The overtures of Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba and ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize’s to the Chamber of Mines to resolve the crippling impasse between the industry and controversial Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane have come to very little. With the ANC’s leadership focused on the elective conference and the struggle for control of the governing party, the discussions with the ANC have been fleeting and of not much depth or resolution. The talks with Gigaba were similar, but he may take a proposal about the temporarily suspended third iteration of the charter to a Cabinet meeting. Any proposal for a moratorium of the charter by Gigaba, if that is indeed what he has in mind, would be a slap in the face for Zwane who has defended the document he gazetted in June as a fine example of his department’s commitment to "radical economic transformation".It could also highlight the divisions in the ANC. It could be argued that both the ANC and the chamber are in a holding pattern...

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