industry had lost confidence in Zwane, who, he said, had unresolved allegations of corruption hanging over him and officials in his department. "I can’t go out as a minister and voice my anger in a foreign country that is irresponsible," he said. "I’m here. Fight me here." But, speaking off the cuff, Zwane reached out to the industry ...

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